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February 17, 2002
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A POLISH explorer who sets off next week in search of El Dorado, the fabled city of gold in South America, says that he has located it using a 16th-century Jesuit manuscript from the Vatican archives.
posted by stbalbach (23 comments total)

 
Why is Polish in all caps?
posted by Darke at 4:05 PM on February 17, 2002


Because he copied-and-pasted it from the article.
posted by kickingtheground at 4:12 PM on February 17, 2002


Ah. Pardon my blindness.
posted by Darke at 4:31 PM on February 17, 2002


But the question remains: why did the Times put it in all caps?
posted by MrBaliHai at 4:36 PM on February 17, 2002


Bali, can't you see the obvious joke... look at the silly Polish man! Look at him! Everyone jeer at his crazy ideas!

That's why it's in caps... you need to start seeing the subliminal racist messages the Times puts out. Which brings me to my next point, how many Polish people does it take to find a mythical city? Three! One to... wait... no this isn't going anywhere.
posted by geoff. at 4:39 PM on February 17, 2002


He'll be needing his solar-powered flashlight, then.
El Dorado gets dark early.
posted by dong_resin at 4:45 PM on February 17, 2002


The first word in all their articles is in all caps, it seems that if the article starts with "A" they all caps the following word as well.

The letter a does not constitute a word on it's own?
posted by loukas_c at 4:46 PM on February 17, 2002


Getting lost is so non-existent for me in my world of road signs, internet maps and GPS doo-dads that the whole concept of a "lost" anything, particularly a city, is pretty cool.
posted by dong_resin at 4:49 PM on February 17, 2002


Bali, can't you see the obvious joke

Dude, I live in Wisconsin. Everybody here is of either Polish, German, or Scandahoovian descent. I can recite a Polish joke for practically every day of the year and throw in a couple of Ole and Lena jokes at no extra charge.

you need to start seeing the subliminal racist messages the Times puts out

Whatever.
posted by MrBaliHai at 4:53 PM on February 17, 2002


I don't know why this is any crazier than the Egyptian who's made millions from a papyrus map on the wall of an office.

You go man! Live that dream! I'm just hoping for the giant golden flying birdmachine.
posted by Neale at 5:27 PM on February 17, 2002


The first word in all their articles is in all caps, it seems that if the article starts with "A" they all caps the following word as well. The letter a does not constitute a word on it's own?

No, it's just that it's already capitalized because it's at the beginning of the sentence. If they capitalized it again, you wouldn't be able to tell they capitalized it. It is important to the Times that you know they personally, and not mere mechanical rules, are responsible for the capitalization of the words in their paper.
posted by kindall at 5:35 PM on February 17, 2002


oh and I was being sarcastic... or whatever...
posted by geoff. at 6:23 PM on February 17, 2002


oh and I was being sarcastic

I know. It's just been a long day.
posted by MrBaliHai at 6:35 PM on February 17, 2002


bill kurtis went a few years ago on the new explorers, but didn't find any :) hope JACEK PALKIEWICZ has better luck!
posted by kliuless at 6:42 PM on February 17, 2002


You'd think they could find the city with commercial satellite imagery. Individual buildings might be hidden by the jungle canopy, but a whole town shouldn't be invisible from orbit.
posted by cardboard at 7:51 PM on February 17, 2002


I just hope this guy has seen Aguirre: Wrath of God.

By the way, the English don't have 'Polish' jokes, they have 'Irish' jokes.
posted by rory at 3:08 AM on February 18, 2002


Aguirre is my fav Kinski movie...the scene with all the little creatures on his make-shift barge...Herzog's a genius.
posted by clavdivs at 8:22 AM on February 18, 2002


Dude, I am 1/4 polish, and I know twice the polish jokes that MrBaliHai does. Half of the brain of a full-blooded Polock is devoted to polish jokes.

you need to start seeing the subliminal racist messages the Times puts out

I'll see your whatever and raise you a roll of the eyes.
posted by SpecialK at 8:30 AM on February 18, 2002


According to Ian Pearsons Timeline of the Future [.pdf page 23] by the year 2050 we may have a degenerated into a new "Dark Age" created by political correctness. If this thread is any marker we are well on the way.
posted by stbalbach at 2:22 PM on February 18, 2002


clavdivs: i was party to several Aguirre showings while very sleepy (or perhaps the film made me so...). Is there a scene in that film where a boat appears in the trees? E-mail me, if you prefer....
posted by ParisParamus at 3:09 PM on February 18, 2002


yes, a boat does appear. a kin to the imagery from the desert-channel (ship) scene in 'Lawrence of Arabia' or 'Fitzcarraldio' (sic sp) oh, the MIG in the delta from Apoc Now...the execution scene (from Aguirre)of the Don is also...well, good. (how easy people will go to their death) I had my survey prof show the movie....ever finish chasing the dream of the girl in a dream whilst in paris....:)
posted by clavdivs at 4:31 PM on February 18, 2002


Thanks. Was there a question in there?
posted by ParisParamus at 5:34 PM on February 18, 2002


no sir, i just remember when you had about the only posts in MeTa.
posted by clavdivs at 7:53 AM on February 19, 2002


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