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T:man
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Some idiot creating a laser that can be mounted on a sattelite that could destroy a nuke in mid-air. All the iranians need to invade another country if they are protected from nukes. This really scares me.
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So the defeat of nuclear weapons has you scared? You're going to have to go over that slower for me.
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Well, I mean... Sure. That's weirdly specific, but I can see how that would be scary. I'm scared of neighborhood children rejiggering household microwaves into brain-metling death-rays, and then taking up sides in an ever-escalating war of unspeakable calamity until one day I awaken to a new world where ten year old warlords force me to listen to Disney music being piped through loudspeakers over newscasts of mayhem and dismemberment.
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The reason Russia never Invaded us during the cold war was because we would nuke them take away the nukes and we would have been attacked directly instead of fighting in surrogate wars.
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Then we would be faced with land, sea and air wars instead of a MAD standstill.
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I'm also afraid that human evolution will take two paths: one, the path of the "normal" (people like you and I), and a second, concurrent, more terrifying path, affecting only the homeless. I'm afraid that the homeless will become giant mutant supermen who will skitter crab-like into abandoned vans, and wear them like shells of rusting, twisted armor as they rampage through the streets of our cities, breaking the windows of buildings and mating with our daughters while fires burn in former libraries and city halls and schools and we "normals" slowly retreat into the sewers, surrending the "upworld" to the mutant superhobos.
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No but I mean they are working on lasers that can stop handheld rockets not too much more power to stop a balistic missle
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I'm scared of dying alone. [Frown]
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Everybody dies alone.
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I am scared of both of you...
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So that kind of cancels out the unpleasantness of it all, right?

Meh, lobo posted in between so now my post makes even less sense.

But it got me thinking, what if we really do live after death and remember everything, and we have to remember being born. That doesn't seem very pleasant.

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quote:
Originally posted by Noemon:
Everybody dies alone.

Beat me to it.

That is conceivably my favorite line in the whole show. *sigh*

I'm scared of Firefly being canceled.


Wait. NNOOOOO!!!!! [Wall Bash] [Angst] [Eek!] [Cry] [Embarrassed] [Grumble] [Frown] [Wall Bash]
(I think that more or less was my order of reaction)

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I'm afraid of coconut crabs. They are scary, and they would gladly eat me. Arthropods can be appetizing instead of scary, but only when they stay in the water where food animals with exoskeletons belong. (This was the root problem with the Formic Wars, you know.)

www.hugecrab.com

I'm also afraid of affectionate stinky people.

I'm afraid that one day I'll no longer be able to hide my secret identity, and I'll be forced to use my unusual powers of procrastination for the public good (such as subbing for MAD in heading off nuclear war). And that'll be a grind.

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quote:
Originally posted by TL:
I'm also afraid that human evolution will take two paths: one, the path of the "normal" (people like you and I), and a second, concurrent, more terrifying path, affecting only the homeless. I'm afraid that the homeless will become giant mutant supermen who will skitter crab-like into abandoned vans, and wear them like shells of rusting, twisted armor as they rampage through the streets of our cities, breaking the windows of buildings and mating with our daughters while fires burn in former libraries and city halls and schools and we "normals" slowly retreat into the sewers, surrending the "upworld" to the mutant superhobos.

<holds up a lighter> [Hail]
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quote:
Originally posted by TL:
I'm also afraid that human evolution will take two paths: one, the path of the "normal" (people like you and I)

"People like you and I"
Don't compare yourself to the T he's far from you. Too far to understand his humanity. [Wink]

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So I just spent the last 15 minutes or so looking at pictures of huge crabs. Thanks a lot scifibum. Now give me those 15 minutes back or I'll sue.
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Those minutes were well spent. Now, if a huge crab were ever to attack you, you'd be able to recognize it. If you're anything like me, your subconscious has become innured to their horrifying appearance and is even now concocting plans to evade them in the face of a huge crab assault. scifibum may have just saved your life.
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quote:
Originally posted by Dr Strangelove:
quote:
Originally posted by Noemon:
Everybody dies alone.

Beat me to it.

That is conceivably my favorite line in the whole show. *sigh*


heh, I immediately though of Donnie Darko.

Did anyone ever here that segment of This American Life where they did a reading of an essay a mentally handicapped guy wrote entitled something along the lines of this thread title?

[ July 17, 2008, 04:23 PM: Message edited by: Strider ]

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quote:
Originally posted by MrSquicky:
Those minutes were well spent. Now, if a huge crab were ever to attack you, you'd be able to recognize it. If you're anything like me, your subconscious has become innured to their horrifying appearance and is even now concocting plans to evade them in the face of a huge crab assault. scifibum may have just saved your life.

*Nods magnanimously*

*Checks crab mallet and giant kettle*

<latin pun not intended>

<apologies for above line nsfw explanation for this one>

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quote:
Originally posted by MrSquicky:
Those minutes were well spent. Now, if a huge crab were ever to attack you, you'd be able to recognize it. If you're anything like me, your subconscious has become innured to their horrifying appearance and is even now concocting plans to evade them in the face of a huge crab assault. scifibum may have just saved your life.

Mmm. You may have a point.

How fast are these crabs?

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Bears. Those things are scary. They're unstoppable. I read a newspaper story a few years ago about a woman (in Canada, I think) attcked by two grizzlies outside a cabin who hid inside a closet in the cabin, and the bears smashed their way into the cabin and ripped the closet door down and killed her. THAT'S scary!!
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In my teens a friend said "What if we remain aware of our bodies after our death and feel all that pain and boredom until we rot completely away?"

