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Bluffing 2.0: Blufr
September 15, 2006 8:54 AM   Subscribe

That sounds true... Blufr (from Answers.com) tests you knowledge by mixing real factoids with made-up trivia. And it ends with an "r" so it must be Web 2.0!
posted by GuyZero (22 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
I was going to post this a while back, but was put off when one of the bluffs bluffed itself by claiming that KFC actually created the acronym to avoid having to pay the state of Kentucky for use of its name.

(Ironically, Snopes.com created this myth on a spoof page -- or so the legend goes)
posted by TimeTravelSpeed at 9:17 AM on September 15, 2006


Error. Too many connections.
posted by birdherder at 9:19 AM on September 15, 2006


I don't trust any quizzes by the Bloofer Lady.
posted by Astro Zombie at 9:29 AM on September 15, 2006


Seems to die fairly regularly. Sounds like Web 1.9 beta. :)
posted by antifuse at 9:31 AM on September 15, 2006


I question the accuracy of some of their content. Nice idea, decent execution, crap content.
posted by cosmicbandito at 9:37 AM on September 15, 2006


as far as being a game, they should probably take out the ability to select blufs from a list (either top blufs or random blufs). when you can be selective AND see how many people have been fooled, the game gets real easy.
posted by pokermonk at 9:43 AM on September 15, 2006


It died in the arse every three answers or so, but when it didn't, it was fun.
posted by bunglin jones at 9:44 AM on September 15, 2006


Meh.

They claim that ice is not lighter than water.

I claim that they need to be more careful with their terms. A given volume of ice is certainly lighter than a given volume of water.
posted by empath at 10:08 AM on September 15, 2006


Yah, I hand't really played much with it when I posted it. Upon going through a few "blufs", many are lame. More like Lamr.
posted by GuyZero at 10:11 AM on September 15, 2006


boring.
posted by delmoi at 10:26 AM on September 15, 2006


Lamer still, that the score isn't a percentile. Feasibly, I could rack up a high score just by clicking 'No Way' repeatedly.
posted by armoured-ant at 10:39 AM on September 15, 2006


Thank you for making the only non-politics post so far today.

It's kind of fun too.
posted by caddis at 11:01 AM on September 15, 2006


You’ve been bluf’d: There are no English words with the letter 'Q' not immediately followed by 'U.' Words like "Iraq" and "Qatar" are transliterated from Arabic, and are not English.

counter examples (not just one's transliterated from arabic or chinese) here.

qwerty, which is in the oed, for example, or qiana, which was a trademark but is now generic.

i demand justice!
posted by christy at 11:11 AM on September 15, 2006


Amazingly US-centric. Of the ten questions I tried, five were specific to the USA (best-selling album, first woman on stamp, largest toy distributor, Dr Pepper, and something about the PG-13 cinema certificate).
posted by Hogshead at 11:31 AM on September 15, 2006


christy writes "There are no English words with the letter 'Q' not immediately followed by 'U.' Words like "Iraq" and "Qatar" are transliterated from Arabic, and are not English."

Nonsense. That's like saying words like "immediately" are transliterated from the Latin, and are not English.
posted by mr_roboto at 11:33 AM on September 15, 2006


WTF:

Canada sucks.

You’ve been bluf’d: Canada leads the world in sucking sweet maple syrup from maple trees. The North American country produces over 1 million liters annually, which represents more than 80% of total world supply.
posted by Blue Buddha at 12:16 PM on September 15, 2006


Bad name, bad design, bad questions. A silly number of the 'answers' I saw were just plain wrong. Shame, because it's a neat concept.
posted by reklaw at 12:18 PM on September 15, 2006


Concept is kind of cool but content is slightly lacking and design can be confusing.
posted by cell divide at 12:23 PM on September 15, 2006


WTF: Canada sucks.

Yeah, I got that one too. Dumb. By that logic, the Vegas strip sucks, although not maple trees.
posted by GuyZero at 12:59 PM on September 15, 2006


mr_roboto: yeah, i agree, that was a quote from their site that i was disagreeing with as well.
posted by christy at 3:04 PM on September 15, 2006


but was put off when one of the bluffs bluffed itself

Yeah, me too.
You’ve been bluf’d: Glass is indeed a supercooled liquid.
NO, ASS, YOU'VE BEEN BLUF'D.

Glass is not a goddamned supercooled liquid, for fuck's sake!
You’ve been bluf’d: While consumption was decriminalized in 1976, the sale of marijuana is still technically illegal. It is also illegal to advertise the sale or availability of the drug.
This is fucking simantics. The original statement was: "The sale of marijuana is legal in Amsterdam." The Dutch term is gedoogd, and for all intents and purposes, that means allowed. The government is the one that issues licenses to coffee shops. The law allows shops to sell up to five grams to each individual. They even pay taxes on the profits. And adding the second statement, (It's also illegal to advertise the sale of drugs) is a complete red herring to try and bolster the argument.

This site is so full of incorrectness masquarading as truth that I'm going to be ill if I keep playing.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 10:31 AM on September 16, 2006


Er, semantics, as opposed to the kind practiced by apes, which would be simantics.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 10:32 AM on September 16, 2006


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