• LCrawford (unregistered)

    I passed the cognitive test: I completed frist grade!

  • Prime Mover (unregistered)

    I would absolutely love to live in a place with a name like Barangaroo.

    While we do have quirky place names round our way like "Frisby on the Wreake", nothing quite compares to that.

  • (nodebb)

    And always remember: :phb: has an elementary school diploma of first grade!

  • my name is missing (unregistered)

    What if my highest grade achieved was Refuse School (i.e. sanitation engineer school)?

  • TGIF (unregistered)

    Best Friday post in a while. *Hfhpihhdafhp9hefhasf afas 98Y097H(#APhf4hfi

  • (nodebb)

    The wider screen one reminds me of a record (a plastic disc etched with a groove that encodes sound as a series of bumps) that my Dad had from his university days. On the sleeve it says "for stereo, listen with both ears".

  • asas (unregistered)

    "Refused" what? PhD? Advancement to the 2nd grade?

  • jay (unregistered)

    "a record (a plastic disc etched with a groove that encodes sound as a series of bumps) " How ingenious! What will they think of next?

  • (nodebb)

    Hey, to those who are outraged at Amazon for offering to finance terrorism on the cheap, don't forget that the main change here is the improvement of efficiency, which allows you to get more terrorism for your money. As such, I'm fully supportive of Amazon's efforts at helping its customers and the overall economy, in this way.

  • (nodebb) in reply to Jeremy Pereira

    On the sleeve it says "for stereo, listen with both ears".

    Pfft. Somewhere at home I have a CD of "Power" by Kansas, an early CD that I bought in nineteen eightysomething, and the "liner notes"(1) include this:

    "Digitally recorded and mastered to insure highest audio fidelity."

    Followed by:

    "Therefore, play this record loud."

    (1) Actually including the lyrics...

  • (author) in reply to TGIF

    In the last three or four days, certainly! Maybe even longer.

  • (nodebb) in reply to Prime Mover

    We've got plenty more like Barangaroo... Indigenous Australian place names are becoming more common (well, common again; they were common for 40-60,000 years and were only less common for a bit over 200 years). But trying to turn the names from the many indigenous languages (which were all spoken, not written) into English orthography can lead to some WTF moments. Fun fact: "Goonoo Goonoo" (real place name, near Tamworth NSW) looks like it should be easy to say, but none of the four syllables rhyme and the two words have different syllable emphasis.

    Addendum 2022-03-26 01:24: I suspect that the English language is TRWTF in this context.

  • (nodebb) in reply to Prime Mover

    Barangaroo is a fairly typical Australian placename, if you want interesting ones go next door to New Zealand. For example you could live on Ninety Mile Beach, which is nearly 55 miles long. Or the nearby North Cape, which points due East. Or, if you prefer somewhere a bit further south, you can go to the South Island, which is the one in the middle. For a more urban choice, there's One Tree Hill in Auckland, which has zero trees.

    Come to think of it, half our country is just a giant geographical WTF.

  • oni (unregistered)

    And the TRWTF is that Raclette is actually Swiss, not French. But eh, you can get anything from anywhere these days.

  • David (unregistered) in reply to Prime Mover

    Behind the pop-up is the suburb spelled “double-u double-o double-l double-o m double-o l double-o”.

  • Neveranull (unregistered) in reply to Steve_The_Cynic

    My friend bought a stereo amplifier with no tone controls or EQ, and the owners manual says that if you feel you need to adjust the EQ, buy a higher quality phono cartridge.

  • (nodebb) in reply to Paddles

    I suspect that the English language is TRWTF in this context.

    The English language is TRWTF in almost any context.

  • (nodebb) in reply to zomgwtf

    Come to think of it, half our country is just a giant geographical WTF.

    Pfft. Go to Oxford in England, where you will find that South Parade(1) is several hundred yards north of North Parade(1)(2).

    (1) It's less WTF than you think. South Parade is in the southern part of Summertown, which is a northern suburb of Oxford, while North Parade is in the northern part of actual Oxford, but since there's no visible divide between the two, it's a serious WTF the first time you see it.

    (2) Both of them are on Banbury Road, which made me think of the time that someone pulled over to ask me how to get from there to ... um ... Banbury Road. Easiest directions ever.

  • (nodebb) in reply to Neveranull

    if you feel you need to adjust the EQ

    in such a case, you are Joel Goodsen...

  • (nodebb) in reply to Prime Mover

    I would absolutely love to live in a place with a name like Barangaroo.

    As opposed to somewhere like Doddiscombsleigh?

  • David X Crowe (unregistered)

    Completed education is a proxy for social class, but this seems ... excessively detailed.

  • David X Crowe (unregistered) in reply to dkf

    it's pronounced Dud-ley

  • Refused (unregistered)

    Refused just means they refused to answer the question, I think...

  • xtal256 (unregistered) in reply to zomgwtf

    "For a more urban choice, there's One Tree Hill in Auckland, which has zero trees."

    I only recently learned that Nullarbor* is so named because it has no trees, so literally "null arbor". I knew what both those words meant but never thought of it that way.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nullarbor_Plain

  • Erk (unregistered)

    The Amazon one isn't even surprising. Amazon in Sweden started out with machine-translated product descriptions meaning they sold (and still sell) "excrements", "physical abuse", and "male genitals"... I doubt they even care...

  • J.G.Harston (unregistered)

    WTF sorting order did they use on that education level list? ? ?

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