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February 13, 2014 6:47 AM   Subscribe

How Durham Academy, North Carolina, announces a snow day.
posted by The Whelk (40 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Why close a school with a song that only samples Queen, when you could go straight to the source?
posted by radwolf76 at 7:05 AM on February 13 [7 favorites]


It certainly brings it to the next level. Meanwhile, NYC schools are open.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 7:08 AM on February 13


North Carolinians don't do snow too well.
posted by oceanjesse at 7:11 AM on February 13 [3 favorites]


I never thought I'd say this, but that made me miss Vanilla Ice.
posted by Optamystic at 7:12 AM on February 13 [1 favorite]


That was awesome! I miss Vanilla Ice every day...
posted by The Blue Olly at 7:14 AM on February 13 [1 favorite]


How they do it in Urbana, Illinois.
posted by drlith at 7:16 AM on February 13 [9 favorites]


This was rather charming. One thing I think this generation of kids miss out on is the sweet pain of anticipation associated with waiting twenty minutes for the newscaster to read the list of school closures again, listening so hard your ears were like to pop off your skull, so you didn't miss your school's name. (And then sitting through it all again for another twenty minutes if you didn't hear it.)
posted by Diablevert at 7:18 AM on February 13 [32 favorites]


I'm going with: adorably.
posted by psoas at 7:22 AM on February 13 [1 favorite]


SOOOOO much more fun than that robo-call I get at 1am when our district gets a snow day.
posted by Elly Vortex at 7:29 AM on February 13


Roxbury NJ's choir made the best of it.
posted by willpie at 7:29 AM on February 13


you should anticipate twelve inches of snow
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 7:30 AM on February 13 [3 favorites]


One thing I think this generation of kids miss out on is the sweet pain of anticipation associated with waiting twenty minutes for the newscaster to read the list of school closures again, listening so hard your ears were like to pop off your skull, so you didn't miss your school's name.

And don't forget the momentary hope followed by extreme dejection when the first syllable or part of a similarly named town/school is read. There's an episode of The Simpsons that nails this when "Springfield Elementary My Dear Watson Detective School" is read off with the last syllable of 'Elementary' mockingly dragged out.
posted by RonButNotStupid at 7:33 AM on February 13 [11 favorites]


Wow, someone bought one of those Olympic sweaters....
posted by jessamyn at 7:34 AM on February 13 [18 favorites]


Too cold.

Too cold.
posted by MoonOrb at 7:45 AM on February 13 [1 favorite]


I don't recommend you try this. Back in the 80's I left an awesome rap on my friend's answering machine, reminding him that he had promised to take me to the airport the next morning. He thought it was just some kids goofing... which it was, admittedly. I missed the flight.
posted by bitslayer at 8:05 AM on February 13 [4 favorites]


background boy better not walk through my hood with that sweater on..
posted by Colonel Panic at 8:20 AM on February 13


This is what $20,000 a year in tuition buys you.
posted by zscore at 8:33 AM on February 13 [4 favorites]


There is a lot of confusion about the difference between FLCL and Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Now the the whole country is under ice, you might as well watch both.
posted by poe at 8:35 AM on February 13 [1 favorite]


And this is what happens when anime and winter weather collide over social media in Japan.

poe, there's even a Neon Genesis Evangelion parody one, complete with caption identifying Tokyo-3 as the location.

(Anime parodied are identified in the article comments. I feel a bit ashamed? alarmed? at how many I recognized.)
posted by needled at 8:57 AM on February 13


I kind of feel like, in Philadelphia at least, we've entered this new stage where people are started to snap at people who are outside and moving too slow. There was almost a fight in Starbucks after whichever of the 15 or storms we've had with substantial snow, where this antsy guy spilled coffee all over this well-dressed woman, and this well-dressed woman, who would soon go out into the 15 degree weather -- well, she just abandoned all attempts to be civil. Made me miss NYC, I tell you.
posted by angrycat at 8:59 AM on February 13


(not implying that NYC folks aren't civil. But here I've learned to stop using fuck as verb and adjective, because people really don't like that for whatever reason.)
posted by angrycat at 9:00 AM on February 13 [3 favorites]


Loving the interview meme. Tiger and Bunny! And Servant x Service? And you can't make a meme these days without Attack on Titan and Madoka.

