Out of the Blue

Since I got that satellite TV service, out of the some 374,000 (give or take) channels available to me, one of the most perplexing has always been the Game Show Channel. For those unfamiliar, this has nothing to do with the popularity of present-day "reality TV" stuff like Who Wants to be a Thousandaire ("sorry Rege, I'm gonna quit now") and Who Won't Eat the Gross Thingee, but rather on the polyester-clad, Farrah-haired shows of my bygone youth, like Match Game and $10,000 Pyramid. I finally got it last night though, as in flipping through the channels I got caught up in a bit of their Let's Make a Deal marathon. This show was pretty damn brilliant in its day, between selecting their contestants from a throng of folks in wild home-made costumes, to host Monte Hall, who was positively brilliant in his role as MC/con-man, this show defined cheese, and turns out to hold up to this day as quite entertaining. It is hard to play along at home, however, because like The Price is Right, which, like its host Bob Barker, inexplicably keeps rolling on in the present day, many of their challenges involve guessing the prices of things, so watching nowadays requires either a memory worthy of an elephant, or an inflation calculator. My favorite example from the portions I caught last night was the prize one woman received of 1,000 gallons of gas. The cash value of her prize? $350. Wow!

Link of the Day: Ink Syndicate. Home of the instant rock critic. Thanks EvilToast.
Bonus Link: AIRTOONS. Thanks Joe Siegler. Reminds me of Tyler Durden's first meeting with "Jack."
Story of the Day: I can't believe how many sent this in, but it's too painful to even link to (much less think about), so if you want to find why I'm cringing, use your favorite search engine for "testicles." Thanks (I guess) to all million of you who sent his in.
Weird Science: Study Radio Waves May Kill Mussels. Thanks again EvilToast.
Wild Science: Brain cells linked to silicon chips (MSNBC). Thanks Siege. Or maybe this is the weird one, and the one above is the wild one?

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Re: Here's the testicle story
Aug 29, 2001, 19:28
Quboid
 
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Re: Here's the testicle story Aug 29, 2001, 19:28
Aug 29, 2001, 19:28
 Quboid
 
Yeah, that's a quote. So?

And yes, I got the quote wrong *blush* and lost all the cleverness. I probably typed it at 2 in the morning. I wonder where else I've misquoted. I wish I could remember who said it...

Cheers,
Xain

War doesn't decide who's right - just who's left.
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Re: Testicle Festival
Aug 29, 2001, 19:00
anon@207.136
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Re: Testicle Festival Aug 29, 2001, 19:00
Aug 29, 2001, 19:00
anon@207.136
 
"That's probably testicle STEW festival."
-- Oh, ok. That makes it sound soo much better.
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RE: Let's make a deal
Aug 29, 2001, 18:05
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RE: Let's make a deal Aug 29, 2001, 18:05
Aug 29, 2001, 18:05
 
I was watching the same marathon the other night, and I thought I saw the most devastating thing during the end credits. Maybe I just misread it as it flashed by, but I think that this is true.
It was a disclaimer that said that all of the "contestants" on the show had been paid for their appearance. Additionally, it said that any appearance of a "game" is pre-scripted and the outcome is already determined. I'm hoping I'm just misunderstanding this, it would totally ruin the show if it's true. Watch the end credits next time it's on.

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Re: Testicle Festival
Aug 29, 2001, 16:05
anon@24.201
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Re: Testicle Festival Aug 29, 2001, 16:05
Aug 29, 2001, 16:05
anon@24.201
 
I did a search in Yahoo! for testicles and found the annual Testicle Festival in Montana taking place next month... anyone wanna give me a ride?
That's probably testicle STEW festival.
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Re: Here's the testicle story
Aug 29, 2001, 16:03
anon@24.201
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Re: Here's the testicle story Aug 29, 2001, 16:03
Aug 29, 2001, 16:03
anon@24.201
 
War doesn't decide who's right - just who's left.
You QUOTER!

And am I crazy, or is everyone in here talking about testicles?

Weird
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Re: Here's the testicle story
Aug 29, 2001, 14:33
anon@206.40
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Re: Here's the testicle story Aug 29, 2001, 14:33
Aug 29, 2001, 14:33
anon@206.40
 
eh? War doesn't decide who's right - just who's left.
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Re: Here's the testicle story
Aug 29, 2001, 14:18
Quboid
 
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Re: Here's the testicle story Aug 29, 2001, 14:18
Aug 29, 2001, 14:18
 Quboid
 
That's not it - thats a follow up that has been posted twice already.

