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US Astronaut Kjell Lindgren Plays Amazing Grace on Scottish-Made Bagpipes on International Space Station

8th November 2015

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I am not making this up.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

8th November 2015

People Got To Be Free

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How Capicola Became Gabagool: The Italian New Jersey Accent, Explained

7th November 2015

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

Just as fascinating is the mutation that Orthodox liturgical expressions underwent from Greek to Russian. Just sayin’.

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SCARY DANCE SUNDAY

1st November 2015

The Skeleton Dance

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Kentucky Judge Rules in Favor of Shooting Down Snooping Drones

28th October 2015

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Remember that guy in Kentucky who was arrested in July for shooting down a neighbor’s drone that was allegedly hovering over his property? He was charged with wanton endangerment and criminal mischief.

A judge has tossed out the charges.

You fly a drone over my property, that is trespass, pure and simple, and you will get what trespassers get in Texas: a bullet. Or maybe two.

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Black Friday: REI Closes 143 of Its Stores and Pays Employees to Go Outside Instead

27th October 2015

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In a letter to employees, Jerry Stritzke, REI CEO, said that for 76 years, REI has been dedicated to a life outdoors, so it is using the biggest shopping day of the year to remind customers and staff of this. “While the rest of the world is fighting it out in the aisles, we’ll be spending our day a little differently. We’re choosing to opt outside, and want you to come with us,” Mr Stritzke wrote.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

25th October 2015

Bang on the Drum All Day

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‘Cards Against Urbanity’ Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

23rd October 2015

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Fans of the card game “Cards Against Humanity” and urban planning will doubtlessly get a real kick out of “Cards Against Urbanity,” which—if you haven’t heard of it before—officially sanctioned spinoff game that includes cards like “The Mayor got in trouble for crowdsourcing ________” and “The city council recently banned ________” and in the opposite pile “The word ‘vibrant'” “NIMBYs” and “Brad Pitt pretending to be an architect.” It just celebrated the one-year anniversary of its successful Kickstarter funding (it raised $28,000) and its inventors are touting it as an effective learning tool, in addition to, clearly, being the most fun.

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Interview With Scott Adams

18th October 2015

Watch it. Seriously. WATCH IT.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

18th October 2015

Achy Breaky Heart.

Feelin’ a bit country.

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Paramount Releases Over 100 Free Movies on YouTube

18th October 2015

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Cinephiles rejoice! Paramount Pictures recently released over 100 films on a free Youtube channel called the “Paramount Vault.”

The film studio dates all the way back to 1912 and is responsible for classics like Psycho (1960), The Godfather (1972), Clueless (1995) and the first film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, Wings (1927). Unfortunately, you won’t find any of those films on the Vault (though Paramount does provide clips). Most of the archive consists of lesser known films, which makes it more suited for discovering new favorites than re-watching old classics.

The Vault includes works from a range of eras and genres: you can check out Noah Baumbach’s low key 2007 comedy-drama Margot at the Wedding, see John Cusack get captured by pirates in the goofy Hot Pursuit (1987), or watch Elvis Presley belt it out in 1958’s King Creole.

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Lockheed Mounted A Laser Turret On Business Jet

16th October 2015

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It had to happen.

One promise of the technology: defending larger airplanes, much like machine gun turrets protected bombers in World War II. Only this time, instead of shooting down fighter jets, the lasers could also stop missiles and drones.

Me want.

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Thought for the Day

14th October 2015

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Floyd Zaiger Fruit Innovator to the World

14th October 2015

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Zaiger, 85, is arguably the most famous plant breeder alive today. From his farm west of Modesto, he has created novel new fruit – like the pluot – that grace tables around the world. He has also improved familiar varieties, such as creating plums that can weather an intercontinental voyage.

These innovations have revolutionized an increasingly global fruit industry, earning him a reputation among farmers and fellow fruit experts that is hard to overstate.

“Big, with all capital letters,” suggested Tom Gradziel, a geneticist and professor of plant sciences at UC Davis. “We’re all beneficiaries, and by we I mean the public in general and me as a breeder.”

Just waiting for the ecoFascists to get around to targeting him….

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Woman Fights Off Intruder With Samurai Sword

12th October 2015

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The Indianapolis Star reports 43-year-old Karen Dolley of Indianapolis threw punches until she had the man cornered during the Thursday night break-in. She then kept him subdued with a Japanese sword she keeps near her bed.

