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Title: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 21, 2007, 10:33:55 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: MonroeMom on October 21, 2007, 12:10:59 PM
Heeee larious!!! (http://bestsmileys.com/lol/7.gif)

You're comin up on 1K, ff!!  ;)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: cc on October 21, 2007, 12:16:28 PM
Heeee larious!!! ([url]http://bestsmileys.com/lol/7.gif[/url])

You're comin up on 1K, ff!!  ;)


youre havin fun with the new smilies arent you...but you pick the perfect ones! 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 26, 2007, 07:32:34 AM
This is an actual job application a 17 year old boy submitted at a
McDonald's fast-food establishment in Florida... and they hired him because he was so honest and funny!

NAME: Greg Bulmash

SEX: Not yet. Still waiting for the right person.

DESIRED POSITION: Company's President or Vice President. But
seriously, whatever's available. If I was in a position to be picky, I
wouldn't be applying here in the first place.

DESIRED SALARY: $185,000 a year plus stock options and a Michael Ovitz
style severance package. If that's not possible, make an offer and we
can haggle.

EDUCATION: Yes.

LAST POSITION HELD: Target for middle management hostility.

SALARY: Less than I'm worth.

MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT: My incredible collection of stolen pens and
post-it notes.

REASON FOR LEAVING: It sucked.

HOURS AVAILABLE TO WORK: Any.

PREFERRED HOURS: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL SKILLS?: Yes, but they're better suited to a
more intimate environment.

MAY WE CONTACT YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYER?: If I had one, would I be here?

DO YOU HAVE ANY PHYSICAL CONDITIONS THAT WOULD PROHIBIT YOU FROM
LIFTING UP TO 50 LBS?: Of what?

DO YOU HAVE A CAR?: I think the more appropriate question here would
be "Do you have a car that runs?"

HAVE YOU RECEIVED ANY SPECIAL AWARDS OR RECOGNITION?: I may already be
a winner of the Publishers Clearing house Sweepstakes.

DO YOU SMOKE?: On the job no, on my breaks yes.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS?: Living in the Bahamas
with a fabulously wealthy dumb sexy blonde super model who thinks I'm
the greatest thing since sliced bread. Actually, I'd like to be doing
that now.

DO YOU CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE IS TRUE AND COMPLETE TO THE BEST OF YOUR
KNOWLEDGE?: Yes. Absolutely.

SIGN HERE: Aries.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 26, 2007, 07:43:48 AM
How To Hide An Airplane Factory

During World War II the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant to protect it from a Japanese air attack.

They covered it with camouflage netting and to make it look like a rural subdivision from the air.

http://www.sonnyradio.com/airfactory.htm
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on October 26, 2007, 07:57:01 AM
How To Hide An Airplane Factory

During World War II the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant to protect it from a Japanese air attack.

They covered it with camouflage netting and to make it look like a rural subdivision from the air.

[url]http://www.sonnyradio.com/airfactory.htm[/url]



When I was in the Army in Germany I was stationed on  a  WW2 Luftwaffe Air Force Base...   In order to hide it from allied bombing raids it had a small dike around it so it could be flooded to look like a lake, but it could be drained in just a short time...    Even the old maps showed it as a Lake so they must have had the plans in the works for some time.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 26, 2007, 11:03:20 PM
In 1990, a 64-year old Hartsville, Tennessee, woman entered a hospital for surgery for what doctors diagnosed as a tumor on her buttocks. What surgeons found, however, was a four-inch pork chop bone, which they removed. They estimated that it had been in place for five to ten years. The woman could not remember sitting on it, or eating it, for that matter. Don't you hate it when the food you eat goes straight to your a-s-s?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Dime Store Cowboy on October 26, 2007, 11:43:05 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 29, 2007, 10:47:23 AM

Ann Landers challenged her readers to come up with the world's third-
biggest lie -- right after "The check is in the mail" and "I'm from
the government and I'm here to help you." Here is a sampling from the
thousands she received:

- "It's a good thing you came in today. We only have two more in stock."

- "Five pounds is nothing on a person of your height."

- "You made it yourself? I never would have guessed."

- "Of course I'll respect you in the morning."

- "You don't look a day over 40."

- "Dad, I need to move out of the dorm into an apartment of my own so
I can have some peace and quiet when I study."

- "It's delicious, but I can't eat another bite."

- "The new ownership won't affect you. The company will remain the
same."

- "The puppy won't be any trouble, Mom. I promise I'll take care of
it myself."

- "Your hair looks just fine."

- "Put away the map. I know exactly how to get there."

- "You don't need it in writing. You have my personal guarantee."
 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 29, 2007, 11:23:28 PM
The Top Ten Reasons Why Trick-or-Treating is Better Than Sex


10. You're guaranteed to get at least a little something in the sack.

9. If you get tired, you can wait 10 minutes and go at it again.

8. The uglier you look, the easier it is to get some.

7. You don't have to compliment the person who gives you some.

6. It's okay if the person you're with fantasizes you're someone
else, because you actually are.

5. Forty years from now you'll still enjoy candy.

4. If you don't like what you get, you can always go next door.

3. It doesn't matter if the kids hear you moaning and groaning.

2. There's a lot less guilt the morning after.

1. You can do the whole neighborhood.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 04, 2007, 12:40:06 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 04, 2007, 10:12:07 PM
Cookies at an airport

A young lady was waiting for her flight in the boarding room of a big airport.

As she would need to wait several hours,she decided to buy a book to spend her time,she also bought a package of cookies.

She sat down in an armchair in the vip waiting of the airport,to rest and read in peace.

Beside the armchair where the package of cookies lay,a man sat dome and started reading a magazine.

When she took out the first cookie,the man took one also.

She felt irritated ,but said nothing.

She just thought"What a nerve!

If I was in the mood,I would punch him for daring.

"For each cookie she took,the man took one too.

This was infuriating her,but she didn't want to cause a scene.

When only 1 cookie remaind she thought"what will this man do now?"

Then the man taking the last cookie divided it in half ,giving her 1 half.

Ah!That was too much!

She was much too angry now!

In a huff she took her book,her things and stormed to the boarding place.

When she sat down in her seat on the plane,she looked into her purse to get her eyeglasses,and to her suprise,her package of cookies was still there.

Untouched and unopened.

She felt so ashamed!

She realized that she was wrong.

She had forgotten her cookies were kept in her purse.

The man had divided his cookies with her,without feeling angry or bitter.

While she had been very angry,thinking she was the one dividing cookies with him and now there was no chance to explain herself,nor apoligize.

There are 4 things you can not recover:
the stone... after the throw
the word ...after it's said
the occasion ...after the loss
the time...after it's gone
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 07, 2007, 08:31:48 AM
1. The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.

2. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.

3. If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably don't have any sense at all.

4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.

5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.

6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a
teenager who wants to stay out all night?

7. Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a
company can operate without.

8. Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?

9. Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job.

10. No one has more driving ambition than the boy who wants to buy a car.

11. There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.

12. There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 AM. It could be a right number.

13. Think about this ... No one ever says "It's only a game" when his team is winning.

14. I've reached the age where the happy hour is a nap.

15. Be careful reading the fine print. There's no way you're going to like it.

16. The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.

17. Do you realize that in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of OLD LADIES running around with tattoos? (And RAP music will be the Golden Oldies!)

18. Money can't buy happiness -- but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Corvette than in a Yugo.

19. After a certain age, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you are probably dead.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 08, 2007, 05:36:49 PM
Okay maybe not politically correct but this is only a forwarded email, if you find it offensive just let me know and I’ll remove it


This was written by a black gentleman in Texas
and is so funny. What a great sense of humor
and creativity!! !


When I was born, I was BLACK,
When I grew up, I was BLACK, 
When I went in the sun, I stayed BLACK, 
When I got cold, I was BLACK, 
When I was scared, I was BLACK, 
When I was sick, I was BLACK, 
And when I die, I'll still be BLACK.

 
NOW, you "white" folks....
When you're born, you're PINK,
 
When you grow-up, you're WHITE,
 
When you go in the sun, you get RED,
 
When you're cold, you turn BLUE,
 
When you're scared, you're YELLOW,
 
When you get sick, you're GREEN,

When you bruise, you turn PURPLE,

And when you die, you look GRAY.
   
So who y'all callin'
COLORED folks?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 20, 2007, 11:20:58 AM
The Seniors Breakfast Special:

I LOVE this one.....it will make your day.
----
Send this to the Seniors in your life...I'm sure they'll
appreciate it!! Even non-seniors will appreciate it!!!!!  It
pays to think outside the box!


We went to breakfast at a restaurant where the
"seniors' special" was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for
$1.99.

"Sounds good," my wife said. "But I don't want the
eggs."

"Then I'll have to charge you two dollars and
forty-nine cents because you're ordering a la carte," the waitress warned
her.

"You mean I'd have to pay for not taking the eggs?"
my wife asked incredulously.

"YES!!" stated the waitress.

"I'll take the special then." my wife
said.

"How do you want your eggs?" the waitress
asked.

"Raw and in the shell," my wife
 replied.

She took the two eggs home

DON'T MESS WITH SENIORS!!! We've been around the block more than
once.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: TPoKE on November 20, 2007, 01:38:01 PM
Crucial

 

Because of recent abductions

in daylight hours, refresh yourself

of these things to do

In an emergency situation...

 

This is for you,

and for you to share

with your wife,

your children,

Everyone you know.

 

After reading these 9 crucial tips ,

 

Forward them to someone you care about.

 

It never hurts to be careful

 

In this crazy world we live in.

 

1 Tip from Tae Kwon Do :

 

The elbow is the strongest point

On your body.

If you are close enough to use it,

Do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide

in New Orleans

 

If a robber asks

 

for your wallet and/or purse,

 

DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM

 

Toss it away from you....

 

chances are

 

that he is more interested

 

in your wallet and/or purse

 

than you,

 

and he will go

 

For the wallet/purse.

 

RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown

 

into the trunk of a car,

 

kick out the back tail lights

 

and stick your arm out the hole

 

And start waving like crazy.

 

The driver won't see you,

 

But everybody else will.

 

This has saved lives.


4. Women have a tendency

 

to get into their cars after shopping,

eating, working, etc.,

 

and just sit (doing their checkbook,

 

Or making a list, etc.

 

DON'T DO THIS!)

 

The predator

 

will be watching you,

 

and this is the perfect opportunity

 

for him to get in

 

on the passenger side,

 

put a gun to your head,

 

and tell you where to go.

 

AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR

 

 

LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.

a. If someone

 

is in the car

 

with a gun

 

to your head

 

DO NOT DRIVE OFF,

 

Repeat:

 

DO NOT DRIVE OFF!

 

Instead gun the engine

 

and speed into anything,

 

Wrecking the car.

 

Your Air Bag will save you.

 

If the person is

 

in the back seat

 

they will get the worst of it .

 

As soon as the car crashes

 

Bail out and run.

 

It is better than having them

 

find your body

 

In a remote location.

5

A few notes about getting

 

into your car in a parking lot,

 

Or parking garage:

 

A.) Be aware:

 

look around you,

 

look into your car,

 

at the passenger side floor ,

 

and in the back seat

 

B..) If you are parked next to a big van,

 

enter your car from the passenger door .

 

Most serial killers attack their victims

 

by pulling them into their vans

 

while the women are attempting

 

to get into their cars.

 

C..) Look at the car

 

parked on the driver's side

 

of your vehicle,

 

and the passenger side.

 

If a male is sitting alone

 

in the seat nearest your car,

 

you may want to walk back

 

into the mall, or work,

 

and get a guard/policeman

 

To walk you back out.

 

IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS

 

take the elevator

 

instead of the stairs.

 

(Stairwells are horrible places

 

to be alone

 

And the perfect crime spot.

 

This is especially true at NIGHT!)

7. If the predator has a gun

 

and you are not under his control,

 

ALWAYS RUN!

 

The predator will only hit you

 

(a running target)

 

4 in 100 times;

 

And even then,

 

it most likely

 

WILL NOT

 

be a vital organ.

 

RUN,

 

Preferably!

 

In a zing-sag pattern!




8. As women,

 

we are always trying

 

To be sympathetic:

 

STOP !

 

It may get you raped,

 

Or killed.

 

 

 

the serial killer,

 

was a good-looking,

 

well educated man,

 

who ALWAYS played

 

on the sympathies

 

of unsuspecting women.

 

He walked with a cane,

 

or a limp,

 

and often asked

 

'for help'

 

into his vehicle

 

or with his vehicle,

 

which is when he abducted
His next victim.

 

************* Here it is

*******

 

9. Another Safety Point:

 

Someone just told me

 

that her friend heard

 

a crying baby on her porch

 

the night before last,

 

and she called the police

 

because it was late

 

And she thought it was weird.

 

The police told her

 

'Whatever you do,

 

DO NOT

 

Open the door.'

 

The lady

 

then said that

 

it sounded like the baby

 

had crawled near a window,

 

and she was worried

 

that it would crawl

 

to the street

 

and get run over.

 

The policeman said,

 

'We already have a unit on the way,

 

whatever you do,

 

DO NOT open the door.'

 

He told her that they think

 

a serial killer

 

has a baby's cry recorded

 

and uses it to coax

 

women out of their homes

 

thinking that someone

 

dropped off a baby

 

He said they have not verified it,

 

but have had several calls

 

by women saying that

 

they hear baby's cries

 

outside their doors

 

when they're home alone

 

at night.

Please pass this on and

 

DO NOT

 

open the door

 

for a crying baby ----

 

This

 

e-mail should probably

 

be taken seriously because

 

the Crying Baby

theory

 

was mentioned on

 

America 's Most Wanted

 

this past Saturday

 

when they profiled

 

the serial killer in Louisiana


I'd like you

 

to forward this

 

To all the women you know.

 

It may save a life.

 

A candle is not dimmed

 

By lighting another candle.

 

I was going to send this to the ladies only,

 

but guys,

 

if you love your mothers,

 

wives,

 

sisters,

 

daughters, etc.,

 

you may want to

 

Pass it onto them, as well.

Send this

 

to any woman you know

 

that may need

 

to be reminded

 

that the world we live in

 

has a lot of crazies in it

 

and it's better to be safe

 

Than sorry.

 

Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this.  It may save your life or a loved one's life.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: eriemermaid on November 21, 2007, 08:54:23 PM
"Don't be so open-minded, your brains will fall out."
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Lady Arbella on November 21, 2007, 09:23:41 PM
Great reminders TPoke, especially with the holidays here, there always seems to be a rise in attacks.

The "crying baby" ploy is just chilling. The very thought that someone could be standing outside my door, or window, with a taped recording of a crying baby trying to lure me out of the house is like something out of a horror movie. Isn't it just horrible that we have to be so paronoid these days.

Another thing I'd like to add........I ALWAYS take my keys out of my purse before I leave the store and hold them with the long part sticking out between my fingers. If some questionable character approaches me, with the intent to cause harm, (and my evil stare doesn't scare them away  >:( )  I will use my keys to gouge their nasty little eyes out........ ;D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: utility slug on November 21, 2007, 09:31:16 PM
Also make use of your intuition.   If a situation doesn't 'feel right' to you, get outta there.   Have someone walk with you to the car.

Subconscious senses are real and very keen.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Rick Rountree on November 22, 2007, 05:45:15 AM
This isn't my story and it's a bit long but worth the read... It was posted by a biker from Kansas on a mailing list I subscribe to. I also saw it on some other websites so who knows the real origin...

This is a perfect example of the adage, "You don't get any experience unless you're allowed to f-up."

************

HOW TO ROPE A DEER

I had this idea that I was going to rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it up on corn for a couple of weeks, then kill it and eat it. The first step in this adventure was getting a deer. I figured that since they congregated at my cattle feeder and do not seem to have much fear of me when we are there (a bold one will sometimes come right up and sniff at the bags of feed while I am in the back of the truck not 4 feet away) that it should not be difficult to rope one, get up to it and toss a bag over its head (to calm it down) then hog tie it and transport it home.

I filled the cattle feeder then hid down at the end with my rope. The cattle, who had seen the roping thing before, stayed well back. They were not having any of it. After about 20 minutes my deer showed up - 3 of them.

I picked out a likely looking one, stepped out from the end of the feeder, and threw my rope. The deer just stood there and stared at me. I wrapped the rope around my waist and twisted the end so I would have a good hold. The deer still just stood and stared at me, but you could tell it was mildly concerned about the whole rope situation. I took a step towards it...it took a step away. I put a little tension on the rope and received an education.

The first thing that I learned is that while a deer may just stand there looking at you funny while you rope it, they are spurred to action when you start pulling on that rope. That deer EXPLODED.

The second thing I learned is that pound for pound, a deer is a LOT stronger than a cow or a colt. A cow or a colt in that weight range I could fight down with a rope with some dignity. A deer, no chance.

That thing ran and bucked and twisted and pulled. There was no controlling it and certainly no getting close to it. As it jerked me off my feet and started dragging me across the ground, it occurred to me that having a deer on a rope was not nearly as good an idea as I originally imagined. The only up side is that they do not have as much stamina as many animals. A brief 10 minutes later, it was tired and not nearly as quick to jerk me off my feet and drag me when I managed to get up. It took me a few minutes to realize this, since I was mostly blinded by the blood flowing out of the big gash in my head.

At that point I had lost my taste for corn fed venison. I just wanted to get that devil creature off the end of that rope. I figured if I just let it go with the rope hanging around its neck, it would likely die slow and painfully somewhere. At the time, there was no love at all between me and that deer. At that moment, I hated the thing and I would venture a guess that the feeling was mutual. Despite the gash in my head and the several large knots where I had cleverly arrested the deer's momentum by bracing my head against various large rocks as it dragged me across the ground, I could still think clearly enough to recognize that there was a small chance that I shared some tiny amount of responsibility for the situation we were in, so I didn't want the deer to have it suffer a slow death so I managed to get it lined back up in between my truck and the feeder - a little trap I had set before hand. Kind of like a squeeze chute.

I got it to back in there and started moving up so I could get my rope back.

Did you know that deer bite? They do! I never in a million years would have thought that a deer would bite somebody so I was very surprised when I reached up there to grab that rope and the deer grabbed hold of my wrist. Now, when a deer bites you, it is not like being bit by a horse where they just bite you and then let go. A deer bites you and shakes its head - almost like a pit bull.

They bite HARD and it hurts.

The proper thing to do when a deer bites you is probably to freeze and draw back slowly. I tried screaming and shaking instead. My method was ineffective. It seems like the deer was biting and shaking for several minutes, but it was likely only several seconds. I, being smarter than a deer (though you may be questioning that claim by now) tricked it.

While I kept it busy tearing the tar out of my right arm, I reached up with my left hand and pulled that rope loose.

That was when I got my final lesson in deer behavior for the day. Deer will strike at you with their front feet. They rear right up on their back feet and strike right about head and shoulder level, and their hooves are surprisingly sharp. I learned a long time ago that when an animal like a horse strikes at you with their hooves and you can't get away easily, the best thing to do is try to make a loud noise and make an aggressive move towards the animal. This will usually cause them to back down a bit so you can escape. This was not a horse. This was a deer, so obviously such trickery would not work. In the course of a millisecond I devised a different strategy. I screamed like woman and tried to turn and run.

The reason I had always been told NOT to try to turn and run from a horse that paws at you is that there is a good chance that it will hit you in the back of the head. Deer may not be so different from horses after all, besides being twice as strong and three times as evil, because the second I turned to run, it hit me right in the back of the head and knocked me down.

Now when a deer paws at you and knocks you down it does not immediately leave. I suspect it does not recognize that the danger has passed. What they do instead is paw your back and jump up and down on you while you are laying there crying like a little girl and covering your head.

I finally managed to crawl under the truck and the deer went away.

Now for the local legend. I was pretty beat up. My scalp was split open, I had several large goose eggs, my wrist was bleeding pretty good and felt broken (it turned out to be just badly bruised) and my back was bleeding in a few places, though my insulated canvas jacket had protected me from most of the worst of it. I drove to the nearest place, which was the co-op. I got out of the truck, covered in blood and dust and looking like hell. The guy who ran the place saw me through the window and came running out yelling "what happened?"

I have never seen any law in the state of Kansas that would prohibit an individual from roping a deer. I suspect that this is an area that they have overlooked entirely. Knowing, as I do, the lengths to which law enforcement personnel will go to exercise their power, I was concerned that they may find a way to twist the existing laws to paint my actions as criminal. I swear...not wanting to admit that I had done something monumentally stupid played no part in my response. I told him "I was attacked by a deer". I did not mention that at the time I had a rope on it.

The evidence was all over my body. Deer prints on the back of my jacket where it had stomped all over me and a large deer print on my face where it had struck me there. I asked him to call somebody to come get me. I didn't think I could make it home on my own. He did. Later that afternoon, a game warden showed up at my house and wanted to know about the deer attack. Surprisingly, deer attacks are a rare thing and wildlife and parks was interested in the event. I tried to describe the attack as completely and accurately as I could. I was filling the grain hopper and this deer came out of nowhere and just started kicking the hell out of me and BIT me. It was obviously rabid or insane or something.

EVERYBODY for miles around knows about the deer attack (the guy at the co-op has a big mouth). For several weeks people dragged their kids in the house when they saw deer around and the local ranchers carried rifles when they filled their feeders. I have told several people the story, but NEVER anybody around here. I have to see these people every day and as an outsider - a "city folk". I have enough trouble fitting in without them snickering behind my back and whispering "there is the idiot that tried to rope the deer."

Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: ell on November 22, 2007, 07:19:46 AM
Great story.  I'm going to have to print it for the hunters at work.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 26, 2007, 11:18:22 AM
Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. -
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.
This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.

As I turn on the hose in the driveway,
I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage,
I notice mail on the porch table that
I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table,
put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table,
and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back
on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think,
since I'm going to be near the mailbox
when I take out the garbage anyway,
I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table,
and see that there is only one check left.

My extra checks are in my desk in the study,
so I go inside the house to my desk where
I find the can of Coke I'd been drinking.

I'm going to look for my checks,
but first I need to push the Coke aside
so that I don't accidentally knock it over.

The Coke is getting warm,
and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke,
a vase of flowers on the counter
catches my eye--they need water.

I put the Coke on the counter and
discover my reading glasses that
I've been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk,
but first I'm going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter,
fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV,
I'll be looking for the remote,
but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table,
so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,
but first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers,
but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I set the remote back on the table,
get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to
remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

the car isn't washed

the bills aren't paid

there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter

the flowers don't have enough water,

there is still only 1 check in my check book,

I can't find the remote,

I can't find my glasses,

and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day,
and I'm really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem,
and I'll try to get some help for it,
but first I'll check my e-mail....

Do me a favor.
Forward this message to everyone you know,
because I don't remember who I've sent it to.

Don't laugh if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: christfollower on November 26, 2007, 11:25:16 AM
Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. -
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.
This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.

As I turn on the hose in the driveway,
I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage,
I notice mail on the porch table that
I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table,
put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table,
and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back
on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think,
since I'm going to be near the mailbox
when I take out the garbage anyway,
I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table,
and see that there is only one check left.

My extra checks are in my desk in the study,
so I go inside the house to my desk where
I find the can of Coke I'd been drinking.

I'm going to look for my checks,
but first I need to push the Coke aside
so that I don't accidentally knock it over.

The Coke is getting warm,
and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke,
a vase of flowers on the counter
catches my eye--they need water.

I put the Coke on the counter and
discover my reading glasses that
I've been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk,
but first I'm going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter,
fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV,
I'll be looking for the remote,
but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table,
so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,
but first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers,
but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I set the remote back on the table,
get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to
remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

the car isn't washed

the bills aren't paid

there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter

the flowers don't have enough water,

there is still only 1 check in my check book,

I can't find the remote,

I can't find my glasses,

and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day,
and I'm really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem,
and I'll try to get some help for it,
but first I'll check my e-mail....

Do me a favor.
Forward this message to everyone you know,
because I don't remember who I've sent it to.

Don't laugh if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!!


Man that sounds like a really ruff day.


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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 27, 2007, 06:33:50 PM
How to Sing the Blues, Part 1

     1. Most blues begin "woke up this mornin'."

     2. "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the blues, unless you stick something nasty in the next line. I got a good woman--with the meanest dog in town.

     3. Blues are simple. After you have the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes. Sort of.

          Got a good woman with the meanest dog in town.
          He got teeth like Margaret Thatcher and he weighs ‘bout 500 pounds.

     4. The blues are not about limitless choice.

     5. Blues cars are Chevies and Cadillacs. Other acceptable blues transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Walkin' plays a major part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin' to die.

     6. Teenagers can't sing the blues. Adults sing the blues.
Blues adulthood means old enough to get the electric chair if you shoot a man in Memphis.

     7. You can have the blues in New York City, but not in Brooklyn or Queens. Hard times in Vermont or North Dakota are just a depression. Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City are still the best places to have the blues.

     8. The following colors do not belong in the blues:
          a. violet
          b. beige
          c. mauve
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: eriemermaid on November 27, 2007, 07:15:34 PM
Hey, be careful!! I love the blues.  sexy, mellow, bb king style, i love it lol
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 29, 2007, 09:51:29 PM
Parking Rules for the Holidays, Part 1

Rule No. 1: When waiting for a parking spot, stop in the middle of the road, don't signal, and orient your car diagonally to prevent others from passing.

Rule No. 2: Always park on the lines, taking up as many spots as possible. Diagonal parking is preferred.

Rule No. 3: In a crowded parking lot, if you find a spot and have the opportunity to pull through to an adjacent one, drive up halfway and stop on the line, taking both.

Rule No. 4: As you pull into a spot, if you see that the space ahead of you is empty and you see another driver signaling to take it, pull though and take it from him.

Rule No. 5: Always park close enough to the adjacent car so that the other driver must grease up with Vaseline to squeeze into his or her car.

Rule No. 6: When getting out of your car, hit the adjacent vehicle with your door really hard.

Rule No. 7: When driving through the parking lot, ignore the painted lanes and drive diagonally from one end to another at a high rate of speed.

Rule No. 8: When stopped in front of a store and waiting for a friend/relative to make a purchase, make sure that you are stopped in the middle of the road. The same rule applies to picking up and discharging passengers.

Rule No. 9: When a vehicle from the opposite direction is signaling and waiting for a parking space, position your car so that you are in his way and let the car behind you take it.

Rule No. 10: If you have handicapped license plates, use up a regular parking spot.

Rule No. 11: If you hit the adjacent car with your door and leave a dent,  wait for a car, which is painted the same color as yours, to drive down the aisle looking for a place to park. Then back out, giving up your spot like "Mr. Good Guy," and park somewhere else.

Rule No. 12: If the vehicle in front of you stops to let a pedestrian cross or another vehicle turn, pull into the lane of opposite traffic and attempt to pass him.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 29, 2007, 09:55:43 PM
How steady are your hands? Take this skills test to see how well you do!
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 06, 2007, 06:50:57 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 18, 2007, 12:45:28 AM
Fractured Carols

No one can fracture a Christmas carol better than a kid. 
Sing along with these new takes on old favorites:

     - Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly

     - We three kings of porridge and tar

     - On the first day of Christmas my tulip gave to me

     - Later on we'll perspire, as we dream by the fire.

     - He's makin a list, chicken and rice.

     - Noel. Noel, Barney's the king of Israel.

     - With the jelly toast proclaim

     - Olive, the other reindeer.

     - Frosty the Snowman is a ferret elf, I say

     - Sleep in heavenly peas

     - In the meadow we can build a snowman,
        Then pretend that he is sparse and brown

     - You'll go down in listerine

     - Oh, what fun it is to ride with one horse, soap and hay

     - O come, froggy faithful

     - You'll tell Carol, "Be a skunk, I require"

     - Good tidings we bring to you and your kid.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 20, 2007, 07:22:19 AM
Christmas Is....

       1. A wobbly tree stand.

       2. A week of inspiration and morality on TV screens that are filled with crime and violence the other 51.

       3. Having to tear open that gift you wrapped so beautifully because you just remembered the price tag was still on it.

       4. Trying to explain to a bright four-year-old how it's possible to pass six Santa Clauses in one block.

       5. When you get a dozen calendars in the mail... and on January 1st, you can't find a single one.

       6. When you discover some idiot put a trunk on tree decorations you stored so carefully last year.

       7. Trying to wrap a bicycle so nobody can tell what it is.

       8. When you can't walk into the Living Room for all the toys, and your kids say, "Is that ALL?"

       9. Frantic last-minute shopping when a gift arrives from a relative you forgot.

     10. When, while you're looking for a salesman, somebody buys the great tree you picked out.

     11. When kids who don't believe in Santa Claus any more ask what he's going to bring them.

     12. When you're surprised with a bunch of cards from the very same people you finally decided to cut from your Christmas card list this year.

      13. The end of two weeks of courteous smiles from tip-hungry people who are sourpusses the rest of the year.

     14. Carefully matching the price of the gift you're giving this year to the gift you got last year.

     15. When you can't find the cards you bought for half-price at that "White Elephant Sale" last January.

     16. Giving your kids money so they can buy you a present.

     17. When your wife tells you to "surprise" her... and then complains when you buy her an outboard motor.

     18. Having to watch your third child in that same old school "Christmas Pageant".

     19. When you burn all the wrappings and then discover you can't find the 20-dollar bill you got as a present.

     20. When you go to your 18th Office Christmas Party, and the Big Boss asks you your name for the 18th time.

     21. When the Grandparents bring the very same toys you swore you'd never let your children have.

     22. When you buy your dog a neat toy out of your own money, and he won't play with it.

     23. When you suddenly discover that all the cards you had printed and all the envelopes you finally addressed are not the same size.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 21, 2007, 11:45:40 AM
President Bush continues to plan for a 9-day Middle East trip in January.
More Mideast talks could signal a real breakthrough. instead of trading insults behind each other's back, the Palestinians and Israelis can insult each other face to face.


Prediction: At the January Mideast talks the Palestinians and Israelis will say such nasty things to each other the Democrats and Republicans will be taking notes.


The scary thing is, with Arabs and Israelis and President Bush all involved, these peace talks could lead to war.


'Tis the season for Middle East peace talks. Unfortunately, everybody wants to make the other guy sleep in the stable.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 21, 2007, 08:16:40 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Chips on December 22, 2007, 07:54:20 AM
Who holds the record for the most consecutive posts on the same thread?
I nominate F.F (last seven posts)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 22, 2007, 12:01:24 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 01, 2008, 07:48:15 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 05, 2008, 10:55:40 PM
This is too true to be very funny
The next time you hear a politician use the
word "billion" in a casual manner, think about
whether you want the "politicians" spending
YOUR tax money.
A billion is a difficult number to comprehend,
but one advertising agency did a good job of
putting that figure into some perspective in
one of its releases.


A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were
living in the Stone Age.

D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.

E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and
20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.

While this thought is still fresh in our brain, let's take a look at New
Orleans It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division . .

Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D), is presently asking the Congress for
$250 BILLION to rebuild New Orleans. Interesting number, what does it
mean?

A. Well, if you are one of 484,674 residents of
New Orleans (every man, woman, child), you
each get $516,528

B. Or, if you have one of the 188,251 homes in
New Orleans , your home gets $1,329,787.

C. Or, if you are a family of four, your family
gets $2,066,012.



Washington, D.C .. HELLO!!! .. Are all your calculators broken??



Tax his land,
Tax his wage,
Tax his bed in which he lays.
Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes is the rule.
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirts,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.

Tax his booze,
Tax his beers,
If he cries,
Tax his tears.

Tax his bills,
Tax his gas,
Tax his notes,
Tax his cash.

Tax him good and let him know
That after taxes, he has no dough.

If he hollers,
Tax him more,
Tax him until he's good and sore.

Tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he lays.
Put these words upon his tomb,
"Taxes drove me to my doom!"

And when he's gone,
We won't relax,
We'll still be after the inheritance TAX!!
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Perm it Tax
Gasoline Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax),
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax),
Liquor Tax,
Luxury Tax,
Marriage License Tax,
Medicare Tax,
Property Tax,
Real Estate Tax,
Service charge taxes,
Social Security Tax,
Road Usage Tax (Truckers),
Sales Taxes,
Recreational Vehicle Tax,
School Tax,
State Income Tax,
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA),
Telephone Federal Excise Tax,
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax,
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax,
Telephone State and Local Tax,
Telephone Usage Charge Tax,
Utility Tax,
Vehicle License Registration Tax,
Vehicle Sales Tax,
Watercraft Registration Tax,
Well Permit Tax,
Workers Compensation Tax.
STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago,
and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the
world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What happened? Can you spell 'politicians!'

And I still have to "press
1" for English.

I hope this goes around THE
USA at least 100 times

What the heck happened?????
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 08, 2008, 10:35:21 PM
      Dictionary of Evaluation Comments

Some of you might like to know what the supervisor is really saying in all those glowing employee work performance evaluations he or she keeps cranking out.

DEMONSTRATES QUALITIES OF LEADERSHIP:
Has a loud voice.

JUDGEMENT IS USUALLY SOUND:
Lucky.

MAINTAINS PROFESSIONAL ATTITUDE:
A snob.

KEEN SENSE OF HUMOR:
Knows lots of dirty jokes.

STRONG ADHERENCE TO PRINCIPLES:
Stubborn.

GETS ALONG EXTREMELY WELL WITH SUPERIORS AND SUBORDINATES ALIKE:
A coward.

SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE:
Stupid.

OF GREAT VALUE TO THE ORGANIZATION:
Turns in work on time.

IS UNUSUALLY LOYAL:
Wanted by no-one else.

ALERT TO COMPANY DEVELOPMENTS:
An office gossip.

REQUIRES WORK-VALUE ATTITUDINAL READJUSTMENT:
Lazy and hard-headed.

HARD WORKER:
Usually does it the hard way.

ENJOYS JOB:
Needs more to do.

HAPPY:
Paid too much.

WELL ORGANIZED:
Does too much busywork.

COMPETENT:
Is still able to get work done if supervisor helps.

WILL GO FAR:
Relative of management.

SHOULD GO FAR:
Please.

USES TIME EFFECTIVELY:
Clock watcher.

VERY CREATIVE:
Finds 22 reasons to do anything except original work.

USES RESOURSES WELL:
Delagates everything.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 10, 2008, 11:05:45 AM
A Friend Is Like A Good Bra...

Hard to Find

Supportive

Comfortable

Always Lifts You Up

Never Lets You Down or Leaves You Hanging

And Is Always Close To Your Heart!!!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 10, 2008, 11:22:50 AM
This is a forwarded email

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a small hospital near Tampa, Florida, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.

Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem.
Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.
One nurse took her copy to Missouri. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St.Louis Association for Mental Health.
A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem and this little old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this anonymous poem winging across the Internet.

What do you see nurses? .......What do you see?
What are you thinking......when you're looking at me?
A crabby old man...............not very wise,
Uncertain of habit ........with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food.......and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice....."I do wish you'd try!"
Who seems not to notice ....the things that you do.
And forever is losing ..............a sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not...........lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding ....... the long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking?
Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse......you're not looking at me.
I'll tell you who I am ...... as I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding ........as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten......with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .......who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen ...........with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now. ..........a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at twenty .........my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows.......that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now .........I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide ..... and a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty ......... my young now grown fast,
Bound to each other ........ with ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons ........have grown and are gone,
But my woman's beside me........to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more .........babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children ......... my loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me .......... my wife is now dead.
I look at the future ............I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing ........young of their own.
And I think of the years...... and the love that I've known.
I'm now an old man.........and nature is cruel.
T'is jest to make old age ......look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles..........grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone........where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass ...... a young guy still dwells,
And now and again ........my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys............. I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living............life over again.
I think of the years…all too few......gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact.......that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .........open and see.
Not a crabby old man. Look closer....see.......ME!!


Remember this poem when you next meet an older person that you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within.....we will all, one day, be there, too.
PLEASE SHARE THIS POEM
The best and most beautiful things of this world can't be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart.
GROWING OLD IS NOT FOR SISSIES!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 15, 2008, 11:31:43 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: AtypicalGirl on January 15, 2008, 11:36:05 PM
 :D :D good one FF!!!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: tampachicken on January 16, 2008, 07:16:04 AM


Wow, FF I have never heard the poem story before... Think I would have...being my location and that I work in the mental health field...  I can say this, I can see how the poem could be written... but for every bad nurse I have worked with... There are some very good ones too!

Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 20, 2008, 09:06:47 PM
HEADLINES FROM THE YEAR:   2029 

Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh largest country in the world, Mexifornia   formerly known as California  . White minorities still trying to have English recognized as Mexifornia's third language. 

Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops and livestock.

Baby conceived naturally. Scientists stumped. 

Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage.   

Iran still closed off; physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels 

France pleads for global help after being taken over by Jamaica   

Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.

George Z. Bush says he will run for President in 2036.  

Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only. 

85-year $75.8 billion study: Diet and Exercise is the key to weight loss.  

Average weight of Americans drops to 250 lbs. 

Japanese scientists have created a camera with such a fast shutter speed, they now can photograph a woman with her mouth shut.

Massachusetts executes last remaining conservative. 

Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals, violates their civil rights.  

Average height of NBA players is now nine feet, seven inches.

New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2036.  

Congress authorizes direct deposit of formerly illegal political contributions to campaign accounts.

IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent. 

Florida  voters still having trouble with voting machines.


Now, send this to whomever you want to and as many as you want and guess what....  (and this is the best part) NOTHING will happen. No miracles, no money, absolutely nothing, except you might make someone smile.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 22, 2008, 12:09:22 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: cc on January 22, 2008, 12:24:00 PM
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That was nice with a very good message.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 23, 2008, 07:53:46 AM
Summary of Life



GREAT TRUTHS THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED:

1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
2) When your Mum is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.  (It looks like an 8+) = a smiley)
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be, when you're sad, is Grandpa's lap.



GREAT TRUTHS THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED:

1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge.. mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is, when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy




GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD

1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old, when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating, when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.



THE FOUR STAGES OF LIFE:

1) You believe in Santa Claus.
2) You don't believe in Santa Claus.
3) You are Santa Claus.
4) You look like Santa Claus.





SUCCESS:

At age 4 success is . . . . not! piddling in your pants.
At age 12 success is . . having friends.
At age 17 success is . . . having a drivers licence.
At age 35 success is . . . having money.
At age 50 success is . . . having money.
At age 70 success is . . . having a drivers licence.
At age 75 success is . . . having friends.
At age 80 success is . . not piddling in your pants.


Always remember to forget the troubles that pass your way.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 24, 2008, 01:18:16 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Lady Arbella on January 24, 2008, 01:20:53 AM
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Ok....that is SPOOKY!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 24, 2008, 01:30:22 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 24, 2008, 08:38:41 PM
In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb"
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Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.
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The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
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Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S . Treasury.
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Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
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Coca-Cola was originally green.
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It is impossible to lick your elbow.

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The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:

 Alaska
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 The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)

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 The percentage of North Americ a that is wilderness: 38%

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 The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $ 16,400

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 The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour:

 61,000

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 Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

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 The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

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 The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

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 Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

 
Spades - King David

Hearts - Charlemagne

Clubs -Alexander, the Great

Diamonds - Julius Caesar

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 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

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If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
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 Only two people signed the Declaration of Independenc e on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

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Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

A. Their birthplace

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 Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?

 A. Obsession

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Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?

 A. One thousand

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Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?

 
A. All were invented by women.

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 Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?

 A. Honey

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 Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?

 A. Father's Day

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In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.

When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase.. "goodnight, sleep tight."

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It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

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In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down."

It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's"

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Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.

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 At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!
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 Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it.

 
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?
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YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2008 when...

 1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.
Title: RETARDED GRANDPARENTS
Post by: Frenchfry on January 25, 2008, 11:08:40 AM
(This was actually reported by a teacher)

After Christmas, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their holiday away from school.  One child wrote the following:

We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa. 
They used to live in a big brick house but Grandpa got retarded and they moved to Florida . 
Now they live in a tin box and have rocks painted green to look like grass. 
They ride around on their bicycles and wear name tags because they don't know who they are anymore. 
They go to a building called a wrecked center, but they must have got it fixed because it is all okay now, they do exercises there, but they don't do them very well. 
There is a swimming pool too, but they all jump up and down in it with hats on. 
At their gate, there is a doll house with a little old man sitting in it. 
He watches all day so nobody can escape. 
Sometimes they sneak out, and go cruising in their golf carts.
 Nobody there cooks, they just eat out.  And, they eat the same thing every night – early birds. 
Some of the people can't get out past the man in the doll house.  The ones who do get out, bring food back to the wrecked center for pot luck. 
My Grandma says that Grandpa worked all his life to earn his retardment and says I should work hard so I can be retarded someday too. 
When I earn my retardment, I want to be the man in the doll house. 
Then I will let people out, so they can visit their grandchildren.

PRICELESS . . .
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 25, 2008, 11:09:49 AM
Watch out! You nearly broad sided that car!" My father yelled at me.
 
"Can't you do anything right?"
 
Those words hurt worse than blows. I turned my head toward the elderly man in the seat beside me, daring me to challenge him. A lump rose in my throat as I averted my eyes. I wasn't prepared for another battle.
 
"I saw the car, Dad. Please don't yell at me when I'm driving." My voice was measured and steady, sounding far calmer than I really felt.
 
Dad glared at me, then turned away and settled back At home I left Dad in front of the television and went outside to collect my thoughts.
 
Dark, heavy clouds hung in the air with a promise of rain. The rumble of distant thunder seemed to echo my inner turmoil.
 
What could I do about him?
 
Dad had been a lumberjack in Washington and Oregon. He had enjoyed being outdoors and had reveled in pitting his strength against the forces of nature. He had entered grueling lumberjack competitions, and had placed often. The shelves in his house were filled with trophies that attested to his prowess.
 
The years marched on relentlessly. The first time he couldn't lift a heavy log, he joked about it; but later that same day I saw him outside alone, straining to lift it. He became irritable whenever anyone teased him about his advancing age, or when he couldn't do something he had done as a younger man.
 
Four days after his sixty-seventh birthday, he had a heart attack. An ambulance sped him to the hospital while a paramedic administered CPR to keep blood and oxygen flowing. At the hospital, Dad was rushed into an operating room. He was lucky; he survived.
 
But something inside Dad died. His zest for life was gone. He obstinately refused to follow doctor's orders. Suggestions and offers of help were turned aside with sarcasm and insults. The number of visitors thinned, then finally stopped altogether. Dad was left alone.
 
My husband, Dick, and I asked Dad to come live with us on our small farm. We hoped the fresh air and rustic atmosphere would help him adjust. Within a week after he moved in, I regretted the invitation. It seemed nothing was satisfactory. He criticized everything I did. I became frustrated and moody. Soon I was taking my pent-up anger out on Dick. We began to bicker and argue. Alarmed, Dick sought out our pastor and explained the situation. The clergyman set up weekly counseling appointments for us. At the close of each session he prayed, asking God to soothe Dad's troubled mind. But the months wore on and God was silent. Something had to be done and it was up to me to do it.
 
The next day I sat down with the phone book and methodically called each of the mental health clinics listed in the Yellow Pages. I explained my problem to each of the sympathetic voices that answered.
 
In vain. Just when I was givin g up hope, one of the voices suddenly exclaimed, "I just read something that might help you! Let me go get the article." I listened as she read. The article described a remarkable study done at a nursing home. All of the patients were under treatment for chronic depression. Yet their attitudes had improved dramatically when they were given responsibility for a dog.
 
I drove to the animal shelter that afternoon. After I filled out a questionnaire, a uniformed officer led me to the kennels. The odor of disinfectant stung my nostrils as I moved down the row of pens. Each contained five to seven dogs. Long-haired dogs, curly-haired dogs, black dogs, spotted dogs jumped up, trying to reach me. I studied each one but rejected one after the other for various reasons - too big, too small, too much hair. As I neared the last pen a dog in the shadows of the far corner struggled to his feet, walked to the front of the run and sat down. It was a pointer, one of the dog world's aristocrats. But this was a caricature of the breed. Years had etched his face and muzzle with shades of gray. His hipbones jutted out in lopsided triangles. But it was his eyes that caught and held my attention. Calm and clear, they beheld me unwaveringly.
 
I pointed to the dog. "Can you tell me about him?" The officer looked, then shook his head in puzzlement.
 
"He's a funny one. Appeared out of nowhere and sat in front of the gate. We brought him in, figuring someone would be right down to claim him. That was two weeks ago and we've heard nothing. His time is up tomorrow." He gestured helplessly.
 
As the words sank in I turned to the man in horror. "You mean you're going to kill him?"
 
"Ma'am," he said gently, "that's our policy. We don't have room for every unclaimed dog."
 
I looked at the pointer again. The calm brown eyes awaited my decision. "I'll take him," I said.
 
I drove home with the dog on the front seat beside me. When I reached the house I honked the horn twice. I was helping my prize out of the car when Dad shuffled onto the front porch.
 
"Ta-da! Look what I got for you, Dad!" I said excitedly.
 
Dad looked, then wrinkled his face in disgust. "If I had wanted a dog I would have gotten one. And I would have picked out a better specimen than that bag of bones Keep it! I don't want it" Dad waved his arm scornfully and turned back toward the house.
 
Anger rose inside me. It squeezed together my throat muscles and pounded into my temples.
 
"You'd better get used to him, Dad. He's staying!" Dad ignored me.
 
"Did you hear me, Dad?" I screamed. At those words Dad whirled angrily, his hands clenched at his sides, his eyes narrowed and blazing with hate.
 
We stood glaring at each other like duelists, when suddenly the pointer pulled free from my grasp. He wobbled toward my dad and sat down in front of him. Then slowly, carefully, he raised his paw.
 
Dad's lower jaw trembled as he stared at the uplifted paw. Confusion replaced the anger in his eyes. The pointer waited patiently. Then Dad was on his knees hugging the animal.
 
It was the beginning of a warm and intimate friendship. Dad named the pointer Cheyenne. Together he and Cheyenne explored the community. They spent long hours walking down dusty lanes. They spent reflective moments on the banks of streams, angling for tasty trout. They even started to attend Sunday services together, Dad sitting in a pew and Cheyenne lying quietly at his feet.
 
Dad and Cheyenne were inseparable throughout the next three years.
 
Dad's bitterness faded, and he and Cheyenne made many friends. Then late one night I was startled to feel Cheyenne's cold nose burrowing through our bed covers. He had never before come into our bedroom at night. I woke Dick, put on my robe and ran into my father's room. Dad lay in his bed, his face serene. But his spirit had left quietly sometime during the night.
 
Two days later my shock and grief deepened when I discovered Cheyenne lying dead beside Dad's bed. I wrapped his still form in the rag rug he had slept on. As Dick and I buried him near a favorite fishing hole, I silently thanked the dog for the help he had given me in restoring Dad's peace of mind.
 
The morning of Dad's funeral dawned overcast and dreary. This day looks like the way I feel, I thought, as I walked down the aisle to the pews reserved for family. I was surprised to see the many friends Dad and Cheyenne had made filling the church. The pastor began his eulogy. It was a tribute to both Dad and the dog who had changed his life And then the pastor turned to Hebrews 13:2 "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers."
 
"I've often thanked God for sending that angel," he said.
 
For me, the past dropped into place, completing a puzzle that I had not seen before: the sympathetic voice that had just read the right article...
 
Cheyenne's unexpected appearance at the animal shelter. . .his calm acceptance and complete devotion to my father. . and the proximity of their deaths. And suddenly I understood. I knew that God had answered my prayers after all.
 
Life is too short for drama & petty things, so laugh hard, love truly and forgive quickly.
 
Live While You Are Alive.
 
Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
 
Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second time.
 
And if you don't send this to at least 4 people - who cares?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 26, 2008, 12:17:43 AM
DRINK, STEAL, SWEAR & LIE
 
I met this guy while I was in Albuquerque and he has
a motto he lives by everyday. He said listen carefully and
live by these 4 rules: Drink, Steal, Swear, & Lie.
 
 I was shaking my head 'no', but he then told me to listen
while he explained his four rules. So here they are:
 
1.. "Drink" from the "everlasting cup" every day.
 
2.. "Steal" a moment to help someone that is in worse shape
 than you are.
 
3.. "Swear" that you will be a better person today than
 yesterday.
 
4.. And last, but not least, when you "lie" down at night
 thank God you live in America and have freedom.
 
 
I am not as good as I should be,  I am not as good
as I could be.   but THANK GOD
 I am better than I used to be !
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on January 26, 2008, 12:23:16 AM
DRINK, STEAL, SWEAR & LIE
 
 
I am not as good as I should be,  I am not as good
as I could be.   but THANK GOD
 I am better than I used to be !

That might make a pretty good "signature line" FF ;) ;)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 30, 2008, 10:21:41 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 01, 2008, 03:18:01 PM
 Strange Animal Laws
Part 1

· There is a law in Oak Park, IL that prohibits roosters from crowing  before 6 a.m.

· In Louisiana, it is illegal to wear an alligator costume.

· In Alaska, strong penalties exist for allowing huskies inside school buildings.

· Pets are prohibited from "snarling" or "growling" at police, mail, or pizza delivery persons. At Anglo-American common law, the offending pet would be dressed up like a human and publically executed.

· Dogs are prohibited from flying a kite on most public beaches.

· Mississippi has laws against "rowdy cats" who freely roam the city limits. If the owner can be located, he or she may be placed in jail along with his or her cat.

· National Park Service laws do not allow anyone to kill a bear with their bare hands just to impress a girl.

· In Kingsville, Texas, there is a law against two pigs having sex on the city's airport property.

· A law in Fairbanks, Alaska, does not allow moose to have sex on city streets.

· It is against the law in most places to give fast-food french fries to park animals.

· You can't kill a squirrel with a gun in a courtroom in Canton, Mississippi.

· In Hazelhurst you'll get in trouble if you carry fish down the
street.

· In Atlanta it's against the law to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or a street lamp.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 11, 2008, 01:18:18 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 12, 2008, 03:24:53 AM
You know your life sucks when...

     - A black cat crosses you path and drops dead.
     - You take an assertiveness training course and you're afraid to tell your wife.
     - The candles on your cake set off your smoke alarm.
     - Your chauffeur is on parole for car theft.
     - You have to take out a loan just to get money for the down payment.
     - Your children's school calls to surrender.
     - The bride's family throws rocks instead of rice.
     - Your wife wraps your lunch in a road map.
     - Your plants do better when you don't talk to them.
     - All your modeling jobs are for cartoonists.
     - Your engagement ring is, upon closer inspection, plastic.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: illuminerie on February 12, 2008, 03:37:33 AM
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Lol. Oh, man. If I showed this to my neices they'd never use the toilet again.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 13, 2008, 12:48:50 PM
Snow and ice spread across the Ohio Valley on Tuesday, closing schools, knocking out power for thousands of homes, and causing an epidemic of that dreaded disease, snowphobia.
Symptoms of snowphobia:
      > excessive sweating in the presence of tire chains.
     > an overwhelming urge to sing "Prestone, Prestone, who needs Prestone?"
     > sleeping with your galoshes on.   

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Brian McNamee told Congress he injected Roger Clemens's wife with Human Growth Hormone as well as Roger Clemens with steroids.
This investigation is far from over.
Their family dog is a St. Bernard but when they bought it, it was a Maltese.

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At the Grammys, the Foo Fighters won best rock album.
Those Foo Fighters are hard workers, they fight more Foo before Nine A.M. than most people fight all day.

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The U.S. population will soar to 438 million by 2050 according to projections released Monday by the Pew Research Center.
Apparently, another hidden impact of the writers’ strike
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 28, 2008, 12:49:32 PM
Here are some facts about the 1500s:
 
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor; hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
 
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water..."
 
Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying. " It's raining cats and dogs."
 
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.
 
The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt Poor". The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a thresh hold.
 
In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.."
 
Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, bring home the bacon. They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat..
 
Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
 
Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.
 
Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.
 
England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer..
 
And that's the truth...Now, whoever said history is boring !
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Boylanjl on May 05, 2008, 07:32:33 PM
that was too funny
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 07, 2008, 10:55:53 PM
Things Moms Would Never Say

     "How on earth can you see the TV sitting so far back?"

     "Yeah, I used to skip school a lot, too"

     "Just leave all the lights on ... it makes the house look more cheery"

     "Let me smell that shirt -- Yeah, it's good for another week"

     "Go ahead and keep that stray dog, honey. I'll be glad to feed
and walk him every day"

     "Well, if Timmy's mom says it's OK, that's good enough for me."

     "The curfew is just a general time to shoot for. It's not like I"m
running a prison around here."

     "Don't bother wearing a jacket - the wind-chill is bound to improve"

     "I don't have a tissue with me ... just use your sleeve"
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 14, 2008, 05:21:17 PM
Two wolves.
 
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, 'My son, the battle is between two 'wolves' inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion.

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: 'Which wolf wins?'

The old Cherokee simply replied, 'The one you feed.'
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: MonroeMom on May 14, 2008, 06:30:36 PM
Two wolves.
 
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, 'My son, the battle is between two 'wolves' inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion.

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: 'Which wolf wins?'

The old Cherokee simply replied, 'The one you feed.'
Oooo, I like this very much!

But I was waiting for the punchline!  :D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 20, 2008, 12:20:24 AM
The Kid Tests

     Should you have kids? Take the following tests to determine whether or not you are ready to have children.

Mess Test:

     Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Now rub your hands in the wet flowerbed and rub on the walls. Cover the stains with crayons. Place a fish stick behind the couch and leave it there all summer.

Toy Test:

     Obtain a 55-gallon box of Lego. (If Lego is not available, you may substitute roofing tacks or broken bottles.) Have a friend spread them all over the house. Put on a blindfold. Try to walk to the bathroom or kitchen. Do not scream. (This could wake a child at night.)

Grocery Store Test:

     Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best) and take them with you as you shop at the grocery store. Always keep them in sight and pay for anything they eat or damage.

Dressing Test:

     Obtain one large, unhappy, live octopus. Stuff into a small net bag making sure that all arms stay inside.

Feeding Test:

     Obtain a large plastic milk jug. Fill halfway with water. Suspend from the ceiling with a stout cord. Start the jug swinging. Try to insert spoonfuls of soggy cereal (such as Fruit Loops or Cheerios) into the mouth of the jug, while pretending to be an airplane. Now dump the contents of the jug on the floor.

Night Test:

     Prepare by obtaining a small cloth bag and fill it with 8 - 12 pounds of sand. Soak it thoroughly in water. At 8:00 p.m. begin to waltz and hum with the bag until 9:00 p.m. Lay down your bag and set your alarm for 10:00 p.m.. Get up, pick up your bag, and sing every song you have ever heard. Make up about a dozen more and sing these too until 4:00 a.m.. Set alarm for 5:00 a.m. Get up and make breakfast. Keep this up for five years. Look cheerful.

Physical Test (Women):


     Obtain a large beanbag chair and attach it to the front of your clothes. Leave it there for nine months. Now remove 10 of the beans.

Physical Test (Men):


     Go to the nearest drug store. Set your wallet on the counter. Ask the clerk to help himself. Now proceed to the nearest food store. Go to the head office and arrange for your paycheck to be directly deposited to the store. Purchase a newspaper. Go home and read it quietly for the last time.

Final Assignment:


     Find a couple who already have a small child. Lecture them on how they can improve their discipline, patience, tolerance, toilet training, and child's table manners. Suggest many ways they can improve. Emphasize to them that they should never allow their children to run riot. Enjoy this experience. It will be the last time you will have all the answers.
Title: Still Even More Real Country Song Titles
Post by: Frenchfry on June 06, 2008, 10:31:23 AM
Still Even More Real Country Song Titles

 I Changed Her Oil, She Changed My Life
 I Would Have Wrote You A Letter, But I Couldn't Spell Yuck
 If You Don't Leave Me Alone, I'll Go And Find Someone Else Who Will
 My John Deere Was Breaking Your Field, While Your Dear John Was Breaking My Heart
 Oh, I've Got Hair Oil On My Ears And My Glasses Are Slipping Down, But Baby I Can See Through You
 They May Put Me In Prison, But They Can't Stop My Face From Breakin' Out
 Velcro Arms, Teflon Heart
 You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd
 If My Nose Were Full of Nickels, I'd Blow It All On You
 If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?
 I Forgot How Bad My Good Woman Could Be
 You Done Stomped on My Heart (and Smashed That Sucker Flat)
 Let Me Love the Leavin' from Your Mind
 Somebody Shoot Out the Jukebox
 My Legs Won't Walk Away From You
 What's a Fool Like Me Doing In a Love Like This
 I've Been Roped and Throwed by Jesus in the Holy Ghost Corral
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 08, 2008, 11:54:56 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Lethlweapn on June 08, 2008, 12:06:01 PM
Two wolves.
 
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, 'My son, the battle is between two 'wolves' inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion.

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: 'Which wolf wins?'

The old Cherokee simply replied, 'The one you feed.'

I know that Kitt is 1/2 Cherokee according to her posts.

I definitely know which wolf she fed, and which one starved to death.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 08, 2008, 12:16:49 PM
I know that Kitt is 1/2 Cherokee according to her posts.

I definitely know which wolf she fed, and which one starved to death.

If her rants appear every 20-28 days……PMS could be a factor. ;)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Lethlweapn on June 08, 2008, 12:28:59 PM
If her rants appear every 20-28 days……PMS could be a factor. ;)

That's SOOO wrong......









so wrong that it may be right!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: zard0z on June 08, 2008, 12:35:45 PM
([url]http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q211/fleetbob1/cool.gif[/url])



I LOVE IT...Thanks fry... ;D
Title: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 13, 2008, 12:00:32 AM
Pop corn with cell phones
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V94shlqPlSI
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 14, 2008, 01:36:37 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: ChadB on June 14, 2008, 01:43:17 AM
([url]http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q211/fleetbob1/cool.gif[/url])


That one is cute...I've seen it used on the blueovalforums site.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Kazimer on June 15, 2008, 09:25:41 PM
Barney Fife: The last big buy was my mom's and dad's anniversary present

Andy Taylor: What'd ya get 'em?

Barney Fife: A septic tank.