Cheers,
Xain

War doesn't decide who's right - just who's wrong.
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Here's the testicle story
Aug 29, 2001, 13:27
anon@204.164
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Here's the testicle story Aug 29, 2001, 13:27
Aug 29, 2001, 13:27
anon@204.164
 
Someone at work told me about it today:

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010829/od/scrotum_dc_1.html
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Testicle Festival
Aug 29, 2001, 12:53
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Testicle Festival Aug 29, 2001, 12:53
Aug 29, 2001, 12:53
 
I did a search in Yahoo! for testicles and found the annual Testicle Festival in Montana taking place next month... anyone wanna give me a ride?

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Testicle Festival
Aug 29, 2001, 12:53
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Testicle Festival Aug 29, 2001, 12:53
Aug 29, 2001, 12:53
 
I did a search in Yahoo! for testicles and found the annual Testicle Festival in Montana taking place next month... anyone wanna give me a ride

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Re: Ditzie
Aug 29, 2001, 12:51
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Re: Ditzie Aug 29, 2001, 12:51
Aug 29, 2001, 12:51
 
They had his perfect soulmate on Leno last night. An equally disturbing female rendition of that freak.

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Re: Lets Make a deal
Aug 29, 2001, 12:44
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Re: Lets Make a deal Aug 29, 2001, 12:44
Aug 29, 2001, 12:44
 
Yeah I saw the same episode Man it was beautiful, gotta love those color tv's back then and the entertainment centers! bet they pump out the sound! Also 2-5 thousand for the cars wow wish that was true now. They have the curtains, boxes, food items, that people have the option of keeping or trading for whats behind a box, a curtain and so forth...then either the curtain is better or the item they had was better.... anyways, the match game rocks also! have a good one.

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Re: Lets Make a deal
Aug 29, 2001, 12:43
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Re: Lets Make a deal Aug 29, 2001, 12:43
Aug 29, 2001, 12:43
 
The 'problem' if you switch you double your chance of winning from 1 out of 3 to 2 out of three.

Yeah, pretty interesting thing. For those that crave for an explanation: your chances are better with the remaining door because

- when you first choose you have a 1/3 chance
- there is a 2/3 probability that the prize is behind one of the remaining doors
- the host never opens the door with the prize
- so the probability is 2/3 that the prize is behind one of the other two doors and you already know that the open one is a no-win
- so the remaining door has always a 2/3 chance

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Re: OotB
Aug 29, 2001, 12:35
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Re: OotB Aug 29, 2001, 12:35
Aug 29, 2001, 12:35
 
Why would someone think this is a good way to bring about political change ?!?!?

Not the first time someone confused family issues and politics

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Lets Make a deal
Aug 29, 2001, 12:23
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Lets Make a deal Aug 29, 2001, 12:23
Aug 29, 2001, 12:23
 
Is this the show that spawned the (in)famous Monte Hall problem in probability.(see below for brief description). If so did most folk stick or change their choice?




For those of you who don't know

You are on a game show and the host presents you with 3 doors, behind each one he tells you there is a prize 1 good, 2 duff. You make a pick. He then opens one of the other doors and reveals a duff prize. He then asks if you wish to stick wth your choice or switch.


The 'problem' if you switch you double your chance of winning from 1 out of 3 to 2 out of three.

Anvil - from the land of warm beer and mad cattle.
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Re: Nuts
Aug 29, 2001, 12:23
anon@199.29
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Re: Nuts Aug 29, 2001, 12:23
Aug 29, 2001, 12:23
anon@199.29
 
Actually there are two of these. Friday in Edmonton (man in back of police car), and yesterday in Pickering (woman and man fighting gets out of hand - woman wins).
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WTF?
Aug 29, 2001, 12:14
Quboid
 
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WTF? Aug 29, 2001, 12:14
Aug 29, 2001, 12:14
 Quboid
 
I still don't have a clue what this story is... I tried search.news.yahoo.com but I only got the Peruvian guy (oooooh).

Not sure I want the link though

Cheers,
Xain

War doesn't decide who's right - just who's wrong.
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Re: SotD
Aug 29, 2001, 12:12
anon@199.29
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Re: SotD Aug 29, 2001, 12:12
Aug 29, 2001, 12:12
anon@199.29
 
I have to wonder...did any of the pepper spray the police used on this guy get into any of the cuts he had been successful in making?
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Telekinesis?
Aug 29, 2001, 11:31
anon@217.81
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Telekinesis? Aug 29, 2001, 11:31
Aug 29, 2001, 11:31
anon@217.81
 
"... [may help] paralyzed to move objects with their thoughts"

Of course this is not what I though in the first split second. Perhaps they should rephrase that one.
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OotB
Aug 29, 2001, 11:24
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OotB Aug 29, 2001, 11:24
Aug 29, 2001, 11:24
 
The Peruvian thing was far worse than the guy and his girlfriend. Why would someone think this is a good way to bring about political change ?!?!?

But I'm very happy about being able to jack in soon. This carpal tunnel is a bitch

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