OMG, there are so many more. Dragon Ball. Ranma 1/2. K-ON. Gintama. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Steins Gate. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU ("Lover?"). Free! (That Swimming Anime). Kill La Kill (er, background spoiler, also I ship it). And those are just the ones I recognize (and like).

And, uh, fast food?
posted by maryr at 9:51 AM on February 13


Oh, almost forgot, Alien vs Predator.
posted by maryr at 9:52 AM on February 13


Maybe I'm missing something obvious, but why is the linked video horizontally swapped?
posted by achrise at 9:59 AM on February 13 [2 favorites]


They probably recorded it with something like PhotoBooth which will fix the swapping in pictures but not in movies.
posted by jessamyn at 10:01 AM on February 13 [2 favorites]



Springfield El....bow macaroni factory.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 10:15 AM on February 13


> I missed the flight

You missed the flight.
And that's something that you'll never ever do again.
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:15 AM on February 13 [1 favorite]


I knew several Durham Academy kids growing up; DA kind of had a reputation for being the snobbiest of the local private schools. If their current students are anything like the students from the 80s and 90s, they are absolutely mortified right now. heh heh
posted by Metroid Baby at 10:23 AM on February 13 [4 favorites]


Wow, someone bought one of those Olympic sweaters....

Best reaction to the sweaters I saw, on a friend's Facebook feed:

"I just got the image of 500 grandmas all crowded inside a factory in Montana making those."
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:37 AM on February 13 [1 favorite]


If you only see one photo of the NC snowpocalypse, it needs to be this one.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 11:17 AM on February 13 [2 favorites]


(roll down the article to the second photo for full lulz.)
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 11:19 AM on February 13


Maybe you have to be there in order to take that scene in stride, but I'm just not seeing the lulz for the burning car and skidded out vehicles.
posted by RonButNotStupid at 12:17 PM on February 13 [3 favorites]


Yeah, my brother was stuck in Raleigh last night and had to temporarily abandon his car. (He's safe now, knock on wood.) I'm usually the first to crack jokes about how my home state panics when the temperature drops below 33, but people getting stuck on highways isn't as funny to me.
posted by Metroid Baby at 12:54 PM on February 13


We have to laugh. Otherwise we'd be in jail for punching out people calling us pansies for "letting a little snow stop us."
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 12:57 PM on February 13 [2 favorites]


(And the humor for me was the woman in the foreground calmly on her cell phone with the apocalyptic scene behind her. Which was why I suggested the second photo. All that picture needs is sharks.)
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 12:59 PM on February 13 [1 favorite]


word to your mother
posted by obloquy at 1:51 PM on February 13


the humor for me was the woman in the foreground calmly on her cell phone with the apocalyptic scene behind her.

Interesting, I clearly saw that as someone trying to get away from the honking and burning noises long enough to call in to work/home/AAA and tell them she'd be stuck there for a while. Around here we've all been there.
posted by jessamyn at 1:54 PM on February 13 [2 favorites]


I’m impressed that the two guys in that video seem to be the school's headmaster and his assistant. Not just the music teacher or someone like that.

One of my favorite moments when I was at college, not the Academy, down in Durham lo these many decades ago, came when the city was hit with 1/4" of snow and immediately became paralyzed. Jim from Jacksonville FL, never having seen snow before, ran at full speed out the front door of our freshman dorm onto a patch of ice, flipped into the air, and came down on his head. "Goddammit!" he yelled at those of us from the north who stood there laughing, "I thought you were supposed to play in the snow."

p.s. Apparently that Olympic sweater was donated to the school for an upcoming auction. It now has its own web page.
posted by LeLiLo at 10:12 PM on February 13


Oh that is sweet.
posted by jessamyn at 7:42 AM on February 14


Auction for the sweater closed. "Winning" bidder paid $1,700.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 7:49 AM on February 14


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