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↑ A variant:
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Mulhouse, first mentioned in the 9th century, became a free imperial city in 1308. It entered into defensive alliances with the Swiss in the 16th century. In 1798 it joined the French Republic. It passed to Germany after the Franco-German War (1871) and was reunited to France in 1918. Its most noteworthy ancient building is the 16th-century Hôtel de Ville (town hall), covered with mural paintings. A reproduction of the Klapperstein, the evil gossips’ stone, hangs on the southwest facade; the original Klapperstein, now in the historical museum, is a stone weighing more than 25 pounds (12 kg), which was hung around the necks of malicious prattlers on fair days, a practice that persisted until 1781.
https://www.britannica.com/place/Mulhouse#ref101352

I lived for a year in the small street starting just on the right of the town hall, so saw the Klapperstei (and not -stein) nearly daily. Later the word became the title of a local political/satirical/underground paper. :mrgreen:

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That may not be so foreign soon.
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Presumably makes good rope. And if you grow the right strain, it can get you high.

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Is that the world's biggest condom?
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:40 am Didn't know they made movies of this stuff.
Turn the sound off for authenticity.
These charming feathers swinging in the wind! :)

Italian bersaglieri still have feathers on their uniforms, even on helmets too:

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I love it!
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still working on Sophrosyne, but I will no doubt end up with Hubris
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Communism/socialism works when it means the workers get more money and benefits
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She's a beast. Not supermodel material.
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OMG, he killed an endangered species. What a jerk.
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I know the first 3. Never heard of the other 2.
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You are making me feel old. Lawford was JFK's brother in law, minor actor. Bishop was a comedian, stand up. Not as funny as Sienfeld. Had a TV show.
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:P
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I don't know if I would call Lawford a minor actor, lets just say he worked in film.
The only movie I can tolerate him in was Advise and Consent, Senator Lafe Smith.

Calling Bishop a comedian is overly generous.

All of them contributed to making some of the worst movies ever.
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You're really crossing the line here Abdul, Jerry Lewis, funny?
Well it's your thread.
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What is considered funny is always a matter of taste
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:57 pm Joey Bishop. Almost as unfunny as Seinfeld.
True that. Nobody who makes a living at comedy is as unfunny as Seinfeld, but Bishop is close, probably about as close as Will Ferrell. And Jackie Mason.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:44 pm The funniest professional comedy shtick contemporary with Joey Bishop was Jerry Lewis' "pretending to have cerebral palsy" routine.

So cut Joey a little slack. :BigGrin3:
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:48 pm What do you notice about this 1966 performance?
The old Nazi was afraid of cooties. :mrgreen:



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Waymo to customers: “Completely driverless Waymo cars are on the way”

Waymo, the autonomous vehicle business under Alphabet, sent an email to customers of its ride-hailing app that their next trip might not have a human safety driver behind the wheel, according to a copy of the email that was posted on Reddit. The email entitled "Completely driverless Waymo cars are on the way" was sent to customers that use its ride-hailing app in the suburbs of Phoenix.
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n 1896 Alfred Sennett warned, “We should not overlook the fact that the driving of a horseless carriage calls for a larger amount of attention for he has not the advantage of the intelligence of the horse in shaping his path, and it is consequently incumbent upon him to be ever watchful of the course his vehicle is taking.”
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