Andy Taylor: For their anniversary?

Barney Fife: They're awful hard to buy for. Besides, it was something they could use. They were really thrilled. It had two tons of concrete in it. All steel reinforced.

Andy Taylor: You're a fine son, Barn.

Barney Fife: I try.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: zard0z on June 17, 2008, 10:42:36 AM
Barney Fife: The last big buy was my mom's and dad's anniversary present

Andy Taylor: What'd ya get 'em?

Barney Fife: A septic tank.

Andy Taylor: For their anniversary?

Barney Fife: They're awful hard to buy for. Besides, it was something they could use. They were really thrilled. It had two tons of concrete in it. All steel reinforced.

Andy Taylor: You're a fine son, Barn.

Barney Fife: I try.


 :D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 17, 2008, 11:14:31 AM
    Proverbial Humor

I hope people will say after I die, 'That guy sure owed me a lot of money."

It seems like once people grow up, they have no idea what's cool.

A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree.

You know the oxygen masks on airplanes? I don't think there's really any oxygen. I think they're just cups to muffle the screams.

Give a man a fish and he'l eat for a day. Teach him to fish, and he'll buy worms from you.

Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else get your way.

Home safety tip: No matter how much he enjoys it, don't let your gerbil ride on the ceiling fan.

Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested, and the frog dies.

The more you say, the less people remember.

From Bill Edwards
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Kazimer on June 18, 2008, 02:59:16 PM
Internet Argument

(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/internet_argument.png)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: MonroeMom on June 18, 2008, 03:06:10 PM
You rock, Kaz!  ;)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 19, 2008, 12:27:22 AM
Goofy Travelers

    The following are actual stories provided by travel agents:

     I had someone ask for an aisle seat so that their hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window.

     I got a call from a woman who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information then she interrupted me with, "I'm not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts."
     Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, "Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa."
     Her response   ...    click.

     A man called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that is not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, "Don't lie to me. I looked on the map, and Florida is a very thin state."

     I got a call from a man who asked, "Is it possible to see England from Canada?" I said, "No." He said, "But they look so close on the map."

     Another man called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas. When I pulled up the reservation, I noticed he had a 1-hour lay-over in Dallas. When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, "I heard Dallas was a big airport, and I need a car to drive between the gates to save time."

     A nice lady just called. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:20 a.m. and got into Chicago at 8:33 a.m.. I tried to explain that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois, but she could not understand the concept of time zones. Finally, I told her the plane went very fast, and she bought that!

     A client called in inquiring about a package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, "Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii?"

     I just got off the phone with a man who asked, "How do I know which plane to get on?" I asked him what exactly he meant, which he replied, "I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these darn planes have numbers on them."

     A woman called and said, "I need to fly to Pepsi Cola on one of those computer planes." I asked if she meant to fly to Pensacola on a commuter plane. She said, "Yeah, whatever."

                                                     [From John Hall]
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 21, 2008, 09:56:39 AM
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Title: Gas saving tips found on craigslist
Post by: Frenchfry on June 21, 2008, 10:08:29 AM
I found these gas saving tips on craigslist:

Quote
So I was sitting here thanking God on the money I have been saving on gas and decided to share some of these tips. I guess opening yahoo this morning gave me the inkling to write this. Seeing how I really like yahoo's article on this I am going to be using a little of their info also.

Anyway here is a list that I have made. Some of these are not recommended by your manufacture but they indeed do work.

1. (from yahoo)Start here: Don’t drive as much. Really, this isn’t as painful as it sounds. We’ve grown accustomed to our cars providing mobility on demand, which is a good thing when it isn’t hurting our wallets or contributing to growing oil dependency. It’s not so good when the reverse is true, which is the situation today. So plan ahead. Consolidating your day’s errands into sequential trips one after another is a great strategy that will save gas. PLAN PLAN PLAN!

2.(from yahoo) Ease off on the pedal, Speed Racer. Okay, maybe you’re not really hot rodding your way down the street, but chances are pretty good you’re not thinking about taking it easy from one traffic light to the next. Light accelerator pressure and a conscious effort to avoid quick starts and stops do make a difference in fuel economy, A pretty big one. Give it a try. While you’re at it, smooth out your pedal pressure at highway speeds as well by using your cruise control whenever appropriate.

3. Learn how to use the Micro mile tactics. Basically you are only going to use one third of that gas pedal. No fast starts and take as long as you want to get up to speed. I have attempted this and it works great. My issue is that I don't have the will power to apply it. Seems like I always have to take off and go. It really does works great if you can slow down and do it. People say you can almost double your gas doing this and putting the right things into play with it. See rest of tips.

4. Make those spoiled kids walk, ride their bike, or find a ride. We had to when we were kids. Sure you will feel a little bad. Sure your child will actually have to take a little responsibility for him/her self. By doing this you will not only save a ton of gas but you get a little extra free time w/o the kids. Your kids will also get some extra exercise which in turn will get them to bed earlier which in turn gives mom and dad some extra quality time. Nice trade with a extra bonus.

5. Learn the sweet spot for your cars mileage. It is usually about 65 miles per hour for max fuel mileage.

Whenever you see that person fly by you you can kick back and laugh thinking of the money they are throwing away and smile.

6. If you are in the market for a new car buy a 4 cyl, 6 speed manual trans. Sure it is a little more work but you can really save a ton of gas here. If you don't know how to drive one don't be scared. It is easy and you will pick up on it right away.

7. Premium gas indeed doesn't go further. You are being robbed! Put the cheap junk in there.

8. Check your air pressure. I cant even tell you how important this one is. Here is a great tip on this one. A lot of shops recommend setting your tires to the manufacture recommendation. NOPE, Instead set that air pressure to the max on the side of the tire. You could even go 5 pounds over that. The less rolling resistance the better. this alone can give you a 5 to 20 percent increase in gas savings.

9. A easy fix. This suggestion will be a bit per vehicle but all in all you will get the gist. Pick up some spark plugs. If you car has these items pick them up also. ignition wires, distributor cap, rotor, a can of fuel injection cleaner and if applicable a fuel filter. If you cant put them in take your parts to a shop and have them install them. Some shops will not want to do this. If they give you a hard time simply go to another shop that wants to say in business. I promise you there are shops out there that will install your parts.

on a final note.

Drive less
Drive light
micro mile
perhaps buy a motorcycle/scooter
pay attention to your vehicle and gas mile tune your stuff with these tips.
Make the kids provide their own transportation
stay home and save money all around
plan errands

http://annarbor.craigslist.org/rnr/726235400.html
Title: Forwarded email
Post by: Frenchfry on June 21, 2008, 10:33:45 AM
George Carlin's Solution to Save Gasoline   

 
Bush wants us to cut the amount of gas we use. The best way to stop using so much gas is to deport 11 million illegal immigrants! 

 
That would be 11 million less people using our gas. The price of gas would come down.

   
Bring our troops home from Iraq to guard the Border.

 
When they catch an illegal immigrant crossing the border, hand him a canteen, rifle and some ammo and ship him to Iraq   . 

 
Tell him if he wants to come to America then he must serve a tour in the military. 

 
Give him a soldier's pay while he's there and tax him on it. 

 
After his tour, he will be allowed to become a citizen since he defended this country.

 
He will also be registered to be taxed and be a legal patriot.

 
This option will probably deter illegal immigration and provide a solution for the troops in Iraq and the aliens trying to make a better life for themselves.

 
If they refuse to serve, ship them to Iraq anyway, without the canteen, rifle or ammo.

 
Problem solved.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Griff on June 21, 2008, 11:16:00 AM
8. Check your air pressure. I cant even tell you how important this one is. Here is a great tip on this one. A lot of shops recommend setting your tires to the manufacture recommendation. NOPE, Instead set that air pressure to the max on the side of the tire. You could even go 5 pounds over that. The less rolling resistance the better. this alone can give you a 5 to 20 percent increase in gas savings.


In FF tips from Craigslist on gas savings; from a safety perspective should NOT be followed.

Can we all say Ford Explorer rollover fiasco?? 

The recommended air pressure for the vehicle tire is the one that vehicle manufacturer specifies. Using the proper sized tire at the vehicle manufacturers recommended air pressure will keep the tire and the vehicle on the road while delivering optimum fuel economy. Inflating to the tire manufacturer's recommended maximum or beyond will alter the suspension dynamics. Not safe, not recommended.

The remainder of the tips look pretty good.

peace
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 21, 2008, 12:06:24 PM
I guess the author didn’t consider the Ford "EXPLODER".
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Griff on June 21, 2008, 12:11:14 PM
I guess the author didn’t consider the Ford "EXPLODER".

Your Mileage May Vary.

peace
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 22, 2008, 11:25:20 AM
Forwarded email:

Quote
    "I SAW ME"
         "I'm sorry. Please forgive me! I don't mean to hold you up," he
    said as he struggled to get off the escalator.
        I'll admit to it. There have been times when walking or driving behind an older person, I've gotten impatient and upset. I've huffed and zoomed around them because I was in a hurry to get nowhere.
            Perhaps I'm more aware of it now because I see myself there one day soon. Today I saw myself in this old man's shoes and it caused me to slow down, stop, and ask for his forgiveness.
        He was about five or six people ahead of me. I was in a hurry and saw him as an obstacle. I've seen people get off the end of an escalator and stop dead in their tracks, gather their things and suddenly there's a pile up of angry people behind them. You can't stop an escalator full of people behind you. Like the Energizer bunny, they keep on goin'.
        This man was well aware of the challenge. He tried desperately to step aside. Fumbling with his small packages, struggling to gain his footing, you could see how troubling this was for him. "I'm sorry. Please forgive me! I don't mean to hold you up," he said as he struggled to get off the escalator.
        I suddenly saw this in a whole new light. It was like I was watching my future. I felt sorry for him. I felt sick to my stomach because this man was apologizing to everyone, when we should have been helping him and calming his fears.
         One by one, people zipped around him. I heard a few angry comments whispered as one lady passed by him. I saw me.

     By the time I got to him he was just about steady on his feet. "Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't know there was more," he said.  "No, sir. No more with me," I said. This really hit me hard. I realized right then how sad it was that the world was in such a hurry. That, of course, included me. But...no more with me. Count me out.
     This wonderful man paid his dues. For whatever time he had spent on this earth, he most likely walked many rough roads and too many important miles. Now he should be apologizing for moving slower?
    My heart ached as I looked into his eyes. I wished that I could see what he had seen all those years. His face weathered from life itself, was creased and wrinkled. The small soft pockets under his eyes and the gentle lines that curved up and around them told me he had many happy moments, too. Those were traces left behind from laughter and a smiling, happy man.
     "My friend, can I help you with those things?" I asked. Hesitant at first, he finally said, "Well, yes, thank you!" I placed my hand under his left arm and walked with him a safe
distance away from the rush of people.
    "So what are you shopping for, sir?"  "Oh, just a little something for my neighbor. She's a young mother raising kids on her own. She's always so nice to me. I thought a box of candy for Mother's Day..." he said, stopping suddenly as he searched the inside pocket of his sport coat. "Do you need something?" I asked.
     "Oh, no. Here. I think I have it right here. I always carry them with me," he said. Then pulling out a hand full of papers he shuffled through them and handed me a business card that read:      "John A. Pomicter. Friend to all...enemy to no one! I said a prayer today and you were the answer. Thank you!"  "That's for you," he said. "Thanks for stopping to help an old
man."
     "My friend, you helped ME! I discovered that I was unhappy with the world and I was part of the problem. Now I'll be part of the solution. No more with me!"
     "Then this was meant to be," he said smiling. "You know God sends me gifts every day and always at least one special person. You were my gift for today! Let's go get some chocolates, my friend."
 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 22, 2008, 12:02:28 PM
Forwarded email:

Quote
New Living Will Form


I, __________________________, being of sound mind and older body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means. Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of pinhead partisan politicians who couldn't pass ninth-grade biology if their lives depended on it or lawyers/doctors/hospitals interested in simply running up the bills.


If a reasonable amount of time passes and I fail to ask for at least one of the following:


______a Martini ______a Margarita ____ __ a Scotch and Soda ______a Bloody Mary ______a Gin and Tonic _______a Glass of Chardonnay ______a Steak ______Lobster or crab legs ______The remote control ______a bowl of ice cream ______The sports page ______Chocolate Bar or ______Sex


IT therefore should be presumed that I won't ever get any better. When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my appointed person and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes and call it a day. At this point, it is time to call the New Orleans Jazz Funeral Band to come do their thing at my funeral, and ask all of my friends to raise their glasses to toast the good times we have had.


Signature: ___________________________


Date: ___________________________


NOTE: I also hear that in Ireland they have a Nursing Home with a Pub. The patients are happier and they have a lot more visitors. Some of them don't even need embalming when their time comes. If anyone knows the name of this happy place PLEASE pass it on!
 
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in Nature nor
do the children of Men, as a whole, experience it. Avoiding
danger is no safer in the long run than outright
exposure. Life is a daring adventure
or nothing at all!"

                                                                    -Helen Keller-
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: ell on June 22, 2008, 02:21:27 PM
Words to live by:

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO what a ride!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: MonroeMom on June 22, 2008, 03:14:00 PM
Words to live by:

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO what a ride!

LOL!! I was just thinking of this quote earlier today!!!!  :D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: ell on June 22, 2008, 03:16:24 PM
LOL!! I was just thinking of this quote earlier today!!!!  :D

I've was thinking about it too, so I Googled it.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: MonroeMom on June 24, 2008, 04:40:18 PM
There's a Wii game for just about everything..... Here's one called Super Pii Pii Brothers: http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/superpiipii.html.

Check out their other stuff like the Cube Goodies (the Despair calendar is funny!) and the Caffeine section. Wow, they even have caffeinated soap!!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: zard0z on June 24, 2008, 04:48:17 PM
There's a Wii game for just about everything..... Here's one called Super Pii Pii Brothers: [url]http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/superpiipii.html.[/url]

Check out their other stuff like the Cube Goodies (the Despair calendar is funny!) and the Caffeine section. Wow, they even have caffeinated soap!!



That's just silly... :D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 27, 2008, 08:17:11 AM
Mildred, the church gossip and self-appointed monitor of the
church's morals, kept sticking her nose into other people's business.
Several members did not approve of her style, but feared her enough to maintain their silence.

She made a mistake, however, when she accused George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his pickup parked in front of the town's only bar one afternoon. She self-righteously told George and several others that everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing. Being a man of few words, George stared at her for a moment, then simply turned and walked away.

He didn't explain, defend, or deny. He said nothing.

Later that evening, George quietly parked his pickup in Mildred's
driveway...walked home...and left it there all night.

Don't ya' just have to love ol' George.....??!!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 27, 2008, 10:39:01 AM
Sarcastic remarks to get you through the day:

     This isn't an office. It's Hell with fluorescent lighting.

     I started out with nothing & still have most of it left.

     I pretend to work. They pretend to pay me.

     Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.

     If I throw a stick, will you leave?

     You!... Off my planet!

     If I want to hear the pitter patter of little feet, I'll put shoes on my cats.

     Does your train of thought have a caboose?

     A PBS mind in an MTV world.

     Allow me to introduce my selves.

     Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.

     Well, this day was a total waste of makeup.

     See no evil, hear no evil, date no evil.

     Not all men are annoying. Some are dead.

        [From the UGA Humor List]
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: mj on June 27, 2008, 11:27:53 AM
God grant me the serenity to accept the things i can not change,
the courage to change the things i can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 27, 2008, 11:58:35 AM
Once upon a time . . .

A man and a woman who had never met before, and were both married to other people, found themselves assigned to the same sleeping room on a trans-continental train. Though initially embarrassed and uneasy over sharing a room, they were both very tired and fell asleep quickly, he in the upper bunk and she in the lower.

At 1:00 AM the man leaned down and gently woke the woman saying:   "Ma'am, I'm sorry to bother you, but would you be willing to reach into the closet to get me a second blanket? I'm awfully cold." 

"I have a better idea," she replied.  "Just for tonight, let's pretend that we're married. 

"Wow! That's a great idea!" he exclaimed. 

"Good," she replied. "Get your own damn blanket."

After a moment of silence, he farted. 

The End 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Lethlweapn on June 27, 2008, 12:43:19 PM
Stress.–noun    Physiology. a specific response by the body which occurs when seeing the need to kick the living crap out of someone is suppressed.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 10, 2008, 01:58:55 AM
THE LAWS OF ULTIMATE REALITY

Law of Mechanical Repair
After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.

Law of Gravity
Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

Law of Probability
The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

Law of Random Numbers
If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.

Law of the Alibi
If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.

Variation Law
If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).

Law of the  Bath
When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

Law of Close Encounters
The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

Law of the Result
When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.

Law of Biomechanics
The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

Law of the Theater
At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last.

The Starbucks Law
As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until your coffee is cold.

Murphy's Law of Lockers
If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

Law of Physical Surfaces
The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet/rug.

Law of Logical Argument
Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.

Brown's Law of Physical Appearance
If the shoe fits, it's ugly.

Oliver's Law of Public Speaking
A closed mouth gathers no feet.

Wilson's Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy
As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.

Doctors' Law
If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you'll feel better.
Don't make an appointment and you'll stay sick.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 15, 2008, 07:55:13 AM
KATU.com - Video - Video - Teen rises to fame channeling Johnny Cash
http://www.katu.com/home/video/11944831.html?video=pop&t=a%C3%82
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 15, 2008, 11:54:18 PM
When southern Florida resident Nathan Radlich's house was burglarized recently, thieves ignored his wide screen plasma TV, his VCR, and even left his Rolex watch. What they did take, however, was 'a generic white cardboard box filled with a grayish-white powder.' (That's at least the way the police report described it.)
A spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale police said, 'that it looked similar to high grade cocaine and they'd probably thought they'd hit the big time.' Later, Nathan stood in front of the numerous TV cameras and pleaded with the burglars: 'Please return the cremated remains of my sister, Gertrude.   She died three years ago.'

The next morning, the bullet-riddled corpse of a local drug dealer known as Hoochie Pevens was found on Nathan's doorstep.   The cardboard box was there too; about half of Gertrude's ashes remained. Scotch taped to the box was this note which said: 'Hoochie sold us the bogus blow, so we wasted Hoochie.  Sorry we snorted your sister.  No hard feelings.  Have a nice day
Title: Miscellaneous/The flag and two vets. (video)
Post by: Frenchfry on July 26, 2008, 12:07:37 PM
The flag and two vets.
A little long at 12 minutes but the end is touching;
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2487638612433437293
Title: Re: Miscellaneous/The flag and two vets. (video)
Post by: Mayonnaise on July 26, 2008, 12:50:50 PM
The flag and two vets.
A little long at 12 minutes but the end is touching;
[url]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2487638612433437293[/url]

Frenchfry,
Thanks for sharing. I will be adding this to my blog soon.
I'm always on the lookout for videos and tributes to add.

Thanks again.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 30, 2008, 12:48:34 PM
I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult. I have
decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of an 8 year-old again.

I want to go to McDonald's and think that it's a four star restaurant.

I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make a sidewalk with rocks.

I want to think M&Ms are better than money because you can eat them.

I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade stand with my friends on
a hot summer's day.

I want to return to a time when life was simple; When all you knew were colors,
multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes, but that didn't bother you, because you didn't know what you didn't know and you didn't care.
All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware of all the things that should make you worried or upset.

I want to think the world is fair.
That everyone is honest and good.
I want to believe that anything is possible.
I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things again.

I want to live simple again. I don't want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork,depressing news, how to survive more days
in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip, illness,
and loss of loved ones.

I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth,
justice, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making angels in the snow.

So . . . here's my checkbook and my car-keys, my credit card bills and my 401K statements. I am officially resigning from adulthood.

But not from the 'Talks!  ;)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 30, 2008, 09:17:56 PM
A Celebrity will be missed

It is with the saddest heart that we must pass on the following news.
Please join us in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community.

The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and
complications from repeated pokes inthe belly. He was 71.


Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin.
Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including
Mrs.Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins,Betty Crocker,
the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch.

The gravesite was piled high with flours. Aunt
Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described
Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was
kneaded.

Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with
turnovers. He was not considered a very "smart" cookie, wasting much of
his dough on half-baked schemes.Despite being a little flaky at times,he
still, as a crusty old man, was considered a roll model for millions.

The dough boy is survived by his wife,Play Dough,two children,
John Dough and Jane Dough, plus they had one in the oven.He is also
survived by his elderly father,Pop Tart.

The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blueangel on July 30, 2008, 09:26:33 PM
Goofy Travelers

    The following are actual stories provided by travel agents:

     I had someone ask for an aisle seat so that their hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window.

     I got a call from a woman who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information then she interrupted me with, "I'm not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts."
     Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, "Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa."
     Her response   ...    click.

    A man called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that is not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, "Don't lie to me. I looked on the map, and Florida is a very thin state."

     I got a call from a man who asked, "Is it possible to see England from Canada?" I said, "No." He said, "But they look so close on the map."

     Another man called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas. When I pulled up the reservation, I noticed he had a 1-hour lay-over in Dallas. When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, "I heard Dallas was a big airport, and I need a car to drive between the gates to save time."

     A nice lady just called. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:20 a.m. and got into Chicago at 8:33 a.m.. I tried to explain that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois, but she could not understand the concept of time zones. Finally, I told her the plane went very fast, and she bought that!

     A client called in inquiring about a package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, "Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii?"

     I just got off the phone with a man who asked, "How do I know which plane to get on?" I asked him what exactly he meant, which he replied, "I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these darn planes have numbers on them."

     A woman called and said, "I need to fly to Pepsi Cola on one of those computer planes." I asked if she meant to fly to Pensacola on a commuter plane. She said, "Yeah, whatever."

                                                     [From John Hall]

I can't stop laughing :D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 02, 2008, 11:43:33 AM
Facts of Life!!

1) My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he
was God and I didn't.

2) I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.

3) I Work Hard Because Millions On Welfare Depend on Me!

4) Some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them.

5) I used to have a handle on life . . . but it broke.

6) Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.

7) You're just jealous because the 'voices' talk only to me.

8.) Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.

9) Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.

10) Quoting one is plagiarism; Quoting many is research.

11) I'm not a complete idiot; it's just that 'some' parts! are missing.

12) Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.

13) NyQuil - The stuffy, sneezy, why-the-heck-is-the-room-spinning medicine ?

14) I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather...not screaming and
yelling like all of the passengers in his car
.
15) God must love stupid people, he made so many of them !

16) The gene pool could use a little chlorine.

17) It IS as bad as you think and they ARE out to get you.

18) I took an IQ test and the results were negative.

19) Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.

20) Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 04, 2008, 01:03:24 AM
SOMETHING TO OFFEND EVERYONE!   ;D

What do you call two Mexicans playing basketball?
Juan on Juan

What is the difference between a Harley and a Hoover ?
The position of the dirt bag.

Why is divorce so expensive?
Because it's worth it.

Why is air a lot like sex?
Because it's no big deal unless you're not getting any.

What do you call a smart blonde?
A golden retriever.

What's the difference between a girlfriend and wife?
45 lbs

What's the difference between a boyfriend and husband?
45 minutes

What's the fastest way to a man's heart?
Through his chest with a sharp knife.

Why is it so hard for women to find men that are sensitive,caring,and good-looking?
Because those men already have boyfriends.

What's the difference between a new husband and a new dog?
After a year, the dog is still excited to see you

What makes men chase women they have no intention of marrying?
The same urge that makes dogs chase cars they have no intention of driving.

What's the difference between a porcupine and BMW?
A porcupine has the pricks on the outside.

What did the blonde say when she found out she was pregnant?
"Are you sure it's mine?"

Why does Mike Tyson cry during sex?
Mace will do that to you.

Why did OJ! Simpson want to move to West Virginia ?
Everyone has the same DNA.

Why do men find it difficult to make eye contact?
Breasts don't have eyes.

Why do drivers' education classes in Redneck schools use the car
only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays?
Because on Tuesday and Thursday, the Sex Ed class uses it.

Where does an Irish family go on vacation?
A different bar.

Did you hear about the Chinese couple that had a retarded baby?
They named him "Sum Ting Wong

What would you call it when an Italian has one arm shorter than the other?
A speech impediment.

What does it mean when the flag at the Post Office is flying at
half-mast?
They're hiring.

What's the difference between a southern zoo and a northern zoo?
A southern zoo has a description of the animal on the front of the cage
along with... "a recipe".

How do you get a sweet little 80-year-old lady to say the F word?
Get another sweet little 80-year-old lady to yell *BINGO*!

What's the difference between a northern fairytale and a
southern fairytale?
A northern fairytale begins "Once upon a time..." A southern
fairytale begins "Y'all ain't gonna believe this sh*t..."
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 04, 2008, 10:19:19 PM
Subject: Ever Wonder??

Why does a dog go crazy when you blow in his face but happily hangs
his head out the window at 60 mph?

Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Why don't you ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"?

Why is it that to stop Windows, you have to click on "Start"?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor and dishwashing liquid
made with real lemons?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?

When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it?

Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport
the terminal?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 05, 2008, 06:03:52 AM
You just might live in Michigan:
IF...

"Vacation" means going up north on I-75.

You measure distance in hours.

You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.

You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.

You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging
blizzard, without flinching.

You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including
weddings).

You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both
unlocked.

You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how
to use them.

You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled
with snow.

You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and
road construction.

You can identify a southern or eastern accent.

Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to
your blue spruce.

You were unaware that there is a legal drinking age.

Down South to you means Ohio

A brat is something you eat.

Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new pole barn.

You go out to a fish fry every Friday.

Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.

You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.

You find 0 degrees "a little chilly."

You drink pop and bake with soda.

Your doctor tells you to drink Vernors and you know it's not medicine.

You know what a Yooper is.

You think owning a Honda is Un American.

You know that UP is a place not a direction

You know it's possible to live in a thumb.

You understand that when visiting Detroit, the best thing to wear
is a Kevlar vest.

If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 18
inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim
by, you might live in Michigan.

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March, you
might live in Michigan.

If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his
forehead, you might live in Michigan.

If you have worn shorts and a coat at the same time, you might live
in Michigan.

If your town has an equal number of bars and churches, you might
live in Michigan.

If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who
dialed a wrong number, you might live in Michigan.

If you're proud that your region makes the national news 96 nights
each year because Pelston is the coldest spot in the nation, you might
live in Michigan.

If you instinctively walk like a penguin for five months out of the
year you might live in Michigan.

If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don't work
there, you might live in Michigan.

You just might live in Michigan if these all make sense to you.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 06, 2008, 12:32:27 AM
CKLW Windsor-Detroit - Aircheck - Late 60's-Mid 70's
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uJ83yM48-w
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: ChadB on August 06, 2008, 12:44:00 AM
CKLW Windsor-Detroit - Aircheck - Late 60's-Mid 70's
[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uJ83yM48-w[/url]


CKLW rules
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 08, 2008, 05:24:23 AM
When sign makers go on strike, is anything written on their signs?

Can fat people go skinny-dipping?

Can you be a closet claustrophobic?

Why is the word abbreviation so long?

Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?

Where do forest rangers go to "get away from it all"?

If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it
considered a hostage situation?

If the funeral procession is at night, do folks drive with their lights off?

When companies ship styrofoam, what do they pack it in?

If you're cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right?

If a stealth bomber crashes in a forest, will it make a sound?

If the cops arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?

If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?

When it rains, why don't sheep shrink?

Should vegetarians eat animal crackers?

Do cemetery workers prefer the graveyard shift?

What do you do when you see an endangered animal that eats only endangered plants?

If a mute swears, does his mother wash his hands with soap?

Instead of talking to your plants, if you yelled at them would they still grow? Only to be troubled and insecure?

Isn't it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do "practice"?

Is it possible to be totally partial?

Why do they report power outages on TV?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 18, 2008, 05:02:58 PM
Bumper Sticker Philosophy

~ If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
~ A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
~ Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
~ The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
~ For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
~ He who hesitates is probably right.
~ Never do card tricks for the group you play poker with.
~ No one is listening until you make a mistake.
~ Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.
~ Two wrongs are only the beginning.
~ Whatever it is that hits the fan, it will rarely be evenly distributed.
~ A .44 Magnum beats 4 aces.
~ Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7th of your life.
~ The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 25, 2008, 09:46:01 AM
        ''I BELIEVE''.....

A Birth Certificate shows that we were born.

A Death Certificate shows that we died.

Pictures show that we lived!

Have a seat . . . Relax . . . And read this slowly.

I Believe...

That just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other.

And just because they don't argue,
it doesn't mean they do love each other.

I Believe...

That we don't have to change friends if
we understand that friends change.

I Believe...

That no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I Believe...

That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I Believe....

That you can do something in an instant
that will give you heartache for life.

I Believe...

That it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I Believe...

That you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I Believe...

That you can keep going long after you think you can't.

I Believe...

That we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I Believe...

That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I Believe...

That heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I Believe...

That money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I Believe...

That my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

I Believe...

That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down, will be the ones to help you get back up.

I Believe...

That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I Believe...

That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

I Believe...

That it isn't always enough, to be forgiven by others; sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I Believe...

That no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I Believe...

That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but, we are responsible for who we become.

I Believe...

That you shouldn't be so eager to find
out a secret. It could change your life Forever.

I Believe...

Two people can look at the exact same
thing and see something totally different.

I Believe...

That your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.

I Believe...

That even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you - you will find the strength to help.

I Believe...

That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I Believe...

That the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

I Believe...

That you should send this to all of the people that you believe in, I just did.

'The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything;
they just make the most of everything.
Happiness comes through doors you didn't know you left open!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 29, 2008, 12:29:28 PM
Female English

When A Woman Says This, She Really Means That....

Yes = No

No = Yes

Maybe = No

I'm sorry = You'll be sorry

We need = I want

It's your decision = The correct decision should be obvious by now.

Do what you want = You'll pay for this later.

We need to talk = I need to complain.

Sure go ahead = I don't want you to.

I'm not upset = Of course I'm upset, you moron!

You're so manly = You need a shave and you sweat a lot.

This kitchen is so inconvenient = I want a new house.

I want new curtains = and carpeting, and furniture and wallpaper.....

Hang the picture there = NO, I mean hang it there!

I heard a noise = I noticed you were almost asleep.

Do you love me? = I'm going to ask for something expensive.

How much do you love me? = I did something today you're not going to like.

I'll be ready in a minute = Kick off your shoes and find a good game on TV.

Is my butt fat? = Tell me I'm beautiful.

You have to learn to communicate = Just agree with me.

Are you listening to me!? = [Too late, you're dead.]

Was that the baby? = Why don't you get out of bed and deal with it.

I'm not yelling! = Yes, I AM yelling, I think this is important.

The same old thing = Nothing

Nothing = Everything.

Nothing, really = It's just that you're such an idiot..

                                                                   [From the UGA Humor List].
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: utility slug on August 29, 2008, 05:01:00 PM
Beauty, Fry.............
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 31, 2008, 09:54:27 PM
Office Procedures Concerning Storm and Office Closings

    As we watch the progress of the storm, the following are the company's guidelines based upon the hurricane's intensity:
 
Hurricane Category #1
     No excuse for being late. Leave earlier to give extra time to avoid fallen trees and limbs.

Hurricane Category #2
     Because of the possibility of horizontal rain, you may wear jeans.

Hurricane Category #3
      Whereas most of the area will be flooded, we suggest you avoid wearing open toe sandals when coming to work. Canoes will be provided to get to the building safely without getting wet.

Hurricane Category #4
      More than likely there will be no electricity. Given that, we will have manual typewriters available to all staff  members. Please take extra caution and wear
waterproof make-up if Category 4 or above.

Hurricane Category #5
      Velcro will be provided to keep you attached to your chairs when the windows blow out. For those who survive, we will have chocolate cake at 3:00 pm in the kitchen.

       Have A Nice Day!

                                                      [From Lee Bradley, the UGA Humor List].
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 05, 2008, 02:20:09 PM
A Dead Horse

     Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, in business we often try other strategies with dead horses, including the following:

       1. Buying a stronger whip.

       2. Changing riders.

       3. Saying things like "This is the way we always have ridden this horse."

       4. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

       5. Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.

       6. Increasing the standards to ride dead horses.

       7. Appointing a tiger team to revive the dead horse.

       8. Creating a training session to increase our riding ability.

       9. Comparing the state of dead horses in today's environment.

     10. Change the requirements declaring that "This horse is not dead."

     11. Hire contractors to ride the dead horse.

     12. Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed.

     13. Declaring that "No horse is too dead to beat."

     14. Providing additional funding to increase the horse's performance.

     15. Do a CA Study to see if contractors can ride it cheaper.

     16. Purchase a product to make dead horses run faster.

     17. Declare the horse is "better, faster and cheaper" dead.

     18. Form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses.

     19. Revisit the performance requirements for horses.

     20. Say this horse was procured with cost as an independent variable.

     21. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position

From The Mouthpiece]
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 07, 2008, 04:06:34 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 09, 2008, 10:37:23 AM
Some Facts About Michigan (From a forwarded email)

 Detroit is known as the car capital of the world.
 
Alpena is the home of the world's largest cement plant.
 
Rogers City boasts the world's largest limestone quarry.
 
Elsie is the home of the world's largest registered Holstein dairy herd.
 
Michigan is first in the United States production of peat and magnesium compounds and second in gypsum and iron ore.
 
Colon is home to the world's largest manufacture of magic supplies.
 
The state Capitol with its majestic dome was built in Lansing in l879.
 
Michigan ranks first in state boat registrations.
 
The Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit manufactured the first
 air-conditioned car in 1939.
 
The oldest county (based on date of incorporation) is Wayne in 1815.
 
Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. It is the
 third oldest remaining settlement in the United States.
 
In 1817 the University of Michigan was the first university
 established by any of the states. Originally named
 Cathelepistemian and located in Detroit the name was changed in 1821.
The university moved to Ann Arbor in 1841.
 
The city of Novi was named from its designation as Stagecoach Stop #6 or No.VI.
 
Michigan State University has the largest single campus student body of any Michigan university. It is the largest institution of higher learning in the state and one of the largest universities in the country. Michigan State University was founded in 1855 as the nation's first land-grant university and served as the prototype for 69 land-grant institutions later established under the Morrill
 Act of 1862. It was the first institution of higher learning in the nation to teach scientific agriculture.
 
The largest village in Michigan is Caro.
 
Michigan's state stone, The Petoskey is the official state stone. It is found along the shores of Lake Michigan.
 
The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.
Connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, it spans 5 miles
 over the Straits of Mackinac, which is where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet.
The Mighty Mac took 3 years to complete and was opened to traffic in 1957.
 
Gerald R. Ford grew up in Grand Rapids and became the 38th president of the United States. He attended the University of Michigan where he was a football star. He served on a World War II aircraft carrier and afterward represented Michigan in Congress for 24 years. He was also an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.
 
The Kellogg Company has made Battle Creek the Cereal Capital of the World. The Kellogg brothers accidentally discovered the process for producing flaked cereal products and sparked the beginning of the dry cereal industry.
 
The painted turtle is Michigan's state reptile.
 
The western shore of Michigan has many sand dunes.
 The Sleeping Bear Dunes rise 460 feet above Lake Michigan.

 Living among the dunes is the dwarf lake iris the official state wildflower.
 
Vernors ginger ale was created in Detroit and became the first soda pop made in the United States. In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor was trying to create a new beverage when he was called away to serve our country in the
 Civil War. When he returned, 4 years later, the drink he had stored in an oak case had acquired a delicious gingery flavor.
 
The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cageless, open-exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam.
 
Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office.
The J. W. Westcott II is the only boat in the world that delivers mail to ships while
 they are still underway. They have been operating for 125 years.
 
 Indian River is the home of the largest crucifix in the world. It is called the Cross in the Woods.
Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world.
Michigan has more shoreline than any other state except Alaska.
 
The Ambassador Bridge was named by Joseph Bower, the person credited with making the bridge a reality, who thought the name (Detroit-Windsor International Bridge) as too long and lacked emotional appeal. Bower wanted to symbolize the visible expression of friendship of two peoples with like ideas and ideals.
 
Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams.
Michigan has 116 lighthouses and navigational lights. Seul Choix Point
 Lighthouse in Gulliver has been guiding ships since 1895.
 The working light also functions as a museum, which houses
 early 1900s furnishings and maritime artifacts.
 
Forty of the state's 83 counties adjoin at least one of the Great Lakes. Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes.
Standing anywhere in the state a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.
 
 Michigan includes 56,954 square miles of land area; 1,194 square miles of
 inland waters; and 38,575 square miles of Great Lakes water area.
 
Sault Ste. Marie was established in 1668 making it the oldest town between the Alleghenies and the Rockies.

 Michigan was the first state to provide in its Constitution for the establishment of public libraries.
 
Michigan was the first state to guarantee every child the right to tax-paid high school education.
 
Four flags have flown over Michigan - French, English, Spanish and United States.
 
 Isle Royal Park shelters one of the largest moose herds remaining in the United States.
 
Some of the longest bulk freight carriers in the world operate on the Great Lakes. Ore carriers 1,000 feet long sail Michigan's inland seas.
 
The Upper Michigan Copper Country is the largest commercial deposit of native copper in the world.
 
The 19 chandeliers in the Capitol in Lansing are one of a kind and designed especially for the building by Tiffany's of New York. Weighing between 800-900 pounds apiece they are composed of copper, iron and pewter.
 
The first auto traffic tunnel built between two nations was the mile-long Detroit-Windsor tunnel under the Detroit River.
 
The world's first international submarine railway tunnel was opened between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario, Canada in 1891.
 
The nation's first regularly scheduled air passage service began operation between Grand Rapids and Detroit in 1926.
 
In 1879 Detroit telephone customers were first in the nation to be assigned phone numbers to facilitate handling calls.
 
 In 1929, the Michigan State Police established the first state police radio system in the world.
 
Grand Rapids is home to the 24-foot Leonardo da Vinci horse, called Il Gavallo,
it is the largest equestrian bronze sculpture in the Western Hemisphere.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 10, 2008, 08:17:52 AM
Sad News.

Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment
community. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection
and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours.

Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he still was a crusty old man and was considered a positive roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife Play Dough, three children: John Dough, Jane Dough and Dosey Dough, plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart. The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

If this made you smile for even a brief second, please rise to the occasion and take time to pass it on and share that smile with someone else who may be having a 'crumby' day and 'kneads' a lift.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: monroemuskrat on September 10, 2008, 09:11:46 AM
Sad News.

Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment
community. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection
and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours.

Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he still was a crusty old man and was considered a positive roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife Play Dough, three children: John Dough, Jane Dough and Dosey Dough, plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart. The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

If this made you smile for even a brief second, please rise to the occasion and take time to pass it on and share that smile with someone else who may be having a 'crumby' day and 'kneads' a lift.

That brought a smile to my face and a tear in my heart
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 10, 2008, 11:32:35 PM
The Procrastinator's Creed

     I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.

     I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses.

     I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.

     I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.

     I shall never forget that the probability of a miracle, though small, is not exactly zero.

     If at first I don't succeed, there is always next year.

     I know that the work cycle is not plan/start/finish but is wait/plan/plan.

     I will never put off until tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.

     I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.

     I obey the law of inverse excuses: The greater the task to be done, the more insignificant the work that must be done prior to beginning the greater task.

     I will become a member of the ancient and venerable Procrastinator's Society if they ever get around to getting it organized.
Title: Miscellaneous, from real resumes
Post by: Frenchfry on September 24, 2008, 09:14:42 AM
From Real Resumes

Reasons for Leaving the Last Job:

     -- Responsibility makes me nervous.

     -- They insisted that all employees get to work by 8:45 every morning. Couldn't work under those conditions.

     -- Was met with a string of broken promises and lies, as well as cockroaches.

     -- I was working for my mom until she decided to move.

     -- The company made me a scapegoat - just like my three previous employers.

Job Responsibilities:

     -- While I am open to the initial nature of an assignment, I am decidedly disposed that it be so oriented as to at least partially incorporate the experience enjoyed heretofore and that it be configured so as to ultimately lead to the application of more rarefied facets of financial management as the major sphere of responsibility.

     -- I was proud to win the Gregg Typting Award.

Special Requests and Job Objectives:

     -- Please call me after 5:30 because I am self-employed and my employer does not know I am looking for another job.

     -- My goal is to be a meteorologist. But since I have no training in meteorology, I suppose I should try stock brokerage.

     -- I procrastinate - especially when the task is unpleasant.

Physical Disabilities:

      -- Minor allergies to house cats and Mongolian sheep.

Personal Interests:

     -- Donating blood. 14 gallons so far.

Small Typos that Can Change Meaning:

     -- Education: College, August 1880-May 1984.

     -- Work Experience: Dealing with customers' conflicts that arouse.

     -- Develop and recommend an annual operating expense fudget.

     -- I'm a rabid typist.

     -- Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain operation.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous, You Might Be A Redneck If...
Post by: Frenchfry on October 01, 2008, 10:49:46 AM
You Might Be A Redneck If...

... if you've spent more on your pickup truck than on your education.
... if your classes at school were canceled because the path to the restroom was flooded.
... if during your senior year, you and your mother had homeroom together.
... if your parakeet knows the phrase "Open up! Police!"
... if you saved lots of money on your honeymoon by going deer hunting.
... if you have a color coordinated rope that ties down your car hood.
... if your grandmother can properly execute the sleeper hold.
... if you have every episode of "Hee Haw" on tape.
... if your favorite hunting dog has a bigger tombstone than your granddad.
... if your masseuse uses lard.
... if your wife's best shoes have steel toes.
... if you use your fishing license as a form of ID.
... if you use a 55 Chevy as a guesthouse.
 .. if your back porch is bigger than your house.
... if you've ever hollered, "Rock the house, Bubba!" during a piano  recital.
... if your kids' favorite bedtime story is "Curious George and the High Voltage Fence."
... if your watchband is wider than any book you've ever read.
... if you've ever been too drunk to fish.
... if someone asks for your ID and you show 'em your belt buckle.
... if somebody comes to your door mistakenly thinking that you're having a yard sale.
... if the UFO hotline limits you to one call per day..
... if people ask to hunt in your front yard.
... if your two-year-old has more teeth than you do.
... if your check feature pictures of dogs fighting.
... if your satellite dish is bigger than your house.
... if there is a shrine to the Dukes of Hazard somewhere in your home.
... if your dad has been married so many times that U-haul gives him Christmas cards.
... if you have a necklace made from beer tabs.
... if your grandma got in a fist-fight over a handicapped parking space.
... if you apologize to your car repeatedly just to get it started.
... if you pet someone else's dog and your wife thinks you're flirting.
... if your idea of a night on the town is ordering two Big Macs and a large fry.  :o
... if your "I Love... " tattoo has more than one name crossed out on it.
... if you met your wife at the Dairy Queen.
... if you've ever thought about trying to install a clapper device on your car as a remote starter.

From Live well, Laugh often, Love much
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 03, 2008, 02:24:08 AM
Color vision test  ;D
http://www.funstufftosee.com/colorblind.html
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: eriemermaid on October 03, 2008, 05:46:05 AM
Seven kinds of Sex

Results of a recent research shows that there are 7 kinds of sex.

The 1st kind of sex is called: Smurf Sex.
This kind of sex happens when you first meet someone, and you both have sex until you are blue in the face.
 
The 2nd kind of sex is called: Kitchen Sex.
This is when you have been with your partner for a short time, and you are so needy you will have sex anywhere, even in the kitchen.

The 3rd kind of sex is called: Bedroom Sex.
This is when you have been with your partner for a long time. Your sex has gotten routine, and you usually have sex only in your bedroom.

The 4th kind of sex is called: Hallway Sex
This is when you have been with your partner for too long. When you pass each other in the hallway you both say 'screw you.'

The 5th kind of sex is called: Religious Sex.
Which means you get Nun in the morning, Nun in the afternoon and Nun at night. (Very Popular)

The 6th kind is called Courtroom Sex.
This is when you cannot stand your wife/husband any more. She/he takes you to court and screws you in front of everyone.

And; Last, but not least, The 7th kind of sex is called:
Social Security Sex. You get a little each month. But not enough to enjoy yourself.
Please do not reply to tell me what stage you are in, I have enough problems of my own.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 05, 2008, 07:03:23 AM
A wedding dance off couple.
http://www.boreme.com/boreme/funny-2008/evolution-of-wedding-dance-p1.php?nwsltr=47
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on October 05, 2008, 10:50:29 AM
That was pretty cool.  8)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 08, 2008, 10:24:22 AM
Redneck Love Poems

     Collards is green, my dog's name is Blue and I'm so lucky to have a sweet thang
like you.

     Yur hair is like cornsilk a-flapping in the breeze. Softer than Blue's and
without all them fleas.

     Yo're as nice as okry jist a-fry'n in the pan. Yo're as fragrant as "snuff" right out of the can.

     You have some'a yore teeth, for which I am proud; I hold my head high when we're in a crowd.

     On special occasions, when you shave under yore arms, well, I'm in hawg heaven,
and awed by yore charms.

     Like a good roll of duct tape yo're there fer yore man, to patch up life's troubles and fix what you can.

     Yo're as cute as a junebug a-buzzin' overhead. You ain't mean like those red ants I found in my bed.

     Cut from the best cloth like a plaid flannel shirt, you spark up my life more than a fresh load of dirt .

     Yore complexion, it's perfection, like the best vinyl sidin', despite all the years, yore age, it keeps hidin'.

     Me 'n' you's like a Moon Pie with a RC cold drank, we go together like a skunk goes with stank.

     Some men, they buy chocolate for a special day; They git it at Wal-Mart, it's romantic that way.

     Some men git roses on that special day from the cooler at Kroger. "That's impressive," I say.

     Some men buy fine diamonds from a flea market booth. "Diamonds are forever," they explain, suave and couth.

     But for this man, honey, these won't do. Cause yor'e too special, you sweet thang you.

     I got you a gift, without taste nor odor, more useful than diamonds...  IT'S A NEW TROLL'N MOTOR!!

{[From Joke A Week]
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 13, 2008, 01:03:46 AM
 Oh, Doctor!

Next time you visit a doctor, check his or her diploma very closely. The
following are actual, unedited, notes written by doctors on patients' medical
charts:

  1. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.

  2. On the second day the knee was better, and on the third day it disappeared
completely.

  3. She has had no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.

  4. The patient has been depressed ever since she began seeing me in 1993.

  5. The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.

  6. Discharge status: Alive but without permission.

  7. Healthy appearing, decrepit 69 year-old male, mentally alert but forgetful.

  8. The patient refused an autopsy.

  9. The patient has no past history of suicides.

10. Patient has left his white blood cells at another hospital.

11. Patient's past medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a forty pound weight gain in the past three days.

12. Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.

13. Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.

14. Since she can't get pregnant with her husband, I thought you might like to work her up
.
15. She is numb from her toes down.

16. While in the ER, she was examined, X-rated, and sent home.

17. The skin was moist and dry.

18. Occasional, constant, infrequent headaches.

19. Patient was alert and unresponsive.

20. Rectal exam revealed a normal size thyroid.

21. She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life until she got a divorce.

22. I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.

23. Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.

24. Exam of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.

25. The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.

26. The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as a
stockbroker instead.

27. Skin: Somewhat pale but present.

28. The pelvic examination will be done later on the floor.

29. Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. Blank, who felt we should sit on the abdomen, and I agree.

30. Large brown stool ambulating in the hall.

31. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.

[From Alan Caruba, The Boring Institute]
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 24, 2008, 09:48:22 AM
What to Wear on Halloween
http://terrisfp.com/hallo1/ghost1.swf
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 28, 2008, 09:27:23 AM
Pumpkin simulator
http://www.coasttocoastam.com/timages/page/pumpkin_sim.html

Bushsmack
http://www.toddalbert.com/files/images/bushsmack.swf

Falling Georgie
http://www.planetdan.net/pics/misc/georgie.htm

Leader of the free world
http://www.andyfoulds.co.uk/amusement/bushv2.htm
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 29, 2008, 07:08:18 PM
Tic Tac Toe  ;)
http://stuff.pyzam.com/toys/tictacscare.swf
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 08, 2008, 12:01:04 PM
Oldies but Goodies

Q. Why are all dumb blond jokes one liners?
A. So men can understand them.

Q. What is the difference between government bonds and men?
A. Government bonds mature.

Q: Why are men like parking spaces?
A: You can never find one around when you want one, and even when you do they're handicapped.

Q: Why are men like TV commercials?
A: Because you can never believe them.

Q. What is a mans idea of helping with the housework?
A. Lifting his legs so you can vacuum.

Q. How do women define a 50-50 relationship?
A. We cook, they eat; we clean, they dirty; we iron, they wrinkle.

Q. What's the best way to force a man to do sit-ups?
A. Put a remote control between his toes.

Q. How do men exercise at the beach?
A. By sucking in their stomachs every time a bikini walks by.

Q. Why is it good that there are female astronauts?
A. So when they get lost in space she can ask for directions.

Q. Why are men like noodles?
A: Because they are always in hot water, they lack taste, and they need dough.

Q. What's the best kind of man to have?
A. A gingerbread man. There're soft and warm and if they give you any lip you can bite their heads off.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 11, 2008, 12:06:12 AM
CHINESE PROVERB ABOUT MONEY
 
WITH MONEY YOU CAN BUY A HOUSE, BUT NOT A HOME
 
WITH MONEY YOU CAN BUY A CLOCK, BUT NOT TIME
 
WITH MONEY YOU CAN BUY A BED, BUT NOT SLEEP
 
WITH MONEY YOU CAN BUY A BOOK, BUT NOT KNOWLEDGE
 
WITH MONEY YOU CAN SEE A DOCTOR, BUT NOT GOOD HEALTH
 
WITH MONEY YOU CAN BUY A POSITION, BUT NOT RESPECT
 
WITH MONEY YOU CAN BUY BLOOD, BUT NOT LIFE
 
WITH MONEY YOU CAN BUY SEX, BUT NOT LOVE
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 11, 2008, 09:37:07 PM
Lucky moments
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JW8OSfaXHQ
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 11, 2008, 09:46:15 PM
Luckiest guys ever - TOP 7 !!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytrVeNZwxAY&feature=related

luckiest guy on the planet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FitGy-tUDw&feature=related

Luckiest guy in the world
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s_GyGv8IG0&feature=related
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 12, 2008, 05:51:02 PM
First Grade Proverbs

     A first grade teacher collected well-known proverbs. She gave her students the first half of a proverb and asked them to write an ending. Here's what they came up with:

     Strike while the     ... bug is close.

     You get out of something what you     ... see pictured on the box.

     Don't bite the hand that      ... looks dirty.

     Never underestimate the power of        ... termites.

     When the blind lead the blind     ... get out of the way.

     If you lie down with dogs      ... you will stink in the morning.

     It's always darkest before      ... daylight savings time.

     If at first you don't succeed     ... get new batteries.

     Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and      ... you have to blow your nose.

     A miss is as good as a      ... Mr.

     Children should be seen and not     ... grounded.

     A penny saved is       ... not much.

     An idle mind is     ... the best way to relax

     Happy is the bride who     ... gets all the presents
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 13, 2008, 11:19:49 PM
Letter From The Blue States

Subject: Blue States to Secede

Dear Red States:

We've decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren't aware, that includes California , Hawaii , Oregon , Washington , Minnesota , Wisconsin , Michigan , Illinois and all the Northeast along with the District of Columbia . We will be generous and cede DC to you so you can keep it as your capital. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country of New California.

To sum up briefly: You get Texas , Oklahoma and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood. We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom. We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss. We get 85 percent of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama . We get two-thirds of the tax revenue, you get to make the red states pay their fair share.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms. Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. We do wish you success in Iraq, and hope that the WMDs turn up, but we're not willing to spend our resources in Bush's Quagmire.

With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80 percent of the country's fresh water, more than 90 percent of the pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation's fresh fruit, 95 percent of America's quality wines, 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT. With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88 percent of all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100 percent of
the tornadoes, 90 percent of the hurricanes, 99 percent of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia. We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.

Additionally, 62 percent of those in the Red states believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the war, the death penalty or gun laws, 44 percent say that evolution is only a theory, 53 percent that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61 percent of you crazies believe you are people with higher morals then us lefties.

Peace out,

Blue States

From Marcia of Texas, <via Ginger Chapman> The UGA HumorLis
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 20, 2008, 12:01:10 AM
 Southern Home Security

       1. Go to a second-hand store and buy a pair of men's used size 14-16 work boots.

       2. Place them on your front porch, along with a copy of Guns & Ammo Magazine.

       3. Put a few giant dog dishes next to the boots and magazines.

       4. Leave a note on your door that reads:
Hey, Bubba, Big Jim, Duke and Slim,

I went for more ammunition. Back in an hour.

p.s.
Don't mess with the pit bulls -- they attacked the mailman this morning and messed him up real bad. I don't think Killer took part in it but it was hard to tell from all the blood. Anyway, I locked all four of 'em in the house. Better wait outside.

Cooter

From Bill Stebbins, Live well, Laugh often, Love much
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Borat on November 20, 2008, 06:25:40 PM
Letter From The Blue States

Subject: Blue States to Secede

Dear Red States:

We've decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren't aware, that includes California , Hawaii , Oregon , Washington , Minnesota , Wisconsin , Michigan , Illinois and all the Northeast along with the District of Columbia . We will be generous and cede DC to you so you can keep it as your capital. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country of New California.

To sum up briefly: You get Texas , Oklahoma and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood. We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom. We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss. We get 85 percent of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama . We get two-thirds of the tax revenue, you get to make the red states pay their fair share.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms. Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. We do wish you success in Iraq, and hope that the WMDs turn up, but we're not willing to spend our resources in Bush's Quagmire.

With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80 percent of the country's fresh water, more than 90 percent of the pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation's fresh fruit, 95 percent of America's quality wines, 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT. With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88 percent of all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100 percent of
the tornadoes, 90 percent of the hurricanes, 99 percent of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia. We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.

Additionally, 62 percent of those in the Red states believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the war, the death penalty or gun laws, 44 percent say that evolution is only a theory, 53 percent that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61 percent of you crazies believe you are people with higher morals then us lefties.

Peace out,

Blue States

From Marcia of Texas, <via Ginger Chapman> The UGA HumorLis
Huh?  Michigan is one of the fattest states and Detroit is the fattest city in the country.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 21, 2008, 01:50:03 PM
Comebacks for "Special" Co-Workers:

       1. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.

       2. Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.

       3. If brains were gas, you may have just enough to power Runaway Ralph's motorcycle around the inside perimeter of a Cheerio.

       4. I have plenty of talent and vision. I just don't give a damn.

       5. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.

       6. I like you. You remind me of when I was young and stupid.

       7. What am I? Flypaper for freaks!?

       8. I am not being rude. You're just insignificant.

       9. I'll give you a nice, shiny quarter if you'll go away.

     10. I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

     11. Ahhh...I see the screw-up fairy has visited you again...

     12. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.

     13. How about never? Is never good for you?

     14. I'm really easy to get along with once you learn to worship me.

     15. You sound reasonable...Time to up my medication.

     16. You're just jealous because the little voices talk to ME.

     17. I'll try being nicer, if you'll try being smarter.

     18. I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.

     19. Who me? I just wander from room to room.

     20. It might look like I'm doing nothing, but at the cellular level I'm rocking.

     21. It sounds like English, but I can't understand a word you are saying.

     22. At least I have a positive attitude about my destructive habits.

     23. You are validating my inherent mistrust of co-workers.

     24. I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.

[From the UGA Humor List]
Title: Re: Miscellaneous, Thanksgiving Divorce
Post by: Frenchfry on November 24, 2008, 01:37:22 AM
Subject:Thanksgiving Divorce 

A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York two days before Thanksgiving
and says, "I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother
and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough."

"Pop, what are you talking about?" the son screams.

"We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the father says.
"We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her."

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like heck they're getting divorced," she shouts, "I'll take care of this."

She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at her father, "You are NOT getting divorced!
Don't do a single thing until I get there.
I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow.
Until then, don't do a thing!"

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife.
"Okay," he says, "they're coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way."
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 02, 2008, 11:55:13 PM
Thirty Minutes To A Cleaner House

You're getting company in 30 minutes. Your house is a mess. WHAT WILL YOU DO? Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the first session of Housekeeping Tips for Regular People. If you're a Martha Stewart type of housekeeper, this column is NOT for you.  However, for the rest of you, this is your chance to learn 15 Secret Shortcuts to Good Housekeeping that your mother never told you.

SECRET TIP 1: DOOR LOCKS
If a room clearly can't be whipped into shape in 30 days--much less 30 minutes--employ the Locked Door Method of cleaning. Tell anyone who tries to go in the room that the door is intentionally locked. CAUTION: It is not advisable to use this tip for the bathroom. Time: 2 seconds

SECRET TIP 2: DUCT TAPE
No home should be without an ample supply. Not only is it handy for plumbing repairs, but it's a great way to hem drapes, table cloths, clothes, just about anything. No muss, no fuss. Time: 2-3 minutes

SECRET TIP 3: OVENS
If you think ovens are just for baking, think again. Ovens represent at least 9 cubic feet of hidden storage space, which means they're a great place to shove dirty dishes, dirty clothes, or just about anything you want to get out of sight when company's coming.
Time: 2 minutes

SECRET TIP 4: CLOTHES DRYERS
Like Secret Tip 3, except bigger. CAUTION: Avoid hiding flammable objects here. Time: 2.5 minutes

SECRET TIP 5: WASHING MACHINES & FREEZERS
Like Secret Tip 4, except even bigger. Time: 3 minutes

SECRET TIP 6: DUST RUFFLES
No bed should be without one. Devotees of Martha Stewart believe dust ruffles exist to keep dust out from under a bed or to help coordinate the colorful look of a bedroom. The rest of us know a dust ruffle's highest and best use is to hide whatever you've managed to shove under the bed. (Refer to Secret Tips 3, 4, 5.) Time: 4 minutes

SECRET TIP 7: DUSTING
The 30-Minutes-To-A-Clean-House method says: Never dust under what you can dust around. Time: 3 minutes

SECRET TIP 8: DISHES
Don't use them. Use plastic or paper and you won't have to. Time: 1 minute

SECRET TIP 9: CLOTHES WASHING (EEWWW)
This secret tip is brought to you by an inventive teenager. When this teen's mother went on a housekeeping strike for a month, the teen discovered you can extend the life of your underwear by two, if you turn it wrong side out and, yes, rerun it. CAUTION: This tip is recommended only for teens and those who don't care if they get in a car wreck. Time: 3 seconds

SECRET TIP 10: IRONING
If an article of clothing doesn't require a full press and your hair does, a curling iron is the answer. In between curling your hair, use the hot wand to iron minor wrinkles out of your clothes. Yes, it really does work, or so I'm told, by other disciples of the 30-Minutes-To-A-Clean-House philosophy. Time: 5 minutes (including curling your hair)

SECRET TIP 11: VACUUMING
Stick to the middle of the room, which is the only place people look. Don't bother vacuuming under furniture. It takes way too long and no one looks there anyway. Time: 5 minutes, entire house; 2 minutes, living room only

SECRET TIP 12: LIGHTING
The key here is low, low, and lower. It's not only romantic, but bad lighting can hide a multitude of dirt. Time: 10 seconds

SECRET TIP 13: BED MAKING
Get an old-fashioned waterbed. No one can tell if those things are made up or not, saving you, oh, hundreds of seconds over the course of a lifetime. Time: 0

SECRET TIP 14: SHOWERS, TOILETS, AND SINKS
Forget one and two. Concentrate on three. Time: 1 minute

SECRET TIP 15:
If you already knew at least 10 of these tips, don't even think about inviting a Martha Stewart type to your home.

