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stitchygreyanonymouse

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7305 on: March 05, 2013, 10:59:16 AM »
My project's initials are PMS.    :)

My college degree is in Applied Social Science.   Yeah, I have a degree in that.

Ah, but is it a Bachelor of Science degree?  :D

I have a friend with a B.S. in Biostats which our university abbreviated as B.S.

My SO has a B.S. in Electronic Marketing, and a PHD (his high school diploma from a school starting with a P). We’ve made many jokes about that, particularly since he thinks most of his company’s practices are well… B.S.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7306 on: March 05, 2013, 11:02:18 AM »
I have to say I agree. Both movies have infiltrated popular culture to a greater or lesser extent - they're not just movies anymore. l vote marketing fail.

Makes me wonder if someone did the name it in as a joke expecting it to get caught, and it just swooooshed by the marketing people.

I've done that a few times - deliberately created an acronym and waited for somebody to catch it, or put a joke name in as a placeholder and had it make it to the final.  That's actually how a set of streets ended up named after my family members.

I'm pretty sure the creators of the South Lake Union Trolley knew exactly what they were doing  >:D

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7307 on: March 05, 2013, 11:03:23 AM »
There is a beauty school across the street from my office.  IBS School of Cosmetology.  Can't figure out who decided that was a great name!

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7308 on: March 05, 2013, 11:08:07 AM »
I have to say I agree. Both movies have infiltrated popular culture to a greater or lesser extent - they're not just movies anymore. l vote marketing fail.

Makes me wonder if someone did the name it in as a joke expecting it to get caught, and it just swooooshed by the marketing people.

I've done that a few times - deliberately created an acronym and waited for somebody to catch it, or put a joke name in as a placeholder and had it make it to the final.  That's actually how a set of streets ended up named after my family members.

I'm pretty sure the creators of the South Lake Union Trolley knew exactly what they were doing  >:D

Yeah, that problem dawned on them and it's officially named the South Lake Union Streetcar. Took all the fun out of it...

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7309 on: March 05, 2013, 11:23:51 AM »
My project's initials are PMS.    :)

My college degree is in Applied Social Science.   Yeah, I have a degree in that.

Ah, but is it a Bachelor of Science degree?  :D

Absolutely!  LOL ;D

You officially have the most awesome degree I've ever heard of!
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7310 on: March 05, 2013, 11:27:09 AM »
And then there's the should-be-an-urban-legend-but-isn't story behind the Wgasa, the monorail at the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park. (Warning: naughty word)
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7311 on: March 05, 2013, 11:51:57 AM »
My DH was trying to explain a quiz where you have clues to try and figure out the answer to an unknown question.   

Him: So it will come up and say the answer is "blank" and .....
Me: Wait, when does it come up and tell you what the answer is?
Him: It doesn't tell you the answer.
Me:  But you just said it comes up and gives you the answer.
Him: No I didn't, now listen. So after you finish these clues and you get them right, it will come up and say the "answer is blank".
Me: OK, so after you complete this portion of the game, it gives you the answer and then you have to figure out what the question was?
Him: No, it doesn't tell you what the answer is.  That's not what I said.
Me: Never, mind. I give up.

Next day, he decides to try again using an example of a game he completed.
Him: So I completed all of these answers. When the game came up and said the answer is "vaneeer", I knew I needed to...
Me: Wait, I need to understand when does it come up and tell you the answer.
Him:  Why do you keep asking me that?  It doesn't give you the answer.
Me: You just said it came up and told you the answer was vaneer.
Him: No I didn't, why are you making this so difficult?
Me:  Never mind.

I still don't know what he is talking about and he thinks I'm just being completely obtuse.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7312 on: March 05, 2013, 11:55:02 AM »
My DH was trying to explain a quiz where you have clues to try and figure out the answer to an unknown question.   

