Undertoad Wednesday Dec 1 01:31 PM
12/1/2004: Cargo cult
Kitsune Wednesday Dec 1 03:54 PM
I have no idea why, but this really sets off my bullshit alarm. Maybe its the headphones carved from wood, but it seems way too similar to the Tasaday hoax.
Clodfobble Wednesday Dec 1 04:17 PM
Oddly enough, I just finished reading "Dream Park" by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes, which goes into decent detail about the Cargo Cult as a basis for the plot. There's an afterword suggesting several books for those interested in further information on the history and beliefs of the culture. I'm pretty sure it's real.
Troubleshooter Wednesday Dec 1 04:25 PM
It certainly makes more sense than any of the other cults in the world like judaism or the moonies.
capnhowdy Wednesday Dec 1 05:13 PM
Very interesting idiom. I'm still unclear as to when they finally gave up on the "gift" planes. IMHO this is a classic case of uncivilized ignorance. Imagine what yield of goods they would have had, had they chanelled their energies into productive survival techniques as opposed to waiting for it to fall out of the sky. There are places now whose behavior correlates to this. Send them seeds and they eat them. To hell with agriculture, let's eat and wait for the next plane!
richlevy Wednesday Dec 1 08:46 PM
"So if we build this, USAir won't go bankrupt?"
The Stone Temple Pilots at the site of their next video.
Clodfobble Wednesday Dec 1 08:49 PM
"Oh great--I always get seated next to the fat guy. Shit, he's gotta weigh like 180 pounds..."
Kitsune Wednesday Dec 1 09:01 PM
"Oh, no! A second plane is headed towards the other tower!"
Bitman Wednesday Dec 1 09:31 PM
Elspode Wednesday Dec 1 11:55 PM
"This week on Survivor - Soloman Islands, the Yubangme Tribe must get their aircraft off the ground and over to the next island before the Imadouchebags can swim the same distance. At stake...immunity!"
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Dec 2 12:47 AM
National Geographic has done stories on these cults several times. They exist on several different islands.
Griff Thursday Dec 2 07:25 AM
Darn I was kinda hoping this was another rip SUV owners thread. Uncivilized guy can't fit a sheet of plywood in his car so on the off chance he ever needs to carry a sheet again he spends $40,000 on a... Never mind, too tortured.
Cyber Wolf Thursday Dec 2 07:32 AM
axlrosen Tuesday Feb 14 06:36 PM
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Feb 14 07:03 PM
They look more like fountain pens to me.
wolf Wednesday Feb 15 01:59 AM
Surely at this point they are just doing it for the tourists.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Feb 15 07:19 PM
Most of them don't see any tourists, only on a couple of the bigger islands.
wolf Thursday Feb 16 02:09 AM
When it comes down to it, aren't cultural anthropologists really tourists who have found a way to travel to exotic lands, take a lot of pictures, fuck up other cultures, and get college credit for it?
axlrosen Thursday Feb 16 01:27 PM
Pretty much. It's just that I don't think there's enough of them to support a "cultural anthropolist tourism industry." Hard to imagine these guys keeping up appearances for the odd anthropologist who shows up every year or two.
Kozmique Thursday Feb 23 05:41 AM
Island of the Sequined Love Nun is a fun novel about a cargo cult
Trilby Thursday Feb 23 07:13 AM
Those are some pretty nice blue jeans. Look brand new.
dar512 Thursday Feb 23 10:02 AM
Ya know, I was wondering if these were the guys who invented the pants. Seeing the jeans, I guess not.