Re: Devil Baby

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I've heard of the concept of flash mobs, but it doesn't sound like something people actually do. Kind of like those adult pillow fight melees they supposedly have in San Francisco.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 9:38 AM
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The flying Grim Reaper was funny.


Posted by: Todd | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 10:08 AM
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Terrifying pranks will become rarer after someone either shoots a prankster or pepper sprays and kicks them into the semi-life of permanent brain damage. The YouTube video will get lots of clicks.


Posted by: biohazard | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 10:12 AM
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I like the flashmob videos, but I think I'd be some combination of annoyed and oblivious to a flashmob in real life. The puking baby I would like.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 10:13 AM
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3: I wouldn't try this in Florida, that's for sure.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 10:14 AM
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My kids have watched that devil baby clip at least a dozen times over the past couple of days.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 10:16 AM
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It looks like the kind of thing they used to do on Jackass. When they weren't hitting each other in the balls.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 10:17 AM
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I always thought Jackass was genuinely funny. It still cracks me up that Steve-O got a giant tattoo of himself, on his back.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 10:18 AM
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I only ever thought the Candid Camera type stunts were funny. Like when they put a baby seat on top of the roof of the car while unloading groceries then drive off with it still there and watch people in the parking lot go nuts chasing after it and yelling. The ball smashing routines I found juvenile and generally not funny.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 10:24 AM
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I'm a sucker for people being self-destructive while laughing maniacally.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 10:26 AM
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10: So you're siding with the baby?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 10:28 AM
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I would have pushed that fucking baby straight into traffic.

(I actually think this was really pretty horrific. The type of people that are going to stop and check on an untended stroller are likely quite nice and don't deserve that thing.)


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 11:33 AM
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Or maybe they're the type who think "Hey, free baby!".


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 11:41 AM
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(I actually think this was really pretty horrific. The type of people that are going to stop and check on an untended stroller are likely quite nice and don't deserve that thing.)

I feel similarly. Furthermore, the idea of leaning in and checking on an unattended, crying baby means that I'd be flooded with a whole host of concerns about the baby's well-being, which would double the heart-attack effect on me. If I were in the Carrie coffeeshop, I think I'd see the humor, but if the baby prank happened to me, I think I'd have a rage reaction (after I regained my composure).


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 11:45 AM
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Or maybe they're the type who think "Hey, free baby!".

Is this a reference? I've got a deja vu thing that seems mid-nineties, but I can't really place it.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 11:46 AM
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Devil baby seems less cruel than the prank described in 9.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 11:46 AM
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I don't know which is crueler, but I would have less of a heart attack with #9. Because of not being primed to be in concern-mode when it happens.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 11:51 AM
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It wasn't a conscious reference, but I found this Jack Handey line:
"If you ever fall off the Sears Tower, just go real limp, because maybe you'll look like a dummy and people will try to catch you because, hey, free dummy."


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 11:53 AM
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18: That's what it made me think of.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 11:54 AM
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It would explain so much if my internal monologue is composed mostly of garbled '90s one-liners.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 11:58 AM
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BoomShakaLaka!


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 12:02 PM
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Speaking of devils, Onada (discussed here recently) has died. Perhaps triggered by the very recent death of one of his more able enemies, The Professor (was the still-at-war Japanese soldier on the island just a single episode, or a sporadically recurring one?).


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 12:59 PM
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18: That's exactly it! Well that was a satisfying wrap-up.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 1:27 PM
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22: Apparently he appeared in two episodes, the first ("So Sorry, My Island Now"--I'm sure done without any racist stereotyping) when the soldier shows up in a submarine and takes them prisoner; and then a reprise where the islanders tell different versions of their heroics in the event.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 1:41 PM
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if the baby prank happened to me, I think I'd have a rage reaction

Really? Once my heart rate returned to baseline, I would probably hurt myself laughing.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 1:44 PM
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22, 24: they were actual enemies too, though, right? The actor who played the Professor got shot down off Mindanao; in my fanfic Onada took a shot at him before he was rescued, inspiring the episodes.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 1:46 PM
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Quick bleg: we're going camping with a few other families this weekend. Daycare just called, saying that we should pick up Ace because she's got a light fever. She's had a pretty messy cold, and RSV is going around the room, so this isn't surprising.

