Usual day, usual boredom . I'm casually playing my acoustic guitar (nylon strings FTW) when suddenly...
My D (4th) string snaps in two and I have no replacement strings. We all can agree that this is the worst feeling in the world. My guitar looks so bare without the string:
D string missing
The only way I would get a replacement string is if I could cough up five bucks and drive for about 45 minutes (got no guitar stores close to where I live ). I wasn't feeling up for the trip, and there was a heavy thunderstorm so I didn't bother. I kept trying to jam out but without the string, but I just didn't get the same feeling I usually get when playing .
After a lot of pondering, I thought about the possibility of replacing the string with this:
What was I thinking, you ask? Well to be honest, I wasn't thinking. I was desperate. So I cut myself a long piece of floss and applied it to my guitar like I would a normal guitar string. To my shock, I was able to tighten the floss to the point where plucking it actually produced an audible sound!
The floss didn't show any signs of strain. I was (and still am) actually able to play some songs on it and even play natural/artificial harmonics on the floss string! The only downside to it was that to keep the floss from slacking, I had to tighten it quite a bit which would result in a very high pitch sound being produced from it when it was plucked. Also, the string went slack quite often on it's own. But still, a floss guitar string!
So if you're ever missing a guitar string and you have no replacements, could you use dental floss as a substitute? Yes, you can. Consider this myth confirmed.
You've probably seen the ಠ_ಠ emoticon being used in the forums a few times (I'll call him Steve for now). I remember LOLing when I first saw it. And who wouldn't? It looks awesome! And kinda cute too But what does the Steve emoticon mean, exactly? Where would you use Steve? Why would you use Steve? Let's investigate:
Purpose 1 - The look of Disapproval
-Person 1: So, how's your diet plan working out?
-Person 2: Umm, good... I guess.
-Person 1: *suspicious* You cheated on your diet, didn't you?
-Person 2: OK! I'm sorry. I only ate... half a cake. I couldn't help myself.
-Person 1: ಠ_ಠ
we see here, in certain situations your disappointment in
someone/something is impossible to characterize in words. Hence, we use
our good friend Steve.
Purpose 2 - The look of Shock (or a substitute for the LOL WUT Pear, God I love that pear)
-Person 1: A guy ended up having sex with aSheep 'for shits and giggles' and cus he was drunk. He said he used a condom and stuff, but ****ing hell. I felt sick just listening. The guy who's farm it was found a condom in the Sheep pen.
-Person 2: ಠ_ಠ
As your Commander in Chief, I'm appalled.
Steve sure is shocked... and disgusted. There's nothing else to be said about this. Let's just move on.
Purpose 3 - The 'Are you F*cking kidding me?!' Look
-Person 1: Metallica is way better than Iron Maiden.
-Person 2: ಠ_ಠ
Besides the conspicuous bias in that example, this demonstrates another purpose of Steve.
Iron Maiden is the better band and you all know it.
Purpose 4 - The Unimpressed Look
-Person 1: I am the greatest guitarist ever. I can play this song perfectly! I'm better than you!
-Person 2: ಠ_ಠ
is unimpressed. Sure, 'Smoke on the Water' is one of the greatest and
most catchy songs out there. But being able to play the intro is no
reason to boast.
Purpose 5 - The Confused Look
-Person 1: I finished my painting! What do you think?
-Person 2: It's pretty good, but it lacks basic construction, and your perspective leaves a lot to be desired. -Person 1:ಠ_ಠ
Confused, much? Summon Steve!
Purpose 6 - The Glare/Look of Anger
-Person 1: Dude, your girlfriend is cheating on you.
-Person 2: What?! With who?
-Person 1: Well.... With me.
-Person 2: ಠ_ಠ
course, Steve would probably not make an appearance in this case.
Instead, Person 2 would've logged off the chat, went over to Person 1's
house, and beat the crap out of him.
That pretty much explains the possible situations where Steve the emoticon would be used. Now, where does the ಠ symbol come from?
Is it a character in some sort of language, or was it manifested for
the soul purpose of the Steve emoticon? After a quick Google search, I