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12 Nov 2012 12:04 PM   |   5826 clicks   |   LA Times
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Sybarite    [TotalFark]  
I used to be with it, but then they changed what *it* was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me, and it'll happen to you too.

12 Nov 2012 08:23 AM
Slaxl     

Sybarite: I used to be with it, but then they changed what *it* was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me, and it'll happen to you too.


No way, man! We're gonna keep on rockin' Forever!

12 Nov 2012 08:55 AM
EvilEgg    [TotalFark]  

Slaxl: Sybarite: I used to be with it, but then they changed what *it* was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me, and it'll happen to you too.

No way, man! We're gonna keep on rockin' Forever!


Dude, is that Freedom Rock? Turn it up!

12 Nov 2012 10:12 AM
CapeFearCadaver    [TotalFark]  
Aloofness. Trust me. It works wonders.

12 Nov 2012 11:02 AM
Honest Bender    [TotalFark]  

CapeFearCadaver: Aloofness. Trust me. It works wonders.


Pff! Whatever. I'm, like, so totally above that...

12 Nov 2012 12:06 PM
thisiszombocom     
Smoking, drinking, drugs and not caring. Or being good at sports.

We seriously need social scientists for that?

12 Nov 2012 12:07 PM
EdNortonsTwin     
Every SS I've spoken with over the years usually had lots of interesting things to say. Not boring to talk to at all. *shrugs*

12 Nov 2012 12:08 PM
Onkel Buck     
So they are going to piss away money studying the Fonz on Happy Days?

/playing guitar makes you cool, cuz it gets you chicks!

12 Nov 2012 12:09 PM
Bondith     
Being an arrogant jackass?

/bitter nerd, nothing to see here

12 Nov 2012 12:11 PM
Slaxl     

EdNortonsTwin: Every SS I've spoken with over the years usually had lots of interesting things to say. Not boring to talk to at all. *shrugs*


You sound like a Social Scientist. Either that or you've been speaking to Schutzstaffel, which I can imagine would be interesting.

12 Nov 2012 12:12 PM
cgraves67     
Exceeding the expectations of other while simultaneously being indifferent to those expectations.

12 Nov 2012 12:12 PM
smitty04     

Onkel Buck: So they are going to piss away money studying the Fonz on Happy Days?

/playing guitar makes you cool, cuz it gets you chicks!


Corvettes work much better.

12 Nov 2012 12:13 PM
me_onthenet     
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/hot as a girl genius

12 Nov 2012 12:15 PM
socodog     
Being cool is simply having the ability to suppress your emotions and immediate reaction to positive or negative situations. 3 chicks at one time? Don't get all Ricochet Rabbit; play it cool. Some fool spills a drink on your shoe? Don't go bad and start getting all loud; play it cool.

12 Nov 2012 12:16 PM
Total Morselization     
"How to be Cool" by Dr. Nimrod

12 Nov 2012 12:18 PM
PirateKing     
Cool is all about your attitude towards it.

To quote Terry Pratchett:

The monastery of the Monks of Cool is found in a laid back valley in the lower Ramtop mountains. They are a reserved and secretive sect and believe that only through ultimate coolness can the universe be comprehended, that black goes with everything, and that chrome will never truly go out of style. To become a fully accepted Monk, a novice is given the following test. Several outfits are laid out in front of him and the tester asks, "Yo, my son, which of these outfits is the most stylish thing to wear?" The correct answer is "Hey, whatever I select".

12 Nov 2012 12:19 PM
Smeggy Smurf    [TotalFark]  
Steve McQueen

That's all you need to know about being cool. Be like Steve McQueen.

12 Nov 2012 12:20 PM
GameSprocket     
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I have precisely calculated what makes people cool. With this knowledge, I shall become popular!

12 Nov 2012 12:21 PM
mike_d85     

Smeggy Smurf: Steve McQueen

That's all you need to know about being cool. Be like Steve McQueen.


This. All hail the king of cool.

12 Nov 2012 12:24 PM
MayoSlather     
I've tried to be cool, but then that made me less cool. Upon realizing this I stopped trying to be cool, but then somehow that made me even less cool.

12 Nov 2012 12:24 PM
Too Pretty For Prison     
Pants that are 2 inches too short, gold buckles on my shoes, horizontal striped shirts, and colgne from the dollar store. That's a winning formula that has worked for me for years.

