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Discorde
26th Mar 2014, 14:57
Best:

Aeroplanes, especially the Spitfire, the Viscount, the Caravelle and the Super G Connie (with tip tanks)

Smartphones

Worst:

Speed bumps

Religion

The Daily Mail

treadigraph
26th Mar 2014, 15:06
Best: long weekends, the full English/Cornish/Yorkshire/Irish/Welsh breakfast, bicycles, cider

Worst: socialism, reality TV, teenagers, smartphones

Dak Man
26th Mar 2014, 15:13
Plastic tie wraps

Income tax

The SSK
26th Mar 2014, 15:20
The potato peeler

Pantyhose

Lightning Mate
26th Mar 2014, 15:22
ITV


BBC


.....

Limeygal
26th Mar 2014, 15:23
Wine




Leaf Blowers-WTF?

eastern wiseguy
26th Mar 2014, 15:26
No one has set the base line yet.......SLICED BREAD.....everything else is the best thing since.

Lightning Mate
26th Mar 2014, 15:27
Nuclear power stations.


Greenie idiots.

racedo
26th Mar 2014, 15:28
Best ..................Bikini

Worst.............. don't care as visions of bikini clad ladies flying through my brain.

rgbrock1
26th Mar 2014, 15:33
racedo:

You just KNEW once I saw your post, and in the spirit of Slasher, that I'd do this. Didn't you?!!

http://cdn3.gossipcenter.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/fullsize_image/images/b/bikini-babes-2011-eoy-12.jpg

BlueDiamond
26th Mar 2014, 15:39
Best ... the computer, books, chocolate, air conditioning, cameras.

Worst ... rap music, mullet haircut, jewellery for pets.

RJM
26th Mar 2014, 16:01
I quite like the ribbed franger.



The control brief. Not only does it misrepresent, but it is a hidden, usually undeclared, obstacle which can cause significant delay at a critical period and may lead to the aborting of an entire mission.

Fox3WheresMyBanana
26th Mar 2014, 16:43
Best - washing machines (think about life without one) & antibiotics

Worst -The multinational corporation & communism (or Stalin & Mao versions thereof

I'm thinking human suffering here.


RGB ;) nice to see a woman who isn't a stick insect.

er340790
26th Mar 2014, 17:27
BEST: Chocolate Digestive Biscuits :ok:

WORST: Social :mad: Media

cavortingcheetah
26th Mar 2014, 17:29
God.
The Devil.

ORAC
26th Mar 2014, 17:30
Best - Alcohol

Worst - I'm thinking human suffering here - Karaoke...

rgbrock1
26th Mar 2014, 17:33
Best - Boobs.

Worst - Bras.

Oh. boobs aren't really an invention are they? Oh well.

dubbleyew eight
26th Mar 2014, 18:25
gunpowder, semtex, anfo

"there isn't a problem in the world that can't be solved by the application of a light explosive"



hmmmm the bad.... um..... errr.......

pessimists! and #@%#!! spell chequers.

thing
26th Mar 2014, 18:39
Wimmin


Lager

rgbrock1
26th Mar 2014, 18:41
thing:

Might kinda guy!!!! :ok:

thing
26th Mar 2014, 19:10
Thought you Amercan chaps liked the brew of Satan?

rgbrock1
26th Mar 2014, 19:28
thing:

If you're talking about Budweiser (commonly and correctly referred to as ButtWiper) then you are mistaken. Some people like drinking that camel's piss but not I. The only lagers, really, which pass these lips are the likes of
Spaten, Paulaner and Weihenstephaner. :ok::ok::ok:

thing
26th Mar 2014, 19:36
The visit the Victoria in Lincoln and prepare to be educated. The real Lincoln that is, not the one in Nebraska. My pal has just come back from Nebraska after a year working there. He made friends with the locals (he's marrying one of them in September...) and after finding out that he was from Lincoln one young lady of limited education piped up 'Gee, they named it after a President?'

rgbrock1
26th Mar 2014, 19:38
and after finding out that he was from Lincoln one young lady of limited education piped up 'Gee, they named it after a President?'

And I bet she probably has blond hair and blue eyes with big boobs? If so, who cares? :}:ok:

thing
26th Mar 2014, 19:44
And I bet she probably has blond hair and blue eyes with big boobs? If so, who cares?

Probably dirty fingernails and a tractor driver if she's from Nebraska but hey, variety is the spice of life!

rgbrock1
26th Mar 2014, 19:53
thing:

She's from Nebraska (I kid you not) and I wouldn't give a rat's ass if her fingernails were caked with cow shit.

http://images.starpulse.com/Photos/Previews/Marg-Helgenberger-nc02.jpg

But, in order to be fair, we do have the flip side of Nebraskan women:

http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130718162118/degrassi/images/5/5f/Ugly-women-20.jpg

thing
26th Mar 2014, 20:45
Must say that pal's wife in progress is pretty fine looking too.

500N
26th Mar 2014, 21:12
RGB

Isn't the top lady the one from CSI ?

mr fish
26th Mar 2014, 21:19
best..instant coffee


worst...instant tea.

cattletruck
27th Mar 2014, 11:56
best: adblockplus, electronic communication, air travel (minus the airport bit), refrigeration.

worst: political correctness, gay rights, genetically modified food, modern journalism, hybrid cars.

racedo
27th Mar 2014, 12:11
racedo:

You just KNEW once I saw your post, and in the spirit of Slasher, that I'd do this. Didn't you?!!

http://cdn3.gossipcenter.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/fullsize_image/images/b/bikini-babes-2011-eoy-12.jpg

Thought never entered my head............:O

HyFlyer
27th Mar 2014, 12:30
Best: Printing

Worst: Bureaucracy & bureaucrats...beyond a shadow of a doubt....

Cyber Bob
27th Mar 2014, 12:59
Jim Beam

Wild Turkey - Devil's brew

rgbrock1
27th Mar 2014, 13:15
500N:

I believe she is from CSI, yes. :ok: On the other hand, she could be from Pluto for all I care. :}

Her name is Marg Helgenberger and she's originally from Fremont, Nebraska. What is also interesting is that she's 55 years old.
Looking at her I would suggest that she's done very, very well for a 55 year old!

thing
27th Mar 2014, 13:36
Fremont, Nebraska That's where pal's fiancee is from! Little one horse place, must be something in the water methinks.

rh200
27th Mar 2014, 13:38
Best
Nuclear weapons (dependent on us never having to use them in large numbers)
Nuclear power.
Religion
Worst
Mobile phones
Social media.

onetrack
27th Mar 2014, 13:40
My opinions are related to very basic stuff, as I tend to still cling to a Neanderthal outlook. :)

Best: A BFH. There's very little that can't be fixed without a substantial application of BFH. Even bent aeroplanes.

Can you imagine life without a decent hammer? "Hey, Lou - hand me a BFH so I can give this thing a good whack!".
"Sorry, Tom - we haven't got around to inventing BFH's yet. Would a pile of feathers suffice??" :(

Worst: Fire. It burns. Seriously. It's bad enough burning yourself when you're alive - but the final insult from fire, is when they use it to burn you to a crisp after you've passed on.

We can produce heat without fire. It's totally unnecessary. It can and does burn your house down, burn your car, burn all your personal possessions. It's been responsible for destroying vast amounts of our written, constructed and fabricated history - not to mention vast swathes of forest and other lovely vegetation.
Imagine, we could still have all of London looking like it was before 1666! - what a tourist drawcard, and imagine how much we could learn about exactly how they lived in the old days! :)

rgbrock1
27th Mar 2014, 13:51
thing wrote:

Little one horse place,

Is the horse scared? :}

Your handle, thing, is interesting. However, it does give me flashbacks to my yoof. As in:

http://houseofgeekery.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/user44495_pic4145_1261098697.jpg

Which isn't necessarily bad you see. It could be worse. Much worse. Especially if your handle were to be "It"

http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/5600000/Addams-Family-Cousin-Itt-addams-family-5684028-356-288.jpg

rgbrock1
27th Mar 2014, 13:54
onetrack:

I see you have some concerns about fire. Well if we didn't have fire how the f**k would I light my cigarettes? :}:E

onetrack
27th Mar 2014, 14:00
RGB - Well, there ya go. Another reason not to have fire. No stinking fumes, no butts littering the streets, no-one dying from lung cancer or emphysema. A win-win situation all round. :)

Ancient Mariner
27th Mar 2014, 15:31
Rgbrock, use a battery and the spring from a ballpoint pen, short circuit, the spring glows. Simples, no fire.
Per

rgbrock1
27th Mar 2014, 15:45
Ancient:

Interesting. I might just give that a try: just for the hell of it!

dubbleyew eight
27th Mar 2014, 16:04
the thought came to me in bed.
best invention is surely the efforts that led to a controllable airplane that a pair of bicycle mechanics managed to sort out.

the worst invention is surely the regulatory environment that tries to prevent one enjoying aviation.

ex_matelot
27th Mar 2014, 17:28
Best: The adjustable spanner.