                                                   Bill Stebbins, Live well, Laugh often, Love much...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 05, 2008, 12:24:33 AM
Leftovers

Three wives were bemoaning their husbands' attitudes towards leftovers.

"It gets rough," one said. "My husband is a movie producer and he calls them 'reruns.'"

"You think you have it bad," was the reply. "Mine is a quality control engineer and he calls them 'rejects!'"

"That's nothing compared to me," said the third lady. "My husband is a mortician. He calls them 'remains!'"
           
                                   (From the UGA HumorList  via The Chef @ wwrecipes.com)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 09, 2008, 08:42:26 AM
Sniglets

OUTFITARDING (owt' fi tard' ing)
v. Deciding to change several parts of your outfit after you are ready for work in order to arrive in the perfect fashion combination.

AZUGOS (as' yu goz) n. Items to be carried upstairs by the next ascending person.

MAYBELEER (may' be lear) n. The look you sometimes get from the clerk behind the cosmetics counter.

BACKIN-MYDAY ACT OF 1901 (bak' in my' day akt uv nyn' teen oh wun') n. Law created in the early part of the twentieth century which made in mandatory to build schools at least 20 miles away from all future grandfathers.

CRUSTADJUSTER (krus' ta jus tur) n. The "light-dark" knob on a toaster that makes you think you're in control.

PRAYFUMING (pray fyoom' ing) v. Driving your car with an empty gas tank.

LOTLIZARD (lot' liz urd) n. A person who slithers in front of you into the last space in a parking lot.

ZEUSTOYOUS (zoos' too yoos) n. A memo from the god of the department.

ROVERGLOW (row' vir glo) n. The look your dog gives you when you say, "Wanna go outside?"

THUMBSAW (thum' saw) n. The little serrated piece of metal on a tape dispenser.

SAFETYSAMBA (sayf' tee sam' ba) n. Your swaying movement when pulling the seat belt across your chest to fasten it.

SNACKTREK (snak' trek) n. The peculiar habit, when searching for a snack, of constantly returning to the refrigerator in hopes that something new will have materialized.
(From the UGA HumorList)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 10, 2008, 10:59:08 AM
Work vs. Prison

Think about this...where would you prefer to spend your days?

In prison you spend a majority of your time in an 8x10 cell.

At work you spend most of your time in a 6x8 cubicle.

In prison you get three meals a day.

At work you only get a break for one meal, and you have to pay for that one.

In prison you get time off for good behavior.

At work you get rewarded for good behavior with more work.

At work you must carry a security card and unlock and open all the doors yourself.

In prison, a guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.

In prison you can watch TV and play games.

At work you get fired for watching TV and playing games.

In prison they ball-and-chain you when you go somewhere.

At work you're just ball-and-chained.

In prison you get your own toilet.

At work you have to share.

In prison they allow your family and friends to visit.

At work you can't even speak to your family and friends.

In prison all expenses are paid by taxpayers with no work required.

At work you get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners.

In prison you spend most of your life looking through bars
from the inside wanting to get out.

At work you spend most of your time wanting to get out and go to bars.

In prison you can join many programs which you can leave at any time.

At work there are some programs you can never get out of.

In prison there are sadistic wardens.

At work, we have managers.
                                                                The Mouthpiece
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: T-M-T on December 10, 2008, 11:07:40 AM
Work vs. Prison

Think about this...where would you prefer to spend your days?

In prison you spend a majority of your time in an 8x10 cell.

At work you spend most of your time in a 6x8 cubicle.

In prison you get three meals a day.

At work you only get a break for one meal, and you have to pay for that one.

In prison you get time off for good behavior.

At work you get rewarded for good behavior with more work.

At work you must carry a security card and unlock and open all the doors yourself.

In prison, a guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.

In prison you can watch TV and play games.

At work you get fired for watching TV and playing games.

In prison they ball-and-chain you when you go somewhere.

At work you're just ball-and-chained.

In prison you get your own toilet.

At work you have to share.

In prison they allow your family and friends to visit.

At work you can't even speak to your family and friends.

In prison all expenses are paid by taxpayers with no work required.

At work you get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners.

In prison you spend most of your life looking through bars
from the inside wanting to get out.

At work you spend most of your time wanting to get out and go to bars.

In prison you can join many programs which you can leave at any time.

At work there are some programs you can never get out of.

In prison there are sadistic wardens.

At work, we have managers.
                                                                The Mouthpiece

That's all great, but I prefer to choose my own sex partner.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 18, 2008, 11:44:03 PM
(http://www.hahastop.com/pictures/Stupid_Tattoo.jpg)
This is a unique tattoo.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 21, 2008, 04:11:50 PM
This is just an email I received called:

Gold Wrapping Paper

The story goes that some time ago a mother punished her five year old daughter for wasting a roll of expensive gold wrapping paper.
Money was tight and she became even more upset when the child used the gold paper to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift box to her mother the next morning and then said, 'This is for you, Momma.'

The mother was embarrassed by her earlier over reaction, but her anger flared again when she opened the box and found it was empty.

She spoke to her daughter in a harsh manner. 'Don't you know, young lady, when you give someone a present there's supposed to be something inside the package?'

She had tears in her eyes and said, 'Oh, Momma, it's not empty!
I blew kisses into it until it was full.'

The mother was crushed.
She fell on her knees and put her arms around her little girl, and she begged her forgiveness for her thoughtless anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later, and it is told that the mother kept that gold box by her bed for all the years of her life.

Whenever she was discouraged or faced difficult problems she would open the box and take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us, as human beings, have been given a Golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, and friends.

There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 22, 2008, 05:47:26 PM
Updated Christmas Carols

Have Yourself A Very Little Christmas (and lots of Commercialism)

Deck the Blogs

Grandma Got Run Over By An SUV

The Little iPod Boy

Santa Claus is Coming to Town (if he clears TSA screening)

Oh Little Target Named Bethlehem

Hark, the Herald Angels Instant Messages

It Came Upon A Cell Phone Clear

I Saw Mommy Googling Santa Claus

                                            Bill Stebbins, Live well, Laugh often, Love much...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 27, 2008, 09:24:47 PM
 Alcohol does not make you FAT - it makes you LEAN

 .... against tables, chairs, floors, walls and ugly people.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Radovan2 on December 27, 2008, 09:27:10 PM
Alcohol does not make you FAT - it makes you LEAN

 .... against tables, chairs, floors, walls and ugly people.

I like that one!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 27, 2008, 09:37:23 PM
Rockin' Santa
http://www.month2month.com/resources/swf/Rockin%20Santa%20Final.swf
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 28, 2008, 09:19:55 PM
http://www.andycouch.com/whitetrashxmas/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 29, 2008, 08:57:42 PM
WHAT IS A GRANDPARENT?
(Taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)

Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own. They like other people's.

Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn't play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.

When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.

They don't say, 'Hurry up.'

Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.

They wear glasses and funny underwear.

They can take their teeth and gums out.

Grandparents don't have to be smart.

They have to answer questions like 'Why isn't God married?' and 'How come dogs chase cats?'

When they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for the same story over again.

Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us.

They know we should have snack time before bed time, and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we've acted bad.
 
A 6-YEAR-OLD WAS ASKED WHERE HIS GRANDMA LIVED. ''OH,'' HE SAID, ''SHE LIVES AT THE AIRPORT, AND WHEN WE WANT HER, WE JUST GO GET HER. THEN WHEN WE'RE DONE HAVING HER VISIT, WE TAKE HER BACK TO THE AIRPORT.''

GRANDPA IS THE SMARTEST MAN ON EARTH! HE TEACHES ME GOOD THINGS, BUT I DON'T GET TO SEE HIM ENOUGH TO GET AS SMART AS HIM!

It's funny when they bend over; you hear gas leaks, and they blame their dog.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 31, 2008, 07:18:30 PM
A New Year's Wish

     May your hair, your teeth, your face-lift, your abs, boobs and your stocks not fall; and May your blood pressure, your triglycerides, your cholesterol, your white blood count and your mortgage interest not rise.

     May you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, your cardiologist, your endocrinologist, your urologist, your proctologist, your podiatrist, your psychiatrist, your plumber and the IRS or Revenue Canada.

     May you find a way to travel from anywhere to anywhere in the rush hour in less than an hour and when you get there May you find a parking space.

     May Wednesday evening, December 31, find you seated around the dinner table, together with your beloved family and cherished friends, ushering in the New Year ahead. You will find the food better, the environment quieter, the cost much cheaper, and the pleasure much more fulfilling than anything else you might ordinarily do that night.

     May you wake up on January 1st, finding that the world has not come to an end, the lights work, the water faucets flow, and the sky has not fallen.

     May you go to the bank on Monday morning, January 5th, and find your account is in order, your money is still there and any mistakes are in your favour.

     May you ponder on January 4th; How did this ultramodern civilization of ours manage to get itself traumatized by a possible slip of a blip on a chip made out of sand.

     May what you see in the mirror delight you, and what others see in you delight them. May the tele marketers wait to make their sales calls until you finish dinner, and May your cheque book and your budget balance and may they include generous amounts for charity.

     May you remember to say "I love you" at least once a day to your spouse, your child, your parent; but not to your secretary, your nurse, your masseuse, your hairdresser or your tennis instructor.

     May we live as intended, in a world at peace and the awareness of the beauty in every sunset, every flower's unfolding petals, every baby's smile and every wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of our heart.

     And, May you pass this on to someone that could use a smile and a laugh to brighten their day.

     Happy New Year!

                                                        [From Terry Galen via the UGA Humor List]
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 02, 2009, 09:15:36 PM
How To Be Annoying in the New Year

     - Push all the flat Lego pieces together tightly.
     - Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 99 copies.
     - Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.
     - Leave your turn signal on for fifty miles.
     - Reply to everything someone says with "that's what you think..."
     - Declare your apartment an independent nation and sue your upstairs neighbors for violating your airspace.
     - Forget the punchline to a long joke, but assure the listener that "it was a real hoot."
     - Invent nonsense computer jargon in conversations, and see if people play along to avoid looking ignorant.
     - Finish all your sentences with the words "in accordance with prophecy."
     - Wear a hip holster for your TV remote.
     - Don't add any inflection to the end of your sentences, producing awkward silences with the impression that you'll be saying more any moment.
     - Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands over your ears.
     - Staple papers in the middle of the page.
     - Produce a rental video consisting entirely of FBI copyright warnings.
     - Order a side of pork rinds with your filet mignon.
     - Dress only in clothes colored Hunter's Orange.
     - TYPE ONLY IN UPPERCASE.
     - Pay for your dinner with pennies.
     - Repeat everything someone says...as a question.
     - At a busy laundromat, use one dryer for each sock.
     - Try playing the "William Tell Overture" by tapping it on the bottom of your chin, then when nearly done, announce "no, wait, I messed it up," and repeat.
     - Lick the filling out of all the Oreos and put the cookie part back.
     - Hum songs that will stick in co-workers brains, such as "Feliz Navidad," the Archies "Sugar," and the Mr. Rogers theme song.
     - Lie obviously about trivial things, like the time of day.
     - Chew on borrowed pens.
     - Wear a lot of cologne. A LOT!
     - Ask a waitress for an extra seat for your "imaginary friend."
     - Sing along at the opera.
     - Sit in your front yard and point a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.

                                                                         [From Catweasel]
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 03, 2009, 02:40:27 PM
Two Choices

What would you do?....you make the choice. Don't look for a punch line, there isn't one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its
dedicated staff, he offered a question:

'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection.

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do.  He cannot understand things as other children do.

Where is the natural order of things in my son?'

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. 'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'

Then he told the following story:


Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, 'Do you think they'll let me play?' I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.


I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.'


Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was  given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the
plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first basema n's head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, 'Shay, run to first!

Run to first!'

Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.

He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!'

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball, the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

He could have thro wn the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third!
Shay, run to third!'

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home! Run home!'

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team.

'That day', said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, 'the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world'.

Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

AND NOW A LITTLE FOOT NOTE TO  THIS STORY :

We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate.

The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.



If you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you're probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren't the 'appropriate' ones to receive this type of message Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference.

We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the 'natural order of things.'

So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice:

Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?

A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's least fortunate amongst them.


You now have two choices:

1. Delete

2.  Forward


May  your day, be a Shay Day.
Title: "Elephant and Dog Prove Best Friends " Too Sweet for Words;Just LOVE
Post by: Frenchfry on January 08, 2009, 09:00:43 AM
"Elephant and Dog Prove Best Friends " Too Sweet for Words;Just LOVE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs_a98AySNk
Title: Re: "Elephant and Dog Prove Best Friends " Too Sweet for Words;Just LOVE
Post by: bloo II on January 08, 2009, 09:07:56 AM
"Elephant and Dog Prove Best Friends " Too Sweet for Words;Just LOVE
[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs_a98AySNk[/url]
That was so sweet!!!! I can't believe that dog would let an elephant pet her tummy!!!

But I almost hurled from the sappy maudlin narrator.....  :-X
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 09, 2009, 11:47:39 PM
   10 Best Golf Caddy Replies

GOLFER: "Think I'm going to drown myself in the lake."
CADDY:   "Think you can keep your head down that long?"

GOLFER: "I'd move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course."
CADDY:    "Try heaven, you've already moved the earth."

GOLFER: "Do you think my game is improving?"
CADDY:     "Yes sir, you miss the ball much closer now."

GOLFER: "Do you think I can get there with a 5 iron?"
CADDY:   "Eventually."

GOLFER: "You've got to be the worst caddy in the world.
CADDY:   "I don't think so sir. That would be too much of a coincidence."

GOLFER: "Please stop checking your watch all the time. It's too much of a distraction."
CADDY:   "It's not a watch - it's a compass."

GOLFER: "How do you like my game?"
CADDY:   "Very good sir, but personally, I prefer golf."

GOLFER: "Do you think it's a sin to play on Sunday?"
CADDY:   "The way you play, sir, it's a sin on any day."

GOLFER: "This is the worst course I've ever played on."
CADDY:   "This isn't the golf course. We left that an hour ago."

And the #1 Best Caddy Comment -

GOLFER: "That can't be my ball, it's too old."
CADDY:   "It's been a long time since we teed off, sir."

                                                   The UGA Humor List
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 11, 2009, 05:46:31 PM
Terry Fator the Ventriloquist.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNJ02rxaNrs&feature=related
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 12, 2009, 02:37:21 AM
   For Your Information

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 21, 2009, 12:12:28 PM
KIDS IN CHURCH
3-year-old Reese :
'Our Father, Who does art in heaven,
Harold is His name.
Amen.'
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A little boy was overheard praying:
'Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it.
I'm having a real good time like I am.'
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
After the christening of his baby brother in church,
Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car..
His father asked him three times what was wrong.
Finally, the boy replied,
'That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home,
and I wanted to stay with you guys.'
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
One particular four-year-old prayed,
'And forgive us our trash baskets
as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.'
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A Sunday school teacher asked her children as they
were on the way to church service,
'And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?'
One bright little girl replied,
'Because people are sleeping.'
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 5, and Ryan 3.
The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake.
Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson.
'If Jesus were sitting here, He would say,
'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'
Kevin turned to his younger brother and said,
' Ryan , you be Jesus !'
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A father was at the beach with his children
when the four-year-old son ran up to him,
grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore
where a seagull lay dead in the sand.
'Daddy, what happened to him?' the son asked.
'He died and went to Heaven,' the Dad replied.
The boy thought a moment and then said,
'Did God throw him back down?'
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A wife invited some people to dinner.
At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said,
'Would you like to say the blessing?'
'I wouldn't know what to say,' the girl replied.
'Just say what you hear Mommy say,' the wife answered.
The daughter bowed her head and said,
'Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?'
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Title: You think English is easy???
Post by: Frenchfry on January 21, 2009, 11:08:01 PM
You think English is easy???

Read to the end . . . a new twist

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.
 
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish  furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present .

8.) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
 
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
 
13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
 
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate  this to my most intimate friend?


Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted.

But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth.

Why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?

Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
 
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel
at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.
 
English was invented by people,
not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick' ?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 22, 2009, 11:42:06 PM
Intriguing Questions

 
If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does he become disoriented?

If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren’t people from Holland called Holes?

If a pig loses it’s voice, is it disgruntled?

If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

When someone asks you, “A penny for your thoughts” and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It’s just stale bread to begin with.

When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?

Why is a person who plays the piano call a pianist, but a person who drives a race car not called a racist?

Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposite things?

If horrific means to make horrible, doesn’t terrific mean to make terrible?

Why isn’t 11 pronounced onety-one?

“I am.” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that “I do.” is the longest sentence?

If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen are defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?

Do Roman paramedics refer to IV’s as 4’s?

Why is it that if someone tells you that there are 1 billion stars in the universe you will believe them, but if they tell you a wall has wet paint, you will have to touch it to be sure?

[Author unknown, from Clean Humor Digest]
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 28, 2009, 01:53:42 PM
    Some Helpful Tips, Maybe

    Old telephone books make ideal personal address books. Simply cross out the names and addresses of people you don't know.

     Fool other drivers into thinking you have an expensive car phone by holding an old TV or video remote control up to your ear and occasionally swerving across the road and mounting the curb.

     Avoid parking tickets by leaving your windshield wipers turned to fast wipe whenever you leave your car parked illegally.

     No time for a bath? Wrap yourself in masking tape and remove the dirt by simply peeling it off.

     Apply red nail polish to your nails before clipping them. The red nails will be much easier to spot on your bathroom carpet. (Unless you have a red carpet, in which case a contrasting polish should be selected).

     If a person is choking on an ice cube, don't panic. Simply pour a jug of boiling water down their throat and presto! The blockage is almost instantly removed.

[From Bill's Punch Line]
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 05, 2009, 05:38:23 AM
(http://www.nbc.com/The_Tonight_Show_with_Jay_Leno/headlines/H_3698/H_3698_42.jpg)

(http://www.nbc.com/The_Tonight_Show_with_Jay_Leno/headlines/H_3698/H_3698_44.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 05, 2009, 10:50:54 PM
A Great Recipe for a peace-filled life in 2009


1. Take a 10 to 30 minute walk every day.  And while you walk, smile.  It
is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.  Talk to God about
what is going on in your life.  Buy a lock if you have to.

3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement,
'My purpose is to __________ today. I am thankful for______________'

4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that
is manufactured in plants.

5. Drink green tea and plenty of water.   Eat blueberries, wild
Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues
of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control.  Instead
invest your energy in the positive present moment.

8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a
college kid with a maxed out charge card.

9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

11. Don't take yourself so seriously.  No one else does.

12.  You are not so important that you have to win every argument.
Agree to disagree.

13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

14. Don't compare your life to others.  You have no idea what their
journey is all about.

15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years,
will this matter?'

17. Forgive everyone for everything.

18. What other people think of you is none of your business.

19. GOD heals everything - but you have to ask Him.

20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends
will stay in touch.

22. Envy is a waste of time.  You already have all you need.

23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
I am thankful for __________.   Today I accomplished _________.

24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

25. When you are feeling down, start listing your many blessings.
You'll be smiling before you know it.

(From a forwarded email)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: eriemermaid on February 06, 2009, 06:08:11 AM


Movie was made in 1949 -- pre-Mackinaw bridge and I-75 days...very interesting.   Enjoy!





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMR7veI78f8
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 08, 2009, 02:17:11 PM
(http://www.bornagainamerican.org/img/baa_logo.png)

Song video:
http://www.bornagainamerican.org/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: katy scarlett on February 08, 2009, 02:22:50 PM
Fry, that was awesome!! Thanks for posting it
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 08, 2009, 10:58:20 PM
REMEMBER!!

When making a fake ID, attach a picture of yourself only...

 no matter how much you love your girl.

 

'Counterfeit I.D. of the Week'....

 

This is an actual Drivers License from a traffic stop
(http://libertysapothecary.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/drivers-license.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: eriemermaid on February 09, 2009, 08:47:25 AM
What do you say when you see a military person?



http://www.gratitudecampaign.org/shortmovie.php
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2009, 09:41:33 PM
John Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock
(MADE IN JAPAN ) for 6 am.

While his
coffeepot
(MADE IN CHINA )
was perking, he shaved with his
electric razor
(MADE IN HONG KONG ).
He put on a
dress shirt
(MADE IN SRI LANKA ),
designer jeans
(MADE IN SINGAPORE )
and
tennis shoes
(MADE IN KOREA )
After cooking his breakfast in his new
electric skillet
(MADE IN INDIA )
he sat down with his
calculator
(MADE IN MEXICO )
to see how much he could spend today. After setting his
watch
(MADE IN TAIWAN )
to the
radio
(MADE IN INDIA )
he got in his
car
(MADE IN GERMANY )
filled it with
GAS
(from Saudi Arabia )
and continued his search
for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.
At the end
of yet another discouraging
and fruitless day
checking his
Computer
(Made In Malaysia ),
Joe decided to relax for a while.
He put on his
sandals
(MADE IN BRAZIL )
poured himself a glass of
wine
(MADE IN FRANCE )
and turned on his
TV
(MADE IN INDONESIA ),
and then wondered
why he can't find
a good paying job
in AMERICA
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: eriemermaid on April 01, 2009, 10:38:22 AM

Whoo hoo
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 03, 2009, 07:14:40 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 06, 2009, 10:40:32 PM
The history of the middle finger (email)

I never knew this before, and now that I know it, I feel compelled to post this in the hope that my more intelligent friends will feel edified. 

Isn't history more fun when you know something about it?   

Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers.

Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future.

This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as 'plucking the yew' (or 'pluck yew').

Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew! 

Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodentals fricative F', and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute! 

It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as 'giving the bird.'


And yew thought yew knew every plucking thing
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 11, 2009, 08:40:08 AM
(http://z.about.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/y/J/ashcroft_pregnant.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 11, 2009, 08:40:55 AM
(http://z.about.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/K/M/ashcroft_gopseeds.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 11, 2009, 08:42:09 AM
(http://z.about.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/I/M/ashcroft_jesus.jpg)
Title: Tapping your cell phone
Post by: Frenchfry on April 14, 2009, 12:26:56 AM
Tapping your cell phone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCyKcoDaofg
Title: Re: Miscellaneous, Old Michigan Pictures
Post by: Frenchfry on April 14, 2009, 07:45:02 AM
Old Michigan Pictures

For all you history buffs this is a real trip down memory lane.   

See them as they were.

Very interesting, just click on the site below. 

When you get to the main page,  click on the letter of whatever city you are interested  in..
http://www.viewsofthepast.com/topics/towns.htm
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 14, 2009, 10:32:03 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 23, 2009, 12:50:40 PM
Clay  Balls      

A man was exploring caves by the Seashore.  In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls..  It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake.  They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him.  As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could. 
 
He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open on a rock .  Inside was a beautiful, precious stone!
 
Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls.  Each contained a similar treasure.  He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left.   
 
Then it struck him.  He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves.  Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he had just thrown it away! 
 
It's like that with people.  We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel.  It doesn't look like much from the outside.  It isn't always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it. 
 
We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy.  But we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person. 
 
There is a treasure in each and every one of us....if we just take the time to get to know that person
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 28, 2009, 01:10:09 AM
The Moron Brothers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RaFApVP0zU#lq-lq2-hq)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: eriemermaid on April 28, 2009, 09:08:47 AM
Wow, that's the life Frenchfry!!  When that guy pulled up the floorboards there - even I jumped up! lol  Thanks for sharing :D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 28, 2009, 10:23:13 AM
L'Ours (1988) - the cougar scene (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjLCJKoot4U#lq-lq2-hq)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 03, 2009, 06:22:46 PM
Why Why Why


Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are almost dead?
___________________________________

Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient  funds' when they already know there is not enough money?
___________________________________
Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars; but have to check when you say the paint is still wet?
___________________________________

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
___________________________________

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at  him?

___________________________________
Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
___________________________________

Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'?
___________________________________

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

___________________________________

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?
___________________________________

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?
___________________________________

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that
something new to eat will have materialized?

___________________________________

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach  down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

___________________________________

Why is it that no  plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?

___________________________________
How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

___________________________________

When we  are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, 'It's all right?' Well, it  isn't all right, so why don't we say, 'That really hurt, why don't you watch where you're going?'

___________________________________

Why is it that whenever you attempt  to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock  something else over?

___________________________________

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it
was in summer when we complained about the heat?
___________________________________

How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

___________________________________

And my FAVORITE......
The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons is
suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best
friends -- if they're okay, then it's you.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 19, 2009, 10:31:23 AM
(From an email)

1. Quit idling "To save gas, UPS drivers plan their routes to avoid tie-ups at left turns. So now I plot out my errands so I'm not zigzagging around." —Sue Foster, Titusville, Florida
2. Hoard your Lincolns "I tuck the $5 bills I get back in change in my favorite piggy bank. At the end of the month I deposit them in my '$5 Account' at the bank. I'm able to save anywhere from $150 to $300 a month. It's always a blessing to know that if an unexpected repair or expense comes up, you have a little stash to use instead of a credit card." —Janet Sinclair, Boston, Massachusetts
3. Drive a search engine "I am very fond of Google Product Search, which lets you sort the results from low price to high. And I have always saved a ton of money by buying on eBay." —Teri Beahm, Cypress, Texas
4. Send less down the drain Low-volume showerheads aren't the only way to cut water bills. "My kids were always letting the faucets run when doing dishes, brushing teeth, and shaving. But underneath the sink is a shutoff valve that lets you reduce water flow." —David Rutter, Needham, Massachusetts
5. Split the bills "My husband and I don't generate a lot of trash, so we split the garbage-collection bill with a neighbor." —Debra Larrison, South Bend, Indiana
6. Split the pills "I have my doctor prescribe a double-strength dose of my pills, and then I cut them in half. That's one copay for twice the medicine." —Elmont Hollingsworth, Mount Pleasant, Iowa [Search "pill splitting" at aarp.org for more details. —Ed.]
7. Put the work in workout "I figure I save $40 a week by mowing my half-acre yard myself, $125 a week by cleaning house, and $175 a month grooming my four dogs. Plus, doing all these chores keeps me so active, there's no need to join a gym!" —Bev Nord, Round Rock, Texas
8. Hairdo it yourself "Every month my husband colors my hair and I cut his, saving us $540 a year." —Sharon Wadel, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
9. Cross the border for a doctor "For major dental work I go to Costa Rica to an internationally known dental clinic and save thousands. All payments can be made on a major credit card, or you can pay cash for a 5 percent discount." —Jack Fennig, Dallas, Texas
10. Give yourself more than credit "I use a cash-back credit card, and I don't carry a balance. I get 5 percent back on gasoline purchases!" —Jeff Roberts, Yorktown Heights, New York
11. Get free firewood "Check with local tree services to see if you can come to a worksite and collect trimmed branches. You get free heat, and they save on hauling and dumping fees." —Patricia Hayward, Phoenix, Arizona

Trick Yourself Into Saving

13. Round up on the ledger "When writing a check, I deduct to the next biggest $5, so a check for $11.87 would be entered as $15. When I get to $100 extra, I transfer it to savings." —Diane Guichard, Metairie, Louisiana

14. Hide your COLA "If you are retired, you get a cost-of-living adjustment every year from Social Security. Don't record the new amount in your checkbook—continue to use the old amount. You can always find out your exact balance by checking your bank statements." —James Hill, Olympia, Washington

15. Make saving your vice "I don't smoke but pretend I do by putting away $25 every two weeks 'for a carton.' "—Trisha Grether, Mason, Ohio
12. Rig a flush light "Each night I have to make several trips to the bathroom. To save electricity, I bought a battery-powered push light for a dollar and used small screws to attach it to the bottom of the toilet seat. Now I just tap the light after raising the seat and whoop-ee!" —Joe Reber, Webster, New York
16. Shop consignment stores "Most small towns have resale shops. I recently bought a wool winter coat, stylish and like new, for $7. And I pay around $4 for dresses and $2.50 for tops and skirts." —JoLynn Gates, Fairfield, Iowa
17. Postpone the "doughnut hole" "Don't include generic prescriptions in your Medicare Part D purchases. Pharmacies offer a wide range of generics (Walmart has them for $4), whereas most Part D plans claim the 'average retail price,' which is much higher." —Jim Rogers, Chelmsford, Massachusetts
18. Turn down one thermostat… "Keeping your water heater at 100 degrees Fahrenheit is adequate for most households, yet most settings are 125 degrees. I lowered mine, and I'm saving about $30 a month." —William [last name withheld], Highland Park, Iowa
19. …And raise another "My greatest money saver is keeping my air conditioner at 77 degrees Fahrenheit, which has lowered my monthly electric bill from about $400 to $125." —Louise Daly, Boca Raton, Florida
20. Share the mower "Never buy anything yourself that is used seasonally. Instead, form a co-op with friends to purchase a lawn mower and other equipment." —Charles [last name withheld], Lettsworth, Louisiana
21. Seal in freshness "I have used a $25 vacuum-packing 'food saver' system for ten years; it maintains the freshness of meats, breads, vegetables, and more, saving about $1,000 a year by taking advantage of 'Buy one, get one free' deals and 'family packs,' and eliminating waste and freezer burn. Also, a full freezer uses less energy." —Rick Meiers, Bradenton, Florida
22. Freeze your assets "I put money into a plastic container with water and freeze it. When I see something I want, I know that by the time the money is defrosted, I won't want that item anymore." —James Kipp, Tonawanda, New York
23. Tap the tap "You don't need to buy bottled water; just turn on the faucet." —Mike Shipplett, Sierra Vista, Arizona
24. Make the oven multitask "By cooking smarter, I have saved on propane gas and groceries. When I heat up the oven, I fill it completely with meat entrées, cookies, cakes, and biscuits, then freeze some for later use." —Angela Braun, Jackson, Michigan

25. Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!
26. Sweat the small stuff "I save money by keeping track of everything I buy. I keep an envelope in my purse for receipts. At the end of the day I see where it's all gone. It's amazing how much you can spend without realizing it." —Pat Roesch, Weston, Connecticut
27. Trim your premium... "Taking an inexpensive refresher course in driving safety earned me a 5 percent discount on my car insurance." —Robert DeBellis, Aventura, Florida [For a course near you, go to aarp.org/drive. —Ed.]
28. ...Or comparison-shop it "I had been with my auto-insurance company for 13 years and had no tickets or accidents. But when I went on the insurer's website as a new customer, the quote came back for $250 below my current rate. I was so mad I went with another company and saved $600!" —Joy Dove, West Jefferson, North Carolina
29. Clean with shampoo "I use an inexpensive brand for scrubbing tubs and tiles. It's nontoxic, smells good, and costs a lot less than cleansers." —Lourdes Cortez, Staten Island, New York
30. Clean with vinegar "Forget about expensive name-brand cleaning products. You can do a lot with white vinegar and salt, and they are not toxic." —Heidi Ross, Centennial, Colorado
31. Get a radio discount "Some stations have coupons worth 30 to 75 percent off the regular price for dining, lodging, massages, and getaways." —Dorothy Baker, Boyne Falls, Michigan
32. Get a loyalty discount "I register as a frequent diner with various restaurants to receive coupons and unadvertised specials." —Linda Granzow, Mesa, Arizona

CLASSIC ADVICE

Many of you offered these timeless gems

35. Set a budget.

36. Clip coupons.

37. Buy in bulk.

38. Take the bus.

39. Avoid moochers.

40. Grow your food.

41. String a clothesline.

42. Swap stuff.

43. Always pay cash.
33. Get the "I asked" discount "Always ask if an establishment has a discount for people over 50. Many do, but they won't offer it unless you ask." —Cliff Johnston, China Spring, Texas
34. Print your own greeting cards "I use the computer." —Beatrice O'Kelly, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
44. Save on sirloin "Ask your supermarket manager which day is best for discounts on meat. I have purchased beautiful cuts for about one-fourth the original price, and I have never gotten spoiled meat." —Barbara Stanley, Blairsville, Georgia
45. Dust off the pressure cooker "Its speed saves energy, and, to my surprise, some dishes even taste better, like the lentil soup I make with a quick ham-hock broth." —Beverly Wilson, Lincoln, New Mexico
46. Bank online "I have my paycheck direct-deposited and save on driving." —Sue Hibler, Angola, Indiana
47. Think "junk" "I have had enough yard sales, and made enough Goodwill donations, to know that many things aren't really necessary or are impulse purchases that will sit on a shelf. So I generally do not buy anything without then giving two items to Goodwill." —Shelley Edmondson, Sedona, Arizona
48. Procrastinate "Whenever I'm tempted to buy an unplanned item I see at the store, I delay getting it until my next shopping trip. I usually don't buy it then, either." —Donald Clement, Frankford, Delaware
49. Learn a skill "Rather than hire a plumber, I go to the library to research a problem so I can do the repair myself. With a computer and Internet access, it's easy to get an answer to any question." —Hubert Neubauer, Los Angeles, California
50. Muzzle the media "I mute the television during commercials and seldom read magazines, thereby avoiding ads and articles that encourage consumerism." —Diana Joubert, Florence, Alabama [Glad AARP The Magazine is the exception! —Ed.]
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 23, 2009, 11:30:00 PM
Don't Talk to Cops, Part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08fZQWjDVKE#lq-lq2-hq)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 26, 2009, 10:08:47 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 29, 2009, 11:21:05 AM
Sam Gerber (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC_f8w4M2S4#lq-lq2-hq-vhq)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 07, 2009, 12:05:13 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 12, 2009, 07:39:45 AM
Pavement drawings

(http://users.skynet.be/J.Beever/images/lobster2.jpg)

(http://users.skynet.be/J.Beever/images/newt.jpg)

(http://users.skynet.be/J.Beever/images/timesquare.jpg)

(http://users.skynet.be/J.Beever/images/blair.jpg)

http://users.skynet.be/J.Beever/pave.htm (http://users.skynet.be/J.Beever/pave.htm)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 12, 2009, 07:46:31 AM
Julian Beever 3D Sidewalk Chalk Art (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byCZYdlzDyI#lq-lq2-hq)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 14, 2009, 03:12:01 PM
From an email:

Q: Doctor,  I've heard that  cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Your  heart is only good for so many  beats, and that's it...  don't waste them on exercise.
     Everything wears out  eventually.  Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer;  that's like saying you can extend  the life of your car by driving it faster. 
     Want to live longer?  Take a  nap. 

Q: Should  I cut  down on meat and  eat more fruits and  vegetables?
A: You  must grasp  logistical efficiencies.  What does a cow eat?   Hay and corn.
     And what are these?  Vegetables.  So a steak  is nothing more  than an efficient
     mechanism of  delivering vegetables to your  system.   Need grain?   Eat  chicken.   
     Beef is also a good source  of field grass  (green leafy vegetable).   
     And a pork chop can  give you  100% of your recommended daily allowance of  vegetable  products.

Q: Should  I reduce my  alcohol intake? 
A:  No,  not at all.  Wine is made from  fruit.  Brandy is  distilled wine,  that means they take the water out of  the fruity bit so you  get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out  of grain.  Bottoms up!

Q: How  can I calculate my body/fat  ratio?
A: Well,  if you have a body and you have  fat, your ratio is one  to one. 
     If you have two bodies, your  ratio is two to  one, etc.

Q: What  are some of  the advantages of participating in a regular  exercise  program?
A: Can't  think of a single one, sorry.  My  philosophy is: No  Pain...Good!
         Q:  Aren't  fried  foods bad for you? 
         A:  YOU'RE  NOT  LISTENING!!! .....  Foods are fried these days in  vegetable oil. 
              In fact,  they're permeated in it.  How could  getting more  vegetables be bad for  you? 

         Q:  Will  sit-ups  help prevent me from getting a little soft  around  the middle?
         A: Definitely  not! When  you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger.
              You  should only be  doing sit-ups if you want a bigger   stomach. 

         Q:  Is   chocolate bad for me? 
         A:  Are you crazy? HELLO   Cocoa  beans ! Another vegetable!!! It's the best feel-good food around!

       Q:  Is   swimming good for your figure? 
         A:  If swimming is good for your figure,  explain whales to me.

         Q:  Is getting   in-shape important for my   lifestyle? 
         A:  Hey!  'Round' is  a shape! 

Well,   I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may  have had about  food  and diets.

And  remember:
'Life should  NOT  be a journey to the grave with the intention
of  arriving  safely in an attractive and well preserved  body, but rather  to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one  hand - chocolate in  the other -
body thoroughly used up,  totally worn out and   
screaming 'WOO  HOO, What a  Ride'

And For  those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final  word on nutrition and health.
It's a relief to know the  truth after all those conflicting nutritional  studies. 

1. The Japanese eat  very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than  Americans.

2. The Mexicans  eat a lot of  fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese  drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red  wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than  Americans. 

5. The Germans  drink a lot of beers and eat lots of  sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

CONCLUSION

Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking  English is apparently what kills  you.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 15, 2009, 07:29:30 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 17, 2009, 08:25:00 AM
Anti-boobs terrorist burns down topless coffee shop.
http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2009/06/04/topless_coffee_shop_destroyed_in_arson_fire/ (http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2009/06/04/topless_coffee_shop_destroyed_in_arson_fire/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 19, 2009, 09:53:26 PM
This is like watching a real Reno 911.  :D
http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1766982 (http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1766982)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: the nosh on June 22, 2009, 10:32:31 AM
i think admin is getting out of hand here!!

the terms of service suck big time and i see threads being locked when the starter of the thread hasnt been around for days!!

whats up with that?????????????????????
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 22, 2009, 11:51:54 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 03, 2009, 11:56:57 AM
Chaise Diet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt-a_8LYzrw#lq-lq2-hq)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 10, 2009, 11:44:40 PM
An Old Farmer's Advice:

* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. *

*Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.*

*Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.*

* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.*

* Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.*

* Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.*

* Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.*

* Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.*

* It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.*

* You cannot unsay a cruel word.*

* Every path has a few puddles.*

* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.*

* The best sermons are lived, not preached.

* Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.*

* Don't judge folks by their relatives.*

* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.*

* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.*

* Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.*

* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.*

* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.*

* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.*

* The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.*

* Always drink upstream from the herd.*

* Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.*

* Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.*

* If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.*

* Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.*

*Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.*
--

Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight,

he'll just kill you.
http://toledo.craigslist.org/rnr/1262278994.html (http://toledo.craigslist.org/rnr/1262278994.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: why not on July 11, 2009, 12:37:14 AM
Frenchfry, Life is so simple when you just boil out the fat.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 15, 2009, 08:44:23 AM
Teen Girl Falls In Open Manhole While Texting (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Hk-ru57A-c&feature=haxa_popt00us01#lq-lq2-hq)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 15, 2009, 08:45:54 AM
72 Year-Old Man Body Building Every Day (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUvjXQHt6QQ&NR=1#lq-lq2-hq)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 23, 2009, 10:47:01 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 23, 2009, 10:48:19 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 10, 2009, 11:33:18 PM
From an email:

Some of the artists of the 60's are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers who can remember doing the "Limbo" as if it were yesterday.

They include:

Bobby Darin --- 
Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' A Flash

Herman's Hermits ---
Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Walker

Ringo Starr  ---
I Get By With A Little Help From Depends

The Bee Gees --  -
How Can You Mend A Broken Hip?

Roberta Flack---
The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face

Johnny Nash  ---
I Can't See Clearly Now.

Paul Simon---
Fifty Ways To Lose Your Liver

The Commodores ---
Once, Twice, Three Times To The Bathroom

Marvin Gaye  ---
Heard It Through the Grape Nuts

Procol Harem---
A Whiter Shade Of Hair

Leo Sayer ---
You Make Me Feel Like Napping

The Temptations  ---
Papa's Got A Kidney Stone

Abba---
Denture Queen

Tony Orlando ---
Knock 3 Times On The Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall

Helen Reddy ---
I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore

Leslie Gore---
It's My Procedure, And I'll Cry If I Want To


And Last but NOT least...

Willie Nelson ---
On the Commode Again
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 02, 2009, 10:35:04 AM
World's Biggest Excavator
(http://img79.imageshack.us/img79/7904/80316749uy1.jpg)(http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/7286/27822348gj2.jpg)
Quote
Built by Krupp (now ThyssenKrupp) of Germany, the Bagger 288 excavator is the world's largest land vehicle. It is now owned and operated by RWE AG, a large utility company.

If you want to get the dirt out, or move a mountain, this is absolutely the right machine. The RWE Bagger 288 earth digger stands 311 feet tall, is 705 feet long and weighs 45,500 tons (the weight of the Titanic was 46,328 tons) and by its scale alone is quite intimidating. Technically it is a bucket wheel excavator. In appearance it seems to be a giant's version of an Erector Set project that got out of hand.

And when it comes to moving mountains, it has no peers. Indeed, moving mountains is exactly what may happen in Rosio Montana in Romania. The plan is to use similar machines to get at a wealth of gold. The Canadian company Rosio Montana Gold intends to accomplish this.

"All five mountains will simply be mined out," says Andrej Grubacic, a historian from the region.

After all as Stuart L. Udall once said, "Mining is like a search and destroy mission."

The RWE Bagger 288 excavator was designed to work in open-pit coal mines in Germany. That's where it is now digging in and loading up. However, for all its mass, it may have a short life. The German Republic has mandated a shutdown of all German coal mining by 2018. Clearly this mandateis open to some modification in the interim.

Being big, the Bagger 288 can only go one-third of a mile an hour on three rows of caterpillar track assembles. If it crosses a highway, as it has done on rare occasions, the roadway must be fully rebuilt as the sheer weight crushes the cement and anything else in its path.

It has also crossed rivers, after careful preparation. Any move requires at least 70 men to prepare the way and the last time cost some $10 million to complete. The machines does not need the kind of mobility provided by treads while itis mining, but it was considered less expensive to move the vehicle on caterpillar treads rather than disassembling it and reassembling it at its destination.

It cost $100 million to build, took five years to design and manufacture, and five years to assemble. When it was completed, the Bagger 288 passed NASA's Crawler-Transporter, used to move the space shuttle and Apollo space craft as the world's largest landvehicle.

It takes five people to operate it, and little wonder, as it has a 70-foot diameter bucket wheel. Each of its 20 huge buckets can scoop up over 530 cubic feet of material. It moves on 12 crawlers with tank-like treads. After all itis German. One of the buckets once picked up a large bulldozer by mistake.

The machine can process 100,000 cubic yards of material, hopefully coal, and that amounts to up to 2,500 truck loads a day that can make for a good deal of wear and tear on the local environment. That's the equivalent of a football field dug to 100 feet deep each day.

http://www.themediasite.net/forums/showthread.php?t=50437 (http://www.themediasite.net/forums/showthread.php?t=50437)


World's Biggest Bus
Neoplan Jumbo -cruiser....2 in 1 bus..double deck bus..170 passenger capacity
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Vehicle Specifications

Model : Neoplan N4032/4 Megashuttle
Length : 15m
Width : 2.5m
Height : 4m
1st axle weight : 7,100kg
2nd axle weight : 7,100kg
3rd axle weight : 11,000kg
4th axle weight : 7,100kg
Number of seats : 95
Number of Standees : 75

http://www.themediasite.net/forums/showthread.php?t=50437 (http://www.themediasite.net/forums/showthread.php?t=50437)

Still Another Biggest Passenger Ship
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Due to be delivered to the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in the fall of 2009, the Genesis will become at that time the largest cruise ship in the world. For how long?? Who knows!

The $1.24 billion vessel (the most expensive ship ever built) will hold up to 6,400 passengers.

It will weigh in at about 100,000 tons based on displacement. (A Nimitz-class aircraft carrier comes in at about 97,000 tons).

Genesis will be 1,180 feet long, 154 feet wide at water level, and 240 feet high.
http://www.themediasite.net/forums/showthread.php?t=50437 (http://www.themediasite.net/forums/showthread.php?t=50437)


Tallest - Longest - Biggest
http://goethals1907-2007.blogspot.com/2009/11/tallest-longest-biggest.html (http://goethals1907-2007.blogspot.com/2009/11/tallest-longest-biggest.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 03, 2009, 09:24:18 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: ASH86 on November 06, 2009, 02:11:30 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 25, 2009, 11:31:15 PM
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http://toledo.craigslist.org/rnr/1482425283.html (http://toledo.craigslist.org/rnr/1482425283.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 25, 2009, 11:33:27 PM
John Smith started the day early,
having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6 am.

While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking,
he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG),
and put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA),
designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and
tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA).

After cooking his breakfast in his new
electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA),
he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO),
to see how much he could spend today.

After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN)
to the radio (MADE IN INDIA),
he got in his car (MADE IN JAPAN),
filled it with GAS (from SAUDIA ARABIA)
he continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.

At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day
checking his Computer (made in MALAYSIA),
John decided to relax for a while.

He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL),
poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE)
and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA),
and then wondered why he can't find
a good paying job in AMERICA
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http://toledo.craigslist.org/rnr/1481795225.html (http://toledo.craigslist.org/rnr/1481795225.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 27, 2010, 10:26:02 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 15, 2010, 08:13:11 PM
From an email:

Interesting facts

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery.......if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor"
        But worse than that were the really poor  folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot.............they "didn't have a pot to piss in" and were the lowest of the low.

       
The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

        Here are some facts about the 1500's:
         
         
        Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell . .. . brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of c arrying a bouquet when getting married.

        Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!"

        Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, wit h no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

        There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.
        The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

        (Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

        In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.

        Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

        Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

        Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "the upper crust."

        Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

        England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer...

        Now, who said history was boring ! ! !
         
        So . . . get out there and educate someone!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 20, 2010, 05:39:11 PM
From CL:
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on March 20, 2010, 05:48:09 PM
LOL....you've GOT to be kidding!  That's sad, but amusing.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 28, 2010, 02:16:24 PM
It’s a sad day for Happy Meals in Santa Clara County
County officials vote to ban toys and other promotions that restaurants offer with high-calorie children’s meals.

Happy Meal toys and other promotions that come with high-calorie children's meals will soon be banned in parts of Santa Clara County unless the restaurants meet nutritional guidelines approved Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors.

"This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on children's' love of toys" to sell high-calorie, unhealthful food, said Supervisor Ken Yeager, who sponsored the measure. "This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes."
More here:
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-happy-meals-20100428,0,6355743.story?track=rss (http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-happy-meals-20100428,0,6355743.story?track=rss)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 28, 2010, 02:17:42 PM
Map shows 50 new California faults
More than 50 new surface earthquake faults have been discovered in California over the last two decades, according to a new state map that officials hope will help guide future development decisions and emergency planning.

The state's fault activity map, produced by the California Geological Survey, is the first in 16 years and offers a sober reminder of California's quake risks.

The new faults range from small ones that don't pose much threat for major temblors to very large ones, like that responsible for the 7.1 Hector Mine earthquake that shook Southern California in 1999.

Most of the faults have been known to researchers, and information on them is contained in scientific files. But state officials and quake experts hope that putting all the faults on one map will educate the state about quake risk zones and help residents grasp the geography of the fault lines.
More here:
http://www.latimes.com/news/custom/topofthetimes/topstories/la-me-california-faults-20100428,0,2888008.story?track=rss (http://www.latimes.com/news/custom/topofthetimes/topstories/la-me-california-faults-20100428,0,2888008.story?track=rss)

http://www.latimes.com/news/custom/topofthetimes/topstories/la-042810-me-california-faults-g,0,4002283.graphic (http://www.latimes.com/news/custom/topofthetimes/topstories/la-042810-me-california-faults-g,0,4002283.graphic)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 03, 2010, 09:56:19 PM
Side cars:
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http://anunciautos.com.br/blog/2009/09/side-cars-para-motos-todos-modelos-imaginaveis-e-inimaginaveis/ (http://anunciautos.com.br/blog/2009/09/side-cars-para-motos-todos-modelos-imaginaveis-e-inimaginaveis/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 03, 2010, 10:01:39 PM
More:
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http://anunciautos.com.br/blog/2009/09/side-cars-para-motos-todos-modelos-imaginaveis-e-inimaginaveis/ (http://anunciautos.com.br/blog/2009/09/side-cars-para-motos-todos-modelos-imaginaveis-e-inimaginaveis/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 07, 2010, 08:43:54 PM
Top 10 Secrets of Effective Liars

As I've written earlier, human beings have an innate skill at dishonesty. And with good reason: being able to manipulate the expectations of those around us is a key survival trait  for social animals like ourselves. Indeed, a 1999 study by psychologist Robert Feldman at the University of Massachusetts showed that the most popular kids were also the most effective liars. Just because our aptitude is hardwired doesn't mean it can't improve with practice and skill. Here are ten techniques that top-notch liars use to maximize their effectiveness. (By the way, this information is offered as a way to help detect deceit in others, not to practice it yourself. Honestly!)

#1 Have a reason. "Prisons are filled with bad liars," says psychologist Charles Ford, author of the book Lies! Lies! Lies!. "The good liars are out running HMOs." So what's the big difference? Basically, says Ford, the trick is to lie as little as possible - only when you actually have something to gain. "Pathological liars can't stop themselves from lying, so they tell a lot of little lies and wind up getting caught," he says. Truly expert fabricators, on the other hand, save their ammunition - they don't bother to lie unless it's going to get them something they really want.

#2 Lay your groundwork. Don't wait until you're under the interrogation lamp to start putting your story together. A 1990 study by psychologist Bill Flanagan showed that liars who had worked out the details of their stories beforehand had significantly more success than those who hadn't. As in everything, practice makes perfect. "It's easier to catch someone in lie the first time they tell it," says psychologist Dr. Cynthia Cohen

#3 Tell the truth, misleadingly. The hardest lies to catch are those which aren't actually lies. You're telling the truth, but in a way that leaves a false impression. Technically, it's only a prevarication - about half a sin. A 1990 study of pathological liars in New York City found that those who could avoid follow-up questions were significantly more successful at their deceptions.

#4 Know your target. Good liars have the same gift as good communicators: the ability to get inside the listener's head. Empathy not only clues you in to what your subject wants to hear, it will help you avoid stepping onto trip wires that will trigger their suspicions. "To make a credible lie, you need to take into account the perspective of your target," says Carolyn Saarni, co-editor of the book Lying and Deception in Everyday Life. "Know what they know. Be aware of their interests and activities so you can cover your tracks."

#5 Keep your facts straight. "One of the problems of successful lying is that it's hard work," says psychologist Michael Lewis. "You have to be very consistent in doing it." That means nailing down the details. Write down notes if you have to. "One of the things that trips people up is that they give different information to different people, who then start talking about it and comparing notes," says Dr. Gini Graham Scott, author of The Truth About Lying.

#6 Stay focused. "When I'm trying to catch a liar, I watch to see how committed they are to what they're telling me," says Sgt. John Yarbrough, interrogation expert with the LA Sheriff Department's homicide bureau. "If I accuse someone of lying, and they're not very committed to the statement they just made, a red flag goes up." One of the reasons most people make bad liars is that they find lying a deeply unpleasant activity. Fear and guilt are evident in their facial expressions. They want to get the process over as quickly as possible, so they show relief when their interrogator changes the topic. That's a dead giveaway. Really good liars, on the other hand, actually enjoy the process of deceiving other people. "The best liars don't show any shame or remorse because they don't feel it," says Cohen. "They get a thrill out of actively misleading others. They're good at it, and they enjoy the challenge."

#7: Watch your signals. It's folk wisdom that people fidget, touch their noses, stutter, and break eye contact when they lie - the proverbial "shifty-eyed" look. But research has shown that just isn't so. In his 1999 study of high school students, Feldman found that nonverbal signals were crucial in determining who got away with telling lies. "The successful kinds were better at controlling their nonverbal signals, things like the the amount of eye contact and how much they gestured," he says.

#8: Turn up the pressure. If your target has clearly become suspicious, it's time to raise the emotional stakes. "The best liars are natural manipulators," says Sgt. Yarbrough. He cites as a perfect example the scene in Basic Instinct where Sharon Stone is brought to the cop station for questioning and winds up flashing everyone a glimpse of her Lesser Antilles. "She was turning them on," Yarbrough explains, "and that's a form of manipulation - using sexual or emotional arousal to distract the interviewer."

#9: Counterattack. The fact is, just as most of us are uncomfortable telling lies, most are uncomfortable accusing others. This discomfort can be used in the liar's favor. "You'll often see politicians respond to accusations with aggression," says Stan Walters, author of The Truth About Lying: Everyday Techniques for Dealing with Deception. "What they'll do is drive critics away from the issue, so they're forced to gather up their resources to fight another scrimmage."

#10: Bargain. Even when the jig is up, liars can often escape the worst by using a process psychologists call bargaining. "You want to soften, alleviate, or totally eliminate feelings of responsibility for the lie," explains researcher Mary DePalma. "If you can decrease responsibility for blame and the anger that goes with it, you're really looking at a much better outcome."
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/extreme-fear/201005/top-10-secrets-effective-liars (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/extreme-fear/201005/top-10-secrets-effective-liars)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 26, 2010, 01:02:20 PM
From CL:

Comcast - Taking Incompetence to a New Level
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This is the third month my bill has been totally screwed up. Then they had the nerve to ask me why I'm not willing to sign up for their automated bill pay where they "conveniently" take it right out of my checking account. Don't worry about any errors, the money will be returned within "one billing cycle."

How can their Customer Service even think about asking me about agreeing to let them take money right out of my bank account after they've just seen how incompetent their billing system is? Why should I have to wait "one billing cycle" (almost a month) for them to return massive amounts of money because of their incompetence. What planet do these people live on?
http://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/rnr/1811755868.html (http://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/rnr/1811755868.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on June 26, 2010, 01:12:53 PM
I haven't shopped my internet/cable/phone package from ATT recently.  I'm pleased with the service (knock on wood, no calls in 3 years now) and down/up load speed of the package.  Wondering about what Live said for Huges and combination of satellite?  Don't know enough about it.

Went through the Charter and Comcast deals......both had terrible price creep, ATT will get ya too if you don't watch.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on June 26, 2010, 01:37:28 PM
The parents have ATT now and I hate it.  The guide is difficult to use and I can't channel surf anymore.  I wish they would switch back to Comcast but its not my house and I don't pay the bill so I don't have a say.  I just know I'd much rather go without than have to take 30 minutes to find the Tigers game like I did yesterday.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on June 26, 2010, 02:05:15 PM
Like any other, Shag.  Gotta get used to it.  I'm able to channel surf, and the guide is like most others.  I have "favorites" locked in for my sports addictions.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 08, 2010, 08:59:30 AM
Glenn Beck University

Glenn Beck University (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBQ_FUSCSwU#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on July 09, 2010, 05:43:30 PM
Hey BRD, have you seen this llama?   LOL

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 18, 2010, 10:09:49 AM
From the Agitator:

"The most terrifying swimming pool you’ll read about today. And also very cool."
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1289194/Marina-Bay-Sands-resort-opens-Singapore.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1289194/Marina-Bay-Sands-resort-opens-Singapore.html)

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on July 18, 2010, 01:21:28 PM
Yeah, just looking at that pic gives me the willies.  I'll pass.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Collegekid on July 18, 2010, 03:05:38 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on August 06, 2010, 09:37:34 PM
This is just creepy.


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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on August 07, 2010, 06:57:40 AM
LMAO......NFW!

Gotta love Canada.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 19, 2010, 12:54:08 AM
US Man Paid To Smoke Pot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdruct9pB7E#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on August 20, 2010, 07:11:29 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on August 20, 2010, 08:38:47 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on August 25, 2010, 11:01:59 PM
Have you seen the Full Moon?
Here it's rolling down the mountain.

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on August 28, 2010, 08:08:45 AM
LOL, great pic.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 02, 2010, 11:00:06 AM
19 Die While Hunting Mushrooms (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RlUWNEmWU8#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on September 03, 2010, 09:21:36 PM
I have honestly never been this drunk...

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on September 03, 2010, 09:23:07 PM
LOL, that's funny Shag.....but I think I may have hit that level at least twice in my drinking career.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on September 03, 2010, 09:35:50 PM
Our next MT gathering?


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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on September 03, 2010, 09:37:27 PM
Count me in!   ;)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on September 03, 2010, 09:50:12 PM
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An obvious question...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on September 03, 2010, 10:26:24 PM
ROFLMFAO!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on September 03, 2010, 10:54:01 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on September 03, 2010, 11:12:28 PM
I remember about 45 years ago reading in reader's digest about a guy that got mugged one night while leaving a theater. He came to several hours later got up and went home with a severe head ache. The next day it was much worse so he went to the hospital and they xrayed his head and he had 9 - 22cal bullets lodged in his head. They had pictures of the xrays and showed how each bullet entered his head. Amazing he even lived.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on September 04, 2010, 12:55:46 AM
Fixed

Thanks Fry.  I entered that in manually and I missed the /  My mistake.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on September 04, 2010, 08:52:40 AM
This does not surprise me....