12 Nov 2012 12:24 PM
doubled99     
It can't be explained or defined.
Those of us who are, know.

12 Nov 2012 12:27 PM
Kraftwerk Orange     
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12 Nov 2012 12:27 PM
pute kisses like a man     
be in a relationship with a very pretty lady that is cool. that way, the more uncool you are, the more of a mystery you are to people who see the two of you, wondering, what on earth would compel her to be with him? that mystery makes you cooler.

12 Nov 2012 12:28 PM
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom     

cgraves67: Exceeding the expectations of other while simultaneously being indifferent to those expectations.


Sublime

12 Nov 2012 12:29 PM
unyon    [TotalFark]  
How does the word cool remain cool? All other words fall in and out of favour, but cool is timeless, like denim.

12 Nov 2012 12:30 PM
imontheinternet    [TotalFark]  
"Empty your mind.
Be formless, shapeless, like water.
If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.
You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle.
You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot.
Water can flow, and it can crash.
Be like water, my friend..." - Bruce Lee

12 Nov 2012 12:39 PM
Dee Snarl     

EdNortonsTwin: Every SS I've spoken with over the years usually had lots of interesting things to say. Not boring to talk to at all. *shrugs*


Are you a hot chick?? You see my point...

12 Nov 2012 12:42 PM
StoPPeRmobile     

Smeggy Smurf: Steve McQueen

That's all you need to know about being cool. Be like Steve McQueen.


Yes, being like someone else make you cool.

12 Nov 2012 12:48 PM
EdNortonsTwin     

Dee Snarl: EdNortonsTwin: Every SS I've spoken with over the years usually had lots of interesting things to say. Not boring to talk to at all. *shrugs*

Are you a hot chick?? You see my point...



No, I am not - but i can chat up the best of them with ease. *wink*

12 Nov 2012 12:53 PM
Sybarite    [TotalFark]  

Smeggy Smurf: Steve McQueen

That's all you need to know about being cool. Be like Steve McQueen.



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Agrees

12 Nov 2012 12:58 PM
EdNortonsTwin     

Slaxl: EdNortonsTwin: Every SS I've spoken with over the years usually had lots of interesting things to say. Not boring to talk to at all. *shrugs*

You sound like a Social Scientist. Either that or you've been speaking to Schutzstaffel, which I can imagine would be interesting.


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Schutzstaffel? Yea sure, I converse with them over the same radio I use to speak with God.

12 Nov 2012 01:00 PM
Hector Remarkable     
I am a classically trained Sociologist, which I means I adhere to the Fonzie school of thinking.

12 Nov 2012 01:00 PM
Psycat     
People just don't get it. Cool has nothing to do with wearing a leather jacket and saying some stupid catchphrase like "Ayyyyyy!" Hell, the real-world Henry Winkler is a soft-spoken Jewish thespian, about the diametric opposite of the Fonz. And cool has nothing to do with being a heavy-lidded borderline sociopath a la Robert Mitchum.

And cool has absolutely NOTHING with wearing Tommy Hilfiger shirts, Calvin Klein underwear, or a Budweiser cap. In fact, wearing stupid clothing like that makes you a corporate tool which is pretty uncool. Would Tommy Hilfiger be caught dead wearing a shirt with YOUR name on it?

There's only been one metric for being cool, IMO, and that's just being yourself. Being yourself and not giving into the tiresome herd instinct and--this is important--having enough healthy self-esteem to not care what insecure people think of you. I'm eccentric as hell and if somebody doesn't approve of my oddball lifestyle, that's just tough noogie...

12 Nov 2012 01:01 PM
pute kisses like a man     

Psycat: There's only been one metric for being cool, IMO, and that's just being yourself


/ granted that your self is interesting
// for some selves, i might rather they be someone else.

12 Nov 2012 01:06 PM
stonicus     
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12 Nov 2012 01:11 PM
Smeggy Smurf    [TotalFark]  

StoPPeRmobile: Smeggy Smurf: Steve McQueen

That's all you need to know about being cool. Be like Steve McQueen.

Yes, being like someone else make you cool.


The bar for cool has to be set somewhere. You're not it and neither am I.

12 Nov 2012 01:18 PM
Psycat     

pute kisses like a man:
// for some selves, i might rather they be someone else.


Perhaps. If somebody is grumpy or flaky all the time, I agree they should change. On the other hand, I think some people are annoying because they're trying very hard to be like the Fonz, or Steve McQueen, or somebody else instead of being themselves. I remember one time my uncle basically admitted that he was tired of projecting a hard-ass persona because it meant getting into a lot of fights he could have avoided.

