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November 25, 2009

So I Click On Over to My Local Ann Arbor Paper This Morning . . .

. . . and BAMN!: Crime novelist ordered to stand...

November 22, 2009

How the world reacts to a new videogame release

How the World Reacts to a New Release - screen grab - Kotaku This is heavily inspired by recent events.

November 19, 2009

Jesus Shark Births Through Wound on Side

YouTube - Shark bite caesarean saves babies in New Zealand...

November 15, 2009

OMFG! New Lincoln Penny Design!

I was shocked to find these bad boys in...

November 13, 2009

Mapping the spread of H1N1

FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: How the Swine Flu Has Spread

This map is fascinating on a number of levels. Although the initial outbreak of H1N1 back in April was centered on Texas, California, New York, Illinois and South Carolina, the place where the flu first hit critical mass several months later was in Louisiana. It then slowly radiated its way outward to most of the neighboring states -- Maine finally hit the 5,000-point threshold just last week. There also appear to be other points from which the flu spread -- a less prominent 'epicenter', for instance, centered in Minnesota and the Dakotas. And somehow, there came to be quite a lot of flu at various points in both Alaska and Hawaii -- Hawaii's peak actually came way back in June and July, well before the one in the Deep South. The flu has not been especially widespread in Florida, perhaps because Florida has a lot of old people and -- unlike the seasonal flu -- H1N1 has mostly attacked younger individuals. The other state which has yet to hit the 5,000-point barrier is Utah, which is somewhat culturally isolated from the rest of the country.

November 12, 2009

Oh FUCK YEAH, Science!

MS Beluga Skysails - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia MS Beluga...

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November 08, 2009

Fun Fact: Mondegreen

Mondegreen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A mondegreen is the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase, typically a standardized phrase such as a line in a poem or a lyric in a song, due to near homophony, in a way that yields a new meaning to the phrase.[1][2] It should not be confused with soramimi, which are songs that produce different meanings from those originally intended, when interpreted in another language.
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November 05, 2009

OKCupid study finds that bisexuals are most likely to be suicidal

OK Cupid Study Finds Bisexual Women Most Likely To Consider Suicide. - Feministing OKCupid continues their absolutely riveting data dump.

October 30, 2009

No one has ever given out poisoned candy on Halloween

Poisoned candy turns out to be a Halloween myth - St. Petersburg Times The few cases that were thought to be genuine were either parents poisoning their own children, or kids getting into their folk's drug stashes.
You've heard the advice before: Check your kid's candy bucket after going trick-or-treating. Throw away any homemade goodies. Sometimes hospitals even offer to X-ray the candy just to make sure there isn't a needle in that Snickers bar. This advice turns out to be the ultimate Halloween prank, a horror that has never happened, not once, in the history of Halloween, according to a researcher who has studied reports of Halloween mischief dating back to the 1950s. "Deviants typically do bad things because they are greedy or they are angry," said Joel Best, a professor of sociology and criminal justice at the University of Delaware. "They don't just poison kids for the sheer fun of it."

October 29, 2009

Word Watch -- "Obamu"

Obamu - Schott’s Vocab Blog - NYTimes.com
[Obamu is a] newly-coined Japanese verb – “to Obama” – which means to persevere with optimism, ignoring all obstacles. Writing on his blog, Ampontan, Bill Sakovich revealed that a new word – Obamu – is catching on among Japan’s youth. Sakovich credited the Japanese Teachers’ Network in Kitakyushu for the following definition: Obamu: (v.) To ignore inexpedient and inconvenient facts or realities, think “Yes we can, Yes we can,” and proceed with optimism using those facts as an inspiration (literally, as fuel). It is used to elicit success in a personal endeavor. One explanation holds that it is the opposite of kobamu. (拒む, which means to refuse, reject, or oppose).

October 27, 2009

Early 20th Century Space Travelers A Cappella Orchestra

Their Christmas album was awesome! The dude second from the...

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