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 04, 2010, 11:25:25 AM
Received this email from a right-winger I know:

Let’s erect a Hooters-style rib place next door to the mosque? 

A step better, a rib joint with strippers!

Oh, yeah, a liquor license is a must!  Booze, pork, and naked women!

Happy hour would be whatever time they call to prayer! 

Just trying to promote a little diversity using the same sensitivity as the Muslims who want to build the mosque in N.Y.


(For the record....I'm not against the mosque)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 04, 2010, 11:26:56 AM
And another email from that right-winger:

Bumper Stickers seen on Military Installations:

"Except For Ending Slavery, Fascism, Naziism and Communism, WAR has Never Solved Anything."

" U.S. Marines - Certified Counselors to the 72 Virgins Dating Club."

" U.S. Air Force - Travel Agents To Allah"

"Stop Global Whining"

"When  In Doubt, Empty The Magazine"

Naval Corollary:  Dead Men Don't Testify.

"The U.S.ARMY" - When It Absolutely, Positively Has To Be Destroyed Overnight"

"Death Smiles At Everyone - Marines Smile Back"

"Marine Sniper - You can run, but you'll just die tired!"

"What Do I Feel When I Kill A Terrorist?  A Little Recoil"

"U.S.ARMY" - Providing Enemies of America an Opportunity To Die For their Country Since 1775"

"Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It"

"Happiness Is A Belt-Fed Weapon"

"It's God's Job to Forgive Bin Laden - It's Our Job To Arrange The Meeting"

"Artillery Brings Dignity to What Would Otherwise Be Just A Vulgar Brawl"

"One Shot, Twelve Kills - U.S. Naval Gun Fire Support "

"My Kid Fought In Iraq So Your Kid Can Party In College"

"Machine Gunners - Accuracy By Volume"

"A Dead Enemy Is A Peaceful Enemy - Blessed Be The Peacemakers"

"If You Can Read This, Thank A Teacher..  If You Can Read It In English, Thank A Veteran"

"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world.  But the U.S. ARMED FORCES don't have that problem."  ..... Ronald Reagan
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on September 04, 2010, 05:18:30 PM
LOL....you have some entertaining right-winger friends, Fry.   ;D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 04, 2010, 06:35:21 PM
LOL....you have some entertaining right-winger friends, Fry.   ;D
He's a retired Sergeant Major.....a hard core Republican military lifer.

We talk politics all the time....he likes to get his jabs in and I return fire.

He's up there in age though and not doing well so I've been taking it easy on him.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on September 04, 2010, 06:55:54 PM
Stating you compassion for the aged could open up some of you adversaries on here to beg for age mercy.   ;)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on September 06, 2010, 12:31:47 AM
Makes sense, he played for the Twins.

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 09, 2010, 12:26:21 AM
Legal To Speed In Nevada? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blwZ9-4owGw#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 13, 2010, 01:09:10 PM
Homeless Mad Over Dollar Menu Change at McDonald's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GCHf9PJEos#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 19, 2010, 06:37:59 PM
Another email from a different right-winger:

I am appalled that so many of my friends are against the mosque near Ground Zero. 
We should allow it in order to promote  tolerance.
I also propose that two gay nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque to promote tolerance in the mosque. We could call them "The Turban Cowboy"  and "You Mecca Me Hot".
Next door should be a butcher shop that specializes in pork and have an open barbeque with pork ribs and across the street a very daring lingerie store called "Victoria Keeps Nothing Secret.” And next door in flashing lights open an Adult Toy Shop. I think for the purpose of tolerance we should build accordingly around the Mosque.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on September 20, 2010, 10:42:48 AM
ROFLMAO!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 20, 2010, 09:30:37 PM
Police respond in force to SE Portland gun store -- confusing customer and staff

Police responded in force to reports of a man with a gun in Southeast Portland late Monday -- only to find a confused customer and staff at a gun store.

A passerby outside the Gun Room Inc., 5537 S.E. Foster Rd., called 9-1-1 about 6 p.m. to report that a man standing outside was holding a gun and looked "nervous and sweaty," said Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland Police Bureau spokesman.

Area residents reported seeing officers surround the shop and set up a perimeter with assault rifles drawn. But police quickly realized the "suspicious" man was there to sell a gun. They left without issuing any citations, Simpson said.

"The police response was appropriate," Simpson said. "If you thought someone was robbing a gun shop, you're going to show up with guns."

A man who answered the phone at the Gun Room called the incident "just a case of mistaken identity," but declined to comment further.
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/09/post_38.html (http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/09/post_38.html)
Title: Robber Crushed In Garbage Truck
Post by: Frenchfry on September 28, 2010, 02:00:02 AM
Robber Crushed In Garbage Truck (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BwcOXngjlo#)
Title: Angry Mob Catches Kidnappers (Bad Idea?)
Post by: Frenchfry on September 28, 2010, 02:03:19 AM
Angry Mob Catches Kidnappers (Bad Idea?) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7Cz5brcw7M#)
Title: Is Cooking Exercise? Survey Says Yes
Post by: Frenchfry on October 03, 2010, 11:26:31 PM
Does say a mild expletive 2x
Is Cooking Exercise? Survey Says Yes! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orgTGVgjSH4#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 08, 2010, 12:28:15 AM
Store Owner Shoots Knife Attacker (Video) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6gcFPjdwiI#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 09, 2010, 09:28:38 AM
Thin Women, Big Men Make More Money - Study (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0phh37etkA#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 22, 2010, 08:37:52 PM
Law student wants tuition money back

An anonymous student posted an open letter to the dean of the law school at Boston College with an interesting offer: He wanted the school to keep his degree in return for a refund on his tuition. The letter was posted on an independent website run by students at the law school. He said he was "resentful at the thought that I was convinced to go to law school by empty promises of a fulfilling and remunerative career" and suggested that the school would benefit from the deal, since it wouldn't have to report a graduate that was unable to find work. A school spokesman responded by saying the institution was "deeply concerned" about the job market, but there is no indication that anyone is about to write the student a check. A year at the school runs about $60,000. Legal experts suspect he would have to sue, and some would be willing to help with no cost up front to him.
http://www.tampabay.com/news/the-skinny-law-student-wants-tuition-money-back/1129833 (http://www.tampabay.com/news/the-skinny-law-student-wants-tuition-money-back/1129833)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on October 22, 2010, 08:48:07 PM
Can you imagine the number of requests of this nature that would open up for graduates who could not get a job after graduation?  Funny....pretty creative on the kids part.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 23, 2010, 02:37:54 PM
From an email:

More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska .

The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% the world's oxygen supply. The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, more than one hundred miles at sea off the mouth of the river, one can dip fresh water out of the ocean. The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined and three times the flow of all rivers in the United States .

Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica . This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world. As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two inches Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it, i.e.), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.

Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.

Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning " Big Village ."

Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.

Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere.

Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.

Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world located on two continents.

Los Angeles 's full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula --and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.

The term "The Big Apple" was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930's who used the slang expression "apple" for any town or city.  Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time - The Big Apple.  There are more Irish in New York City than in Dublin, Ireland; more Italians in New York City than in Rome, Italy; and more Jews in New York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel.

There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is manmade.

The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia , at just 1.75 sq. miles/4,53 sq. km.

The first city to reach a populati on of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B. C. There is a city called Rome on every continent.

Siberia contains more than 25% of the world's forests.

The actual smallest sovereign entity in the world is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (S.M.O.M.). It is located in the city of Rome, Italy, has an area of two tennis courts, and as of 2001 has a population of 80, 20 less people than the Vatican. It is a sovereign entity under international law, just as the Vatican is.

In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt, which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years. Technically though, the driest place on Earth is in the valleys of the Antarctic near Ross Island . There has been no rainfall there for two million years.

Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.'

St. Paul, Minnesota, was originally called Pig's Eye after a man named Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant who set up the first business there.

Chances that a road is unpaved in the U.S.A is 1%, in Canada 75%

The deepest hole ever made in the world is in Texas . It is as deep as 20 empire state buildings but only 3 inches wide.

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one-mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

The water of Angel Falls (the World's highest) in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet (979 meters). They are 15 times higher than Niagara Falls .

A search found this:
http://msgboard.snopes.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=9;t=002260;p=1 (http://msgboard.snopes.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=9;t=002260;p=1)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Mike Ingels on October 23, 2010, 03:54:20 PM
Take everything in that list with a grain of salt.

The Ohio DNR reports that there are 110 natural lakes larger than five acres within the state.

http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/portals/7/pubs/Open_File_Rpts/05_Natural_Lakes_in_Ohio_1991.pdf (http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/portals/7/pubs/Open_File_Rpts/05_Natural_Lakes_in_Ohio_1991.pdf)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on October 24, 2010, 06:22:33 PM
I also thought that freeway myth has been debunked too.  I'm not positive on that one so don't quote me.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 25, 2010, 02:41:33 PM
Teachers Flirting w/ Students On Facebook (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR174f82awI#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on October 25, 2010, 02:49:16 PM
I also thought that freeway myth has been debunked too.  I'm not positive on that one so don't quote me.


Yes it has been Shaggy...

assuming you accept Snopes as the gospel 8* 8* 8*

http://www.snopes.com/autos/law/airstrip.asp (http://www.snopes.com/autos/law/airstrip.asp)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 25, 2010, 03:05:34 PM
That's why it was prefaced with "From an email"
Sometimes they'll include a little truth to make it seem credible...much like republican supporters spin stuff.  ;)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on October 25, 2010, 04:46:32 PM
Yes it has been Shaggy...

assuming you accept Snopes as the gospel 8* 8* 8*

[url]http://www.snopes.com/autos/law/airstrip.asp[/url] ([url]http://www.snopes.com/autos/law/airstrip.asp[/url])


I will do admit that I do accept snopes as gospel....
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Mayonnaise on October 25, 2010, 09:14:51 PM
Did anyone notice that this year October has 5 Fridays, 5
Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. I was told that this happens once every 823 years.
I'm glad I'm not superstitious.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 28, 2010, 11:28:43 AM
The artist who carves petrifying pumpkin portraits in just two hours
27th October 2010

It takes several months to grow the fruit but amazingly just two hours for artist Ray Villafane to sculpt these petrifyingly detailed portraits out of pumpkin.

The American model designer and former art teacher uses spoons and a scalpel to carve the innocent orange gourds into Halloween horrors in double quick time.

As you might expect Villafane, who has worked for D.C and Marvel comics, is very particular about his pumpkins.
(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/10/27/article-1324109-0BC5C772000005DC-841_634x694.jpg)
Horrifyingly good: Ray Villafane takes, on average, just two hours to carve one of his pumpkin sculptures, like this one entitled Shattered

'Not all pumpkins will look good and the most important thing about a pumpkin is its weight,' he says.

'You need to pick the meatiest pumpkin.

'Sometimes I pick up a beautifully shaped pumpkin but when I do I realise that it is not heavy enough. Its wall is just not thick enough for the carving rigours.

'I also like a pumpkin with character. One with nobly ridges is good, so that I can utilise that in the carving procedure, like with sculpting noses.'

Villafane, 41, has become a minor celebrity in the States and his weird and wonderful work has featured on a range of TV programmes.

Yet he stumbled on his fruity talent almost by accident.
(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/10/27/article-1324109-0BC5C69B000005DC-914_634x624.jpg)
Range: Villafane's sculpture Medusa shows where some of his inspiration comes from, but he has previously sculpted Star Wars characters and even Barrack Obama into pumpkins
(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/10/27/article-1324109-0BC5C6AF000005DC-923_306x423.jpg)(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/10/27/article-1324109-0BC5C6E3000005DC-751_306x423.jpg)
Increasingly intricate: This work, Zipperhead, is the most complicated design so far and took Villafane a day to complete while Nailbiter, right, shows his love for oddly shaped pumpkin to lend character to his designs

'I used to be an art teacher for 13 years at a Michigan School called Bellaire school and one day I was approached for Halloween to do some pumpkin carving,' he said.

'Sculpting has always been a passion. I thought why don't I try and carve the pumpkin like it is a piece of clay as opposed to a large vegetable.

'It came out alright, but the most important result was that the kids at the school absolutely loved it.

'I used to arrive at school and there would be a dozen pumpkins just sitting there waiting for me at my classroom.'

Villafane, who is still based in Bellaire, didn't perfect his art immediately and had to punch a lot of pumpkins in frustration while honing his skills.
(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/10/27/article-1324109-0BC5C6EF000005DC-5_306x478.jpg)(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/10/27/article-1324109-0BC5C532000005DC-645_306x478.jpg)
Professor pumpkin: Villafane used to be an art teacher and pupils loved his designs such as Jackhyde, left and Tongue Twisting, right

However, working for D.C comics - the home of Superman and Batman - has helped him honed his talent.

Over the last four Octobers his pumpkins have raised his profile to the point where he has become something of a Halloween staple on TV and across the internet.

'For the past couple of years I have been really sitting down and giving my Halloween pumpkin designs more thought than usual due to the increased interest in my carvings,' he said.

'Now that the thing has grown in popularity I am definitely feeling the pressure to deliver on the pumpkin front.

'The most intricate pumpkin model that I have designed is the Zipperhead model, which took the best part of a day. Otherwise, the models take a couple of hours.

'If it is something that I am creating myself then I will do it off the top of my head, like the skulls and gargoyles. They are a pleasure to make.'
(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/10/27/article-1324109-0BC5C5AF000005DC-657_634x572.jpg)
Native American: This less spooky sculpture is called Gourdonomo
(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/10/27/article-1324109-0BC5C6B7000005DC-941_634x939.jpg)
Give the man a hand: Villafane gets a cameo in this photo of his piece A Handful of Evil

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1324109/Artist-Ray-Villafane-carves-pumpkin-portraits-just-hours.html#ixzz13fSc4MYw (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1324109/Artist-Ray-Villafane-carves-pumpkin-portraits-just-hours.html#ixzz13fSc4MYw)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on November 01, 2010, 06:34:00 PM
That is some pretty amazing artwork.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 05, 2010, 10:28:53 AM
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/goldhck/R4WQMwnQe-I/AAAAAAAAASE/lfk7ehxHr2Q/wm-Gun+Chair.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on November 05, 2010, 02:44:41 PM
(http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/3282ea33-97c8-4436-850b-2f316278b200.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on November 05, 2010, 02:49:40 PM
(http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/6cd817bf-910b-4f15-959d-68c5f251af49.jpg)
Title: Debt Collectors Create Fake Court
Post by: Frenchfry on November 07, 2010, 11:11:42 AM
Debt Collectors Create Fake Court (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ2FpSvy_BE#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on November 07, 2010, 11:19:14 AM
I read about that a couple of weeks ago.....the creativity of these scoundrels amaze me.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/business/s_706823.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/business/s_706823.html)

By Thomas Olson, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, October 30, 2010
About the writer

Thomas Olson is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review staff writer and can be reached at 412-320-7854 or via e-mail.
Ways to get us

State prosecutors accused debt collectors in Erie of posing as sheriff's deputies and conducting bogus court hearings to shake down debtors.

In a lawsuit filed Friday in Erie, the Attorney General's Office accused Unicredit America Inc. of Erie of using "deceptive tactics to mislead, confuse or coerce consumers," including holding hearings in a mock courtroom.

Michael Covatto, president of Unicredit, did not return a phone call.

"This is an unconscionable attempt to use fake court proceedings to deceive, mislead or frighten consumers into making payments or surrendering valuables to Unicredit without following lawful procedures for debt collection," said Attorney General Tom Corbett in a statement.

The lawsuit seeks civil damages of $3,000 for each time the company deceived debtors age 60 or older, and $1,000 for all other victims, for violations of consumer protection and unfair trade practice laws. It asks that Unicredit make restitution to the debtors.

It was not clear how many debtors were deceived. The state is "still working to determine the full size and scope of this scheme," including possible criminal charges, said spokesman Nils Hagen-Frederiksen. Unicredit has acted as a debt collector since June 2009.

Unicredit allegedly sometimes used people disguised as sheriff's deputies to hand-deliver "hearing notices" to debtors, said the lawsuit. That gave the impression that recipients could be taken into custody if they didn't appear in the phony court for the fake hearings and depositions.

The fictitious courtroom proceedings often intimidated debtors into signing payment agreements or making immediate payments and also providing access to bank accounts or surrendering vehicles and other assets, the lawsuit claims.

Unicredit engaged a lawyer near its office to help in the bogus collection process, according to the lawsuit. Attorney Lawrence D'Ambrosio allegedly prepared legal letters and "subpoenas" for Unicredit to use in the scheme.

D'Ambrosio, who was not sued in this case, could not be reached.

"The exact role and potential liability for any individuals is something that will be determined as the case moves forward," said Hagen-Frederiksen.

The attorney general has petitioned the Erie County court for a preliminary injunction to freeze all of Unicredit's assets, and prohibit the firm from collecting debts and holding bogus hearings and depositions. The court is expected to hold a hearing Tuesday, Hagen-Frederiksen said.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 07, 2010, 01:59:35 PM
Just looked at page 18 of the Walmart toyland catalog and saw something I would never buy kids:

(http://estb.msn.com/i/B0/FE5E3BFAEC78FB11FA716E2E51550.jpg)(http://www.thetoyshop.com/media/toyshop/products/Jakks%20Pacific/Main/430306.jpg)
Spy Net Video Watch
The Spy Net Video Watch is the ultimate spy tool. The Video Watch features a real, working video camera and microphone, which allows you to record video and audio and even take photos.

Spy Net Video Watch:

    * Working video camera and microphone
    * Records video, audio and pictures
    * Built-in 1.4 TFT screen for recorded video and live playback
    * Onboard Memory
    * Download missions from www.SpyNetHQ.com (http://www.SpyNetHQ.com)
    * Includes rechargeable battery and USB cable

Grade Level:    Grade School
Age End:    and up
Age Start:    8 Years
Model No.:    18736
Shipping Weight (in pounds):    0.9
Product in Inches (L x W x H):    10.0 x 2.75 x 1.0
Assembled in Country of Origin:    USA and/or Imported
Origin of Components:    USA and/or Imported
Wal-Mart No.:    070017137
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Spy-Net-Video-Watch/14699226 (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Spy-Net-Video-Watch/14699226)

Had to edit to say Meijer has the same one cheaper....that's usually the case.
Wally wants $49.97 and Meijer sells it for $38.99.....quite a difference.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 09, 2010, 12:38:08 PM
Don't Do It Yourself: 8 Jobs You Should Leave to the Pros
Nov 4th 2010 at 10:00AM

You're thrifty, you're self-sufficient, you don't waste money paying for services you can do yourself. Here at WalletPop, we understand that, and we try to accommodate you with tips and advice for doing things on your own -- and cheaply.

However, there are a handful of tasks or situations when the DIY approach can backfire. You might think you're saving money by not hiring a pro, but the results could cost you more -- sometimes much more -- than if you'd just paid for the professional service in the first place. This is also the case with a lot of products you can buy, as this article points out.

WalletPop talked to experts to find out when doing it yourself will actually cost you more if you screw it up. They revealed the kind of missteps well-intentioned people make all the time that can burn them. Read on for the don't-do-it-yourself list.

Oil changes

As this recent thread on Consumerist shows, there's plenty of debate about this one. Sure, there are people who've been changing their own car's oil for years with no problems, as well as plenty of us who remember our fathers underneath the family sedan in the garage, changing the oil with nary an incident.

That said, there are a few things to keep in mind if you decide to get your hands dirty: Cars are different today in many ways, and it might be hard for a backyard mechanic to reach all the right parts without specialized tools. Trying to shimmy under your car is also a losing proposition for many of us, and not knowing what you're doing with a jack can literally kill you if you make a mistake. If you put in the wrong type of oil, too much or too little, you can seriously damage your engine, Scott Cudini, innovations manager for Jiffy Lube International, told WalletPop.

Finally, let's talk cost. In many parts of the country, you can get a conventional oil change for around $25. Sure, buying five quarts of oil and a filter might cost you less than that, but that's not factoring in the cost of your time. It also doesn't take into account the disposal of used oil. Many municipalities charge for oil disposal, and dumping it down the storm drain can earn you a nice hefty fine if you get caught.

Electrical work

Let's get one thing out of the way immediately: In many municipalities, it's flat-out illegal to monkey around with your home's wiring yourself. Many building departments require that you get a permit, hire a licensed electrician and get an inspection if you want any electrical work done. If that doesn't scare you off, how about the safety risks? "You usually don't get a second chance with electricity," says Michael Johnston, executive director of standards and safety for the National Electrical Contractors Association. "It's not a job for a handyman."

Even if you think you know your way around wires and circuits, you could get a nasty shock or even electrocute yourself. Faulty electrical work can also cause fires, and Johnston says you run the risk that your homeowner's insurance company will deny your claim if the fire stemmed from work that wasn't permitted or inspected.

Tax preparation

Yes, there are software programs out there that make doing your taxes as simple as plugging in numbers, but these tools have their limits. Even if you have a fairly simple tax status and don't make mistakes with the software, you could be missing out on money that's legitimately yours if you don't claim it. "Sometimes there are deductions and credits a software program might not point out," says Michael Eixon, director for planning and wealth management at Carl Domino Inc. in Palm Beach, Fla.

If you're self-employed, own multiple properties, or have investments or different sources of income, sorting out all the details yourself can get really complicated. In addition, it's virtually guaranteed that at least some part of the tax code will change each year, says Eixon.

So what happens if you decide to muddle through it and make a mistake? "You could owe back taxes, penalties and interest. There are some significant consequences," says Eixon. If the IRS comes calling, you could be hit with a whopping bill. And if you can't pay it all back at once, plan on shelling out an additional 7% in interest for the privilege of setting up a payment plan. What's more, your tax disparities could trigger the IRS to audit you, and nobody wants to deal with that hassle.

Pricing heirlooms

There's a reason TV programs like Antiques Roadshow are so riveting to watch: Most of us don't have the slightest idea how much our old junk is worth. Slap a "50 cents" sticker on the wrong item at your great aunt Bertha's estate sale, and you could be letting a neighbor walk off with the equivalent of a used car -- or more.

Earlier this year, it was reported that a garage-sale shopper who picked up a box of old pictures had actually purchased long-lost photos taken by famous photographer Ansel Adams worth up to $200 million. On the flip side, what if you were counting on your grandmother's ring to pay off your mortgage at retirement, only to find out after you've said goodbye to your job that the bauble is worth a tiny fraction of what you imagined? Both are very common outcomes when people try to guess how much their heirlooms are worth, says Patti Geolat, CEO of Geolat and Associates, a Dallas-based appraisal company.

"Typically, people make a lot of assumptions for any kind of an heirloom, whether it's jewelry or antique furniture," says Geolat. "If it's old, it must be valuable," is one common myth, she says. Another mistake a lot of people make is dividing up a set of something, such as jewelry or furniture, among family members. Sets are worth more when they're intact, Geolat advises, so don't break them up.

On a related note, if you inherit something like a grandfather clock or a baby grand, don't attempt to move it to its new home by yourself. While specialty movers don't come cheap, there's a reason for that, explains Michael Feygin, owner of Amedeus Pianos in New York City. "The damage [the piece could sustain] costs more to fix than a new one costs to buy," he says of botched piano-moving attempts. "We have special equipment and trained people."

Representing yourself in court

Yes, we all love our Law & Order marathons. But if you ever have a brush with the law that's more serious than fighting a traffic ticket, pony up for an attorney. "In general, real, everyday criminal trials are not like the ones on Law & Order or CSI. The way things unfold in court on TV doesn't conform with the rules of procedure," says Gary Dean Farmer, Jr., an attorney at Perlet & Shiner, P.A. in West Palm Beach, Fla.

If you represent yourself, evidence that was improperly gathered could be used against you, whereas an attorney would argue for it to be thrown out. If you don't know what you're doing, you could miss a deadline for filing any of the array of documents a criminal or civil case includes. If you're being prosecuted or sued, the other party is sure to have legal representation, so you're essentially fighting with a hand tied behind your back.

"The law is very, very complicated," says Farmer. "I think you're putting your rights at risk. If you get a misdemeanor or felony on your record, that will affect you for the rest of your life." Remember, many lawyers will give you a free initial consultation, and if you meet certain income requirements, you may be eligible for a public defender.

Tree removal

The folks at DIY Chatroom know what they're talking about, so when they say a full-grown tree is too big a job to tackle on your own, take heed. "Any tree over 5 inches in diameter has the potential to kill you if it hits you," says Peter Gerstenberger, senior adviser for safety, compliance and standards for the Tree Care Industry Association. "Tree removal is an extremely tricky proposition," he says.

Even if a tree looks fine from the outside, there could be weak spots or rot on the inside that could make the tree fall in an unexpected direction or before you're ready for it to come down. Cutting into a tree to bring it down is far more precise than just whaling away at it with a chainsaw. It's a carefully calculated physics equation taking into account the height of the tree (which is difficult to judge from the ground), wind speed at the tree's top, any additional leverage needed and the condition of the trunk itself.

"A typical backyard hardwood tree weighs 50 to 60 pounds per cubic foot," says Gerstenberger. "It's an extreme amount of weight in the air. It's really not a good idea to approach something that hazardous with minimal knowledge of how to control its fall." Make a mistake, and your tree could land on a bystander, vehicle, house or electrical wire, any of which could lead to financial consequences far above the cost of hiring a pro to do the job.

Formal or large printing jobs

If you're printing anything more complicated than a handful of copies, spare your home printer. A professional -- whether a mom-and-pop print shop or a big office-supply chain -- can help you do everything from formatting your files properly to proofreading spelling and aligning margins. You wouldn't want to ruin a batch of pricey card stock because you notice after you finish printing that the right side of the words fall off the page or the name of the venue is misspelled.

"When you're doing it yourself and you're rushing and multitasking, and then you have to reprint it because you made a mistake, then you're really inefficient," says Jay Eisenberg, senior director of merchandising and marketing for Office Depot. "You'd be better served going to a professional printer."

According to Eisenberg, black and white copies at Office Depot can be as little as three cents apiece for large orders. Printer ink is notoriously pricey, so depending on the brand of your home printer and how much your cartridges cost, that could be a great deal cheaper than the DIY route, not even counting the wear and tear on your machine or the price of the paper. Professionals also have access to goodies most of us don't at home, such as high-quality copiers, metallic inks and foil finishing.

Getting rid of bugs

Yes, pests are a pest, but it's a bad idea to try to rid your house of them on your own, says Jim Fredericks, director of technical services for the National Pest Management Association. DIY pesticide application could be ineffective at best, or harmful at worst if you make a mistake applying the stuff. In 2003, San Diego homeowners literally blew up their house by setting off bug "bombs" improperly.

"If products are mixed improperly, they may not work, or they could be harmful if they're applied to the wrong places," says Fredericks. There's also a chance that a layperson could misidentify the bug in question and either waste money applying a pesticide that wouldn't kill them or miss the source of the infestation (bugs don't always nest where you see them). Some insects, like pharaoh ants, will scatter and relocate to multiple locations in your house if you disturb their habitat without killing them all. You could also make your kids or your pets sick if you don't follow application directions properly, says Fredericks. So why risk it?
http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2010/11/04/dont-do-it-yourself-8-jobs-you-should-leave-to-the-pros/ (http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2010/11/04/dont-do-it-yourself-8-jobs-you-should-leave-to-the-pros/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 10, 2010, 08:51:18 PM
Ranking of states for dental hygiene job security
Nov 9, 2010
The statistics from states regarding job security in the salary survey allowed RDH eVillage to be a little more adventuresome in rating the states based on the effect of local and national economies. In a 2009 issue, RDH eVillage ranked which states were the best for practicing dental hygiene. The 2009 ranking viewed dental hygiene from a variety of viewpoints, including salaries and residents’ commitment to healthier lifestyles.

What about a similar ranking based on job security? We devised a point system using the overall national results from the RDH eVillage salary survey as a baseline to determine the economy’s effect on finding and retaining a job. The salaries from that survey mentioned above were not factored in, however, in the rankings below. We project that salaries in an area are what they are, and are primarily influenced by cost of living factors.

Here are the best states to practice dental hygiene based on job security:

1. Alaska — It’s too cold and only 12 responses to the survey from Alaska warrant at least a phone call to someone already there — just to check the economic temperature too. But those dozen hint at much better economic conditions than the rest of us are experiencing.

2. Arkansas — Above the national average in every category, Arkansas is also warmer than Alaska.

3. Iowa — They were top of the heap in the 2009 best states to practice dental hygiene survey. So why not now? Because 73% think there’s a surplus of dental hygienists in the state.

4. Massachusetts — The fact that the dental economy is doing respectably well (36% report full schedules) translates to only 15% who would consider leaving the profession (more than 10 percentage points better than the national average).

5. New York — Remember all those people who said the recession ended in mid-2009? This is where they live.

6. Oregon — “Business is good” at 88% of the dental practices, and 42% say that jobs are available. What’s not to like about Oregon?

7. Louisiana — The schedules are full at 40% of the offices, and only 40% (20 percentage points better than the national average) say it’s hard to find a job.

8. Colorado — The state is slightly above average with several economic indicators, and 88% are perfectly happy with that.

9. Tennessee — Only half say the economy kept them from earning what they aimed for in 2010. The other half couldn’t have been that far behind, since 83% remain happy with their career choice.

10. Alabama — Overall, the recession was very gentle here. But remember that preceptorship will always anchor down the nation’s lowest dental hygiene salaries.

11. Maryland — The District of Columbia area generally does well in salary surveys. Maryland happens to be in that neighborhood.

12. Texas — Only a third think there are too many hygienists. Jobs must be growing on pecan trees down in Texas.

13. New Jersey — 58% claim that jobs are available in this bustling state.

14. Missouri — Half got pay raises this year, which always elevates the mood about the job.

15. Pennsylvania — See Missouri. They’re 900 miles apart. So what gives?

16. Kansas — A positive attitude in Kansas would stretch on forever across the plains if only 83% weren’t waiting for a pay raise.

17. Virginia — Believe it or not, the half of the Virginians who believe too many hygienists roam the state is much more positive than elsewhere.

18. Oklahoma — Apparently, the Sooners are more prone to hand out pay raises; 72% got one in 2010.

19. New Hampshire — 92% think there are too many hygienists here. 92%? How come Jane on Lake Street doesn’t agree with the rest of you? Overall, the state seems to be holding steady.

20. Kentucky — Half say the difficulty in finding a job is about the same as it’s always been. The other half says it has become harder to find one.

21. Connecticut — The state has an alarming number (42%) who would leave the profession; the other half doesn’t think the economy has affected their ability to earn what they want.

22. Wisconsin — Half got a raise in 2010, but 77% are nervous about the surplus of dental hygienists here.

23. Indiana — 77% of the Hoosiers worry if they’ll ever see another raise.

24. New Mexico — The 14 respondents must live in all four corners of New Mexico, because their opinions canceled each other out.

25. Washington — 27% of practices report a growing concern about reduced revenues, an indication of the state’s economic woes. But Washington is a liberating state to work in, and half say jobs are available.

26. Georgia — Georgia matches the national average with the exception of just too many hygienists in that big city right in the middle of the state. Atlanta, spread out a little bit. Um, guess it already is.

27. North Carolina — All the stats lean toward North Carolina eerily reflecting the national average; but 72% also say there is a surplus of dental hygienists.

28. Idaho — 92% think the state is a happy place as far as dental hygiene is concerned. But 73% think there are too many happy hygienists. Incredibly, it’s getting crowded in Idaho.

29. Minnesota — Hygienists offered opinions that resulted in the state being ranked below average in three economic categories. It can’t be that bad, though, since 81% are still very happy with their career choice.

30. California — If the economy turns around and the state halts the rash of new dental hygiene schools, California will rule the dental hygiene world. Until then ...

31. Ohio — The state’s economy, as far as dentistry is concerned, seems to be OK, but still 35% would leave the profession if anything better came along.

32. Illinois — 40% would consider leaving the profession, even though the dental economy isn’t that bad compared to other states.

33. South Carolina — “Boss, can I have a raise?” “No.” 85% get tired of hearing that answer.

34. Arizona — Only 14% of schedules are always full, and 28% of practice owners are visibly concerned about reduced revenues. What does that usually mean for a dental hygienist?

35. Utah — 92% said economic conditions impacted their ability to earn what they desired. Wow!

36. Michigan — Is it just us, or does everyone tire of picking on Michigan? Although most of the economic indicators reviewed show Michigan to be below average, the fact that doctor’s offices are merely average with their financial health keeps Michigan from being grouped with Florida and Nevada.

37. Nevada — 44% say practice owners are “very concerned” about reduced revenues. Are the casinos still open?

38. Florida — 83% do not think 2010 was a good year for the state’s dental economy, and 73% say it’s been more than a year since a pay raise. Overall, it’s just an ugly picture.

A weaker level of responses from Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming prevent those states from being included in the ranking.
http://www.dentistryiq.com/index/display/article-display/5118943905/articles/dentisryiq/hygiene-department/2010/11/Job_security_rankings.html (http://www.dentistryiq.com/index/display/article-display/5118943905/articles/dentisryiq/hygiene-department/2010/11/Job_security_rankings.html)
Title: Facebook Used As Divorce Weapon
Post by: Frenchfry on November 12, 2010, 08:29:30 PM
Facebook Used As Divorce Weapon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXtRx1lhJzE#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 13, 2010, 11:15:49 AM
Are ugly people more likely to become criminals?
(http://www.boingboing.net/images/_wikipedia_commons_3_34_Head-Measurer_of_Tremearne_(side_view).jpg)
Anthropometric device invented in 1914

In 2003, a man in Miami, Florida was asked why he committed robberies. "I am too ugly to get a job," he said. That's the opening to a 2005 scientific paper in the Review of Economics and Statistics. In the paper, the researchers look at the statistics of appearance and crime. "We find that unattractive individuals commit more crime in comparison to average-looking ones, and beautiful individuals commit less crime in comparison to those who are average-looking," write the authors who are both associated with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Are "ugly" people really more likely to become criminals? Well, it's much more subtle than that. Fortean Times puts the study in context:

It is intuitively obvious - though not necessarily true - that personality is reflected in someone's face. The ancient Greeks formalised their beliefs, such as close-set eyes indicating that someone is untrustworthy, into the 'science' of physiognomy. Predictably, this was abused; in Socrates's trial, his facial features were cited as evidence of his brutal nature. Physiognomy remained on a par with palmistry and the like until the 17th century, when learned men including Sir Thomas Browne attempted a more rigorous approach by completely cataloguing all possible facial conformations.

Physiognomy classifies each facial element and links it to a personality trait. Curved eyebrows mean someone is friendly by nature; angled eyebrows signify someone who is always seeking to control. Everything means something.

By the 19th century, this technique was being used to fight crime. An Italian professor, Cesare Lombroso, wrote his definitive book L'Uomo Delinquente or "Criminal Man" in 1876. This was supposedly based on a statistical study of the features of convicts compared to those of (presumably honest) soldiers. Lombroso claimed that certain features indicated particular types of criminal. Murderers have prominent jaws, and pickpockets have scanty beards (unless they shave?). A one-sided grin marks brutality, whereas poisoners have "a fawning smile". Lombroso's technique was widely used in Europe until the 1930s. Prosecuting lawyers could claim that a flattened nose was a scientific­ally proven sign of a thief, thus strengthening their case.

http://boingboing.net/2010/07/19/are-ugly-people-more.html (http://boingboing.net/2010/07/19/are-ugly-people-more.html)
Total BS but entertaining nonetheless.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on November 13, 2010, 11:16:41 AM
LOL, that was amusingly interesting.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Collegekid on November 14, 2010, 06:36:34 PM
(http://regretfulmorning.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/1267570788620.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on November 17, 2010, 06:07:20 PM
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Aren't all monkeys evil?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SimpleMan on November 17, 2010, 08:29:40 PM
([url]http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/3282ea33-97c8-4436-850b-2f316278b200.jpg[/url])


Is that actually real (or should I say rEEL?) Seems as though they guy would have woken up from the pain, unless the bowel has no nerve endings in it. Hard to believe just a bout of drinking would put someone out to THAT degree. 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: PXaiver on November 17, 2010, 08:36:42 PM
Is that actually real (or should I say rEEL?) Seems as though they guy would have woken up from the pain, unless the bowel has no nerve endings in it. Hard to believe just a bout of drinking would put someone out to THAT degree. 

Not sure but the people over at Failblog are usually good about checking their facts.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SimpleMan on November 17, 2010, 08:41:19 PM
Not sure but the people over at Failblog are usually good about checking their facts.

I'll take your word for that. I still say it had to be more than just alcohol...Roofies or whatever they're called must have been involved.

Chinese are weird. So are the Germans.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 18, 2010, 06:30:37 PM
(http://www.everydaynodaysoff.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/motorcycle-revolver-holster-leather-saddle.jpg)
http://www.everydaynodaysoff.com/2010/06/11/motorcycle-leather-saddle-seat-with-gun-holster/ (http://www.everydaynodaysoff.com/2010/06/11/motorcycle-leather-saddle-seat-with-gun-holster/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SimpleMan on November 18, 2010, 09:40:16 PM
([url]http://www.everydaynodaysoff.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/motorcycle-revolver-holster-leather-saddle.jpg[/url])
[url]http://www.everydaynodaysoff.com/2010/06/11/motorcycle-leather-saddle-seat-with-gun-holster/[/url] ([url]http://www.everydaynodaysoff.com/2010/06/11/motorcycle-leather-saddle-seat-with-gun-holster/[/url])


The owner of that bike might have had a HopAlong Cassidy bicycle at one time.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 18, 2010, 11:31:19 PM
Wife-To-Be Paralyzed After Prank At Pool (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24xmMdnTkzg#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 18, 2010, 11:41:57 PM
Man Buys $335,000 Virtual Property (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpesywBSLpw#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 20, 2010, 03:18:45 PM
(http://www.lilbigrig.com/images/lil_pete_5-31-10_005_up0w.jpg)
(http://www.lilbigrig.com/images/seans_truck_fggi.jpg)
http://www.lilbigrig.com/ (http://www.lilbigrig.com/)

Lil Big Rig Burn Out (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4rlNvobGCM#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on November 20, 2010, 05:23:10 PM
That first pic where the woman is standing beside it really is hard to look at.  The trained eye thing....so far out of perspective to normal.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 25, 2010, 08:02:28 PM
(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/epic-funny-0.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 27, 2010, 02:43:27 PM
Candidates for worst parents ever:
(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/worst-parents-2.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/worst-parents-19.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/worst-parents-0.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/worst-parents-16.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/worst-parents-14.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/worst-parents-20.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/worst-parents-8.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/worst-parents-6.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/worst-parents-5.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/worst-parents-4.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/worst-parents-3.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/worst-parents-1.jpg)


http://thechive.com/2010/08/17/some-spanking-new-candidates-for-worst-parents-ever-21-photos/ (http://thechive.com/2010/08/17/some-spanking-new-candidates-for-worst-parents-ever-21-photos/)


Horrible parents
(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/horrible-parents-4.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/horrible-parents-1.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/horrible-parents-0.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/horrible-parents-7.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/horrible-parents-8.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/horrible-parents-10.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/horrible-parents-11.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/horrible-parents-13.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/horrible-parents-15.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/horrible-parents-16.jpg)

http://thechive.com/2010/08/18/more-candidates-for-parents-of-the-year-17-photos/ (http://thechive.com/2010/08/18/more-candidates-for-parents-of-the-year-17-photos/)]http://thechive.com/2010/08/18/more-candidates-for-parents-of-the-year-17-photos/
Title: More bad parents
Post by: Frenchfry on December 27, 2010, 08:04:30 PM
(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-0.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-1.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-2.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-3.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-4.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-5.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-6.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-7.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-8.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-9.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-10.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-11.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-12.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-14.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-16.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-24.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-29.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-30.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-31.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-32.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-33.jpg)

(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bad-parenting-34.jpg)

More at the site(s)....some may be too racy for MT
http://thechive.com/2010/12/23/not-all-adults-can-get-the-blue-ribbon-for-parenting-35-photos/ (http://thechive.com/2010/12/23/not-all-adults-can-get-the-blue-ribbon-for-parenting-35-photos/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on December 27, 2010, 08:42:10 PM
LOL,  thanks Fry!

The baby and the bong is a classic.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SimpleMan on December 28, 2010, 01:48:52 AM
The Lil Big Rig is neat, but I doubt many people know that Mack actually built a Mack Jr. 1/2-3/4 ton pickup way back in the 30's. It's rare to see one nowadays, but they do turn up.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on December 28, 2010, 06:07:55 AM
The Lil Big Rig is neat, but I doubt many people know that Mack actually built a Mack Jr. 1/2-3/4 ton pickup way back in the 30's. It's rare to see one nowadays, but they do turn up.

The only reason I knew that they did is that they had one of each in their lobby at their manufacturing facility in Allentown, PA.  Pretty neat assembly operation......old, but well thought out for the product lines manufactured there.
Title: Eating Worm Eggs To Stay Thin
Post by: Frenchfry on January 04, 2011, 03:30:55 PM
Eating Worm Eggs To Stay Thin?! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LgWESTbcZk#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 16, 2011, 12:28:23 AM
Hardest Working Country In The World Is... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQyzFGV_4zI#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 22, 2011, 10:34:42 PM
ARE YOU READY FOR A BRAVE NEW WORLD OF FOOD?
Friday, April 22, 2011 
by Jim Hightower


     An entomologist has seen the future of food, and – surprise!– it's not where or what you might think it would be. "The Netherlands," exclaims the professor, "wants to be in the forefront of food."

     By "forefront," he's talking about waaay out there – all the way to buffalo worms, locusts, caterpillars, crickets, and other insects for human consumption. Just as the American West had its cowboys, this new food world will have bugboys wrangling great herds of crawling and squirming critters to market. A ranch of creepers and crawlers might not have quite the same romantic appeal as a cattle ranch, but the bugs are said to pack a protein punch that is healthier than steak and far lighter on the environment. So let's all gather around the campfire and sing: "Oh give me a home, where buffalo worms roam, and the crickets and caterpillars play!"

     Insect edibles are already a common source of protein in Japan, Mexico, Africa and elsewhere and are now appearing in Dutch supermarkets and restaurants. Thinking big, a group of insect breeders and farmers has formed a trade group to promote the product and help set health standards for raising and selling it.

     There is, however, the "ugh" factor. To help overcome this, a major Dutch supermarket recently offered a sampling of such items as mealworms in chocolate, "Bug Nuggets," and crispy whole crickets for snacking. As the entomologist put it, the Europeans' instinctive rejection of biting into a bug is "an acquired abhorrence," adding that "children have no problem eating them." It'll only take four or five years for consumers to buy into the insect future, he predicts: "It's all in the mind."

     Plus, this shift can be a big boon for our environment. If bug cuisine catches on, instead of people spraying their yards and gardens with assorted doses of pesticides, they can just reach for cooking oil!

"Insects as Food? Trying to Change 'Ick' to 'Yum,'" The New York Times, March 15, 2011.
http://www.jimhightower.com/node/7429 (http://www.jimhightower.com/node/7429)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 24, 2011, 10:08:53 AM
From an email:

All I need to know
I learned from the Easter Bunny!

     Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

     Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.

    There's no such thing as too much candy.

    All work and no play can make you a basket case.

    A cute tail attracts a lot of attention.

    Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.

    Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.

    Some body parts should be floppy.

    Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans.

    Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.

    The grass is always greener in someone else's basket.

To show your true colors, you have to come out of the shell.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on April 24, 2011, 10:11:06 AM
That's a good one.

Going to paste that into a nice little Easter email to family and some friends.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monique on April 24, 2011, 11:19:17 AM
A cute thing circulating on facebook today:

(\ /)
( . .)
c(")(") Happy Easter everyone!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 25, 2011, 01:56:40 PM
From an email:

This is Autoline Daily for April 25, 2011. And now, the news.

TOYOTA WON’T MEET PRODUCTION GOALS
Last week we reported that Toyota’s production is only running at half capacity in Japan and now the company says it won’t return to normal until December. Toyota’s President, Akio Toyoda, says around 150 parts are still in critically short supply. It’s estimated that the company could lose up to 400,000 units of production globally through the end of the month. And the company does not expect to meet its full-year global production goal of 7.7 million units, which means General Motors will probably surpass Toyota in sales this year.

S&P DOWNGRADES JAPANESE COMPANIES
Not only is the earthquake and Tsunami hurting Toyota’s manufacturing levels it’s also hurting its financial status. According to Bloomberg, six Japanese companies including Toyota had their outlooks downgraded to negative from stable by the Standard and Poor’s Rating Service. The other companies are Honda, Nissan, Aisin, Denso and Toyota Industries Corp., which is a subsidiary of Toyota.

GERMAN GREEN PARTY WANTS FEWER CARS
But while the Japanese struggle to boost car production, a Green Party leader in Germany is calling for the country to reduce the number of cars on its roads AND build vehicles that consume less fuel. No surprise here . . . and good luck with that.

SCION FR-S PRICED TO SELL (subscription required)
Toyota and Subaru’s joint-venture sports car is a definite go. According to Ward’s, it’s set to hit the market next year. The two automakers teased it in concept form at least twice now, most recently as the Scion FR-S at the New York International Auto Show last week. Jack Hollis, the brand’s vice president, says they’re close to a production model. With its low-slung bod and boxer four-cylinder engine it should be a fun car to drive. It should also be priced to sell. Hollis says it has to stay in the $20,000 range, which makes sense for Scion, Toyota’s youth-oriented brand.

CADILLAC SPONSORS PROPAGANDA FILM
The Chinese Communist party is celebrating its 90th birthday on July 1, and China Auto Web reports that part of the celebration includes a star-studded propaganda film titled, “The Founding Of A Party.” What’s most interesting is that the film is sponsored by Cadillac. You know Lenin always said that capitalists would sell you the rope you hang them with. But no doubt this is an astute move for Cadillac as it tries to sell more cars in China.

SAIC WANTS TO SELL IN THE U.S.
David Strickland, the head of NHTSA says that Chinese automaker SAIC wants to sell cars in the U.S. According to Bloomberg, Strickland visited China last week to meet with automakers and explain U.S. safety standards. SAIC and other Chinese automakers want to start exporting cars because the market in China is starting to slow down. Currently SAIC does not have plans to enter the U.S. market and instead is focusing on growing its business in India and the U.K. The company wants to export 800,000 vehicles by 2015. An analyst at JD Power Asia Pacific says Chinese vehicles will match international brands in quality between 2015 and 2018.

AUTOMAKERS DEVELOP NEW BRANDS IN CHINA
Speaking of China, the government there is forcing foreign car companies to develop brands in China for China. GM has Baojun, Honda has Everus, Nissan has Venucia. The government is forcing them to do this for a couple of reasons and here’s my Autoline Insight as to why it’s happening. First, foreign automakers have to turn over their technology to their Chinese partners to develop these cars. This is the one sure way China can make sure its car companies get that technology. Second, foreign brands now dominate the Chinese market, and China wants to see local brands do better. Third, and most importantly, China has a lot of engineers, but not very many good chief engineers. They’ve all done modifications to foreign platforms, but most have never developed a car from scratch on their own. So by forcing foreign car companies to develop Chinese brands in China, the government hopes it can change all that around.

Coming up next, a look at a new type of electric car that can be recharged in less than five minutes.

PIHSIANG MICRO CAR EV
Earlier this month I spent some time in Taiwan where I visited a company called Pihsiang, which makes electric bikes, scooters and motorized chairs. But now the company is getting into electric cars. If electrics are ever going to catch on in a big way, something has to be done about the amount of time it takes to recharge them. Even with a Level III charger, the fastest type that’s available today, it still takes about a half an hour to recharge the batteries. But the head Pihsiang says he has the solution.

Meet Donald Wu, the owner of the Pihsiang Motor Machinery Company. They make electric bicycles, scooters and motorized chairs. So they’re heavily involved with all kinds of battery technology. And now they’re getting into electric cars. They’ve partnered with a French company called Microcar, because Donald Wu says he’s come up with a battery than can be recharged in less than five minutes. In fact, he says it can be recharged in four minutes and that you can discharge and re-charge it 30,000 times before the battery degrades. This is a lithium-iron battery, not lithium ion. And that’s the secret to its longevity.

I got to drive a Microcar with his battery technology in it and it seems to work quite well. While these cars are really for low-speed-limit roads, it had adequate acceleration off the line and an acceptable cruising speed of about 40 miles an hour.

No word yet on what these electric Microcars will cost when they come to market, but if Donald Wu has truly come up with a battery that can be recharged in four minutes, then he’s going to end up selling a lot more batteries than cars.

The Pihsiang electric is really for low-speed driving. In the U.S. it would probably be limited to driving on restricted roads, or on public roads with speed limits of no more than 25 miles an hour.

And that’s today’s report on the top news in the global automotive industry. Thanks for watching, we’ll see you tomorrow.

Thanks to our Partners for embedding Autoline Daily on their websites: Autoblog and WardsAuto.com
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 29, 2011, 08:54:58 PM
The South Rocks! (Redneck Reality TV Show) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9RyrXgGKh0#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 04, 2011, 02:05:29 AM
16-Year-Old College Graduate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL-EgoloX-s#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on May 07, 2011, 07:45:23 PM
Anti-boobs terrorist burns down topless coffee shop.
[url]http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2009/06/04/topless_coffee_shop_destroyed_in_arson_fire/[/url] ([url]http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2009/06/04/topless_coffee_shop_destroyed_in_arson_fire/[/url])


Fry....this will be another sad day in history.  They rebuilt after this, and now closing.

Topless coffee shop gets ready to close
Owner Donald Crabtree says he's fought public opinion and Vassalboro officials for two years, plus a fire

http://www.pressherald.com/news/topless-coffee-shop-gets-ready-to-close_2011-05-07.html (http://www.pressherald.com/news/topless-coffee-shop-gets-ready-to-close_2011-05-07.html)

VASSALBORO - Donald Crabtree says he opened the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in 2009 so he, his staff and his customers could smile.

Crabtree isn't smiling anymore.

Following a recent notice from the town's code officer that the shop was violating zoning rules by displaying new signs -- one advertised a benefit topless car wash -- Crabtree said this week he plans to close the controversial business on Route 3 after his inventory is sold in the coming months.

"I wanted to have some fun; I wanted to see people smile," Crabtree said. "I started the topless coffee shop to do that, and it did. But now my smile's gone. I've fought that fight for more than two years now and no matter how hard I try to make this work, somebody sabotages me."

The shop, which has featured topless waitresses, garnered national media attention when it first opened in this rural community, provoking outrage among many residents. It prompted Vassalboro and many other communities to adopt ordinances regulating where and when sexually oriented businesses can operate.

Crabtree's original building, a former motel, burned to the ground in a June 2009 fire that investigators say was the result of arson. The man charged with the fire, Raymond Bellavance Jr., who was in a relationship with one of the waitresses, is awaiting trial.

But Crabtree, 43, said the final straw for him was the recent notice from the town of violations over large signs he set up. One advertised a benefit topless car wash, while a portable sign proclaimed: "Boobies Wanted."

Crabtree said he removed the signs Thursday night, after he was given seven days by the code officer to do so or else face legal action.

At public meetings and in letters to the editor, residents of Vassalboro and surrounding communities have bemoaned not only the business, but what they view as the negative attention for the town.

The Rev. Steve Rogers of the Vassalboro Baptist Church said he's pleased the shop will close.

"I hate to see a business disappear, but . . ." Rogers said, letting the word hang.

"That's really not the type of business Vassalboro needs. It's had an effect on the community and upset people. I think the majority of the town is going to be very pleased it's shutting down and hopefully whoever buys it will run a more family-friendly business."

Dan Feeney, Vassalboro's code officer, said he went to inspect the signs April 26 after receiving complaints. Feeney said Crabtree's signs are bigger than what's allowed under his local permit and under the adult-only business ordinance.

"It's not what's on the signs; it's the signs themselves," Feeney said Friday.

Feeney also informed Crabtree that he couldn't hold a benefit car wash on his property, nor sell lobsters there, because those activities would change the property's allowed use. Crabtree says he is a licensed wholesale lobster seller and is permitted to sell lobsters out of his truck.

Crabtree doesn't understand why he's not allowed to hold a benefit to raise money, even though he concedes a topless car wash is "probably pushing it a little bit."

Crabtree claims people have spread rumors about drug use and prostitution ever since his business opened, all of which he adamantly denies.

"These people are bound and determined to shut you down," he said. "I'm singled out, but I'm just trying to make a living like everyone else."

Regular customer Herman Jellison, 47, of Whitefield, said he's sorry the coffee shop will close.

"I don't blame him," Jellison said of Crabtree. "This town's been harassing him since he's been here. People really need to mind their own business."

Since the fire, the coffee shop has continued inside a trailer on the property.

Crabtree says he doesn't attract nearly as many customers as he did at first, so he's reduced hours of operation and employs four women as waitresses.

He has been trying to rebuild the coffee shop building through donations, but he's had barely enough money to get by.

The shop now charges a $5 door fee, which Crabtree says is basically a mandatory tip for the waitresses, and cups of coffee are $3 for the first one and $6 for subsequent ones.

Crabtree conceded that the decision to close the shop is as much about frustration with the town as it is a financial and psychological reality.

"The business is slowly dying," he said. "You can't win. I'm killing myself, is what I'm doing."
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 13, 2011, 10:18:20 AM
Saw a brand new, both sides wrapped in cardboard, fancy treaded tire that bounced once on the road yesterday right after a truck passed.

Looked in my rearview mirror and saw the UPS truck had a roll-up door that was partially open.

I snatched the tire and sped right over to the golf course to catch him before he got away.

Guess the tire bounced and somehow hit the inside door handle.

Could have easily lost more than that had the open door gone undiscovered for long.

The driver said I saved his job.

Yep....another good deed done. 

Maybe I should change my name to superfry.  :P
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monique on May 13, 2011, 10:23:36 AM
LOL! SuperFry--I like it! I thought you were building up to that with your French Fries thread! ;0)

Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 13, 2011, 03:29:03 PM
Yep...had a theme song in mind....an adaptation of "Superfly":
Curtis Mayfield - Superfly (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cmo6MRYf5g#)

But for some reason "Shaft" came to mind:
Shaft (1971) - Opening Credit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFlsufZj9Fg#ws)

 ;D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monique on May 13, 2011, 04:18:29 PM
LOL! Shaft, definitely!  ;D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 16, 2011, 09:51:54 PM
Man's Genitals Tased, Forehead Tattooed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpCXNBk8R40#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 25, 2011, 02:29:47 PM
Jugaad Urbanism: Making it work

Urban designers are finding inspiration in the creative solutions city dwellers in India have for basic problems. From solar-powered rickshaws to a canopy made of recycled oil cans, it’s called Jugaad Urbanism, and Need to Know visited an exhibit at the Center for Architecture in Manhattan which showcases these designs-for-change
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/culture/jugaad-urbanism-the-mother-of-invention/9414/ (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/culture/jugaad-urbanism-the-mother-of-invention/9414/)

click 5 min video...enlarge on bottom right to fill screen
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 28, 2011, 06:20:55 PM
Pot, Guns & Bartenders In Prison (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqQcrHxGhOo#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 08, 2011, 02:42:27 AM
An Oklahoma City store-owner was sentenced to life in prison for shooting and killing the accomplice of an armed man attempting to rob his store.

Life In Prison For Shooting A Robber (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCUbv2-JUR8#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 11, 2011, 04:54:06 PM
Drudge Report Black Crime Coincidence? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa_OBUXLTGM#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 08, 2012, 07:21:07 PM
GymPact App: Skip Workout, Pay $5
GymPact, a new smartphone app, will charge you $5 every time you skip a workout
GymPact App: Skip Workout, Pay $5 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q7zosoDeAo#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 27, 2012, 12:16:23 PM
From an email (not fact-checked)

THE YEAR IS 1911
 
This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
 
************ ********* ***********

The year is 1911  --- One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1911:

************ ********* ************

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
 

Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.
 

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
 

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
 

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
 

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.


 The tallest structure in the world was the  Eiffel Tower  !
 

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
 

The average  US  worker made between $200 and $400 per year ..
 

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per year,

a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year,

and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
 

More than 95 percent of all births took place at home .
 

Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."
 
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
 
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
 
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
 
Most women only washed their hair once a month,
and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
 
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from
entering into their country for any reason.

The Five leading causes of death were:
 
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke
 
The American flag had 45 stars...
 
The population of  Las Vegas ,  Nevada , was only 30!!!
 
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was neither a Mother's Day nor a Father's Day.
 
Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and only 6 percent
of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter
at the local corner drugstores.

Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion,
gives buoyancy to the mind, Regulates the stomach and bowels,
and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!"
 ( Shocking? )

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help .......
 
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE  U.S.A.  !
 
I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.

From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD -

all in a matter of seconds!
 
