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Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension

Special Chinese Kid’s Book



Who could resist spending $57.40 plus $10.00 shipping for a book with this description:

Turtle with a small purple alien friend scientific expedition. Crossing the Sea like Crossing the Sea two stories travel the world. Little Turtle purple alien with friends explore the ocean together. they saw the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. but dangerous whale is near! Little purple alien turtles have a friend who has a cool graduated spaceship! Spaceship. turtles and small purple alien friends a series of scientific adventures. They leap into space. understanding the mystery of the eight planets; they cross the center of the earth. after a dangerous volcanoes . But not all smooth sailing expedition. when they go to sea. but accidentally be swallowed into the stomach.


Item is here at time of posting.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 02, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension, Books, Asia, Mistranslations

A Shiny New Conspiracy Theory

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A new nut job conspiracy theory has hatched recently. Apparently the handful of Walmart stores that were closed unexpectedly are supposedly tied to a military operation called Jade Helm. The operation has something to do with declairing martial law by summer. Or the stores have plumbing issues that require closing up to make proper repairs. You know, one or the other.

Posted By: patty - Thu Apr 23, 2015 - Comments (11)
Category: Annoying Things, Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension, Delusions, Fantasies and Other Tricks of the Imagination, Surrealism, Conspiracy Theories and Theorists

Anti-Vaxxers

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Picture one is a child with measles. Picture two is a child with smallpox. The only study to vilify vaccines has been completely debunked and yet supposedly loving and intelligent parents are denying their children the protection of vaccinations. These people also put others at risk with this irresponsible choice. The scientific community is at a loss as to how to reverse this dangerous trend. Meanwhile pop culture icons weigh in on a subject they have no expertise about and influence decisions that damage society as a whole and children especially.
Government needs to step in for public safety before these diseases take hold in the general population unnecessarily. Parents are being threatened with having their children taken away for letting them walk to the park unaccompanied yet refusing the protection of vaccinations is being allowed. We are down the rabbit hole on this issue.

Posted By: patty - Wed Mar 04, 2015 - Comments (25)
Category: Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension, Medicine, Surrealism, Can't Possibly Be True, More Things To Worry About, Diseases, Disease

Abstract Controversy

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This painting was commissioned and displayed in a public building in the 1960s. It immediately aroused ire and controversy and disgust. Can you guess why?

Answer after the jump.



More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 20, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Art, Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension, Death, Politics, 1960s

A Sticky Situation

In this day and age if you are going to make maple syrup you should probably let the neighbors know about it. Otherwise they may misconstrue all the containers and paraphenailia for a meth lab. Giving SWAT some homemade syrup was a nice touch.

Posted By: patty - Sun Feb 17, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension

Pistol-packing Teacher

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I'm very proud this incident is part of my home state's history.

From The New York Times for January 12, 1923.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 15, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension, Education, 1920s, Alcohol

Dimensions

Dimensions by Bernard Longpré, National Film Board of Canada



Ostensibly a primer in spatial awareness for kids, this drug-addled escapade is really an elaborate allegory for sexual tension. The geeky male's inability to physically connect with, mate with, or ultimately please the attractive female. Watch, and see if you don't agree.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 27, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension, Drugs, Geeks, Nerds and Pointdexters, Sexuality, Stupidity, Surrealism, 1960s

Unsafest Skies Ever!

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[Click on either half of the image to enlarge.]

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 23, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension, Surrealism, Air Travel and Airlines

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