Freak acccident.


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    “A tape measure is like a gun at a construction site,” Mr. González said. “Like a police officer, you don’t pull it out unless you’re going to use it.”

    Uhmmmm, no. That is the worst over-dramatization I have ever heard.

    But seriously, imagine the bad luck. The guy had just stepped out of his vehicle and presumably the next step would have been to put on his hard hat. This is a series of events where even the smallest deviation would have made it end entirely differently.



  • @Intercourse said:

    Uhmmmm, no. That is the worst over-dramatization I have ever heard.

    Allow me:

    Headline and subheadline:

    Attention, men: don't be a creepy dude who pesters women in coffee shops and on the subway

    ###The 'railway Romeo' targets women who are trapped in a sealed metal tube underground. Guys: women's time and space are their own - don't be a douchebag

    ­
    [...]
    Hyperbole:

    Why is it that interrupting someone in a quiet moment, wilfully oblivious to their verbal and physical cues, is considered friendly, but rebuffing such an interruption is considered rude? Interrupting is objectively worse than not wanting to be interrupted. We only get one life. Wasting someone's time is the subtlest form of murder.


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    I stand thoroughly corrected.


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    You could have also thrown in the headline about how eating certain foods is akin to second hand smoking.



  • @PJH said:

    Interrupting is objectively worse than not wanting to be interrupted

    So, never talk to anyone ever? Finally, proof I've been doing it right all along and all those people with social lives are objectivly defective.

    Edit: and of course Discourse screwed up the quoting, but I CBA to fix it.



  • I was wondering why the hell he wasn't wearing it next to the building till I saw this bit from the article:

    As it plummeted, the tape measure struck a piece of metal equipment and shot toward Mr. Anderson.

    So still a mistake but a more understandable one.


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    Yep. If anything in that chain of events were different, including the tape measure being a fraction of an inch either way, he would have been fine.



  • @PJH said:

    Wasting someone's time is the subtlest form of murder.

    Hey, you do that for 80 solid years, and you've committed the perfect crime.


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    My wife is a serial killer. (she is in HR)


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    That article is a great example of why hyperbole is not always the best tactic. That paragraph is awful, but the article started off so well. "Don't bug people who clearly don't want to be bothered" is one of those common-sense etiquette rules that nobody ever explicitly disagrees with, but "Wasting someone's time is [...] murder" is a statement nobody can agree with, so they end up deciding the whole article (and possibly the concept it's trying to portray) is rubbish. Through bad presentation, the whole point is lost.



  • I gave some dude a piece of paper that said "turn over" on both sides. Now I'm serving 15-to-life in the State Pen.


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    should have been more subtle. i used one that said 'turn over' on one side and 'see other side for instructions' on the other



  • @locallunatic said:

    I was wondering why the hell he wasn't wearing it next to the building till I saw this bit from the article:

    As it plummeted, the tape measure struck a piece of metal equipment and shot toward Mr. Anderson.

    So still a mistake but a more understandable one.

    "Do you expect me to measure?"
    "No, Mr. Anderson, I expect you to die!"



  • @Intercourse said:

    You could have also thrown in the headline about how eating certain foods is akin to second hand smoking.

    How about how second hand smoking is akin to smoking (cancer-wise)?


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    Yeah, that one is BS also. All the studies that showed that link have been since thoroughly debunked.

    A few years ago our city passed an ordinance prohibiting smoking in any public place. Even though I quit smoking years ago, I was against it. I even went so far as to tell my in-laws that if they did not want to be around smoke, they could just eat somewhere else. Let the market decide. If no one goes to places that allow smoking, then businesses can become non-smoking by their own accord. Yet, people keep making up fucking reasons to pass laws that suit their agendas and they usually cite those fraudulent studies.


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    Yes, how dare I want to walk around downtown, clearly asthmatics shouldn't exist in the public sphere.


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    Exactly. Keep your defective genome at home with an air purifier. 😛

    Outside I see as a non-point. Smoke dissipates readily. My wife is asthmatic and smoke outdoors has never bothered her. Even the slightest breeze mixes it with fresh to the point that I do not see how it could cause an issue, but I see your point.

    I was referring to in restaurants, bars, clubs, etc.


  • I survived the hour long Uno hand

    I think it's a backlash against the "smoking section and nonsmoking section" idea that everyone was using. That never works. Smoke doesn't care about your signs and boundary lines. But it's one of those things where the smokers outnumber the people bothered by the smoke so the only way to change the paradigm is to go right to legislation. Your right to smoke ends where my shitty lungs begin and so on.


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    @Intercourse said:

    Outside I see as a non-point. Smoke dissipates readily. My wife is asthmatic and smoke outdoors has never bothered her. Even the slightest breeze mixes it with fresh to the point that I do not see how it could cause an issue, but I see your point.

    You occasionally get a problem close to the entrance to a large building; a cadre of smokers can form quite an unpleasant gauntlet for any non-smoker to run when entering or leaving. That (together with poor door design that tends to suck smoke into the building) is why my employer tries to stop people smoking within 5m of entrances too.

    Most of the staff are good about it, but many undergraduates are inconsiderate asses.


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    So, novel idea, don't go to places that have smoking in them. If enough people want non-smoking, places will become non-smoking. Simple idea. No one says that you have to eat at a particular establishment.

    No-smoking in government buildings, etc, I am all for. Anyone could be required to go in there. No one is required to go to Joe's Corner Bar.


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