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Internet Oracularities #1237    (53 votes, 3.2 mean)
Compiled-By: Steve Kinzler <kinzler@cs.indiana.edu>
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2001 21:07:09 -0500 (EST)

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1237-01    (66bm8 dist, 3.4 mean)
Selected-By: Kirsten Chevalier

The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply. Your question was:

> Is karma real?

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} You bet karma is real, my dear supplicant. Your every action will
} either build or deplete your karma.
}
} For example:
}
} Letting someone go ahead of you in traffic when you didn't need
} to: +1d6 karma
}
} Cutting somebody off: -1d6 karma
}
} Giving to a worthwhile charity: +3d6 karma
}
} Giving to the Republican party (not talking about taxes here,
} either): -3d6 karma
}
} Bombing and/or embargoing a third-world country into ruins: -6d1764
} karma (That's right, roll six 1,764-sided dice. God not only does play
} dice with the Universe, but he owns a really l33t gaming store.)
}
} Resisting the temptation to give money and/or arms to shady guerrilla
} leaders or dictators in the first place so they never come back to
} bite you in the ass: +6d6 karma (C'mon, we don't give huge bonuses for
} obvious decisions)
}
} Solving a long outstanding mathematical or scientific problem: +8d42
} karma
}
} That has immediate or long-term benefits for mankind: +8d716 karma
}
} That's actually just a new innovation in advertising: -42d1000 karma
}
} Making "All your base" jokes: -2d4 karma
}
} Writing a worthwhile oracularity: +2d4 karma
}
} Asking about woodchucks: -3d1000 karma
}
} And so on, et hoc genus omne.
}
} Then, at the end of your life, if you've yet to achieve the kind of
} transcendent inner knowledge that Buddha, Lao-tse or Chris Farley
} possessed, how much karma you have determines how you get
} reincarnated. If you're in the positives, you come back as something
} better - say, a great teacher, or a dolphin, or a masseuse at an
} exclusive resort for super-models. If you're in the negatives, then
} obviously you have many lessons yet to learn, so you come back as the
} same thing or worse. Say, a database programmer, sea cucumber, or some
} kind of vole.
}
} I shudder to think what Zadoc did in his previous lives.
}
} You owe the Oracle Culture Club's greatest hits on vinyl. *Red* vinyl.


1237-02    (3aoa6 dist, 3.1 mean)
Selected-By: Christophe <xof@chanticleer.com>

The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply. Your question was:

>           - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
>              GREAT MOMENTS IN THE LIFE OF THE ORACLE...
>
>                        and YOU ARE THERE!
>
>  When Junius Brutus and the sons of Tarquin asked the Delphic Oracle
>  who was to succeed Superbus on the throne of Rome, they received for
>  answer, "He who shall first kiss his mother." While the two princes
>  hastened home to fulfill what they thought was meant, Brutus fell to
>  the earth, and exclaimed, "Thus kiss I thee, O earth, the great
>  mother of us all."
>           - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
>
>  What do think Orrie? We run a series of these during the next
>  Super Bowl. Your name recognition goes sky high and tributes will
>  come pouring in.... what do you think? Is it a go?

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} *sigh*  We never had commercials during the Pythian Games.
}
} Being nigh-immortal is nice, don't get me wrong, but it means you spend
} a lot of your life being an old man.  Old men have simpler tastes.
} Apollo and I don't go out to the clubs anymore, priestesses are cute
} but tend to focus more on good looks than obscure wisdom... I gave 'em
} a really good serverance package and told 'em to start their own
} business, all I ask is that they use an owl in the logo as a
} rememberance to the duties they carried in the name of inscrutable
} wisdom.
}
} God help us all -- they went and started the "Hooters" chain of
} taverns.
}
} Anyways, I'm already world-reknown beyond the archeology books (thanks
} to Steve and the gang at Indiana U), and I don't have anywhere to
} put the tribute.  Lisa thought the sprigs of mistletoe made for great
} Christmas wreaths, but one weekend she was bored and made a whole
} living room suite out of the stuff and now she's sick of it.  It was
} about 400 years after the carpenter's son that Rome handed me my
} eviction notice. I was glad for a way to get out of the lease on the
} temple, and move into someplace with aqueducts and less of a gas leak.
} I left my desire for fame behind me, took a vacation and pretended to
} be an ignorant mortal for a while.  I spent time as a scribe, a sea
} merchant (dealing in retail sails), a bard, and door-to-door
} encyclopaedias.  I tried being a judge for a while, but people got
} suspicious when I never called witnesses to the stand, so I skipped
} town after that.
}
} Thanks anyways.  If you ever did a "this is your life!" kind of party
} for me, I'd adore it -- I'd even tell you how to summon spirts of the
} dead for your gueststars, but I had a taste of being a celebrity for a
} few hundred years already and that was enough.
}
} You don't owe the Oracle anything this time -- it was a nice idea, and
} I appreciate it.