Worst: The French.

Kiltrash
27th Mar 2014, 18:46
Best, any sport game involving a ball,

Worst the 4th 5th and 6th official in football. They have no known use

rgbrock1
27th Mar 2014, 20:25
Hey Lone Ranger, question for you. If capitalism is mankind's worst invention, in your mind anyway, then just why do you bother posting on a bulletin board which is hosted on a server run by a company who makes revenue through ads? Rather capitalistic, no?

con-pilot
27th Mar 2014, 20:28
Best=Capitalism.

Worse=Socialism.

That cancels his vote by golly. :p


Best = the Bicycle
Worst = Capitalism

But, one thing about his views is, if we abandoned Capitalism and move to Socialism, all of us will be riding bicycles. :E

500N
27th Mar 2014, 20:31
Lone Ranger

I am intrigued by your vote for Capitalism ?

sitigeltfel
27th Mar 2014, 20:35
Worst: The French.

Says he with a French nom-de-plume :p

Fox3WheresMyBanana
27th Mar 2014, 20:37
Thus far, the top few are

Best: Boobs, booze, chocolate & nukes

Worst: Socialism,Communism & bureaucrats

This is the "best" photo I can find (that's printable), 3 of the best
http://image-insolite.net/wp-content/gallery/de-la-lutte-dans-du-chocolat/de-la-lutte-dans-du-chocolat-005.jpg

For completeness, I refer you to the Mayak Soviet nuclear research facility, where leaks and accidents over the years have killed a lot of communist bureaucrats.

wiggy
27th Mar 2014, 20:40
Best: The French,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKS0yISz6xQ

but most most especially and in particular one Marion Cotillard (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Cotillard) , who, frankly is an angel, but probably a fruit loop when it comes to the likes of environmental issues but frankly, given the choice ( I wish) who gives a ....

Worse:... After much thought I'm with Kiltrash, the 4/5th ref in football - WTF is that all about...

500N
27th Mar 2014, 21:17
Lone

Mine was genuine question.

It really did intrigue me as to why you out it.

con-pilot
27th Mar 2014, 21:24
.......and theres me thinking the OP just wanted diverse opinions
enter.... the usual wankers

Oh, terribly sorry, guess you can't handle opposing view points with a bit of humor.

500N
27th Mar 2014, 21:41
Lone

Interesting, and more than a grain in truth in the first paragraph.


Don't know too much about the Apple / Public money side, but a lot of what is out there was developed by public money (parts of WiFi for example).

John Hill
27th Mar 2014, 21:54
But, one thing about his views is, if we abandoned Capitalism and move to Socialism, all of us will be riding bicycles.

Which would be seen as a very good thing by those who must otherwise walk.

500N
27th Mar 2014, 21:57
"Which would be seen as a very good thing by those who must otherwise walk."


Well if they are still walking, they aren't thinking very laterally are they ?

Or are they part of the "Gov't will provide for us" ? ;)

(Not withstanding that some oppressive regimes might hinder those people !)

bleeke
27th Mar 2014, 22:05
Best : glasses, or I wouldn't be reading all this c**p.

Worst : Marmite

tdracer
27th Mar 2014, 23:11
Best - Sports on TV, beer & pizza, distilled spirits.

Worst - Reality TV, sushi, the 'nanny state'

Ancient Mariner
27th Mar 2014, 23:16
Rgbrock: Interesting. I might just give that a try: just for the hell of it!
I used a rechargeable battery from a Texas calculator. Just to give you an idea. just remember to suck.
Per

funfly
27th Mar 2014, 23:24
Best (for me at least);
I was born.
:)

Worst (for me at least)
I'm gonna die.
:sad:

WhipperJoe
27th Mar 2014, 23:27
Peanut Butter




Blueberry muffins

ShyTorque
27th Mar 2014, 23:38
Best: The adjustable spanner.

Metric, or AF?

con-pilot
27th Mar 2014, 23:44
Metric, or AF?

Now that is funny and I don't care who you are! :D:D

VinRouge
28th Mar 2014, 00:27
Best - nuclear weapons, for preventing ww3.... Despite being a horrendous weapon is still one of human kinds greatest examples of ingenuity and engineering to overcome a horrendously complex problem. The nuclear arms race.... For giving us Apollo and a space programme.
Theory of evolution.

Worst.... Religion and corruption and cruelty. Biggest three things that cause the majority of suffering I witness in the third world.