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Deaf people should learn to speak the language or get out. Blind people too, only they should be forced to read the language.

Damn deaf immigrants. Dey tuk mah jerb!

I’m not deafist. I just play one on tv.

The Ringwraith comment killed me.

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“FLAPJACKS: Although they’d have to wiggle around a lot, I guess.”
Oh NO he di’int!

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And that’s why The Amazing Race is still the best reality show around. The only way the intro episode could’ve been better is if the teams had to haul donkeys up the hill. But when you don’t have farm animals, locals laughing at goofy Americans works just as well.

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2 points for the Rocket Raccoon reference

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I died laughing, resurrected myself with a saving throw, and died laughing again.

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Tom Galloway said on February 16th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Re: deaf guy and yodeling. When Jeopardy! had a blind contestant on, their accommodations were 1) he had a braille list of category names on his podium. I don’t think it had anyway of indicating which clues had already been taken. 2) They didn’t use any video clues.

They did not do anything different with the lights on either side of the board which turn on when the buzzers are unlocked (you can’t buzz in until Alex finishes reading the clue and someone backstage hits a button to unlock the buzzers). However, opinion is mixed among J! champions whether the lights do contestants any good, and since the blind contestant in question won five games, that’s probably a moot point.

So, it would’ve seemed fair not to have challenges where you have to be able to hear on this Amazing Race.

As for the cheese challenge, it seemed like everyone missed how to correctly do it. Clearly, you didn’t have to use the wooden backpack things to carry the cheese, as most of them broke and people were hand carrying cheese down without apparent penalty. Also, at least one cheese got away and rolled down the hill…and was then recovered by the team and stacked, apparently without penalty.

So the clear best strategy would’ve been to just launch 6 or so cheeses down the hill, then go recover the four closest ones. One trip up and down, and you can go faster down sans cheese. Second best strategy would’ve been to hold on to the cheese, but instead of carrying it, use the wheel shape to control roll it down the hill.

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Lister Sage said on February 16th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Hi-ho the dairy-o the cheese rolled away!

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Well, I laughed. A lot.

English and Australian people often pronounce my name as “Lee-er”, bless ’em.

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Marlee Matlin is hot! And I can say it around her and not get slapped!

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ME: And that’s why Phil is the most awesome reality host of them all: because he bothered to learn the sign language to tell the deaf kid he came in first.

I don’t know what The Amazing Race is, but it sounds like a game show. In which case, The Nostalgia Critic makes a damn good argument that Marc Summers, host of Double Dare, was a much better game show host.

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Slammy Belmont said on February 17th, 2009 at 1:01 am

I can actually understand what Flapjacks is saying when MGK posts. Maybe the latter is a translator.

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K. McAleese said on February 17th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

The word is “audist” (from “audire”, to hear, and you can figure out the -ist part), not “deafist”. Just fyi from a deaf woman.

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DistantFred said on February 18th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

The new Amazing Race has started? Hmm, didn’t notice that.

What I did notice from the ads, is that one of the contestants is the guy from School of Rock.

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