Nobody likes to be called a dummy by a dummy.

Children are fun

You have invited your old college roommate for dinner. She has never met your family. Your child sees your friend reach for some potatoes and says, "Better not take those, or you'll get even bigger."

Has something like this happen in your family?
Permalink Rick Tang 
January 30th, 2006 5:55pm
smack him.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
January 30th, 2006 6:10pm
heh.  not yet.  but Im really looking forward to it.

We were once living in the bottom story of a 2 story house.  2 ladies and a guy were living upstairs. 
one of the ladies was pregnant.
the other was fat.

I was sitting outside in the garden when one of the ladies came out to hang out her washing.
Out of a friendly interest I asked her how the pregnancy was going.

you can guess the rest :)  sometimes there is just nothing to say.  I went back inside.
Permalink Send private email FullNameRequired 
January 30th, 2006 6:12pm
Ah. Children have freedom to speak the truth where adults fear to venture. Good for children.
Permalink Send private email Ian Boys 
January 30th, 2006 6:15pm
if you have such a clear idea of the truth Ian then by all means share it with the rest of us.

specifically what causes obesity?
Permalink Send private email FullNameRequired 
January 30th, 2006 6:21pm
It shows that logic is not inate.

Eating too many potatos one will be fat, but people can be fat for reasons other than eating too many potatoes!
Permalink Rick Tang 
January 30th, 2006 6:39pm
I was alluding to the story of the Emperor's new clothes, but FNR is an idiot and failed to get it.
Permalink Send private email Ian Boys 
January 30th, 2006 6:44pm
huh?  I got it. (not exactly obscure dude).  I just wasn't sure what truth you believed had been spoken in this case?
Permalink Send private email FullNameRequired 
January 30th, 2006 6:47pm
sharkfish has no children...

OTOH, manners and politness are largely a matter of learning to lie when it's deemed appropriate.

No, wait, THOUGHT POLICE THOUGHT POLICE

MUST NOT SAY THE OBVIOUS THING THAT MANY PEOPLE WOULD BE THINKING BAD BAD BAD
Permalink Send private email Ward Bush 
January 30th, 2006 6:48pm
That the person was large....
Permalink Send private email Ward Bush 
January 30th, 2006 6:48pm
the child made no comment on the actual size of the person. 
she/he made a simple statement regarding the likely effect if further potatoes were eaten.

I too would 'get even bigger' if I ate too many potatoes.
Permalink Send private email FullNameRequired 
January 30th, 2006 6:51pm
FNR, I guess you'd have problem raising your daughters.

Repeat once more: Logic is not innate :)
Permalink Rick Tang 
January 30th, 2006 6:54pm
>>> the child made no comment on the actual size of the person. she/he made a simple statement regarding the likely effect if further potatoes were eaten.

God, do you _always_ have to be such an boring pedantic wanker?  No, the quote doesn't specifically say the kid said "you are very big" but that's obviously what the implication was.
Permalink Send private email Ward Bush 
January 30th, 2006 6:59pm
"God, do you _always_ have to be such an boring pedantic wanker?"

well forgive me for ACTUALLY UNDERSTANDING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

"No, the quote doesn't specifically say the kid said "you are very big" but that's obviously what the implication was."

I would say, especially with it being a kid and all, that its bloody dangerous to make assumptions about meaning.

its very easy to read your own biases into other peoples words.
Permalink Send private email FullNameRequired 
January 30th, 2006 7:03pm
Oh, go stick a fork in your eye or something....

>>> its very easy to read your own biases into other peoples words.

OOH OOH don't let any nasty biases sneak in there, couldn't have that...  WTF would the kid be saying it for if the person spoken too wasn't already large?

For that matter, in your wittly little anecdote, you don't actually _say_ that the women you spoke to was the fat one, so it's actually a really stupid story.

Hey, FNR, I don't get it, why did you have to slink back into the house?  I wouldn't want to assume that you accidentally spoke to the fat one, not the pregnant one.

Wow, now it's a lot better.

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Permalink Send private email Ward Bush 
January 30th, 2006 7:08pm
"WTF would the kid be saying it for if the person spoken too wasn't already large? "

how the fuck should I know?  why do kids say anything?

"I wouldn't want to assume that you accidentally spoke to the fat one, not the pregnant one. "

thats because youve been retarded since birth.

I specifically gave you permission to assume the most likely end.


it was my mistake though. I based my responses on the assumption i was talking to someone actually capable of understanding plain english.
Permalink Send private email FullNameRequired 
January 30th, 2006 7:20pm
>>>  i was talking to someone actually capable of understanding plain english.

Oh? Changing your point now?  You didn't actually relate the plain english that you spoke.  So on the one hand it's bad to infer, OTOH, it's ok to infer if you're invited to do so?

Please, just so we can be sure, can you complete your story and let us know exactly what you said?  I'd hate to be making an incorrect assumption.
Permalink Send private email Ward Bush 
January 30th, 2006 7:23pm
"Oh? Changing your point now?  You didn't actually relate the plain english that you spoke. "

what?  yes I did.  I said "You can guess the rest"

wtf did you *think* that meant?

did you think I was trying to say "Please dont make any incorrect assumptions about this post" ?

how braindead *are* you exactly?  which specific words in "You can guess the rest"  didn't you understand?

"I'd hate to be making an incorrect assumption."

please, explain to me exactly how I could have worded "You can guess the rest" to ensure that you understood that you *were* allowed to make assumptions?

maybe if Id used capital letters?

written it in french?

tattooed it on the forehead of your aunt's pet goat?
Permalink Send private email FullNameRequired 
January 30th, 2006 7:32pm
christ. some days it just feels like ?off is populated entirely by morons.
Permalink Send private email FullNameRequired 
January 30th, 2006 7:34pm
FullName,

Are you a fatty? If so, then lay off the donuts.

Thanks.
Permalink Grotto Me Motto 
January 30th, 2006 7:41pm
Children have the horrible tendency to tell the truth. Not always at the most convenient times.

The trick is to encourage them to tell the truth whilst letting them understanding when to keep their gob shut...
Permalink Send private email a cynic writes... 
January 30th, 2006 7:42pm
"Are you a fatty?"

nah.  the word I can be accused of is having a smallish pot.

"If so, then lay off the donuts. "

heh. clever.  I would have thought that kind of word play would be beyond you.
Permalink Send private email FullNameRequired 
January 30th, 2006 7:43pm

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