I'd say at this point Summon Bigger Fish have more rights than native Cheddar Monks in DnD.
The police have been reduced to using duct tape instead of handcuffs following further cutbacks.
According to search, this is the fourth time I've gotten this issue, but I must have gotten it at least once or twice since last year. I dunno how much more I can take from my nonexistent police force.
Hey, is it true that Americans drink yoghurt?
Because here in the UK we eat yoghurt.
I read on the internet a mention of a woman who forced DNA tests on her room-mates to see who drank her yoghurt, and I thought "Drank? Huh?".
When i was a kid we used to have gogurt which used to come in a tube that you would suck up. But now if you buy yogurt in the US yogurt comes in these small round containers so people usually just eat it with a spoon.
Not that I've ever seen... Yogurt has always been something eaten out of a bowl with a spoon to me (am American). Unless it's go-gurt, but I can't possibly see how someone would DNA test that.
Typically, yogurt is eaten with a spoon, but there are smoothies and pre-made yogurt-based drinks, often marketed as probiotics and the like, which are popular with some segments (often health-food types). There are also kids' versions that come in a tube or pouch meant to be squeezed and consumed in a way that could be called drinking, designed to reduce mess and avoid needing a utensil. Generally speaking though, we eat yogurt.
It depends on the yogurt. If you buy go-GURT or Danimals yogurt then you’re supposed to drink them. Other than those two, we eat most yogurts with a spoon.
We usually eat yogurt (by the way, we spell it yogurt, not yoghurt), but there are a few exceptions: Gogurt is eaten out of a plastic tube-shaped baggie thing, and danimals and similar store-bought yogurt smoothies are drunk out of tiny plastic bottles. We also often use yogurt for smoothies and milkshakes. They probably just meant eat, or maybe the grown adult woman had for some reason decided to drink gogurt or danimals?????
As others have said, drinkable yogurt exists but mostly for children.
I will add one bit of info, however, that in today's world of health food fads, liquefied yogurt drinks are becoming more common. Expensive yogurt-based smoothies are increasingly popping up, as is kefir -- which I understand is not really yogurt but is often marketed that way.
I would guess that the kind of person who would force a DNA on their roommates in order to discern who has been stealing their food, would also be the sort of person who buys expensive health food products.
That story makes me sad.
if i'm not mistaken, drinkable yogurt is called kiffer. it is available in some stores. as far as i know there's not a lot of people buying it. the first time i had any was at a hari krshna free dinner. (that was decades ago). i've had it several times since. but i think its been more then a year since i've even thought about it. i remember someone i knew who'd folks had been born in iran, and he introducted me to yogurt soda. it wasn't bad, but it would certainly be an aquired taste.
oh and its not a matter of "counting animals". its that our sapient people, don't look like humans. WE look like all sorts of life forms. because we are. because life evolves differently on different worlds. and that includes sapient people. cameroi is not located in the same solar system as earth. at least we have never considered ourselves to do so.
not sure exactly how that works out in the context of nation states or forest. pretty sure though we're not limited to earth origen life forms. scroll forward far enough into even earth's future, and sapient people on earth, might not look much like humans do now either. still big brains. still opposable tumbs, probably still bipedal. probably still omniverous. but just maybe fur and tails and pointy ears too.
apocalypse is ecopoacalypse, and humans are doing it to themselves. what life on earth will look like, what meek will inheret the planet, the place of humans, a world we are so altering that it might no longer support anything that looks like humans do now. humans would not be unwelcome in cameroi, but they would be a very tiny minority of its sapeint population.
there is this idea people have of familiar assumptions being somehow eternal. well they haven't been in the past, and there's no reason to expect them to be in whatever future there turns out to be. there's no reason to expect a post ecopocalyptic earth to resemble any of the assumptions underlying the nation states game. and that's how i prefer to play it. as a totally alien landscape. mountainous, forested, with an atomosphere breathable by everything that lives there. but familiar ideologies and economies are effemeral. there doesn't need to be expected to continue to be anything like them, even like nations as we think we know them.
In the UK we certainly have yoghurt drinks, though they're not commonly purchased products, and we'd specifically call them yoghurt drinks.
Actually though, I'm a fan of mango lassi when I go for a Ruby*.
Europe's hosting an interregional short story writing contest! Something for fun if any of you guys want to get involved :D
Heya everyone! I'm Feria-Alkaline, Europe's former Home Secretary, and I'm proud to share with all of you an idea that's been bouncing around my head for a long time now: Feria's Interregional Writing Contest!
Let me first explain the premises of this competition. I'm looking for short stories only for this first (and hopefully not last, depending on how well it turns out) competition. Why? Well, partially because it's a good jumping-off point to later being able to judge more types of writing, such as poetry, and also because short stories are something we're all familiar with. NOTE - I know that in an earlier version of this contest, there were two "tracks" - European and Interregional. After losing the endorsement of Europe's Home Office, I've decided to consolidate both into a single track, so no more weird rules. For future contests, this may change; I'm currently eyeing Thaecia as a "home" track sponsor for the next contest.