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.          Scary to think about!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 30, 2012, 09:47:07 AM
Kim Dotcom Scares Neighbors With Email
"Kim Dotcom, the internet mogul charged with earning more than £100m in illegal profits through the file-sharing website Megaupload.com, sent an extraordinary email to his worried neighbours in an affluent New Zealand suburb in which he joked about having criminal links, laundering money and taking cocaine...".*
Kim Dotcom Scares Neighbors With Email (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs-VSk2yQs4#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 04, 2012, 02:01:30 PM
10 Accidental Inventions

10 Accidental Inventions (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqArHwtvE9Y#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 04, 2012, 02:02:26 PM
10 Revolting Hygiene Facts

10 Revolting Hygiene Facts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTWZtElvMAU#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 05, 2012, 12:36:15 AM
Credit Card Cloning & Orgies? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1OQjxxNsdw#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 05, 2012, 12:36:46 AM
71 Tons Of Platinum Found In Ship Wreck On Ocean Floor

71 Tons Of Platinum Found In Ship Wreck On Ocean Floor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkaBdH-RkZc#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 07, 2012, 01:40:54 PM
Human Hourglass: Model Has 20-Inch Waist
Romanian model Ioana Spangenberg has a 20-inch waist. Do you find her attractive?
Human Hourglass: Model Has 20-Inch Waist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3i2zudOhJA#ws)

Yuck!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Aunt Lisa on February 07, 2012, 05:01:17 PM
I don't know how you find all these Fry, but I love it. Thanks for posting. Oh and the one on the Sex topic about the wig, still has me laughing.
Title: Chicken Little
Post by: ShorTea on February 07, 2012, 08:39:56 PM
http://crazypictures.org/post/17163540073/geneticists-have-created-featherless-chickens (http://crazypictures.org/post/17163540073/geneticists-have-created-featherless-chickens)

Isn't that weird!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 08, 2012, 12:23:33 PM
U.S. Prison Industrial Complex Slave Labor PWNS Vermont Police! ("PIGS")

U.S. Prison Industrial Complex Slave Labor PWNS Vermont Police! ("PIGS") (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIMsHOsdtw0#)
Title: Ouch!
Post by: ShorTea on February 08, 2012, 07:03:42 PM
don't get to comfy!


http://allweirdnews.com/low-tech-snooze-button-inhibitor/ (http://allweirdnews.com/low-tech-snooze-button-inhibitor/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 14, 2012, 10:02:31 PM
Top 10 lead-filled lipsticks
Puckering up this Valentine's Day? You might want to leave lipstick out of the picture. A new report from the FDA shows 400 lipsticks - including popular brands such as L'Oreal and Cover Girl - contain traces of lead. Although the amounts of lead found have doubled since the FDA's last investigation, the federal agency says the findings are not a cause for concern.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics calls lead a neurotoxin and says any amount is too much. "Lead builds up in the body over time and lead-containing lipstick applied several times a day, every day, can add up to significant exposure levels," Dr. Mark Mitchell, co-chair of the environmental health task force for the National Medical Association, said in a Safe Cosmetics written statement.

According to the report, some lipsticks contain higher levels of lead than others: keep clicking to see the top 10 lead-filled lipsticks...

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-204_162-10011323.html#ixzz1mPqEdZ3H (http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-204_162-10011323.html#ixzz1mPqEdZ3H)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 14, 2012, 10:25:40 PM
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Long Lost Doghouse

(http://www.architizer.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/FLW-doghouse1-600x472.jpg)

Frank Lloyd Wright is generally considered to have been an arrogant, irascible curmudgeon, whose voracious egotism was and remains legendary. But he could be a gingerly grandfather as well. Case in point, the Jim Berger doghouse. As Architects & Artisans reports, Wright designed the canis domus in 1956, after the 12-year old project’s namesake wrote the famous architect asking if he would fashion a house for the Berger family’s then 4-year old black Lab, Eddie. The boy, who specified in his letter that he would cover the expenses of the plans and materials with wages he earned from his bike route, wrote to Wright in June of 1956, saying that he “would appreciate it if you [Wright] would design me a dog house, which would be easy to build, but would go with our house.” Continue.

The house to which the boy was referring was the Robert Berger House in San Anselmo, California, designed by Wright as a kind of prototype which fulfilled the architect’s original conception of the Usonian homes. Wright furnished the plans for the $15,000 house, while Robert Berger, a trained engineer, would build the house entirely by his own means–a project that would take 20 years to complete. At first, Wright politely declined, citing his busy schedule but suggested that the young Berger write to him again later in the year in the off chance he would have something by then. “A house for Eddie is an opportunity,” responded Wright, “Someday I shall design one.”

More here:
http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/38548/frank-lloyd-wrights-long-lost-doghouse/ (http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/38548/frank-lloyd-wrights-long-lost-doghouse/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 16, 2012, 09:16:44 PM
Dog inspires bill to regulate pet groomers

California pet groomers may soon need a license to snip or bathe Fido's coat or trim his nails after a Coachella Valley man's dog was maimed at the salon.

Senate Bill 969, or “Lucy's Law,” introduced by Sen. Juan Vargas, calls for all pet groomers to be licensed by the state of California, just as barbers and cosmetologists are.

If passed, it could become effective in April and groomers would have two years to comply. Violators would be charged with a misdemeanor, facing fines of $500 to $2,000, and/or possible county jail time of 30 days to a year.

Lucy is a Yorkie owned by David Martin of Palm Desert, who said that two years ago a groomer shaved off five of her eight nipples. Lucy still walks with a limp after injuring her left back leg, and suffered an eye injury.

“I don't know if she jumped off the table to escape, or fell off the table,” Martin said. “The groomer never admitted to anything.”

Most of the Coachella Valley's cities have sent letters of support to Vargas, and Animal Samaritans executive director Fred Saunders stated in the local no-kill shelter's weekly e-Newsletter that he backs the bill.

“Our veterinarians have seen too many dogs and cats with burns resulting from a groomer's dryer, and lacerations from clipping and shaving,” Saunders wrote. “We even saw a dog that suffered broken legs after jumping in fear from a groomer's table.”

Thousands of pets have been injured at the hands of negligent and under- trained groomers, according to Vargas, a San Diego Democrat who represents a sliver of the Coachella Valley. They've had severe cuts, injuries to toes and eyes, broken bones. Some have died.

“A routine trip to the pet groomer should never result in serious injuries to your pet or the loss of your pet's life,” Vargas said Friday at a rally at Nate's Point Dog Park in San Diego.

“Our state can make a difference by professionalizing the pet grooming industry to ensure that groomers are properly trained and pets are protected from harm.”

Among the requirements to be enforced by the state Veterinary Medical Board, groomers would have to provide water and clean cages in which a pet can move around, and make sure pets have vaccinations for parvo, rabies and other contagious diseases.

Drying cages, which can suffocate a pet, are banned.

Vargas, flanked by animal rights advocates, and Lucy and her owner, called the rally in response to critics who say the bill “hounds” groomers.

He especially targeted the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, who voted Tuesday to oppose the bill, citing it could hurt small businesses and goes too far.

Local groomers agree that pet owners should be able to leave their dogs at the groomers and trust they will be lovingly cared for.

But they don't all agree Lucy's Law is the best answer.

Pat Nicholson, owner of Bath & Brush at The Springs in Palm Springs, is a certified groomer with 25 years of experience and said a state licensing mandate isn't necessary.

There are other areas that need to be addressed first, she said, like more funding for pounds.

She trains her own employees in grooming, but said the first requirement is a love of dogs, and that's not something that can be taught.

Nicholson advised pet owners to learn as much as possible about groomers and how they interact with animals before leaving pets with them.

“If you come here, you can stand and watch your dog being groomed,” the owner of Bath & Brush said. “Anyone can watch, anytime.”

The bill is waiting to be heard in Senate Business and Professions and Economic Development with no date yet.
http://www.mydesert.com/article/20120211/NEWS01/202110317/Local-dog-inspires-bill-regulate-pet-groomers?odyssey=tab (http://www.mydesert.com/article/20120211/NEWS01/202110317/Local-dog-inspires-bill-regulate-pet-groomers?odyssey=tab)|topnews|text|Frontpage
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 19, 2012, 02:07:10 AM
Will a self-driving car be the new normal? "The concept took a big step when Nevada became the first state to approve regulations that spell out requirements for companies to test driverless cars on state roads...".

Self-Driving Car (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY-9GmIDLyU#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Mayonnaise on February 20, 2012, 09:14:26 AM
I got this sent to me and after some checking, it seem's this is making its way around the Internet. (https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/431583_348128488560915_281624235211341_1113866_2034445715_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: ussoccer26 on February 20, 2012, 09:23:10 AM
I got this sent to me and after some checking, it seem's this is making its way around the Internet. (https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/431583_348128488560915_281624235211341_1113866_2034445715_n.jpg)

PJ's in that picture! Hell yeah Air Force.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Mayonnaise on February 20, 2012, 03:59:15 PM
PJ's in that picture! Hell yeah Air Force.
I'm kind of stumped... Who is PJ?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: ussoccer26 on February 20, 2012, 04:56:11 PM
I'm kind of stumped... Who is PJ?

Para-Jumper/Pararescuemen

Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: ussoccer26 on February 20, 2012, 05:05:22 PM
This might help.

Combat Rescue Afghanistan CSAR Pararescue "Pedros" Full Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWaehyJb0pg&list=UU0QybexbohFaxd0KQoAxdHg&index=3&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Mayonnaise on February 20, 2012, 05:17:35 PM
Ah ok. I thought you meant PJ as knowing someone in the picture.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: ussoccer26 on February 20, 2012, 05:18:26 PM
Sorry for the confusion.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Mayonnaise on February 20, 2012, 05:31:52 PM
Sorry for the confusion.
Not a problem.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monique on February 20, 2012, 08:05:36 PM
Took the kids to Ann Arbor Hands On Museum today. It was fun, but Imagination Station in Toledo is waaaayyyyy better!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 20, 2012, 08:10:57 PM
I got this sent to me and after some checking, it seem's this is making its way around the Internet.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/431583_348128488560915_281624235211341_1113866_2034445715_n.jpg
I'm wondering what kind of person created that hateful message.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie shouldn't have ordered the flag lowered but it's all over now except the whining.

There are much bigger issues that need to be tackled and beyond the racist, misogynistic, and class warfare roots of that message posted under the guise of patriotism....Whitney Houston was a daughter and a mother.

People are grieving and those speaking ill of the dead are terribly insensitive to say the least.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 20, 2012, 08:15:22 PM
Took the kids to Ann Arbor Hands On Museum today. It was fun, but Imagination Station in Toledo is waaaayyyyy better!
Just so happens a relevant TV program is on right now. It's a TVO show....sort of like PBS for Canada.

The Agenda With Steve Paikin
Episode: Do Museums Still Matter?
NEW

Steven Conn examines the fading importance of having a public space for tangible artifacts.

8:00 - 9:00 PM CICA (32)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: sammy on February 20, 2012, 08:16:22 PM
I'm wondering what kind of person created that hateful message.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie shouldn't have ordered the flag lowered but it's all over now except the whining.

There are much bigger issues that need to be tackled and beyond the racist, misogynistic, and class warfare roots of that message posted under the guise of patriotism....Whitney Houston was a daughter and a mother.

People are grieving and those speaking ill of the dead are terribly insensitive to say the least.
And those speaking ill of the living, as well!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 20, 2012, 09:21:46 PM
Dog's Ear Cut Off, Glued Back On At Petco (Lawsuit Alleges) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBffPloJov0#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 20, 2012, 09:58:11 PM
Molson Coors Pulls "Black Label 10" From Store Shelves (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvkOZVlb594#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 20, 2012, 10:04:23 PM
7 Year Old Overdoses On Date Rape Drug (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9fV_gIzyR4#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 20, 2012, 11:01:01 PM
Man found $26,000 in safe bought on eBay

http://www.wmctv.com/story/16944877/bartlett-man-finds-26000-in-safe-bought-on-ebay (http://www.wmctv.com/story/16944877/bartlett-man-finds-26000-in-safe-bought-on-ebay)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 21, 2012, 09:35:25 PM
Would You Eat Meat Grown In A Petri Dish? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAs7_j0DjhI#)
Title: How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did
Post by: Frenchfry on February 21, 2012, 09:42:31 PM
How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2012/02/16/how-target-figured-out-a-teen-girl-was-pregnant-before-her-father-did/?partner=forbespicks&google_editors_picks=true (http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2012/02/16/how-target-figured-out-a-teen-girl-was-pregnant-before-her-father-did/?partner=forbespicks&google_editors_picks=true)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Baby Hitler on February 24, 2012, 11:51:29 AM
For BRD

(http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/308507_10150401062964206_745604205_8194898_1889884917_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on February 24, 2012, 11:57:48 AM
Good one Fluffy 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 24, 2012, 11:25:08 PM
I mentioned this in the "just asking" topic the other day:
Quote
Heard what sounded like an explosion last night and saw a swat team swarm into a house....yet not a peep in the news.

Yep...a bunch of Monroe County Sheriff cars, a sort of tank-like vehicle with guys hanging onto the sides and a two unmarked Ford Taurus vehicles (with only interior mounted light bars flashing red and blue) surrounded the house.

Saw a guy in cuffs being hauled away.

What constitutes news around here?

This town needs a real news team since it appears the Monroe News doesn't seem to want to do it.

And while looking around to see if anyone else had any info, I found this:
Quote
Swat Team Salary in Monroe, MI
The average salary for Swat Team in Monroe, Michigan is $130,294. If you were to work as a Swat Team in Monroe, Michigan you could expect a starting salary of $107,301. You could expect to make a salary of around $153,287 after some time.

Quick Swat Team Salary Details
Average Swat Team Salary: $130,294
Entry Level Swat Team Salary: $107,301
Monthly Swat Team Salary: $10,858
Hourly Swat Team Pay: $58/Hour


Monroe Swat Team Facts
The salary for Swat Team in Monroe is higher than the average Swat Team salary. However the cost of living in Monroe is also very high. The cost of living in Monroe is 67% higher than the national average.

The average Swat Team age in Monroe, Michigan is 37 years old.
[url]http://swatteamsalary.org/MI/Monroe/salary/Swat-Team-Salary[/url] ([url]http://swatteamsalary.org/MI/Monroe/salary/Swat-Team-Salary[/url])
More but it didn't render well.

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SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team has been active for approximately three years.  J.A. Dan Motylinski is the S.R.T. Commander.  The team has two squads each commanded by a Team Leader Sergeant and an assistant team leader.  Currently there are 15 officers assigned to the Team with breaching, entry, arrest, containment and marksman/observer elements.


S.R.T. officers are trained specialist with weapons and tactics that serve many functions.  They are responsible for the peaceful resolutions of hostage situations, barricaded gunman, high risk arrest and search warrants, and any other situation that the Sheriff deems necessary.

All S.R.T. personnel are graduates of the following S.W.A.T. academies.  The Down River Urban Assault Training Academy at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and the Western  Wayne Swat Academy.


Since it's inception S.R.T. has been activated on 18 missions, all with peaceful resolutions.
[url]http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/sheriff/special_response_team.html[/url] ([url]http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/sheriff/special_response_team.html[/url])
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on February 25, 2012, 07:22:10 AM
I mentioned this in the "just asking" topic the other day:

Quote
Heard what sounded like an explosion last night and saw a swat team swarm into a house....yet not a peep in the news.

Yep...a bunch of Monroe County Sheriff cars, a sort of tank-like vehicle with guys hanging onto the sides and a two unmarked Ford Taurus vehicles (with only interior mounted light bars flashing red and blue) surrounded the house.

Saw a guy in cuffs being hauled away.

What constitutes news around here?

This town needs a real news team since it appears the Monroe News doesn't seem to want to do it.




Could it have possibly been a gal in cuffs?

Somehow I missed your original post but did see this one this morning...   

was drinking coffee and trying to think of anything I'd read or heard of that might have  been part of that...    but the old memory was striking out...   a few weeks ago can be like a lifetime sometimes 8* 8* 8*

So, I started reading my tweets from overnight and this one from The Blade jumped right out at me:

"Michigan woman held in 2 bank robberies"

Although the story is lacking of a lot of details it looks like the takedown was about Feb 1st...   would that fit with your incident?

Article:  http://www.toledoblade.com/Nation/2012/02/25/Michigan-woman-held-in-2-bank-robberies.html (http://www.toledoblade.com/Nation/2012/02/25/Michigan-woman-held-in-2-bank-robberies.html)

Not a bad looking gal (considering what she was going through when the picture was taken)...    seems like she could have done better than bank robbery 8* 8* 8*

(http://www.toledoblade.com/image/2012/02/25/800x_b1_cCM_z/Ashley-Elvetici-21-of-Negaunee-Mich.jpg)

I found another article and it says she was arrested in Toledo so probably not related 8* 8* 8*

http://www.wtol.com/story/16651244/police-searching-for-female-bank-robber-in-west-toledo (http://www.wtol.com/story/16651244/police-searching-for-female-bank-robber-in-west-toledo)
Title: Test-Tube Meat!
Post by: Frenchfry on February 28, 2012, 05:19:10 PM
"The world's first "test-tube" meat, a hamburger made from a cow's stem cells, will be produced this fall...

Test-Tube Meat! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MErDPQqnrww#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on February 28, 2012, 05:47:08 PM
I guess it's ok but I think I'll pass for now 8* 8* 8*
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Skittelroo on February 28, 2012, 06:27:16 PM
If I remember correctly, it is super expensive (like $1,000 for one burger?).  Something like half my grocery money for a whole year!  I'll have to pass.
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Yikes, was I way off!

Sometime later this year, a yet-to-be-named guinea pig very lucky culinary pioneer will take the first bite of the first hamburger grown in a lab. At that point, the cost of making that burger will have totaled more than $331,000 (an estimated 250,000 euros). The meat will be grown from bovine stem cells that produce muscle and fat — and if that sounds less than appetizing, keep in mind that the burger will be prepared by famed chef Heston Blumenthal

http://grist.org/list/test-tube-burger-will-cost-more-than-331000-to-produce/ (http://grist.org/list/test-tube-burger-will-cost-more-than-331000-to-produce/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Aunt Lisa on February 28, 2012, 07:09:48 PM
No thank you but thanks for asking :)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 28, 2012, 08:33:12 PM
"Meat consumption is going to double in the next 40 years or so, so we need to come up with alternatives to solve the land issue," Post said.

Post's financial backer is providing 250,000 euros (about $330,000) toward the development of this hamburger.

Apart from the "meat," scientists need to grow fat separately, for the juiciness and taste of the final product.

Right now the process doesn't involve harming animals -- researchers are using leftover materials from slaughterhouses. But in the future, the process could use animals that would be killed so that all of their stem cells could be harvested, he said.

You could get about 1 million times as many burgers from a single cow using these stem cell methods as you would from traditional processes, Post said.

But obviously Post's process is expensive and requires a lot of effort.

So how long will it take until the process of making stem cell burgers becomes more efficient than regular burgers?

With the resources Post and colleagues have right now, it's never going to happen, he says. With unlimited resources, it would still take 10 to 20 years.
http://www.10news.com/health/30500154/detail.html (http://www.10news.com/health/30500154/detail.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 06, 2012, 12:52:47 PM
48 NASA Laptops Stolen in Two Years: A Case for Better Encryption Practices
Even NASA laptops are vulnerable to theft and poor security practices: 48 NASA laptops or mobile devices were stolen from America’s space agency between April 2009 and April 2011, including one--unencrypted--laptop containing control codes for the International Space Station (ISS).

Although ISS does not appear to be in jeopardy, according to a NASA public affairs officer who spoke to the Security News Daily, the NASA security breaches underscore how serious and difficult a problem laptop and mobile device theft is--whether you’re a government agency or a small business or an individual.

In his testimony last month before the Science, Space and Technology House subcommittee, NASA Inspector General Paul Martin admitted that only 1 percent of NASA’s portable devices are encrypted. That leaves 99 percent of the agency’s laptops and mobile devices left unprotected, storing possibly not just employees’ personal data such as Social Security numbers, but also third-party intellectual property and perhaps space or government secrets (yes, I watched many episodes of Chuck).
Biggest Nightmare for a Business?

Lost laptops and lost mobile phones have long topped the list as the biggest nightmare for security chiefs and PR teams (see this Laptop Losers Hall of Shame for some older cringe-worthy stories). Why does encryption continue to pose such a big business challenge?

NASA offers a good example. It doesn’t have an agency-wide data encryption system or solution. Individuals can encrypt a laptop at the file, folder, or drive level, but that could leave too much room for error or leave too much up to user discretion. A centralized, managed encryption solution for your whole fleet of mobile devices is a better idea, but obviously may involve more costly enterprise resources. Implementing such a system across a chain of command, with lots of people and systems involved, no doubt requires a lot of planning and commitment.

Considering that the average value of an individual lost laptop has been computed as more than $49,000, however, making sure each laptop is encrypted before it leaves the room with sensitive data on it is probably well worth the investment.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/251318/48_nasa_laptops_stolen_in_two_years_a_case_for_better_encryption_practices.html (http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/251318/48_nasa_laptops_stolen_in_two_years_a_case_for_better_encryption_practices.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 24, 2012, 11:56:11 PM
From The Associated Press.

A Florida man who trained for a national memory competition by memorizing a randomly shuffled deck of cards as he climbed Mount Everest won the mental bout Saturday and broke a U.S. record.

Nelson Dellis, 28, of Miami, said his rigorous training for the challenge required him to reshuffle the deck of cards at each new altitude in his climb.

"I was getting my best times the higher I got," said Dellis, who was surprised at his ability to stay focused as he made his way toward the summit before having to stop because of problems with his oxygen mask. "I was getting so much, much less oxygen up there."

It was the second year in a row that Dellis won the USA Memory Championship, which was held in Manhattan. He also broke a record for memorizing 303 random numbers in five minutes, besting the previous record of 248 numbers in five minutes, which he himself set last year.

"It's all tricks," Dellis explained of his win. "I don't have a good memory naturally. It's something I learned and taught myself."

Among the tricks he relies on is an ancient method he refers to as the "journey method," where he visualizes memorized objects as he moves mentally through a place he knows well. To recall the information, he mentally walks back through the journey.

About 50 people competed in Saturday's challenge of mnemonic skills that required them to recall random information including 99 names and faces, a 50-line unpublished poem and 200 random words.

Texan Ron White, the 2010 national memory champion, came in second; Michael Mirski, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, came in third.

Four-time winners Hershey High School in Hershey, Pa., won its fifth title in a competition against groups from another high school and the University of Pennsylvania.

The competition, now in its 15th year, was founded by a former IBM executive to promote the capabilities of the human brain.

Dellis, a former software developer turned "memory consultant," said he was compelled to research the mysteries of memory after his paternal grandmother began showing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and died in 2009.

He said he always thought memory was static, but he learned he was wrong: "The mind is trainable."
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 25, 2012, 02:39:55 AM
What are the odds? Michigan store sells five winning Mega Millions lottery tickets
http://www.npr.org/local/stories/Michigan-Radio/149087178 (http://www.npr.org/local/stories/Michigan-Radio/149087178)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on March 25, 2012, 11:44:36 PM
What are the odds? Michigan store sells five winning Mega Millions lottery tickets
[url]http://www.npr.org/local/stories/Michigan-Radio/149087178[/url] ([url]http://www.npr.org/local/stories/Michigan-Radio/149087178[/url])


Yeah one senile old man bought all the tickets, used the same numbers over and over.
Lucky B*****d.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 27, 2012, 09:53:26 PM
Blindness doesn’t stop target practice
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http://www.edmondsun.com/features/x519221092/Blindness-doesn-t-stop-target-practice (http://www.edmondsun.com/features/x519221092/Blindness-doesn-t-stop-target-practice)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 02, 2012, 11:57:24 PM
Heil Hollywood: The Los Angeles bunker from which Hitler planned to run Nazi empire after the war

It sounds like the bizzare script of a Hollywood B-movie.

In a parallel universe the Nazis have won the war, Adolf Hitler moves to LA where he mingles with the stars of the silver screen while running his evil empire from a luxurious ranch deep in the LA hills.

But during the 1930s, American sympathisers were so confident this exact scenario was actually going happen they spent millions building a deluxe compound ready for their fuhrer's imminent  arrival.

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Hitler U.S. HQ: The ruins of the compound from where American Nazis hoped their leader would one day rule the world lies tucked away in the Los Angeles hills
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Leader: Hitler's American followers the Silver Shirts were so confident that he would triumph they spent millions building the deluxe compound ready for his imminent arrival

Equipped with a diesel power plant, 375,000 gallon concrete water tank , giant meat locker, 22 bedrooms and even a bomb shelter, the heavily guarded estate was home to a community of Hollywood fascists who hoped to ride out the war there.

There were further plans to build five libraries, a swimming pool, several dining rooms and a gymnasium with money from Germany.

But on the day after Pearl Harbour, as America entered World War Two, police raided the premises and rounded up the the 50 or so American fascists who were living there.

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The remnants of the huge concrete water tank on the Murphy Ranch where which was built in the 1930s by the Silver Shirts group of American fascists

Today the eerie landmark lies in ruins, daubed with graffitti, and awaiting the bulldozers so it can be turned into a picnic area for hikers - a soon-to-be forgotten slice of American history.

Close to the homes of actors and directors such as Stephen Spielberg, the site has been a magnet for historians, curiosity-seekers and modern-day nazis.

At one point after the war it became an artists colony and was home to the novelist Henry Miller.

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Self- sufficient: The estate's vegetable garden. Around 50 or so followers planned to ride out the war there until Hitler's triumph

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History: The 55-acre ranch, was sold to mining fortune heiress Jessie Murphy in 1933 by screen cowboy Will Rogers

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The compound was equipped with a diesel power plant, 375,000 gallon concrete water tank , giant meat locker, 22 bedrooms and even a bomb shelter

It was built by the Silver Shirts, a sinister group of 1930s fascists who took their name from Hitler's Brown Shirts grass roots organisation.

Fascism had been on the rise in the wake of the Great Depression and the Silver Shirts were one of the most fanatical organisations.

The 55-acre ranch, was sold to mining fortune heiress Jessie Murphy in 1933 by screen cowboy Will Rogers.

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Plans: The site is scheduled to be bulldozed to make way for a hikers' picnic spot

In the next few years, Murphy struck up a relationship with a German man known only as Herr Schmidt. Unbeknown to her Schmidt was Hitler's agent in America.

He persuaded her to invest $4million ($66 million today) to transform the property into a nazi stronghold fit for Hitler.

Historian Randy Young told the Sunday Express: 'This was supposed to be the seat of American fascism from where Hitler would one day run the United States.

'The neighbours were a little freaked out by the construction and weird happenings, but until war broke out, they thought they were just eccentric people.'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2116684/Hitlers-Los-Angeles-bunker-planned-run-Nazi-empire-war.html?ITO=1490 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2116684/Hitlers-Los-Angeles-bunker-planned-run-Nazi-empire-war.html?ITO=1490)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monique on April 04, 2012, 08:35:00 PM
Saw this on fb, made me smile!

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 06, 2012, 03:39:19 PM
From an email:

    This is something we all should have:  a Living Will
     
    I, __________________________, being of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means.  Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of pinhead partisan politicians who couldn't pass ninth-grade biology if their lives depended on it or lawyers, doctor, and hospitals interested in simply running up the bills.  If a reasonable amount of time passes and I fail to ask for at least one or more (check any that apply) of the following:  ______a  beer  ______a Margarita ______ a Scotch and soda ____, a Jack and Coke ______,  a Bloody Mary ____ a Gin and Tonic _______ a Glass of Chardonnay, a glass of fine quality Argentine Malbec, ______ a Steak ______, a sizable Cheeseburger ______, Lobster or crab legs ______, the remote control ______,  a bowl of ice cream ______, the sports page ______ Chocolate or ______Sex, then it should be presumed that I won't ever get any better.  When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my appointed person and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes and call it a day, DNR (this does not stand for Department of Natural Resources).  At this point, it is time to call the New Orleans Jazz Funeral Band to come do their thing at my funeral, and ask all of my friends to raise their glasses to toast the good times we have had.  I don’t care if you prefer ginger ale or grape juice, lift a glass and join in the toast.
     
    Signature: ___________________________ Date: ___________________________
     
    NOTE: I also hear that in Ireland they have a Nursing Home with a Pub.  The patients are happier, and they have a lot more visitors.  Some of them don't even need embalming when their time comes.  If anyone knows the name of this happy place PLEASE let me know!
Title: Arsenic and Prozac In Our Chickens
Post by: Frenchfry on April 06, 2012, 04:07:02 PM
via NY Times: "It turns out that arsenic has routinely been fed to poultry (and sometimes hogs) because it reduces infections and makes flesh an appetizing shade of pink. There's no evidence that such low levels of arsenic harm either chickens or the people eating them, but still..." Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss some of the other chemicals in our food.

Arsenic and Prozac In Our Chickens (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_AHjzpJwcQ#ws)
Title: Youngest moms ever
Post by: Frenchfry on April 08, 2012, 01:12:58 PM
'She should be playing with dolls, it's shocking': Colombian girl, 10, gives birth to baby daughter

A 10-year-old Colombian girl has sparked outrage after becoming one of the world's youngest ever mothers by giving birth to a healthy daughter.

The girl, a member of an indigenous tribe called the Wayuu who are based in the La Guajira Peninsula in the north of the country, was 39 weeks pregnant when she underwent a Caesarean section. Most pregnancies are 38 weeks.

It was the first time the pre-teen, from the town of Manaure, had visited a doctor in connection with her pregnancy.

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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2125512/10-year-old-Colombian-girl-gives-birth-healthy-baby-daughter.html#ixzz1rTBGsWhq (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2125512/10-year-old-Colombian-girl-gives-birth-healthy-baby-daughter.html#ixzz1rTBGsWhq)


YOUNG MOTHERS AROUND THE WORLD

Youngest Mother Ever
The world's youngest mother is Lina Medina, a Peruvian girl who gave birth just two weeks after her fifth birthday. The birth was major news when it happened in 1933 as it was unheard of that a girl would be able to give birth at such a young age.

Ms Medina, who is now 78 years old, never named the father and it is unclear whether or not she knows herself. The doctor who took care of her case said that she 'couldn't give precise responses' when asked about how she got pregnant.

Her father was arrested on rape and incest charges but they were dropped due to insufficient evidence.

She gave birth to a healthy baby boy but had to have a caesarean section because her pelvis was too small. Her son, who she named Gerardo, was healthy for most of his life but then died at the age of 40 in 1979 from bone marrow disease.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2125512/10-year-old-Colombian-girl-gives-birth-healthy-baby-daughter.html#ixzz1rTBfIMIe (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2125512/10-year-old-Colombian-girl-gives-birth-healthy-baby-daughter.html#ixzz1rTBfIMIe)

Britain's First Youngest Mum
Jenny Teague shocked the British public when, in 1997, she became the youngest mother in the country at the age of 12. She did not realize that she was pregnant until her mother noticed a bump.

Though she 'experimented' with a 13-year-old boy, she did not think that she would be able to get pregnant the first time that she had sex.

Her daughter, Sasha, is now 15 years old, and Ms Teague, now 27, has since given birth to two more girls.

She recalls: 'I was terrified. When the nurse handed me Sasha, I thought, "What have
I done?’ – but when I looked at her little face, I felt happy and I wanted her.

'I was scared, but determined to do my best.'

Although she claims benefits, she is studying English and Maths and hopes to work after her youngest daughter is older.

She said: 'I never had a life as a teenage mum and I’d never want Sasha to be a young mum.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2125512/10-year-old-Colombian-girl-gives-birth-healthy-baby-daughter.html#ixzz1rTBpGWgM (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2125512/10-year-old-Colombian-girl-gives-birth-healthy-baby-daughter.html#ixzz1rTBpGWgM)

America's Teen Moms

With the help of pregnancy pacts and the MTV show Teen Mom, it is becoming less and less shocking to see young mothers across America.

And while many of these girls seek publicity or allow their names to be printed, the majority of them are 15 years old and up.

Many of the cases where 10 and 11 year old girls give birth involve rape and incest, and their names are not released as a result because they are considered victims of sexual assault.

Across the country, the 2012 teenage pregnancy rate was the lowest in 40 years, coming in at 67.8 pregnancies per 1,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19-years-old.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2125512/10-year-old-Colombian-girl-gives-birth-healthy-baby-daughter.html#ixzz1rTBu3cNq (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2125512/10-year-old-Colombian-girl-gives-birth-healthy-baby-daughter.html#ixzz1rTBu3cNq)
Title: Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying
Post by: Frenchfry on April 11, 2012, 08:01:23 PM
What are the top five most common regrets expressed by people that know they will soon die? A piece in The Guardian tells the story of an "Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying..."

Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K0xFdJhymc#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monique on April 11, 2012, 09:15:05 PM
What are the top five most common regrets expressed by people that know they will soon die? A piece in The Guardian tells the story of an "Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying..."
"Happiness is a choice" (quote from the blog post http://www.inspirationandchai.com/Regrets-of-the-Dying.html (http://www.inspirationandchai.com/Regrets-of-the-Dying.html)). That is my essential philosophy. If a person doesn't choose to be happy and decide to come back to a place of happiness after any and all trials and tribulations, then life will just chew them up. I hope everyone can learn something from the collected wisdom of our elders.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 15, 2012, 11:38:52 PM
Stealing Fire Hydrants? Scrap Metal Theft Surges (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ithOzGEkB4M#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 15, 2012, 11:45:45 PM
Via Science Daily: " Homophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex and who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires, a series of psychology studies demonstrates..."

Homophobes Are Gay - Study (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP4zr0agHSM#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 23, 2012, 10:38:02 PM
2 Women Killed By 6 Escaped Bears In Japan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB2FnFqfoG8#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 01, 2012, 01:18:44 PM
CraigsList Ad: Found Backpack With Pound Of Marijuana, New Laptop & $2,355 Dollars Cash (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kx-4hrJkO8#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 01, 2012, 01:24:42 PM
Kids Straight Jackets! Now Available At Your Friendly Neighborhood Dentist Office! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOTfTQ2uFEA#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 01, 2012, 01:38:42 PM
Judge In The Netherlands Today Will Decide If Tourist Should Be Banned From Cannabis Cafes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzeiCw2oa1Q#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 01, 2012, 01:54:47 PM
Firefighters Rescue U.S. Paratroopers Caught In A Tree Near JBLM In Washington State (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZaHJeziP18#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 02, 2012, 01:06:40 PM
THE JESUS DIET (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE6sLonLoPs#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 02, 2012, 01:06:59 PM
List Of Chemicals Americans Put On Themselves Everyday (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2l51LLtPl5E#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 03, 2012, 10:30:11 AM
Harley Davidson Motorcycle Found On Remote BC Beach Believed To Be Japanese Tsunami Debris (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGnB2FJSG0Q#)

Harley Davidson Wants To Restore Motorcycle Found As Tsunami Debris For Original Owner (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xj-QCNFwSQ#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 03, 2012, 10:32:15 AM
WOMAN FALLS FROM HANG GLIDER (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo0FSvaeVog#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 06, 2012, 12:30:47 AM
Virus Researcher Dies 17 Hours After Being Exposed To Specimen He Was Working On (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QMnaN0TbWg#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 06, 2012, 12:33:48 AM
Solomon Islanders' blond gene identified
The gene which gives dark-skinned inhabitants of the Solomon Islands their distinctive blond hair has been identified by scientists for the first time.
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Although the indigenous Melanesian population possess the darkest skin outside of Africa, between five and ten per cent also have bright blond hair

Skin and hair colour is mostly inherited from our parents but whole populations have evolved to share certain traits. People living closer to the equator having darker skin and hair colour to protect against the Sun.

The exception is found in the Solomon Islands, an archipelago east of Papua New Guinea which has the highest proportion of natural blonds outside of Europe despite being just south of the equator.

Although the indigenous Melanesian population possess the darkest skin outside of Africa, between five and ten per cent also have bright blond hair.

Now researchers from Bristol University have identified the single genetic mutation that causes the islanders to have such contrasting pigmentation of their skin and hair.

In a study published in the Science journal, scientists took DNA samples from 85 islanders and identified the variation which caused a difference in the cells responsible for dark pigmentation.

Because the gene is not found in Europeans the findings mean the genetic trait could not have been introduced by western explorers and suggest the characteristic arose independently in the region.

Dr Nic Timpson, one of the leaders of the project, said: “Naturally blond hair is a surprisingly unusual trait in humans which is typically associated with people from Scandinavian and Northern European countries.

“Whether this genetic variation is due to evolution or a recent introgression (the introduction of a new gene from another population) requires further investigation, but this variant explains over 45 per cent of the variance in hair colour in the Solomons.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9243297/Solomon-Islanders-blond-gene-identified.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9243297/Solomon-Islanders-blond-gene-identified.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 06, 2012, 03:03:50 AM
Sterilize Patricia Krentcil The 'Tanning Mom'? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awZwgC4PwlU#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 18, 2012, 02:51:47 AM
Mountain Of Tsunami Debris Begins To Slam Far West Coast Of North America (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BIYRBAZYrM#)
Title: Used hypodermic needles hidden in pockets of clothes in retail stores.
Post by: Frenchfry on May 18, 2012, 03:18:05 AM
Someone Is Trying To Make Junkies Look BAD! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIDRiQrH-eg#)

US Set To Approve HIV Home Test Kit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfScTsE25QI#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 20, 2012, 10:24:53 PM
Walking While Texting FAIL & Ban (Video) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq_m-cMXPnU#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 21, 2012, 12:57:45 AM
Weapons Grade Uranium Hidden In U.S. Basement! (IT COULD HAPPEN! IT COULD!) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lITIUTuEHFQ#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 21, 2012, 01:02:14 AM
Sasquatch Hunters Gather (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAtQSoEOltQ#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 21, 2012, 01:10:38 AM
Too broke to go bankrupt

This year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to be too broke to file for bankruptcy.

The average cost to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, the most common form of consumer bankruptcy, is more than $1,500, according to recent research submitted to the National Bureau of Economic Research.

As a result, anywhere between 200,000 and one million consumers are estimated to be unable to afford that steep cost this year.

The research, conducted by a group of professors from Columbia University, the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis, examined how bankruptcy filings spiked after people received their tax rebates in previous years. They estimate that another 200,000 consumers, who would otherwise not have enough money to file, will use their tax refunds to pay for bankruptcy this year.

"For lots of people, bankruptcy has been taken off the table as an option because of the severe fees involved," said Jialan Wang, co-author of the report.

Among those fees is a charge of about $300 just for filing the paperwork with the federal court, while the rest typically goes to bankruptcy lawyers, said Wang.

And there are other expenses on top of that, including fees for mandatory pre-bankruptcy credit counseling and a pre-discharge debtor education course. These average about $85 altogether, according to a recent study sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute.

That means many of the Americans who have seen their debt snowball out of control due to events like job loss, foreclosure or a medical emergency during the economic downturn are now left without their last financial lifeline, she said.
Extreme debtors

"It becomes harder and harder to pay off the debt as interest payments get higher, so your debt grows larger and larger," she said.

The cost of filing for bankruptcy has risen in recent years as a result of the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, which aimed to reduce the number of bankruptcies taking place by adding more requirements to the filing process -- including additional paperwork and the credit counseling and debtor education.

While the bankruptcy rate has fallen slightly since the law took effect -- from a rate of 1.4% in 2004 to 1.3% last year -- the average income of bankruptcy filers has increased, the NBER study found. The findings indicate that the new requirements are pricing out many of the consumers who are least able to afford the fees, said Wang.

"It ends up being the relatively better off, or middle-class consumers who can actually afford to file, and the people with lower incomes can't afford to file," said Wang.

Billy Brewer, president of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, said bankruptcy attorneys have no choice but to charge such high fees.

"When clients come in and I tell them the fee, they look at me like I have two heads, and say: What part of 'I'm filing for bankruptcy don't you understand?' But we can't afford to do it for free," said Brewer, who charges an average fee of $1,500. "Congress decided to make the process much more difficult and there's much more paperwork involved, so attorneys are spending double the time they used to just to help someone file."

Those who can't afford the fees should still try to find a pro bono lawyer willing to provide legal services for free, said Wang. However, only a small fraction of people are actually able to get this kind of help.

And think twice before you decide to go it alone, said Gerri Detweiler, director of consumer education for Credit.com.

"It's too complicated now, and too much of a minefield. Make a mistake and your case is dismissed," she said. "A dismissed bankruptcy hurts your credit just as badly as one you complete. So you have all the downside without the fresh start."


She also warns against low-cost document preparation services claiming to help consumers fill out necessary documents. It's easy for consumers to think they're getting sound legal advice even though the preparers aren't lawyers, she said.

Among the various types of bankruptcy protection, Chapter 7 is the most common. Chapter 7 enables you to wipe out some or all of your debt in the shortest amount of time, said Detweiler. Bankruptcy doesn't relieve you of certain debts, however, like student loans or alimony payments.

If you're filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you can request to have the $300 court fee waived. The judge will typically grant a waiver if your income is less than 150% of the poverty line and you can prove that you are unable to pay the fee in full or in installments.

However, it's the attorney fees that are the biggest expense.

If you have been making some payments on your debts, an attorney may advise you to stop paying creditors, which can free up the money you need to pay the attorney's fees.

But if you haven't had enough money to make any payments to creditors, Detweiler recommends asking friends or family members for help. If that doesn't work, you could sell some of your belongings or get a second job, as long as your attorney says that it wouldn't affect your ability to receive bankruptcy protection.

Brewer, of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, said sometimes it's just a matter of rearranging priorities.

"If the need is crucial enough, consumers usually find a way to come up with the money," he said.
http://money.cnn.com/2012/05/07/pf/bankruptcy-costs/index.htm (http://money.cnn.com/2012/05/07/pf/bankruptcy-costs/index.htm)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 21, 2012, 01:34:46 AM
This story reminds me of the time my daughter lost her fake fingernail in the frenchfryer....BTW, I heard Arby's on Nadeau will cease being an Arby's in two days....I think they're changing over to a Taco Bell.

Man Finds Partial Severed Finger In Arby's Sandwich (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhhTDJ3W-E8#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Baby Hitler on May 21, 2012, 11:43:34 PM
This story reminds me of the time my daughter lost her fake fingernail in the frenchfryer....BTW, I heard Arby's on Nadeau will cease being an Arby's in two days....I think they're changing over to a Taco Bell.

Man Finds Partial Severed Finger In Arby's Sandwich ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhhTDJ3W-E8#[/url])
This is the one where a kid found a finger here in Jackson not more than a week ago.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 23, 2012, 01:51:24 AM
Sasquatch Hunters Gather
Bigfoot and Yeti DNA Study Gets Serious
A call is out for supposed Big Foot material so university scientists can do genetic testing.
http://news.discovery.com/animals/big-foot-genetic-testing-120522.html (http://news.discovery.com/animals/big-foot-genetic-testing-120522.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 23, 2012, 02:09:29 AM
"What would it take to be considered the world's scariest drug? A documentary that has gone viral in two days has a suggestion - it's one that criminals use to erase your memory and renders you incapable of exercising your free will. The drug, called scopolamine, also known as 'The Devil's Breath,' is derived from a particular type of tree common in Colombia called the Borrachero tree...".

World's Scariest Drug? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOILFlYjN7I#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 24, 2012, 01:49:43 AM
BC Town Bans Genetically Modified Food Crops From Being Grown In Their City (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJO1yqKEv7A#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 02, 2012, 12:19:43 AM
Lawyer Knocked Out by Client (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph7RzCGg4Mo&feature=related#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 02, 2012, 11:04:35 AM
Liquor Cost Higher Than People Expected As Privatized Alcohol Sales Begin In Washington State (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua1QLmVhHXQ#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 03, 2012, 12:23:52 PM
Leaving Your Religion? Dating Coach Helps Former Fundamentalists

Leaving Your Religion? Dating Coach Helps Former Fundamentalists (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOzI0umZMcQ#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 04, 2012, 06:30:01 AM
Atheists Sue To Remove Ten Commandments Monument (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l5qfWn0P34#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: marilyn.monroe on June 04, 2012, 07:23:10 AM
God's monuments are found in nature.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on June 04, 2012, 07:31:21 AM
God's monuments are found in nature.

I have a "slideshow" of natural wonders of the United States" running on my desktop as my screensaver (do they still call them that?) right now...  certainly some beautiful things to see out there ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 08, 2012, 12:56:09 PM
Oil Spill! Dangerous Chemicals! High Levels Of Radiation!!! ROBO FISH DON'T CARE! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOBFRkB-0Wc#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 08, 2012, 01:07:47 PM
Nine Year Old Girl Poked By Syringe Climbing Into Hotel Bed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHTQHtyuoQY#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 09, 2012, 10:16:20 AM
The Danger Of Driving With Your Pet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5ddMCjiJJI#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 09, 2012, 10:17:18 AM
Road Rage Victim Says She Was Drag Down The Street In Front Of Her Kids (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qMOSP7Wwcg#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 09, 2012, 10:24:16 AM
Scientists Say They've Discovered What Is Killing Honeybees! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8jypFuvXJI#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: marilyn.monroe on June 09, 2012, 10:33:04 AM
Scientists Say They've Discovered What Is Killing Honeybees! ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8jypFuvXJI#[/url])
recombination, result of genetic modification. eat your bt and virus and like it, to hell with the honeybees.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 10, 2012, 09:47:41 PM
"Goggles that trick the wearer into thinking the plain snack in their hand is a chocolate cookie, or make biscuits appear larger have been unveiled in Japan, offering hope to weak-willed dieters everywhere. Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed devices that use computer wizardry and augmented reality to fool the senses and make users feel more satisfied with smaller — or less appealing — treats..."

Diet Glasses (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXymgrg-Zmo#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 10, 2012, 09:55:32 PM
It Is Told That The Lagarfljótsormurinn Often Appears When Something Dreadful Is About To Happen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCXWfi5I0qI#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 10, 2012, 10:11:59 PM
FAFSA applications are stressful enough without online scammers trying to steal your financial and personal information. Sean from www.youtube.com/iamsean90 (http://www.youtube.com/iamsean90) is here with tips on how you can avoid scams while filling out your FAFSA application.

FAFSA Scam Exposed! [Video] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0l-da2Ejz0#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 13, 2012, 08:46:27 AM
Finally a 'sport' Big Mike could participate in  ;D

"There's No Less Validity To Burping Competitively Than There Is To Running Competitively" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOVJbra3uQg#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 21, 2012, 10:23:06 AM
Woman Superglued To Walmart Toilet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MANoxmA5crc#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 23, 2012, 01:38:11 PM
White Student Returns $1,000 Scholarship Meant For Black Student

A 17-year-old student at King High School in Riverside has returned a $1,000 scholarship intended for black students because he is white.

Jeffrey Warren and his father Rod returned the scholarship from the Martin Luther King Senior Citizens Club the night the teen was announced as the winner of the African-American student scholarship, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise."

White Student Returns $1,000 Scholarship Meant For Black Student (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3MHpqUf1XU#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 24, 2012, 01:50:11 PM
Waste Management NEW Bear Proof Trash Cans Are Here!!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y530w1T-z78#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 24, 2012, 02:00:39 PM
He Said He Heard A Loud Crunching Noise Before He Realized Whatever Hit His Boat Was Eating It! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WwV6aCxtw0#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 27, 2012, 09:41:14 PM
School sunscreen ban leads girls to become severely sunburned

(http://blog.sfgate.com/sfmoms/files/2012/06/CM-Capture-2-600x384.png)
The images of two girls from Tacoma, Wash., who became badly sunburned after a day spent outside at a school field day are painful to look at.

Ouch! Why weren’t these girls wearing sunscreen?

Teachers weren’t allowed to provide the girls with sunscreen—even though their skin was obviously getting fried—due to a school policy. Huh?

Turns out that a state law in Washington forbids staff  from applying or giving students any type of medication, including sunscreen without a doctor’s note. What’s more, for liability reasons, students can only bring sunscreen to school and apply it themselves if they have a note from a physician. “The law exists because the additives in lotions and sunscreens can cause an allergic reaction in children, and sunscreens are regulated by the FDA as an over-the-counter drug,” according to MSNBC. Similar policies exist in 49 states; California is the only state to allow sunscreen in public schools without a doctor’s note.

Jesse Michener, the mother of the two girls with fried skin, is troubled by this law and she’s challenging it. She has partnered with  Project Backpack, a nonprofit advocacy group focused on changing state and local policies to allow sunscreen on school campuses. Together they have plans to connect with national organizations and put more force behind the movement to change these laws.

Michener posted the images of the badly burned girls on her blog, Life Photographed, and they quickly caught the attention of the world. The story was covered by news sites ranging from the British Daily Mail to CBS News, but Michener says, “This isn’t a story about us. I want this to be a part of the bigger picture and spark a grass roots movement to change these laws.”

Michener’s daughter, Violet, 11, and Zoe, 9, have fair skin but their mother didn’t apply sunscreen on the morning of the field day because it was raining. She figured the activities would be held inside. But the weather cleared and Violet and Zoe spent five hours in direct sun.

“Teachers remarked that my daughters looked like they were burning but nobody did anything about it,” Michener told SFGate.

Because of the law nobody could have done anything about it. “The girls say they were forced to watch one teacher put on her own sunscreen and then explain to the burning students that it was ‘just for her’ when they begged her for some,” according to the Daily Mail.

What’s more, the school doesn’t allow children to wear hats.

The girls burns were so serious that Michener brought them to the doctor. The sisters’ skin blistered and they both had headaches, chills and pain.The stayed home from school for a day.

A week later, Michener says that Violet’s face is still pink but the skin on her shoulders is “alligatory and leathery.”

“But I don’t want to make this a story about my girls’ bad sunburns,” Michener says. “We need to move on and look ahead and now it’s time to throw myself at trying to catalyze change.”

The school apologized to the family and said they would support a policy revision.
http://blog.sfgate.com/sfmoms/2012/06/27/school-sunscreen-ban-leads-girls-to-become-severely-sunburned/ (http://blog.sfgate.com/sfmoms/2012/06/27/school-sunscreen-ban-leads-girls-to-become-severely-sunburned/)


Mom upset after kids severely sunburned at school (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SALFJdzzBcY#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 28, 2012, 11:49:31 AM
Cuss Warning!

Man Almost Shot Over Fart?

A New Jersey man threatened to shoot his neighbor in the head over a fart. Is farting enough to start a gun fight?

Man Almost Shot Over Fart? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8scUyuTP-k#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 28, 2012, 10:27:00 PM
A $4.2 Million Tear-Down House in Belvedere, California
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/million-belvedere-california-tear-house/story?id=16662488#.T-0Q2vWDmSp (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/million-belvedere-california-tear-house/story?id=16662488#.T-0Q2vWDmSp)

Home Prices Rise in Nearly All Cities
The trend is now clear. The worst of the housing slump is over in many parts of the country.

This morning’s Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index reports home prices rose in nearly all major U.S. cities in April from March. The average increase in the 20 cities tracked was 1.3 percent – the first rise in seven months . San Francisco, Washington and Phoenix posted the biggest increases. Prices fell 3.6 percent in Detroit, the only city to record a drop.

The increases partly reflect the impact of the spring buying season. The month-to-month prices aren’t adjusted for seasonal factors. Still, prices in half of the cities are up over the past 12 months. The largest gain was in Phoenix, where prices rose 8.6 percent compared to last year.

Monday’s Commerce Department report on new home sales said Americans bought new homes in May at the fastest pace in more than two years – up 7.6 percent compared with the month before.

For five years the housing slump and mortgage mess have been a drag on jobs and the economy. Now that trend appears to be coming to a close.

But the housing recovery still has a long way to go. Sales are still way below where they were during the boom years.
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2012/06/home-prices-rise-in-nearly-all-cities/ (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2012/06/home-prices-rise-in-nearly-all-cities/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 28, 2012, 10:46:57 PM
Doing Chores Makes Many Men Happiest  8*

Many men are happiest when making an equal contribution to household chores, according to a University of Cambridge study that concludes what many women might have considered unimaginable.

“Contrary to expectations, they found that men, not women, benefited from a less traditional gender role divide in household chores,” the introduction to the study reads.

And women weren’t the only ones left scratching their heads. The researchers themselves were surprised with the findings.

“The academics expected to find that men’s work-family conflict rose, and their well-being fell, when they did more housework,” a University of Cambridge news release states.  ”In practice, they found the opposite, with conflict falling, and well-being going up.”

The professor who conducted the study was traveling and unavailable to comment.

The study was conducted across seven European countries and tens of thousands of participants were asked how much time they spent on tasks such as cooking, washing, cleaning, shopping and property maintenance. They then weighed work-life conflict with other measures of their well-being, which provided the surprising results.

Researchers attributed their findings to two factors: They believe more men support gender equality and women are more assertive than in the past.

The researchers said men are actually uncomfortable when they are not taking equal responsibility for housework. And history and habit might also contribute to such guilt.

“[The results] suggest that men may be uncomfortably conscious of work getting in the way of their doing a fair share of chores at home, whereas women have long been used to doing a ‘double shift,’” the introduction says.

Women’s attitudes are also evolving, allowing them to voice their concerns. “Women are becoming more assertive and making their dissatisfaction with lazy partners plain,” the news release states.

The research, titled “Gendered Lives,” which includes the findings on men and household chores, analyzes several other aspects of gender equality as well, including equality at home and in the workplace.

While this aspect of the gender gap seems to be closing, the researchers saw mixed results in other areas.

“Prospects for the future remain mixed. On the one hand, an investigation into the business case for closing the workplace gender gap was ‘not encouraging,’” the news release states.  ”At the same time, however, there are grounds for optimism. Regardless of policy regimes, researchers found evidence that across Europe, the gap between women and men in terms of how much paid and unpaid work both do, is closing.”

Overall, the researchers believe gender equality is moving, however slowly,  in the right direction.

“The conclusion is that as far as gender roles are concerned,” the book’s editors find, “there is staggered adaptation, rather than a stalled revolution.”
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/06/doing-chores-makes-many-men-happiest/ (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/06/doing-chores-makes-many-men-happiest/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 30, 2012, 04:03:18 PM
Eating Bugs To Save The World?
"...Much of the conversation about how to solve the coming food crisis caused by soaring population, diminishing resources, and a warming planet focuses rightly on technology, reducing waste, and improving food access and distribution methods. But equal urgency needs to be devoted to simply broadening our appetites. Two food sources that strike many as unpalatable—insects and seaweed—could play a critical role in not only feeding the 2.5 billion extra humans expected by 2050, but doing so in a green, climate-friendly way...Insects are overwhelming viewed as filthy, creepy, dangerous, inedible—and not just to vegans. But this prejudice against eating insects—four-fifths of all known organisms on earth—is slowly starting to change. A growing number of people are beginning to recognize that bugs, such as mealworms, grasshoppers, and crickets, may be the ultimate sustainable protein source...".

Eating Bugs To Save The World? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEsjRr4U1aU#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 02, 2012, 12:55:50 PM
Anti-Cheating Ring’ Vows to End Infidelity

(http://a.abcnews.go.com/images/US/ht_ring_marriage_imprint_nt_120627_wblog.jpg)
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/06/anti-cheating-ring-vows-to-end-infidelity/ (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/06/anti-cheating-ring-vows-to-end-infidelity/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 03, 2012, 10:28:24 PM
Yamaha Plans $500 Motorcycle.....For India
This would be the third Yamaha model available in India, after the Crux, which sells for $635, and the YBR, which goes for $760.
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2012/06/yamaha-plans-500-motorcycle-for-india/ (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2012/06/yamaha-plans-500-motorcycle-for-india/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 05, 2012, 12:40:46 PM
Gym Bans Skinny People
"For some gymgoers, a plethora of thin, peppy gym rats can prove to be too big of an obstacle to overcome. That's why Body Exchange, a Vancouver-based gym, has made a bold business move and banned skinny people from their establishments in the hopes of fostering a friendly work-out environment for a primarily plus-size clientele...". Should only fat people be allowed in gyms?
Gym Bans Skinny People (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7loD6jfJckk&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Professor H on July 05, 2012, 12:49:03 PM
Similar to the premise of Ladies Only gyms...   worried about what others think or look at.

Hopefully my forms of diet/exercise will be enough to keep me fit, as I don't belong to any gyms.
Walk - the old fashioned exercise.
Stay active in some form of sport
try not to eat before bed (hardest thing to do)
limit those 12 oz. curls 

Much is dependent on heredity - and I'm lucky to have decent genes
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 05, 2012, 01:28:40 PM
The site is slow today...

Firing of Florida lifeguard after he saved drowning man sparks uproar
Tomas Lopez didn’t hesitate when told a man was drowning.

The Florida lifeguard ran about 600 metres along the beach and found people trying to pull someone from the water. He waded in and helped drag the victim to safety. The man survived but the 21-year-old lifeguard was promptly fired.

His mistake? Monday’s rescue was outside his area, on a part of the beach that is officially unprotected.

More here:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/firing-of-florida-lifeguard-after-he-saved-drowning-man-sparks-uproar/article4391445/ (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/firing-of-florida-lifeguard-after-he-saved-drowning-man-sparks-uproar/article4391445/)


Fla. Contractor That Fired Lifeguard For Saving Man Outside Zone Reconsidering
Six other Hallandale lifeguards left the job after they told supervisors who work for the contractor that they too would have rescued the man.
More here:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/fired-fla-lifeguard-reinstated/story?id=16716225 (http://abcnews.go.com/US/fired-fla-lifeguard-reinstated/story?id=16716225)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 07, 2012, 06:40:39 PM
Money Falls From The Sky In Seattle! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xIlR6WBXeM&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 07, 2012, 09:47:33 PM
Google guilty of violating user's privacy?
Companies have grown progressively better at getting to know their customers in more ways than one. Anyone with a smart phone, laptop, or bank account has had their privacy invaded in some form or another. With the practice of data mining, companies have been able to target ads to certain audience, but one computer scientist uncovered one of the biggest privacy scandals in the past year. He found that Google was planting tracking codes in the users iPhone's web browser. Jonathan Mayer, a fellow at Stanford Center for Internet and Society, joins us with more on what he found Google doing.

Google guilty of violating user's privacy? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7RA-1yEK-E&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 08, 2012, 10:07:30 PM
Bible Used As Punishment For Drunk Driver
A South Carolina judge included reading The Bible as part of a woman's sentence for injuring two people while driving drunk. What happened to the separation of church and state in America?

Bible Used As Punishment For Drunk Driver (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBbytw3IXrk&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 11, 2012, 11:58:19 PM
Mormons Bury Kitten Alive In Concrete (Graphic)
Graphic footage of a kitten buried from the neck down in concrete found at Colorado City, Arizona man's house, it is believed fundamentalist mormons buried this man's kitten to send the former church member a message. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss this heartbreaking story.

