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Good News: No Need for "Hole of Color"

Remember that story from Wednesday about how so-called "black holes" were a mark of racial bigotry?

Leave it up to FReeper doug from upland to get to the bottom of this story. You see, DFU decided to call Commissioner Price's office directly, and make a profuse apology for having the audacity (presumably of HOPE) to use the term "black hole" in his Astronomy class.

The resulting conversation? Kinda funny:

Update: I can't wait for the upcoming Disney release of this modernized classic (which is described over here for those of you too young to remember the original)

Can you say "Oscar?"

(And yes, it's an awful Photoshop. You're welcome to try out-doing me!)

Update: More of that good old-fashioned context here.And now, back to our phone call. Sorry for the interruption!

[Answering the phone at Commissioner Price's office was]

MELANIE: Commissioner Wiley.

DFU: Yes, ma'am, I'm Doug and I'm calling from California about the story of the black hole and Commissioner Wiley.

M: Yes, sir. (sort of a little of a chuckle...she has undoubtedly had lots of calls.)

DFU: I teach an astronomy course at the local community college and I always try to be sensitive and not offend people. I am wondering if it would be better to use the term "hole of color" in my class.

M: No, that won't be necessary. Commissioner Wiley knows what a black hole is in astronomy.

DFU: Okay.

M: He is not offended by the phrase. This thing just escalated. There have been other comments in the past that led to this.

DFU: Oh, good. So it's okay to use "black hole," and I won't have to say "hole of color."

M: Yes, sir. He understands. That's fine.

DFU: That's a relief. Thank you. Goodbye.

M: Goodbye.



#1 captainfish 11-Jul-2008
so, if I say that he has the most horrible looking corn-rows, am I being racially insensitive?

and, for the record, "jewing somebody down" IS RACIST you friggin troll.

Angel food cake is called that because it is light and fluffy.

Per Wiki:
Devil's food cake is aptly considered a counterpart to angel cake, that is the two cake types are very different: aside from being chocolate-flavored, devil's food cake incorporates butter (or a substitute) and far less egg. Both cakes were introduced in the United States in the 20th century. The recipe for this cake was first printed in 1905. Devil's-food cake is a type of butter cake. Unlike chocolate cakes using only cocoa, though, the inclusion of melted chocolate gives devil's food cake a higher fat content. Real chocolate is typically what distinguishes a 'devil's food cake' from a chocolate cake. The cake is usually paired with a rich chocolate frosting.

A similar cake, the red velvet cake is closely linked to a devil's food cake. Both were popular around the same time and held ties to the devil, one for color and the other indulgence.

When used in cakes, baking soda causes reddening of cocoa powder when baked, hence the name Devil's Food Cake.
#2 Cletus 11-Jul-2008

what's with the cake lesson?
#3 captainfish 11-Jul-2008

For those idiots who might also be so ignorant to have an inkling to believe tripe like this.

This DUFUS believes that the names were given to the cakes because of the colors black and white. I just wanted to share the information that I grew up with, that was common knowledge to me and my family.

Although, some people have corn up their butts, and corn in their hair, so far that truth will never even be able to get near them.

If this idiot and astoundingly, the judge that sits on the Commission, would have their way, then nothing in this world would have a name. Because names of things are racially insensitive.

I wonder what this guy makes of "White Chocolate"?!?!
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