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Top readers' comments of the week

Here’s our round-up of the funniest, most thought-provoking and interesting comments you lot made this week. Did you make it in?

EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we like to take a look at all the best comments left on the site by you lot over the past week.

There was a lot of talk this week about Enda Kenny winning European of the Year, unrest at Cork City Council and teacher protests. Then there was the Brazilian student who sold her virginity for $780,000, the release – finally – of Brian Lenihan’s letter asking for a bailout for Ireland, and Neil Young not knowing who Bono is.

So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.

In one of the strangest stories of the week, six seismologists from Italy were jailed for six years for failing to warn the public about a major earthquake. Damien Flinter was taking precautions:

I think I better start predicting a few earthquakes… just to be on the safe side.

On Monday we asked readers about what makes Dublin special. Unsurprisingly, a lot of people took the opportunity to instead explain exactly what they disliked about Dublin (we kind of asked for it). However Gaius Gracchus had this response about what he like about Dublin (and a bit about what he doesn’t):

If I’m sitting in a dingy pub along the quays and am having a pint and reading the paper, and it’s a sunny day and the Liffey is glistening, that’s my definition of being in love with Dublin, a bit romanticised (i.e. requires sunshine), I do find not just Dubliner’s but the people living in Dublin generally friendlier than other cities abroad (but you could say the same about most places in Ireland). Another good thing about the city is if you need anything, from a carton of milk to a packet of smokes you can get them very easily, whereas when on the continent it can be a nightmare, so convenience is a positive for me. And did I mention the junkies on Middle Abbey Street and the Red Luas line, ah, there for another day I suppose.

Breaking news: Superman is leaving the Daily Planet newspaper. Peter Nolan impressed us with this fairly comprehensive comment which pointed out that really, this isn’t that big a deal:

Okay, apart from minor quibbles like the first Superman comics being from the 1930s, not the 1940s, and his originally working for the Daily Star, not the Daily Planet, the main correction to this is that he hasn’t worked constantly for the Planet since it was introduced anyway.
By my count this must be the third of fourth time Clark and the Planet have parted ways.In the 1970s, for instance, he quits newspapers and gets a job as a news anchor for WGBS-TV: which remains the status quo for several years, his returning to the Daily Planet in 1986. Then, in the late 1990s, the Daily Planet was shut down and replaced by the LexCom news site until the 2000s.

So, overall: this move is nothing new in Superman comics.

And from Sluazcanal:

Will the head hunt him?

One of the most shocking stories of the week involved the New York police officer who was arrested over his plan to kidnap, cook and eat women. Many comments expressed horror at the case – but one or two still saw a different side. When Graham Galvin said this…:

this psycho was walking around everyday armed with a gun.that is a frightening thought.

… he got this response from Tony Duggan:

Could if been worse if he had been armed with a knife and fork!!

A Brazilian student sold her virginity in an auction for US$780,000 dollars for a documentary this week, while a man who did the same thing only managed to fetch US $3,000. Still, Barry Doyle was impressed (and got more than 800 thumbs up for this):

$3000..!!And think I gave mine away for free. What an idiot was I??

People who like Apple products might want to look away for this next comment.on Tuesday we asked what exactly the new iPad mini was for. Damocles answered this for us:

“What’s the point?”Some Apple consumers still have some spare cash which, inexplicably, they haven’t given to the Apple Corporation yet.

Still with us? Good. Pippa Middleton has a new book out about how to celebrate different times of the year (yes, really). Continent Simian assessed some of her advice for autumn parties:

“The likelihood is that you will be perched on a bench, hay bale or log.”She’s really hit the nail on the head. As an owl, I couldn’t agree more.

Lisa McInerney’s comment piece about whether wearing make-up makes you shallow. From Deborah Byrne:

Grooming is a normal human ritual. Whether simply taking a shower or gelling your hair or spending an hour putting on make up or just a quick glance in the mirror, we can feel centred when we’ve paid attention to ourselves. Obviously, everyone’s motivations are different. I personally really enjoy putting on make up and find it calming. But I don’t feel any shame when I don’t wear it and think most make up advertising is a loada shite. “Millionise” your lashes? Oh puh-lease, Eva!

Wednesday saw the end of Ireland’s analogue signal as televisions around the country made the great leap forward to digital tv. Well, most of them anyway. From Col de Gal:

How many people do you think are slapping the side of the telly at the moment?

…while John Murphy predicted:

“It’s a disgrace, Joe!! No one told me it was going to happen, Joe!!”

“Sure, sure, sure…. Are you angry and upset?”

“I am Joe.”

Finally, here’s a video of a car driving around a supermarket. From Stephen Quinn:

Its a new brand of car: M-ASDA

(Video: maniek12206/YouTube)

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