Argentinean News Report Worries About Kids Drinking GrogXD

from the fact-checking-is-for-sissies dept

Last week, in the comments on our post about a story in The Onion fooling newspapers in Bangladesh, a commenter named Esteban pointed out that down in Argentina, news reporters recently did a typical moral panic-style piece about teens drinking an alcoholic concoction called Grog XD with the ingredients: "kerosene, propylene glycol, artificial sweeteners, sulphuric acid, rum, acetone, red dye no. 2, scumm, axle grease, battery acid, and/or pepperoni." The source of the story? An ingredients list found on Facebook. Apparently, the reporters were unfamiliar with The Secret of Monkey Island -- the popular game from which the recipe was taken, but thankfully some folks have put together a nice video comparing the two:


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    GeneralEmergency (profile), Sep 9th, 2009 @ 4:35pm

    Ummmmmm...

    Divots.

    Battery acid -IS- Sulfuric acid.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 4:47pm

    I still think the dihydrogen monoxide scare is the best one yet...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dihydrogen_monoxide_hoax

    (and I'm not just saying that because the kid who started it all went the same Jr. High that I did)

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Sep 9th, 2009 @ 5:00pm

    Fact Checking

    If only there were some kind of way to search the world for information before you made a fool of yourself...

     

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    PRMan, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 5:05pm

    re: Ummmmmm...

    "Battery acid -IS- Sulfuric acid."

    Ummmmmm... You've never played Monkey Island, have you?

     

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    william (profile), Sep 9th, 2009 @ 5:09pm

    monkey island is a great game! XD

     

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    Chairman neither region, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 5:14pm

    Sounds like Mamba Malt Liquor.

     

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    Avatar28 (profile), Sep 9th, 2009 @ 5:36pm

    lmao. That is too funny. I was just playing this on my Xbox this weekend.

     

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    Paul Brinker, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 5:51pm

    May or may not contain...

    The line (from the game) is "Grog may or may not contain any of the following..." Then the Pirate lords (who don't do anything) start spouting off that list.

    Ahh memory's of my childhood.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Sep 9th, 2009 @ 6:54pm

    Re: May or may not contain...

    That's the second biggest memory I've ever seen...

     

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    Blatant Coward (profile), Sep 9th, 2009 @ 7:08pm

    That low down...

    Who ever would promote this must be the Scumm of the earth.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 7:55pm

    Re:

    http://www.dhmo.org/truth/Dihydrogen-Monoxide.html

    This is DANGEROUS stuff. It has caused property damages (hurricanes) and death from inhalation (drowning) and so much more.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 7:57pm

    Re: Re:

    Oh, and don't forget, withdrawal from dihydrogen monoxide leads to certain death (dehydration).

     

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    Pitabred, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 11:28pm

    Only partially OT

    SCUMM is the engine used to make all those games, originally designed for Maniac Mansion:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scumm

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 11:47pm

    Does anyone think the dihydrogen monoxide shit is funny, at all?

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Sep 10th, 2009 @ 6:42am

    Re: Fact Checking

    Hehe, CHT wins best comment!

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Sep 10th, 2009 @ 6:43am

    Re:

    It's mildly funny, but it's also a poignant demonstration of the way people perceive language and the unfamiliar.

     

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    Francis Burdett, Sep 10th, 2009 @ 7:43am

    Argentian?

    Is that word a variant of Argentinian?

    (now it must be said that my Safari spell check for some reason does not recognize argentinian but instead offers Argentinean)

     

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    Valkor, Sep 10th, 2009 @ 9:04am

    Re: That low down...

    Yeah, I never noticed that when I was playing the game. Self referential jokes FTW!

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Sep 10th, 2009 @ 9:46am

    Re: Argentian?

    According to WikiP the (english) demonym for someone from Argentina is "Argentine, Argentinian, [or] Argentinean"

    Nothing about Argentian, though. ;)

     

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    Rekrul, Sep 10th, 2009 @ 2:21pm

    I recognized the source as soon as I started reading the ingredients.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 19th, 2009 @ 1:05pm

    The video is broken. Please fix it.

     

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