Suburban Senshi iChat #1275: “Around the World, Stupid is as Stupid does”
#1275: “Around the World, Stupid is as Stupid does”

 Tue Dec 04 00:07 2007 - Logging Started (suburbansenshi-chat)

Mdm_Maestro> Well I just came back from bailing Haruka out from jail.
FireFly_9> ...
FireFly_9> What did she do this time? Another manure-cloud over Juuban?
Mdm_Maestro> No, she apparently "molested" (read: groped) a young woman on the street.
FireFly_9> ...what
Mdm_Maestro> Normally, I would be furious, but I know it wasn't her fault.
FireFly_9> What happened, Haruka-momma?
Mdm_Maestro> Well, she was walking down an alleyway last night, looking for Soda
Mdm_Maestro> And she reached out for the vending machine, and ended up groping the young woman
FireFly_9> How does that even work?
Mdm_Maestro> Well apparently the woman had been trying a new product designed to protect young women from potential rapists:

FireFly_9> ...
FireFly_9> That is either the most asinine or ingenious thing I have ever seen.
[gTV] Karasuma_Akane> Oh I can tell you about asinine-- Check out this news article from the UK:

Karasuma_Akane pasted:
The Cool Cash game... was taken out of shops yesterday... To qualify for a prize, users had to scratch away a window to reveal a temperature lower than the figure displayed on each card.

As the game had a winter theme, the temperature was usually below freezing.

But the concept of comparing negative numbers proved too difficult for some.

Camelot received dozens of complaints on the first day from players who could not understand how, for example, -5 is higher than -6.

Tina Farrell, from Levenshulme, called Camelot after failing to win with several cards. The 23-year-old, who said she had left school without a maths GCSE, said: "On one of my cards it said I had to find temperatures lower than -8. The numbers I uncovered were -6 and -7 so I thought I had won, and so did the woman in the shop. But when she scanned the card the machine said I hadn't. I phoned Camelot and they fobbed me off with some story that -6 is higher - not lower - than -8 but I'm not having it. I think Camelot are giving people the wrong impression - the card doesn't say to look for a colder or warmer temperature, it says to look for a higher or lower number. Six is a lower number than 8. Imagine how many people have been misled."
FireFly_9> ...
FireFly_9> Math isn't my strong suit, but for the love of god.
Mdm_Maestro> Ara, someone should get them a number line, quickly.
IrnChef_Jovian> Oh, I could show you horror stories from around the world.
IrnChef_Jovian> When I was at a restaurant in Shanghai checking out local recipies, I came across this menu:

FireFly_9> O_o
[gTV] Karasuma_Akane> Okay I like Chinese food but not THAT much, okay?
[gTV] Karasuma_Akane> I dunno about Aya, though, the way she goes after food...
IrnChef_Jovian> EWW
Mizunomics01> Mako-chan, I have something even odder.
FireFly_9> Ami-san, does it involve 'Hello Kitty' and batteries? Because if it does, I need to leave.
Mizunomics01> It doesn't :/

FireFly_9> I didn't know Wikipedia was that nutritional
Mizunomics01> Well I've always known it was food for thought, but this is a bit extreme.

 Tue Dec 04 00:33 2007 - Logging Stopped (suburbansenshi-chat)

Thanks to YingGirl for the tipoff on the Japanese Vending Machine Cloaking Suit and the Math-Deficient UKers!

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