I'm getting cremated now...

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quote:
How fast are these crabs?
Not very (unless they're on motorcycles). As I understand it, when hunting humans, they rely on mainly their ability to really freak people out and/or drop coconuts on people's heads.

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Marvel was at one point planing on having an alternate universe where Peter Parker was bitten by a radio-active crab, resulting in him growing a hard carapace, only being able to walk sideways, and being able to pinch the crap out of people. This idea was however not very popular with test audiences and was put on the same trash heap as The X-Menches, Captain American Samoa, and The Above Average 4.

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Bears. Those things are scary. They're unstoppable.
Nah. I read a story a few years ago about a 50-year-old woman blackbelt in judo who fought off a bear attack.
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Just last year a guy in Utah killed a bear that was threatening his family by throwing a piece of firewood at its head.

I'm guessing that bears are significantly down in bears vs. over humans overall. But in interactions where the humans don't have guns, or aren't looking for the bears, I think bears are still ahead. And I'd probably try to avoid confrontation even if I had firewood and a judo master granny with me.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Pixiest:
In my teens a friend said "What if we remain aware of our bodies after our death and feel all that pain and boredom until we rot completely away?"

I'm getting cremated now...

Are you sure that cremation will disconnect your awareness?
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if this whole continued awareness thing is true, I want to be the prop body strapped to the front of a nightmare-themed roller coaster, or laid to rest upon a trampoline, where children can bounce me into eternity.
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Sean: if being reduced to Ash doesn't do it, nothing will.
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Quote:
"Just last year a guy in Utah killed a bear that was threatening his family by throwing a piece of firewood at its head.

"I'm guessing that bears are significantly down in bears vs. over humans overall. But in interactions where the humans don't have guns, or aren't looking for the bears, I think bears are still ahead. And I'd probably try to avoid confrontation even if I had firewood and a judo master granny with me. "
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Yeah, but think about how terrifed that poor woman in the cabin must have been! You can't even climb a tree to get away from them, they can climb trees, or worse yet, push them over (little ones anyway). I'm staying away from bears.

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In my teens a friend said "What if we remain aware of our bodies after our death and feel all that pain and boredom until we rot completely away?"

"I'm getting cremated now... "
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Yeah, but if you remain aware of your body after death you'll feel yourself being burned to ashes!
There's no easy way out of this one, short of instant vapouristaion in a nuclear blast...

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Luckily we don't have bears in New Zealand, but we do have wetas, giant insects that are brown with black skull-like faces and spikes. They're about 4" long.

http://www.eagle.co.nz/flyers/images/Weta.jpg

Some giant ones featured in Peter Jackson's King Kong. They TOTALLY freak me out. I can't go near them, we've had a couple come into the house and all I can do is call my wife and get outa there. She kills them while I stay far away.

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quote:
Originally posted by scifibum:

I'm afraid of coconut crabs. They are scary, and they would gladly eat me. Arthropods can be appetizing instead of scary, but only when they stay in the water where food animals with exoskeletons belong. (This was the root problem with the Formic Wars, you know.)

www.hugecrab.com

What about the red crabs of Christmas Island? I'd like to see their migration in person, as long as I could get out if things started to go wrong.
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quote:
Originally posted by scifibum:
And I'd probably try to avoid confrontation even if I had firewood and a judo master granny with me.

I love this sentence.
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Cashew: yeah, and that'll be agony. But it's fast and it beats slowly rotting over a coupla decades.

btw, No autopsy, please. And don't gussy me up for the funeral.

Take me, Wake me, Shake and Bake me.

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quote:
Originally posted by Omega M.:
quote:
Originally posted by scifibum:

I'm afraid of coconut crabs. They are scary, and they would gladly eat me. Arthropods can be appetizing instead of scary, but only when they stay in the water where food animals with exoskeletons belong. (This was the root problem with the Formic Wars, you know.)

www.hugecrab.com

What about the red crabs of Christmas Island? I'd like to see their migration in person, as long as I could get out if things started to go wrong.
You mean like the crabs turning on the human inhabitants and their animal companions, reducing all of them to skeletons, consuming the all of the available food supply, and then swimming across the sea to take over the rest of the Earth?

Whatever happened to that kitty in the video? Hmmm...

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I'm worried that my whole life is a crazed hallucination. That as I'm sitting here typing, thinking I'm just an average being in this known universe, that what's really happening is that I'm strapped to a bed thrashing crazily, eyes glazed, and foaming at the mouth while my mortified family watches on. And after the fear of this then comes disgust as I think, "hell, I could of come up with something a bit better than this as my preferred delusion."
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What if all of you are just my preffered delusion and there never was an OSC and this forum never existed.Maybe I'm typing in microsoft word [Angst]
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This is why I love this forum!
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I am totally scared of wolves. I had a dream two nights ago where I spent the night figuring out how to stop a wolf attack.
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I am terrified of poison oak. Every time I look out the window and see it popping up out of the deck, I shudder. Of course, I also just recently learned what poison oak looks like and that I am not in the 15-30% of the population with immunity to it.
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Apparently I'm afraid of being buried alive, if the dream I had last night has any bearing. The fact that it's stuck with me all day creeps me out.
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