Mormons Bury Kitten Alive In Concrete (Graphic) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7QiRbZvtDw&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 27, 2012, 12:55:02 PM
Missing alligator believed to be in Detroit River
http://www.freep.com/article/20120717/NEWS01/120717051/alligator-loose-detroit-river?odyssey=nav (http://www.freep.com/article/20120717/NEWS01/120717051/alligator-loose-detroit-river?odyssey=nav)|head
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 29, 2012, 01:46:36 AM
2 Pit Bulls Attack 3 Year Old Girl Then Get Away And Attack 74 Year Old Woman & Still On The Loose (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tf7rM5QSdE&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 29, 2012, 10:29:33 PM
Canadian Cops Want To Steal Expensive Cars For Speeding (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkclNoAbdWg&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 29, 2012, 11:14:15 PM
Man Sets Head On Fire In Bar Bet (Video) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRnVSX1OVn4&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 29, 2012, 11:14:53 PM
Video: Mom Ditches Baby at Walmart After Shoplifting (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgn3j1FHOVs&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 30, 2012, 11:30:53 AM
DNA Evidence Convicts Man Of Raping 8 Year Old Girl At Knife Point (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejzBt3w6p9c&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 07, 2012, 10:02:54 AM
From an email:

                How many of these do you remember?  :)

            You used a pillowcase to go 'begging' on Halloween, and you yelled, 'Help the Poor!' at every door. ('Help the poor, my pants are tore, I need some money to buy some more.')
            ******

        You remember what Devil's Night used to be.

    ******
    You remember the huge elm trees forming lush green tunnels over many Detroit streets in the summertime. Or when they'd come around to spray and tell you to stay in the house. And, the autumn smell of burning leaves, after you'd rake huge piles to the curb for burning.
    ******

You remember honking your horn as you went through the tunnel to Belle Isle at the end of East Grand Blvd. where it went under Jefferson Avenue , even though the sign at the entrance read 'Don't Sound Horn.'
******
You remember the larger-than-life Ambassador Bridge . And you remember the submarine that was tied up at the Brodhead Naval Armory alongside the Belle Isle Bridge .
******
You took a class trip or a moonlight cruise on the Bob-Lo boat with Captain Bob-Lo.
******
You remember running home from school so you could have lunch with Soupy Sales and White Fang. Or eat some meal with Howdy-Doody in the early days of TV.
*******
You rode a bus to Edgewater Amusement Park to ride the huge wooden roller coaster (again and again) or the Salt & Pepper Shaker or the Wild Mouse (before it went off the track injuring the riders).
*******
You remember 'A fantabulous day for the family, at fantabulous Edgewater Park .' P.O.P. meant pay-one-price.
*******
Mom packed the car with kids, swimsuits, towels, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to spend the day at Metropolitan Beach or Walled Lake .
*******
You played in the 'Big Ditch' as I-94 was being built.
*******
You played tennis on Belle Isle's courts, or golfed at their Par 3 course, both lit after dark. Or went ice-skating, or for a horseback or canoe ride, rode in a pony-drawn carriage, hand-fed the animals at the zoo, visited the aquarium (remember the teepee), or attended an event at the Casino. Or remember when they'd close the Isle on Cap & Gown Night because the kids use to go there and throw things in the fountain.
*******
You rode the big white roller coaster or found your way out of the Fun House at Jefferson Beach Amusement Park .
*******
You took a day trip and drove way out to Walled Lake Amusement Park where they had lots of rides, a roller coaster, or swimming - and to the Walled Lake Casino for dancing.
*******
When ice-skating was outdoors and Palmer Park or Belle Isle was the place to do it. You also remember its tennis courts, wading pool, golf, ice-skating, and horse and buggy rides.
*******
Or how about the Detroit Firefighters working the crowds at the fireworks, selling tickets to their Field Day, and giving out firecrackers to the kids.
*******
You rode a streetcar that ran on tracks down the center of Gratiot, Woodward, Jefferson or Michigan Avenue . Or the electric buses on Warren and Grand River .
*******
You remember how all of the lights from the auto dealerships lit up Gratiot and Livernois, i.e. Funston Chevrolet.
*******
You remember when Eastland, Wonderland and Northland Malls were open, not enclosed. And when Wonderland had animals in circular cages. (Heck, I remember when Northland was first built and there was no Eastland, etc.)
You remember Crystal Pool by 8 Mile and Greenfield
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You know how to pronounce Gratiot, Schoenherr and Cadieux.
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If someone told you it's on Outer Drive , you knew to consult a map first.
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You thought driving to Southfield was going 'out to the country.'
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You checked out books for two weeks from the Bookmobile that came to your elementary school once a week.
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You vividly recall the mineral bath smell (rotten eggs) when you drove through Mt. Clemens .
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You bought candy and nuts from window-lined, walk-around counters and squeaky wooden floors at S. S. Kresge or Woolworth's ('dime' stores).
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You went to Sock Hops at Notre Dame high school on a Friday night where you heard Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger and the Last Herd, or the Rationals.
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You drank Faygo, Towne Club (they had their own store and you'd walk in and see rows and rows of different flavors in cases on the floor -- no shelves here), Vernor's, Grilli's, Oso, or Atlas pop (we never heard it called 'soda').
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Your mom saved Top Value, Holden Red, S&H Green or the yellow Gold Bell stamps.
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Cunningham Drug Stores soda fountain (where when you heard "Mom ran into Cunninghams" you couldn't believe she ran into it with her car) and their raspberry phosphate. (I always got the Cherry Cokes.)
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Your school took a bus trip to the cider mill (with donuts and cider after the tour), or to Kellogg's in Battle Creek or to a radio station.
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Silverstein's was the candy store of Army and Navy surplus stuff.
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You had a subscription to the three Detroit newspapers, including The Detroit Times.
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You remember news anchor Jac LeGoff who eventually worked at every TV station around Detroit .
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You visited the Wonder Bread Bakery and got to take home a mini-loaf of bread (but you weren't cool unless you ate Silvercupbread).
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You had a Shaffer's or Awrey's breadman and a Brickley's milkman. Or a Twin Pines milkman, a Sealtest milkman, a Jewel Coffee man, a fruit and vegetable truck, and a Fuller Brush man (and they were always men).
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You remember Pure, Penzoil, Speedway 79, Texaco, Monkey, Dance, Purple Martin, Sinclair, Danny's Dino, Kayo and Gulf gas stations, and when 'gas wars' meant 17-cents a gallon.
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You remember Primo's Pizza, Carbone's Pizza, Red Barn, Powers, Henry's, Herc's Beef Buffet, Cupid's, Tom's Tavern, Ted's 5x5, Totem Pole, Red Devil, Marcus or Richard's Drive-In (car-feteria).
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You attended a wedding reception or a banquet at Roma Hall.
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You attended 'Wendy Ward's CharmSchool' at Montgomery Ward's.. OMG FOR SURE!
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You might remember when Ben's Hi-Chaperelle and Watt's Club Mozambique were the places to go to catch Motown acts.
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Every year when the Blue Angels came to Willow Run Airport .
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You had friends or relatives who could get you into Camp Dearborn for the canteen dances in the summer and to go swimming. Or the pond at Belle Isle near the Conservatory where the sign warned you not to touch the water.
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You had a reverb unit installed in your car at Mickey Shorr's or Crazy Jack's (aka Michigan Mobile Radio or MMR) on Livernois.
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You remember the Detroit riots of 1967.
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When the bleacher seats at Briggs Stadium were only $2 to watch the Detroit Lions play.
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And when they won the National Football Championship (before there were Super Bowls) in 1957 against the Cleveland Browns, 59-14.
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And when the Red Wings won all those Stanley Cups in the 1950s, and balcony seats at Olympia Stadium were only $1.25! Sitting in the balcony (Standard Beef Co tickets) behind the "girls" with their hair in curlers -- where were they going after the game?
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You remember Detroit wrestlers Dick the Bruiser, Bobo Brazil, Leaping Larry Chene, Wild Bull Curry, Ernie 'The Cat' Ladd, LordAthol Layton, Edward 'The Sheik' Farhat, Fritz Von Erich, George 'The Animal' Steele and Johnny Valentine.
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You remember bowling for a quarter a game at Chandler Park Lanes, Falcon Lanes (next to The Ginos/Falcon Showbar),Parkside, Woods, Ritter’s or Ritz bowling alleys.
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You worked at Detroit Bank & Trust, Manufacturers National Bank, Bank of the Commonwealth, City National Bank or National Bank of Detroit .
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You 'parked' at Belle Isle, either to watch the color-changing fountain or the submarine races -- depending on how old you were and who you were with! You were in awe of the Big Stove on East Jefferson at the entrance to Belle Isle (before it was moved to the State Fairgrounds entrance).
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You remember your Mom taking your burned-out light bulbs to Detroit Edison to exchange for new ones or broken toaster for repair free.
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You remember the J. L. Hudson Co. (known to us as just ' Hudson 's') building on Woodward Ave that occupied an entire city block.


Missing from the list....Milky the clown, Johnny Ginger, Bill Kennedy, Rita Bell, CKLW and WKNR keener13.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monique on August 07, 2012, 10:27:41 AM
Fun read. I don't remember most of it, but my Mom was madly in love with Jac LeGof! We absolutely could not miss his newscast!! ;D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 17, 2012, 11:05:59 AM
Cuss warning!

Progressive Insurance Defending Killer, Claims Comedian Matt Fisher

"New York comedian Matt Fisher had a beef with Progressive Insurance over how it handled his sister Katie's death by a reckless driver...In a now-viral skewering of the insurer, Fisher claimed Progressive paid its own lawyers to defend Katie's killer against a lawsuit brought by Fisher's family...".

Progressive Insurance Defending Killer, Claims Comedian Matt Fisher (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMG2kXkKfTw&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 26, 2012, 01:13:13 PM
One in five Americans go hungry
According to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of the food in the US is thrown away. At the same time a recent Gallup survey shows that one in five Americans can't afford food. So why aren't the people that need the food getting it?

One in five Americans go hungry (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLPC--tlr_A&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 28, 2012, 10:58:42 AM
Recycled Plastic Cups (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zpMrr11H5k&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 03, 2012, 01:29:03 AM
4 Year Old Mugged For Gold Chain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqUskO2lfQA&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 03, 2012, 01:29:46 AM
Mom Busted Giving 4 Year Old Beer Shots At Pub (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWPe4KkX9Qw&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 03, 2012, 01:30:31 AM
Teacher Uses Students To Help Him Assault 13 Year Old (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsQlhFp_gk4&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 03, 2012, 02:32:17 AM
Class For Multi State Gun Permit HOT Item On Groupon

Class For Multi State Gun Permit HOT Item On Groupon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHg_YctyZXs&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 09, 2012, 01:18:03 AM
Woman Attacked By Mountain Lion While Sitting On A Couch In Her Home

Woman Attacked By Mountain Lion While Sitting On A Couch In Her Home (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JxK-XSBhT0&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 09, 2012, 11:42:55 PM
MARITIME MERCENARIES OUT OF CONTROL ON THE HIGH SEAS!

MARITIME MERCENARIES OUT OF CONTROL ON THE HIGH SEAS! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOEBlyY6_Xk&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 12, 2012, 01:00:45 PM
Naked Man Interrupts TV Interview (Video) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MJrXzL7oMM&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 12, 2012, 01:48:16 PM
Mich. start-up debuts ad-supported toilet paper in restrooms

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/story/2012-08-20/toilet-paper-advertising-coupons/57157328/1 (http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/story/2012-08-20/toilet-paper-advertising-coupons/57157328/1)

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Two brothers from a New York City suburb have an advertising concept that’s on a roll – a roll of toilet paper.

(http://cbsnewyork.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/tp-final.jpg%3Fw%3D300)
http://www.talkforumnyc.com/2012/08/20/your-ad-here-ny-brothers-promote-toilet-paper-ads-the-associated-press/ (http://www.talkforumnyc.com/2012/08/20/your-ad-here-ny-brothers-promote-toilet-paper-ads-the-associated-press/)

Aside from what appears to a conflict about whether they're from AA or NY...I wonder if they'll offer an inverted version for the nimrods that prefer their TP close to the wall?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Baggins on September 12, 2012, 05:45:59 PM
MARITIME MERCENARIES OUT OF CONTROL ON THE HIGH SEAS!

MARITIME MERCENARIES OUT OF CONTROL ON THE HIGH SEAS! ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOEBlyY6_Xk&feature=plcp#[/url])



Out of control my a**, that's awesome...!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 13, 2012, 05:41:59 AM
Mammoth find in eastern Siberia raises 'clone hope'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19580558 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19580558)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 13, 2012, 05:43:10 AM
Common type of rail car has dangerous design flaw
For two decades, one of the most commonly used types of rail tanker has been allowed to haul hazardous liquids from coast to coast even though transportation officials were aware of a dangerous design flaw that almost guarantees the car will tear open in an accident, potentially spilling cargo that could catch fire, explode or contaminate the environment

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/09/12/2292666/common-type-of-rail-car-has-dangerous.html#storylink=cpy (http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/09/12/2292666/common-type-of-rail-car-has-dangerous.html#storylink=cpy)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 14, 2012, 11:52:49 PM
A mother of five says her children are afraid to sleep in their own rooms after finding a man living in the attic of their Rock Hill, South Carolina home.
She asked not to be identified by name because the man who was living in her attic is still on the loose.

The attic intruder was discovered after she heard a thump coming from the ceiling Saturday night.
"Then all the nails just popped out of the ceiling over my bed. Like 'bing, bing, bing,'" she said.
Thinking it was an animal, she asked her older sons and adult nephew to check out what was happening upstairs.
"They found a man. He had packed all the old coats and jackets into the heating unit and was sleeping in the heating unit," she said, adding that the man ran downstairs and out of the house before police could get there.
Officers found several drink cups filled with feces and urine in the attic.
The man also appeared to have rigged the ceiling vents so he could see into the woman's bedroom.
The only entrance to the attic is inside the home, in the hall that connects her children's bedrooms.
Officers are trying to determine just how the suspect was able to get inside the house to go up in the attic each day.
The woman recognized the person living in her attic as a man she'd hired to remodel her home after a house fire last year.
He was convicted of stealing her truck earlier this year, and finished serving that sentence and was released from jail two weeks ago.
Mother of 5 finds ex-boyfriend living in her Attic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3BmqdvD2Y4&feature=related#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 16, 2012, 11:43:09 AM
America's Next Top Model Now Meth Addict
"Out of the 252 girls that have competed in the 19 cycles of the show's 9-year history, this is the first time that one of them has had such a severe downward spiral into drug addiction (publicly, at least)."

America's Next Top Model Now Meth Addict (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_MhGEkHpCw&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 16, 2012, 12:07:19 PM
How STINKY Is Your Power Bill? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_ZeOizDzWQ&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 16, 2012, 06:54:20 PM
Google Autocomplete Prostitute FAIL

"When you search for "Bettina Wulff" on Google, the search engine will happily autocomplete this search with terms like "escort" and "prostitute." That's obviously not something you would like to be associated with your name, so the wife of former German president Christian Wulff has now, according to Germany's Süddeutschen Zeitung, decided to sue Google for defamation. The reason why these terms appear in Google's autocomplete is that there have been persistent rumors that Wulff worked for an escort service before she met her husband. Wulff categorically denies that this is true."

Google Autocomplete Prostitute FAIL (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzBSvLm86uE&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 16, 2012, 07:12:14 PM
Parents Demand Pole Dancing Classes For Kids

"A dance studio in British Columbia is offering a new type of movement program for kids -- pole dancing class. Kristy Craig, the owner of The Twisted Grip Dance and Fitness Studio says the class, which is offered to kids as young as 5, originated in response to demand from parents. "My existing students were asking about it for their children. They were saying, 'My daughter plays on my pole at home all the time, I'd love her to actually learn how to do things property and not hurt herself,'" Craig told The National Post."

Parents Demand Pole Dancing Classes For Kids (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06_4MUxsJeg&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monique on September 16, 2012, 07:25:02 PM
Oh. My. Gawd.


Stuff like this makes me want to move to the mountains of New Zealand....
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on September 16, 2012, 08:34:34 PM
Oh. My. Gawd.


Stuff like this makes me want to move to the mountains of New Zealand....


You better read these before you start packing Monique 8* 8* 8* ;) ;) ;)

http://misspoledancenz.weebly.com/ (http://misspoledancenz.weebly.com/)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/newzealand/9404669/Traffic-signs-in-New-Zealand-destroyed-by-prostitutes-performing-stunts.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/newzealand/9404669/Traffic-signs-in-New-Zealand-destroyed-by-prostitutes-performing-stunts.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 18, 2012, 12:27:30 PM
Are Unmarried Men Stigmatized?

"If you ask a guy in his late thirties or early forties why he isn't married, he'll have his answer—you could call it his defense—ready. For some, the rationale is a self-fulfilling prophecy."

Are Unmarried Men Stigmatized? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atP8lVCJcyQ&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: The Popinator
Post by: Frenchfry on September 22, 2012, 03:08:40 PM
The Popinator Project by http://www.popcornindiana.com (http://www.popcornindiana.com) aims to change the popcorn eating experience by making it more fun. The idea behind The Popinator is to instantly deliver popcorn into a person's mouth just by saying the word "pop". The Popinator is able to pinpoint where in the room the spoken word originated from and shoot a piece of popcorn at it. The Popinator shoots up to 15 feet and is for inside use only.

The Popinator (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1cz8IasV4w#ws)
Title: Re: The Popinator
Post by: Baggins on September 23, 2012, 12:22:55 PM
The Popinator Project by [url]http://www.popcornindiana.com[/url] ([url]http://www.popcornindiana.com[/url]) aims to change the popcorn eating experience by making it more fun. The idea behind The Popinator is to instantly deliver popcorn into a person's mouth just by saying the word "pop". The Popinator is able to pinpoint where in the room the spoken word originated from and shoot a piece of popcorn at it. The Popinator shoots up to 15 feet and is for inside use only.

The Popinator ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1cz8IasV4w#ws[/url])



Stupid waste of technology... 8*
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monique on September 23, 2012, 02:04:57 PM
Yes, certainly a waste of technology, but it did make me laugh that someone went to the trouble to invent it! I do think it's cool that it can 'echolocate' and shoot the corn to the right spot in the room. Someone had a lot of extra time on their hands (and must love popcorn)!!  ;D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 23, 2012, 04:28:17 PM
Cat goes to vet for flea bath but gets euthanized
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012/09/23/cat-goes-to-vet-for-flea-bath-but-gets-euthanized/57829874/1?csp=34news (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012/09/23/cat-goes-to-vet-for-flea-bath-but-gets-euthanized/57829874/1?csp=34news)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on September 23, 2012, 04:32:26 PM
Cat goes to vet for flea bath but gets euthanized
[url]http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012/09/23/cat-goes-to-vet-for-flea-bath-but-gets-euthanized/57829874/1?csp=34news[/url] ([url]http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012/09/23/cat-goes-to-vet-for-flea-bath-but-gets-euthanized/57829874/1?csp=34news[/url])


Thanks Fry!

I hate taking my cats all the way to Massachusetts for this appointment, I wonder if other Muslim Veterinarians give this kind of bath to cats?   ;D 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 23, 2012, 09:07:46 PM
Walmart Cashier Rips Up $100 Bills

"In court documents obtained by Court House News, Texas resident Julia Garcia claims Walmart employees ripped up her authentic 100 dollar bills and detained her without just cause for two hours despite confirming after the fact that the money was real."

Walmart Cashier Rips Up $100 Bills (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfBaVwpACdY&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 23, 2012, 09:09:57 PM
132 Prisoners Use Tunnel To Escape Mexican Prison Near U.S. Border

132 Prisoners Use Tunnel To Escape Mexican Prison Near U.S. Border (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh0W4mF4zzs&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 29, 2012, 11:20:50 PM
Nestlé puts GPS trackers in candy bars as part of big cash-prize contest.

Nestlé's latest marketing campaign involves six chocolate bars, GPS tracking devices, a helicopter, big cash prizes and "a crack team of highly trained individuals."

http://www.digitaltrends.com/international/nestle-puts-gps-trackers-in-candy-bars-as-part-of-big-cash-prize-contest/ (http://www.digitaltrends.com/international/nestle-puts-gps-trackers-in-candy-bars-as-part-of-big-cash-prize-contest/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 02, 2012, 10:52:04 AM
"Bagel Head" Saline Forehead Injections: Japan's Hot New Beauty Trend (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq8owk3_WJQ&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 02, 2012, 10:55:05 AM
Dad Posts Shaming Photo Of Toddler To Reddit, Captions It 'She's So Proud Of Herself!'

(http://i.huffpost.com/gen/793621/thumbs/r-IAMGE-large570.jpg)

This little girl went to the bathroom in the shower. She's a toddler; it happens. Forgiven.

Her father even made light of the situation by placing a sign around her neck and taking a picture to remember the moment.

But what he did next angered some parents.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/28/dad-posts-shaming-photo-shes-so-proud-of-herself_n_1923158.html?1348867518&ncid=webmail2 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/28/dad-posts-shaming-photo-shes-so-proud-of-herself_n_1923158.html?1348867518&ncid=webmail2)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 02, 2012, 11:01:38 AM
Firefighter Carries Loaded Gun In Her Purse Through TSA Checkpoint And Onto Plane (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-30_0xrzY50&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 04, 2012, 12:38:23 AM
Only Place In America You Can Legally Make Your Own Whiskey

Only Place In America You Can Legally Make Your Own Whiskey (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9IcQAn0Yjo&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 04, 2012, 12:47:30 AM
Cop Finds 3 Children & A Dog Locked In Car Trunk After Pulling Over Speeding Auto (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeLqrBE3jXw&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 05, 2012, 02:56:15 PM
LA Walmart workers revolt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08i8JfHDZlI&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 07, 2012, 05:12:21 PM
6 Year Old Takes Down Gym Teacher (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oat8CxJlL3A&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 08, 2012, 01:04:59 PM
How To Have A Girl - Gender Selection In America

"The conventional wisdom has always been this: Given a choice, couples would prefer sons. That has certainly been the case in places like China and India, where couples have used pregnancy screening to abort female fetuses. But in the United States, a different kind of sex selection is taking place: Mothers...are using expensive reproductive procedures so they can select girls...".

How To Have A Girl - Gender Selection In America (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdULpD8u93g&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 11, 2012, 01:07:30 PM
"If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. At least that's what Danny Sawyer learned when a local Priority Chevrolet dealership mistakenly sold him an SUV for $5,600 less than its actual price — and then had him arrested for theft.

Sawyer is now suing the Chesapeake, Va. dealership for accusing him of stealing and ordering his arrest, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

In the lawsuit, Sawyer, 40, claims he bought a black Chevrolet Traverse and then returned it the next morning so he could get a blue one. The sales manager agreed to the trade and allegedly did not explain that the blue version would cost more. Sawyer signed a contract to buy the blue vehicle for $34,000 when it should have sold for closer to $39,000, CBS News reported."

Chevy Buyer Arrested for Getting Good Deal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FmHi3hc3pY&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 11, 2012, 01:11:54 PM
Man Punches Attorney for Guilty Conviction

"Lamarcus Williamson wasn't pleased with his 15-year prison sentence for robbery, drug and assault charges. WCNC-TV reports the 30-year-old punched his public defender last week after receiving the sentence from a York County judge.

Man Punches Attorney for Guilty Conviction (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3JWRM4DoMA&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 14, 2012, 09:52:32 PM
'Who Killed Me?' Billboards Pop Up For Unsolved Murder Campaign In Seattle

A campaign to crack the cases of unsolved Seattle murders has led to a crop of jarring billboards popping up around the city.

The billboards read "WHO KILLED ME?" and "DON'T STAY SILENT!" in large, capital letters and each feature the faces of three or four murder victims. Since 2010, there have been 17 murders in Seattle that remain unsolved.

The campaign is intended to break the culture of "no snitching" that has interfered with investigations in the past, according to King 5.

More here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/19/who-killed-me-billboards-unsolved-murders-seattle_n_1896706.html?ncid=webmail40 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/19/who-killed-me-billboards-unsolved-murders-seattle_n_1896706.html?ncid=webmail40)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 14, 2012, 09:54:21 PM
Conjoined Twins Say Goodbye To Italy With Vespa Ride Through Rome

Conjoined twins "Abby & Brittany's" romp through Europe was coming to an end, but the trip couldn't wind down without a few more adventures. The girls enjoyed their first cooking class together, and rode a vespa through the city.

While the girls share many major organs, each of them controls one side of their joined body. What's more, they don't have feeling on the side of the body that they don't control -- save for a narrow band of shared sensation in the middle.

Thus, Brittany didn't feel anything while they were shaving chocolate in class. Holding the knife, it was Abby's finger that she'd nicked.

Later, the girls accomplished another first. While they both have driver's licenses, driving through the streets of Rome on a Vespa was a new experience. "We were a little nervous at first, but we got used to it fast," they admitted.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/19/abby-brittany-vespa-rome-video_n_1896027.html?ncid=webmail17 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/19/abby-brittany-vespa-rome-video_n_1896027.html?ncid=webmail17)
Title: The Top 20 Dumbest Cars Of All Time
Post by: Frenchfry on October 14, 2012, 11:06:54 PM
The Top 20 Dumbest Cars Of All Time

There are plenty of lists of "the worst cars of all-time" floating around the Internet. But we want to zero in on what we think is a more egregious failure than simply turning out a bad car.

The editors of AOL Autos put our heads together to come up with The Top 20 Dumbest Cars of All Time.

What separates bad (as in "worst") from dumbest? In our judgement, the "dumbest" cars to be foisted upon the pubic are those that leave the would-be customers saying "What were they thinking?" These are the cars, and trucks, that are largely the result of colossal management ineptitude, hubris, ego-maniacal incompetence and organizational inertia.

The poster-car for bad cars is the Ford Edsel. It virtually defines failure. But it's not on our list, because we felt that the Edsel was the result of a bad, if well-meaning, product development process at Ford in the 1950s. The Edsel failed in the marketplace, because it was too conventionally styled given that Ford had been hyping it for months as a "new kind of car." The Edsel name didn't help. It was kind of the Saturn of its day--though less successful--an ordinary car hyped beyond all good sense. But the Lincoln Blackwood pickup, which did make our list, failed because a few high ranking executives defied all the input they got from engineers, accountants and even public relations people that said the product would be a fiasco. Why? Because they wanted it. Dumb.

There is no Yugo, no AMC Pacer and no Ford Excursion on this list. These were bad cars produced in well-meaning corporate systems. They just turned out badly. That's going to happen.

The 1990 Chrysler Imperial is on our list. Why? Because legendary Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca stuck his nose into the product development design dome and wrecked what was going to be a marginally good car and turned it into a bad joke.

Earlier this month, AOL Autos gave you what we felt were "The 20 Smartest Vehicles of All Time," so here are the 20 Dumbest.

http://autos.aol.com/gallery/dumbest-cars-all-time/ (http://autos.aol.com/gallery/dumbest-cars-all-time/)
Title: Re: The Top 20 Dumbest Cars Of All Time
Post by: BigRedDog on October 15, 2012, 07:08:53 PM
The Top 20 Dumbest Cars Of All Time

[url]http://autos.aol.com/gallery/dumbest-cars-all-time/[/url] ([url]http://autos.aol.com/gallery/dumbest-cars-all-time/[/url])


We've never owned a single one on the list...

my wife did really like the Chevy SSR though:

(https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRzt9gQH19Nx2zFnLkSdd5IxGxn4gYsQcFWqes7y_PBLWrOTWVsdA)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 20, 2012, 11:42:34 AM
Banker Stabs Cabbie, Charges Dropped

"W. Bryan Jennings, a former Morgan Stanley executive who was charged with a hate crime after stabbing a cabbie in a dispute over a fare in March, is off the hook, and now we know why. In a weird twist, prosecutors dropped the case against Jennings because the knife he allegedly used to stab the driver was found to be in the cabbie's possession—five months after the incident. Jennings was accused of drunkenly stabbing the hack after a 40-mile trip from NYC to Connecticut, during which he allegedly screamed," You should go back to your own f--king country...I'm gonna kill you, motherf--ker!"

The driver, Mohamed Ammar, "had the knife the whole time," supervisory assistant state's attorney Steven Weiss tells the Post. "He had ample opportunity to tell police and he didn't do that. He withheld evidence for five full months." Weiss also said that Ammar's explanation for why he was holding onto the knife "made no sense," but the attorney would not elaborate. "I simply can't go forward when I have a witness who didn't cooperate with police," Weiss added."* Cenk Uygur and Steve Oh (COO of The Young Turks) discuss the case and the legal ramifications of the case and what it could mean for the justice system.
Banker Stabs Cabbie, Charges Dropped (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paZi27CAMVU&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 20, 2012, 12:13:00 PM
Stop Foreclosure with House Billboard Advertising

"Brainiacs From Mars is a company that pays homeowners' mortgages but the catch is that they will paint the homes, turning them into giant billboards.
According to Huffington Post, Brainiacs From Mars is a company that helps their clients get more customers via non-traditional solutions, and one of them is to paint struggling homeowners' homes as giant orange and green billboards.
According to Boston Globe, more than 100 homeowners have applied to the program, and if some of them are accepted, then Brainiacs From Mars will pay their mortgage every single month for as long as they keep their home painted.

Stop Foreclosure with House Billboard Advertising (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZJVZ5k7Ndw&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 22, 2012, 01:27:27 AM
Most Inappropriate Children's Halloween Costumes

"We've already shown you how truly disturbing some adult costumes can be, but be prepared to have your mind blown even further with these ridiculously inappropriate Halloween costumes for kids.

When young ones dress up for Halloween (or rather, when their parents dress them) there have been some pretty questionable costume choices made over the years. From outrageous commercial costumes for sale like "Harem Girl" and "Baby Pimp," homemade costumes like "Baby Hannibal Lector" and "Baby Lil' Wayne" have us scratching our heads even more (OK though, that lil' Lil' Wayne is actually pretty adorable)."* Cenk Uygur and Sam Schacher (PopTrigger) go through some of Huffington Post's worst halloween costumes for kids ever.

Most Inappropriate Children's Halloween Costumes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FtbzZhjl00&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on October 22, 2012, 03:11:49 PM
And we wonder why we have a few generation of kids now that are underachievers.

Lots of parents out there promoting it......sad thing is, probably unknowingly.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 24, 2012, 12:21:46 AM
WARNING! Hotel Room Electronic Locks HACKED! Millions Of Travelers Could Be At Risk

WARNING! Hotel Room Electronic Locks HACKED! Millions Of Travelers Could Be At Risk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOnNQ-MWbLs&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 27, 2012, 02:09:50 AM
Man Shows Up at His Own Funeral

"A 41-year-old car washer shocked his family when he interrupted a funeral being held for him at his mother's home in the town of Alagoinhas in northeastern Brazil, police said Tuesday.

Police inspector Roberto Lima said by telephone that on Sunday Jose Marcos Araujo identified a body at the city morgue as being that of his brother, Gilberto.

Lima said that Jose Marcos took the body to his mother's home where a wake was held.

"The confusion started when news started circulating that a car washer had been shot dead," Jose Marcos' wife, Ana Paula, told the UOL Internet news portal. "Police called my husband and told him that his brother had been killed and his body was at the morgue."

Lima said the confusion was "understandable."

"The two men closely resembled each other and both worked as car washers," Lima said adding that the man whose body was in the morgue was named Genivaldo Santos Gama. He said further information on Gama was not immediately available."* Cenk Uygur and Sam Schacher (Host, PopTrigger) discuss the surreal experience, how it could have happened, and why his family reacted the way they did.

Man Shows Up at His Own Funeral (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCgiH6ZLyV8&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 27, 2012, 02:10:32 AM
Someone Torturing Cats With Duct Tape (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxp3ks9CPVM&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 29, 2012, 02:53:05 AM
Woman Lives Biblically For a Year

"Just ahead of the book's release Oct. 30, evangelical author Rachel Held Evans announced that LifeWay Christian Resources had refused to stock her second work, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, which describes her humorous year-long attempt to follow the Bible's rules for women. LifeWay, which is operated by the Southern Baptist Convention, gave no official reason for the censorship, but it wasn't difficult to guess. Just a few months earlier, Evans had revealed a tangle with her publisher over the word "vagina," the inclusion of which they feared would be too offensive for Christian bookstores. Evans had allowed other mild profanities ("damn," "kick-*ss") to be stripped from her manuscript, but she drew the line at "vagina." Her publisher, Thomas Nelson, allowed her to keep it in, but their fears proved correct."* Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and Ben Mankiewicz break down Evans' experiment and what it proves about following literal rules from the Bible.

Woman Lives Biblically For a Year (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTNb_udVV5U&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 30, 2012, 05:17:22 PM
Library employee finds hidden gun inside donated book

(http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1193682.1351359719!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/gun28n-1-web.jpg)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/librarian-finds-hidden-gun-donated-book-article-1.1193683 (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/librarian-finds-hidden-gun-donated-book-article-1.1193683)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 30, 2012, 05:47:14 PM
Hot Dog & Dog Food Flushing Super Toilet

Hot Dog & Dog Food Flushing Super Toilet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zKbJWl9nW4#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on October 31, 2012, 09:47:33 AM
Hot Dog & Dog Food Flushing Super Toilet


I wonder if it meets the gallons per flush requirements?

I sure hope they're not putting all that 'junk' down that toilet if it's connected to a septic tank and a seepage bed :( :( :(

Many boats I've been on have a plaque next to the head with this or similar language:

(http://www.mailspeedmarine.com/photo/10531123/ca297f6a3da51c79eeee3a5a7f217197/10531123_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Baggins on October 31, 2012, 10:04:12 AM


([url]http://www.mailspeedmarine.com/photo/10531123/ca297f6a3da51c79eeee3a5a7f217197/10531123_1.jpg[/url])



(http://l.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/mesg/emoticons7/24.gif)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on October 31, 2012, 10:11:02 AM

([url]http://l.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/mesg/emoticons7/24.gif[/url])


There are very few plumbers at sea :o :o :o
Title: Man Sues Wife for Being Ugly, Wins
Post by: Frenchfry on November 01, 2012, 02:52:39 AM
Man Sues Wife for Being Ugly, Wins

"Divorces can get pretty ugly, especially when the reason is your looks.

A mysterious story, apparently emanating from a court case in northern China has stoked a worldwide debate over plastic surgery, beauty and deception.

Fox 31 reported a strange court case last week, where a Chinese woman, who had plastic surgery before her wedding, and was allegedly sued by her husband.

The website reported that Jian Feng divorced and sued his "beautiful" wife for around £75,000 and won, because she had deceived him into believing her good looks were all natural, when they had been fashioned from a surgeon's scalpel.

According to reports, Feng told a court in China he had been deeply in love with his beautiful wife until they had a baby girl.

Gazing into his baby daughter's eyes, Feng was repulsed."* Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Jayar Jackson, and Jesus Godoy discuss this strange story, how a man could possibly win a lawsuit over an "ugly wife," and the fairness to his now ex-wife and child

Man Sues Wife for Being Ugly, Wins (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD36Z-7hsb0&feature=plcp#ws)
Title: Re: Man Sues Wife for Being Ugly, Wins
Post by: BigRedDog on November 01, 2012, 11:03:07 AM
Man Sues Wife for Being Ugly, Wins

"Divorces can get pretty ugly, especially when the reason is your looks.

A mysterious story, apparently emanating from a court case in northern China has stoked a worldwide debate over plastic surgery, beauty and deception.

Fox 31 reported a strange court case last week, where a Chinese woman, who had plastic surgery before her wedding, and was allegedly sued by her husband.

The website reported that Jian Feng divorced and sued his "beautiful" wife for around £75,000 and won, because she had deceived him into believing her good looks were all natural, when they had been fashioned from a surgeon's scalpel.

According to reports, Feng told a court in China he had been deeply in love with his beautiful wife until they had a baby girl.

Gazing into his baby daughter's eyes, Feng was repulsed."* Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Jayar Jackson, and Jesus Godoy discuss this strange story, how a man could possibly win a lawsuit over an "ugly wife," and the fairness to his now ex-wife and child

Man Sues Wife for Being Ugly, Wins ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD36Z-7hsb0&feature=plcp#ws[/url])


I saw this a couple of different places yesterday...  one of them mentioned her surgery had cost about $120K US...   she must have put a lot of Ipods together to pay for all that!!!

Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Forsythia on November 01, 2012, 03:00:47 PM
Too funny not to share.

(https://i.chzbgr.com/completestore/12/10/31/d6S6j97A6Ee2u_WOcWPvfA2.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 04, 2012, 02:18:22 PM
Office workers step into a lift, their minds on what tasks the day holds, or perhaps their plans for dinner after work.
Suddenly the lights dim and, with the sound of tortured metal, the floor falls away into a black abyss.
Fortunately, this isn't footage of a terrifying accident but a stunt by a technology company to show how clear the picture is on its new computer monitors.

So real it's Scary! The LG elevator ad. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28EndcocNN4#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on November 04, 2012, 05:13:53 PM
OMG.....THAT was GREAT!

The ability for them to be stood on was impressive as well.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: MM1 on November 04, 2012, 05:33:05 PM
I saw this on TV last week.  I was laughing and trying to describe it to my co-workers and it just doesn't "repeat" well.  I hadn't gotten the YouTube to them yet.  This definitely reminds me, I MUST DO IT!   

It also reminds me to take the stairs.  :D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on November 04, 2012, 06:29:08 PM
Just a suggestion for anyone who hasn't done it, but on the viewing deck of the CN Tower in Toronto there is a section of the floor that is clear polycarbonate.  Step out on that and feel your insides turn.  Very cool.....most folks can't do it.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: eriemermaid on November 04, 2012, 06:31:22 PM
I have never been to Toronto.  Maybe this next summer sometime I can get there.  Is that where the Shakespeare Festival is?  I think it is in Ontario somewhere.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on November 04, 2012, 06:34:51 PM
We went there a few years ago for just a long weekend vacation and stayed at Niagara Falls one night, then to downtown Toronto for a few nights.

If you get the chance I suggest going there while the International Fireworks Competition is held at Exhibition Park.  An all evening firework event shot off out on barges anchored in Lake Ontario.  Several nations compete and it is all choreographed to classical music.

A must see.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: eriemermaid on November 04, 2012, 06:36:52 PM
Oh wow, sounds like fun.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: MM1 on November 04, 2012, 06:41:03 PM
Just a suggestion for anyone who hasn't done it, but on the viewing deck of the CN Tower in Toronto there is a section of the floor that is clear polycarbonate.  Step out on that and feel your insides turn.  Very cool.....most folks can't do it.

I think I can say without a doubt I will NOT be trying this. 

(shivvvver)  Nope. 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on November 04, 2012, 07:07:51 PM
Just a suggestion for anyone who hasn't done it, but on the viewing deck of the CN Tower in Toronto there is a section of the floor that is clear polycarbonate.  Step out on that and feel your insides turn.  Very cool.....most folks can't do it.


There's one like that suspended out over the Grand Canyon too...

I Googled for a photo of to post for Fuzz of the one in Toronto...

This one does show the tower...

and I'm sure it's a view Fuzz will approve of ;) ;) ;)

(http://www.jonco48.com/blog/CN_20Tower_small.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: eriemermaid on November 04, 2012, 07:10:22 PM
Oh my aching back.  Just looking at all that top weight makes my shoulders hurt!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on November 04, 2012, 07:14:23 PM
Oh my aching back.  Just looking at all that top weight makes my shoulders hurt!

Makes my mouth hurt from drooling!


and I'm sure it's a view Fuzz will approve of ;) ;) ;)


It would be like me to say where is the tower, but I can plainly see 3 of them.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on November 04, 2012, 07:21:58 PM
I found a fishing video the Fuzz might enjoy too ;) ;) ;)

http://specials.msn.com/msnvideo/video?videoid=499b5613-a798-4dfb-a844-66e90fe44773&from=en-us_msnhp (http://specials.msn.com/msnvideo/video?videoid=499b5613-a798-4dfb-a844-66e90fe44773&from=en-us_msnhp)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monique on November 04, 2012, 07:44:07 PM
Just a suggestion for anyone who hasn't done it, but on the viewing deck of the CN Tower in Toronto there is a section of the floor that is clear polycarbonate.  Step out on that and feel your insides turn.  Very cool.....most folks can't do it.
I've done that, but H couldn't. He is bad with heights, but I seem to have no fear there. Loved it! Also enjoyed dining in the rotating restaurant at the top of the tower. He had to sit on the far inside of the table to avoid getting vertigo. I teased him pretty good about the whole thing. ;0)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: sammy on November 04, 2012, 07:49:17 PM
I'm OK with heights as long as I'm behind something which assures me I cannot fall off. Howsomever, I would NOT step out on that clear platform, no matter what the form of persuasion!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on November 04, 2012, 07:55:56 PM
I'm OK with heights as long as I'm behind something which assures me I cannot fall off. Howsomever, I would NOT step out on that clear platform, no matter what the form of persuasion!


It is creepy, a sensation like no other.....well, except for....not going there, never mind.

I've done that, but H couldn't. He is bad with heights, but I seem to have no fear there. Loved it! Also enjoyed dining in the rotating restaurant at the top of the tower. He had to sit on the far inside of the table to avoid getting vertigo. I teased him pretty good about the whole thing. ;0)


Yea, I thought the Tower was pretty neat.  We had lunch there too.  You notice the sway while you were up there?

I found a fishing video the Fuzz might enjoy too ;) ;) ;)

[url]http://specials.msn.com/msnvideo/video?videoid=499b5613-a798-4dfb-a844-66e90fe44773&from=en-us_msnhp[/url] ([url]http://specials.msn.com/msnvideo/video?videoid=499b5613-a798-4dfb-a844-66e90fe44773&from=en-us_msnhp[/url])


She would have been foolish to get on a boat with me in a dress that shirt to begin with.   ;D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Forsythia on November 07, 2012, 10:49:10 AM
For all the single people out there...

(https://i.chzbgr.com/completestore/12/11/1/YDBom72mwE6ozxTWBy3I5A2.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Baggins on November 07, 2012, 10:53:04 AM
For all the single people out there...

(https://i.chzbgr.com/completestore/12/11/1/YDBom72mwE6ozxTWBy3I5A2.jpg)


That's a good one...LOL
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 21, 2012, 03:02:43 PM
Hackers steer a new route – to your car

Cars which lock without using keys can be hacked into as easily as any other computerised device. Just as you lock it with your remote control, the thief blocks the signal and the car remains unlocked. Now the contents can be stolen without attracting attention by breaking a window.
 
It has already happened in Switzerland, and the piece of equipment thieves use can be bought via the internet – a radio frequency scrambler.
 
But having your car hacked can also result in it being stolen, pure and simple – and modern cars have multiple vulnerabilities: from the plug for the car’s diagnostic computer to the multimedia functions. The CD and radio, GPS, Bluetooth, WIFI, USB port - they are all doors to hackers.
 
The hack is always based on the same thing which is making your car believe the thief has the key. Once this has been done using a laptop, the rest is easy.
 
Professor Jean-Pierrre Hubaux, from the Faculte Informatique and Communications at l’EPFL told euronews: “A hacker could suddenly interfere with the brakes, so that when a driver puts their foot on the pedal it no longer works. In theory a hacker could turn the ignition off by remote control so that the vehicle is immobilised and vulnerable to attack. You could even use it to open bullet-proof glass windows. You could imagine a whole series of scenarios.”
 
The police have already recorded various car hacking crimes across Europe involving vehicles without traditional keys and the owners have been hard pushed to prove to their insurance companies that they did not leave their cars unlocked.
 
So IT security for cars is becoming a new specialist field. Computer Security Consultant Paul Such was, in the name of research, able to get hold of the software to operate all the multimedia facilities of a massive limousine.
 
He explained: “I can really modify the computer system on this car, I can change the icons it uses for example, like the icon warning me that fuel is running low, or the icon for telephoning or changing the sound of the car. The different beeps it makes when there is no more petrol, or to remind me to put my seat belt on, etc. There’s no technical reason to stop me doing all that. So if I can modify all that, it means that I could apply other codes to the car. You could easily imagine a virus, for example, which targets cars.”
 
A modern car is in fact a computer on four wheels. Dozens of interconnected processors and millions of lines of source code are hidden under the bonnet. The more the car communicates with the outside world, the more vulnerable it is. The equation is logical. But for one specialist, car manufacturers have overlooked security in their enthusiasm for innovation.
 
Paul Such added: “With mechanical keys, like we had in the past, the risk of theft also existed. The aim is to make the bar high enough so that a car can’t be stolen at all easily. Manufacturers ought to be doing the same things as software companies have done over the past 10 years - making their code secure. Quite simply, this in-car systems need to be tested and improved.”
 
Today, some large car manufacturers are responding to the hackers. They are starting to react but the most important task is to firewall all the computer information linked to controlling a vehicle and the computer equipment installed in it.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/25/hacking-into-a-car/ (http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/25/hacking-into-a-car/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 21, 2012, 04:03:03 PM
Michigan State Police fleet is no longer all-American, as BMWs move in on Harleys
http://www.freep.com/article/20120723/NEWS06/207230344/Michigan-State-Police-fleet-is-no-longer-all-American-as-BMWs-move-in-on-Harleys (http://www.freep.com/article/20120723/NEWS06/207230344/Michigan-State-Police-fleet-is-no-longer-all-American-as-BMWs-move-in-on-Harleys)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on November 21, 2012, 05:56:22 PM
I really, really do not understand why Fed and State purchases of vehicles are not mandated to be at the very least an American OEM.
Title: Bed Bugs Found In Library Books
Post by: Frenchfry on December 15, 2012, 03:18:16 PM
Bed Bugs Found In Library Books

Bed Bugs Found In Library Books At University Of Washington (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFunMhNg3f0&feature=plcp#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 19, 2012, 01:46:42 PM
BEST CHRISTMAS TREE EVER (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmV9TngSXpw#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on December 19, 2012, 03:27:46 PM
LMAO.....that's even better than having the dummy hanging off the gutter near the fallen ladder!  Classic.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Skittelroo on December 19, 2012, 03:53:41 PM
Wouldn't that tree look nice with a few colorful bottles on it?

Nice one, Frenchfry!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 31, 2012, 05:06:39 AM
Dramatic Video Shows Wreckage Smashing Into Drivers As Jetliner Crashes Into Highway In Russia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n14E1kkKamA#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 31, 2012, 06:03:59 AM
In 1987, the film RoboCop debuted and featured a half-man half-robot cop patrolling the streets of Detroit, but now some car companies are planning on replacing cop cars in Los Angeles with drone cars by 2025. Ramon Galindo gives us a glimpse of the future police force.

Robocops to patrol LA by 2025 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2Ja_Sil2GU#ws)

_________________________________


Over the decades, technology has progressed faster than any other time in human history. Electronic machines are being used to improve our everyday lives and it is believed that by 2045 humans will become one with machines.

2045: Man becomes machine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou4D_-TT8CQ#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on January 01, 2013, 05:26:10 PM
What a great firework show.

Burj Khalifa - Dubai New Year's Eve Fireworks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=27lB-doaRlQ#ws)

Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 06, 2013, 03:17:03 PM
The Concept Of IQ Is Really A Myth

The Concept Of IQ Is Really A Myth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssGNgTE8BNE#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 06, 2013, 03:28:04 PM
Mind-Bending Optical Illusions
(The first one doesn't do anything for me)
http://www.mandatory.com/2013/01/02/mind-bending-optical-illusions (http://www.mandatory.com/2013/01/02/mind-bending-optical-illusions)

(I like the one that says to stare at the red dot)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on January 06, 2013, 03:55:08 PM
Sometimes I can see the illusions, and other times not......I tried the red dot twice with no success. 

I gather it must be obscene, can you PM me what it is that you're supposed to see?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Skittelroo on January 06, 2013, 04:41:37 PM
On that first one, I can see the box pop out; if I stare long enough it be ame a capital I !

The red dot on the nose:  I could see a reverse-color image of a dark-haired woman

I never did see anything rotate on the ones they said would  :-\

I like these.  Thanks, FF.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monique on January 10, 2013, 11:17:37 AM
Clever shopping bags. I like the one that looks like the person is being lifted by their hair!  ;D(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/282811_271906669605779_1171473688_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on January 10, 2013, 11:24:51 AM
The one on the upper right looks like something out of a porn flick.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 15, 2013, 06:25:25 AM
WARNING! Local Gas Stations May Be Gouging YOU If You Pay With Debit Or Credit Card (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqbEKI2kLPo#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 20, 2013, 02:54:45 PM
Just thought I'd mention a recent experience with Samsung products.

We have the front loading laundry center setup and started noticing our dryer making a thumping sound that became increasingly louder and louder.

I figured it have a bad roller so I disassembled the unit to investigate.
The rollers were fine but found that the seam on the stainless steel drum had split and every time that point passed over the roller, it thumped.

Found out it's a common problem among certain brands.

The Sears extended warranty just expired but I contacted Samsung anyway.

Their solution...buy a new several hundred dollar drum.

I just welded that stainless unit with mild steel from my mig and ground it down.

Not sure how long my fix will hold up...but we're back in business...for now anyway.

Samsung made the supporting structure holding the drum rollers very weak and wobbly. The unit could've been much quieter had they engineered it better.

Noticed some issues on our stainless steel Samsung stove as well....the blue (LCD?) light display is missing some parts on certain digits.

My wife has had her eye on a new Stainless steel Samsung fridge.....but I think we'll look toward a different brand.

Here are a few examples of the common thump:

Samsung Dryer thumping is a drum failure (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpJ9Mr8Zauw#ws)

LG Dryer Loud Thumping Sound (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9rO-cK8eds#ws)

MayTag Dryer Thump Fix (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRzxQKgELhw#)

My wife has had her eye on a new Samsung stainless steel fridge....but after my experience with their dryer and the fact that part of display of our stainless steel stove
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 06, 2013, 02:58:17 PM
YouTube To Begin Charging Monthly Fee To Subscribe To Some Pages (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7J9nuAuRLo#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 10, 2013, 03:53:06 PM
Super Bowl Ad Highlights 'Small Family Farmer' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np3vVabcPHI#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 10, 2013, 03:53:44 PM
Canada Stops Using The Penny! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNcxqjbePdI#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 12, 2013, 01:58:37 PM
WHAT IF THE BIG ONE HITS? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY6LWzPwvL8#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on February 12, 2013, 06:57:24 PM
Some scary stuff for folks along the West Coast......and time is not on their side.  Good post Fry, thanks.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on February 13, 2013, 06:03:33 AM
If I lived out there I think I'd still be more concerned with meteors and ex-cops going crazy and shooting the place up :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 28, 2013, 11:48:02 AM
ONLINE RUNAWAY GUIDE FOR TEENS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJviDBk6bJk#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 02, 2013, 07:57:17 AM
WHO'S LOOKING FOR AN ADVENTURE? Forrest Fenn's Hidden Treasure (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms8nX4A8bY0#)

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/28/if-you-re-hunting-for-forrest-fenn-s-buried-treasure-start-here.html (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/28/if-you-re-hunting-for-forrest-fenn-s-buried-treasure-start-here.html)

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Forrest Fenn: How to Find His Hidden Treasure

As I have gone alone in there
And with my treasures bold,
I can keep my secret where,
And hint of riches new and old.

Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Put in below the home of Brown.

From there it’s no place for the meek,
The end is ever drawing nigh;
There’ll be no paddle up your creek,
Just heavy loads and water high.

If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
Look quickly down, your quest to cease,
But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
Just take the chest and go in peace.

So why is it that I must go
And leave my trove for all to seek?
The answers I already know,
I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak.

So hear me all and listen good,
Your effort will be worth the cold.
If you are brave and in the wood
I give you title to the gold.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/27/forrest-fenn-how-to-find-his-hidden-treasure.html (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/27/forrest-fenn-how-to-find-his-hidden-treasure.html)

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Want to find his hidden treasure worth millions?
http://todaynews.today.com/_news/2013/02/27/17103863-want-to-find-his-hidden-treasure-worth-millions-head-outdoors?lite (http://todaynews.today.com/_news/2013/02/27/17103863-want-to-find-his-hidden-treasure-worth-millions-head-outdoors?lite)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 13, 2013, 04:32:18 AM
Lawmakers Move To Make License Plate Flipper Illegal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQz7nExVFoE#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 21, 2013, 03:21:44 PM
Facebook Isn't Cool Anymore - What Do Kids Use Now?

Facebook Isn't Cool Anymore - What Do Kids Use Now? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN_2x5uWRaE#ws)

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Dumb & Arbitrary: GOP Caught in Own Foolish Sequester Trap (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3586cu6l5oQ#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 27, 2013, 03:18:07 PM
Easter Egg Hunt For Blind Kids (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwoAc-_t5Go#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 27, 2013, 03:23:03 PM
We missed it this year:

Easter Egg Hunt at Munson Park

This event is hosted by the Monroe/Lenawee County AFL-CIO Central Labor Council and the United Way of Monroe County.

http://www.monroetalks.com/events/index.php?eID=45999 (http://www.monroetalks.com/events/index.php?eID=45999)

I wonder how many anti-union righties attended?

Health Hack: Natural, DIY Easter Egg Dyes
Easter Sunday is a little over a week away, so for today’s Health Hack we’re going to look at natural, non-toxic egg dye options. Decorating easter eggs can actually be a really fun, creative and de-stressing activity no matter how old you are or how you’ll be celebrating the holiday.

Whether your Easter weekend will be filled with children, family and traditional Easter activities or drinking wine, donning bonnets and making vegan chocolate rabbits in a friend’s apartment kitchen, make the brightest, most intricate, silliest, raddest Easter eggs you can dream up—without using artificial colors and potentially toxic dyes. These eggs are for eventually eating, after all. You can keep things safe (and thrifty) by making your own natural dyes from things you probably already have in your kitchen.

For Orange, use yellow onions. mix 1 cup yellow onion skin (about 2 onions’ worth), 1 teaspoon vinegar and 3 cups water in a pot. Boil for one half hour, cool to room temperature, strain out the onion skins, then soak hard-boiled eggs in the dye for one half hour. {Via: Spoonful.com}

For Red, use beets. Combine 2 cups of grated raw beets with one tablespoon vinegar and 2 cups of water. Boil for 15 minutes. Let water cool, then add eggs; the longer you soak, the deeper the red color will be. {Via Rosalind Creasy}

For Yellow, use cumin or turmeric. Boil three tablespoons turmeric or cumin. “This isn’t an exact science, so add more ingredients or more water as you see fit,” write the folks at PCC Natural Markets. “Strain the ingredient (if necessary) and add one tablespoon vinegar to the dye. Allow the dye to cool a bit before (adding) the eggs.”

For Lavender, use Hibiscus tea bags.

For Blue, use purple or red cabbage.  Dice ¼ head of cabbage and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and strain before adding eggs. {Via Cuesa}

For Green, use parsley and/or spinach.

The Good Food Blog offers some good tips for creating different effects and shades when using natural, food-based egg dyes; check them out here. And see Big Sis, Lil Sis for instructions on how to use flowers and foliage to create prints on naturally-dyed eggs, like these:
http://www.blisstree.com/2013/03/22/beauty-shopping/natural-easter-egg-dyes/ (http://www.blisstree.com/2013/03/22/beauty-shopping/natural-easter-egg-dyes/)
Title: Italian Police Seized $1.7 Billion Dollars In Cash And Property
Post by: Frenchfry on April 15, 2013, 02:53:32 AM
Italian Police Seized $1.7 Billion Dollars In Cash And Property From A Single Person

Italian Police Seized $1.7 Billion Dollars In Cash And Property From A Single Person (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4wH8pFuGEI#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monique on April 15, 2013, 08:34:31 AM
Apologies for the length. I think it's worth the scrolling.  :D(http://www.ilyke.net/uploads/2012/11/15/sub/15611-large-15611-s9x7u-580x8279.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 17, 2013, 10:54:36 PM
Guinea Pig - It's What's For Dinner??

"New Mexico is thinking about processing horse meat. Montanans have roadkill. And now the latest in offbeat meat appears to be ... guinea pigs.

NPR reports on an American trend fueled by South American expats and the U.S. restaurants that serve such cuisine, and bolstered by foodies' penchant for trying — and blogging about — something new."*

Would you eat a guinea pig? It looks to be a new trend in sustainable meat in the United States and it's long been a trend in South America. Can you get over the "gross" factor for responsible meat consumption?

Guinea Pig - It's What's For Dinner?? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa6OMRYr4J4#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 01, 2013, 11:38:23 PM
Top Secret CIA Bank Robbing Operation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-bYe2vQOwU#ws)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 12, 2013, 02:19:09 PM
Jacob Barnett, 14-Year-Old With Asperger's Syndrome, May Be Smarter Than Einstein
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/11/jacob-barnett-autistic-14-year-old-nobel-prize_n_3254920.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 15, 2013, 01:46:22 AM
Arizona Police Officer Gives Bike to Teen Who Walks 9 Miles to Work

For one man in Arizona, getting pulled over by a police officer might have been the best thing  to ever happen to him.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Natalie Simonick, 46, was on patrol around 11 p.m., when she saw a young man walking alone in a dark and desolate area who she thought might be violating curfew.

“And I pulled over and I asked him what he was doing,” Simonick told ABCNews.com. “He said, ‘Walking home, I missed the bus.’”

After the young man, Christian Felix, showed Simonick his ID proving he was 18 years old, the sergeant offered Felix a courtesy ride home. Then Simonick learned Felix had never ridden a bike before.

(http://abcnews.go.com/images/US/abc_knxv_copgift_natalie_simonick_jt_130511_wblog.jpg)

“He never had a father in his life, so he had no one to teach him,” Simonick said.

By the end of the ride home Simonick was shocked.  It turned out Felix would walk the 9 mile distance to his home from his job at McDonald’s if he missed his bus.

Simonick was impressed by the young man. “He doesn’t drink and doesn’t smoke,” she said. “He had never had any contact with police as far as negative contact.”

After that night, Simonick spoke to her husband, who said she could give Felix their extra bike.  The other members of her squad agreed to help teach Felix how to ride a bike.

“It’s really something when someone comes up on the street and offers to do a kindness for you,” Felix told ABC affiliate KNXV. “These days you don’t see anything like that.”

Last month, Felix had his first bike lesson at the Phoenix police precinct parking lot.

