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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    Reasons To Jump the Shark

    I loved Maister's sign that illustrated the man jumping the shark. That would make a great t-shirt!

    It prompted this Bear into wondering how many different reasons we can all have for that final signal that something has gone too far.....jumping the shark.

    The phrase refers to Fonzie, that television character in "Happy Days". Evidently, as the show dragged on and on the plots became more idiotic (as if the original plot lines were Shakesperean .) Fonzie was going to jump a pool or a pit that was filled with sharks, driving his motorcycle.

    A web site was born.....an expression was born.....and that web site is a riot to read. (Check out the "Brady Bunch" comments.....freaking hilarious )

    Back to my question: What could be reasons for jumping the shark? Some examples have been on Cyburbia threads, as legitimate questions and logical discussion eventually slides into name-calling and total abandonment of the original thread thoughts.

    Perhaps some other examples.....

    Continued discussion, ad nauseum, about what a (insert choice....."bad", "good") president Bill Clinton was.
    Continued discussion of Britney Spear's parenting skills.
    New York Yankees VS Boston Red Sox. (Gimme an ice pick so I can jam it in my ears! )
    Shopping malls.
    Some of this Bear's relationships.
    NIMBY's.
    Harry Potter.
    De Noc.
    Steroids and baseball.
    Desperate Housewives.
    This thread.

    What say you?

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    Reasons to Jump the Shark?

    Living in Ohio.

    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    I feared my band did it when we backed up some American Idol finalist. Somehow we survived and the next time he simply opened for us.

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    My short list:

    My lonely guy on Friday night comments (hey, it's Friday night, isn't it?)
    My updates on the temperature of the pool (86F by the way)
    Hot tub comments (103F by the way)
    That Florida Relationship (there they go again)
    Guess the Year
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    St. Louis Cardinals
    Soccer
    The “Curse”
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake
    The “Curse”
    The Babe Ruth/Red Sox thing? The Cubs? Or, "intimate" answer?

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    Dating a guy with a big mouth.....

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    Doctors who think patients know nothing about their own bodies.

    People who only answer 20% of my e-mails and whom I probably shouldn't bother to write anymore.

    Condescension and jockeying for position and implying that one is stupid if one disagrees. I see too much of that in too many places. (beginning of a neverending rant deleted)

    Me answering this thread. "Lead me not into temptation" and all that.

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    A Sagittarian dating a Taurus.....the astrological sign, not the car.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake
    A Sagittarian dating a Taurus.....the astrological sign, not the car.
    With the gas prices the way they are, it would be more expensive for you to date the car...

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake
    My short list:
    My lonely guy on Friday night comments (hey, it's Friday night, isn't it?)
    Hot tub comments
    That Florida Relationship (there they go again)
    St. Louis Cardinals
    1. No, beacuse I am a club member.
    2. Yes, Why do you think I sent that cartoon.
    3. No, it is like a never ending sit-com.
    4. No, You are just plain wrong.

    My list includes:

    George and his Yankees
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman
    Reasons to Jump the Shark?

    Living in Ohio.

    Oh no my friend....come try living in South Carolina for a while. You will look at Ohio in a golden light....

    Quote Originally posted by Richmond Jake
    A Sagittarian dating a Taurus.....the astrological sign, not the car.
    I'm a Sagittarius married to a Taurus....we make it work. I had a lot of practice growing up because my mum was a Taurus.
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    Mentioning that Hillary Clinton hosted a NASCAR party with Dale Earnhardt, Ted Kennedy’s liver, Adolf Hitler, Katie Couric, the Dixie Chicks, and Martha Stewart, at a Wal-Mart just off the high way next to a sub-division in very wealthy suburb that is actually a completely privatized community.
    "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine Common Sense.

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    Mentioning that Hillary Clinton hosted a NASCAR party with Dale Earnhardt, Ted Kennedy’s liver, Adolf Hitler, Katie Couric, the Dixie Chicks, and Martha Stewart, at a Wal-Mart just off the high way next to a sub-division in very wealthy suburb that is actually a completely privatized community.

    I heard about that party. It was at the Gilmore auto museum. Did you go?
    We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes - Fr Gabriel Richard 1805

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    Garth Brooks - you can only buy his CDs at Wally World or Sams
    (not that I want to buy his music anyway or go to WalMart for anything)
    "Whatever beer I'm drinking, is better than the one I'm not." DMLW
    "Budweiser sells a product they reflectively insist on calling beer." John Oliver

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    Interesting article by Kathleen Parker with different headlines:

    Jumping the shark for fun and ratings - Buffalo News
    Everybody's jumping the these days - Louisville Courier-Journal (print)

    Highlight:
    Of late, we seem to have armies of shark-jumpers, from Dr. James Dobson to Sen. Ted Kennedy to Ann Coulterto Sen. James Inhofe - all of whom have taken their own mantras a trope too far. Through them, hyperbole and hysteria have formed an uncivil union, casting national debate into a miasma of self-mockery.
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    when threads go overboard in the ego department, I feel compelled, really, to insert a primal scream or an obnoxious answer...

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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian
    when threads go overboard in the ego department, I feel compelled, really, to insert a primal scream or an obnoxious answer...
    LP.....I pitched a no-hitter in the Little League All-Star Game (about 1961). Are you ready to jump now?

    Wait a sec.....you live along the rocky coast.....if you jump you could hurt yourself. Be careful. Step over the shark gently. Easy now.....



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    Shark-Jumping Redux

    Using sharp shark's teeth to rip open an old thread.....

    More reasons for some folks to jump:

    Continued questioning of Barack Obama's patriotism. Get over it.
    Continued discussion of A-Rod's marital woes. Who the xxxx cares?
    Continued disgust with Katheryn Hiegl smoking a cigarette. It's her body. (And it is really nice. )

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    Alerting people to the availability of "Hillary supporters for McCain" buttons (double jump).

    The new poll that has 56% of Hillary supporters voting for McCain, or not voting at all. Up from a few weeks ago, at an even 40%.

    Jesse Ventura might enter the race for Minnesota Senate.

    Automated transit supporters.
    Last edited by safege; 06 Jul 2008 at 11:02 AM. Reason: wrong percentage, again
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