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You should really sound out the acronym before you make it

SLUT -- Streetcar's unfortunate acronym seems here to stay

There's a story going around South Lake Union, but a spokeswoman for Vulcan, Paul Allen's development company, says it's just an urban legend.

That aside, the story that the neighborhood's streetcar line now under construction was called the South Lake Union Trolley until the powers that be realized the unfortunate acronym -- SLUT -- seems here to stay.

Officially, it's now the South Lake Union Streetcar. But the trolley name already has caught on, and in the old Cascade neighborhood in South Lake Union, they're waiting for the SLUT.

At the Kapow! Coffee house on Harrison Street, they're selling T-shirts that read "Ride the SLUT."

I hate international talk like a pirate day

Mightygodking.com � Blog Archive � A Confession

No, really. I fucking hate it. ITLAP Day is like the equivalent of day camp for people who no longer attend day camp. You remember day camp, right? And you got there, and found a few people you knew already, and that was fine - you could read, or play soccer, or just hang out and talk about how awesome Transformers were.

But inevitably that never happened. What happened instead is that you and those kids you already knew were trooped into the auditorium/gymnasium of whatever public school was hosting the day camp, and the head counsellor - mentally counting up both his meagre salary and his far more important hours of public service, already dreaming of his future at whatever appropriate university would lead him to future riches - told you about all the fun games you were going to play. Emphasis on going to. You are at daycamp, and you will perform the determined activities.

ITLAP Day is like that, except somehow they have made this tedious “fun” drudgery voluntary. It’s a horrible social exercise, a co-opting of imagination and wonder into groupthink. “Hey,” says the crowd, “do you want to be zany and wild? Be zany and wild in exactly the way we are being zany and wild!” The astute observer will note that this completely removes any chance of being zany and wild, because it co-opts originality into conformity. (See also: zombie walks, flash mobs, memes as punchlines, et cetera.)

It’s also not cool, and that bugs the shit out of me. I am of course talking about original cool here, wherein the most important component thereof is the total lack of fear of appearing ridiculous. (Chow Yun-Fat is cool because he is willing to look like a horse’s ass in an awesome gunfight action sequence every so often; Arnold Schwarzenegger is not because he only ever is the butt of jokes when he’s in a comedy.) If you’re in a crowd of people all acting the same, the opportunity to look ridiculous is greatly lessened, and so thus is the opportunity to be really cool. Cool is a highwire, and it’s something that isn’t necessary to get by in life, of course, but it is a wonderful thing to occasionally be, and the truly sad thing about Pirate Day and the like is that they offer the illusion of cool without offering the substance.

STDs on the rise in Alabama, Abstinence-only education blamed

Sexual diseases flourish in Mobile County- al.com

Last year in Mobile County, 4,629 new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported -- enough instances of the sexually transmitted diseases to account for one out of every 87 people, according to a Press-Register review of state and federal statistics.

That was about three times the rate in New York City and more than twice as high as Washington, D.C.
. . .
A lack of education weighs heavily on a county's rate, health officials said.

In Alabama public schools, students are taught abstinence-based sex education as part of a half credit of health education in high school. Students learn that "abstinence is the only protection against pregnancy, HIV/AIDs and STDs," said state Department of Education spokeswoman Edith Parten.

September 17, 2007

Wearing crocs on an escalator is a recipe for bloodbath!

Got Crocs? Be Careful on the Escalator

At rail stations and shopping malls around the world, reports are popping up of people, particularly young children, getting their toes caught in escalators. The one common theme seems to be the clunky soft-soled clogs known by the name of the most popular brand, Crocs.

One of the nation's largest subway systems — the Washington Metro — has even posted ads warning riders about wearing such shoes on its moving stairways. The ads feature a photo of a crocodile, though they don't mention Crocs by name.

Four-year-old Rory McDermott got a Croc-clad foot caught in an escalator last month at a mall in northern Virginia. His mother managed to yank him free, but the nail on his big toe was almost completely ripped off, causing heavy bleeding.

20th Century Black History Flickr Pool

Unca Warren points us toward Flickr user vieilles_annonces's enormous collection...