July 24, 2006

Oxana is a feral child, one of only about 100 known in the world.
  • I saw this on Boing Boing last week and wondered about this: It was a similar show of canine behaviour that scared off her recent boyfriend. "To be confronted with what she was," says Fry, "put him off." I think when she asked me to bite the back of her neck and mount her from behind I would have been put off.
  • Romulus and Remus were unavailable for comment.
  • When reading any serious document, if I come to the non-word "orientated", I stop reading. Hence, I didn't finish this one.
  • The most famous was Victor of Aveyron (1797) portrayed in the 1969 film The Wild Child by Fran├žois Truffaut. In the 1800s, there was the caged boy Kaspar Hauser (Herzog's The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser came out in 1974). See? The Werzog will find his way into every Monkeyfilter thread. It is his way. Fascinating article, though. Thanks, tcobretti!
  • Good article, thanks tcobretti!
  • I saw the old Discovery Channel show about Oxana a couple of years ago. So sad!
  • Umm . . no?
  • About the use of "orientated", I noticed a few weird usages of language in the piece and figured it was because the author was British. No, I don't mean Brits have bad grammar so much as I figured they must use it differently. Maybe "orientated" is a word there? No? As for me, I have played guitar for about 20 years, and when people call their acoustic guitar an "acoustical" guitar, it makes me cringe.
  • I feel the same way about "geological." Is that the modifier of a modifier?
  • This thread is useless without EweLube
  • the modifier of a modifier an adverbative
  • interesting story, reminds me of ... yep, orientated is more common here in Britland [more]
  • Ah, so my high school history teacher wasn't an ignoramus, he was just a pretentious Anglophile git?
  • I wonder if there were any repercussions for the parents in a case of such gross, incredible neglect. And what was Nina the sister's upbringing like? Perhaps it is good that Oxana has such a low level of social development: she may never realise the unfair treatment she suffered.
  • And furthermore, where do they get those way cool Razor Metal Boomerangs?
  • I feel something for her but I cannot say what. Does she miss her pack, I wonder? I know it says she is eager for himan contact and that she puts off the mutt sometimes, but I have to wonder if she almost wouldn't be better on that farm with a bunch of dogs around her.
  • Human contact. Sorry.
  • But layne, that kid grew up to narrate the Mad Max story. He obviously didn't have his language acquisition device hindered by living in those dirt burrows.
  • Nunia, that was awesome.
  • Yes, tcobretti, Mad Max is teh siht. My favorite phrase? "Who run Bartertown?" *wink*
  • This site has details of many cases, including children allegedly raised by monkeys, goats, gazelles and ostriches. In its opinion Oxana is not truly feral or truly confined, just 'rather neglected'.
  • My favorite line from the Mad Max movies is probly "Just walk away. Walk away with your lives." (Must be said in "Lord Humongous" voice) This one is an obvious close second, "The chain in those handcuffs is high-tensile steel. It'd take you ten minutes to hack through it with this. Now, if you're lucky, you could hack through your ankle in five minutes. Go." Although, of course, much of this scene's coolness has been sapped by a ripoff scene in Saw. There's actually a lot of pretty memorable dialog in the first movie. Almost everything the Toecutter says is pretty good. That said, the opening car chase from the first movie is still one of the greatest car chases ever.
  • I think when she asked me to bite the back of her neck and mount her from behind I would have been put off. You mean, "doggy style"? / w00f
  • I think when she asked me to bite the back of her neck and mount her from behind I would have been put off. There is a grammatical error in this sentence. To be correct, the phrase "put off" should be replaced by "so totally put ON." Just FYI. bow-wow
  • I am the Night Rider. The Toecutter knows who I am. Wow, this is an interesting threadjack.
  • Uh, Nunia, you screwed up. When you posted that clip on You Tube you flipped the film strip over. I can tell because the steering wheels look like they're on the wrong side of the cars.
  • Only you would notice such a subtle sleight of hand, Berek.
  • Mad Max is the schnizits! And Oxana's parents should have been shot.