Dolley says she learned to fight as a teenager in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group that recreates skills of the Middle Ages. She also skates with roller derby team Naptown Roller Girls.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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The Uncelebrated Places Where America’s Farm Economy Is Thriving

12th October 2015

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We consume their products every day but economists give them little attention, and perhaps not enough respect. Yet America’s agriculture sector is not only the country’s oldest economic pillar but still a vital one, accounting for some 3.75 million jobs — not only in the fields, but in factories, laboratories and distribution. That compares to about 4.3 million jobs in the tech sector (which we analyzed last month here). Net farm income totaled $108 billion in 2014, according to preliminary figures from the USDA, up 24% from 2004.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

11th October 2015

Chain Gang

Hey, work’s been gettin’ to me….

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Lockheed Martin’s Modular ATHENA Laser Weapon Is Headed to Production

10th October 2015

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The US military already has a few high-powered laser weapons at its disposal, but it’s about to get a hell of a lot more. Earlier this week, defense contractor Lockheed Martin began production of its modular, Advanced Test High Energy Asset (ATHENA) laser system for the US Army — a weapon that’s expected to roll out on the battlefield sometime next year.

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Us: Man’s Cancer Detected After Shark Attack

8th October 2015

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“They had discovered a growth, or a tumour, on my right kidney about the size of a walnut,” Mr Finney said. “If this didn’t happen with the shark, causing me to go in with this chest pain, I would have never known about this cancer.”

Well. There it is.

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10-Year-Old Texas Girl Kills 13-Foot, 800-Pound Alligator With Crossbow

7th October 2015

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Sometimes the old ways are best.

Don’t mess with Texas.

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A Die-In to Kill For

5th October 2015

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The Twin Cities Marathon went off without a hitch yesterday. The perfect weather didn’t hurt a bit. The Star Tribune reports that Kenyans placed first, second, and third among the men competing in the race. An Ethiopian joined two Kenyans in the top three among the women. A good time was had by all. Black Lives Matter could not be reached for comment.

The Black Lives Matter crew also staged a die-in to kill for. The photograph published by the Star Tribune may provoke inappropriate laughter. The casting might be deemed racially insensitive. From the looks of the photograph, men of pallor were vastly overrepresented among the theatrical decedents.

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Scientists Invent Chocolate So Healthy ‘It Could Be Eaten as Medicine’

4th October 2015

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Scientists at an American chocolate company specialising in herbal technologies claim to have developed the “medicinal” chocolate, which contains only 35 per cent fat.

Cacao, the key ingredient in chocolate, contains a variety of antioxidants and minerals, which perform health benefits such as protecting the nervous system, reducing stroke risk and lowering blood pressure.

However, cacao is extremely bitter meaning many chocolate companies sweeten their products with fat and sugar, overriding cacao’s health benefits.

Kuka Xoco, the Boston-based firm, have discovered a new de-bittering agent in the form of a little-used herb from the Andean region of Bolivia and Peru.

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Oregon College Shooting: Army Veteran Chris Mintz ‘Charged Gunman’ During Attack

4th October 2015

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As would any veteran. A pack, not a herd.

More here.

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Yorkshire Terrier ‘Drives Truck’ Into Lake

2nd October 2015

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The dog was unharmed

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Mead: The Medieval Drink Has Been Reinvented for fhe Craft-Beer Crowd

30th September 2015

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Like many a revival, it started in the United States. The mead market there is now growing faster than that for craft beer, with close to 300 independent meaderies across the US. According to a study by the American Mead Makers Association, the mead business has expanded by 130 per cent since 2011, making it the fastest growing drinks category in the US. New York even has an Annual Mead Week, highlighting the most fashionable bars in which to enjoy mead and mead mixology. No doubt a London mead week will soon follow.

Gosnell first discovered mead at Maine Meadery while on a road trip, was hooked and started home brewing before stepping up nearly three years ago to produce on a more commercial scale. He now has a meadery in Peckham, south London, and is making 2,500 bottles a month – fermenting his mead for around three weeks – and has capacity for far more.

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‘Hobbit Treehouse’ in South Dakota

30th September 2015

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Never understood the engineering behind the round door.

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New Manufacturing Marketplace Lets You Rent Your Own Assembly Line On-Demand

29th September 2015

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This could lean to an explosion of entrepreneurship — if we can get the government and the Social Justice Warriors out of the way.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

27th September 2015

Celebration

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RIP Yogi Berra

23rd September 2015

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At 5’8″ with a paunchy body and mischievous smirk, Berra seemed an unlikely baseball hero. But the oft-quoted New York Yankees legend, who won three American League MVP awards and 10 World Series titles, is remembered as a clutch hitter and one of the greatest catchers of all time. He died Tuesday at the age of 90.

