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Sunday, July 03, 2011

Shark-infested Custard

Which is of course the correct answer to "What's yellow and deadly?"

There are wrong answers, however. I had to laugh at this, specifically at:

According to the information obtained by the IDF, some of the participants have prepared sacks with sulfur, which they plan to pour on the soldiers as they board the vessels. “This is a chemical weapon, and if poured on a soldier it can paralyze him,” an IDF source told The Jerusalem Post.'

Just to clarify: pouring sulphur on someone will mess up their hair and make them yellow, but isn't as unpleasant as having, say, turmeric poured on you. The flotilla defenders would be better off simply dropping the sacks on the soldiers' heads - at least they would if they had any such sacks, and if the story weren't a transparent fake. (Anyway, how do you pour something onto soldiers roping down from a helicopter?)

Still there's no story too ludicrous to be believed by right-wing nutters without even basic high-school chemistry, as can be seen from this post on a crazy Zionist's blog (Anne's Opinions). The true glory is in its comment stream, where we see:

- commenters point out what I just said above
- crazionists move the goalposts and claim that of course the IDF didn't mean sacks of sulphur, they meant sacks of sulphuric acid
- commenters roll on floor laughing at the idea of "sacks" of sulphuric acid
- crazionists get irritated by the loud laughter and try to shift the discussion back to sulphur
- blog owner crossly says she knows zip about chemistry and it's not her job to do fact-checking
- blog owner tries to divert discussion back to previous flotilla by showing picture of "weapons found on Mavi Marmara" which shows tools and bits of wood
- blog owner laughed at again
- blog owner claims the picture clearly shows guns, explosives and firebombs (I leave you to decide...)
- blog owner writes "Now you might all be correct that sulphur is not that deadly – though I bet none of you trolls would like to have it thrown anywhere near you." (I remember watching happily as one of my university lecturers scattered a shovelful of the stuff onto the floor just by where I was working, as someone had dropped a mercury thermometer and he wanted to get rid of the mercury before the vapour became a danger. Anne, I'd happily roll in the damn stuff! This woman isn't just ignorant, she is actively anti-knowledge! LOL!)
- blog owner despairs of the gales of laughter drowning her out and closes comments because of "too many antisemitic crazies", after a comment thread with not a single antisemitic comment and with all the craziness from her and her fellow Zioloonies.

EineKleineRob - wading through crap by weirdos so you don't have to, and bringing you the choice morsels.