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kengr
Jan. 17th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
# 04:32:27: #nowplaying "Torchwood" 1x02. A cop who's never used a gun. Not something you'd see of an American cop, for sure.

Actually most US cops have never fired their gun on the job, except for qualification exams and practicing on the range.

# 17:43:20: *Talking slowly* The thing about calendars is, they change every year. http://notalwaysright.com/new-years-resolution-get-a-brain-2/9571

Actusally, you have to cut the guy some slack. The problem isn't that calendars change every year (ie dates fall on different days of the week)

It's that *most* folks don't understand that other cultures use different calendars. It's not just a matter of months and days of the week having different names. Or things being offset a bit.

If you check with people, and (for example) tell them them today is Chinese New Year and ask them when it will be next year (or when it was last year) they'll almost always tell you the same day of the same month.

Most folks who don't have close Jewish friends don't notice that the dates of Jewish holidays fall on different days of our calendar each year.

The fact that much of the world will use the Gregorian calendar for convenience (especially when dealing with "Westerners" doesn't help.

# 17:46:34: If one didn't know that Cupid's bow is not a weapon, this song would be extremely creepy: http://is.gd/RnbdJ1

Cupid's bow *is* a weapon. It's just that the arrows brainwash you rather than do physical damage.

# 19:33:52: Martin Luthor King Junior was born Michael King, Junior! http://is.gd/e4WdMY

That's Martin *Luther*. Y'know, like the guy who started the Protestant Reformation? And the Lutheran church?

Luth*or* is a Superman villain with an uncommon variant spelling.

fayanora
Jan. 18th, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
Actually most US cops have never fired their gun on the job, except for qualification exams and practicing on the range.

Well Gwen had never even been issued a gun, her explanation being that she was a beat cop.

Actusally, you have to cut the guy some slack. The problem isn't that calendars change every year (ie dates fall on different days of the week) It's that *most* folks don't understand that other cultures use different calendars. It's not just a matter of months and days of the week having different names. Or things being offset a bit.

Ah, okay.
kengr
Jan. 18th, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, I forgot to mention that since only special units even carry guns in the UK, Gwen's lack of experience is quite understandable.

Mind you, gun crimes have been *increasing* in the UK even as they tighten restrictions on not merely guns, but on things like *knives* as well.
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