THINGS TO REFLECT ON

by The Brothers E


There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?


I think television deeply effects our daily lives. Much more than we realize it does. Anyone who saw The Dreamers knows what I'm talking about. It's a little scary to think that when you watch friends, you only laugh when the laugh track tells you to.
-The Brothers E

That's a good point. Laugh tracks are a potent sound effect. --Upsilon


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Isn't this great?!
-The Boehrrts E

Woah. I read that almost with no hinderance. AgentSeethroo

This makes me question the practice of teaching English using "sight words" that was introduced in the late 70's and early 80's. I learned under the previous method, "phonics." Whoa, generation gap. I'm glad there are things like Homestar Runner to bring generations together. --Buz

What about two words that have the same letters in them and start and end with the same letter? Bart, Brat? That's all I've got, but, I'm sure there are some more. -CE5

Context is how you figure them out, anyway, CE5... but yes, it is one of the cooler things out there. - Jewb Gruu

In the time it took me to read that, I could've, like, gotten the high score for Dr. Mario...Woah. In fact, I'm gonna do that right now. -POST-IT-NOTE'D!!!

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I must admit that I had a little trouble with "mldoeatery," but I clearly understood "cinconnvig hphsoiteys" (convincing hypothesis). Huh. Megan read it without trouble.
-The Brothers E

Crsue you, Mgaen. You win tihs tmie. --Uilopsn

Lnog wdros are hrad... :p

Hey! That's really cool!

The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman. Discuss.


It wasn't holy or Roman, because even Roman Christians went to the Colisseum to see the fights. And Romans were superstitious by nature, so they would've obeyed God. But noooooo! They had to be hipocrites!
- Mysterious-Stranger

Nor was it an empire. --Lord Karkon

It was headed by the pope of the Catholic church of the time, and to distinguish between eastern orthodox catholocism and western catholocism, I believe they used the word "Roman" before catholic. Much like they do today. And since it was headed by the church, however corrupt, the word "holy" distinguishes it from the "Roman Empire" which had collapsed several hundred years earlier. While arguably a misuse of the denotations of the adjectives, it still distinguishes the term from other, potentially confusing combinations of the terms. --Buz

The Holy Roman Empire was a collection of fuedal states that later became Prussia, Germany, and Austria. It was north of what is now Italy.

I found a decent article online: http://chivalricorders.org/nobility/holyroman/


A parkway is a thing you drive on, and a driveway is a thing you park on. Discuss.


Stupid overused cliche. Discussion over. --liato

Aw. How sad.

I shall free the shackles of encarceration, and discuss. Driving and parking are as different as night and day, so a driveway and a parkway are as different as night and day. ("Don't you think night and day are different?"). But if you drive on a parkway, and park on a driveway, you have a paradox. If you didn't know better, you could hold up traffic or only drive 20ft at a time.
- Mysterious-Stranger


Wow. this is some deep stuff. I feel all "i-donno-what's-goin'-on-crazy-type" in my tummy. yummy. Yeah, I'm done now.

I mean, think about it.
- Mysterious-Stranger


That reminds me of something I read once. If a train station is where a train stops, what's a workstation?