More here.

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Marines Are Testing a Robot Dog for War

22nd September 2015

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And I went to the battle on a dog with no head….

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America’s Best Restroom Contest Down to 10 Finalists

22nd September 2015

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I am not making this up.

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An Invitation

18th September 2015

When I gassed up my car this morning, the price was $1.87 a gallon.

You people in California: Texas is a big state, we got plenty a room, y’all c’mon down.

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RIP Frank Petersen

16th September 2015

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Marines: When you care enough to send the very best.

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Thought for the Day

14th September 2015

Turmp's Cabinet? copy

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

13th September 2015

Good Thing

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Louisiana Homeowners Watch Gator Crawl Out of Storm Drain in Middle Of Block

7th September 2015

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Luna told the station the reptilian intruder walked through her neighbor’s garden and then started head-banging the front door.

Well, it is Louisiana.

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Taco Bell Has Created a Crispy Taco Shell Made of Chicken

6th September 2015

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A hungry Reddit user has tracked down the Naked Crispy Chicken Taco in California, where it is selling in some restaurants for $2.49.

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Flintstone House (in, where else? California)

3rd September 2015

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Scott Adams Decodes the Election

31st August 2015

“It isn’t science, but it might be fun to watch the show.”

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My Attitude Toward Exercise

31st August 2015

Counting the Stepshttp://www.savagechickens.com/2015/08/counting-the-steps.html

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9 Fast Food Hybrids That Would Be More Marketable Than the McWhopper

26th August 2015

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On Wednesday, Burger King reached out to its rival McDonald’s, proposing that the two chains come together to create a hybrid of their signature burgers, the Whopper and the Big Mac. McDonald’s declined Burger King’s proposal to make the so-called McWhopper, which was publicized in full-page ads in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune.

We’re not too upset about McDonald’s rejection, though, because really, the McWhopper just isn’t that exciting. We’ve got a few ideas for way more outrageous (yet totally marketable) unions between fast food chains.

Time magazine is not too far gone when they’ve got sufficient humor left for things like these.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

23rd August 2015

You Are the Woman That I’ve Always Dreamed of

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Huge Alligator Weighing 450kg Pulled From River in Alabama

23rd August 2015

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About 115lb of that gator was a deer in the gator’s stomach.

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Yet Again, Americans Save French Butts

22nd August 2015

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Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler

What were the train people doing?

The actor, who has starred in French films such as Betty Blue, went on to allege that train personnel ran down the corridor and took refuge in a work car, locking the door and refusing to answer to passengers.

Americans: A pack, not a herd.

 

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Man Guarding ‘Muslim-Free’ Oklahoma Gun Store Accidentally Shoots Self

20th August 2015

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Now that’s comedy.

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NASA and MegaBots Team Up to Build Giant Fighting Robots

19th August 2015

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I am not making this up.

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Let’s All Go Live in the New ‘Star Wars’ Theme Park

17th August 2015

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Ka-ching!

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

16th August 2015

I Like It Like That

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Homeschooling Goes Mainstream

12th August 2015

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Homeschooling—once thought to be the province of diehard evangelicals, political radicals, and others with ideological reasons to steer clear of public education—is increasingly being embraced by the middle-class city-dwellers who are simply disappointed with the quality of urban schools and helped by the way new technologies are reducing the need for professional teachers.

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AC-130J Gets a Ray Gun

10th August 2015

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The U.S. Air Force is planning to install the microwave ADS, or Active Denial System (which transmits a searchlight sized beam of energy that makes people downrange feel like their skin is on fire) on several of its sixteen new AC-130J gunships. This would provide air force gunships with a non-lethal weapon for the first time. This may not work. That’s because ADS has been ready since 2007 but has never been used. In 2012 a possible reason for this was revealed. It seems that ADS performs poorly in the rain (or fog, mist, or snow). This is a common problem with microwaves and lasers, which are broken up by all these forms of precipitation. Tests of ADS during rainy conditions found that the pain turned to a warm comfortable feeling (especially in the cold and damp). Moreover, the microwaves only work on exposed skin, which means during cold or inclement weather (when people cover up) ADS is less likely to have much impact. Apparently it was believed that it would not take the locals long to figure all this out and improvise effective countermeasures. Thus this aspect of ADS, long suspected by scientists and engineers, was kept secret until 2012.

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