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Old 05-08-2003, 10:04 PM
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Scylla I don't know how I missed this, but this was outstanding. I giggled like a little girl until tears ran down my face reading this.

When you are famous, will you still remember us, your friends in Doperville?
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Old 05-12-2003, 08:49 PM
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Humor at its finest.

And I think this is the most viewed thread here....


Wow.

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Old 05-12-2003, 10:15 PM
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Out-friggin-standing Scylla. I, too, seem to have missed this the first dozen times around. I trust you'll enjoy your new career as a published author and remember to bless us with your brilliance every once in a while.
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Old 05-13-2003, 04:59 PM
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Guess what I just got in the mail? After hearing that Scylla was going to be published, I emailed Liz Meek, who is the editor of Aerostat, the British ballooning magazine in which "The horror of blimps" was to appear. I asked how to buy one, and offered to pay for postage of course. Next day I got an email back and she said she was just going to post one to me for free! I had no idea when the story would appear.

Anyhoo, I got the magazine today! Only a week from when I first emailed! God Save the Queen and all that, the British are great! And so, especially, is Liz Meek!!!!!

Scylla , I know your real name now. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! And that little drawing of you, in the illustration, is that from life?

There were a few very slight amendments to the post as printed, but the only really noticable one is that the blimp is not named as Airship Earth. It's titled "Things That Got Blimp in the Night" and the tag line say that "attention was brought to the following tale by some American balloonists who spotted it on the interestingly name Straight Dope Message Board. Enjoy!" And there is a link to the Straight Dope printed at the end of the article.
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Old 05-13-2003, 08:48 PM
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I got my copy, as well. Damn Baker, if I had known they were going to give them away for free, I would have negotiated for more than a comp copy. Also, it's a high quality magazine isn't it.

Well, I guess having brought laughter to souls across the world, I am rich in ways that money could never equal. Though a Porsche 911 Carerra 4 would be nice.


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Scylla , I know your real name now. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
I'm sorry to hear that. now I'm going to have to hunt you down like the dog you are.

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And that little drawing of you, in the illustration, is that from life?
I've had more flattering depictions.
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Old 05-13-2003, 09:50 PM
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I'm sorry to hear that. now I'm going to have to hunt you down like the dog you are.
Actually, I'm not a dog, I'm a bitch.
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Old 06-19-2003, 04:11 AM
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You crack me up!

Seriously. I nearly wet my pants.

Let us know when you write a book so we can all run out and buy it.
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Old 06-19-2003, 10:08 AM
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Oh my word. THAT is hilarious.

Note to self: Never, EVER, open a Scylla thread again while eating oatmeal.

Do you know how much it hurts to laugh OATMEAL
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Old 06-19-2003, 10:09 AM
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...out your nose?

Dammit. I don't know WHY it submitted before I was done typing. Stupid keyboard. <grumble>
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Old 06-19-2003, 10:45 AM
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Yeah! This is my all time favorite SDMB thread (among the ones I have read, obviously).
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Old 07-18-2003, 08:17 PM
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Ok, ok, so I KNOW it's been a billion years since the story's been posted, but ... my Hat's off to Scylla

I just found out this is the story's "original" home, I'm one of the teaming millions who had it forwarded to me ... and have just recently been drawn, helplessly, into the fold here as a fully-hooked SDMB'er.

I think everyone deserves to know when they've had an effect on the world, no matter how slight ... so, Scylla ... here's some of what you have wrought.

Anyway, I read the famous blimp story, and my friends are still laughing their arses off at me. What did >>I<< see in the story?
"Wow! They have those blimps on SALE at Zanie!"
Several hours on the phone later, and my brother had an early birthday present on it's way from the store in K.C., My father had his B-day present coming from the store in Phoenix, my friends C and L had timely and late (respectively) birthday presents headed to them from two different stores in LA and I had one on it's way to me from one of the LA stores. ( ... had to search them out a bit... ) Sometimes I am SUCH a Guy!!!!!

And what does my friend's wife do? Sneaks the blimp into the guest room while I'm sleeping and launches it in my direction ...

Ya know that security dwarf, the one reading the magazines ...????
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Old 07-19-2003, 12:01 AM
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By the way, did anyone scope Jeannie Moos' CNN report about the blimp race?

Thought of this string immediately.
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Old 07-19-2003, 02:24 PM
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Note to self:

When Scylla starts a thread, don't wait a month to read it.
July 19, 2003. After this I need to get started on the second half of "WILOTRWWBSE" thread, then there's the "Missing Coworker" thread, and the "Evil Nazi Groundhog" too. After that, there should be time for a good portion of Rue's threads, the "Cooler of Death" one, the great farting thread, and just about every other thread that I shunned and took off.


Nice story though, Scylla.
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Old 11-11-2003, 08:01 PM
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You have skill, you really do. well done made the whole family laugh.
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Old 11-11-2003, 09:13 PM
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Over 150,000 views......

Holy shit.

Great story, Scylla. I always enjoy your writing (teemings is 3 months behind!)

Huzzah and kudos and congratulations on getting published.
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Old 06-29-2004, 03:49 PM
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excellent post

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Thanks folks! I'm speechless.


)

This is my first time here, and I followed a link posted in a Delphi Forum to get here. That's the hardest I've laughed since my husband died last year and thank you so very much for that! It was definitely needed
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Old 06-29-2004, 04:47 PM
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It was truly great to see this again. Laughter is good medicine.
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Old 06-29-2004, 04:49 PM
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Oh. My. God. This is, hands down, the funniest thing I've read in a very long time. My cubicle neighbors are all wondering why I'm laughing so hysterically.

Seriously, this was perfectly brilliant. Thanks for a much-needed laugh.

