Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. How ‘Tiger King’ Made Me That ‘Game of Thrones’ Guy

 

If you dare speak to me about that stupid dragon show again I will eat you.
I was never into “Game of Thrones” (henceforth referred to as GoT). Many other people were, however. There were even GoT nights at bars were people dressed up and talked about GoT. This is all fine. It’s nice that people have (had) the time and freedom to mingle with their fellows about shared passions. I wish that there was an American history night at bars but I’m used to being in the intellectual and philosophical minority.

But there was a flaw not uncommon with GoT fans. They could not understand that I did not want to talk about “Game of Thrones.” This is a typical conversation with GoT fans when the show was still on air:

GoT: Oh man. Last nights episode was so bizarre. I think the giants will side with wizards and the sorcerer lady is going to marry the dwarf and-

Me: Uh. That’s great and all. But I don’t watch GoT.

Well: I think that ice zombie King is going to…

They weren’t bad people. They are quite similar to autistic people who can’t understand how other people aren’t interested in what they are interested in.

Autistic people are sometimes thought of as being jerks but that is not usually the case. They genuinely cannot empathize that other people aren’t interested in their favorite topic. When autistic people talk ceaselessly about what fascinates them, they are treating other people the way that they would want to be treated. It’s very difficult for them to understand that other people have different tastes.

But after watching “Tiger King” on Netflix, I now understand how GoT people feel.

I would be completely content if Ricochet for the next week did nothing but talk about “Tiger King” with periodic updates about Coronavirus from the competent data geeks who do all the math.

Boss Mongo, Charlie Kirk, and Kevin D. Williamson are like this with the topic of guns. Richard Epstein can be like this when it comes to Roman Law. I also notice that people who are into astrology have to let you know about how they are interested in astrology.

What’s your interest that you used to bore people with? Or if you are comfortable sharing this, what’s your interest that you still bore people with? I promise to be respectful because in episode 2 of “Tiger King” there was this lady that lost an arm but was still part of that tiger zoo and she was such a sympathetic…

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  1. Stina Member

    This is why I don’t talk to people. And also why I dropped a lot of things people thought were boring. So now, I’m boring and dull. Don’t be that.

    But I do think there’s a problem when we can’t listen to other’s interests for the sake of relationship. Not everything about other people needs to be for your own amusement.

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    • April 6, 2020, at 5:46 AM PDT
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  2. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Here’s your chance! Why the interest in Tiger King? The Netflix synopsis makes it sound like a redneck soap opera. 

    Granted, I used to watch Swamp People. I would have preferred the show only followed the undramatic old hunter, Landry. But the Gulf Coast is home, so the setting was a selling point. 

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    • April 6, 2020, at 5:55 AM PDT
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  3. DrewInWisconsin, Ham-Fisted Bu… Coolidge

    So it’s a TV show. I’ve been wondering what this Tiger King thing is that people keep referencing. Even stuck inside on house arrest I still couldn’t figure it out.

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    • April 6, 2020, at 6:01 AM PDT
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  4. The Dowager Jojo Inactive

    I am sure I never bore anyone but…..my younger brother has little imitations of each of our siblings, and his imitation of me consists of squealing “I could talk about chickens all day!”

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    • April 6, 2020, at 6:05 AM PDT
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  5. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne

    The Dowager Jojo (View Comment):

    I am sure I never bore anyone but…..my younger brother has little imitations of each of our siblings, and his imitation of me consists of squealing “I could talk about chickens all day!”

    I am that way about octopi.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st8-EY71K84

    It’s a complete mystery why they are so intelligent. They also have a gajillion cool abilities.

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    • April 6, 2020, at 6:24 AM PDT
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  6. DrewInWisconsin, Ham-Fisted Bu… Coolidge

    I’m that annoying guy who talks about all the audio dramas he’s listening to.

    Though I haven’t posted any reviews recently. Sorry. I really need to get back to The Prisoner, but in the meantime I’ve listened to all of Series 1 of The Robots (interesting, but not ground-breaking yet), Series 1 and 2 of Cyberman (dark and tragic and very good), and I’m almost through the final episode of Donna Noble: Kidnapped (featuring Catherine Tate and Niki Wardley hopping around through time and space sans David Tennant).

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    • April 6, 2020, at 6:31 AM PDT
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  7. Tex929rr Coolidge

    If you listen to the GLOP podcast there is a great gag where Jonah and John Podhoretz talk about some show and Rob Long snores loudly into his microphone.

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    • April 6, 2020, at 7:56 AM PDT
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  8. Marjorie Reynolds Coolidge

    The Dowager Jojo (View Comment):

    I am sure I never bore anyone but…..my younger brother has little imitations of each of our siblings, and his imitation of me consists of squealing “I could talk about chickens all day!”

    I want to hear about the chickens. I would talk at length about cats, dogs and cows I have known if I didn’t mind boring everyone.

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    • April 6, 2020, at 7:56 AM PDT
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  9. aardo vozz Member

    I’m interested in a lot of things , so I bore everyone all the time. 🙂

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    • April 6, 2020, at 8:18 AM PDT
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  10. Bruce Caward Thatcher
    Bruce Caward Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Your comic there reminds me of the joke:

    A vegan, a cross-fitter, and an atheist walk into a bar. How do we know? Because they each told everybody within two minutes.

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    • April 6, 2020, at 9:18 AM PDT
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  11. Percival Thatcher
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    • April 6, 2020, at 9:19 AM PDT
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  12. Bruce Caward Thatcher
    Bruce Caward Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I can’t comment on Tiger King because I haven’t seen it, and I’m sure I won’t. Something about it makes me feel icky, and I change the screen as quickly as possible when it pops out as Netflix opens.

