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The Giant Pyramid Hidden Inside a Mountain

29th August 2016

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But not all is as it seems. Beneath the tiny church, hiding under tufts of grass, trees and soil, is an ancient pyramid of truly gigantic proportions. Standing 450 metres wide and 66 metres tall, from end to end the Great Pyramid of Cholula is equivalent to nine Olympic sized swimming pools.

For an obscure temple no one’s heard of, Cholula holds an impressive array of records: it’s the largest pyramid on the planet, with a base four times larger than the Great Pyramid at Giza and nearly twice the volume.

Never mind the largest pyramid – it’s the largest monument ever constructed anywhere, by any civilisation, to this day. To locals it’s aptly known as Tlachihualtepetl (“man-made mountain”). Thanks to the church on top, it’s also the oldest continuously occupied building on the continent.

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The Strange Reason Nearly Every Film Ends by Saying It’s Fiction (You Guessed It: Rasputin!)

27th August 2016

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I did not know that.

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Wolverines: The Future of Search and Rescue

27th August 2016

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“New ideas normally do sound ridiculous,” Miller says from his office at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, about an hour south of Anchorage in a valley popular with backcountry adventurers. The organization, which Miller founded two decades ago, houses hundreds of displaced or orphaned animals and has worked on big projects like reintroducing the Wood Bison to the Alaskan wilderness and repatriating condors from the San Diego Zoo. But what’s got Miller excited these days is training and breeding Kayla and Kasper, the two wolverines he’s recently acquired.

“Anything you can train a dog to do, you can train a wolverine to do, five times quicker,” Miller says.

Miller is fully aware that his plan sounds a little ridiculous. When I emailed him to ask about his idea, he felt compelled to defend it preemptively. “One hundred years ago, people who suggested using dogs for avalanche victim search were thought to be crazy,” he wrote. “I hope your readers understand that we are professional and serious.”

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

27th August 2016

Kindling Cracker.

iPin Spatial Ruler. Get it quick before Apple pulls the earphone jack.

Ikea Utility Cart.

Portable Flamethrower.

Indexing Flat Pry Bar.

 

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New Kind of Virus Makes Scientists Rethink Infection

26th August 2016

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A new kind of virus is making scientists rethink how infection works. This virus, found in mosquitoes, is broken up into several pieces. If the mosquito doesn’t come into contact with at least a few pieces, it won’t get infected.

This shakes up our existing knowledge, which is that once you come in contact with any part of a virus you get the full infection. In a study published Thursday in the journal Cell Host and Microbe, scientists describe how this new virus — named Guaico Culex after the Culex mosquito found in Guaico, Trinidad — works.

Other viruses have all their genes packaged together. Guiaco Culex has five genes packaged separately, and a mosquito needs to come in contact with at least four different pieces for anything to happen. The fifth one seems to be optional, or could control how deadly the virus is, study author Jason Ladner told NPR.

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Hungary Plans to Make Border Fence ‘Unbreakable’ for Refugees

26th August 2016

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Hungary became one of the first European countries to build a border fence in October when the daily refugee influx was more than 6,000. In just one day, the fence brought down the number of illegal entrances to below 100.

Don’t they listen to Hillary? Don’t they know that fences are raaaaaaacist?

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Missing: FBI Files Linking Hillary Clinton to the ‘Suicide’ of White House Counsel Vince Foster Have Vanished From the National Archives

25th August 2016

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Somebody check Sandy Berger’s pants.

(Bear in mind that the Daily Mail is a tabloid. But bear in mind also how the Monica Lewinsky story broke.)

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Certain Carbohydrates Do Not Make You Gain Weight, Research Says

24th August 2016

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Known as resistant starches, they naturally occur in certain carbohydrate-rich foods such as beans and legumes, whole grains and even rice and potatoes.

“While we should reduce the amount of sugar in our diet, we should base our meals on starchy carbs. There is strong evidence that fibre, found in whole grain versions of starchy carbs for example, is good for our health.”

