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Drunk History Presents Nikola Tesla *NSFW* 91 91

Amazingly accurate for someone so plastered. I think all history should be taught at this level of intoxication.

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Drunk History Presents Nikola Tesla *NSFW*

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  • Re:Death (Score:5, Informative)

    by eldavojohn (898314) * <{eldavojohn} {at} {gmail.com}> on Thursday March 25, 2010 @01:27PM (#31613650) Journal

    How in the name of Shub Internet did this make front page? Bad slashdot editors. Bad! No cookie for you.

    Because it's funny. Front page funny. And it mixes comedy with an often overlooked icon in our world. I've read books on Tesla and I've read his patents and he truly was a remarkably gifted man. Yet I didn't hear about him until college.

    Why? Probably because Edison was a pompous jerk. Probably because Tesla was an immigrant. Probably because he expressed too many alternative ideas ... some of which had serious merit and continue to influence us in new ways until this very day.

    And yet one of the few routes we have to raise public awareness about him is very well filmed and choreographed internet videos ... because tesla wasn't The American Inventor Thomas Edison that every American School child Must learn about.

    I disagree with your hard line "no cookie" stance and instead offer the Slashdot Editor trapped in my basement a full cookie and the ability to rub his eyeball on my shoe. I thoroughly enjoyed the throwing up of absinthe mixed with pineapple as well as the "Tesla was the Electric Jesus" statement.

    All you have to do, girlintraining is filter Idle so that it doesn't appear on your front page. It's in your preferences.

  • by eldavojohn (898314) * <{eldavojohn} {at} {gmail.com}> on Thursday March 25, 2010 @01:37PM (#31613870) Journal
    Upper right of the page you're viewing has a "Help & Account" link. Click it or open it into a new tab. If you are using the dynamic index like most, click "Exclusions" under that heading. Enter "Idle" into the text box and hit save. While you will probably miss stories like "Bill Gates Sits Idle as World Burns" you will not see any Idle: stories on your front page. In the classic index, you can select sections and remove Idle. I don't know why the dynamic index doesn't have this granularity of exact control yet. I'd give you links but they're javascripty popups so take care if you have javascripty blocking mechanisms.
  • Re:Death (Score:2, Informative)

    by eldavojohn (898314) * <{eldavojohn} {at} {gmail.com}> on Thursday March 25, 2010 @01:50PM (#31614164) Journal

    In my preferences? Well, I prefer androgynous looking girls, with a strong personality, good sense of humor, and stunning eyes. Don't care so much about smoking or race, but heavy drug use is a kill-joy. I don't see why slashdot needs to know this though, but whatever. Will the pain stop now?

    Could you give me a non-subjective definition of "good sense of humor"? How about an objective definition of "heavy drug use"? Because you can buy absinthe (grande wormwood even) nearly everywhere in the states now. Turns out it's never really been illegal after prohibition. Or perhaps six beers is heavy drug use? Or perhaps the coffee/energy drink he drank that morning? Or perhaps the high fructose corn syrup from the bread in his sandwich that he threw up? Maybe I should inform my coworker that takes an aspirin everyday that I don't enjoy his heavy drug use in my office space?

    While unhealthy and stupid, six beers and a half bottle of absinthe does not equate to a high probability of death or risk of life destroying addiction. I'm fine that you hold your own odd standard of 'heavy drug use' but the chemicals consumed by this individual are approved for sale in the United States. On top of that, people have been getting blitzed for millennia and a video labeled *NSFW* means violence, nudity, adult language, drug or alcohol use and the same things that make movies rated for more mature audiences. Simply put: don't watch a video rated *NSFW* if 'heavy drug use' offends you or results in a "kill-joy." I'm quite comfortable laughing at other peoples stupid decisions and somewhat insightful -- though crude -- blathering on topics I hold dear.

  • Re:Lightweight! (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 25, 2010 @02:20PM (#31614686)

    No it isn't. It used to be when it was illegal and made with more amounts of worm wood, but now worm wood is trace at best.

  • Re:Death (Score:3, Informative)

    by somersault (912633) on Thursday March 25, 2010 @02:28PM (#31614862) Homepage Journal

    *whoosh* :P she wasn't talking about the video at that point dude, she was employing some kind of "non sequitur humour"ous device.

  • Re:Lightweight! (Score:3, Informative)

    by h3llfish (663057) on Thursday March 25, 2010 @02:29PM (#31614880)
    That is incorrect. It's certainly a highly potent alcoholic spirit, but it has no hallucinogenic drugs in it. That part is pretty much made up. It's basically just regular booze. It's certainly nothing like Psilocybin mushrooms.

    This site has a pretty good FAQ:

    http://www.wormwoodsociety.org/ [wormwoodsociety.org]
  • by BKX (5066) on Thursday March 25, 2010 @02:46PM (#31615186) Journal

    Uh, no. A fifth is 18 shots (a pint of liquor is 250 mL vs 750 mL for a fifth (yes, I know is seems wrong, but the names for those sized bottles no longer match their volumes, not even in the US)). Therefore a pint, being exactly one third of a fifth, is 6 shots. I define a shot as 42 mL, which is strikingly close to the US government's definition of 44 mL (1.5 fl oz).

    And don't start claiming that is shot is some other size like 1 fl oz or 30 mL or some bullshit. It's slightly less than 1.5 fl oz, dammit. In fact, there MUST be 18 shots in a fifth. That way I can finish my bottle of whisky just as I start the 18th hole. (And now you know why there are 18 holes in a full round of golf.)

  • Re:Lightweight! (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 25, 2010 @05:20PM (#31617816)

    Still incorrect. It is not hallucinogenic but a neurotoxin produced by the wormwood. So, all those 18th century french poets were not hallucinating but damaging their brains

  • Re:Lightweight! (Score:3, Informative)

    by TheTurtlesMoves (1442727) on Thursday March 25, 2010 @05:56PM (#31618348)
    If made the proper way, even back then i didn't have any real "hallucigenic" in it. The heat breaks it down.
  • The video on YouTube (Score:5, Informative)

    by Smurf (7981) on Thursday March 25, 2010 @07:19PM (#31619276)

    Yeah. Apparently someone uploaded teh video to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FFazanaWQY [youtube.com]

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