Showing posts with label France. Show all posts
Showing posts with label France. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The French at war: some quotes

"I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me."
— General George S. Patton

"The last time the French asked for 'more proof' it came marching into Paris under a German flag."
— David Letterman

"The only way the French are going in is if we tell them we found truffles in Iraq."
— Dennis Miller

"They've taken their own precautions against al-Qa'ida. To prepare for an attack, each Frenchman is urged to keep duct tape, a white flag, and a three-day supply of mistresses in the house."
— Argus Hamilton

"After what they say was an exhaustive investigation, the Defense Minister of France said today that Osama bin Laden is either still in hiding in Afghanistan, he may have escaped to Pakistan, or he may be dead. Hey, France, thanks a lot. We'll take it from here. Hard to believe they were invaded twice."
— Jay Leno

"What do you expect from a culture and a nation that exerted more of its national will fighting against DisneyWorld and Big Macs than against the Nazis?"
— Dennis Miller

"Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion. You just leave a lot of useless noisy baggage behind."
— Jed Babbin, former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense


Monday, April 26, 2010

Wow. Happy 207th birthday to the meteors of L’Aigle, France

By Jack Brummet
Barely Explained Phenomena Editor

207 years ago today, roughly 3,000 meteorites weighing between one quarter ounce and 20 pounds fell on the town of L’Aigle in Normandy, France, 100 miles from Paris.  Holy s**t!!

No one was killed. Or even hurt.  And, it was the first time that scientists could actually verify that stones could come from outer space.

How the scientists figured it out is anyone's guess. Doctors at the time still believed that "humors" in the blood caused all illness. Bloodletting was the cure-all. Doctors didn't even wash their hands until the late 19th century, when Louis Pasteur and Joseph Lister's findings led to antiseptic surgery. Antiseptic practice saved thousands of lives during the Franco-German War, and yet American and British doctors--who killed far more people than they saved--long resisted the theory of sepsis.

But I digress. . .The French Academy of Sciences sent a young scientist, Jean-Baptiste Biot, to investigate. and his eventual paper described how these stones must be of extraterrestrial origin.  Biot's research  gave birth to the science of meteoritics

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Frog Vote, Continued

I did enjoy some of the late campaign posters in the French election. These posters come from a really interestiung blog on that electiom--The French Election 2007 blog, covering the story from an American perspective. Because that's the one we'll listen to. Heh Heh.

Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa (his birth name) and Le Pen came up with a poster that sems to deny charges that he is a racist, proto-fascisct, or whatever. . .with a hot looking young woman (who may or not be French, and who is demiographically not a likely Sarkozy supporter) showing a few millimeters of panty on her peekaboo midriff.

la 1ère affiche de campagne de Ségolène.

Le Pen's poster has the slogan "Nationality, assimilation, social elevator, secularity. Right/Left: They have broke!" Apparently he is trying to shed his racially tinged reputation by placing an immigrant on his signs. Tough luck.

Royal's poster, well. . .you get it, they're looking for a change. It's usually a safe gambit, but this time around change took an ass-whuppin' to retrenchment.