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Coma Patient’s Brain ‘Jump-Started’ by Ultrasound in Breakthrough That Could Help ‘Wake Up’ Others

24th August 2016

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Probably similar to what Hulk did to Iron Man in the first Avengers movie.

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A Fisherman Found a 75-lb Pearl in a Giant Clam

23rd August 2016

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Indeed, that was a big clam.

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Copies of Mysterious Voynich Manuscript to Be Published for the First Time in Hopes That Someone Will Crack Its Code

22nd August 2016

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A Spanish publishing house has won the right to publish a limited series of reproductions of the so-called Voynich Manuscript, whose parchment-like pages of strange letters and swirling images have bamboozled the world of medieval academe and cryptology for decades.

Indeed, by making copies of the tantalising tome available to a wider audience for the first time, its custodians at Yale University are hoping that perhaps someone somewhere in the world will glimpse its pages and step forward with the key to crack their strange and wonderful code. There are 20-25 unique symbols in the book’s text, all running in a jumble no one can grasp.

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15,000 NEW Clinton Emails Set to Drop Right Before the Election

22nd August 2016

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The Department of State is set to release tens of thousands of undisclosed documents the FBI found on Hillary Clinton’s private server that she used while secretary of state, after Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit over the documents.

Pass the popcorn.

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Philippines President Threatens to Withdraw From UN, Says ‘You Have Done Nothing Anyway’

22nd August 2016

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte blasted the United Nations in a speech Sunday for criticizing his anti-drug policies, saying if the international organization doesn’t back off, the Philippines will simply leave.

CNN Philippines then translated his subsequent comments from Tagalog into English: “Take us out of your organization. You have done nothing anyway.”

Hey, somebody finally figured that out.

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Hydrogel Superglue Is 90 Percent Water

21st August 2016

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Nature has developed innovative ways to solve a sticky challenge: Mussels and barnacles stubbornly glue themselves to cliff faces, ship hulls, and even the skin of whales. Likewise, tendons and cartilage stick to bone with incredible robustness, giving animals flexibility and agility.

The natural adhesive in all these cases is hydrogel — a sticky mix of water and gummy material that creates a tough and durable bond.

Now engineers at MIT have developed a method to make synthetic, sticky hydrogel that is more than 90 percent water. The hydrogel, which is a transparent, rubber-like material, can adhere to surfaces such as glass, silicon, ceramics, aluminum, and titanium with a toughness comparable to the bond between tendon and cartilage on bone.

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No More Fillings as Dentists Reveal New Tooth Decay Treatment

21st August 2016

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The new treatment, called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation (EAER), accelerates the natural movement of calcium and phosphate minerals into the damaged tooth.

A two-step process first prepares the damaged area of enamel, then uses a tiny electric current to push minerals into the repair site. It could be available within three years.

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New Hydrogel Film Repairs Corneal Cells

20th August 2016

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To help the cornea heal itself, the scientists grew its cells on a hydrogel film before inserting the cornea into the animals’ eyes through a small incision. The film biodegraded within two months, leaving the fresh new cells to uncloud the cornea.

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Sea Anemone Proteins Might Help Reverse Hearing Loss

20th August 2016

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A new experiment indicates that the proteins anemones use for this enviable ability might be able to restore hearing in people too. Scientists removed inner ear tissue from mouse pups and then damaged the hairs in some of the samples. Hair bundles in tissue that was soaked in a mixture of anemone proteins for an hour ended up almost as healthy as hairs that had never been injured, indicating that the anemone treatment has promise for mammals.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

20th August 2016

Zip-Store.

Wardrobe Dryer.

ReLeaf leaf scoops.

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Court: Religious Rights Trump Transgender Discrimination Claim Against Employer

19th August 2016

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U.S. District Judge Sean Cox threw out a lawsuit the federal government brought against a Detroit-area funeral home over the firing of a transgender employee. His Thursday ruling said the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission failed to accommodate the religious beliefs of the funeral home’s owner, who said he feared violating “God’s commands” by permitting one of his directors, a biological male, to wear a skirt-suit while ministering to grieving customers.