Anyone got a Kleenex?
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Old 06-29-2004, 05:31 PM
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Yes, the blimp story is a classic.

Is Scylla still on the boards? I haven't seen a post by him in months.
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Old 06-29-2004, 05:34 PM
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I was hoping the bump of this thread meant Scylla had returned.
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Old 06-29-2004, 10:17 PM
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Scylla must not have posted since the changeover, as he is listed as "Member"
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Old 06-29-2004, 11:04 PM
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Nothing to add, except this is as funny now as it was the first time I read it and was glad to see it again.
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Old 06-29-2004, 11:11 PM
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That's the hardest I've laughed since my husband died last year...
Careful with your phrasing there...
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Old 06-30-2004, 12:08 AM
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Dude! I'll bloody well pay his way on the board in thirty seconds! Anyone got his e-mail or reasons?

Was he moving?

Did he do a damn fool thing and get hurt?
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Old 06-30-2004, 12:11 AM
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I think that most of us miss him but I can assure you that it isn't for the lack of fifteen bucks that he didn't buy a membership. His email is right there on his profile.

Haj
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Old 06-30-2004, 12:17 AM
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Dude! I'll bloody well pay his way on the board in thirty seconds! Anyone got his e-mail or reasons?
I assume he chose not to sign up. he certainly didn't lack the means to sign up. He was smart enough to know how to do so.
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Old 06-30-2004, 01:00 AM
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Careful with your phrasing there...
Shut up, lambchops. This was bumped by a guest who specifically explained her reasons. Thou Shalt Not Take Cheap Shots Because Eyes Are Upon Thee.

Veb
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Old 06-30-2004, 01:22 AM
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Shut up, lambchops. This was bumped by a guest who specifically explained her reasons. Thou Shalt Not Take Cheap Shots Because Eyes Are Upon Thee.
Veb, I'm always your fan, but that seems a bit much. This is the Pit, and that was open to tragically humorous misinterpretation.

I can't blame Scylla for buggering off, but I wish he hadn't.
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Old 06-30-2004, 02:03 AM
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Shut up, lambchops. This was bumped by a guest who specifically explained her reasons. Thou Shalt Not Take Cheap Shots Because Eyes Are Upon Thee.
Hey, I said nothing about the bumping, and didn't think the person I quoted made the bumping. And what eyes are upon me anyway?

My aim was not to take a cheap shot - I didn't make a joke, I just alerted the poster to an awkward mistake. If I've offended you, earth, I'm sorry.
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Old 06-30-2004, 03:19 PM
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Careful with your phrasing there...
ROFLOL I really should have paid more attention to how that sounded!
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Old 06-30-2004, 03:22 PM
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Hey, I said nothing about the bumping, and didn't think the person I quoted made the bumping. And what eyes are upon me anyway?

My aim was not to take a cheap shot - I didn't make a joke, I just alerted the poster to an awkward mistake. If I've offended you, earth, I'm sorry.
Nope not at all offended My husband would have loved the mistake
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Old 06-30-2004, 07:17 PM
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There's a recent thread with some insight as to where Scylla's gone here.
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Old 06-30-2004, 07:41 PM
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My aim was not to take a cheap shot - I didn't make a joke, I just alerted the poster to an awkward mistake. .
You're right, lambchops, and so are you Wikkit. That was way too harsh. I apologize to you, lambchops.
FWIW this as such an innocent bump, by such a courteous newbie I was all set to pounce on anybody who was nasty about it. So, with impeccable timing and logic, I promptly got over-defensive on her behalf and got nasty myself.
You didn't deserve me snapping at you, lambchops, and I'm truly sorry I did.

Some days I should just stay in bed.

Veb
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Old 06-30-2004, 07:47 PM
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Veb I was just about to get really huffy about how you should appologise to lambchops and you allready have in preview. Good one Veb you're a propper Gent (or Lady).
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Old 06-30-2004, 08:31 PM
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Cheers, Veb.

Now, there's too much niceness here, especially as this is in the pit. I'm gonna go read the seventeen threads about Michael Moore to get me my daily dose of vitriol...
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Old 06-30-2004, 10:52 PM
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Cheers, Veb.

Now, there's too much niceness here, especially as this is in the pit. I'm gonna go read the seventeen threads about Michael Moore to get me my daily dose of vitriol...
If you pick the right thread, it will only take one.
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Old 07-01-2004, 03:00 AM
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All right that is the LAST time I read one of Scylla's OPs in Political and Legal Studies!!

We're sitting here talking about Dictatorships and I'm sitting here giggling my goddamn head off!!

I give it 10 and a half.
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Old 07-01-2004, 06:53 AM
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You're right, lambchops, and so are you Wikkit. That was way too harsh. I apologize to you, lambchops.
FWIW this as such an innocent bump, by such a courteous newbie I was all set to pounce on anybody who was nasty about it. So, with impeccable timing and logic, I promptly got over-defensive on her behalf and got nasty myself.
You didn't deserve me snapping at you, lambchops, and I'm truly sorry I did.

Some days I should just stay in bed.

Veb
A standing ovation for you. What a classy lady you are.
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Old 07-01-2004, 09:23 AM
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I missed this thread the first time around. Thanks for the bump!

WOW. The OP was some good writing! I had to work hard to control my laughter.
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Old 07-01-2004, 10:44 AM
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I missed this thread the first time around. Thanks for the bump!

WOW. The OP was some good writing! I had to work hard to control my laughter.
Why try to control it? Let it out, brother! You'll feel so much better.

And you know the people around you look at you funny already, anyway.
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Old 04-24-2005, 11:37 AM
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OMG...that just made my day ^_^
ROFLAO
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Old 04-24-2005, 03:12 PM
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Mod note:

This thread's a classic, but it's still a zombie.

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