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    Thunder & Lightning

    Nope, not another weather thread, well maybe but only in passing <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    However much the family and I try we cannot recreate this phenomenonenonthingy, an example is a film I am watching as I Lounge tonight, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. At certain points during the film so far, say, when Dr Jekyll inbibes "The Formula" a great flash of lightning occurs with an immediate thunder clap <img src=/S/flee.gif border=0 alt=flee width=25 height=25>. Another time is when his servants search his house after he appears to have missed a few meals....the ubiquitous thunder and lightning sounds. There are some unqualified conclusion that I can only summise:

    1) Whenever Dr J wants to experiment he awaits a BIG storm to take place.
    2) He wears synthetic or silk underwear that causes so much static that there has to be a discharge
    3) The potential morphic transformation requires lightning or static discharge, hence #2
    4) "The formula" is somehow generating a statical connection with clouds

    Other great examples are Van Helsing, the Magic Forest possibly sees a good belter of a thunder storm, maybe once every 2 years but Dr Frankenstein seems to have his "on order" and especially when the revolting peasants are revolting and ready to storm the mansion just as the monster is transmuted.

    Why, in a film, when a long lost family member arrives at the heros door is there a propensity for there to be rain, lightning and thunder.

    These things are a worry.
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    Re: Thunder & Lightning

    Many many many moons ago when I was doing my undergraduate degree ( <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> in English Literature, but don't tell any of my computer nerd friends ) there was a fabulous storm with thunder and lightening while we were doing an end of year exam. The exam subject for that day was The Romantics. I included a comment about the nature of the weather in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein heralding similar foreboding to my exam results in my essay.
    When I bumped into my tutor a few weeks later, he commented that he got a good laugh out of my essay and that it helped me to a pass mark!

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    Re: Thunder & Lightning

    Ha....Your thread reminds me of these other things that ONLY happen in the movies...

    1. It is always possible to find a parking spot directly outside or opposite the building you are visiting.
    2. When paying for a taxi, don’t look at your wallet as you take out a note. Just grab one out at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.
    3. Television news bulletins usually contain a story that affects you personally at the precise moment it’s aired.
    4. Creepy music (or satanic chanting) coming from a graveyard should always be closely investigated.
    5. Any lock can be picked with a credit card or paperclip in seconds. UNLESS it’s the door to a burning building with a child inside.
    6. If you decide to start dancing in the street, everyone you bump into will know all the steps.
    7. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red digital displays so you know exactly when they are going to explode.
    8. Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German officer, it will not be necessary to learn to speak German. Simply speaking English with a German accent will do. Similarly, when they are alone, all German soldiers prefer to speak English to each other.
    9. Once applied, lipstick will never rub off. Even while scuba diving.
    10. The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window of any building in Paris.
    11. Any police officer about to retire from the force will more often than not die on their last day (especially if their family have planned a party). (Caveat: Detectives can only solve a case after they have been suspended from duty).
    12. Getaway cars never start first go. But all cop cars do. (They will also slide to a dramatic stop in the midst of a crime scene).
    13. If staying in a haunted house, women should investigate any strange noises wearing their most revealing underwear.
    14. On a police stake-out, the action will only ever take place when food is being consumed and scalding hot coffees are perched precariously on the dashboard…
    15. All grocery shopping involves the purchase of French loaves which will be placed in open brown paper bags (Caveat: when said bags break, only fruit will spill out).
    16. Cars never need fuel (unless they’re involved in a pursuit).
    17. If you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts, your opponents will wait patiently to attack you one by one by dancing around you in a threatening manner until you have defeated their predecessor.
    18. If a microphone is turned on it will immediately feedback.
    19. Guns are like disposable razors. If you run out of bullets, just throw the gun away. you will always find another one.
    20. All single women have a cat.
    21. Cars will explode instantly when struck by a single bullet.
    22. No matter how savagely a spaceship is attacked, its internal gravity system is never damaged.
    23. If being chased through a city you can usually take cover in a passing St Patrick’s Day parade - at any time of the year.
    24. The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. Nobody will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building undetected.
    25. You will survive any battle in any war UNLESS you show someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.
    26. Prostitutes always look like Julia Roberts or Jamie Lee Curtis. They have expensive clothes and nice apartments but no pimps. They are friendly with the shopkeepers in their neighbourhood who don’t mind at all what the girl does for a living.
    27. A single match is usually sufficient to light up a room the size of a football stadium.
    28. It is not necessary to say “Hello” or “Goodbye” when beginning a telephone conversation. A disconnected call can always be restored by frantically beating the cradle and saying “Hello? Hello?” repeatedly.
    29. One man shooting at 20 men has a better chance of killing them all than 20 men firing at once (this is known as Stallone’s Law).
    30. When you turn out the light to go to bed, everything in you room will still be visible, just slightly bluish.
    31. Plain or even ugly girls can become movie star pretty simply by removing their glasses and rearranging their hair.
    32. Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their enemies with complicated devices incorporating fuses, pulleys, deadly gases, lasers and man-eating sharks.
    33. All beds have special L-shaped sheets that reach to armpit level on a woman but only up to the waist of the man lying beside her.
    34. Anyone can land a 747 as long as there is someone in the control tower to talk you down.
    35. During all police investigations it will be necessary to visit a strip club at least once.
    36. You can always find a chainsaw when you need one.
    37. Most musical instruments (especially wind instruments and accordions) can be played without moving your fingers.
    38. In Middle America, all gas station attendants have red handkerchiefs hanging out of their back pockets.
    39. All teen house parties have one of every stereotypical subculture present (even people who aren’t liked and would never get invited to parties).
    40. Trucks use their horns at random (no hang on, that happens in real life too!).

