Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Random Assortment

1.) Today I pulled along side of a bus that had an advertisement that said, "The same poison that kills rats is in second hand smoke......are you ok with that?" This billboard made me so irate I called the company to complain. They are using scare tactics and ignorance to advance a political agenda; state wide smoking ban. The thing that people fail to grasp is like any Chemistry element it is the dose that is fatal not the compound. The amount that is person is exposed to in second hand smoke is so small it is ridiculous. Any element is deadly given the right dose....even water which is vital to life will kill your ass at a given dose.

Why can't we just be truthful and let people make informed decisions on their own?

2.) Zugzwang - is a chess term for a position that you hold where any move you make is disadvantageous. (This has been a good word to describe my financial and work situation as of late.)(Also a good scrable word)

3.)Touche - I have heard this said my whole life and have always hated it. It sounds so "prickish." I had to look it up. It is a french term that comes from the root toucher meaning to wound in fencing. It's dictionary definition is "Used to acknowledge a hit in fencing or a successful criticism or an effective point in argument." Makes a little more sense after looking it up but I still don't like it. I mean why can't we just say good point?


SherBears said...

"I mean why can't we just say good point?"

Because it's the jab that hurts.

Thomas said...

Sorry to hear that your finances aren't the best these days. Might I suggest an investment opportunity? Me and some guys have this pyramid sche, I mean, investment strategy that we have set up, but it's only open to people who are BIG fans of Timbaland. Think about it, mkay?!

Brian in Mpls said...

ohh I love swindles I have worked in the mortgage industry for 10 years I am a professional ...let me know how to buy in

Rocketstar said...

I was always like to point out that cigarettes coat your lungs with the same substance we put on our roads.

Good point about the toxic level. I am working on a post right now about that same topic and drugs.

3.) Touche Brian!

Say Rah! said...

smoking's gross no matter what, bri.

and french rules.

that's all you need to know.

the108 said...

Touche is indeed a pompous ass word. I also cannot stand when people say, "Shed-yool" although the outrageous absurdity of the pronunciation always makes me laugh.

Jess said...

I see those damn dead mouse buses daily (SEVEN yesterday) and one day rode three of them. Those same ads run as banners on the Strib's site.

Oddly enough, the campaign seems to have started right around the time I had a mouse in my apartment. And I'm completely terrified of mice -- dead or alive. Thanks a lot, Clear Way Minnesota. I'm going to start smoking just to spite you. Assholes.