Is it wrong to take a sad baby camping? I'm not that worried about the other families - I think RSV is just a heavy cold that everyone gets by age 2. We're staying in a cabin, not a tent. A sick baby doesn't really care if she's sick at home or in a cabin, right? Or does she?

Jammies just texted, while I was typing this, that he is not getting any reading of a fever on our thermometers. But she is pretty snotty.

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Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 1:49 PM
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25: Maybe a day later, I'd laugh. I think my shock would be so overwhelmingly awful that I'd feel angry at first.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 1:50 PM
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If she's sneezing a lot that could attract bears; tie her up in a tree at least ten feet off the ground so they can't get at her.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 1:51 PM
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Do the other families have young children? RSV in most cases is just a heavy cold, but it can cause pneumonia in babies.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 1:53 PM
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26: Good point.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 1:53 PM
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29: "That's OK, most guys just leave her hanging on the tree."


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 1:54 PM
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30: nope, the next youngest are all 3+.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 2:31 PM
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Then I guess it mostly depends on how miserable you'll be with a sick baby.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 2:53 PM
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There's a video in the OP you can use to help you visualize it.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 2:57 PM
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Well that was a satisfying wrap-up.

Works even better as an all-purpose New Yorker cartoon caption than "Christ, what an asshole."


Posted by: L. | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 2:58 PM
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Hey, I just had a good idea: You know how CT comment threads all suck now? How about they secretly move the blog over to the Unfogged Reading Group page and not tell all the assholes?


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 3:09 PM
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We're very different people. My first thought was to start trolling the CT comment threads as "Wry Cooter."


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 3:12 PM
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How about they tow the blog out in the Atlantic and sink it? Perfect storm of twats.


Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 3:21 PM
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I'll just leave this here.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 3:26 PM
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I may have undercounted.

36.1 and 36.2 would each make great mouseovers.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 3:28 PM
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34: that's what I was thinking, and the answer is "not very" - she's still acting happy.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 3:40 PM
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We too have a happy, sick baby. All smiles and snot, then coughs herself awake from every nap and twice at night.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 4:30 PM
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The situation in 27 is the kind of thing where I'm so jealous of non-divorced parents. Obviously you should just take the kid on the camping trip and it'll probably be totally fine or at worst mildly problematic. OTOH it's the kind of thing I'd never do because on the 1% chance the kid got sicker then the level of defensiveness necessary to face "oh my God you let our sick kid go on a camping trip with you just because you wanted to go camping" would be totally unbearable.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 4:51 PM
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How does the divorced parenting come in? If there are two parents on the camping trip, the blame for the decision about bringing the baby gets defused between them? Or the two parents can reassure each other it was a good idea at the time? One parent can go home with the baby? One parent can stay home with the baby and not go on the trip in the first place?


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 5:14 PM
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Both parents have mutual responsiity and accountability for the decision and can collectively make and then own a decision that maximizes their convenience because there's no one else to answer to or criticize later.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 5:18 PM
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Oh. You aren't worried about the other camping parents throwing shade, you are concerned that the other parent will criticize the decision.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 5:26 PM
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Yes.


Posted by: RH | Link to this comment | 01-17-14 5:30 PM
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27: if you are running a daycare and one of the kids is horrendously snotty but otherwise healthy, the temptation to call the parents to take the little horror home because "he has a fever" must be pretty strong.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 01-20-14 10:04 AM
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49: like they aren't all snotty at all times


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-20-14 10:08 AM
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46 was written by a confirmed bachelor.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 01-20-14 10:24 AM
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