Mailbag: Intentional Glass Houses, Pissed Off, Dude, I Died Dude!
Dangling Participles Suck
Roger was scratching his head at the last Mailbag where we kind of, sort of, poked fun at someone for misspelling a word. Roger points out: How can you call someone out for misspelling something when you guys do it all the time? Although I do admit I laughed at your response. But was that a little hypocritical of you?
Response: Fair question Roger. The fact is that we intentionally include at least two typos or misspellings each and everyday. It started out a few years ago as kind of an inside joke with one of our readers that dubbed herself "Grammar Nazi" and would meticulously check every single article we published and send in scathing email everytime that she spotted a typo or misplaced comma etc. So we started feeding her errors until she gave up, but we have kept the tradition alive to annoy other grammar nazis out there. (they let us know too!) That's just ONE OF our versions of an Easter egg. There are a couple others but we can't let all the cats out of the bag, you'll have to spot them yourself.
The Truth is Sometimes Politically Incorrect
Roberta also writes us about our last Mailbag, taking exception to our comments about Orange County and reasons for leaving it. She writes: I was very offended by your racist comments about [we removed the name of the language from her comments out of respect for the respectful people that speak it] and people peeing in your yard.
Response: Sorry if you took offense at those comments but they can't be racist since they are the truth. Politically incorrect-yes. But a true assessment of the situation. Sadly, the yard urination was not an isolated thing but an almost daily epidemic and we never pointed a finger at a specific race or language. So how did you know what we were talking about? We took offense at the lack of respect that peeing in our yard showed. So what's worse? Pissing on someone or b*****ing about someone peeing on you? You may be offended but we were the victims of a much bigger offense.
Death By Publicity Stunt?
Adam checks in to give us a opinion on the Stalaggh Vocalist Killed story from yesterday. He writes: That Stallaggh thing just doesn't ring true to me. The guy dies so the band use that as a chance to talk about the guy killing his mom? That smells of a publicity stunt to me and does this band even exist?
Response: We didn't originate that story, so we can't tell you much about the validity. You should check with Blabbermouth about that. It's even harder because the band is anonymous and "rumored to consist of many top musicians from the Dutch and Belgian black metal / industrial scene," according to Encyclopaedia Metallum. We checked a couple places on the web for info about this death (including a tribute Myspace page which the owner logged into just today and the band's label Myspace page) and none of them confirmed it. So that about all we can tell you, but it looks like you may have made a good catch!