October 2, 2013

The unintended "absurdity" theme.

After posting that last post, I saw I'd done 2 posts in a row with "absurdity" in the title. That more or less determines that I will at least do a Google "news" search on the word in an effort to make some sense of the coincidence. Perhaps everything is coming together today over absurdity.

I see there are over 3000 current news articles on congressional absurdity, and I decline to click on things like "The Double Absurdity of Ted Cruz's 'Filibuster.'" I also don't care about "The love for fantastic absurdity at the [Boston Symphony Orchestra]" or "The Sheer Absurdity of Favoring Eli Manning Over Peyton Manning."

But I'm motivated to click on "The absurdity of education" in the Saudi Gazette (comparing a British girls' school with 2 teachers and 8 students to a Saudi girls' school with 600 students and 50 teachers and no working bathrooms).

And then there's "2013 Ig Nobel Prizes celebrate absurdity and science," including:
Safety/Engineering Prize: The late Gustano Pizzo, for inventing an electro-mechanical system to trap airplane hijackers. The system drops a hijacker through trap doors, seals him into a package, then drops the encapsulated hijacker through the airplane’s specially-installed bomb bay doors, whence he parachutes to Earth, where police, having been alerted by radio, await his arrival. US Patent #3811643, Gustano A. Pizzo, anti-hijacking system for aircraft, May 1972.
Peace Prize: Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, for making it illegal to applaud in public, and to the Belarus State Police, for arresting a one-armed man for applauding. The audience was asked not to applaud and were given a demonstration of one-handed clapping.


traditionalguy said...

One of the definitions for absurd is "manifestly false."

That is what awards are being given for these days. From planting an old Big Lie that Jews are a subhuman enemy to planting the new Big Lie that CO2 is a pollutant, psy-ops rolls along creating weak minded silly idiots everywhere.

Nobel Peace, Peace, and Peace prizes for the best facilitators of a middle east war of extermination on surrounded the now Jews is coming soon.

Matthew Sablan said...

I want a cupcake shaped like a windmill. It isn't absurd so much as whimsical.

EDH said...

Seems to me quite clear Cruz's entirely realistic intention was to not allow Obamacare to, ahem, cruise through the senate without a whimper, but instead make the Democrats own it.

That's why Cruz earned so much scorn.