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Living with the Rads (JOKE!!!)

 
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How dangerous is Japan?
It's safe, so long as you monitor your geiger counter at all times.
25%
 25%  [ 1 ]
It's okay so long as you don't plan on having any kids.
25%
 25%  [ 1 ]
Stay away! It's too late for me now, but you can learn from my mistakes.
50%
 50%  [ 2 ]
Total Votes : 4

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Pitarou



Joined: 16 Nov 2009
Posts: 1013
Location: Narita, Japan

PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:09 am    Post subject: Living with the Rads (JOKE!!!) Reply with quote

UPDATE It seems that a few people were missing the irony, so I added '(JOKE!!!)' to the title. Please read the blogpost I link to, and all will be clear.

I got sick of seeing questions like this one:
eck wrote:
Water Contamination in Japan

...couldn't this be harmful if you are showering every day in low doses of water with radiation?

(Sorry to pick on you, eck, but yours was the nearest to hand.)

So I decided to write an all-out, no-holds-barred expose on how we cope with the everyday reality of all-pervasive nuclear contamination. Something to answer all the "is Japan safe?" questions once and for all (and scare away anyone who might be after our jobs).

Here it is: Living with Radiation or How to survive in the land of the rising Sieverts.

I spent a lot of time on this, so any feedback would be much appreciated.

Peter


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timothypfox



Joined: 20 Feb 2008
Posts: 369

PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poor question. The disaster is regional.
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Cool Teacher



Joined: 18 May 2009
Posts: 890
Location: Here, There and Everywhere! :D

PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think theres no problem but my other head disagress! Very Happy
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Glenski



Joined: 15 Jan 2003
Posts: 12844
Location: Hokkaido, JAPAN

PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very poor poll, IMO. The last 2 answers are essentially identical scares.
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Mr_Monkey



Joined: 11 Mar 2009
Posts: 661
Location: Kyuuuuuushuuuuuuu

PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guys, if you take the time to read the blog post, I think you'll come to the conclusion that it's a joke.
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Pitarou



Joined: 16 Nov 2009
Posts: 1013
Location: Narita, Japan

PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr_Monkey wrote:
Guys, if you take the time to read the blog post, I think you'll come to the conclusion that it's a joke.
Oh! I was puzzled by the responses I was getting, until you pointed out that they weren't getting it.

I guess it's true what they say about British humour (spelt with a 'u').
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Mr_Monkey



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it made me chuckle.
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timothypfox



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a joke in poor taste considering since it is directed at anyone living in Japan.
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Pitarou



Joined: 16 Nov 2009
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Location: Narita, Japan

PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

timothypfox wrote:
It's a joke in poor taste considering since it is directed at anyone living in Japan.
I'm astonished that you've taken it that way. But, then again, I was surprised so many people didn't recognise it as a joke in the first place.

The point of the joke is to hold up a mirror to exaggerated radiation fears of some visitors to Japan. I also hoped to entertain those who live in Japan by re-imagining some features of Japanese culture -- things like the appalling pet-shops, or the water heaters -- as if they were responses to a toxic environment.

There: now I've spoiled the joke by explaining it.

I have a question for you. My intention was not to confuse or offend, but to entertain. What should I have done to make it clearer? Would it have made more sense to you if, say, I'd added some specific quotes from people asking alarmist questions about radiation in Japan?
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Mr_Monkey



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Taste is relative.

Explaining it would kill it. such is the nature of pragmatic failure; particularly when humour is involved.
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TokyoLiz



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
Posts: 1073
Location: Tokyo, Japan

PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not funny. Some of us have been exposed to more rads than others. Dealing with rads by scraping school grounds and parks and hosting refugees from the no-go zone have severely dented the budget of my city, which afffects our pay cheques. :-/
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