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Old 12-17-04, 08:39 AM   #1
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MOVED: Mourning the Passing

I hope you lot realise that The Aussie Thread -- that famous collection of esoterica (that's ESOterica not EROtica) which seppos viewed with absolute wonder -- has passed on.

It is no more, at least here on Racew@anker forum.

It is gone.

You no longer have the pleasure of peeping through the window to see what WE think as WE live in what REALLY is the MOST WONDERFUL place on earth.

You roadies don't know what you will be missing.

I can say this in absolute confidence. Most of you are so far up yourselves, you don't even frequent any of the other forums here on BF. You come here to follow the gospel of 53-11. You talk CF, and w@nk yourselves off on average speed, top speeds, bike weight, and a whole host of other stuff that you use to substitute for your sexual inadequacies.

I mean, really, how many legends subscribe to your forum? Does Lance post here to seek your opinions on how to win the next TT at the TdF? Mind you, Jan probably has subscribed here under some pseudonym, taken the advice you've offered and... oh dear, failed yet again. And which of you dunderheads advised Tyler on his vitamin intake? Really...

Anyway... because most of you -- like that italia guy -- are so full of your own competitive importance (ie, your heads are so far up your orifice), you won't even realise that The Aussie Thread -- famous for lampooning idiots, imbeciles, candidates for brain transplant and... well... 75% of the American population -- has been transferred to the Foo Forum.

Why Foo? Well pharque knows. It wasn't discussed with the Aussies. All you had to do is bring around a carton of cans (beer that is... VB, Cascade, Fosters, Boags, Melbourne Bitter -- anything that's real beer and Australian). And we could have talked it over. But no. You had to have your own party. Get on the p!ss and come to some decision to move us out of Road Cycling. An arbitrary decision.

Well, who cares? I've already got an email from a fervent fan who says she (????? wow) goes to Foo when she really wants to know what's going on here. All I have to do is convince her to move to Australia, and my mission is done!!!

So.....

.... all you roadie w*****s, sayonara, au revoir, hasta lavista baby, CUlater, bye-bye, nye-nye... nice knowing you.

By the way, [and this is entirely irrelevant to the majority of posters to THIS forum] Foo seems to attract its fair share of sassy ladies. I'm off to sniff out... MsVicki, Stacey, foehn, Machka, cycleprincess... and any other Aussie groupies, put your hands up now!
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Well cut my wallabie down sport! Thats just wrong!
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That's "tie" my wallaby down sport.

See what I mean?
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Old 12-17-04, 09:17 AM   #4
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Uhhh, what happened to it? That was my comic relief. Of course I never posted there because I'm not Aussie, even though I used to be the Prime Minister there.

Oh, I see now, it's in the Foo forum. So? I guess that makes it Bung-foo now.
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An entire nation decended from convicts. You gotta love them.
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don, you're an honorary Aussie... you like rumpole.. and we all know he was played by a great Aussie.
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Old 12-17-04, 09:31 AM   #7
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don, you're an honorary Aussie... you like rumpole.. and we all know he was played by a great Aussie.
I am honored...I think.
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An entire nation decended from convicts. You gotta love them.
Obviously in that other 25% of the American population.
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That's "tie" my wallaby down sport.

See what I mean?

Rowen.... stop with the nit picking... or we will give you a US passport an make you live in DC...
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Rowen.... stop with the nit picking... or we will give you a US passport an make you live in DC...
Nice one, golan.
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Nice one, golan.