'Nother random thought: I'm a big fan of silent movies and am kinda familiar with fads of the 20s. It's funny how things like spats on shoes, flat-chested flapper breasts, ukelele playing, etc. that seemed so cool back then look really dorky right now. Even looking back to my own childhood in the 70s, the insane obsession people had for expensive designer jeans and *ugh* disco looks pretty silly nowadays. Again, wearing the *right* clothes don't make you cool, it just means you're a slave to the herd instinct...

12 Nov 2012 01:19 PM
Sticky Hands    [TotalFark]  

Psycat: There's only been one metric for being cool, IMO, and that's just being yourself. Being yourself and not giving into the tiresome herd instinct and--this is important--having enough healthy self-esteem to not care what insecure people think of you. I'm eccentric as hell and if somebody doesn't approve of my oddball lifestyle, that's just tough noogie...


Being yourself makes you cool... if you are cool.
If you aren't cool way down in your creamy center (most of us ain't) then frankly you are SOL (most of us are)

However that don't mean we can't own what we are, and while that might not be cool, owning what one is is its own good thing.

12 Nov 2012 01:28 PM
Hawnkee     
Easy answer is easy:

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12 Nov 2012 01:33 PM
On the Side     
Two words: Humble Confidence

12 Nov 2012 01:34 PM
Amusement     
Article made me even more stupider. At this stage of my life that's a crime against humanity.

Example; World, James Dean is cool. Me, James Dean a hack actor and a really bad driver.
Example; World, Libraries not cool. Me, libraries a fark'in cool.

I am nerd and accept it. That's cool.

12 Nov 2012 01:36 PM
Nezorf     
As a Social Scientist with all of my degrees in SS, i say to you: this article does not exclude SS's from being cool. Social Scientists can be confident, attractive, successful and aloof.

Harrumph I say! Harrumph!

12 Nov 2012 01:44 PM
rogue49     
casual & confident


now where's my grant money?

12 Nov 2012 01:50 PM
cgraves67     

Psycat: pute kisses like a man:
// for some selves, i might rather they be someone else.

Perhaps. If somebody is grumpy or flaky all the time, I agree they should change. On the other hand, I think some people are annoying because they're trying very hard to be like the Fonz, or Steve McQueen, or somebody else instead of being themselves. I remember one time my uncle basically admitted that he was tired of projecting a hard-ass persona because it meant getting into a lot of fights he could have avoided.

'Nother random thought: I'm a big fan of silent movies and am kinda familiar with fads of the 20s. It's funny how things like spats on shoes, flat-chested flapper breasts, ukelele playing, etc. that seemed so cool back then look really dorky right now. Even looking back to my own childhood in the 70s, the insane obsession people had for expensive designer jeans and *ugh* disco looks pretty silly nowadays. Again, wearing the *right* clothes don't make you cool, it just means you're a slave to the herd instinct...


It's funny when some one decides that nonconformity equals cool, then quickly goes out and strictly conforms to the standards of some smaller, obscure subset of people.

12 Nov 2012 01:52 PM
Deep Contact     
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The timeless cool one.

12 Nov 2012 01:53 PM
StoPPeRmobile     

Smeggy Smurf: StoPPeRmobile: Smeggy Smurf: Steve McQueen

That's all you need to know about being cool. Be like Steve McQueen.

Yes, being like someone else make you cool.

The bar for cool has to be set somewhere. You're not it and neither am I.


That's not cool.

12 Nov 2012 02:03 PM
Mija     

thisiszombocom: Smoking, drinking, drugs and not caring. Or being good at sports.

We seriously need social scientists for that?


I don't see any of those things as cool. Definitely not the first three. I see people who do those things as insecure, stupid and unable to think for themselves or resist peer pressure.

12 Nov 2012 02:08 PM
goodbomb     
Steve Buscemi is obviously cool

12 Nov 2012 02:28 PM
SteelDraco     

PirateKing: Cool is all about your attitude towards it.

To quote Terry Pratchett:

The monastery of the Monks of Cool is found in a laid back valley in the lower Ramtop mountains. They are a reserved and secretive sect and believe that only through ultimate coolness can the universe be comprehended, that black goes with everything, and that chrome will never truly go out of style. To become a fully accepted Monk, a novice is given the following test. Several outfits are laid out in front of him and the tester asks, "Yo, my son, which of these outfits is the most stylish thing to wear?" The correct answer is "Hey, whatever I select".


As always, there is no wisdom that can't be summarized with a Terry Pratchett quote.

12 Nov 2012 02:30 PM
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