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British BASE Jumper Dies After Parachute Failure in French Alps

17th August 2016

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Think of it as evolution in action.

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Scientists Discover What Could Be a ‘Perfect’ Painkiller Without Side Effects

17th August 2016

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A team that included Nobel Prize-winning chemist Professor Brian Kobilka, of Stanford University in the US discovered the drug called PZM21 after evaluating some three million different compounds.

Morphine, derived from the opium poppy, works by acting on a receptor in the brain that reduces pains, but it also affects a different receptor that can lead to fatal breathing problems in the event of an overdose.

But PZM21, which so far has only been tested on mice, appears to act on the first receptor to about the same level as morphine without significantly changing the second one.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

13th August 2016

Vis-A-Vis Trunk. This is more entertaining than useful, but still.

FarmBot. This is amazing.

Gopher Goo. If you have a gopher problem, you know who you are.

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Pharmaceutical Exec: Hillary Clinton Has Parkinson’s Disease

11th August 2016

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According to pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, footage of Hillary Clinton exhibiting bizarre behavior is proof that the presidential candidate is suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Citing his “15 year background in drug discovery and pharmaceuticals,” Shkreli asserts that the videos of Hillary’s strange facial movements and her difficulties with walking are “pretty unmistakable signs of Parkinson’s disease.”

Explaining that a stroke or a concussion wouldn’t explain the symptoms, Shkreli says that Hillary’s walking difficulties are a “cardinal symptom of Parkinson’s disease” and what is known as “freezing gait”. Shkreli adds that he helped develop a drug to treat the problem.

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Sending Mail in Mongolia? ‘Dissident.sloth.ploy’ Could Be the Address

11th August 2016

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These oddly poetic three-word codes will soon act as a stand-in for the more common addressing convention of house number, street name and postal code, which never quite caught on in Mongolia, one of the world’s most sparsely populated countries.

They are the invention of a British start-up, What3Words, that has mapped the world into 57 trillion patches of nine square meters and given each one a unique three-word identity.

 

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First Americans May Have Arrived by Coastal, Not Inland, Route

10th August 2016

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During the last ice age more than 13,000 years ago, rising temperatures began to melt the massive ice sheets that blanketed Canada and the northern United States. Their retreat opened up an ice-free corridor more than 900 miles (1,450 kilometers) long that snaked from Alaska to Montana—a gap that some archaeologists believed was humankind’s highway into the Americas.

But ancient DNA recovered from the bottom of glacial lakes reveals that the corridor didn’t become livable for humans until about 12,600 years ago, centuries after the first Americans are known to have arrived. The finding suggests that the first Americans didn’t come by land; instead, they may have come by sea, perhaps walking—and boating—their way along the Pacific coastline.

“The first human migration out of Africa is a fascinating story—especially the colonization of the Americas,” says lead study author Mikkel Winther Pedersen, a researcher with the Center for GeoGenetics at Denmark’s University of Copenhagen. “It’s actually the last continent that humans colonized, [and] that makes it quite interesting. When and where did humans actually pass through?” (See maps that chart the first Americans’ possible migration routes.)

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Pro-Hillary Union Boss Makes Sexist, Violent Comments to Trump Supporters

10th August 2016

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My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

And yet Trump Is The New Hitler….

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West Coast Meth Boss Allegedly Used Facebook to Run Drug Ring From Mexico

10th August 2016

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Well, I guess we’d better shut down Facebook then. (Hey, it’s the same logic the gun-banners use.)

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Solar Physicist Sees Global Cooling Ahead

9th August 2016

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Recent research by Professor Valentina Zharkova (Northumbria University) and colleagues has shed new light on the inner workings of the Sun. If correct, this new discovery means that future solar cycles and variations in the Sun’s activity can be predicted more accurately.

