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Celine
1284350.  Fri May 18, 2018 3:38 am Reply with quote

Article from the Daily Mail:

Local authorities were contacted in Loerrach, Germany as to disturbance involving loud shouting. When the police arrived at the apartment, they realised the 22 year-old residence was in a rageful argument with his girlfriend's pet parrot. No charges were made.

Sources: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5731137/Domestic-dispute-Germany-Man-arguing-parrot.html

 
DVD Smith
1284354.  Fri May 18, 2018 4:33 am Reply with quote

Beat me to it, Celine. I was thinking of setting up a thread for weird stories of 2018, since the Elves are writing a second Book of the Year.

"Mother renames son after tattooist makes spelling error"

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/wtf/mother-renames-son-after-tattooist-makes-spelling-error/news-story/16c8ce213f7ea3b40dbce6a64ff7d7f3

The woman, from Sweden, had her two-year-old son's name legally changed from Kevin to Kelvin after the tattooist got his name wrong on her arm.

 
Celine
1284361.  Fri May 18, 2018 5:20 am Reply with quote

DVD Smith wrote:
Beat me to it, Celine. I was thinking of setting up a thread for weird stories of 2018, since the Elves are writing a second Book of the Year.


Great minds think alike Mr Smith! :-)

 
Bondee
1284364.  Fri May 18, 2018 5:46 am Reply with quote

Indeed they do. So much so, in fact, that Commander Lloyd started a thread for this very thing way back in 2005.

Although, to be fair, it hasn't been taken out of its box since 2009 so you can't really be blamed for not finding it.

 
DVD Smith
1284365.  Fri May 18, 2018 5:55 am Reply with quote

I tried searching for 'news' on the forum search but it didn't give me any results, strangely :-/

A town in Estonia has adopted a cannabis leaf as its new flag after a town poll. However, the poll has been scrutinised, as the town has a population of 5000, but 12000 votes were cast in favour of the new flag.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44168070

 
dr.bob
1284366.  Fri May 18, 2018 6:01 am Reply with quote

I like the idea of this thread, but can I make one small request: Can people please not link to the Dail Mail website.

I mean, it's a free country and we don't have strict moderation policies on this website, so nothing's going to happen to you if you do. However, bear in mind two things:

1) The Daily Mail website makes a lot of money through advertising. The more people click on their site, the more people see their advertising, and the more advertisers are willing to pay the Daily Mail to put their ads on their website.

2) The Daily Mail is utterly evil.

Combining those two facts* together, and you can see that, by providing a link to the Daily Mail website, you are (albeit in a very small way) aiding them to earn money and print out more of their hate-filled pretend news.

There's an additional problem, in that the more links a website gets, the higher its Google ranking becomes. This has been a problem in the past with lots of people posting links to a story to denounce it as rubbish, only serving to increase its google ranking and ensuring that more people see it. In the case of the Daily Mail, increasing its Google ranking ensures more people click on it and more money flows into the coffers of this utterly evil corporation.

As you may have detected, I feel quite strongly about this. However, as I've pointed out, this is merely a request, not an order.

In summary: Daily Mail - just say no


*Yes I've checked. Both of those things are scientifically proven facts.

 
dr.bob
1284367.  Fri May 18, 2018 6:04 am Reply with quote

One alternative is simply to look for the same news story elsewhere. In the above case, I simply typed "Loerrach parrot" into google and found this link:

https://www.rte.ie/news/newslens/2018/0516/963925-parrot-germany/

At this point, no doubt someone will explain to me why helping to fund RTE is even more dispicable than funding the Daily Mail, but I've long ago accepted that it's hard not to be hypocritical at times :)

 
Celine
1284370.  Fri May 18, 2018 6:13 am Reply with quote

dr.bob wrote:
I like the idea of this thread, but can I make one small request: Can people please not link to the Dail Mail website.


No problem, dr.bob. Are there any other websites to avoid or just a general avoid links if possible?

DVD & Bondee: The same thing happened to me trying to search for a similar thread, it seemed too obvious of an idea to not have been done before. Shall we revive Mr Lloyd's thread or keep this one?

 
DVD Smith
1284371.  Fri May 18, 2018 6:18 am Reply with quote

^I second that, dr.bob. The DM is also known for sensationalism and falsehood, so even if you disagree with what dr.bob said it's always best to search around to confirm/refute their stories before sharing them. (In fact that's good practice for any fact/story.) As for others, I would say The Sun, Daily Express and other similar tabloids should always be treated with an initial degree of skepticism.

I say keep this thread and use it for 2018 stories only. Seems tidier than reviving a thread that's been dead for nine years, and that covers all news stories past and present.

Anyway, back to the stories...

It has been announced that the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction will not be awarded this year after none of the candidates managed to make all the judges laugh.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/16/funny-book-prize-not-awarded-first-time-history-none-novels/
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/16/wodehouse-prize-for-comic-fiction-withheld-after-judges-fail-to-laugh

 
Bondee
1284372.  Fri May 18, 2018 6:23 am Reply with quote

We could always try an anonymizer, such as Privatelink or Anon.to. Anyone know how effective they are?

Celine wrote:
... Shall we revive Mr Lloyd's thread or keep this one?


Hmmm, I'm not sure. If we do decide to revive the original, I'm sure one of the mods wouldn't mind merging the new posts into the older thread for us.

edit: I missed DVD's point about keeping this thread for current stories. Sounds like a good idea to me. What does everybody else think?

 
Jenny
1284423.  Fri May 18, 2018 1:57 pm Reply with quote

I agree with DVD - I think we might as well keep this thread for current stories.

 
bobwilson
1284453.  Fri May 18, 2018 8:20 pm Reply with quote

post 1284366Can we also have a similar concordat on the BBC?

I mean - http://old.qi.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=38871&start=0

really?

This is news?

 
Spud McLaren
1284500.  Sat May 19, 2018 10:17 am Reply with quote

DVD Smith wrote:
...The DM is also known for sensationalism and falsehood I would say The Sun, Daily Express and other similar tabloids should always be treated with an initial degree of skepticism.
I'm keeping an open mind on the Express ATM. True, in the past it has on occasion been even more shrill than the Mail, but it has recently changed hands (and editors) and come under the control of the Mirror Group.


I'm watching that space.

 
Spud McLaren
1284502.  Sat May 19, 2018 10:21 am Reply with quote

bobwilson wrote:
post 1284366Can we also have a similar concordat on the BBC?

I mean - http://old.qi.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=38871&start=0

really?

This is news?
I'm not so concerned about the non-news peddled by the BBC, bob, so much as the real news that it refuses to report.

 
Spud McLaren
1284503.  Sat May 19, 2018 10:21 am Reply with quote

bobwilson wrote:
post 1284366Can we also have a similar concordat on the BBC?

I mean - http://old.qi.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=38871&start=0

really?

This is news?
I'm not so concerned about the non-news peddled by the BBC, bob, so much as the real news that it refuses to report.

 

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