1237-03    (3cfe9 dist, 3.3 mean)
Selected-By: "Leo L. Schwab" <ewhac@best.com>

The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply. Your question was:

> Is cindi married

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} A fine question to ask yourself now that you've slipped that
} goofy glass slipper on the feet of 632 peasant girls...


1237-04    (6jda5 dist, 2.8 mean)
Selected-By: nolan@celery.tssi.com

The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply. Your question was:

> Oracle most cold resistant and chicken soup like of the deities,
>
> Should I get a flu shot?

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} Learn to curb your bestial impulses and live in peace with your flu.
} What if everyone shot their flu?  The carnage would be horrendous!  In
} this universe, we must all strive to understand and tolerate each
} other.  And if we hear you've gone ahead and shot your flu, we won't
} hesitate to drop a dime on you and send you to the slammer for the rest
} of your miserable and pathetic little life.  -- May You Find Peace,
} Love, and Understanding.


1237-05    (67hg7 dist, 3.2 mean)
Selected-By: Christophe <xof@chanticleer.com>

The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply. Your question was:

> And then did Adam saith unto the Lord, "Yo, what can I get for a rib?".
> Well?

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} And the Lord spake unto Adam, "Thou hast offended me--thou knowest
} thou shouldst grovel before me and refrain from such hip-hop slang
} terminology in the face of Thy Lord."
}
} And Adam respondeth, "Chill Homey"
}
} And God knocketh Adam out, and when he awoke he foundeth a rib missing,
} and some hoochie mama lying nude beside him.  And God thought that
} this was good, and he awoke Adam saying, "A-man.. waketh up"
}
} And Adam awakeneth, to this divine being, a cross between J-Lo and
} Gwyneth, though not as slutty nor as refined, and said, "G-dog...
} You da man!"
}
} And God said, "No YOU da Man..."
}
} <chuckleth>
}
} To which Eve awakeneth, "Methinks I have a headache... I will find
} a Apple to keep the Doctor away..."


1237-06    (2bkf5 dist, 3.2 mean)
Selected-By: Dr. Noe <dr.noe@home.com>

The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply. Your question was:

> Oracle Most Discerning,
>
> What is the cause of that Strange Hubbub in the graveyard?

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} It's actually not a Strange Hubbub (Tumultum arcanum).  It's a Weird
} Hubbub (Tumultum outlandi).  It's a natural mistake to make, as the two
} are nearly identical in appearance.  The easiest way to tell them apart
} is by their call.  T. arcanum makes short, percussive noises
} reminiscent of steel saucepans, garbage can lids, or a gong, depending
} on the size and age of the individual specimen.  T. outlandi makes
} longer hooting or moaning sounds, often similar to telephone wires
} whistling in the wind.
}
} T. outlandi frequently makes an appearance in burial grounds upon the
} demise of persons of certain ethnic groups (owing to Federal
} regulations I am not allowed to tell you precisely which ones, sorry
} about that) who are members of large families.  If you check your local
} newspaper's obituary column for the last few days, I'm sure you'll be
} able to spot the likely candidates.  The Weird Hubbub generally
} blossoms quickly, but dies off in a couple of days.  Just be glad it's
} not an Awful Hubbub (Tumultum horribilis) - they can persist for
} months.
}
} You owe the Oracle 600 square feet of soundproofing material.


1237-07    (b8hb6 dist, 2.9 mean)
Selected-By: Kirsten Chevalier

The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply. Your question was:

> WHATS NEW IN THIS RELEASE OF THE INTERNET ORACLE (TM)?