The research suggests that the next three solar cycles will see solar activity reduce significantly into the middle of the century, producing conditions similar to those last seen in the 1600s – during the Maunder Minimum. This may have implications for temperatures here on Earth. Future solar cycles will serve as a test of the astrophysicists’ work, but some climate scientists have not welcomed the research and even tried to suppress the new findings.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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John Cleese YouTube Channel

9th August 2016

Watch it. Or the angels will weep for you.

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The History of French Fries

9th August 2016

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

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Ghost Ship Map of San Francisco

9th August 2016

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

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Parents of 2 Benghazi Victims Sue Hillary Clinton for Wrongful Death, Defamation

9th August 2016

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The parents of two of the four Americans who died in the Benghazi attack in 2012 filed a lawsuit Monday against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, alleging her “reckless handling” of classified information contributed to their deaths.

The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch USA on behalf of Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, and Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, for allegedly wrongfully causing the death of their sons as well as for defamation and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The lawsuit suggests that Clinton’s use of a private email server contributed to the deaths of Smith and Woods, adding that terrorists were able to “obtain the whereabouts of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and thus the U.S. State Department and covert and other government operations in Benghazi, Libya and subsequently orchestrate, plan, and execute the now infamous September 11, 2012 attack.”

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George P. Bush, Son of Jeb, Tells Texas GOP Activists to Back Trump

8th August 2016

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Good to know that there’s still one Bush who’s actually a Republican.

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Research Suggests Being Lazy Is a Sign of High Intelligence

6th August 2016

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Ha! Vindicated!

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US Military’s Robotic Submarine Hunter Completes First Tests at Sea

6th August 2016

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Called the “Sea Hunter,” the 132-foot (40 meters) unmanned vessel is still getting its figurative sea legs, but the performance tests off the coast of San Diego have steered the project on a course to enter the U.S. Navy’s fleet by 2018, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the branch of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for developing new technologies for the military.

The Sea Hunter “surpassed all performance objectives for speed, maneuverability, stability, seakeeping, acceleration/deceleration and fuel consumption,” representatives from Leidos, the company developing the Sea Hunter, said in a statement.

This could get interesting.

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Vegans Live Longer Than Those Who Eat Meat or Eggs, Research Finds

4th August 2016

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No, it just seems longer.

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First Osprey Flight With Critical 3D Printed Part

4th August 2016

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Specifically, in the test at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, the Osprey’s engine nacelle contained a 3D printed titanium link, small enough to hold in one hand, that helps hold the engine onto the wing. (There are four links per engine; only one was 3D printed in this test). So this wasn’t the usual low-risk, low-hanging fruit for additive manufacturing: a plastic bracket to hang things from, a disposable syringe, a mock-up or model — the kind of things produced by the first 3D printer installed on a Navy warship. Instead, it was something so essential that if it broke, the engine might start coming off.

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Delaware Supreme Court Rules Death Penalty Unconstitutional

4th August 2016

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“If the right to a jury means anything, it means the right to have a jury drawn from the community and acting as a proxy for its diverse views and mores, rather than one judge, make the awful decision whether the defendant should live or die,” wrote Chief Justice Leo Strine in the opinion.

This is actually a very reasonable position.

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Congressman to Face Defeated Tea Party Foe, Running as a Democrat, in November

4th August 2016

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Hey, if Bloomberg can ‘switch parties’ in order to get elected….

Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster faces a familiar face as he enters his general-election race: the same guy he beat in the spring’s Republican primary, and in the Republican primary before that.

Former Coast Guard captain and tea party activist Art Halvorson, who narrowly lost to Mr. Shuster in the state’s GOP race in April, will now appear on the November ballot as a Democrat after winning that party’s primary via write-in votes. He announced Tuesday he was accepting the Democratic nomination.

This could be entertaining.

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Scenes of Panic, Injured People, After Flash Mob Is Mistaken for Terrorist Attack

4th August 2016

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Perfectly understandable.

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SCOTUS: School Can Block Transgender Teen From Boys’ Room

4th August 2016

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A Virginia school board can block a transgender male from using the boys restroom when school starts next month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

In a 5-3 decision, the high court put on hold a lower court ruling that ordered the Gloucester County School Board to let Gavin Grimm use the bathroom that matches his gender identity. The school board is expected to ask the justices to further intervene in the case later this month.

