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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2013
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    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2013
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    Man, I need to hang out with more Finns. My ex actually got into an argument with me once when we were driving from San Diego to San Francisco because I wasn't being talkative. He said he felt like he couldn't even start a conversation with me, but the reality is that I simply just enjoy being silent in car rides, for no particular reason.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2013
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2013
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    @Argos
    I'm sure Whitechapel is capable of whipping up some sort of "Adopt a Finn" program...
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2013
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    Re: The Silence Of Finns - interesting article! (I feel like it's almost not-in-the-spirit-of-things reply to it)

    I think it's fair to say that the idea of "positive silence" isn't completely unknown in English-speaking cultures. Consider the phrase "companionable silence" which, per a quick Google ngram has a good fraction of the currency in English that (as an example) the negative "awkward silence" does.

    (I used the long timescale because I had a feeling that the phrase was a more old fashioned one - totally wrong! An interesting finding.)
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2013
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    It's -8°F over here right now, so if anyone ANYWHERE feels like adopting a Finn right now, I'm up for grabs.
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    @Taphead have you seen the pic I put up in the 'net thread. You're not on Kökar then?
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2013
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    I did indeed, and I'm thankfully not on the archipegalo, even without the typo. Those islands get mad desolate.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2013
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    Did someone say adopt a Finn?
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2013 edited
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    Nooo I have dibs on the Finns! I need a silence buddy. :P

    Maybe we can set up a rotating schedule and then Taphead can go on a US tour.
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    Hay Taphead, you could start offering international comfortable silence services on the vein of this:

    Snuggle with a ‘Professional Cuddler’ for $60 an Hour
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2013
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    I doubt I'm alone in thinking this but Finwonderland sounds like my mother's very own personal circle of hell. She'd either end-up going on a killing spree because nobody would let her talk at them or, more likely, mentally implode after being forced to confront the sounds of her own thoughts for the first time.

    Me? I've added it at #2 on my where-to-go-when-I-get-the-fuck-out-of-Britain list.
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      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2013
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    I spent a little time in Helsinki a few years back and I'm always kinda mystified by the "angry mute" stereotype of Finns. Everyone we met was warm and friendly and cheerful - we were stopping strangers in the street to ask for their recommendations on local bars and ended up swapping numbers and meeting them later. We turned down a couple of offers from people to stay at their homes for free instead of at our pricey accomodation. The public park was like a massive spontaneous open-air music festival with smiling people draped over rocks and strewn across hillsides in an endless series of vignettes of contented, mildly intoxicated relaxation. It was really quite beautiful.

    It was summertime though.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2013
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    And so it starts...
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2013
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    5 people shot at 3 different gun shows on Gun Appreciation Day

    Well, they never said it would be gun safety day...
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    So this was a good idea from the BBC - CBeebies apologises for Tweenies Jimmy Savile spoof
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2013
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    To be fair to the BBC, the episode was made 12 years ago. And I doubt anyone pays much attention to the repeats schedule of a kids series that much. And I suspect if it wasn't for the Daily Mail picking up on it and being outraged for us on our behalf, it probably would've gone unnoticed as well :)
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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2013
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    Ad firm in Japan has decided to monetize schoolgirl thighs...

    This does strike me as possibly being a PR stunt rather than a real thing though.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2013
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    'Quadruple helix' DNA seen in human cells

    Unfortunately, it doesn't mean the real life X-Men are coming, just cancer (possibly).
    Cambridge University scientists say they have seen four-stranded DNA at work in human cells for the first time.
    The famous "molecule of life", which carries our genetic code, is more familiar to us as a double helix.
    But researchers tell the journal Nature Chemistry that the "quadruple helix" is also present in our cells, and often in functions related to cancer.
    They suggest that control of the structures could provide novel ways to fight the disease.