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1,2. Testing. Testing... Anyone out there?) Somebody tell me a story, and I'll tell you one back!

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nope

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^that's rude!

 ‎· Социопята
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^ nope!

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a story

 ‎· yespa
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one back

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Here goes. (Apologies to old-timers who have heard that before). I am in the check-in line at SFO, talking on a phone with a colleague who is running late. When I hang up, a well-dressed Chinese man in his late 50s turns to me and asks "Is this Russian?" I confirm. He smiles and says with almost no accent: "Иностранный язык - оружие жизненной борьбы!"

 ‎· kaznacheev
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Another one. A friend of mine, a sound engineer and a music erudite, was going to have a birthday. We asked him what kind of music recording would he prefer as a present. "Silence!", he said. So we took a gold CD-R (it was something like 1998), generated a 600 MB wav file full of zeros, burned it, and brought to him.

 ‎· 9000
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oh, i've done very well indeed!! stunning results on my first ever post: a rude comment, a comment commenting upon the rude comment's rudeness, a mini-dialogue of tongue-in-cheek plays on my original words, and two (!!) whole (!!!) stories! ....yes, the force is strong in this space

 ‎· nutty bird in a glass box
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Welcome! :)

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@ayoshi thank you!!! btw your screenname looks japanese ^_^ what's the story there?

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@kaznacheev: we chineeze are everywhere....))))

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@9000: what a lovely gift! how was it received?

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Ok. A story I've recently come across. You have probably heard about President Kennedy's famous blunder with German, the whole “Ich bin ein Berliner” story. (Although Wikipedia has something to say on this matter. There is even a page with the title I like very much, “Doughnut jelly misconception.”) Anyway, if we assume that he actually did make this mistake, then he had a predecessor, namely Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, who, in the beginning of his reign, proudly told the Dutch people: “Ik ben jullie konijn” (I am your rabbit) instead of saying “Ik ben jullie koning” (I am your king). (Although later he was able to master the Dutch language perfectly, even became a sincere Dutch patriot and put Holland's interests above those of France, refusing to provide troops to his brother for his invasion of Russia. Sorry, I guess I'm babbling.)

 ‎· liquidgold
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@squarepheanix: The present was accepted with a smile, but not immediately played. (Industry-grade area noise-canceling systems were and are beyond my means.)

 ‎· 9000
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@liquidgold: ^^ Re kingly spelling errors, there's a historic anecdote about the last Russian tzar Nicolas II. A small newspaper reported his coronation with a typo: in the phrase "the crown was put on Tzar's head"; "корона" = "crown", they mistyped it as "ворона" ("crow"). Later on they issued a correction, which, possibly deliberately, was also a typo: "корова" ("cow"). It's not a surprise that this reign was the last one in Russia's history. (More surprising is, possibly, the fact that words "crow" and "cow" are likely so ancient that their interplay can still be rendered somehow similarly in modern English and modern Russian.)

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^это, про crown-crow-cow корону-ворону-корову, очень хорошо!

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@liquidgold I am your rabbit! brilliant!!))))) and wait a minute, what was the blunder of Kennedy's? i'm fascinated by that terrible man and all his questionable deeds. also, doughnut jelly misconception will be a most suitable name for my band, if i ever manage to have one

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@9000 HILARIOUS 爆笑した、いま

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