China bans wordplay in attempt at pun control

From online discussions to adverts, Chinese culture is full of puns. But the country’s print and broadcast watchdog has ruled that there is nothing funny about them.

It has banned wordplay on the grounds that it breaches the law on standard spoken and written Chinese, makes promoting cultural heritage harder and may mislead the public – especially children.

The casual alteration of idioms risks nothing less than “cultural and linguistic chaos”, it warns.

via China bans wordplay in attempt at pun control | World news | The Guardian.

 


city to strike only good law

City to strike ban on being willfully annoying

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — It’s soon expected to be OK to be willfully annoying in Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/1cqxCRm ) that the City Commission is nixing a 38-year-old section of city code that states “no person shall willfully annoy another person.” City Attorney Catherine Mish recommended repealing the language, saying the wording is “unconstitutional in terms of being vague” and “simply unenforceable.” A final decision is expected March 11.

via City to strike ban on being willfully annoying – World news.

related: there’s apparently a wiki how on How to Not Be Annoying in case you are ridiculously maladjusted.


twitter / @crushingbort on boatmurder

via Twitter / crushingbort: thank you cnn I’m glad these ….


Finally– Trump’s hair explained

poor little critter 😦

..While the untamed, flesh-ish colored fur-like thing resting atop Trump’s head may look like his own hair, our investigators were shocked to discover its true origin: a genetically modified rodent. We learned that Trump employs a team of scientists consisting of biologists, geneticists and cryptozoologists who work full-time behind the ornate golden doors of a secret laboratory located inside Trump’s gaudy lavish New York penthouse. Their job is to create and raise a large herd of furry, chimera-like rodents consisting of the spliced DNA of orangutans, rabid weasels, caterpillars and most troubling, a dead chupacabra found flattened on a remote road in East Texas. Trump barges into the laboratory every morning to mercilessly grab a woeful creature and slap it atop his head. The younger, smaller creatures are used as Trump’s eyebrows and if you look closely, you may observe them curled up and sleeping on the hot orange flesh above The Donald’s angry eyes..

via Gallery of the Absurd: Celebrity Hair Beasts: Donald Trump.


Supreme Court On Gay Marriage: ‘Sure, Who Cares’ (Onion)

Moreover, when Attorney Cooper said that gay marriage could harm the moral fabric of the country and hurt the institution of marriage, Associate Justice Sotomayor asked, “What are you even talking about?” while Justice Anthony Kennedy reportedly muttered, “You got to be fucking kidding me,” under his breath.

via Supreme Court On Gay Marriage: ‘Sure, Who Cares’ | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source.

nailed it..


Punxsutawney Phil + capital punishment + bored lawyer

or dead groundhog hogging ground.. burial ground.. something something.. I’m tired.

Punxsutawney Phil indicted for false informing

The indictment, filed by Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Gmoser, alleges that on or about February 02, 2013, at Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with
prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that Spring would come early.

[…]

What’s in store now for Phil? Pending an extradition hearing, Gmoser says it’s curtains for the little guy, suggesting that the penance for such a misrepresentation should be the death penalty.

“Since he’s already serving a life sentence behind bars, as you know. There wasn’t much left as far as a penalty other than a death sentence,” added Gmoser.

 

via Punxsutawney Phil indicted for false informing by Butler Co. – FOX19.com-Cincinnati News, Weather & Sports.

 


Florida Man on Twitter

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This Twitter is brilliant. It just scoops up real crime articles that have “Florida Man” present in the title. SO GOOD.

Some choice examples:

Florida Man Traps Ex-Girlfriend’s Mother Into A Fold-Out Couch | http://bit.ly/fJPLwo

Florida Man Threatens Neighbor With Chainsaw He Can’t Start | http://bit.ly/UskBe0

Florida Man Slapped With Warning After Riding Dying Sperm Whale | http://bit.ly/12WT6Pf

High On Synthetic Weed, Florida Man Calls 911 Twice To Report That His Dreams Are Real | http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-09-04/news/os-man-calls-911-dreams-drugs-20120904_1_dispatcher-synthetic-marijuana-dream …

all via Florida Man _FloridaMan on Twitter.


MEANWHILE IN GERMANY: Internet access declared a basic right

A top German court has ruled that people can sue their Internet providers for damages if connection is lost. The court has ruled that access to the Internet represents a basic need in modern society.

The complaint that brought about the ruling came from a man who lost his Internet connection for two months due to an administrative error caused by a takeover of his Internet provider by another company. He is now entitled to monetary compensation – and while the amount may not be very high, the ruling reflects an important shift. With it, Germany’s Federal Court of Justice has stated that Internet connection is a modern necessity, on par with the right to mobility.

The court compared the situation to a car owner claiming damages after someone else has caused an accident that renders the car unusable for some time.A ‘vital’ part of lifeAmong other reasons for the judgment, the Federal Court states that “the majority of German residents use the Internet on a daily basis. It has become a medium that plays a vital role in the lives of most people, and whose absence has a significant impact on daily life.”

via Internet access declared a basic right in Germany | Sci-Tech | DW.DE | 27.01.2013.

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SO: I was initially looking for a picture that was like “Go Germany!” then I thought of their love of Hoff. I was searching for something that possibly combined the two but then saw THIS & had to stop. I mean, it chose ME.


U-S-eh

Will the U.S. catch up with the rest of the world during President Obama’s second term? Advocates are working to get a national law passed while some states are expanding family leave policies, the Atlantic reports. See a new White House petition here. In the meantime, certain companies understand that keeping new parents happy makes more sense than replacing them, which generally costs somewhere between 50 and 200 percent of a worker’s salary. When Google lengthened its maternity leave from three months to five and made it fully paid, new-mom attrition fell by half.

 

via Paid Parental Leave: U.S. vs. The World (INFOGRAPHIC).