    Maybe, you can think of more ... only happens in the movies scenarios!
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    Re: Thunder & Lightning

    >He wears synthetic or silk underwear ..
    Wherefore is this sudden predilection with underwear in Scuttlebutt?
    It's "Scuttlebutt", not Scuttlebut.

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    Re: Thunder & Lightning

    There has always been a predilection with underwear in Scuttlebutt, I mean, I am always wearing underwear when I am in the Lounge.

    That reminds me....

    What is the difference between a man and a dog?

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">One wears trousers, the other just pants</span hide>
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    Re: Thunder & Lightning

    >Maybe, you can think of more ... only happens in the movies scenarios!

    Well, if there ever was a movie made that used some VBA to automate a simple process such as payroll, or library circulation control, it would never generate a "We are sorry ... close down ...error report..." message

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    Re: Thunder & Lightning

    >> There has always been a predilection with underwear in Scuttlebutt...

    Shall I say more... <img src=/S/moon.gif border=0 alt=moon width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Thunder & Lightning

    41. guns only run out of bullets if the hero is threatened by a villain
    42. bombs can't be defused (by cutting a random wire) until the counter is in the last 3 seconds of it's countdown (caveat--the random wire is always the second choice)
    43. cars driven by police detectives never get stolen even though they leave the doors unlocked and the windows rolled down
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    Re: Thunder & Lightning

    Good list

    44. Top villain's always hire henchmen that can't hit a target for toffee but the hero can fire a derringer over 1/2 a mile with deadly accuracy (normally killing at least 2 baddies with one shot)
    45. America will always win the war, even if it against Genghis Khan who preceeded the modern discovery of the US by 500 years.
    46. Harrison Ford, contrary to popular belief, is not fluent in German.

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    Re: Thunder & Lightning

    >>> 46. Harrison Ford, contrary to popular belief, is not fluent in German. <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Thunder & Lightning

    <hr>38. In Middle America, all gas station attendants have red handkerchiefs hanging out of their back pockets. <hr>
    The writer obviously hasn't been to the USA for a long, long time! There AIN'T NO gas stations attendants anywhere in America, let alone the Middle!

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    Re: Thunder & Lightning

    My sister who lives in New Jersey says that she cannot pump her own gas because it isn't allowed. So making this deduction - that would mean there are gas attendants? This practice may be coming to an end however, according to this article.


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    Re: Thunder & Lightning

    I'm with skitter; you're not allowed to pump your own gas in NJ....I remember my first time trying to get gas in the state, I got out, and went to the pump, the attendant came screaming at me in some foreign language (something resembling pashtu, since I understood the word 'stop')...

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    Re: Thunder & Lightning

    The last time I was in Oregon, it was illegal to fill your own tank.

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    Re: Thunder & Lightning

    >>>36. You can always find a chainsaw when you need one.

    <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>Isn't that in the lounge?

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