LOL.. nice one to you rowen
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Old 12-17-04, 09:49 AM   #12
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If Foster's came in 40 oz. bottles, I'd pour it into the ground in memorial of my, hrm, Aussies.
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Well, who cares?
Rowan - What's gotten your chamois in such a bunch? If we're such a bunch of ******s, why are you so upset about being moved to the Foo Forum? So much for the image of Aussies being laid back and easy going...
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Old 12-17-04, 10:40 AM   #14
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You no longer have the pleasure of peeping through the window to see what WE think as WE live in what REALLY is the MOST WONDERFUL place on earth.
Quit wining and start another...I'm losing out on peep'n action here!
You could call it "Special Aussie techniques" or some other tom-foolery
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Old 12-17-04, 12:22 PM   #15
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geez, was the aussie thread just about road cycling? no doesn't sound like it, so therefore it doesn't belong in the road forum. who cares if it is in foo, there are plenty of quality threads in foo.
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I eagerly await Hitchy's comments on this subject, the publicly-named Oz Chairman of Bike Forums...
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I don't.
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don, you're an honorary Aussie... you like rumpole.. and we all know he was played by a great Aussie.
Well considering that I am sh$t-faced as I type this...dang...may the dingos eat the moderator who moved you from down under to up over...
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I think he's mad 'cause he can't have a white Christmas.

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- has been transferred to the Foo Forum.

Why Foo? Well pharque knows.
Forgive my ignorance, but what is Foo? and am I a Foo for asking? And why not just start another one here? Think of Foo as the "Aussie Archive". If not, guess I'll have to check things out on the chain of Foos.
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Congratulations, Aussies, on the creation of a new "Aussie Thread" in the Road Cycling Forum. How long will it take for this one to be moved to Foo, too?
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All this whining about America and Americans is nothing but jelosy and envy. It is the same thing as people whining about Bill Gates, Lance, and major corporations. The mentality is "I can't pull myself up, so I'll pull them down." Truely sad.

Yes Rowan the grass IS greener on the other side. So, we understand why you are crying. And just for the record, I have lived down under, and my wife was born in Perth. The term she uses for envious whiners is "whinging toss-pots".

You could aways hang out at www.bikeforums.co.au....................oh, there isn't one. Man, that green grass gets taller by the minute.
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I've never met an Aussie who wasn't descended from a gaurd or administrator. I think the gaurd/convict ratio must have been something like 5500:1 and all the convicts were sterilized. And the myth of Aussies as a hard drinking, tough living bunch is gone. The place has more speed cameras then you can count, the max speed limit is a laugher (as is the blood alcohol limit) and beer is (by US standards) expensive and damn hard to come by.

I judge a country's FR (fun ratio) by it's supply of alcohol and road carnage. Let's face it, there's nothing better than doing 90 MPH (the only real speed measurement, not those piddling little KM's) down the highway with a 17 year old blonde cheerleader, seat belts off, a beer in one hand, the blonde in the other, steering with your knees while the radio blasts the Cars "Let the Good Times Roll".

Those good times, my friends, are fueled by a endless supply of cheap beer that can be purchased on any street corner. Thank god Mexico and Nevada still exist.

Actually Australia's a lovely country except they think it's amusing to steal people's steering wheels and install them on the passenger side. I'm off to the Blue Sky Mine...
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Forgive my ignorance, but what is Foo? and am I a Foo for asking? And why not just start another one here? Think of Foo as the "Aussie Archive". If not, guess I'll have to check things out on the chain of Foos.
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foo /foo/ 1. interj. Term of disgust. 2. very common Used very
generally as a sample name for absolutely anything, esp. programs and
files (esp. scratch files). 3. First on the standard list of
metasyntactic variables used in syntax examples. See also bar,
baz, qux, quux, corge, grault, garply, waldo, fred,
plugh, xyzzy, thud.

When `foo' is used in connection with `bar' it has generally traced to
the WWII-era Army slang acronym FUBAR (`****ed Up Beyond All Repair'),
later modified to foobar. Early versions of the Jargon File
interpreted this change as a post-war bowdlerization, but it it now
seems more likely that FUBAR was itself a derivative of `foo' perhaps
influenced by German `furchtbar' (terrible) - `foobar' may actually have
been the _original_ form.

For, it seems, the word `foo' itself had an immediate prewar history
in comic strips and cartoons. The earliest documented uses were in the
"Smokey Stover" comic strip published from about 1930 to about 1952.
Bill Holman, the author of the strip, filled it with odd jokes and
personal contrivances, including other nonsense phrases such as "Notary
Sojac" and "1506 nix nix". The word "foo" frequently appeared on license
plates of cars, in nonsense sayings in the background of some frames
(such as "He who foos last foos best" or "Many smoke but foo men chew"),
and Holman had Smokey say "Where there's foo, there's fire".