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} The answers are even more perplexing than before.  Specifically,
} the tire irons have been painted orange and green, and the
} fruit salad has delightful blue specks of ground-up toy Smurfs
} folded in throughout.  Crunchy, yet satisfying.


1237-08    (57iad dist, 3.4 mean)
Selected-By: Paul Kelly <zymurge@mindspring.com>

The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply. Your question was:

> [ChibaCity]$ finger oracle@cs.indiana.edu

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} Login name: oracle     (messages off)  In real life: Oracle
} Directory: /home/oracle                Shell: /usr/local/bin/bash
} On since Nov 12 08:46:44 on pts/0 from 127.0.0.1
} 1 minute 0 seconds Idle Time
} No unread mail
} Plan:
}
} ######################################
} #### O ###############################  Down
} #### R ###   ###### U  S  A ##########  1. _____ Most Wise
} # Z  A  D  O  C ###### T #############  2. a fell beast
} #### C ###   ######### E  L I Z A ####  3. The 1 Who Made It Happen
} # S  L  E  D ######### V ###### R ####  4. hidden or secret
} #### E ### C  O  S  M  E  T  I  C  S #  5. Meat ______, a mortal
} ##########   ######### K ###### A ####  6. one of Orrie's states
} ####### S  U  P  P  L  I  C  A  N  T #  7. go play in the _______
} # I ######   ### U ### N ###### E ####  8. canines
} A N T #### K ### P ### Z  O  T #######  9. direction sun rises from
} # D ############ P ### L ### R ####### 10. something real stupid
} # I ### D ###### E ### E ### A ### E #  Across
} # A ### O ###### T ### R ### F ### A #  1. North of Mexico
} # N  I  G  H  T ############ F ### S #  2. type of worm
} # A ### S ######### T  Y  P  I  S  T #  3. early AI
} ################### V ###### C #######  4. rosebud
} ######################################
}
} 5. things Lisa doesn't wear    6. source of questions
} 7. type of insect              8. found in rhod
} 9. homophone of knight        10. Clinton hired her because
}                                   he heard she was a touch _____
}
} You owe the Oracle mention in alt.sysadmin.recovery


1237-09    (3chab dist, 3.3 mean)
Selected-By: Christophe <xof@chanticleer.com>

The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply. Your question was:

>  X+1=1/X
>  (X*X)+X=1
>  X-1=-X
>
>  For 500 points, which of these statements contradicts the other two?

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} Solving this problem exemplifies the three R's!!!
}
} Let's start with a little quickie math analysis: ('Rithmetic)
} 1. In the first statement, multiplying both sides by X gives X^2+X=1,
} which is the same as the second one.
} 2. Solving either of those two statements for X, we get X as about .62
} 3. The third statement would seem to yield X=0.5
}
} OK, now for Reading:
} "For 500 ponts..."- This seems to mean that the correct answering of
} this interrogative statement will gain the asked 500 of some entity
} called "points."
} "...which of these statements..." It establishes the sentence as an
} interrogative one, and asked about what specific one of several
} statements satisfies some criteria.
} "...contradicts..." Goes against.
} "...the other two?" The other two in a group of three.
}
} The answer seems to be the third choice, but just to make sure, I'll
} have to make the answer utterly ambiguous. To do so, I'll invoke the
} third R, Riting:
}
} "The Essential Guide of Shamans" contains the rites that must be
} invoked to change around the rules of mathematics. I think that the
} best way to do it would be to make about .62 and .5 the same number.
} Here goes:
}
} Hummina! Assume a=b. Wubbidy! So a^2=ab. Sturek! a^2-b^2=ab-b^2.
} Veercha! (a+b)(a-b)=b(a-b). Hummina! a+b=b. Yersachen! 2b=b. Floozy!
} 2=1. Hichaklioe! 1=0. Volla! .12=0. Vezzachozibliajekomanoscheivira!
} .62=.5!!!!!
}
} The answer: None of the above. You owe the Oracle the point entities.


1237-10    (4acfc dist, 3.4 mean)
Selected-By: nolan@celery.tssi.com

The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply. Your question was:

> Wise Oracle,
>
> Are there any humans left in the USA that take responsibility for
> their own actions?

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} **ZOT!**
} Oops! I killed the poor supplicant!
} Uh... wasn't my fault.


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