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Friday, July 07, 2006

What kind of a name is Harpoon?

From the Beeb:
A group of tourists was inadvertently introduced to Norwegian hunting practices during a whale-watching trip in the far north of the country.

As they were admiring one of the animals, a Norwegian whaling boat came along and harpooned it.

[snip]

"We were on our way out to the whale-watching area when we passed a whaling boat," the boat's skipper, Geir Maan, told the Associated Press news agency.

Whaling and tour boats usually maintained a distance between them, he said.

"This time, we got close, and right when they were passing, I realised they had a minke whale in firing range," he said.

The incident, which happened at the weekend, left the 80-odd tourists who witnessed it in shock.

"The blood flowed and it wasn't a pretty sight. This really wasn't what we came to see," Leontien Dieleman from the Netherlands told a Norwegian newspaper.

Later, the tour party passed a boat hauling a dead whale onto its deck.

The best part of this story is the reaction of the Dutch tourist: "This really wasn't what we came to see." This is a perfect example of the difference between Europeans and Americans. They have "This really wasn't what we came to see," and we have "Motherfuckin' snakes on a motherfuckin' plane!"
Hey Mr. and Ms. European, your continent is being overrun by radical Islamists! "This really wasn't what we came to see."
Milosevic is ethnically cleansing the Balkans! "This really wasn't what we came to see."
Genocide's being committed in Rwanda! "This really wasn't what we came to see."
Someone just bombed your train station! "This really wasn't what we came to see."
There're snakes on this plane! "This really wasn't what we came to see."
This reminds me of that French action film where the hero kicks ass and saves the world.

I'm kidding, of course.

Anonymous FIAR said...

You mean there is no such film? Say it ain't so. This really wasn't what I came to see

15:16  
Blogger Joey said...

I appreciate the 'Fletch' reference. I realize that tens & tens of people read this but it's things like that that sometimes lead me to believe you're blogging "to me"!
Also appreciate the link to "Harpoon"...Jesus!

16:01  
Blogger The Cranky Insomniac said...

fiar: I'm sorry, there isn't. Which is a bit odd when you consider that every French person alive during WWII claims to have been in the Resistance.

Joey: Everything I blog, I blog it for you.

16:31  
Anonymous fmragtops said...

This kinda reminds me of the story about the release of the seal that had been rescued from the Valdez oil spill. When they released him, a killer whale ate him.

17:38  
Anonymous nino said...

"'As they were admiring one of the animals, a Norwegian whaling boat came along and harpooned it."


Now thats comedy!

22:24  
Blogger The Cranky Insomniac said...

This kinda reminds me of the story about the release of the seal that had been rescued from the Valdez oil spill. When they released him, a killer whale ate him.

Hm. What if this were the same whale? If that's the case, then how are we supposed to feel? Should we still be sad for the whale or happy that it got what was coming to it for eating the poor innocent seal?

Being nuanced is a drag...

03:33  
Anonymous fmragtops said...

Yeah, that's why I don't waste my time with nuance. Black/white, good/evil. That's it. Of course, I do think the video of the tourists face as the geiser of blood spewed up from the whale's blow hole would be priceless.

22:19  

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