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September 29, 2004 6:07 AM   Subscribe

Strangers on my Flight [Flash, blort]
posted by Pretty_Generic (20 comments total)

 
The funny side of paranoia. Thanks for a much needed laugh P_G.
posted by acrobat at 6:25 AM on September 29, 2004


Thread hijack: SpaceShipOne doing its for-real X-Prize thing, in half an hour. Link in middle of right column, windowsmedia, real
posted by Pretty_Generic at 6:37 AM on September 29, 2004


Annie Jacobsen's anthem!
posted by orange swan at 6:48 AM on September 29, 2004


great video on that BBC link. I sure do love me some grey sky.
posted by leotrotsky at 7:05 AM on September 29, 2004


They didn't show it taking off. Fucking incompetence.

It should land though. Logically.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 7:07 AM on September 29, 2004


Actually, no, it just took off. That must have been some other flight. Chaos.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 7:12 AM on September 29, 2004


The Cöttønkîtty™ has a funny song about a plane, too. Here ya go: (=^_^=)
posted by DenOfSizer at 7:56 AM on September 29, 2004


That plane song, while very well sung by whichever morning-show voice-mimic did it, was just racist enough to kind of squick me out.

I know, it's morning-zoo radio, it's a joke, etc. But still. (Did any of the hijackers wear turbans? And aren't there better tools for ripping someone a new a-hole than a baseball bat?)

Yeah, I'm being pedantic. Never mind.
posted by chicobangs at 8:18 AM on September 29, 2004


chico: The song is making fun of an incident recently in which a woman thought her flight was in danger of being hijacked by a bunch of Syrian musicians. MeFi threads here and here.
posted by gwint at 8:35 AM on September 29, 2004


No, you're not being that pedantic, it's a pretty tacky joke. Remember the good old days when nobody used to make fun of 9-11?
posted by DenOfSizer at 8:35 AM on September 29, 2004


It's nice that Frank Sinatra can be a posturing little putz from beyond the grave.

(I can't stand that little mafia-butt-kissing schmuck... Great voice, crummy human...)
posted by jpburns at 8:48 AM on September 29, 2004


Passenger attacks pilots with axe - There were no security controls at Narvik airport today"
posted by thomcatspike at 8:50 AM on September 29, 2004


Remember the good old days when nobody used to make fun of 9-11?

Well no. There was the afternoon of that day, but the jokes pretty much started straight after that.
posted by biffa at 8:58 AM on September 29, 2004


Okay, right, I forgot about that incident, gwint, but still. If the Franklet was actually mocking her, I wasn't getting the subtelty. And it is well-sung, but yeah, "tacky" is a more appropriate word.

Sorry to re-rail the thread. SpaceShipOne is way more interesting than this song. (Sorry, P_G.)
posted by chicobangs at 9:31 AM on September 29, 2004


Servers ruin my flight...
Microsoft server crash nearly causes 800-plane pile-up
posted by thomcatspike at 10:54 AM on September 29, 2004


Turbans? Damn terrorist Sikhs.
posted by leotrotsky at 11:34 AM on September 29, 2004


Remember the good old days when nobody used to make fun of 9-11?

No one's making fun of the fact that innocent people died or that more people may die in further terrorists acts, DenofSizer. Mocking racist paranoia about brown people is fair game.
posted by orange swan at 12:35 PM on September 29, 2004


DenofSizer: Yes you’ve missed the point. This is not a parody created in order for us to make fun of the victims of 9/11. It’s an opportunity for us point out once again how enlightened and non-racist we are.
posted by ed\26h at 1:12 PM on September 29, 2004


No Strangers in the Night
posted by thomcatspike at 2:43 PM on September 29, 2004


I think it is very clearly making fun of Jacobsen, as well as the plane that was diverted (?) because there was a piece of paper with some persian writing tucked into an onflight magazine. The bits about "they're not talking right" seems to point especially to this.

If it were actually a radio show being paranoid or racist, they would be absolutely serious about the dangers that Arabs (and Persians, and Sikhs, and anyone else who happens to look Arabic to a very naive eye) present on airplanes. Anne Jacobsen would probably get the joke due to the extremity of the song, but she wouldn't get why it was funny (she'd probably just think that the radio station is anti-safety).
posted by jb at 10:50 PM on September 29, 2004


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