February 9th, 2007

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Messin' with Japanese people, by Chad the evil expat.


If a Japanese person says "How are you?", reply with a monotone "I am fine, thank you, and you?". This was probably the first English they learned back in 7th grade. Sometimes they actually get the joke.

Ask them what "ee to" means. When they tell you, ask how it is different from "Ano..."

Say "chotto gomen nasai" for minor infractions. When someone explains that this isn't a normal thing to say, ask why "chotto sumimasen" is okay and watch their head spin. For that matter, ask them about "chotto nai": "it doesn't exist, a little bit".

When you're about to cross a 1-lane road with no other cars for 500 meters in either direction and there is still a mob of people waiting for the crossing light, proceed across without breaking stride. Bonus points if there are mothers holding their children back for whom you can provide a bad example, and further bonus points if anyone who was previously standing there follows you.


http://chadtheevilxpat.yourjapan.jp/post/36/261
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The Daily Show weighs in on the $8.8 billion worth of cash bricks "lost" in Iraq.




"I think it's safe to say that any amount of money so large as to need to be moved with a forklift... is going to "sound like a lot.""

http://veredictum.smartvideochannel.com/media/playvideo.aspx?f=flash7&cid=CAB1017DE7FF49FDA5A540A2EB48AADC&v=mostviewed


And in other news that will come as a complete and total shock to everyone...

A "very damning" report by the Defense Department's inspector general depicts a Pentagon that purposely manipulated intelligence in an effort to link Saddam Hussein to al-Qaida in the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, says the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/16661809.htm


I have said it before, and I will say it again:

Tac nuke. DC. NOW!!