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Internet Oracularities #1463

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Internet Oracularities #1463    (30 votes, 3.0 mean)
Compiled-By: Steve Kinzler <kinzler@cs.indiana.edu>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 11:19:35 -0500 (EST)

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   1463
   2 1 3 4 3   5 3 3 4 1

1463  30 votes 13a97 178a4 436c5 47c52 5d831 bb332 16e63 178b3 265c5 37d70
1463  3.0 mean  3.6   3.3   3.4   2.8   2.4   2.1   3.1   3.3   3.4   2.8


1463-01    (13a97 dist, 3.6 mean)
Selected-By: Mark Lawrence <lawrence.4@osu.edu>

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

> Oracle, please tell me if Frank Lehnen will be a faithful boyfriend.

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} I have no reason to suspect that Frank Lehnen is inherently
} unfaithful, but due to the curse of human free will (I was completely
} against that idea, by the way) I can not be sure how he will behave in
} all potential circumstances. The only way to verify his future
} faithfulness will be to put him to some kind of test, similar to the
} plot of the 1998 David Schwimmer vehicle (one of the so-called "Friends
} Films") Kissing a Fool. If you haven't seen it, it's a charming romcom
} co-starring My Name is Earl's Jason Lee where one friend asks the other
} friend to seduce a woman in order to prove (or disprove) her loyalty.
}
} To aid you in your quest, I will take on the form of a beautiful woman
} and approach Frank Lehnen in the supermarket.
}
} * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
}
} ORACLE: Hi, there.
}
} FRANK LEHNEN: Oh... Um, hello.
}
} ORACLE: I'm a beautiful woman.
}
} FRANK LEHNEN: Uh, right, yes.
}
} ORACLE: Can you tell me if these melons are ripe?
}
} FRANK LEHNEN: Excuse me?
}
} ORACLE: Perhaps you can tell by how firm they feel.
}
} FRANK LEHNEN: No, that's a myth. With watermelons you want one that is
} free of dents, bruises, and cuts. If stripes are found all around the
} melon, it's just not ready yet.
}
} ORACLE: Oh, okay. Um... Would you like to check my melons?
}
} FRANK LEHNEN: Maybe you should find someone who works here.
}
} ORACLE: I'd so much rather you do it.
}
} FRANK LEHNEN: I'm kind of in a hurry, ma'am.
}
} ORACLE: Ma'am? Did you just call me ma'am? I'm a beautiful woman and
} I'm obviously coming on to you.
}
} FRANK LEHNEN: I have a girlfriend.
}
} ORACLE: So, ditch her. [Singing] Don't you wish your girlfriend was
} hot like me?
}
} FRANK LEHNEN: Look, you're a lovely woman but I'm just not interested.
}
} ORACLE: Not your type?M-  NOT YOUR TYPE?M-  I'LL SHOW YOU NOT YOUR
} TYPE.
}
} ****ZOT!!!****
}
} * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
}
} Well, I've got good news and bad news.


1463-02    (178a4 dist, 3.3 mean)
Selected-By: Dave Hemming <dhemming@blueyonder.co.uk>

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

> Ooh, Oracle, sweetie:
>
> One itsy bitsy thing I forgot... will you bring the lubricant?
> Thankoo!
>
> Looking forward to it, darling,
>
> -Darling

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} Considering that you are rebuilding the entire transmission for me,
} it's the least I can do.  Half a gallon of 75W-90 coming up, Mr.
} Darling.
}
} I do hope you don't mind my not sticking around, though.  I'm not up
} for axle grease stains today, and the supplicants are waiting.
}
} You owe the Oracle a look at the brakes while you're in there.


1463-03    (436c5 dist, 3.4 mean)
Selected-By: "Tim Chew" <twchew@mindspring.com>

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

> Oh, wonderous player Oracle.
>
> You have:
> A 1cm cube area of stopped time.
> 2 lightsabers, which may be connected to form a double-bladed
> lightsaber 1 gram of antimatter, sealed in a magnetised vacuum flask
> with 20 minutes of charge in the batteries A telephone directory
> A FULLY operational DeLorean
>
> What do you do now, punk?

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} 1) Connect vacuum flask to car battery, to make it last longer.
} 2) Drive to supplicants home.  Address can be found in telephone
}    directory.
} 3) Use light sabers to chop down door.
} 4) Throw stopped time at supplicant to prevent him from creating
}    trouble.
} 5) Disconnect flask from car battery
} 6) Hide flask in supplicants room.
} 7) Drive away.  Fast.
}
} Boy, are you gonna be surprised in 20 minutes!  But not for long.


1463-04    (47c52 dist, 2.8 mean)
Selected-By: Klone (aka Daniel V Klein) <dvk@lonewolf.com>

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

> Oh most amazing oracle that lights up my life like a lightbulb with
> very many watts:
>
> Happy happy smile fun lolz?

