The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 July 2006

Quote of the week

Some of you perhaps have wondered about the criteria for QOTW, since they seem to come from all over the place, and since there are plenty of weeks when there is no QOTW at all. And I must confess, the qualifications are somewhat murky. But in general, a paragraph (or whatever) that gets put in this slot is either something I wish I'd said, or sounds like something I have said.

"Sounds like," needless to say, is highly arguable. But the present QOTW, after I stopped roaring at it, called to mind my 2004 denunciation of an email spam: "[It] isn't worth a pint of marmoset urine."

Contrariwise, the QOTW constitutes praise. I think. Sam Smith got to drive an Audi RS4 for Automobile (August '06), and, he says, this is what happens when you hit the little S button on the dash:

What was a subdued, guttural thrumming suddenly becomes a glorious crescendo. It sounds like an angry, drunken bear being shot from a cannon.

Neither I nor Mr Smith are in the habit of getting bears drunk, let alone propelling them skyward with explosives, but I understood this better than perhaps I ought to admit.

Posted at 7:04 PM to QOTW


Oh, and second place? Lindsay Beyerstein:

"My main fear is that the current administration, in conjunction with the major networks, will abolish recounts in favor [of] a round of penalty kicks."

Posted by: CGHill at 8:30 PM on 11 July 2006

At first, I misread it as "It sounds like an angry, drunken bear being shot from a canoe".

Would still qualify as a QOTW in my opinion.

Posted by: Mel at 8:37 PM on 11 July 2006

Hmmm. What Lindsay fears would probably go over pretty well with most people; I know I wouldn't---

Oh wait, she doesn't mean they're kicking each other? Nuts.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:22 AM on 12 July 2006

Wolverine urine, sprayed around your garden, is an effective deterrent for squirrels and similar plant predators.

Posted by: triticale at 12:21 AM on 13 July 2006