    I watched part of the trailer, but every scene triggered something in me, all bad. Worse reaction than making Rob Long watch GoT, Dragonheart, and The Never-ending Story over and over while strapped in a Clockwork Orange chair with the eyelid clamps.

    But I’m glad you guys are enjoying it; we’ve all got to get through this thing somehow.

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    • April 6, 2020, at 9:27 AM PDT
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  13. Percival Thatcher
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    • April 6, 2020, at 9:27 AM PDT
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  14. Bruce Caward Thatcher
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    Percival (View Comment):

    That’s very funny.

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    • April 6, 2020, at 9:33 AM PDT
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  15. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne

    Bruce Caward (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    That’s very funny.

    I hate dumb extroverts. They have to say stuff and they are always boring. Adam Connover doesn’t strike me as someone who has really thought about anything as his live interviews attest.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwAGdZKLMCc

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    • April 6, 2020, at 11:45 AM PDT
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  16. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    The Dowager Jojo (View Comment):

    I am sure I never bore anyone but…..my younger brother has little imitations of each of our siblings, and his imitation of me consists of squealing “I could talk about chickens all day!”

    I am that way about octopi.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st8-EY71K84

    It’s a complete mystery why they are so intelligent. They also have a gajillion cool abilities.

    I am also pro-octopus, but I suspect I would zone out sometime before the gajillionth cool ability. 

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    • April 6, 2020, at 11:57 AM PDT
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  17. MisterSirius Member

    Regarding “Tiger King,” I, too, was intrigued by the woman who lost an arm.

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    • April 6, 2020, at 1:05 PM PDT
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  18. Marjorie Reynolds Coolidge

    MisterSirius (View Comment):

    Regarding “Tiger King,” I, too, was intrigued by the woman who lost an arm.

    You might find this story intriguing too. There was a man in Galway who lost both arms to a tiger. It was back when circuses still had animals and he broke in one night.

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    • April 6, 2020, at 3:58 PM PDT
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  19. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    When @arahant was running his series on vexillology, he tried to goad me into doing one on heraldry.

    I resisted.

    You’re welcome.

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    • April 6, 2020, at 4:02 PM PDT
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  20. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Percival (View Comment):

    When @arahant was running his series on vexillology, he tried to goad me into doing one on heraldry.

    I resisted.

    You’re welcome.

    Interest in heraldry is rampant…sorry. 

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    • April 6, 2020, at 4:26 PM PDT
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  21. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne

    TBA (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    When @arahant was running his series on vexillology, he tried to goad me into doing one on heraldry.

    I resisted.

    You’re welcome.

    Interest in heraldry is rampant…sorry.

    I wrote an essay about Chinese flags awhile ago…

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    • April 6, 2020, at 4:37 PM PDT
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  22. Dotorimuk Coolidge

    In Oklahoma, the escapades of the Tiger King have been reported in the papers for years. It’s quite a sordid tale, and checks a lot of weird boxes. Ultimately, I think it’s a good chance for coastal folks to laugh at fly-over country weirdos. The joke’s on them – Joe Exotic is considered a lunatic, yes, even by Oklahoma standards…and we gave you Dennis Rodman, Gary Busey et al…….

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    • April 6, 2020, at 4:55 PM PDT
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  23. Percival Thatcher
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    TBA (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    When @arahant was running his series on vexillology, he tried to goad me into doing one on heraldry.

    I resisted.

    You’re welcome.

    Interest in heraldry is rampant…sorry.

    Sometimes rampant. Sometimes passant. Sometimes sejant …

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    • April 6, 2020, at 4:57 PM PDT
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  24. JosePluma Thatcher

    Pennies!

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    • April 6, 2020, at 5:21 PM PDT
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  25. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Percival (View Comment):

    TBA (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    When @arahant was running his series on vexillology, he tried to goad me into doing one on heraldry.

    I resisted.

    You’re welcome.

    Interest in heraldry is rampant…sorry.

    Sometimes rampant. Sometimes passant. Sometimes sejant …

    Sinister harpy pissant. 

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    • April 6, 2020, at 5:56 PM PDT
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  26. Charles Mark Member
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    I spurned Game of Thrones for years but I started it in early February and was hooked and binging from the start. I finished it a few weeks ago, and now I’m watching favourite episodes for the second time. It’s the greatest show I ever saw. Fantastic escapism: unlike reality shows of all colours, which bore me to tears. Sorry. 

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    • April 6, 2020, at 6:08 PM PDT
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  27. Charles Mark Member
    Charles Mark Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I spurned Game of Thrones for years but I started it in early February, and I was hooked and binging from the start. I finished it a few weeks ago, and now I’m watching favourite episodes for the second time. It’s the greatest show I ever saw. Fantastic escapism: unlike reality shows of all colours, which bore me to tears. Sorry.

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    • April 6, 2020, at 6:09 PM PDT
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  28. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    During the original run, I got free HBO for a week and watched two episodes. In the first one I saw Boromir, but Sean lost his Bean. I don’t really remember the second.

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    • April 6, 2020, at 6:24 PM PDT
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  29. ToryWarWriter Thatcher

    Tiger Kings is a show about rival cult leaders, that happen to own tigers.

    Its great!

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    • April 6, 2020, at 6:29 PM PDT
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  30. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    Tiger Kings is a show about rival cult leaders, that happen to own tigers.

    Its great!

    Amazon is all out of tigers and now I feel silly for not getting one before it was cool. 

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    • April 6, 2020, at 6:43 PM PDT
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