The Random Yak

An Inconvenient Truth

Filed under: Frivol,News Yaks,PoliYaks — Random Yak @ 11:55 am on October 12, 2007

It appears Al Gore has won the nobel prize. (not the Ig Nobel Prize, mind you, which would have made more sense).

I’m not going to waste your time with a (valid, timely and appropriate) discussion of what this means for the (already trashed) reputation of the Nobel Prize.  I won’t comment on the humorous fact that the prize comes the day after news reports of a British court calling An Inconvenient Truth a propaganda piece containing substantial misrepresentations.  I won’t bother to mention that this places the Goracle in the fine company of upstanding humanitarians like Jimmy-the-Dhimmi Carter and Yasser Arafat.  Above all, I won’t bother to suggest that Mr. Gore might be better honored among the ranks of those rewarded for such important research as the discovery that rats sometimes cannot tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backward and a person speaking Dutch backward. (No, that’s not a joke.)

I won’t do this because understanding the communicative capacity of rats probably does more to advance the human condition than claiming melting snow (in summer) is a sign of impending global catastrophe.

The rats said so.


In Japanese.  (Or maybe Dutch.)

Better (read: actual) commentary on the Goracle’s (cough) award can be found at:

… and doubtless many others who share my opinion that this more or less puts the cap on the fact that the Nobel Prize has become one more opportunity for liberals to pat one another on the back for a job … done. 

Feel free to link and trackback if you’re discussing the Goracle, Nobel prizes, Ig Nobel prizes, the importance of being able to distinguish between persons speaking Japanese and persons speaking Dutch - backward.


  1. Completeyl INapropos of anything in particular, and relating to your post only as it inspired a randomly-fired synapse to dredge up an unrelated memory…

    (Lost now? Don’t worry; it gets worse.)

    Not Japanese- or even Dutch-related humor, but somewhere near the Zuider Zee (well, within that general geographical area, give or take a couple steps in ten league boots waders), but I randomely recalled a brief vignette described by my college roomie from a European trip two summers before his final senior year (*he had as many senior years as I did in undergrad work, just started his senior years a year behind mine :-)).

    Now, Dave (yes, made answering the phone fun: “Is Dave there?” “Speaking.”) is a very blond Nordic/Germanic-looking guy. Was on a ferry boat out of Copenhagen, wearing jeans, blue chambray shirt and deck shoes, smoking his pipe. Someone he thought must be Danish (cos, although he didn’t speak the language, he’d been around it for about a week or so) walked up and styarted rattling off something he took to be a question of some sort in what he thought might be Danish. Said he put on a thoughtful look, sucked on his pipe, pointed aft and said, “Der toileten,” and walked away.

    I’ve always appreciated that and seek always to answer questions I do not understand in the same vein.

    “Der toileten.”

    And walk away…

    Now, what the heck does alla that have to do with Algore(‘s lack of rhythm or anything else useful) and his prize(s) (see the call for a rescinding of his Oscar here)? Well, I do think the world would be a better place if Algore and his ilk were to hear the cry, “Der toileten!” and heed it…

    (ANd yeh, I don’t even know if “Der toileten” is anything reasonable in any language, but I think all the Algores in the world would be better off in the boys’ room getting swirlies.)

    Comment by David — October 12, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

  2. I think I’ve found a new pet phrase.

    Forget Barbaric Yawps and related sounds…henceforth all nonsense shall be greeted with a knowing nod and a sage, “Der Toileten.”

    Comment by Random Yak — October 12, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

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