“Two of my officers stood on either side of him and pushed him,” Simonick said.  ”He was a little wobbly and rode into one of the poles, but my guys were right there to catch him.”

After 45 minutes, Felix was riding on his own, and he and Simonick rode together around the lot.

Since then, the two have kept in touch, and Simonick said she wants to continue to help Felix.  So what’s Simonick’s next project?

“Well he did say that he’s never driven a car before,” Simonick joked.  ”First things first I’ll see how he does with the bicycle.”

As for the attention, Simonick said she just wanted to show Felix that there are people out there who care.

“If everybody could help just one person in the world like this, I think it would definitely be a better place to live.”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/05/arizona-police-officer-gives-bike-to-teen-who-walks-9-miles-to-work/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 15, 2013, 10:35:42 AM
17 Things You Should Always Buy New

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/05/11/17-things-always-buy-new/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 15, 2013, 10:36:48 AM
Early Math and Reading Skills Can Bring Lifelong Success

Reading and math have always been at the core of a solid education, and for good reason. These subjects prepare kids to function in society and continue into more specialized fields of learning. But the benefits may be even more basic and profound: New research suggests that early math and reading skills can translate into socioeconomic success.

Eurekalert reports on the work of two researchers at the University of Edinburgh. Stuart Ritchie and Timothy Bates looked at data from a huge National Child Development Study, which followed more than 17,000 people in the United Kingdom over a span of about 50 years. The researchers wanted to see if math and reading ability in childhood contributed to tangible benefits in adulthood.

Ritchie and Bates found that seven-year-old kids who had higher proficiency at math and reading tended to have better housing, better jobs, and higher income in adulthood. For example, data showed that kids who were one reading level ahead of their classmates at age seven ended up with nearly $8,000 more in salary by age 42.

The researchers also considered other variables such as intelligence levels, methods of schooling, or what social class participants were born into. Results still showed that regardless of these factors, people tended to be much more successful if proficiency in math and reading developed early.

Study authors can't explain all the reasons behind their findings, but they think both genetics and environmental influences may come into play. It's encouraging to think that even kids without the IQ of a genius can get a leg up in life simply by working hard to develop math and reading abilities during childhood.

This research is just one more reason for parents to interact with their kids as much as possible. It's tempting to wait until they hit the school system and put the responsibility on teachers to awaken math and reading ability. But why wait? Those early years are prime discovery time. Kids are little blank slates, eager to learn about the world around them. A love of learning can begin almost from the womb as kids snuggle up with Mom or Dad to hear stories every day.

We've experimented with different ways to learn reading and math. We like hands-on activities, since my kids tend to be tactile learners. Our best math lessons involve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with Hershey's Kisses. The kids can see the math problem, and then eat it. Win!

We've learned letters and words by putting together puzzles, bending our bodies into alphabet shapes, and reading aloud A LOT. Both my oldest kids have started reading on their own by the time they were four years old. It has been amazing. What a wonderful world opens up to a child when they start to get excited about reading and math and the prospect of school as a learning adventure rather than forced drudgery!
http://www.whattoexpect.com/wom/toddler/0510/early-math-and-reading-skills-can-bring-lifelong-success.aspx
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 16, 2013, 10:04:30 PM
Science Of Beauty: 4 Physical Traits That Help Define Female Facial Attractiveness (VIDEO)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/13/science-of-beauty-traits-female-attractiveness-video_n_3246594.html

"Beauty" is how we appreciate the world. It’s what attracts us to each other, and quite frankly, scientists suggest it's biologically advantageous. But what exactly makes something -- or, better yet, someone -- attractive?

Cognitive researchers Dr. Kang Lee and Dr. Pam Pallett claim to have found some key factors in determining how attractive a woman's face may appear to others. They even suggested in a 2010 study that these keys to attractiveness include facial ratio, alluring features, and averageness.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/13/science-of-beauty-traits-female-attractiveness-video_n_3246594.html
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 19, 2013, 12:00:17 AM
Man Tricks Girlfriend Into Getting Abortion

"The 28-year-old son of a Florida fertility doctor has been charged by federal authorities with tricking his girlfriend into taking a pill used to induce labor and cause an abortion, killing the embryo she was carrying."*

John Andrew Welden is accused of tricking his girlfriend into taking a pill used to induce labor, thereby causing an abortion and killing the embryon she was carrying. What charges does he deserve?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YqY9Dtx7Mk
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 22, 2013, 04:31:40 AM
Living and Retiring in Ecuador
http://living-and-retiring-in-ecuador.blogspot.com/

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Ecuador 'is the place to live your expat dream'
Good living, great weather and excellent medical care make Ecuador the top spot for retirees.

 The tiny country of Ecuador has been voted the best place in the world to retire to.

Located in the remote north-west region of South America, Ecuador has a population of just 15 million. But it is proving attractive for expats – with a cheap cost of living, good weather and top-class yet affordable health care.

Expats qualify for health care by paying a small monthly fee, while those looking for employment will find applying for a work visa much easier than in many Western countries.

Property is relatively cheap to buy or rent, particularly beachfront villas considering the premium normally attached to them. Rural locations are even cheaper and there is no tax to pay on importing your goods from overseas.

The country topped a poll on the International Living website, which is about overseas retirement. The site used its international network of writers, editors and expats to assess factors ranging from how easy it is to make friends in the country to the ease at which one can get around.



Jim Kennedy, a British expat retiree who moved to Ecuador last year, said: “If you are a senior citizen you can qualify for some discounts on eating out and travel. But these things aren’t expensive anyhow, so your pension goes a lot further out here.”

Ecuador, where Spanish is the official language although English is widely spoken, also has an excellent safety record by South American standards.

Paul Green, a spokesman for Surtrek South American Travel (www.surtrek.com), said: “My wife and I are currently renting a three-bedroom, comfortable apartment in the capital Quito’s safe yet bohemian village of Guápulo. We wake up daily to truly breathtaking mountain views through the bedroom window and our rent is a mere $200 (£129) a month.”

The 57-year-old semi-retired expat added that there were no heating bills given Ecuador’s warm climate, and a combined phone-internet-English channel TV package costs $50 (£32) a month.

This makes it affordable for him keep in touch with friends and family back home via Skype, Facebook and email.

He added: “A French neighbour of ours who works for the UN pays more than double what we do for a fully furnished place. It all depends on what you need and what you want to pay. Some say it’s half the cost of living in the US, while I would argue it’s even less to live here without compromising style and comfort.”

High-quality hospital care is also a major attraction, especially for retirees, while health insurance premiums are low for those who prefer not to use the subsidised public system.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/expat-money/10048859/Ecuador-is-the-place-to-live-your-expat-dream.html
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monroe Native on May 22, 2013, 07:48:31 AM
Perhaps you would like to move there Fry?

 ;D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 22, 2013, 11:36:19 PM
Price of admission is too high, I believe....  Do they have slums there?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: eriemermaid on May 23, 2013, 05:49:12 AM
A friend of mine just retired from a government job and is moving to Costa Rica for the rest of his life.  I've thought about moving south, but I'd miss my grand babies too much!   :P
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monroe Native on May 23, 2013, 07:06:27 AM
A friend of mine just retired from a government job and is moving to Costa Rica for the rest of his life.  I've thought about moving south, but I'd miss my grand babies too much!   :P

I think you values are in the right place!

 ;D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 23, 2013, 12:57:56 PM
Considering civil unrest in other countries, I prefer to remain here than become an object of some guerrilla warfare target.

Americans stand out everywhere... and are disliked everywhere, except when spending money.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 24, 2013, 07:39:24 AM
Alex Trebek: Americans are Woefully Ignorant When it Comes To Geography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEl-G3X5w6Q
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 24, 2013, 08:48:34 AM
State investigators say at least one bar in New Jersey was mixing food dye with rubbing alcohol and serving it as scotch.

http://www.monroenews.com/news/2013/may/24/nj-bars-put-cheap-booze-premium-liquor-bottles/?in-other-news
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 24, 2013, 08:50:30 AM
Cockroaches Quickly Lose Sweet Tooth To Survive

For decades, people have been getting rid of cockroaches by setting out bait mixed with poison. But in the late 1980s, in an apartment test kitchen in Florida, something went very wrong.

A killer product stopped working. Cockroach populations there kept rising. Mystified researchers tested and discarded theory after theory until they finally hit on the explanation: In a remarkably rapid display of evolution at work, many of the cockroaches had lost their sweet tooth, rejecting the corn syrup meant to attract them.

In as little as five years, the sugar-rejecting trait had become so widespread that the bait had been rendered useless.

Read more:
http://www.monroenews.com/news/2013/may/24/cockroaches-quickly-lose-sweet-tooth-survive/?in-other-news
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monroe Native on May 24, 2013, 12:30:57 PM
Good to see people reading articles they can apply in their own everyday living.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 24, 2013, 03:30:49 PM
State investigators say at least one bar in New Jersey was mixing food dye with rubbing alcohol and serving it as scotch.

[url]http://www.monroenews.com/news/2013/may/24/nj-bars-put-cheap-booze-premium-liquor-bottles/?in-other-news[/url]


A good professional alcoholic wouldn't know the difference anyway.  Reminds me of a guy I knew years ago that drank Lavoris while at work.  Had good breath.  Bought the stuff in quarts.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 26, 2013, 05:35:14 AM
Good to see people reading articles they can apply in their own everyday living.
Well I hope it helps your cockroach problem.
Thanks for proving that people do indeed read my posts.
And I've always said...even if only helps just one person...it's all worthwhile.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 26, 2013, 05:58:10 AM
Coca-Cola tied to Nazis, death squads, and drugs

In his newly re-released book, For God, Country, and Coca-Cola, Mark Pendegrast explores how Coca-Cola's despicable business practices built one of the world's biggest brands. From advertising and bottling in Nazi Germany, to using bottling plants in Guatemala and Colombia that murdered people for unionizing, to contributing to the epidemic of super-sizing America, Coca-Cola has traded morality for profits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiJDcjo5gTo
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 09, 2013, 01:16:04 AM
"Average American Gets Less Vacation Then The Minimum Requirement For Every Other Country"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riSZ_jsmfe4
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on June 09, 2013, 08:55:40 AM
That's interesting, and some points so true even as it applies to me.

I think I get 5 weeks of vacation a year, and most likely have never taken more than 2 to 3 of them.  There are times that taking off sounds so damned good, but the preparation leading into time off and the effort it takes to get caught back up when returning just don't make them worth it anymore.  Even more stupid of me is that if I don't use them, I lose them.....with no additional compensation.  I know many who do the same.

Perhaps it is one of the reasons we have become such an uptight nation.......few of us relax the way we should.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monroe Native on June 09, 2013, 09:29:01 AM
Fuzz,

I'm in the same boat.

I never used all of my 3 weeks vacation, and now I have 4 weeks that I won't get to use.

The workload is just too high, and the programs are stacked up too close to each other.  To take a week off you have to work twice as hard the week before and twice as hard the week after to cover the week you were off.  I like making long weekends, but management act like I'm somehow abusing the system when I am working overtime Monday - Thursday and then take a vacation day Friday - like I am "gaming" the system to get paid for not taking vacation.  They don't have ANY issue with me losing vacation though.

If I do use vacation time instead of planning them around things I want to do I have to plan them around the workload at work.  Unfortunately my wife can't always get off at those times....  so then if I take that time off the wife is on my case for not taking off when I can spend time with her.

I think the root cause of the issue is too few people doing too much work.  Just my opinion.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on June 09, 2013, 01:14:30 PM
I think the root cause of the issue is too few people doing too much work.  Just my opinion.

Yup, I agree, and in fact recently read an article stating such.  Lot's of employers out there have enough work to hire additional resources but lack faith in the economy to bring on additional heads to handle the work load.

My only saving grace is that I'm on the downward side of my career and probably will take the first out I see when that time comes.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: eriemermaid on June 09, 2013, 02:46:51 PM
That sounds familiar Fuzz!   8)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on June 09, 2013, 04:28:49 PM
Don't push your luck!   :P
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monroe Native on June 09, 2013, 05:34:17 PM
My only saving grace is that I'm on the downward side of my career and probably will take the first out I see when that time comes.

LOL!  I'm already looking for the out, and I'm still in the third quarter.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 14, 2013, 04:04:38 PM
Female Convicts Make High-End, Italian Fashion Goods

Convicts throughout the world have a famously tough time finding work after leaving prison. Employers tend to discriminate against ex-cons, and the criminal justice system rarely prepares prisoners adequately for re-entry into the workplace. But the Italian government is leading the way, at least in this regard. It's created the Sigillo fashion brand, and all of the products under that label will be created by female prisoners and sold in high-end fashion stores.

In the Rebibbia prison in Rome, female convicts are being trained in the art of handbag-making. Any inmate who chooses to participate in the program will earn a salary of 600 euros per month (or roughly $800), according to AFP. No less an authority than Fendi heiress Silvia Venturini Fendi herself supports the project. The handbags will retail for up to 40 euros (or $53), and will be available in fashion stores throughout Italy "within months," reports Business Standard.

Ten inmates have already agreed to participate in the program. Another 40 from across Italy are expected to join them. Officials hope that the training will lead to employment for them after prison. The Italian justice ministry has invested 400,000 euros for the program. Charities have kicked in an additional 400,000.

The program at Rebibbia is instilling an entrepreneurial spirit in its inmate participants, according to news reports. "When I get out of here, I would like to open a shop," said a 33-year-old who was born in the Ukraine, and identified by AFP only as Natalya. She also said that she and her fellow convicts find professional fulfillment from the program. "When we create things and they are sold, are appreciated, then we enjoy our work."

According to Nanda Roscioli, a former Italian justice ministry employee, this professional training of inmates is "unique" in Italy. As to why the job training is only open to women, she said the "subordinate" minority in Italian prisons face conditions that are "harsher, more barbaric" then what men face. "The aim of the project is to give female detainees the tools to be in the marketplace once they are released."

Of course, Italy's ex-cons are hardly alone in their struggle to find employment. A study in New York City found that job applicants with a criminal conviction are nearly 50 percent less likely to be called for an interview or receive a job offer. As a result, many former convicts turn to nonprofit organizations, such as the Philadelphia-based Baker Industries, which trains ex-cons for free. The organization also helps its members find housing and clothing.

The Rebibbia participants, for their part, are optimistic about their employment future. "With this job I'm sure everything will be okay with me. I've learned a lot here," Kalu Uwaezuoke Chinedum Ike, a 40-year old Nigerian facing drug trafficking charges who's currently imprisoned at Rebbibia, told AFP. "When I get out I want to have a more normal, a calmer life."

Much more here:
http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2013/06/13/female-convicts-high-end-italian-fashion/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 14, 2013, 04:09:31 PM
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. —

A Gwinnett County woman said her bank accounts are $300 million in the red.

Ann Wiley told Channel 2's Wendy Corona her bank account statement has a really long number in the debit column and no one can tell her why.

"I first started realizing that I was having problems yesterday when I was trying to pay a bill online and kept getting error messages or denied," said Wiley.

It was when Wiley saw the 'See Cashier' read out at the gas pump that she decided to check her bank account on her phone and that's when she got the first bit of bad news.

She was in the red about $100 million. Her computer at home confirmed that and more.

"Yes. $100 million from my savings and $100 million from my checking," said Wiley.

And overnight, like a nightmare, things got worse.

"I wake up the next morning, check again. Maybe this is a bad dream. It's another $100 million, so it's $300 million I'm having a problem with right now," she said.

Sun Trust Bank told Wiley the problem was with the Department of Revenue. The DOR, per law, cannot comment on any individual taxpayer, but did say it has no documents showing the department is in the wrong and is now working with Sun Trust to get to the root of the problem.

"Friends are keeping me afloat," said Wiley. "I can't get anything from my account obviously. I can't pay any bills or buy any food or put gas in my car."

It turns out a used car Wiley bought back in 2004 may be coming back to haunt her.

"They're telling me it's the remaining balance of a sale. A $274 sales tax," Wiley said.

But how $274.62 becomes nearly $300 million is anyone's guess.

"I can't even get really mad at it. I'm thinking, 'OK, any minute now somebody is going to realize this and fix it.' It's a huge mistake. It's got to be," said Wiley.

As of Thursday evening, Wiley has tens of millions pending to credit into her bank account.
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/woman-says-bank-problem-showing-her-300-million-de/nYJ6C/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 14, 2013, 04:10:59 PM
Patrick and Renee Dubois Used Mostly American-Made Products To Build Their California Home (VIDEO)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/12/patrick-renee-dubois-american-made-products_n_3428947.html
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 20, 2013, 01:09:37 PM
Traffic camera snafu could cost California $5 mln

Keisha Dunlevy, a California woman who ran a red light, successfully fought her traffic ticket by arguing that the public was not properly notified of cameras being installed at that intersection. The traffic commissioner hearing the case agreed with her and dismissed the $500 ticket. If this case creates a precedent it may cause about reruns totaling $5 million for around 20,000 invalid tickets. RT's Margaret Howell explains.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtAx1RlT-_c
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blue2 on June 20, 2013, 01:16:29 PM
But doesn't the RED light mean stop.  What else do you need?  Only in California.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 20, 2013, 01:32:34 PM
But doesn't the RED light mean stop.  What else do you need?  Only in California.
Wasn't that long ago when the news hit that some municipalities were shortening the duration of the yellow light in an effort to increase revenue:

Florida's red-light camera intersections issuing more tickets after yellow light times quietly reduced
http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=316418

Did Florida Shorten Its Yellow Lights to Rake in Traffic Camera Revenue?
http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/2013/05/21/traffic_cameras_did_florida_shorten_its_yellow_lights_to_rake_in_traffic.html

Are cities shortening yellow light times to make money?
http://news.msn.com/us/are-cities-shortening-yellow-light-times-to-make-money
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 27, 2013, 05:29:05 AM
Anti-Pervert Hairy Leggings Catch On in China

"The results are undeniable. These stockings, which are made to look like a pair of very hairy legs, induce groans, nausea, and physical discomfort and according to Weibo they're the best deterrent to cat calls and objectification that the country has to offer. There's one problem if you want a pair though—they're probably an elaborate joke."*

Hairy leggings have made the viral rounds in China, and are supposed to be an answer to rape culture, repelling would-be rapists.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJafGLp9kKM
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 27, 2013, 05:30:00 AM
Bullies Use Food to Attack Kids with Serious Allergies

"Any difference can set schoolchildren apart from their peers and potentially make them a target for bullying. But a severe food allergy is a unique vulnerability: It takes only one lunch or cupcake birthday party for other children to know which classmates cannot eat nuts, eggs, milk or even a trace of wheat. It can take longer for them to grasp how frightening it is to live with a life-threatening allergy."*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGbNHWe5EWw
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: FScott12345 on June 27, 2013, 04:28:27 PM
An amusing little box that is completely useless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apVR5Htz0K4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apVR5Htz0K4)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: ShorTea on June 27, 2013, 07:14:15 PM
An amusing little box that is completely useless.

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apVR5Htz0K4[/url] ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apVR5Htz0K4[/url])


Very cute! Good chuckle for the day!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 30, 2013, 04:04:02 PM
FAA Says NO WAY 3 Pound Block Of Steel That Crashed Through Roof Of Home Came From Plane

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzDEVxMQnSI
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 30, 2013, 04:05:30 PM
An Inside Look At What Autistic Children Are Thinking

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQGq5QqyPOI
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 30, 2013, 05:04:14 PM
Relics Stolen During The Second Opium War Returned To China!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARM66jcEAXw
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 18, 2013, 02:13:59 AM
Public Esteem for Military Still High

Americans continue to hold the military in high regard, with more than three-quarters of U.S. adults (78%) saying that members of the armed services contribute “a lot” to society’s well-being. That’s a modest decline from 84% four years ago, the last time the Pew Research Center asked the public to rate various professions. But the military still tops the list of 10 occupational groups, followed closely by teachers, medical doctors, scientists and engineers. A solid majority of the public says each of those occupations contributes a lot to society.

By contrast, just 37% of Americans surveyed think the clergy make a big contribution to society, about the same as in 2009. Regular churchgoers tend to be more positive about ministers, priests and other clergy members. But even among adults who say they attend religious services at least once a week, only about half (52%) rate clergy in general as contributing “a lot” to society, while 29% say the clergy make “some” contribution, and 11% say the clergy contribute “not very much” or “nothing at all.”

While there have been modest declines in public appreciation for several occupations, the order of the ratings is roughly the same as it was in 2009. Among the 10 occupations the survey asked respondents to rate, lawyers are at the bottom of the list. About one-in-five Americans (18%) say lawyers contribute a lot to society, while 43% say they make some contribution; fully a third (34%) say lawyers contribute not very much or nothing at all.

Compared with the ratings four years ago, journalists have dropped the most in public esteem. The share of the public saying that journalists contribute a lot to society is down 10 percentage points, from 38% in 2009 to 28% in 2013. The drop is particularly pronounced among women (down 17 points). About as many U.S. adults now say journalists contribute “not very much” or “nothing at all” to society (27%) as say they contribute a lot (28%).

These are some of the findings from a survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life conducted March 21 to April 8, 2013, among a representative sample of 4,006 adults nationwide. The margin of error for the survey is plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.

On balance, public perceptions of the military and teachers are overwhelmingly positive. Fully 78% of adults believe that members of the military contribute a lot to the well-being of society, and 72% say the same about teachers, while about one-in-ten or fewer say those occupations contribute not very much or nothing at all to society.

Roughly six-in-ten or more adults also say that medical doctors (66%), scientists (65%) and engineers (63%) contribute a lot to society. As with the military and teachers, negative perceptions of these occupations are comparatively rare.

Ratings of other groups are more mixed. Clergy are in the middle of the occupations considered, with 37% saying they contribute a lot to society, followed by artists (30%), journalists (28%), business executives (24%) and lawyers (18%). Majorities of the public say that all these occupations make at least “some” contribution to society’s well-being. But the balance of perceptions becomes more negative toward the bottom of the list, with a quarter or more of respondents expressing the view that journalists (27%), business executives (28%) and lawyers (34%) contribute not very much or nothing at all to society.

Much more here:
http://www.pewforum.org/2013/07/11/public-esteem-for-military-still-high/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 18, 2013, 03:20:01 AM
Man Dies After Winning Beer Drinking Contest In Spain

Joaquín Alcaraz Gracia claimed the title of beer drinking champ during a festival in Spain Wednesday, but his victory was short-lived. The 45-year-old man died after the beer drinking contest, during which he reportedly consumed six liters of brew (about 12.5 pints) in 20 minutes.

According to local reports, Gracia won the drinking festival's top prize and hoisted his trophy into the air. But the event, held in the Gea y Truyols district of Murcia, took a tragic turn soon after when Gracia began to vomit and didn't stop.

At that time, witnesses called emergency services, believing Gracia was suffering from alcohol poisoning. Seated in a chair, Gracia was held upright while bystanders waited for medical personnel. Observers noted to local media that the heavyset man appeared to nod off.

By the time the medical team arrived, Gracia was reportedly in cardiac arrest. The 45-year-old was rushed to a local hospital, but passed away shortly after his arrival Wednesday night.

Though Gracia's alcohol consumption is believed to be a factor in his death, officials have not confirmed his specific cause of death. In fact, Mayor José Manuel Gracia walked back the official tally of how much Gracia drank, telling local newspaper La Verdad the winner consumed two to three liters during the contest.

Under the rules of the drinking competition, contestants must drink as many liter-glasses of beer as possible in the 20-minute time span.

The beer drinking contest is part of the area's annual festival, which has been held for more than 15 years. However, following the death, future festival plans have been suspended, La Nueva España notes.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/19/man-dies-beer-drinking-contest-spain_n_3623496.html
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 18, 2013, 03:26:33 AM
Sexy Online Woman Turns Out To Be Gun-Wielding Men

"Police are searching for at least two thieves who robbed two South Bay men in an apparent online dating scam. Authorities said the victims thought they were going on a blind date with a woman who had an unusual and expensive request.

According to authorities, the two victims started chatting on Badoo.com with someone who they thought was a woman named Geraldine. The men were told her fantasy was to have sex on a pile of $2,000 in cash."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N6NYZmJOOU
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 24, 2013, 11:01:24 PM
Which U.S. City Has the Worst Drivers?

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/07/which_city_has_the_worst_drivers_boston_baltimore_washington_d_c_miami.single.html (http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/07/which_city_has_the_worst_drivers_boston_baltimore_washington_d_c_miami.single.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 24, 2013, 11:02:35 PM
Leading Cause Of Car Theft In Florida Town: Keys Left In Car
83 percent of vehicles stolen in St. Petersburg, Fla., occured when the driver left keys in car
http://autos.aol.com/article/leading-cause-car-theft-florida-st-petersburg-keys-left/ (http://autos.aol.com/article/leading-cause-car-theft-florida-st-petersburg-keys-left/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 24, 2013, 11:16:59 PM
Most, Least Expensive States to Own a Car

Georgia is the most expensive state to operate a motor vehicle and Oregon is the cheapest, according to a Bankrate.com report that considers the costs of gasoline, insurance, repairs, taxes and fees.

In Georgia, a typical driver spends $4,233 per year to operate his or her vehicle. That is almost double the cost in Oregon ($2,204). The national average is $3,201.

Georgians spend a lot of time in their cars thanks in part to Atlanta’s sprawling communities and a lack of public transportation. Those long commutes lead to above-average gasoline costs and insurance rates. Georgia also has the highest state automobile taxes and fees in the nation.

Oregonians benefit from the absence of a state sales tax as well as relatively low car insurance costs. Plus, the typical Beaver State resident drives 16 percent fewer miles than the national average.

California ($3,966), Wyoming ($3,938), Rhode Island ($3,913) and Nevada ($3,886) round out the five most expensive states.

Alaska ($2,227), South Dakota ($2,343), Montana ($2,660) and Indiana ($2,698) join Oregon among the five cheapest states.

For every state, Bankrate determined total car-ownership costs using median insurance premiums provided by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, average repair costs from CarMD.com and average automobile taxes and fees from Kelley Blue Book. Bankrate estimated average gasoline spending using average pump prices from GasBuddy.com.

The Bankrate.com findings from all 50 states:

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/08/21/302370.htm (http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/08/21/302370.htm)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 09, 2013, 08:16:14 AM
Positive Pregnancy Tests Sold On Craigslist... Why?

"Troubling new trend alert: In the last few months, there's been a preponderance of Craigslist ads selling positive pregnancy tests. In May, a woman in Buffalo offered hers for $25, apparently as a response to heightened demand."

Positive Pregnancy Tests Sold On Craigslist... Why? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihRPR6ajp8I#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 09, 2013, 09:22:13 AM
Undercover Cops At NFL Football Games Dress As Fans Of Opponents To Home Team!

Undercover Cops At NFL Football Games Dress As Fans Of Opponents To Home Team! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSUIPPhbwv4#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 09, 2013, 09:28:32 AM
Twelve-Year-Old Devon Melton's Garage Sale For His Mother Goes Viral (VIDEO)

A 12-year-old boy from Ferguson, Mo., has blown us away with his courage and sacrifice.

Devon Melton's mother, Christina Craig, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and his parents are struggling with the financial burden of her illness.

“I overheard her talking on the phone," Devon told KTVI. "I just asked her are you ok, because her tears were running down her face. She said she was failing me as a parent because she's always sick, and I had to help."

That's when Melton decided to step in.

He got the idea of holding a garage sale, but he didn't have much of his own to give away. So he began reaching out to potential donors on Craiglist's 'Free' section with a moving email that soon went viral.

He wrote:
Quote
Hi this is Devon. I am the one that messaged you on Craigslist. My mom is amazing she and my dad take care of my two brothers, me and my sister. She has breast cancer and I heard her crying one day after she had her surgery. I thought she was hurt so I went to her door. I heard her say I’m losing everything because I am sick. We are about to lose our home, electric, gas and dad lost his job..

I went to my preacher and asked how can I help. He said to do a garage sale. I went to every house on my road getting donations for the garage sale..

My mom deserves the best and I want to help her because she helps everyone. Even with her sick she still works at the food pantry at our church. She says people have to eat and God blessed us to be part of a ministry that can feed people. I just wish it was mom’s turn to be blessed with a timeout like she says she needs. I hope we can get things together and I can really help my mom.


The post inspired a slew of donations from Craigslisters. KTVI reports that he's received over 200 emails from people wanting to help and has recently had to expand the sale to a bigger location.

He's raised $120 so far, and plans to continue holding the sale until all the donations are sold.

"I can give up a couple of my things and.. put the hard work in," he told KDSK. "She takes care of me, so I thought I should take care of her for once."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/28/devon-melton_n_3832046.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/28/devon-melton_n_3832046.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 09, 2013, 10:42:32 AM
Poor people aren't stupid; bad decisions are from being overwhelmed, study finds

Being poor affects your ability to think, a new study shows. Those coping with severe financial stress don't have the mental bandwidth to deal with all of life’s troubles, a team of researchers reported Thursday.

They’ve done a series of tests that show when people are flush with cash, they can stop worrying and make better decisions. But having financial woes takes up so much attention, they often make poor decisions.

“When you are very, very focused on what you don’t have enough of, you do all you can do to get more of it, at the expense of other stuff,” says Eldar Shafir of Princeton University, who worked on the study published in the journal Science.

When people don't have enough money they're so focused on ways to get more that they don't make good choices, a new study has found.

More here:
http://inplainsight.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/29/20247880-poor-people-arent-stupid-bad-decisions-are-from-being-overwhelmed-study-finds?lite (http://inplainsight.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/29/20247880-poor-people-arent-stupid-bad-decisions-are-from-being-overwhelmed-study-finds?lite)

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Study finds poverty reduces brain power

(Reuters) - Poverty and the all-consuming fretting that comes with it require so much mental energy that the poor have little brain power left to devote to other areas of life, according to the findings of an international study published on Thursday.

The mental strain could be costing poor people up to 13 IQ (intelligence quotient) points and means they are more likely to make mistakes and bad decisions that amplify and perpetuate their financial woes, researchers found.

"Our results suggest that when you are poor, money is not the only thing in short supply. Cognitive capacity is also stretched thin," said Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan, part of an international team that conducted the study.

In a series of experiments, researchers from Harvard, Princeton and other universities in North America and from Britain's University of Warwick found that pressing financial worries had an immediate impact on poor people's ability to perform well in cognitive and logic tests.

More here:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/29/us-poverty-brain-idUSBRE97S10W20130829 (http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/29/us-poverty-brain-idUSBRE97S10W20130829)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 09, 2013, 11:20:21 AM
Ghetto Tracker App Dies

"In less than 24 hours, a new app tactfully titled Ghetto Tracker--a service seeking to help people identify safe areas in unfamiliar cities--has already garnered enough backlash to prompt an immediate name change to Good Part of Town. However, the PR move may not do much to alter the public's reception of the app, which critics are slamming as a racist, classist app for helping the rich to avoid the poor. The app functions by allowing locals to rate the safety of different parts of a given area. According to The Week, the original launch of the page featured a white family of four smiling alongside the app's promise to show users "which parts of town are safe and which ones are ghetto, or unsafe." In addition to the name change, all mention of the word "ghetto" has been removed from the site. The site now features an ethnically diverse family on its homepage...".

Ghetto Tracker App Dies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTcYH1YDV_4#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 15, 2013, 01:11:21 PM
How to protect yourself from radiation

The Resident: How to protect yourself from radiation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkvnNZwtEZE#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 15, 2013, 02:56:46 PM
Cuss warning:

Is The NFL Hiding Concussions From The Press?

"ESPN was involved with a hard-hitting television series that delivered an unsavory depiction of professional football players. The N.F.L.'s commissioner was so perturbed that he complained to the chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, ESPN's parent company. Not long after, ESPN stopped promoting the show, then decided to end its run after one season."

Is The NFL Hiding Concussions From The Press? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dyINlOyuLc#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 17, 2013, 10:17:31 AM
400 richest Americans now worth $2 trillion

 The 400 richest Americans are now worth a combined $2 trillion, according to Forbes.

That sets a record, Forbes said, and marks a jump from last year's total of $1.7 trillion.

The average net worth of a Forbes 400 member is now $5 billion—also the highest ever. And the costs of being part of the 400 Club rose to $1.3 billion.

 But it's the $2 trillion number that remains the most interesting. The 400 richest are now worth more than the GDPs of many nations—and they are worth more than most governments spend or tax.

Here is some perspective on what the 400 richest Americans are really worth:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101038089 (http://www.cnbc.com/id/101038089)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 03, 2013, 03:45:26 PM
Hornet Attacks In Northern China Have Killed 41 People And Injured More Than 1,600 Since July
http://www.ibtimes.com/hornet-attacks-northern-china-have-killed-41-people-injured-more-1600-july-1414296 (http://www.ibtimes.com/hornet-attacks-northern-china-have-killed-41-people-injured-more-1600-july-1414296)

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More Than 40 People Killed In Hornet Attacks In China (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzMWCv4t0gA#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 07, 2013, 02:09:05 AM
Goodwill Employee Finds 2.5 Pounds Of Weed In Bag Of Donations

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HBamvLEV38 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HBamvLEV38#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 14, 2013, 02:50:08 PM
Bodily fluids sell for big bucks online

The Bible may say your body is a temple, and John Mayer may say your body is a wonderland, but now your body may be a cash cow, too. A recent Bloomberg report shows that hair, breast milk and fertile eggs are now hot commodities for sale on the Internet. Low-income people tend to sell their body parts to wealthy buyers. RT's Ameera David talks with Robin Hanson, associate professor of economics at George Mason University, about the going rate for various body fluids, tissues and parts, as well as the ethical and legal implications of these online sales.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=emRUzsFvwAA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emRUzsFvwAA#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 14, 2013, 02:51:43 PM
This Lie-Detecting Throat Tattoo Is Google's Creepiest Patent Yet

Google's Motorola division makes phones. People make calls on those phones. And now that mobile has eaten the world, they often reach out to business associates and loved ones in noisy situations like "large stadiums, busy streets, restaurants, and emergency situations." Which makes it harder to communicate.

Thankfully, then, Google has patented a new possible solution to the age old problem of talking with each in loud places: "Communication can be reasonably improved" by the application of an electronic throat tattoo, which could dampen "acoustic noise."

Sounds reasonable! Just look at the guy in the patent drawing. He's happy! Who wouldn't want a neck tattoo that provides "auxillary voice input to a mobile communication device"?

But it's not just a noise-canceling microphone for your telephone! The tattoo can do more. It can have a display that lights up under certain conditions.

And the other kind of noise that gets introduced into conversations is lies! Bad data. So, the electronic skin tattoo can detect those, too.

"Optionally, the electronic skin tattoo can further include a galvanic skin response detector to detect skin resistance of a user," the patent reads. "It is contemplated that a user that may be nervous or engaging in speaking falsehoods may exhibit different galvanic skin response than a more confident, truth telling individual."

That is contemplated, isn't it?

Put it all together and The User could have a screen on his throat that turns orange when he starts sweating because he's a liar. Everything will be clear to his business associates and loved ones, from the timber of his voice to the content of his character.

Who would not want to live in this world?

Some caveats:

1) This is just a patent. Patents rarely become products. Most are worthless. Etc.

2) Though it is called a tattoo, the device is really more of a sticker applied with an adhesive.

2a) Which is a good thing because everyone hates an obsolescent tattoo (see: tribal bands, frat letters, ex-spouses).

3) Other researchers are working on similar "tattoos," but for different applications, mostly biomedical sensors.

4) It's not just for humans! "Here it is contemplated that the electronic tattoo can also be applied to an animal as well. Audio circuitry can also include a microphone for emitting sound corresponding to fluctuations of muscle or tissue in the throat."

It is contemplated, then, that perhaps, your dog will be able to tell you how much he loves you in a robot voice. But then you'll look down and his little screen will be flashing orange, orange, orange. Orange for liar. 
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/11/this-lie-detecting-throat-tattoo-is-googles-creepiest-patent-yet/281351/ (http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/11/this-lie-detecting-throat-tattoo-is-googles-creepiest-patent-yet/281351/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 16, 2013, 01:35:05 PM
Thanksgiving is for Lobotomized Idiots

Big Box stores have all announced they are opening early on Thanksgiving this year, to enlarge the horror show that is Black Friday - to the point where people are starting to call Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Thursday. Yes, they are amending our family holiday name to incorporate what really matters to America - shopping.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWZGtuPqcgQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWZGtuPqcgQ#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 22, 2013, 06:44:16 PM
Walmart Holds Food Drive For Its OWN Employees

"A Walmart store in Canton, Ohio, is holding a food drive to benefit employees in need, leading some in the community to raise questions about the wages the company pays its workers.

The food drive boxes are not on display for customers, but rather are tucked away in an employee-only area — the food drive asks for donations from fellow employees to help out co-workers in need.

"That Walmart would have the audacity to ask low-wage workers to donate food to other low-wage workers — to me, it is a moral outrage," one Walmart shopper told the Cleveland Plain Dealer."

Walmart Holds Food Drive For Its OWN Employees (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6j02QS0EaM#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 24, 2013, 12:04:07 PM
Cargo Container Ship Containers Fall Overboard In Rough Seas

Cargo Container Ship Containers Fall Overboard In Rough Seas (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiDmMwUDglE#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 24, 2013, 12:04:55 PM
What Are Burglars Most Looking For And What Is Their Biggest Deterrent

What Are Burglars Most Looking For And What Is Their Biggest Deterrent (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7to8_whuEY#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on November 24, 2013, 12:40:26 PM
Sweet, I already have a big, fat, alarm system with a mean sounding bark. 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 24, 2013, 01:06:21 PM
Herpes and cocaine found on library books

The popular book "Fifty Shades of Grey" - the first in a trilogy of erotic romance novels by E.L. James - caused quite a stir when it was published in 2011. The best-selling series inspired women to dabble in bondage/discipline sadism/masochism (or BDSM). But apparently that's not the only thing "Fifty Shades" readers have been dabbling in. Researchers at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium ran chemical tests on the ten most-borrowed books in public libraries, and found that all of them contained trace amounts of cocaine. "Fifty Shades of Grey" books, however, also contained traces of the herpes virus. RT's Meghan Lopez finds out if you should be worried about borrowing the book from your local library.

Herpes and cocaine found on library books (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of3RrO2IL44#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 22, 2013, 10:59:35 AM
How To Help Your Kids Deal With Not Getting What They Wanted For Christmas

www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyKQV9gUJHA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyKQV9gUJHA#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on December 22, 2013, 08:14:10 PM
Herpes and cocaine found on library books

The popular book "Fifty Shades of Grey" - the first in a trilogy of erotic romance novels by E.L. James - caused quite a stir when it was published in 2011. The best-selling series inspired women to dabble in bondage/discipline sadism/masochism (or BDSM). But apparently that's not the only thing "Fifty Shades" readers have been dabbling in. Researchers at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium ran chemical tests on the ten most-borrowed books in public libraries, and found that all of them contained trace amounts of cocaine. "Fifty Shades of Grey" books, however, also contained traces of the herpes virus. RT's Meghan Lopez finds out if you should be worried about borrowing the book from your local library.

Herpes and cocaine found on library books ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of3RrO2IL44#[/url])


pretty mundane in as much as every Tom, Dick and Harry can borrow and read any book.  I'm suprised they didn't find traces of dried semen....... :P
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monroe Native on December 27, 2013, 07:38:58 PM
Quote
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina authorities say a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel.

The Charleston County Sheriff's office says in a report that deputies found a man covered with blood when they arrived at Helen Williams' North Charleston home early Wednesday. She told investigators the man fell and cut himself, but couldn't explain why her hands and clothes were also bloody.

Deputies say the man said Williams was so angry when he returned without beer because stores were closed on Christmas Eve that she grabbed a ceramic squirrel, beat him in the head, then stabbed him in the shoulder and chest.

Williams was in jail Friday and charged with criminal domestic violence. It wasn't known if she had a lawyer.



Read more: [url]http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/24315967/police-no-beer-led-to-ceramic-squirrel-stabbing#ixzz2oj2OgEFY[/url] ([url]http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/24315967/police-no-beer-led-to-ceramic-squirrel-stabbing#ixzz2oj2OgEFY[/url])
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I think he probably deserved it.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 02, 2014, 09:18:48 AM
Check out this $11.5 million luxury Prepper bunker

An $11.5 million Prepper home was just put on the market in Yellow Jacket, Colorado, and it has everything a rich person needs to survive the Apocalypse of their choosing. It comes complete with 4 backup power systems, 5 backup heating systems, its own helicopter pad, its own well, a 7-step water filtration system, radio tower - you name it. It's a great way to survive the end of times in luxury.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8PqvKO7Bfc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8PqvKO7Bfc#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on January 02, 2014, 10:36:24 AM
I have wondered several times if I would even want me or my immediate family to survive the initial Apocalypse event, and then try to survive in the post event in a anarchy society. 

Unless you could survive in a compound such as this then any chance for a decent quality of life standard would be trying to survive day to day.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monroe Native on January 02, 2014, 10:40:56 AM
I have wondered several times if I would even want me or my immediate family to survive the initial Apocalypse event, and then try to survive in the post event in a anarchy society. 

Unless you could survive in a compound such as this then any chance for a decent quality of life standard would be trying to survive day to day.

Its in Colorado.....

You can kill two birds with one "stone?"

 ;D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on January 02, 2014, 10:50:46 AM
Honestly, I'm not certain how much I would partake if my mental acuity dictated life or death.   
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monroe Native on January 02, 2014, 10:57:10 AM
Honestly, I'm not certain how much I would partake if my mental acuity dictated life or death.

I guess I wasn't thinking about the actual apocalypse......

Just a nice place to hang out in a state where you can grow and partake.

I'm assuming a dooms day bunker would already have green house facilities in it?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on January 02, 2014, 11:32:54 AM
Oh, I thought that was the way it was phrased.  Still not certain that getting stoned would be high (pun intended) on my list of things to do if hunkered down trying to survive a world of anarchy.

No doubt though, Colorado has moved up on my list of outdoor adventures to take while I am still physically able.  Still a lot of good wilderness and good fishing, and Washington state will be added to that list too.  Lots of great salmon fishing in Washington.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monroe Native on January 02, 2014, 12:05:44 PM
Washington State has been high on my list for years.....

Seattle is one heck of a town.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 10, 2014, 10:42:56 PM
Mayor's co. illegally tows 1000s of cars to cash in

In Sweetwater, Florida, cars were being towed by the thousands. So many, in fact, that a car was towed in about 37% of all arrests. To add to that ridiculousness, the company that did the towing was partly owned by the city's mayor.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gNgshJe0XM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gNgshJe0XM#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 13, 2014, 01:57:29 AM
Best gadgets of Consumer Electronics Show 2014

A new batch of gadgets has arrived and were showcased at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. The annual event, which displays many different types of tech gear, gives insight to what may be on the wish lists of many consumers. Controversially, recreational drones made a big impact at this year's showcase as did body technology. So how could these consumer-based gizmos affect the future? RT correspondent Liz Wahl joins anchor Ameera David to discuss how the potential popularity will affect the economy and consumer privacy.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=denrawR3670 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=denrawR3670#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 13, 2014, 03:27:20 AM
Human Skin Cheese

"Microbiologist Christina Agapakis teamed up with the artist Sissel Tolaas to create cheese using the microbes that grow on their skin."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsUgPrL8R8I (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsUgPrL8R8I#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 18, 2014, 11:59:46 PM
Cows' hooves fall off from drug used in US cattle

17 cows' hooves fell over after taking Zilmax, a popular muscle-building drug made by Merck & Co. Merck denies it was the drug's fault, though industry insiders disagree. Nonetheless, Merck has suspended - for the second time amid questions - sales of the drug

www.youtube.com/watch?v=15C9CWBof6A (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15C9CWBof6A#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 21, 2014, 12:45:56 AM
Piglet-killing virus coming to a pigsty near you

Bacon lovers, take note: A virus that kills piglets is spreading across the country. The US Department of Agriculture says 22 states have been affected by the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), with California and Wyoming being the most recent states reporting pig farms hit by the virus. Symptoms of the virus - which only affects baby pigs - include diarrhea, vomiting and severe dehydration. RT's Liz Wahl and Dr. Michael Greger, director of public health and agriculture for the Humane Society of the US, stop by the sty to take a look at the deadly virus that might keep you from pigging out.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sGWG7XRLJk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sGWG7XRLJk#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 25, 2014, 02:02:00 AM
Cuss warning

Shocker! Online Trolls Are Sadistic Psychopaths - Here's The Proof

"The YouTube comment section is known as a special circle of hell—and that might be because the people leaving provocative comments are literally sadists and psychopaths, a new study titled "Trolls just want to have fun" has discovered.

Canadian psychologists Erin Buckels, Paul Trapnell, and Delroy Paulhus set up a survey of personality inventories matched with "Internet commenting styles"—in other words, they attempted to psychoanalyze commenters, which should be cause for a Nobel prize (and hazard pay) in itself. What came from the study will likely surprise no one: people who like to troll are also likely to show signs of "sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism."

Those three character flaws make up the ominous "Dark Tetrad of personality."

Shocker! Online Trolls Are Sadistic Psychopaths - Here's The Proof (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaNS0jTq32k#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 02, 2014, 07:04:06 PM
While reduced government and reduced regulations are wet dream policies of the conservative republican righties...here's an example of just how wrong those fools are:


Slaughterhouse sold meat from cows with cancer

A slaughterhouse in Petaluma, California, is under criminal investigation by the federal government for killing and selling meat from dairy cows who had cancer, and now 8.7 million pounds of beef are being recalled across the nation.

Slaughterhouse sold meat from cows with cancer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuF-ylgV_Vc#)


Public Health: How Political Lobbyists Keep 'Risky' Food on Your Plate

Public Health: How Political Lobbyists Keep 'Risky' Food on Your Plate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9WoD7964Ds#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 15, 2014, 03:37:09 AM
Longevity Tips From 116-Year-Old Woman + One Really Important One

"Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman believed to be the world's oldest person, turned 116 on Wednesday and celebrated by tucking into a white cake decorated with strawberries and candles.

She credits a healthy appetite and getting plenty of rest for her longevity.

Okawa was born in 1898 - the year that the United States annexed the Hawaiian islands, a new drink named Pepsi-Cola was launched and the USS Maine exploded in Havana harbor."

Longevity Tips From 116-Year-Old Woman + One Really Important One (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4jYTDczokw#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 22, 2014, 07:28:39 PM
Scrap metal dealer’s flea-market find turns out to be missing Faberge egg

There is good luck, outrageous good fortune — and now there is the case of the scrap metal dealer who found one of the eight missing Faberge imperial eggs at a flea market in the U.S. Midwest.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/scrap-metal-dealers-flea-market-find-turns-out-to-be-missing-faberge-egg/2014/03/19/71b24c06-afae-11e3-9627-c65021d6d572_story.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/scrap-metal-dealers-flea-market-find-turns-out-to-be-missing-faberge-egg/2014/03/19/71b24c06-afae-11e3-9627-c65021d6d572_story.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on March 22, 2014, 11:49:16 PM
We are close to eating bait fish and jelly fish as big fish numbers plummet.

"When you're young, you look at the world and think what you see has been that way for a long time. When you're 5, everything feels "normal." When things change in your lifetime, you may regret what has changed, but for your children, born 30 years later into a more diminished world, what they see at 5 becomes their new "normal," and so, over time, "normal" is constantly being redefined to mean "less." And people who don't believe that the past was so different from the present might have what could be called "change blindness blindness."

Because these changes happen slowly, over a human lifetime, they never startle. They just tiptoe silently along, helping us all adjust to a smaller, shrunken world."


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/17/1285265/-We-are-close-to-eating-bait-and-jelly-fish-as-big-fish-numbers-plummet?detail=email# (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/17/1285265/-We-are-close-to-eating-bait-and-jelly-fish-as-big-fish-numbers-plummet?detail=email#)
Title: Car - B - Q!
Post by: Monroe Native on March 24, 2014, 08:54:42 PM
Who doesn't love a good helping of Car B Q?

I wonder if this one had pace car lights in it too?

http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=69016&sitesection=selatimes&VID=25743538 (http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=69016&sitesection=selatimes&VID=25743538)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2014, 12:51:17 AM
"A Florida store worker who was fired from JC Penney after revealing sales strategies claims the chain is trying to silence him.

Bob Blatchford appeared on the Today show last July to disclose how prices were nearly doubled before the same items went on sale at the original price.

After firing the custom decorating studio coordinator, the store has filed a petition claiming his statement on their prices was confidential business information."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnzyRIZvjiA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnzyRIZvjiA#)

Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 03, 2014, 12:46:29 AM
10 April Fools' pranks that went very, very wrong.

April Fools' Day, the day prank lovers everywhere come out to show the best they've got, and the day the rest of us are reminded how not amusing most of those shenanigans end up being.

10. The Taco Liberty Bell, 1996. People love tacos and the Liberty Bell, but apparently not together. When the fast food chain announced via full-page newspaper ads that they'd purchased and renamed the national icon, a whole lot of protesting ensued. Taco Bell went public with their prank later in the day.

9. Playboy Romania's wife beating instructions, 2000. The article that ran was titled "How to Beat Your Wife Without Leaving Marks" and written as if it had been penned by a police officer. The magazine's deputy editor initially defended the piece. Playboy Enterprises soon stepped in and issued an international apology.

8. Hooters' Toyota contest, 2001. A waitress who was told she'd win a Toyota if she sold the most beer was instead given a toy Yoda doll. She sued the restaurant and, according to her lawyer, got an undisclosed settlement that would enable her to "pick out whatever type of Toyota she wants."

7. Murdered husband, 2013. A Tennessee woman called her sister in a panic and said, "Helen, I shot my husband, I'm cleaning up the mess, let's go bury him in Blackwater." Instead of rushing over with a shovel, Helen told another family member who in turn called the police. The prankster was taken into custody.

6. Athens Pollution Disaster, 1982. A broadcaster for the Greece's National Radio Network called for a full evacuation of the center of Athens due to the high pollution levels. Chaos and 6-figure lawsuits followed.

5. Superglued Walmart toilet seat, 2011. In a prank attempt that had no chance of being funny, somebody put superglue on a toilet seat in a Walmart public restroom. The unfortunate victim required the assistance of several emergency crews and medical professionals.

4. Dihydrogen monoxide scare, 2013. Two morning radio show hosts announced that area residents had dihydrogen monoxide coming out of their faucets. While those who took a moment to Google the term learned that it meant water, most didn't and soon the local utilities were flooded with panicked calls. The duo was quickly removed from the air, but put back on 2 days later.

3. Romanian Prison Release, 2000. After reading a piece in a newspaper, 60 people thought their friends and loved ones were getting out of prison. They arrived, only to be told, 'April Fools'.

2. Racially offensive office prank. Somehow, a group of grown professionals thought it would be hilarious draw one of their coworkers as a drug-addicted monkey and they post it for all to see.

1. Erupting Hill in Boston, 1980. With some clever edits, broadcasters from a local television station were able to convince people that a hill was erupting like a volcano. The April Fools part of their prank didn't come until the end of the segment. It was too late, as viewers had already started to react as if it were real.
http://www.aol.com/article/2014/03/31/10-april-fools-pranks-that-went-very-very-wrong/20859897/ (http://www.aol.com/article/2014/03/31/10-april-fools-pranks-that-went-very-very-wrong/20859897/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 10, 2014, 05:39:49 AM
Truckers, movers, and police and firefighters are likeliest to be obese. Doctors, scientists and teachers are the healthiest.
http://lni.wa.gov/News/2014/pr140409a.asp (http://lni.wa.gov/News/2014/pr140409a.asp)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfuCFEPkAPM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfuCFEPkAPM#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on April 19, 2014, 07:21:11 PM
Smoking Bedbugs

Claim:   Schoolkids are smoking and injecting crushed bedbugs to get high from a hallucinogenic substance they contain.

FALSE
http://www.snopes.com/horrors/parental/bedbugs.asp (http://www.snopes.com/horrors/parental/bedbugs.asp)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on April 19, 2014, 07:48:56 PM
LOL.....I had never heard of that claim.  Wow.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on April 19, 2014, 09:59:54 PM
You'd think they dried them first....... ;D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on April 21, 2014, 12:08:06 AM
Maybe those bed bugs were living in a marijuana plant.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on April 21, 2014, 11:49:12 PM
I know those little red ladybug bugs stink if you squish them.........
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 03, 2014, 02:41:00 PM
http://www.unusualhotelsoftheworld.com/List/WOWHotels (http://www.unusualhotelsoftheworld.com/List/WOWHotels)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 28, 2014, 12:00:19 PM
Whole Foods charged with price gouging

Whole Foods officially gouges its customers, according to California officials. A yearlong investigation revealed the California based portion of the company used a variety of deceptive practices to overcharge its customers. RT's Ameera David takes a look at some of the ways the company managed to dig even deeper into its customers' wallets.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKXqQg1VyDM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKXqQg1VyDM#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 29, 2014, 07:59:39 AM
Cuss warning:

Government Actually Looking Out For Us?

"Whole Foods will pay about $800,000 in penalties and fees after an investigation found the grocery retailer was overcharging customers in California.

"State and local inspectors discovered that purchased foods weighed less than the label advertised and the weight of salad bar containers wasn't subtracted at checkout, prosecutors said. In addition, the grocer sold prepared foods like kebabs by the item rather than by the pound as mandated by law.

"The pricing discrepancies violated consumer protection laws regarding false advertising and unfair competition, prosecutors said."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=G93CQ9Lu3UI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G93CQ9Lu3UI#)

Folks, remember that Governor Rick Snyder and his Republican majority ended two consumer protection laws, the Michigan Item Pricing Law, and the scanner bounty. He, and his right-wing echelon, did what big business told them to do.
They also shifted the taxes from businesses to the backs of pensioners.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 29, 2014, 08:01:43 AM
GRAPHIC: Toddler tries to defend mother from violent attack

A suspected fast-food worker in full uniform viciously attacked a young mother in front of the victim's young son and the entire attack was caught on tape.
The attack allegedly happened Tuesday in the city of Salem, New Jersey. Police say they identified the suspect and are investigating the case.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9ZUtZSRU7g (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9ZUtZSRU7g#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 05, 2014, 01:27:18 PM
Spoiler alert: Detroit won!

WINNER! The Most Badass Sigil Contest Winner Is...

TYT-ers all over the world are getting together and hanging out. We launched a fun competition earlier this year between the cities! Cenk and Ana will travel and hang out with the city with the most points by Valentine's day 2015. 1000 points is awarded to the city that wins the Most Badass Sigil contest.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaqktDxjGWU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaqktDxjGWU#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 05, 2014, 01:35:29 PM
Cuss warning:

Dreaming Of A Vacation?

"The following has been said about tourists: they eat loudly, ask dumb questionsand grope endangered sea turtle species without permission. As a result, some cities yell one big f*ck you to tourists, and we can't say we blame them (other places, of course, are a bit friendlier).


In a recent survey, money-saving site Coupon Codes Pro asked thousands of "global travelers" which cities they've found the most -- and least -- welcoming on their travels.

The site provided globetrotters with a list of world cities and asked them to pick the "most welcoming" ones, as well as call out any places that had been particularly "unwelcoming" to them in the past (a highly scientific process, no?)."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoZrjL0TOZg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoZrjL0TOZg#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 06, 2014, 06:25:45 PM
Cuss warning:

You're Getting Raped by AT&T and Verizon, Says T-Mobile CEO


"T-Mobile's CEO John Legere has a reputation for profanity-laced off-the-cuff remarks, but he may have pushed it a bit too far Wednesday night at the company's press event.

Everyone expected some f-bombs from Legere, but the following quote is extreme.

Speaking about AT&T and Verizon, the two largest carriers in the U.S. by a wide margin, Legere said:

'These high and mighty duopolists that are raping you for every penny you have ... the f------ hate you.'

In an interview with Business Insider a few weeks ago, Legere acknowledged he speaks like that as a way to connect with his employees and customers. He sees himself as a man of the people, someone who can speak on the level of the average joe instead of coming off as a stiff executive."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=40Zcsx06kwU&feature=youtu.be (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40Zcsx06kwU&feature=youtu.be#)

===

Cuss warning:

How Ironic: Turns Out T-Mobile Is The One Raping Customers

"The FTC has charged T-Mobile with stealing hundreds of millions of dollars of their customers' money by billing them for services they didn't sign up for. Okay. So. Which T-Mobile executive will be going to jail?

I mean, this seems like a fairly straightforward case, right? This wasn't an accident. This was purposeful theft, on a grand scale. The FTC says that T-Mobile routinely placed charges on customers' bills for 'premium' text messaging services 'that, in many cases, were bogus charges that were never authorized by its customers.' It was a classic crooked kickback scheme:

The FTC alleges that T-Mobile received anywhere from 35 to 40 percent of the total amount charged to consumers for subscriptions for content such as flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip that typically cost $9.99 per month. According to the FTC's complaint, T-Mobile in some cases continued to bill its customers for these services offered by scammers years after becoming aware of signs that the charges were fraudulent."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye49_RB7Aus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye49_RB7Aus#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 10, 2014, 07:27:29 AM
Family accidentally recycles VCR with $6,000 stashed inside

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Family-accidentally-recycles-VCR-with-6000-cash-stashed-inside-265767321.html (http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Family-accidentally-recycles-VCR-with-6000-cash-stashed-inside-265767321.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 10, 2014, 07:29:55 AM
Small statue sells for over $150,000 dollars!
(Demetre Chiparus sculpture that her father had purchased for two Canadian dollars 40 years ago.)
http://www.aol.com/article/2014/07/08/antiques-roadshow-small-statue-sells-for-over-150-000-dollar/20926672/ (http://www.aol.com/article/2014/07/08/antiques-roadshow-small-statue-sells-for-over-150-000-dollar/20926672/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 20, 2014, 09:17:48 AM
Cop fights for his right to ironically go "OINK"

Indiana police officer, Rodney Vawter, used to have a vanity license plate that read, "0INK," as a sort of homage to the stereotype of a cop being a pig. It was his way to be funny and to show his police pride. He had the license plate for three years before Indiana decided it was inappropriate. He sued. He won. And now Indiana is trying to get his case overruled so that they won't have to give out "offensive" license plates.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XI7GFfmD50 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XI7GFfmD50#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 02, 2014, 02:08:30 PM
The Average Heroin User Is The Opposite Of What You Think

"Contrary to what researchers reported 50 years ago, today's average first-time heroin user isn't a 16-year-old male of color. She's actually much more likely to be a 23-year-old white woman. This, researchers conclude in a study published today in JAMA Psychiatry, represents "a marked shift in the demographics of heroin users seeking treatment over the past several decades."

