At the doctor’s office
Doctor: We’ve found a shadow on your MRI. We can’t be sure exactly what it is before we operate, and that operation will be painful, but there is a very high risk this is a malignant tumor. You could die!
Patient: What are we waiting for! Let’s act now!
At the IPCC
Scientist: We’ve found some very disturbing links between carbon dioxide emissions and temperature rise. We recommend immediate action, even if that action will be painful. Temperature rise is bad news and there is a very high risk that several hundreds of millions of people will die if we do nothing.
Politician: Let’s wait and see what happens.
Now swap the answers!
Do you trust a politician that has not been able to do what must be done when hundreds of millions of lives are at stake, but will (if they are wired like any sane person) risk suffering to save their own life?
If the black boxes almost always survive a crash why aren’t the whole airplane made of the same material?
Because then it wouldn’t be an airplane. It would be an entirely different type of vehicle.
In fact, this type:
A: I don’t give a damn about your problems! This must be delivered this week!
B punches A in the face.
A: What the hell are you doing?
B: You just gave me such an urge to jump in front of a train when you said that, so I acted in self-defense…
A: I don’t get UFO-skeptics. They seem to say we’ve never been visited by aliens from other planets… but hey! Mexicans!
B: They are from Mexico.
B: Mexico isn’t another planet.
A: It isn’t?!
So, I’m carving out my manifesto, but I’ve hit a snag: should I go for a millennial kingdom, a kingdom that lasts for 2000 years or just keep it eternal? 3000? 5000? How many millennials do you usually need?
(I wonder what StackExchange would do if I asked them that… :o)
I’m from Sweden. We’re known for being among the top consumers of coffee in the world (second only to the Finns).
We’re also, in some less particulate, places, known to eat lots of cinnamon buns while we’re doing “fika” (which, I’ve been told, was a 1700s construction of coffee “kaffi” used to circumvent the coffee bans of that time while planning to have some “fika”… however, the Internet disagrees, at least on the date (the early 1900s), and perhaps the cause… and why that may be is a long story with only Swedish references… so… moving on…)
With our fika we have cinnamon buns. Their spelling, however, is not at all as easy to get right as the “fika”, and, here are a couple of examples where the misspelling actually means something, I am sure, was not intended:
- “Kanylbullar” (syringe buns) — if you ever wondered if you could get HIV from cinnamon buns… now you know
- “Kanelbuller” (cinnamon noise) — this would be the noise traffic makes… or thunder… not the noise a stale cinnamon bun might make when you chew it… or, for that matter, the noise you make when you break a tooth on that stale cinnamon bun (not that it happens often, but still… not that noise…)
- “Kanelbullar” (cinnamon buns, kanel = cinnamon, bullar = buns), right! The ones we’re always having with our “fika” (no, we’re not — mostly we just have the coffee… it’s way easier to install a coffee machine than a cinnamon bun machine… — and the coffee will always be fresh longer… and the number of workplace accidents involving teeth will also be kept on a level that won’t excite the international rumor mill overly much…)