According to the Warner Brothers Cartoon Companion
(http://www.spumco.com/magazine/eowbcc/) Holman claimed to have found
the word "foo" on the bottom of a Chinese figurine. This is plausible;
Chinese statuettes often have apotropaic inscriptions, and this may have
been the Chinese word `fu' (sometimes transliterated `foo'), which can
mean "happiness" or "prosperity" when spoken with the proper tone (the
lion-dog guardians flanking the steps of many Chinese restaurants are
properly called "fu dogs"). English speakers' reception of Holman's
`foo' nonsense word was undoubtedly influenced by Yiddish `feh' and
English `fooey' and `fool'.

Holman's strip featured a firetruck called the Foomobile that rode on
two wheels. The comic strip was tremendously popular in the late 1930s,
and legend has it that a manufacturer in Indiana even produced an
operable version of Holman's Foomobile. According to the Encyclopedia of
American Comics, `Foo' fever swept the U.S., finding its way into
popular songs and generating over 500 `Foo Clubs.' The fad left `foo'
references embedded in popular culture (including a couple of
appearances in Warner Brothers cartoons of 1938-39; notably in Robert
Clampett's "Daffy Doc" of 1938, in which a very early version of Daffy
Duck holds up a sign saying "SILENCE IS FOO!") When the fad faded, the
origin of "foo" was forgotten.

One place "foo" is known to have remained live is in the U.S. military
during the WWII years. In 1944-45, the term `foo fighters' was in use by
radar operators for the kind of mysterious or spurious trace that would
later be called a UFO (the older term resurfaced in popular American
usage in 1995 via the name of one of the better grunge-rock bands).
Because informants connected the term directly to the Smokey Stover
strip, the folk etymology that connects it to French "feu" (fire) can be
gently dismissed.

The U.S. and British militaries frequently swapped slang terms during
the war (see kluge and kludge for another important example) Period
sources reported that `FOO' became a semi-legendary subject of WWII
British-army graffiti more or less equivalent to the American Kilroy.
Where British troops went, the graffito "FOO was here" or something
similar showed up. Several slang dictionaries aver that FOO probably
came from Forward Observation Officer, but this (like the
contemporaneous "FUBAR") was probably a backronym . Forty years later,
Paul Dickson's excellent book "Words" (Dell, 1982, ISBN 0-440-52260-7)
traced "Foo" to an unspecified British naval magazine in 1946, quoting
as follows: "Mr. Foo is a mysterious Second World War product, gifted
with bitter omniscience and sarcasm."

Earlier versions of this entry suggested the possibility that hacker
usage actually sprang from "FOO, Lampoons and Parody", the title of a
comic book first issued in September 1958, a joint project of Charles
and Robert Crumb. Though Robert Crumb (then in his mid-teens) later
became one of the most important and influential artists in underground
comics, this venture was hardly a success; indeed, the brothers later
burned most of the existing copies in disgust. The title FOO was
featured in large letters on the front cover. However, very few copies
of this comic actually circulated, and students of Crumb's `oeuvre' have
established that this title was a reference to the earlier Smokey Stover
comics. The Crumbs may also have been influenced by a short-lived
Canadian parody magazine named `Foo' published in 1951-52.

An old-time member reports that in the 1959 "Dictionary of the TMRC
Language", compiled at TMRC, there was an entry that went something
like this:

FOO: The first syllable of the sacred chant phrase "FOO MANE PADME
HUM." Our first obligation is to keep the foo counters turning.

(For more about the legendary foo counters, see TMRC.) This
definition used Bill Holman's nonsense word, only then two decades old
and demonstrably still live in popular culture and slang, to a ha ha
only serious analogy with esoteric Tibetan Buddhism. Today's hackers
would find it difficult to resist elaborating a joke like that, and it
is not likely 1959's were any less susceptible. Almost the entire staff
of what later became the MIT AI Lab was involved with TMRC, and the word
spread from there.
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