Friday, October 23, 2009

Weekend Notes

-- Can you name the World Series Champion lineups back to 1987 in 13 minutes? Of course you can't. But it's fun to try. I've tried like four times and haven't topped 160. Who the hell was on the 1988 Dodgers?!?! Seriously, screw those guys. And Scott Brosius, if you're reading this, screw you too.

-- A belated congratulations to Sultan Kosen who has been crowned the world's tallest man. The title is not without controversy, however. Leonid Stadnyk is supposedly four inches taller, but he refuses to be measured because he thinks he's too cool for the title saying, "If this title had given me more health or a few extra years, I would have taken it, but the opposite happened, I only wasted my nerve cells." Well thanks for that, Debby Downer.

Sultan, however, is pumped about the title. As he should be. He looks at this new found fame as the best way to get a GF. He says, "Hopefully now that I'm famous I'll be able to meet lots of girls." You go, Sultan. If there's one thing I know about girls it's that they love flipping through the Guinness Book of World Records looking for single men. Seriously, I heard Shridhar Chillal is married to a Laker Girl.

-- According to anthropologist and feelings-hurter Peter McAllister, the modern man is a whimp. Take it back, meany!!!!

-- We here at Alright Hamilton! feel it is our duty to warn the readers about creatures that are gunna git ya. Well, unfortunately I have some troubling gunna-git-ya news. The Montauk Monster has a Panamanian relative. And it is hideous.

So stay the hell away from Panama, and have a good weekend.

Addendum by Daymonster:
Sorry about adding on to Soups post but there were a couple of things that needed to be addressed before the start of the weekend. First, I was going to write something about my favorite website, But it seems that Soup beat me too it first.

I have been playing the quizzes on this website for a several months and they fairly recently added the ability to create your own. You can only make a few a month so here are the ones I have created so far. You should try them.

The Minnesota Twins All-Metrodome Team
The Minnesota Twins Retired Numbers
Where Minnesota Sports Teams Play

And the most fun one...
The Best Medical Device Companies based on 2008 sales figures.

That's the fun news, now here is the bad news. Turns out "Alright" is not a real word. Gasp! We should have been "All Right Hamilton!" and we should be ARH! not AH! It's one of the 32 most misused words and phrases. This news makes me so mad my head is LITERALLY exploding.


soup said...

Good addendum.

In defense of "alright":

The English language doesn't take itself too seriously, which makes it awesome. It's a hodgepodge (this word being a great example) of languages. If we don't have a word for school before elementary school we'll say, "Hey, Germans have this word 'kindergarten'. Let's just use that." And the English language doesn't care. Kindergarten it is. We steal and invent knew words with little hesitation.

English grammar also has some flexibility. There are rules, but even the most acclaimed writers ignore them from time to time. You shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition or start a sentence with a conjunction. But it’s alright to do in the society we live in.

English has wandered greatly from its Latin roots in regard to adherence to grammatical rules. English is not as strict. It's more democratic. So, “alright” might not be a word, but it should and will be a word. As the "American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage and Style" explains:

“all right” as two words and “alright” as one word have two distinct meanings. It gives the example of the sentence “The figures are all right.” When you use “all right” as two words, the sentence means “the figures are all accurate.” When you write “The figures are alright,” with “alright” as one word, this source explains that the sentence means “the figures are satisfactory.”

haasertime said...

I had actually discovered that horrible truth about "alright" some time ago, but didn't mention it. I mean, if our title was wrong, what does that say about our entire blog, ya know?

But I think it's alright. I was once kinda snobby about grammar, but I heard some woman on the radio saying explaining that as long as people understand you, it's really NBD if it's technically in the dictionary. It's more better when we talk from the heart instead of consulting a dictionary. Everyone has a sorta unique way of talking, and thats' kind of cool.

TwinsWin83 said...

thats deep mike.

Daymonster said...

Soup, you are so dumb.

Right after you wrote about not ending sentences with a preposition and starting sentences with a conjunction, the very next sentence committed both those errors.

I can't believe you didn't notice that. tsk, tsk.

soup said...

And you, Daymonster, are not the kind of person I should be taking grammar advise from. Or be scared of.

Daymonster said...

Okay, that's better.

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