The theme of this contest is Pandemic. Yes, I know, covid-19 sucks and we all have enough of it. But I don't want covid-19 pieces. Be creative with it! For example, perhaps the pandemic is a virus that turns people's hair into cotton candy, and your piece is a briefing on how, despite the fact that you have cotton candy hair, you should refrain from eating it since it'll increase your risk of diabetes. Don't take that idea, of course, but make your own.
So I wrote my piece. Now what?
Send it to Korsinia with a disclaimer at the beginning that it's for this writing contest. Ideally, a Google Document would be best, but any way that can be easily copied and pasted into a mega-document for judging is okay.
Some basic rules:
Stick to the theme. If your submission has nothing to do with the theme, it will be disqualified.
Keep it PG-13 - remember, minors use this site too. If you wouldn't show your writing to your seven-year-old nephew, don't send it in here.
No word limit. That being said, don't submit an entire book to the competition. Keep it reasonable.
No plagiarism. Plagiarism results in automatic disqualification and possible bans from future competitions.
One submission per person. As much as we'd love to read fifteen stories from you... well, we don't have the time. Pick your best idea and nurture it instead.
Don't trash others. If you include other NationStates players in your story, make sure they consent to how they're portrayed.
Don't spoil it! You'll be sending your submissions in a telegram to Korsinia, who will blind them before passing them on to the judges. We ask that you don't tell others which submission is yours until the results of the competition are released - if we know who penned the pieces, bias might color the vote.
When's the closing date for submissions? Since the contest is officially rekicking off on June 8, 2020 (EDT), your submissions will be due by June 30, 2020, 11:59 PM EDT - EXTENDED DEADLINE! Unfortunately, we can't grant any extensions to the timeframe. Results should be released around July 6th, but they may come earlier or later, depending on the amount of entries we receive.
How will this be scored?
The panel of judges (Novgorod-Pskov, Dizgovzy and myself) will each rate your entries on a 1-to-10 scale on five characteristics, which will be averaged out into one final score. If there is a tie, we'll vote on which piece we preferred.
The characteristics are:
Creativity: 30% (Again, cotton candy hair pandemic. Even the way you write can be creative!)
Engagement: 30% (Do I want to read THIS story to the end out of the pile I have, or will I pass? Are the characters interesting? Setting? Plot?)
Realism: 20% (I don't mean how realistic the pandemic or anything else is - I mean how realistic the characters and writing are. If the characters seem fake or fabricated, lower points; if they act like real people would, higher points.)
Succinctness: 10% (Make every word count! We're not here to read 15 pages of prose on ants if it's not useful. Chekhov's gun! Remember Hemingway's For sale: baby shoes, never worn.)
Voice: 10% (Is this something any random person could write, or is this uniquely yours?)
I have another question! Telegram me, Feria-Alkaline, with any and all queries.
I hope to see as many submissions as we can get! Be creative, be bold, and don't be afraid to write your heart out!
One more new factbook. Long live the Threefold Revolution! 🌾
Dancers performing at a party-sponsored Beltane festival
in Covenstead, The Wiccan Israel on 1 May 2020.
April 7th, 2020 - present
Incumbency of Cris Faery
Establishment of socialism and
• Formation of the Wiccan Socialist Party
• Implementation of the Beltane Constitution
• Establishment of the Occultist Republic
The Threefold Revolution refers to a leftist social movement and political process in The Wiccan Israel led by President Cris Faery and the Wiccan Socialist Party. The Threefold Revolution is named after the "Rule of Three", a religious tenet held by some Wiccans, Pagans, and occultists. According to Faery and his supporters, the Threefold Revolution seeks to build a socialist-oriented society based on popular democracy, environmentalism, and community-based economics.
The core values of the Threefold Revolution include democracy, common ownership, social justice, ecological wisdom, and nonviolence. According to Cris Faery, Wiccan socialism accepts a decentralized-planned economy and supports national cohesion. Supporters of the Threefold Revolution consider its goals to be the "will of the Divine", a sentiment that reflects the country's Wiccan and occultist origins. Hence, the country was renamed the Occultist Republic of the Wiccan Israel at Faery's request, thereby reflecting the nation’s religiosity.
I know you've left at this point, and I don't really expect you to come back, but I think I speak for the vast majority, if not everyone here, when I say that no one hates you here. In fact, I would love it if you stayed and became an RMB regular. The only reason people are giving you a hard time here is because the way you conduct yourself on the RMB isn't really seen in a good light here. If you need a place to go and post random strings of characters, that's fine, but that place is not here. The RMB here is more so for discussion on current events, casual conversation, and apparently yogurt. If that's something you're looking for, feel free to come back. If not, I wish you the best and hope you find a good community that suits you.
Edit: To chime in on the discussions, I've only read two Max Barry books (Lexicon and Machine Man), and I eat yogurt usually, but I've tried the drinkable stuff. If the packaging is anything to go by, it's a whole lot healthier, but that's a big if. Also, frozen yogurt is pretty good too.