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

}   > Happy happy smile fun lolz?
}
} Jesus.  You'd think you'd never tried to ask a girl out before.  But as
} you stare at Lisa, you realize: you never have.
}
}   > x Lisa
}
} Lisa's gaze meets yours momentarily and begins to slide down to a point
} just ... to the left of your hips.  As you put down your gin untouched
} and flick a glance left, you have time only to recognize the face for
} who it is before you hear a sharp crack that tells you you won't be
} needing that drink after all.
}
} *** YOU HAVE DIED ***
}
} You are carrying:
}     a lightbulb (on)
}     a steam kettle (empty)
}     two Grecian masks
}
} You have not scored, but the Oracle has.


1463-05    (5d831 dist, 2.4 mean)
Selected-By: Klone (aka Daniel V Klein) <dvk@lonewolf.com>

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

> I see that this prescription drug has the effects "mask-like facial
> expression," "drooling," and "priapism."  Will taking this enhance my
> social standing or no?
>
> Thank you in advance for your infinite wisdom and kindness.

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} Strange as it may seem, the prescription may in fact increase your
} social standing, particularly if taken in conjunction with an
} anticholinergic medication, which can minimize or even eliminate the
} pseudo-Parkinsonism - the facial expression, drooling, and tremors.
} The possibility of priapism is more of a concern; despite the
} popularity of certain other prescriptions, when it doesn't deflate on
} cue, it's no fun.  (That's also a less common side effect.)
}
} The crux here is what's currently messing up your social standing, how
} much you want to change it, and how effective this prescription would
} be at helping that.
}
} Good luck.
}
} You owe the Oracle a cure for ostracism.


1463-06    (bb332 dist, 2.1 mean)
Selected-By: "Tim Chew" <twchew@mindspring.com>

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

> Dear Friend,
>
> you have been chosen to participate in our clinical trial of clinical
> trials!!!!!!

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} Facebook Applications meets Reader's Digest.
}
} You owe the Oracle your thanks to the inventors of Facebook Lite.


1463-07    (16e63 dist, 3.1 mean)
Selected-By: "Tim Chew" <twchew@mindspring.com>

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

> Oh fantabulous, crabulous Oracle!
>
> If I cross an elephant with a moebius strip... oh, who am
> I kidding. You're just going to go off on some tangent and
> ramble about something entirely unrelated anyway, aren't you?

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} Well, thank you for reminding me. Yes, the Thirty Years' War was
} horrible, with all this fighting and atrocities on the civilian
} population. Which brings me to my point, that fruit is good for your
} health, and the tastiest form is grape juice fermented in wooden
} barrels, then stored in sealed glass bottles. And while the teaching of
} mathematics in public schools does need to be reformed and improved,
} the keeping of large and potentially dangerous breeds of dogs should
} nevertheless be regulated. Which of course should not be construed to
} mean that manned space exploration is in any way detrimental to the
} maintenance of narrow-gauge railways in the Baltic states.
}
} And by the way, the offspring would not be viable. With its nose
} twisted into an endless chiral single-sided surface, it would
} suffocate.


1463-08    (178b3 dist, 3.3 mean)
Selected-By: "Tim Chew" <twchew@mindspring.com>

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

> I see no reason to listen to a word you say, UNLESS I am a SAUSAGE!
>
> A PORK sausage! With HERBS!
>
> And clearly I am NOT a PORK SAUSAGE with HERBS!
>
> So? What do you say to that, eh?

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} You go on the tour of that Gourmet Sausage Factory tomorrow don't you?
}
} It's okay, you can trust the railings.  I promise.


1463-09    (265c5 dist, 3.4 mean)
Selected-By: Dave Hemming <dhemming@blueyonder.co.uk>

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

> I'd like to file an official complaint to Mr. Oracle. Last week he
> told me to brush my teeth using a walrus to cure my chest pains, but
> the lemonade was Purple and the parsley flakes were expired. I demand
> compensation!

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} Internet Oracle Customer Relations Department.
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}
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}
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}
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1463-10    (37d70 dist, 2.8 mean)
Selected-By: Klone (aka Daniel V Klein) <dvk@lonewolf.com>

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

> O Great Oracle, whose somnolent thoughts, expressed in strange
> vagaries, are the stuff of all augury,
>
> Why is Charadrius melodus referred to in the common parlance as the
> 'Piping Plover'?  Whence the 'Piping'? And how does one 'Plove',
> anyway?
>
> A puzzled supplicant.

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} O supplicant who has encountered Incarnations in various altered
} states of consciousness,
}
} These birds are traditionally served very hot (hence 'piping'),
} usually with a spicy/sweet sauce that drips liberally (hence 'plover,'
} from the French 'pleuve,' to rain).  So therefore you could plove by
} being a drip.
}
} OK, not really.
}
} The piping is the characteristic sound made by the bird.  I could tell
} you that one ploves by dashing along the beach and stopping suddenly
} over and over - but in reality that would be a neologism.  The name is
} in fact French in origin; 'pluvier' - which is, by no coincidence at
} all, the same as the French present-tense verb for 'piping.'  It
} follows that one would plove by imitating the bird's piping call.
}
} You owe the Oracle some Buffalo wings.


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