Him: So it will come up and say the answer is "blank" and .....
Me: Wait, when does it come up and tell you what the answer is?
Him: It doesn't tell you the answer.
Me:  But you just said it comes up and gives you the answer.
Him: No I didn't, now listen. So after you finish these clues and you get them right, it will come up and say the "answer is blank".
Me: OK, so after you complete this portion of the game, it gives you the answer and then you have to figure out what the question was?
Him: No, it doesn't tell you what the answer is.  That's not what I said.
Me: Never, mind. I give up.

Next day, he decides to try again using an example of a game he completed.
Him: So I completed all of these answers. When the game came up and said the answer is "vaneeer", I knew I needed to...
Me: Wait, I need to understand when does it come up and tell you the answer.
Him:  Why do you keep asking me that?  It doesn't give you the answer.
Me: You just said it came up and told you the answer was vaneer.
Him: No I didn't, why are you making this so difficult?
Me:  Never mind.

I still don't know what he is talking about and he thinks I'm just being completely obtuse.

The first example, I thought he meant "the answer is ____"
Then you got to an actual example, and my face did this:   :o
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7313 on: March 05, 2013, 12:18:06 PM »
Syntax brain hurt.

The phrase "Up to $50 or more" always makes my brain twitch. You can have something up to $50, or you can have something $50 or more, but please do not say that it is "up to $50 or more".
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7314 on: March 05, 2013, 03:16:14 PM »
Syntax brain hurt.

The phrase "Up to $50 or more" always makes my brain twitch. You can have something up to $50, or you can have something $50 or more, but please do not say that it is "up to $50 or more".

There is a local shop that always has a CD sale rack with a sign saying "From under $10". I often wonder if they realise that that description includes every single number.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7315 on: March 05, 2013, 04:06:05 PM »
That reminds me of when my mother moved from Liverpool to London in the 50's.  When she went back home to visit for a while, she went out with her friends and got home around 1:00 a.m.  There was her mother at the doorway, utterly furious, saying "WHAT TIME DO YOU CALL THIS?"  Mum said "You have no idea what I get up in London, Mum.  Face it, I've grown up."

I hurt my own brain by doing this. I know it's ridiculous, but I worry about people getting home when they've left my company, even though I realise that they spend the rest of their time travelling around without my knowledge or concern.

Stupid brain!

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7316 on: March 05, 2013, 05:27:52 PM »

It hurts my brain that their marketing folks DIDN'T - in this day and age, businesses need to take multiple cultures into consideration, lest they totally alienate a potential client base. Also, most of the folks I know who would be most interested in this development absolutely WILL associate both those names with those films, regardless of age. One of those films is something of a cinematic classic, even if it's not everyone's cup of tea.


Thank you! I wasn't quite sure how to respond, but this is perfect. And I had to do a couple of searches to make sure this wasn't a gag on his part, but apparently it's legit.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7317 on: March 05, 2013, 05:29:24 PM »
My project's initials are PMS.    :)

My college degree is in Applied Social Science.   Yeah, I have a degree in that.

Ah, but is it a Bachelor of Science degree?  :D

Mine is. At least I won't be a Master of BS.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7318 on: March 05, 2013, 05:37:02 PM »
My father-in-law is a very smart man. He did a lot of the work on his house himself, and that is good, except that it will never pass inspection for sale and MIL is constantly talking about selling that house. While they were gone over the weekend, the 32 year old hot water heater had a major catastrophe and flooded the rear wing of the house. FIL is replacing the water heater, but trying to salvage the 32 year old carpet and padding.

It makes my brain hurt because they bought decent carpet back in 1981, off-white carpet, that has lasted through many children and a grandchild. The carpet will have to be replaced before they can sell the house, but they are trying to save 2000 sq ft of carpet, which sat in water for at least two days.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7319 on: March 05, 2013, 05:54:06 PM »
My undergrad degree is a BS.  My sister's is a BM (Bachelor of Music). The school where she graduated changed the name shortly thereafter to Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music to avoid that lovely little acronym.
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