It's back!

The much-missed, long-un-updated World's Hottest Heads of State is updated at last! Plenty of familiar faces still there, and the basic rule that democracies produce better-looking leaders still holds true.  Syria's Bashar al Assad, now embroiled in civil war, still wins the award for Longest Neck.  King Jigme Wangchuck of Bhutan still wins Mr. Sensitive. And Joseph Kabila of DR Congo still wins the Don't Mess With Me award.  But there are plenty of new faces too: At #1 is, for a few more days at least, Thailand's embattled but extremely photogenic Yingluck Shinawatra.  Here's hoping things end better for her than they did for the previous #1 leader, Ukraine's Yulia Tymoshenko.  And there are many things to criticize about the administration of Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan - but one thing that's beyond any criticism is his hat.  Iran has finally elected a leader with Appropriate Facial Hair, replacing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Crazy Street Preacher scruff-and-stubble with Hassan Rouhani's more avuncular, and fuller, Rutherford B. Hayes look.  The Vatican has a less scary-looking Pope.  And North Korea's last-place leader, Kim Jong-Il, has gone to his eternal reward, his place (still dead last) taken by his equally unprepossessing son, Kim Jong Un.

Some honorable mentions: Egghead Division: Michel Martelly of Haiti; Looking Most Comfortable in Traditional Dress: Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman; Agent Coulson Look-Alike Contest: Albert II of Monaco; Twinkliest: Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia.

Ah, Yahoo! Answers

Always good for a few laughs. Although there are days when I suspect everyone asking and everyone answering is trolling. To wit:
  • Can you have 7 main characters in your story?
  • Who else is obsessed with the Hunger Games?
  • Where can I read "Fifty shades of grey" online for free, without downloading?
  • In pride and prejudice movie, i have a doubt. pls clear?
Hey, I know those ones!
  • Yes, because of the First Amendment.
  • A lot of people.
  • Do you know what "downloading" means, or what "online" means? While you're looking those up, you might also want to check out "copyright infringement."
  • There's a book. You can even download it.  For free.
Actually, the last one made me curious enough to take a look, and I wished I hadn't:

in that, when elizabeth is in a palace or somthing were there is full of white idols (including mr.darcy's), she hears someone playing piano n she peeks through the door to find who it is. she finds someone, ques 1 - who was that? was it lydia?
ques 2 - why did she flung in mr darcy's hands? why should he really raise her??
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First post in half a year!  But I just found a new-to-me set of hilariously poor subtitles to (some of) the HP movies, thoughtfully posted by akusoft.  It's easier just to begin with an example.

In this scene at the Leaky Cauldron, Arthur Weasley’s confession isn’t really surprising, somehow:

A couple more teasers.  In this one, Luna understands that Hogwarts is all about making the right connections:

And Rita Skeeter’s not afraid to ask the hard-hitting questions:


There’s no accounting for taste: Gollum, you’ll recall, said much the same thing about Minas Morgul.
Three of these are the delightful mistranslations we know so well from Backstroke of the West and the LOTR movies:

The fourth is a bit different; the subtitles are perfectly accurate... but they're for some other movie.  Specifically, a 2003 movie called Detention, about which the only thing you need to know is that Dolph Lundgren is in it.  What’s bizarre is how well it fits – and  with a payoff for all you Wolf & Hound shippers out there.  (You know who you are.)  Warning – NSFW language.
The snarktastic text by akusoft is mostly in Spanish; it's worth learning the language for that alone.

OK, just one more:

So close, subtitler.  So close.