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Kung Fu Zu
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Post Institute of the Obvious
on: October 24, 2017, 12:44
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Given the huge number of silly, phony, wasteful, dishonest and simply superfluous "studies" which are foisted upon society these days, I have decided to inaugurate a new blog.

This "Institute of the Obvious" blog will give voice to all who wish to point out the insane amount of money wasted on such studies as well as expose the ridiculous credibility which too many people invest in such nonsense.

I will start with an international study which "proves" alcohol improves the ability to speak a foreign language. The link is below.

Say What? Study Says Alcohol Improves Foreign Language Skills

Had they only come to me, I could have saved them much money no doubt. Hell, I would have told them for a couple of beers.

I look forward to the next installment.

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on: October 24, 2017, 13:59
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You mean I can drink a couple beers and out of my mouth might pop some Russian? That would be a very cool party trick because otherwise I don't know any Russian.

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on: October 24, 2017, 14:26
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You have misunderstood the lesson. I cannot speak to Russian, but as to German...First you must say, "Ich spreche kein Deutsche." Nobody will understand you. Then you have a beer or two and repeat "Ich spreche kein Deutsche" and people will understand you because you are more relaxed and are not afraid to make mistakes. Your accent will likely improve as in the slightly inebriated state you will probably over-roll your r's, which when sober sound phony to your sober ear, but in fact are correct. As the Germans would say, "Sie haben Ihre Hemmungen verloren", thus the language will flow more easily from your lips.

Unfortunately, you will still not understand a word your German interlocutors are saying to you. So how much has the beer really helped?

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Post Re: Institute of the Obvious
on: October 24, 2017, 16:17
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According to a friend who studied German a little (as did I, in ninth grade), the expression (an ironic favorite of his) is "Ich spreche keine Deutsch." But I can't promise that he has all his declensions right.

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on: October 24, 2017, 16:36
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Oh...I see. That could be useful.

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Post Re: Institute of the Obvious
on: October 24, 2017, 16:45
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Tim,

Your friend is wrong. Deutsch the language is Das Deutsch. The noun Sprache meaning language is Die Sprache. Perhaps that is the origin of his confusion.

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Post Re: Institute of the Obvious
on: November 20, 2017, 08:00
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The latest on the phony research front.

Muscular, Well-To-Do Men Most Attractive To Women, Study Finds

Who'd a thunk it? Women and queers prefer healthy and wealthy white men. What is the world coming to?

Where do these fake researchers get their funds?

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on: November 20, 2017, 08:29
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Maybe next they'll prove that water is wet. I'm sure that's worth a nice grant from the government.

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Post Re: Institute of the Obvious
on: November 20, 2017, 08:44
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I thought men who hugged trees were most attractive. My bad. Live and learn.

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Post Re: Institute of the Obvious
on: November 20, 2017, 08:46
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Only if you're the Goracle or one of his friends.

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