Pantomime Course
February 9, 2012 8:52 PM   Subscribe

Not for the first time, a paper-mache rhino terrorizes Ueno Zoo. Previously: ape, polar bear, tiger, zebra.
posted by Winnemac (19 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Maybe if the assholes at TEPCO in Fukushima had tried a drill like this with, say, 50 employees dressed in a tsunami costume, we wouldn't be in the fix we're in right now.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:56 PM on February 9, 2012 [7 favorites]


Still, as someone who lives only a short distance away from Ueno Zoo, it is immensely reassuring to know that I most likely won't be encountering any escaped rhinos charging down my block.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:58 PM on February 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


What fun.... something, something don't take yourself too seriously.... etc, etc...
posted by HuronBob at 8:59 PM on February 9, 2012


How ridiculous. REAL rhinos cannot give you a paper cut, and are therefore less dangerous.
posted by lubujackson at 9:06 PM on February 9, 2012 [4 favorites]


the only animal i'm more scared of than the rhino is the hippopotamus. either of them could kill you and not even notice they were doing it. huge, nasty, unstoppable.
posted by facetious at 9:22 PM on February 9, 2012


Wow! tiger really gets into the role!
posted by chapps at 10:32 PM on February 9, 2012


I would like to see the "how to get this job" manual, plus the doc on making that papier mache rhino!
posted by chapps at 10:32 PM on February 9, 2012


Yes, because a rhinoceros has the physical strength of two Japanese men and an inability to charge or move quickly.

My guess is that one of the oyaji on the board of directors took a golfball in the brain a while back and everyone is just humoring every idea he comes up with now because they feel bad for him.
posted by GoingToShopping at 11:14 PM on February 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Anybody care to speculate on if the two guys in the papier-mache rhino looked like the Japanese analogues of Howard Moon and Vince Noir?

Just me? Okay...
posted by Strange Interlude at 11:43 PM on February 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


That was lovely, thank you.
posted by smoke at 2:14 AM on February 10, 2012


How do non-Japanese zoos practice this? Probably with online, multiple-choice tests.
posted by DU at 4:25 AM on February 10, 2012


The polar bear looks quite "dangerous" ... :)
posted by Bosko82 at 4:29 AM on February 10, 2012


Pantomime Princess Margaret wouldn't have been subdued so easily!
posted by Meatbomb at 4:43 AM on February 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Anybody care to speculate on if the two guys in the papier-mache rhino looked like the Japanese analogues of Howard Moon and Vince Noir?


Rhino is a kind of meat
It tramples with its feet
You'll be flattened on the street
Grab a net and be discrete

Ooooh, rhino
Ooooh, rhino
posted by orme at 4:58 AM on February 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


I also feel the need to share this bit of ridiculousness.
posted by orme at 5:01 AM on February 10, 2012


I'd have hoped for an origami one.
posted by dowcrag at 5:01 AM on February 10, 2012


I'd have hoped for an origami one.

I hoped that it would unfold into a giant battle robot and fly off to do battle with an enormous paper-mache cyber-tiger from space (with laser eyes!). In my old age, I have become inured to the understanding that I usually can't have what I want, however, so I am satisfied with what I have. Which is, frankly, an awesome pseudo-rhino.
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:06 AM on February 10, 2012


How do non-Japanese zoos practice this? Probably with online, multiple-choice tests.

Well quite, it's probably about as effective a way as you'll get to practise something that evidently needs to be practised, and at least doesn't rely on the candidates ability to

a) Guess the blindingly obvious answers.
b) Skim read the course materials and recall "the correct" 10 facts.
c) Just do the quiz once without trying and write down the correct answers as they are revealed.
d) Never get around to it and eventually leave the organisation without anyone bothering to make them.
posted by howfar at 6:52 AM on February 10, 2012


I seem to have run out of punctuation at the end of that first sentence.
posted by howfar at 6:53 AM on February 10, 2012


« Older Recent news about free online education. 1, K...  |  Peyton Manning is known as one... Newer »


This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments