I'm Totally and Utterly Gobsmacked
April 30, 2001 1:32 PM   Subscribe

I'm Totally and Utterly Gobsmacked Hmm... horses, sheep ... British gay people? Well, it's better than having entrail explode in your mouth, I guess.
posted by bclark (11 comments total)
Seems perfectly logical to me.
posted by Doug at 1:35 PM on April 30, 2001

It's so refreshing to see some good old-fashioned wrath-of-God stuff.
posted by Dick Paris at 1:38 PM on April 30, 2001

Always nice to see Faith vs. Fact.
posted by nonharmful at 1:55 PM on April 30, 2001

Every year in Britain, because we're generally uptight about - well - pretty much everything - we enter a period commonly known as silly season. It's when people get to say all the silly things they wouldn't necessarily be able to say and strange occurances become the norm.

At other times of the year, the usual response would be a tut and a change of the channel on the TV, click on a browser or turn of a page. But during silly season, they become the main news, journalists falling over each other to get the story. Starts April 1st and goes on until the news organisations get tired of it. And it can infect everyone, even the misguided. And with the colded Spring on record happening, it looks like it's going to continue for months.

Then again, it could also be another example of trolling but in Actual Reality.
posted by feelinglistless at 2:05 PM on April 30, 2001

Well, our government has to do something towards legalising their personal lives. Now homosexuality with 16 year old boys is legal, I wonder what they will focus on next... prostitution, cannabis... who knows!

Sounds like God is an OK kind of guy!
posted by timbooker at 2:51 PM on April 30, 2001

Y'know, last year, when we killed that virgin, we had good crops. This year, we just killed a horse, and all our crops died.

You don't suppose...?

Jeez, God must be pissed. We better make some statues or something.
posted by sonofsamiam at 3:49 PM on April 30, 2001

Sheesh, don't the British Bigots know that homosexuality doesn't cause disease? It just causes terrorist bombs, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and meteors.

If the widespread practice of homosexuality will bring about the destruction of your nation, if it will bring about terrorist bombs, if it'll bring about earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor, it isn't necessarily something we ought to open our arms to.


I would warn Orlando that you're right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you.
-- Pat Robertson, The 700 Club television program, August 6, 1998, on the occasion of the Orlando, Florida, Gay Pride Festival 1998

From Positive Atheism's Big Scary List Of Pat Robertson Quotations
posted by alana at 4:23 PM on April 30, 2001

The US's silly season is usually around August, when most of the government is on vacation.
posted by dhartung at 5:36 PM on April 30, 2001


I would think that things would be many times more silly with the government at work, rather than on vacation.
posted by mkn at 11:12 PM on April 30, 2001

The UK silly season is in August as well, and this story hasn't been reported very widely at all in the mainstream media. As far as I know Ananova pinched it off a local paper, and now it's made it to Yahoo.
posted by Mocata at 2:24 AM on May 1, 2001

Exactly Mocata, silly season is the period of time that Parliament is in summer recess, since the newspapers have the same space to fill but no political news to fill it with, they traditionally resort to stories which wouldn't get a look in any other time of the year.
Now, excuse me I have a witch dunking to attend.
posted by Markb at 2:43 AM on May 1, 2001

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