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Today, I'm...
  • 23:48 Why does every motel TV seem to show nothing but Frasier reruns? #
  • 00:06 ...and after the Frasier, it's Cops! #
  • 15:02 Has there ever been a bombing caused by someone carrying on a bag given them by a stranger? #
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rattleback From: rattleback Date: May 8th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
23:48 Why does every motel TV seem to show nothing but Frasier reruns? #
00:06 ...and after the Frasier, it's Cops! #


Aw, come on, there's also infomercials, sports news, megachurch services, Teltubbies, bass fishing, sports highlights, Rachael Ray, sports reruns, that hard-looking broad reminding you to lock up your valuables and not let strangers in the room, sports talk, the local public TV telethon, and the Hitler Channel. What else do you need?

Has there ever been a bombing caused by someone carrying on a bag given them by a stranger?

Well, there was that incident in the nineties (eighties?) where someone talked that Irish woman into packing a couple of wine bottles full of something like nitromethane into her baggage, and she got busted. That's what started the business of the check-in people asking if you packed your own bag and if anybody gave you something.

You can be sure that every 9/11 sumbitch was asked those questions - I hope whoever asked is having the tab for their therapy picked up - and that they answered "No," and that they were the truest words ever spoken.

This sort of thing is both why Bruce Schneier is a millionaire and why he's not a billionaire.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: May 8th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Of all those options, Frasier was the best. This was a Motel 6, so it didn't have any custom hotel channels, and no history channel or Food Network. Eventually I found a channel showing "Law And Order", "Without A Trace", and other vaguely CSI-type shows, about 5 hours worth, which I half-watched while surfing the net on the iPhone.
ptomblin_lj From: ptomblin_lj Date: May 8th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)
When I was living in the UK, an English woman about to board a plane was discovered to have a bomb in her suitcase. The bomb was in a "present" that had been given to her by her Muslim boyfriend to take to her in-laws.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: May 8th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting. I figured the warnings hadn't come out of nowhere - there had to be a story behind them.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: May 8th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
the plane that crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland, was destroyed by a bomb disguised as a cassette player. one of the passengers had received it as a last-minute gift. (that's also why they make you demonstrate that your electronic devices actually work.)

alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: May 9th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
No one's ever checked my electronic devices work - my laptop and digital camera or video camera go through without being turned on once. I've even taken a keyboard (music keyboard) on a flight and no one asked about it (they thought it was golf clubs!)
acelightning From: acelightning Date: May 10th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)
i've heard of it happening, though. and i've also heard of the TSA making people actually drink the liquid they identify as something they need on the plane (the most famous case recently being a woman who had a container of her own breast milk for her infant, and the TSA idiots compelled her to drink it in front of them, to prove it wasn't actually something that could be used to make a bomb).

it's all "security theater" anyway - none of these silly things makes it any less likely that someone will find a way to commit mayhem if they really want to. keep that in mind the next time you're standing in your socks on a cold, wet, dirty airport floor while they x-ray your shoes.


nurzrachet From: nurzrachet Date: May 8th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I have to watch Cops every day. I'm convinced I'm going to see an old boyfriend on there some day. Or a relative. Or myself.
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