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Sadurian Mike
877849.  Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:51 pm Reply with quote

[Obi Wan mode]
These are not the penguins you are looking for.
[/Obi Wan mode]

 
Spoilt Victorian
877854.  Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:56 pm Reply with quote

mckeonj wrote:
Why can't polar bears eat penguins?


They don't have opposable thumbs and so are unable to remove the wrappers.

~ V

 
djgordy
877958.  Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:03 am Reply with quote

Alfred E Neuman wrote:
Antarctica has no polar bears either.


Despite what a lot of people seem to think, the Arctic isn't named after the polar bear. It is named after the constellation Ursa Major (the Great Bear). This particular bear represents, in Greek mythology, the nymph Callisto who was turned into that form by Hera after she had had been seduced by Zeus who disguised himself as Callisto's true love Artemis*. Zeus and Callisto had a son called Arcas who came to live in Arcadia.

Of course, Callisto is in the heavens 2wice as she is also one of the moons of Jupiter.

*Wasn't that same plot used on Eastenders the other week?


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Arcane
877997.  Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:54 am Reply with quote

It's the same with soapies everywhere. If Arcanette whinges about missing an episode of Moaning Away (sorry, Home and Away), I tell her not to worry, someone will be pregnant, have an affair, do something out of character but nothing bad will happen, or they will do something really small and the shit will hit the fan, a character will repeat a longstanding phrase, there will be an accident but they'll be up and about in a jiffy with no scars or longlasting effects, someone will die and everyone will get over it in a few episodes, and there will be a "cliffhanger" etc etc. As for what happens the next night...

 
Sadurian Mike
878053.  Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:30 pm Reply with quote

Soapies?

Is that Underworld language for soap operas?

 
tchrist
878406.  Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:04 pm Reply with quote

djgordy wrote:
This particular bear represents, in Greek mythology, the nymph Callisto who was turned into that form by Hera after she had had been seduced by Zeus who disguised himself as Callisto's true love Artemis. Zeus and Callisto had a son called Arcas who came to live in Arcadia.

Hold on. Youíre saying that Zeus impregnated Callisto while he was impersonating her lover, the goddess Artemis? Just how was that supposed to work, eh?

Call me old-fashioned, but I donít think Artemis is even supposed to have a penis, is she now?

So my girlfriend grows a penis; seems a dead giveaway to me. Pretty sure Callisto would have noticed getting poked by something that shouldnít ought toíve been there in the first place.

I sure know I would, but maybe Iím just a sensitive guy.

--tom

 
djgordy
878442.  Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:54 am Reply with quote

Quote:
Callisto was a nymph (or, according to some sources, the daughter of Lycaon) who was associated with the goddess of the hunt, Artemis. Young women who were devoted to the goddess hunted with her regularly, and remained virgins, like Artemis herself. Callisto had upheld these ideals faithfully, and she quickly became Artemis' favorite.

While Callisto spent her days and nights with Artemis' other followers, she caught the eye of Zeus. Knowing that the maiden had taken a vow of chastity, Zeus resorted to deception to get at Callisto. He came to her disguised as Artemis, and the young huntress let down her guard. Seizing the opportunity Zeus raped her.


www.pantheon.org/articles/c/callisto.html

 
Sadurian Mike
878559.  Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:42 am Reply with quote

tchrist wrote:
Call me old-fashioned, but I donít think Artemis is even supposed to have a penis, is she now?

My reading of Artemis is that she was the archetypal tomboy, and possibly gay. She's one of my favourite goddesses because she's such an independent kickass. Lara Croft, eat your heart out.*

If her reknowned chastity was complete, it would probably have prevented her from utilising a penis, but if it was just that she didn't sleep with men then I guess a penis would have been handy.

I love Ancient Greek myth porn.

*Which sounds a typical Artemis punishment, to be honest.

tchrist wrote:
So my girlfriend grows a penis; seems a dead giveaway to me. Pretty sure Callisto would have noticed getting poked by something that shouldnít ought toíve been there in the first place.

I sure know I would, but maybe Iím just a sensitive guy.

We are talking about the same myth system that has Zeus impregnating women as a shower of gold. I don't think logic (or anatomy) comes into it.

 
djgordy
878726.  Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:06 am Reply with quote

Sadurian Mike wrote:

We are talking about the same myth system that has Zeus impregnating women as a shower of gold. I don't think logic (or anatomy) comes into it.


www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=golden+shower

 
Jaseera
878866.  Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:08 pm Reply with quote

Here are a few interesting facts:
In Japan there is a belief (perhaps not a serious one) that if you make a thousand paper cranes (origami birds) then a wish will be fulfilled.

Another thing you may be interested to know about Japan is that a while ago (maybe even today, I don't know) kids used to blow up helium balloons, write notes of "Hello, I'm Akari, 14, want a friend?" and that kind of thing and then release the balloons with the notes attached to them. The balloon mail.

And another thing that you would perhaps like to know (this piece of information is particularly sad) which is that a while ago (this was five, ten years ago) people were in some serious debt. Some still are. And because they couldn't afford education, lodgings or even food they would take their children (daughters mainly) and shoot them or drown them to relieve themselves of the responsiblity of a child, on top of everything else.

Last thing you might want to know about Japan is that there are, what we might call "sleeping pods" in most major cities in Japan which are really cheap and in which you can sleep for one night for basically a very low fee. I don't know how much they cost, but they are quite popular with homeless people and mafia members.

Sources: I live in Japan.

 
Jenny
879028.  Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:37 am Reply with quote

Welcome Jaseera :-)

 
soup
879063.  Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:33 pm Reply with quote

Jaseera wrote:
In Japan there is a belief (perhaps not a serious one) that if you make a thousand paper cranes (origami birds) then a wish will be fulfilled.


post 833809 et seq

Welcome Jaseera

 
Spud McLaren
879103.  Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:22 pm Reply with quote

Jaseera wrote:
... "sleeping pods"....I don't know how much they cost...
Welcome, Jaseera!

I've been quite interested in sleeping pods for some time, so whilst it was fresh in my mind I did a bit of research and found that they cost 2000 - 4000 yen (£16 - £32). Not sure whether I'd rather sleep in one of these or in a youth hostel, which could well be cheaper.

Apparently, as the recession continues to bite, more and more punters are renting pods by the month. Living like this could drive some folk stark staring bonkers.

 
Oceans Edge
883659.  Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:10 am Reply with quote

... and now for something completely different...

Is Japan the only culture known to have an entire art form devoted to .. printing with fish?

I caught a presentation on this recently at my local museum/art gallery ... fascinating stuff (and the 6 yr olds LOVE the idea of making art with fish).

 
dr bartolo
883664.  Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:39 am Reply with quote

Oceans Edge wrote:
... and now for something completely different...

Is Japan the only culture known to have an entire art form devoted to .. printing with fish?

I caught a presentation on this recently at my local museum/art gallery ... fascinating stuff (and the 6 yr olds LOVE the idea of making art with fish).

Aaah... Gyotaku...
Well... In Europe since the 16thc. There was something called "nature printing", where prints were taken directly off natural objects . In its most refined form, leaves and other suchlike objects were rolled under great force between a lead and steel plate . The lead plate took the shape and form of the leaf , and this was printed as usual .

Talking about Japanese printing, the Japanese brought the art of woodblock printing to such a height that they were able to produce fade out effects, and perfectly imitate a brushstroke on wood.


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