The decision means Grimm will be barred from using the boys bathroom for at least the first half of his senior year, said Josh Block, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union who’s representing Grimm.

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Israel Proves the Desalination Era is Here

30th July 2016

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We are standing above the new Sorek desalination plant, the largest reverse-osmosis desal facility in the world, and we are staring at Israel’s salvation. Just a few years ago, in the depths of its worst drought in at least 900 years, Israel was running out of water. Now it has a surplus. That remarkable turnaround was accomplished through national campaigns to conserve and reuse Israel’s meager water resources, but the biggest impact came from a new wave of desalination plants.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

30th July 2016

Star Trek Planetary Glassware.

RightGrip right-angle scissors.

The Simple Shower.

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RIP Jerry Doyle

29th July 2016

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I’m saddened to announce the death of Jerry Doyle, who hosted a great nationally syndicated radio show out of Las Vegas that Reason staff appeared on dozens (and perhaps hundreds) of times over the years. Doyle was also a cast member of the fondly remembered science fiction show Babylon 5, on which he played “Mr. Garibaldi.” He also wrote at the site Epic Times, a treasure trove of commentary and links. Doyle, born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey, was 60 years old. The exact cause of death isn’t known.

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24 Cars with Weirdest Designs on the Planet

29th July 2016

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Just because it’s Friday.

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Did This Swedish Cop Just Make the Arrest of the Year?

28th July 2016

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The Swedish off-duty police officer has told The Local about the story behind this viral picture capturing the moment she wrestled a brazen criminal to the ground – while wearing a bikini.

Don’t mess with the Swedish Bikini Team.

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Ford Re-Invents the Cupholder

28th July 2016

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Slow news day.

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Bloomberg Offers Scathing Indictment of Trump

28th July 2016

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It’s good that Bloomberg has quit pretending to be a Republican. I always thought that mask was rather skimpy.

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Lowland Scots Plunged Into Panic by Marauding Ostrich Family

27th July 2016

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The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals issued an alarming bulletin today, warning residents of the home county of both Biffy Clyro and Nicola Sturgeon that at least one of the large flightless birds was on the loose.

Specifically the beast – more usually found roaming the African Savannah – was spotted around the village of Patna, in the east of the county. Which has left authorities puzzled as there are no ostrich farms, or other potential sources of the mega-bird, in the area.

Animal Rescue Officer Alistair Hill said, “It is unclear where the ostrich has come from but we think it may also have young with it.”

Must be related to African swallows.

Apparently, ostriches in captivity can survive well into their early 60s – putting them about a decade behind the average Glaswegian male. They can outrun most predators, but if cornered will deploy a flurry of powerful kicks. Ostriches, that is, not Glaswegian males.

The 2013 film Under the Skin featured Scarlett Johansson as mysterious alien adopting the form of an attractive young woman to prey on unsuspecting men in Glasgow and the Scottish countryside. We suppose it’s possible some actual aliens have completely gotten the wrong end of the stick.

Hmmm.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Driven Out of Chaotic Florida Democratic Breakfast

27th July 2016

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PHILADELPHIA — Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the embattled outgoing chair of the Democratic National Committee, was forcibly driven out of her own state delegation’s breakfast Monday amid vocal and unwieldy protests by Bernie Sanders’ supporters.

Schultz, who announced Sunday she would resign her chairmanship after emails showed top staffers at the Democratic National Committee worked to undermine Sanders’ primary campaign against Hillary Clinton, attempted to talk over a chorus of heckles and boos at a downtown hotel hosting the Florida Democratic Party.

But the Florida congresswoman, who faces a newly emboldened primary challenge in her home state, could barely be heard over the ruckus. As soon as she took the stage, attendees donning Sanders shirts and holding signs that read “Email” began to disrupt her remarks. The delegation breakfast, normally a calm, sleepy, mundane affair, devolved into outright chaos.

My. How distressing.

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