Re: Visions of the future.

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Left to right, Becks, LB, Benjamin w-lfs-n, Jr.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 6:15 AM
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Note that this is a future in which all rooms are required to have a photograph of the American flag on the wall.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 6:16 AM
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And somebody puking. Those two things are mandatory, required by the same law.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 6:18 AM
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Start here and click forward for more of the series, which is objectively awesome.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 6:35 AM
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1: see, I was going with

l to r: Heebie, Lizard, Apostropher.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 6:35 AM
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Why does 62-year-old Becks hate America?


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 6:35 AM
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So unfoggidycon.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 6:42 AM
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Gah, stupid Flash navigation. The rest of the series begins on picture 32.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 6:42 AM
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7: I'm guessing picture 35.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 6:43 AM
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38, actually.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 6:45 AM
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Hmm, 38 is in the alternate future where the Confederate flag goes on the wall.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 6:47 AM
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Everyone is older and has better turtleneck sweaters in this Vision of the Future. But one thing's the same: no Iranians. They probably got sick at the last minute, or something.


Posted by: arthegall | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 7:07 AM
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1: I could have sworn the fellow on the end was PK. Somebody convinced him to get a haircut, which is why he's hard to recognize.


Posted by: minneapolitan | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 7:17 AM
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It's really unfair to select pictures with that fisheye look. Anbody can look like tht -- it's mostly just a photogtaphy effect.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 7:19 AM
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Picture 43 is great, because I have two of those Order of the Arrow sashes, with and without the "Brotherhood" bars, somewhere at my parents' house.


Posted by: zadfrack | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 7:36 AM
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So what DOES "WWW" mean?


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 7:41 AM
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We Were Wasted


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 7:43 AM
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Umm ... You know, I can still recite the entire pre-Ordeal speech of Kitchkune (sp?), but I don't remember the answer to that.


Posted by: zadfrack | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 7:46 AM
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I think that the protocol is for you to be pantsed if you really and truly forgot it. On the other hand, if you're honoring the code of secrecy -- you should also be pantsed!

The Order of the Arrow should have sued the World Wide Web, though.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 8:05 AM
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A Google search reveals that "WWW" stands for "Wimachtendienk, Wingolauksik, Witahemui", which is supposed to mean "Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, Service" in some (presumably made up) Native American language.

No wonder I couldn't remember it.

Having both forgotten, and then revealed the secret, I'm now going to pantsed twice.


Posted by: zadfrack | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 8:18 AM
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There's a death squad on the way. It's been nice.

It sounds Algonquinish.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 8:33 AM
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Wow, doing a Google search on the names of some other Boy Scouts from my troop revealed that one of my Scoutmasters died back in December. His son was a year younger than me, and I saw him die in an accident at Scout camp in 1986.

Damn. I'm going to be reliving some unpleasant memories for the rest of the day.


Posted by: zadfrack | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 9:08 AM
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So the photographer and a bunch of his skeevy dude friends partied with some oldsters?

Eh.


Posted by: destroyer | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 10:02 AM
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B, AWB, teofilo.


Posted by: Hamilton-Lovecraft | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 10:22 AM
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(Bearing in mind that I don't actually know what anyone looks like.)


Posted by: Hamilton-Lovecraft | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 10:24 AM
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I never drink until I barf, HL.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 11:27 AM
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Most people drink first, B.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 11:28 AM
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26: You're never too old to start.


Posted by: Hamilton-Lovecraft | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 12:16 PM
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Sifu, immediately discard whatever you were planning to wear to your fancy shindig, because you would ROCK the red, white, and blue tux in #40.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 12:18 PM
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A Google search reveals that "WWW" stands for "Wimachtendienk, Wingolauksik, Witahemui", which is supposed to mean "Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, Service" in some (presumably made up) Native American language.

It sounds Algonquinish.

A look at my Natick dictionary shows that "brotherhood" is weemattinneunk, "happy" is wunniyeu (there's no entry for "happiness" or "cheerfulness"), and "service" is wuttinnumuhkausuonk. So the words are definitely not Natick, but they're close enough that they likely do come from another Algonquian language.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 2:59 PM
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Teo, you oughta comment at Languagehat.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 3:01 PM
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I have, actually.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 3:01 PM
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I found a page that claims it's Delaware, which is an Algonquian language. Good call, Emerson.


Posted by: zadfrack | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 3:21 PM
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I was bracing myself for a link to lemonparty or some such.


Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 3:31 PM
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It's an easy call, actually. I high Proportion NE / Midwest US Indians were Algonquian, and there's a certain phonetic pattern of long words (Winnepesaukee, etc., etc.). It was a guess, but a relatively safe one.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 3:37 PM
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His son was a year younger than me, and I saw him die in an accident at Scout camp in 1986.

Was he one of the victims of the famous Scout Camp Lightning Strike Incident? On second thought, I think that happened more recently than 1986.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 9:17 PM
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36: You may be thinking of the incident in 2005 when 4 people at the Scout Jamboree were electrocuted when a metal pole they were putting up hit power lines.

Christ, this post reminded me that I was inducted into Order of the Arrow (I might have otherwise never have thought about it for the rest of my life ... it was at the very end of my time as a Scout, gad! what other repressed memories are lurking in there.). Now that I am reminded, it did have a semi-cultlike aura (here is a website about it)—for the induction "trial" there was the night sleeping in the open, the "scarce" food (we got a raw egg and a single match in the morning), and then a day of labor without speaking, followed by a terminally earnest bonfire ceremony.

There is probably some Delaware word which if uttered within my or zadfrack's hearing will turn us into ruthless zombies mindlessly defending traditional values.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03-22-08 11:56 PM
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