According to the study, caucasian women and men have embraced prescription pills as their drug of choice. But heroin, which is much cheaper, eventually becomes more attractive. This means the drug once considered a "first opioid of abuse" is now more widely viewed as a last resort — and a popular one at that. Notably, heroin use in women has "increased from what was a very small percentage of about 20 percent back in the '50s to about 52 percent of the current population [of heroin users]," says lead study author and Washington University neuropharmacologist Theodore Cicero."

The Average Heroin User Is The Opposite Of What You Think (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ngb89GRJ-uQ#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on August 02, 2014, 05:34:01 PM

(http://www.distractify.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads//2014/07/Mars_Science_Laboratory_Curiosity_rover-934x.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on August 02, 2014, 05:35:11 PM

(http://www.distractify.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads//2014/07/seirra_the_american_bad_eagle_at_n_e_w_zoo_by_katahrens-d55xx0m-934x.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 05, 2014, 06:19:02 AM
Most US Firefighters Are Obese. Does This Concern You?

"The need for firefighters to be fit seems obvious: A fire ax weighs around 20 pounds, and an oxygen tank can be up to 50. Throw in the big boots, jacket, unruly fire hoses and challenging emergencies, and you'd expect most firefighters to be in peak physical condition.

You'd be wrong. More than 70% of domestic firefighters are overweight or obese, a rate slightly higher than the general population, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"It's tough. Firefighters are humans too. And just like the American public is having a hard time battling obesity and being overweight, firefighters are having the same troubles," said Dr. Sue Day, author of the CDC report and an associate professor of epidemiology atthe University of Texas School of Public Health.”

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb15gdhPN5Y&list=UU1yBKRuGpC1tSM73A0ZjYjQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb15gdhPN5Y&list=UU1yBKRuGpC1tSM73A0ZjYjQ#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 05, 2014, 02:39:16 PM
This Interactive Map Shows The Wealthiest Person In Each State
Wealth beyond your wildest dreams...

America’s elite live vastly different lives than the rest of us. Those at the top have incomes that are orders of magnitude higher than the average person. Even when we compare their individual wealth with that of households in the states in which they live, there’s no comparison.

So how did they get to where they are? Are they all self-made entrepreneurs, or were they just lucky? Do they hoard all that wealth, or do they give back?
How They Got Rich

According to data from Forbes and Celebrity Net Worth, the wealthiest members of each state did not achieve their fortunes in the same way. They are:

    Entrepreneurs
    Heirs/Heiresses
    Widows

Earning vs. Inheriting Wealth

Of the wealthiest in each state, roughly half are founders of companies. Another major path to wealth is inheritance, with the Waltons being the most striking example.

Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton blessed his family, making several members the wealthiest in their states:

    Jim Walton in Arkansas
    Alice Walton in Texas
    Christy Walton in Wyoming

Academics May Not Be as Important as We Think

From an undergraduate education to the coveted Ph.D., most members of the list have some sort of college degree. But years spent studying on campus isn’t necessarily a prerequisite to striking it rich. Bill Gates, a college dropout, is the wealthiest of them all.

On the other side of the academic spectrum, Delaware’s Robert Gore holds a Ph.D. but ranks second to last in terms of his net worth.
The Wealth Gap

No matter the source of wealth, or home state, there’s no denying the extreme gap between the mega wealthy and the average American.

Our final visual presents an interactive map which helps to illuminate the huge dichotomy between the mega-wealthy and the average wealth of regions around the country.

http://www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/wealthiest-person-map/ (http://www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/wealthiest-person-map/)

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Meijer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meijer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meijer)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 15, 2014, 02:42:28 PM
Shooting Clays in Slow Motion with the World's First* Shotgun Silencer

Shooting Clays in Slow Motion with the World's First* Shotgun Silencer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1nyIClLvYU#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 17, 2014, 07:51:00 AM
"Socialist" Gas Station Opened By Kentucky Mayor

"Somerset's city hall ventured into the retail gas business, opening a municipal-run filling station that supporters call a benefit for motorists and critics denounce as a taxpayer-supported swipe at the free market.

The Somerset Fuel Center opened to the public selling regular unleaded gas for $3.36 a gallon, a bit lower than some nearby competitors. In the first three hours, about 75 customers fueled up at the no-frills stations, where there are no snacks, no repairs and only regular unleaded gas.

The mayor says the station was created in response to years of grumbling by townspeople about stubbornly high gas prices in Somerset, a city of about 11,000 near Lake Cumberland, a popular fishing and boating haven."

"Socialist" Gas Station Opened By Kentucky Mayor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YT6TiVCz1M&list=UU1yBKRuGpC1tSM73A0ZjYjQ#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 24, 2014, 01:19:26 AM
Billionaire Wants 3-Day Work Week

"Increasing workers' earning power and offering Latino-owned companies easier access to funding that can be used for growth and expansion can help improve the social and economic status of Latinos in the U.S. and throughout Latin America, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim told a group of religious and community leaders Sunday.

During a speech at the annual conference of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders, Slim spoke for more than an hour on how to better the plight of Latino workers and Latino-owned businesses.

Slim, a telecom magnate who this year was ranked by Forbes magazine as the world's second-richest person with an estimated net worth of $72 billion, suggested establishing investment firms or companies dedicated to working with small- and medium-sized Latino businesses in need of financing.

He told a crowd of about 200 people that in a time of recent economic crises, countries need to focus on strengthening the middle class as well as health care systems and education.

"What is important is that people earn more and that more middle classes are formed," said Slim, who owns telecommunications giant America Movil, a leading cellphone service provider in Latin America.

Slim also reiterated an idea he first made public last month at another conference: his proposal for a three-day work week...”

Billionaire Wants 3-Day Work Week (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz8S6lagq7I&list=UU1yBKRuGpC1tSM73A0ZjYjQ#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 30, 2014, 11:06:52 AM
Why Rape Prevention Activists Don’t Like The New Nail Polish That Can Detect Roofies

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/08/25/3475190/date-rape-nail-polish/# (http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/08/25/3475190/date-rape-nail-polish/#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 07, 2014, 12:48:59 AM
The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.

New research takes a look at decades of corruption convictions to find the crookedest states in the union.

When we think of government corruption (as one tends to do),  our biased minds often gravitate to thoughts of military juntas and third world governments. But, of course, corruption is everywhere, in one form or another. And it’s costing U.S. citizens big time.

A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of those states’ average expenditures per year.

The researchers studied more than 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008 as well as patterns in state spending to develop a corruption index that estimates the most and least corrupt states in the union. Based on this method, the the most corrupt states are:

1. Mississippi
2. Louisiana
3. Tennessee
4. Illinois
5. Pennsylvania
6. Alabama
7. Alaska
8. South Dakota
9. Kentucky
10. Florida

That these places landed on the list isn’t exactly surprising. Illinois, which has gain notoriety for its high-profile corruption cases in recent years, is paired with states like Mississippi and Louisiana, which are some of the least economically developed in the country. The researchers also found that for 9 out of the 10 of the most corrupt states, overall state spending was higher than in less corrupt states (South Dakota was the only exception). Attacking corruption, the researchers argue, could be a good way to bring down state spending without hurting services that people need.

Researchers also found that spending in these states was different than their less corrupt counterparts. According to the report, “states with higher levels of corruption are likely to favor construction, salaries, borrowing, correction, and police protection at the expense of social sectors such as education, health and hospitals.”

The paper explains that construction spending, especially on big infrastructure projects, is particularly susceptible to corruption because the quality of large, nonstandard projects are difficult for the public to gauge, while the industry is dominated by a few monopolistic firms. Corrupt states also tend to, for obvious reasons, simply have more and better paid public servants, including police and correctional officers. The researchers argue that the need for correctional officers is greater in corrupt places too because “the overall extent of corruption will be higher in states with higher numbers of convictions of public officials.”

Of course, it’s not all bad news, as the study also found the least corrupt states too. Citizens of these states–Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowhttp://fortune.com/2014/06/10/most-corrupt-states-in-america/a, Vermont, Utah, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Kansas–can take solace in the fact that they’re not getting ripped off as badly as the rest of us.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 07, 2014, 02:39:53 AM
iPhone ATM PIN code hack- HOW TO PREVENT

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Vc-69M-UWk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Vc-69M-UWk#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 07, 2014, 08:52:47 PM
Cuss warning:

The World's Oldest Person, You Won't Believe How Old She Is!

"A Mexican woman who will become the oldest human ever to have lived when she turns 127 tomorrow has claimed chocolate is to credit for her longevity.

Leandra Becerra Lumbreras was born on 31 August, 1887, meaning she was 27 at the beginning of World War I and 82 when man first set foot on the moon. And Ms Lumbreras’ family say that chocolate is the key to her long life, as well as sleeping for days on end and never getting married. They add that part of her secret is keeping busy."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=p12wFWXZdK0&list=UU1yBKRuGpC1tSM73A0ZjYjQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p12wFWXZdK0&list=UU1yBKRuGpC1tSM73A0ZjYjQ#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 02, 2014, 10:20:57 AM
10 MOST DANGEROUS CITIES IN MICHIGAN
http://www.homesecurityshield.org/news/most-dangerous-cities-in-michigan/ (http://www.homesecurityshield.org/news/most-dangerous-cities-in-michigan/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 02, 2014, 10:23:43 AM
Mother dying of cancer asks Pennsylvania nurse to take care of her son

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/mother-dying-cancer-asks-penn-nurse-care-son-article-1.1945614 (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/mother-dying-cancer-asks-penn-nurse-care-son-article-1.1945614)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 14, 2014, 06:42:56 AM
Guess which company now has 100,000 patents

Our corporations are beyond patent-happy, to the point now where companies own hundreds of thousands of patents on very basic ideas to the detriment of humanity's progress. 3M just secured its 100,000th patent; Amazon just patented taking an image of something on a white background; Nike patents hundreds of "inventions" every year; now someone is trying to lay claim to owning podcasting. This MINE MINE MINE mentality of our corporations could spell disaster.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCIKd18yhJc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCIKd18yhJc#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 16, 2014, 10:55:12 AM
Auto lenders latest collection method turning deadly

Subprime auto loan lenders are increasingly turning to a potentially deadly practice to make sure they receive payments on time. By installing electronic ignition cutoffs in the cars of borrowers, lenders are able to remotely disable vehicles, sometimes while their owners are driving down the highway or rushing a sick child to the hospital, as recently happened to an unfortunate mother.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhT7IwHrma0&list=UUczrL-2b-gYK3l4yDld4XlQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhT7IwHrma0&list=UUczrL-2b-gYK3l4yDld4XlQ#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monroe Native on October 16, 2014, 09:33:26 PM
Sounds like an incentive to make your payment on time.

My understanding is you know the device is on your car when you sign the loan.

I understand it is far less costly than repossessing the cars, and by disabling the cars the payment just magically shows up within a few hours in most cases.

The devices don't deactivate a running car - only prevents it from starting.

Again - the person with the loan CONSENTS to this - so what is the problem?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 17, 2014, 10:54:58 PM
Ebola Halloween costumes: Offensive or fun?

Ebola themed hazmat suits are joining this year’s ranks of most popular Halloween costumes. Although coming in a variety of colors and styles, not everyone is able to find one they like.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs2Nv3GToo4&list=UUczrL-2b-gYK3l4yDld4XlQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs2Nv3GToo4&list=UUczrL-2b-gYK3l4yDld4XlQ#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 19, 2014, 12:11:22 PM
Cuss warning:

It's Like A Blood Bank But For Poop

"Are you under 50 years old, willing to make daily trips to Medford, and have regular bowel movements? You, my friend, could be earning $40 a day—just for pooping.

All you have to do is visit OpenBiome, launched in 2012 as the only independent nonprofit stool bank in the country. The brainchild of MIT postdoctoral associate Mark Smith, OpenBiome collects, tests, and provides fecal samples to 122 hospitals in 33 states for one of the most interesting medical treatment innovations today: fecal microbiota transplantation.

“Think of us as a blood bank, but for poop,” said Smith, who developed OpenBiome when he saw the gap in the medical structure to provide many patients with the life-saving fecal samples. “You shouldn’t have to fly across the country to get poop.”

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PDP24J8x80&list=UU1yBKRuGpC1tSM73A0ZjYjQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PDP24J8x80&list=UU1yBKRuGpC1tSM73A0ZjYjQ#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on October 19, 2014, 12:55:18 PM
Sounds like an incentive to make your payment on time.

My understanding is you know the device is on your car when you sign the loan.

I understand it is far less costly than repossessing the cars, and by disabling the cars the payment just magically shows up within a few hours in most cases.

The devices don't deactivate a running car - only prevents it from starting.

Again - the person with the loan CONSENTS to this - so what is the problem?

Similar to Onstar in my Caddy but in this case....  Loanstar.....lol
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 19, 2014, 01:30:57 PM
Welcome to America's Military Graveyard

Resting on the border of Nevada and California, hidden between the mountains, is a 36,000 acre patch of land where the military ships its equipment after wars. Here, items as big as M1-Abrams tanks or as small as individual bolts are taken into inventory, fixed and shipped right back out to troops in the field. But with the Afghanistan war ending, what will happen with leftover gear? In part six of her series focusing on the military equipment drawdown from Afghanistan,

www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1N1aPHgXCU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1N1aPHgXCU#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on October 19, 2014, 05:16:30 PM
....but then I pay my bills and my credit score reflects it.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on October 19, 2014, 05:20:01 PM
Welcome to America's Military Graveyard

Resting on the border of Nevada and California, hidden between the mountains, is a 36,000 acre patch of land where the military ships its equipment after wars. Here, items as big as M1-Abrams tanks or as small as individual bolts are taken into inventory, fixed and shipped right back out to troops in the field. But with the Afghanistan war ending, what will happen with leftover gear? In part six of her series focusing on the military equipment drawdown from Afghanistan,

[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1N1aPHgXCU]www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1N1aPHgXCU[/url] ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1N1aPHgXCU#[/url])


Not a concern for you.  One, you can't affiord to buy any and two, you aren't on the bidders list.   No it won't be on flea-bay either.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on October 22, 2014, 11:17:57 PM
Here's a good site for a lot of old movies of Cars etc.

The Ford Rouge plant in 1932 is very interesting.

http://www.tvraaca.org/oldmovies.htm#movie (http://www.tvraaca.org/oldmovies.htm#movie)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on October 23, 2014, 06:29:18 AM
The history of the Rouge complex is incredible........ole Henry was a pioneer, not one part of the car was purchased outside of the complex other than raw materials. 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on October 25, 2014, 10:39:55 AM
He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.
 
Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.
 
And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.
 
But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For ol' Joe has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a Veteran died today.
 
He won't be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.
 
He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
'Tho a Veteran died today.
 
When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.
 
Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Veteran
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.
 
Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?
 
Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?
 
The politician's stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.
 
While the ordinary Veteran,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.
 
It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.
 
Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever-waffling stand?
 
Or would you want a Veteran
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran,
Who would fight until the end.
 
He was just a common Veteran,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.
 
For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Veteran's part,
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.
 
If we cannot do him honor
While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
At the ending of his days.
 
Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A VETERAN DIED TODAY."
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monroe Native on October 25, 2014, 05:21:18 PM
The history of the Rouge complex is incredible........ole Henry was a pioneer, not one part of the car was purchased outside of the complex other than raw materials.

And Henry even tried to control the raw material pipelines.....

Even down to getting rubber plantations.

Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 26, 2014, 02:14:21 AM
Leaf Log Maker

Alternate energy using leafs to make burning logs. Leaf log maker, patent pending. turns leaves into log for the fireplace, furnace. green energy source.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFSVtJbpHF8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFSVtJbpHF8#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Professor H on November 21, 2014, 11:20:58 AM
Every year after the last undefeated team loses - the remaining members of the Miami Dolphins get together and celebrate with champagne

Last night the Lions put their bottle away - as they are awaiting another team to go 0-for...    darn weather let the Oakland Raiders win
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 27, 2014, 04:21:06 AM
EVERYDAY GENIUS

http://on.aol.com/show/everyday-genius-518405365/episode/518507465 (http://on.aol.com/show/everyday-genius-518405365/episode/518507465)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 07, 2014, 03:56:53 AM
Best Open House Day Ever !!! ROLLERCOASTER

www.youtube.com/watch?v=okH_3PfQjvI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okH_3PfQjvI#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Professor H on December 18, 2014, 02:23:34 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/s720x720/10846343_1015878848426317_1619805642451316779_n.jpg?oh=95a6f7b214c96a4568f5fd61d446dc05&oe=550635C5&__gda__=1426080768_0b6314481cce4ea44506fb3dc3c7982c)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: FritzTheKat on December 18, 2014, 06:27:44 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/s720x720/10846343_1015878848426317_1619805642451316779_n.jpg?oh=95a6f7b214c96a4568f5fd61d446dc05&oe=550635C5&__gda__=1426080768_0b6314481cce4ea44506fb3dc3c7982c)

Oh yeah

go Chuckie
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 24, 2014, 12:34:34 PM
Homeless man receives $100... then shocks everyone with how he spends it

But one man put that belief to the test ... and his surprising new video showing what happened after he gave a homeless man $100 has already racked up over 10 million views on YouTube.

Josh Paler Lin, whose YouTube channel has more than 711,000 subscribers and usually features pranks, thought he'd try a social experiment: Give a homeless man money, then follow him in secret to see what he'd do with it.

And sure enough, the man's first stop was at a liquor store. He emerged with a bag and took it to a nearby park. Well, what do you expect, right?

Wrong: Once at the park, the man pulled food from the bag and shared it with his fellow homeless.
http://www.today.com/news/homeless-man-given-100-shocks-everyone-how-he-spends-it-1D80385367 (http://www.today.com/news/homeless-man-given-100-shocks-everyone-how-he-spends-it-1D80385367)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 29, 2014, 11:42:18 PM
Santa’s Workshops Are Actually Located In China And Not So Jolly

"The real North Pole is in China.

About 300 kilometers out of Shanghai is the town of Yiwu, where 60% of the world's Christmas decorations are made by workers in 600 factories and shipped around the globe.

Design studio Unknown Fields Division and photographer Toby Smith took a peek into the Christmas village while tracing the supply chain of the world's consumer products across the South China sea, following cargo routes and heading inland to their production bases.”

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvZhkQ4zBV8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvZhkQ4zBV8#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on December 29, 2014, 11:44:20 PM
Under the Radar! Michigan | UTR Holiday Extravaganza

 We’ll take you to a Christmas parade in Ida that’s so bright, you can probably see it from space. Then we hit Midland for a school where Santa learns his jolly thing. And if that’s not enough, we’ll also take a classic train ride from Owosso all the way to the North Pole and go back in time for a holiday night at Dearborn’s Greenfield Village. We even see Rochester's Big Bright Light Celebration.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_hVuZwxea8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_hVuZwxea8#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 03, 2015, 12:47:08 AM
Top 5 WORST charities

Not all charities live up to their stated aspirations and not all are honest with how they spend their money. Some spend more money on salaries and recruiters than they actually give to the needy, raising questions about who these charitable organizations are actually designed to help

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPxJdrIrif8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPxJdrIrif8#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on January 03, 2015, 07:32:20 AM
I believe charitable organizations are tax exempt???  Seems to me one way to deter organizations like this (I consider it a form of fraud what they are doing) would be to come up with a way of reporting what percentage actually go to the intended victims and if a predefined level was not met then take their tax-exempt status away.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on January 03, 2015, 07:49:15 AM
I believe charitable organizations are tax exempt???  Seems to me one way to deter organizations like this (I consider it a form of fraud what they are doing) would be to come up with a way of reporting what percentage actually go to the intended victims and if a predefined level was not met then take their tax-exempt status away.

There are websites you can find that info if you do some digging...   sometimes it's a bit depressing to see how little the victims are ending up with though :( :( :(
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on January 03, 2015, 07:54:36 AM
Yea, we have been to several of those sites to check before making any sort of contribution.  My point is that they should be illegal, or not have tax exempt status, if they don't fall within certain guidelines.  Just looks like a form of fraud to me.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on January 03, 2015, 08:01:24 AM
I guess it has something to do with how the current tax laws are written...  I'd also guess that with what I've seen come out of DC in the last 20 years we probably shouldn't expect to see anything cleaned up anytime soon :o :o :o
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on January 03, 2015, 08:15:05 AM
I agree......and unfortunately, that is a crying shame and demonstrates even more just how dysfunctional our government is in doing the right thing to protect the constituency.  It disgusts me to see the number of long time elected officials that keep getting elected time and time again.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blue2 on January 03, 2015, 09:59:38 AM
Just saw a report on a movie star,,I'm not much for names so i don't remember who.  Set up a charity to help needy kids.  Her mother ran the charity and took 95% of the donations. Over a million dollars.
I stopped giving to all of them, except to Lions Den in Temperance.  All the workers are volunteers and they charge very little for the clothing etc one donates.  They collect contributions and give it all away.
They know some people very well and give clothes etc to them.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monroe Native on January 03, 2015, 05:48:53 PM
All the charities I give to are local, I know who runs them, and it is amazingly close to 100% pass through for the dollars going to what they are supposed to go to because their expenses are so low.

No one gets paid for their time, it is all volunteers.  Even the auditor and legal services volunteers their time for the books and filings. 

It is always amazing to me when millionaires set up charities to siphon off money to friends and relatives from donations based on their fame - but it is very common.

Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on January 03, 2015, 06:22:04 PM
Please name them, I may be interested later in the year.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 05, 2015, 12:09:17 AM
Please name them, I may be interested later in the year.
LOL...he can't.

He must comment on EVERY subject so he did what he always does...fabricate.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 17, 2015, 03:36:08 PM
Game Theorists Crack Poker

An "essentially unbeatable" algorithm for Texas hold 'em points to strategies for solving real-life problems without having complete information
(Something about that reminds me of when the idiots proudly exclaim they've read nothing)
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/game-theorists-crack-poker/ (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/game-theorists-crack-poker/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 17, 2015, 03:46:12 PM
Cuss warning:

Why Did This Man Have to Pay $90,000 for a Joke?

"At Miami International Airport a fake bomb threat cost a Venezuelan neurosurgeon almost $90,000 after he told security officials he was carrying C-4 explosive in his checked luggage.

Manuel Alvarado, 60, will pay the airport and five carriers for three hours of delays that resulted from his ill-advised words, his lawyer Brian Bieber, said on Tuesday.

"He made a facetious statement with absolutely no comedic value," Bieber.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbtKVVOFT8g (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbtKVVOFT8g#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 17, 2015, 03:55:51 PM
What to do if a robber approaches you at the ATM
Worried about someone sneaking up from behind while you're at the ATM? Former CIA officer shares an easy way to protect yourself -- and your wallet.  If a robber were to grab you from behind, your natural reaction might be to scream or do nothing. What you should do, however, is take a step backwards to throw the robber off balance. You can also grab the robber's fingers and start peeling them backwards to crack the knuckles.

http://features.aol.com/video/what-do-if-robber-approaches-you-atm (http://features.aol.com/video/what-do-if-robber-approaches-you-atm)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 17, 2015, 03:56:21 PM
The 19 Most Bizarre Things On Google Street View

http://news.filehippo.com/2014/12/19-bizarre-things-google-street-view/ (http://news.filehippo.com/2014/12/19-bizarre-things-google-street-view/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 17, 2015, 03:57:28 PM
What do you buy for the person who has everything? It can be a tricky decision but don’t worry, we’ve come up with a few suggestions that should hopefully make it a bit easier. The products themselves would make great gifts for any tech enthusiast but the added beauty is that you can personalize each one with a special message or a name, making it that more special. Share your ideas with us in the comments.

http://news.filehippo.com/2014/12/5-personalised-gifts-tech-enthusiast/ (http://news.filehippo.com/2014/12/5-personalised-gifts-tech-enthusiast/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 17, 2015, 06:41:42 PM
Meet The Female Bodyguards That Protect China’s Elite

"Wearing a form-fitting black leather jacket with studded shoulders, leather pants, and two-inch-high platform boots, Li Wenjing looked more like a B-movie assassin than an undercover bodyguard. The 24-year-old former kickboxing champion was patrolling her home base, a five-star resort run by her employer in the eastern suburbs of Beijing. As I approached her, bathrobe-clad patrons shuffled from their rooms to the sauna, and a muzak rendition of Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" echoed on loop through the marble lobby.”

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wud11vCPmmA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wud11vCPmmA#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 19, 2015, 11:27:28 PM
This Simple Habit Can Make Or Break Your Relationship

"Do you remember the last time your partner took out the trash? More importantly, do you remember how you reacted to that small act of kindness?

Couples who take a moment to express gratitude when their partners do something nice — whether it's taking out the trash, mowing the lawn or picking up their favorite coffee drink on the way home — not only get a temporary boost of happiness, but feel better about the relationship overall.

Those feelings can last for days, weeks, and even months, according to recent research.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill psychologist Sara Algoe was one of the first to demonstrate this affect. In one of her studies, she had each member of a couple keep a weekly journal. In it they listed everything their partner had done for them in the previous seven days that made them feel grateful, along with how each act of kindness made them feel and how connected they had felt to their partner.”

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJK3XvyfmI8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJK3XvyfmI8#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 19, 2015, 11:39:11 PM
New study finds that union members are happier, more satisfied people

A new study by professors from Baylor University and the University of Arkansas shows that, despite a 10% decline in union membership over the past 30 years, union members are happier and have greater satisfaction in their lives than non-union members. In a New York Times article titled “Want to Be Happy? Join a Union”, the two professors talk about their research:

A recent study may give some workers reason to reconsider [union membership]. For those who belong to a union, membership seems to bring a benefit that perhaps surpasses better wages or generous health insurance: higher life satisfaction.
The study authors, Patrick Flavin, an assistant professor at Baylor University, and Gregory Shufeldt, an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, used data from five different years between the early 1980s and mid-2000s, conducted in the United States, of the World Values Survey, a research project focusing on people’s beliefs. As they write in the report, they found that “union members are more satisfied with their lives than those who are not members and that the substantive effect of union membership on life satisfaction is large and rivals other common predictors of quality of life.” […]

In their study, they tease out four “pathways” by which being a union member might improve quality of life compared with not being a member: “These include having greater satisfaction with one’s experiences while working, feeling greater job security, being afforded numerous opportunities for social interaction and integration, and enhancing the participatory benefits associated with more engaged democratic citizenship.” […]

“We believe the substantive effect of being a union member on subjective well-being is important and relatively large when compared to other typical predictors,” the authors told Op-Talk.


In their study, Flavin and Shufeldt controlled for a wide variety of variables and showed that these higher levels of happiness and satisfaction are not related to things like gender, marital status, or having a larger income. No matter what your personal situation is, union membership makes your life better.

This is unsurprising to me. Being part of a group that is working toward improving the lives of ALL workers is a gift. It lets you know that you’re not alone and that you have shared values with people that care about others. There is great satisfaction in that.

There are well-funded corporate-backed forces who have spent enormous resources to demonize union members and we must never let them succeed in portraying our brothers and sisters as greedy for having the audacity to want better working conditions, a decent salary, and reasonable benefits. While they like to paint union members as “thugs”, remember that these people teach our children, keep us safe, and staff the government offices that provide the vital services we all use. They build our homes and businesses, fight fires, and repair our roads. In other words, they are our neighbors, our families, and our friends, and, thanks to their union membership, are happier, more satisfied people.

And, as the authors of the report put it, “If our paper could give any advice to labor unions, it is hopefully that we can give new meaning to the adage, ‘don’t mourn, organize.’”
http://www.eclectablog.com/2015/01/new-study-finds-that-union-members-are-happier-more-satisfied-people.html (http://www.eclectablog.com/2015/01/new-study-finds-that-union-members-are-happier-more-satisfied-people.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 19, 2015, 11:41:24 PM
Call Of Duty: A franchise at risk? – Reader’s Feature
http://metro.co.uk/2015/01/18/call-of-duty-a-franchise-at-risk-readers-feature-5025514/ (http://metro.co.uk/2015/01/18/call-of-duty-a-franchise-at-risk-readers-feature-5025514/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: sammy on January 19, 2015, 11:47:21 PM
When The Fry takes over the forum; Night-night.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 31, 2015, 08:37:13 PM
Opposites Attract But Best Friend Couples Last Longer

"Here's the good news: People who get married report being happier over the course of their lives than those who stay single, according to a recent working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Spouses are the happiest, the paper found, when their life partners are also their best friends.

But it gets better than that. If your partner is also your best friend, you don't actually need to be married to reap the benefits of the relationship."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTCODoX4L34 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTCODoX4L34#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 03, 2015, 10:08:06 AM
17 Optical Illusions That Will Make You Question Reality
http://lol60-9.diply.com/lolstuff/funny-optical-illusions/91731 (http://lol60-9.diply.com/lolstuff/funny-optical-illusions/91731)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 06, 2015, 09:24:41 PM
Vermont gas station attendant bequeaths millions to library, hospital

Perhaps the only clue that Ronald Read, a Vermont gas station attendant and janitor who died last year at age 92, had been quietly amassing an $8 million fortune was his habit of reading the Wall Street Journal, his friends and family say.

It was not until last week that the residents of Brattleboro would discover Read's little secret. That's when the local library and hospital received the bulk of his estate, built up over the years with savvy stock picks.

"Investing and cutting wood, he was good at both of them," his lawyer Laurie Rowell said on Wednesday, noting that he read the Journal every day.

Most of those who knew Read, described as a frugal and extremely private person, were aware that he could handle an axe. But next to no one knew how well he was handling his financial portfolio.

Read, the first person in his family to graduate from high school, dressed in worn flannel shirts and spent his free time scavenging for fallen branches for his home wood stove. He drove a second-hand Toyota Yaris.

"You'd never know the man was a millionaire," Rowell said. "The last time he came here, he parked far away in a spot where there were no meters so he could save the coins."

Read graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1940 and during World War II served in North Africa, Italy and the Pacific theater. Returning home, he worked at Haviland's service station and then as a janitor at a JCPenney store, marrying a woman with two children.

Before his death on June 2, 2014, Read's only indulgence was eating breakfast at the local coffee shop, where he once tried to pay his bill only to find that someone had already covered it under the assumption he did not have the means, Rowell said.

Last week, Brooks Memorial Library and Brattleboro Memorial Hospital each received their largest bequests ever. Read left $1.2 million to the library, founded in 1886, and $4.8 million to the hospital, founded in 1904.

"It was a thunderbolt from the sky," said the library's executive director, Jerry Carbone. While a surprise, he said the gift made sense once he learned more about the quiet, shy library patron appropriately named Read.

"Being a self-made man with his investments, he recognized the transformative nature of a library, what it can do for people," Carbone said.

Read's stepchildren survive him but were not immediately available for comment.
http://www.torontosun.com/2015/02/04/vermont-gas-station-attendant-bequeaths-millions-to-library-hospital (http://www.torontosun.com/2015/02/04/vermont-gas-station-attendant-bequeaths-millions-to-library-hospital)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 08, 2015, 04:54:59 PM
Zillow Talk - The New Rules of Real Estate

The rules of real estate have changed drastically over the past five years. To help you make smarter home buying, renting, selling and remodeling decisions, Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff and Chief Economist Stan Humphries wrote “Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate.” The book answers questions such as:

• Should you really buy the worst house in the best neighborhood?
• Why is it better to remodel your bathroom than your kitchen?
• Could putting the word “cute” in your listing cost you thousands of dollars?

Led by the data and their personal experiences, Spencer and Stan explain the science behind where and how we live. They also provide practical data-driven advice for scoring a deal on a new home purchase, predicting the next real estate hotspot and finding a great school district in your price range.

Densely packed with entertaining anecdotes and valuable how-to advice, “Zillow Talk” is poised to be the real estate almanac for the next generation.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj08Mk9xvvQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj08Mk9xvvQ#)

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Why real estate professionals need to read ‘Zillow Talk’
http://www.inman.com/2015/02/05/why-real-estate-professionals-need-to-read-zillow-talk/ (http://www.inman.com/2015/02/05/why-real-estate-professionals-need-to-read-zillow-talk/)

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Zillow Talk's: 10 Money Saving Rules of Real Estate
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/video/zillow-talks-10-money-saving-rules-real-estate-28777084 (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/video/zillow-talks-10-money-saving-rules-real-estate-28777084)

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Book best-sellers: ‘Zillow Talk’
http://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/arts/2015/02/06/book-best-sellers-feb/22978647/ (http://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/arts/2015/02/06/book-best-sellers-feb/22978647/)

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"Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate" Debuts as #2 New York Times Best Seller
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/zillow-talk-the-new-rules-of-real-estate-debuts-as--2-new-york-times-best-seller-300031238.html (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/zillow-talk-the-new-rules-of-real-estate-debuts-as--2-new-york-times-best-seller-300031238.html)

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Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate
How do you spot an area poised for gentrification? Is spring or winter the best time to put your house on the market? Will a house on Swamp Road sell for less than one on Gingerbread Lane? The fact is that the rules of real estate have changed drastically over the past five years. To understand real estate in our fast-paced, technology-driven world, we need to toss out all of the outdated truisms and embrace today's brand new information. But how?

Enter Zillow, the nation's #1 real estate website and mobile app. Thanks to its treasure trove of proprietary data and army of statisticians and data scientists, led by chief economist Stan Humphries, Zillow has been able to spot the trends and truths of today's housing market while acknowledging that a home is more than an economic asset. In ZILLOW TALK, Humphries and CEO Spencer Rascoff explain the science behind where and how we live now and reveal practical, data-driven insights about buying, selling, renting and financing real estate. Read this book to find out why:

-It's better to remodel your bathroom than your kitchen
-Putting the word "cute" in your listing could cost you thousands of dollars
-You shouldn't buy the worst house in the best neighborhood
-You should never list your house for $444,000
-You shouldn't list your house for sale before March Madness or after the Masters

Densely packed with entertaining anecdotes and invaluable how-to advice, ZILLOW TALK is poised to be the real estate almanac for the next generation.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22217711-zillow-talk (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22217711-zillow-talk)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 08, 2015, 04:55:58 PM
10 mind-blowing futuristic air cabins
Here are 10 futuristic air cabin concepts that range from fancy to scary.
http://features.aol.com/video/10-mind-blowing-futuristic-air-cabins (http://features.aol.com/video/10-mind-blowing-futuristic-air-cabins)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 08, 2015, 04:58:21 PM
Meh...most of these articles aren't well researched but entertaining nonetheless:

10 Cheapest Places Where You'll Want to Retire
http://www.dailyfinance.com/2015/02/04/cheapest-retirement-places/ (http://www.dailyfinance.com/2015/02/04/cheapest-retirement-places/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on February 08, 2015, 08:24:51 PM
The dickweed drops in like an overweight pigeon and shittes all over everything and then leaves like a stinky fart.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Professor H on February 09, 2015, 09:31:18 AM
Meh...most of these articles aren't well researched but entertaining nonetheless:

10 Cheapest Places Where You'll Want to Retire
[url]http://www.dailyfinance.com/2015/02/04/cheapest-retirement-places/[/url] ([url]http://www.dailyfinance.com/2015/02/04/cheapest-retirement-places/[/url])

Instead of activities and things to do they based it on Cheapest...
 health care costs, housing, and taxes... 

Florida has offset the income tax with local and taxes on all services - so I'm not sure it's tax friendly

Colorado - the #1 destination  (not sure if this was related to the marijuana law changes) 

I do see why some people "Move" when they retire - but I prefer to enjoy the homestead and just travel a little.   
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 09, 2015, 04:11:20 PM
The dickweed drops in like an overweight pigeon and shittes all over everything and then leaves like a stinky fart.
Hey admin...is this the type of crap you're trying to encourage?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 09, 2015, 08:46:35 PM
The Most-Overlooked Tax Deductions
http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/taxes/T054-S001-the-most-overlooked-tax-deductions-slide-show/index.html (http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/taxes/T054-S001-the-most-overlooked-tax-deductions-slide-show/index.html)
Title: Valentines 'Speed Dating' 2015 Mustang style!!!
Post by: BigRedDog on February 10, 2015, 02:44:21 PM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Nyr1Ao7iZA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Nyr1Ao7iZA#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on February 10, 2015, 04:40:55 PM
Looks like fun.........
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 11, 2015, 11:28:14 AM
Law Enforcement Is the Fattest Profession, Study Finds
Along with firefighters and security guards

Police officers, firefighters and security guards have the highest rates of obesity of all professions, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

According to the Journal, 40.7% of police, firefighters and security guards are obese. Other jobs with high obesity rates include clergy, engineers and truckers.
http://time.com/3637967/police-officers-fattest-profession-study/ (http://time.com/3637967/police-officers-fattest-profession-study/)

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Study: Law Enforcement Is Nation's Most Obese Profession
Police officers, firefighters among fattest occupations
http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/12/17/study-law-enforcement-is-nations-most-obese-occupation/ (http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/12/17/study-law-enforcement-is-nations-most-obese-occupation/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 11, 2015, 11:29:08 AM
Worst Tattoos of the Year
Body Ink Lesson 2014: Just don't

http://mom.me/mind-body/16520-worst-tattoos-year/ (http://mom.me/mind-body/16520-worst-tattoos-year/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 12, 2015, 06:55:56 PM
Dog Shows Up at Hospital Where Owner Is Battling Cancer

Call it coincidence or love, but a miniature Schnauzer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, ended up at the hospital where her owner is battling cancer -- even though the dog was originally 20 blocks away at home.

A surveillance camera in the hospital lobby caught the dog entering through the automatic doors and wandering around.
http://abcnews.go.com/US/dog-shows-hospital-owner-battling-cancer/story?id=28916913 (http://abcnews.go.com/US/dog-shows-hospital-owner-battling-cancer/story?id=28916913)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 12, 2015, 07:39:04 PM
Charles Manson cancels wedding following fiancée’s plan to display mummified body

Convicted murderer Charles Mason is calling off his wedding with his 27-year-old fiancée Afton Elaine Burton. The 80-year-old decided to let their wedding license expire once he learned of her plans for him after he dies, which include placing Manson’s corpse in a glass crypt and selling tickets for interested parties to view.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSjV3c4BGqk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSjV3c4BGqk#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 12, 2015, 08:03:43 PM
(http://global3.memecdn.com/learn-it-you-morons_o_2722215.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 14, 2015, 03:00:18 PM
Letter From an Army Ranger: Here's Why You Should Think Twice About Joining the Military
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/military-counterrecruitment-global-war-on-terror (http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/military-counterrecruitment-global-war-on-terror)
Title: FOR SALE: Own a huge piece of Hell... Michigan
Post by: BigRedDog on February 15, 2015, 10:55:57 AM
I guess this is appropriate since today is obviously a cold day in Hell ;D ;D ;D

http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/livingston-county/for-sale-own-a-huge-pice-of-hellmichigan- (http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/livingston-county/for-sale-own-a-huge-pice-of-hellmichigan-)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 17, 2015, 02:29:37 PM
The Job 'Globalization' Can't Touch
Report tallies most common jobs in every state

If you want a job that will survive globalization, think about driving a truck for a living.

That's the message of a colorful map from National Public Radio that shows the most common jobs in every state, based on an analysis of U.S. Census data.

And, it allows comparison with previous Census data gathered since 1978.

As the map vividly shows, truck driving is now the most common employment in 29 of the 50 states.

Is this "the Amazon effect?" Maybe, in part, as Americans are kept busy getting packages to other Americans who buy online instead of in the malls. The Census Bureau category of "truck driver" is wide, ranging from long-haul drivers of big tractor-trailers to the UPS delivery guy.

But the full story is much richer in its reflection of the changes in the U.S. and the world, as NPR points out. Truck driving is uniquely immune to two of the biggest macro-economic trends of recent years:
More here:
http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/02/10/most-common-job-per-state-truck-driving/ (http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/02/10/most-common-job-per-state-truck-driving/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 17, 2015, 02:30:25 PM
How man was overcharged by Dominion Virginia Power for nearly 15 years
http://www.aol.com/article/2015/02/09/how-man-was-overcharged-by-dominion-virginia-power-for-nearly-15/21140744/ (http://www.aol.com/article/2015/02/09/how-man-was-overcharged-by-dominion-virginia-power-for-nearly-15/21140744/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 17, 2015, 02:31:25 PM
Arcade basketball player will blow your mind
Watch as this gentleman (casually) takes arcade basketball to the next level! Have you ever witnessed a better performance than that?
http://features.aol.com/video/arcade-basketball-player-will-blow-your-mind? (http://features.aol.com/video/arcade-basketball-player-will-blow-your-mind?)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 17, 2015, 02:32:15 PM
13 FASCINATING FACTS THAT HARDLY ANYBODY KNOWS
Why didn't they teach us any of this in school?
http://www.purpleclover.com/entertainment/2056-13-true-facts-youd-think/ (http://www.purpleclover.com/entertainment/2056-13-true-facts-youd-think/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 17, 2015, 02:33:05 PM
Popcorn's perfect recipe revealed
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-31421199 (http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-31421199)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on February 18, 2015, 10:10:47 PM
13 FASCINATING FACTS THAT HARDLY ANYBODY KNOWS
Why didn't they teach us any of this in school?
[url]http://www.purpleclover.com/entertainment/2056-13-true-facts-youd-think/[/url] ([url]http://www.purpleclover.com/entertainment/2056-13-true-facts-youd-think/[/url])


That was very interesting!  Neat.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 20, 2015, 10:04:39 PM
Man buys Goodwill watch for $6, Sells it for $35K

When Zach Norris went into a Goodwill store in Phoenix, he bought a watch for 6 bucks. What he sold it for was enough to help him pay for his wedding.
It was this rare Jager-LeCoultre diving watch. Norris, who collects watches, says only 900 were ever made and he knew the $5.99 price tag made it a steal.
He said, "I've found some stuff in the past that I have been really excited about and stoked, but this is one of those things you're like, one day, one day it will happen, and it happened for me.
After a few weeks he put the watch up for sale online and a collector in San Francisco bought it for $35,000 and threw in another watch for $4,000. Not a bad ROI to say the least.

Some of the profit will pay for his wedding and he even donated a little back to Goodwill.

The popular thrift store has yielded some pricey pieces before.

In 2013, an employee in Virginia came across a rare 19th century painting worth about $12,000.
And one employee in California found an envelope containing $10,000 in a pile of donated books.
http://www.aol.com/article/2015/02/18/man-buys-goodwill-watch-for-6-sells-it-for-35k/21143939/? (http://www.aol.com/article/2015/02/18/man-buys-goodwill-watch-for-6-sells-it-for-35k/21143939/?)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 20, 2015, 10:06:31 PM
VIDEO: No citation for 92-year-old Wisconsin driver who hit 9 vehicles

Read more at: http://www.monroenews.com/news/2015/feb/18/video-no-citation-driver-who-hit-9-vehicles/ (http://www.monroenews.com/news/2015/feb/18/video-no-citation-driver-who-hit-9-vehicles/)

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RAW: 92-year-old driver rams nine cars in 30 seconds

Mayville, Wis. police will not charge 92-year-old Russell Kerr after he hit nine cars in less than one minute in a ‘Piggly Wiggly’ parking lot. The man’s foot reportedly got ‘stuck’ on the accelerator, causing him to panic and careen out of control.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4TKXsJ589c (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4TKXsJ589c#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 20, 2015, 10:47:42 PM
Not Many People Know About The City 1200 Feet Below Detroit

It’s no secret that Detroit has been hit very hard by the recession. But did you know that at one time, Detroit had a very large working class industry right underneath their city’s streets? That’s right! Detroit had a very large salt mine that was basically an underground industry underneath their city. It was over 1,500 acres big and had over 100 miles of roads making up this underground salt mine. This mine stretches from Dearborn all the way to Allen Park. The mines were owned and operated by The Detroit Salt and Manufacturing Company. It was booming from the early 1920s up until 1983, when it was forced to close due to the falling salt prices. When business was good, they offered public guided tours, which was very popular with school groups. You can still see the entrance at 12841 Sanders Street, but it’s only open for delivery trucks. Read further to see exactly what they are delivering.

(http://worldtruth.tv/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/ImageProxy-1.jpg)

http://worldtruth.tv/not-many-people-know-about-the-city-1200-feet-below-detroit/ (http://worldtruth.tv/not-many-people-know-about-the-city-1200-feet-below-detroit/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 21, 2015, 01:54:15 AM
Good Samaritans fight for homeless couple thrown out of paid hotel room in freezing cold

On a freezing Valentine’s Day night, a homeless couple in Columbus, Ohio was given a special gift from a couple of Good Samaritans: three paid nights in a Super 8 hotel room. But they were kicked out in less than an hour the couple was thrown out on the street by the hotel staff. George and Joyce Gruss the couple, who paid for the room for the homeless, speak with RT’s Ben Swann.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=UecxgcO1VGU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UecxgcO1VGU#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 21, 2015, 01:55:10 AM
115-year-old woman credits raw eggs, no husband for long life
http://www.aol.com/article/2015/02/17/115-year-old-woman-credits-raw-eggs-no-husband-for-long-life/21143498/? (http://www.aol.com/article/2015/02/17/115-year-old-woman-credits-raw-eggs-no-husband-for-long-life/21143498/?)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 21, 2015, 01:56:07 AM
'What did I miss?' Parents warn of deadly high following son's death

Synthetic pot is the latest drug being marketed to teens over the Internet. It's a chemical brew that is legal, but can be fatal.
"My son was the light my life," said Deanna Dyer, mother of Dakota Dyer.
According to Deanna, Dakota was full of life and promise -- but, Deanna and her husband Lance had their lives shattered when they came home to find their youngest child and only son had shot himself on March 10, 2012.
http://www.aol.com/article/2015/02/17/what-did-i-miss-parents-warn-of-deadly-high-following-sons-d/21143621/? (http://www.aol.com/article/2015/02/17/what-did-i-miss-parents-warn-of-deadly-high-following-sons-d/21143621/?)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 21, 2015, 01:56:59 AM
Divers find 'priceless' hoard of gold coins off Israel's Mediterranean coast

Record haul of 2,000 coins found in an ancient harbour and belong to era of Fatimid Caliphate which ruled much of the Middle East and North Africa from 909 to 1171
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/18/divers-find-priceless-trove-of-gold-coins-off-israels-mediterranean-coast (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/18/divers-find-priceless-trove-of-gold-coins-off-israels-mediterranean-coast)
Title: Re: FOR SALE: Own a huge piece of Hell... Michigan
Post by: BigRedDog on February 27, 2015, 11:36:24 AM
I guess this is appropriate since today is obviously a cold day in Hell ;D ;D ;D

[url]http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/livingston-county/for-sale-own-a-huge-pice-of-hellmichigan-[/url] ([url]http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/livingston-county/for-sale-own-a-huge-pice-of-hellmichigan-[/url])


Looks like they may have at least one potential buyer!

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/02/26/michigan-kickstarter-campaign/24054799/ (http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/02/26/michigan-kickstarter-campaign/24054799/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 02, 2015, 01:55:22 AM
Could DONKEY MILK be the elixir of life? You can drink it - or even wash with it, like Cleopatra. Why experts say asses' milk may have remarkable anti-ageing powers

Hailed as an ancient cure for various ailments and an anti-ageing skin tonic

Medicinal virtues first heralded by ancient Greek physician Hippocrates

He recommended it to combat liver problems, fevers, infectious diseases, poisoning, joint pains and nose bleeds

Pope Francis revealed he was fed it as a baby to supplement his mother's milk
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2887306/Could-DONKEY-MILK-elixir-life.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2887306/Could-DONKEY-MILK-elixir-life.html)

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Is donkey milk the next big thing?
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11287972/Is-donkey-milk-the-next-big-thing.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11287972/Is-donkey-milk-the-next-big-thing.html)

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Donkey milk: Ancient elixir of life experiences modern-day resurgence - http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-general/donkey-milk-ancient-elixir-life-experiences-modern-day-resurgence-002502 (http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-general/donkey-milk-ancient-elixir-life-experiences-modern-day-resurgence-002502)

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Immunological properties of donkey's milk: its potential use in the prevention of atherosclerosis
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18220810 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18220810)

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Donkey milk can help children with milk allergies
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-13208989 (http://www.bbc.com/news/health-13208989)

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Will Donkey Milk Make You More Beautiful?
http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/01/will-donkey-milk-make-you-more-beautiful.html (http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/01/will-donkey-milk-make-you-more-beautiful.html)

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Why is donkey milk so unique and valuable?
http://www.lanesse.gr/en/why-is-the-donkeys-milk-is-so-rare-and-valuable.html (http://www.lanesse.gr/en/why-is-the-donkeys-milk-is-so-rare-and-valuable.html)

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http://donkeysandco.com/en/lechedeburra/ (http://donkeysandco.com/en/lechedeburra/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 02, 2015, 02:43:06 AM
US, UK candy manufacturers go toe-to-toe over chocolate

Britain's Cadbury chocolate, a favorite among candy enthusiasts in the US, was banned from entering the US after Hershey's – which owns the American rights to the chocolate – sued to keep the candy from being imported. RT’s Marina Portnaya reports from New York City on how Cadbury enthusiasts are working around the ban.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s8RJ6Uu-M4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s8RJ6Uu-M4#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 11, 2015, 04:17:47 AM
Facebook could trigger envy, depression – new study

A new study claims that spending too much time on social media network Facebook might have adverse effects on your mental health. RT’s Ameera David takes a look at this new information on how Facebook might be contributing to personal feelings of depression and envy.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3oxSoOrXT0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3oxSoOrXT0#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 11, 2015, 05:28:53 AM
And the world's safest city is...
http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/29/travel/safest-cities-2015/ (http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/29/travel/safest-cities-2015/)

http://safecities.economist.com/whitepapers/safe-cities-index-white-paper/ (http://safecities.economist.com/whitepapers/safe-cities-index-white-paper/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 11, 2015, 05:29:46 AM
Nearly 7 Out of 10 Americans Will Use Their Tax Refund for the Same Thing

The majority of Americans will use their tax refunds to pay down debt in 2015

http://time.com/money/3733393/tax-refunds-debt/ (http://time.com/money/3733393/tax-refunds-debt/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blue2 on March 11, 2015, 09:22:19 AM
This site getting ready to crash...unreasonably slow compared to other sites i've been on today.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 11, 2015, 07:21:01 PM
SIMONSTER STRENGTH 2.0

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q69nII2xTXk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q69nII2xTXk#)

http://www.starnow.com/simonata (http://www.starnow.com/simonata)

Breakdancer Simon Ata's Strength Training Workout Is Like Nothing You've Seen Before
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/13/simon-ata-strength-workout_n_5675063.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/13/simon-ata-strength-workout_n_5675063.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 11, 2015, 11:05:37 PM
A legacy of the housing bubble that won’t go away: bidding wars
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/10/a-legacy-of-the-housing-bubble-that-wont-go-away-home-bidding-wars/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/10/a-legacy-of-the-housing-bubble-that-wont-go-away-home-bidding-wars/)

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Map: The salary you need to buy a home in 27 U.S. cities

(https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=http://img.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/files/2015/03/city_salary_map.png&w=1484)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/08/map-the-salary-you-need-to-buy-a-home-in-27-u-s-cities/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/08/map-the-salary-you-need-to-buy-a-home-in-27-u-s-cities/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monroe Native on March 12, 2015, 04:00:55 PM
A legacy of the housing bubble that won’t go away: bidding wars
[url]http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/10/a-legacy-of-the-housing-bubble-that-wont-go-away-home-bidding-wars/[/url] ([url]http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/10/a-legacy-of-the-housing-bubble-that-wont-go-away-home-bidding-wars/[/url])

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Map: The salary you need to buy a home in 27 U.S. cities

([url]https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=http://img.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/files/2015/03/city_salary_map.png&w=1484[/url])

[url]http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/08/map-the-salary-you-need-to-buy-a-home-in-27-u-s-cities/[/url] ([url]http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/08/map-the-salary-you-need-to-buy-a-home-in-27-u-s-cities/[/url])


Less than that in Woodland Beach!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 15, 2015, 09:42:29 PM
19 Most Dependable Cars on the Road

2015 Vehicle Dependability Results
Research firm J.D. Power and Associates has been producing its annual U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study for the past 26 years. The 2015 study examines problems experienced in the last 12 months by original owners of 2012 model-year vehicles, with overall dependability determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100). A lower score indicates higher dependability. As cars become more technologically advanced, the issues experienced by new-car owners have evolved as well. Problems most reported in the last 12 months concerned Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition. Not surprisingly, 2012 was the year many manufacturers made these high-tech features standard equipment in their vehicles. Let’s look at the brands and models that J.D. Power considers most dependable.

Highest-Ranked Nameplate — Lexus
For the fourth consecutive year, Lexus tops all other car brands with a score of 89 PP100. Buick moves up three spots from 2014 to rank second with 110 PP100, beating the next highest scorers: Toyota, Honda, Cadillac and Porsche. Other notable improvements come from Scion (up 13 positions), Ram (up 11 positions) and Mitsubishi (up 10 positions). General Motors and Toyota each have seven category winners. At the bottom of the brand rankings is Fiat with 273 PP100, and Land Rover, Jeep, MINI and Dodge round out the bottom five.

More here:
http://autocontentexp.com/19-most-dependable-cars-on-the-road/ (http://autocontentexp.com/19-most-dependable-cars-on-the-road/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 15, 2015, 11:25:42 PM
Mathematicians develop ‘love formula’ for the longest lasting relationship

While the biology and psychology behind love and romance have been growing over the years, mathematicians are taking a new look at how we look at and think about love. RT’s Manila Chan takes a look at the fascinating new study from University of Bristol and chats with Redacted Tonight’s Abby Feldman about the study’s accuracy.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quvc5qEh044 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quvc5qEh044#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 15, 2015, 11:27:50 PM
Powdered alcohol to hit market in Maryland, Congress tentative about new product

Palcohol, a new alcoholic product that comes in a powdered distilled form, has been approved for sale by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau after over four years of testing. RT’s Manuel Rapalo examines this new take on alcohol, and why some in Congress have already voiced concerns about its sale.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VySKVONAyoQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VySKVONAyoQ#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 15, 2015, 11:47:53 PM
A To-Do List for the Year You Retire
Make sure you do these things before leaving your job.
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/on-retirement/2015/03/04/a-to-do-list-for-the-year-you-retire (http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/on-retirement/2015/03/04/a-to-do-list-for-the-year-you-retire)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 15, 2015, 11:48:50 PM
Unlucky Lottery Winner Loses His $1M Prize

A California lottery winner has missed out on his $1m prize because he lost his lucky ticket, lottery officials say.

The unidentified man came away empty handed after going to claim his $1,098,674 Powerball winnings on Thursday.

Officials believe he is the man shown on surveillance footage buying the ticket from a supermarket in a Los Angeles suburb.

But under Powerball rules they cannot pay out on a prize unless the ticket is presented.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/unlucky-lottery-winner-loses-his-dollar1m-prize/ar-AA9JG83 (http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/unlucky-lottery-winner-loses-his-dollar1m-prize/ar-AA9JG83)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/california-man-loses-million-powerball-ticket-claim-prize/story?id=29615379 (http://abcnews.go.com/US/california-man-loses-million-powerball-ticket-claim-prize/story?id=29615379)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 15, 2015, 11:50:38 PM
Cuss warning:

Public Enemy Number 2?

"We couldn't make up this story if we tried.

Police in Akron, Ohio are searching for a man who's come to be known as the "Bowel Movement Bandit." The man is accused of defecating on as many as 19 cars in residential neighborhoods.

He wears a black beanie cap, a black hoodie and only poops on cars in the early-morning hours, police say. Lt. Rick Edwards of the Akron Police Department believes the suspect is mentally ill.”

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf4Kcg49PxI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf4Kcg49PxI#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 15, 2015, 11:54:58 PM
Map: The most unique job in every state

The United States of Odd Jobs

(https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=http://img.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/files/2015/03/uniquejobs1.png&w=1484)


More here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/12/map-the-most-unique-job-in-every-state/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/12/map-the-most-unique-job-in-every-state/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 27, 2015, 02:24:46 AM
50 States of Speeding: Laws for every state in the U.S.
http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/g4289/50-states-speeding-laws-flipbook/ (http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/g4289/50-states-speeding-laws-flipbook/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 27, 2015, 02:31:00 AM
I can't stand Kanye West!

His "music", if it can be called that, sucks!

Nothing melodic about it.

His type is better suited for the genre better known for the tone deaf...country music.

Music Festival Fans Give Kanye West Taste Of His Own Medicine

"Kanye West was announced earlier this week as one of the headliners at this summer's Glastonbury music festival, but some music fans aren't happy about it.

One festival-goer started a petition calling on organizers to "prevent this musical injustice" by canceling the rapper's performance.

"Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world," Neil Lonsdale wrote in the Change.org petition. "We spend hundreds of pounds to attend glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment. Kanye has been very outspoken on his views on music....he should listen to his own advice and pass his headline slot on to someone deserving!"

Others apparently agreed with him. As of Thursday, the petition has gotten more than 60,000 signatures. By Friday afternoon, that number rose to nearly 90,000."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIhdGzIcTiA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIhdGzIcTiA#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 27, 2015, 02:33:59 AM
'Nazi Hideout' in Argentina Discovered by Archaeologists
http://abcnews.go.com/International/believed-nazi-hideout-argentina-discovered-archaeologists/story?id=29838180 (http://abcnews.go.com/International/believed-nazi-hideout-argentina-discovered-archaeologists/story?id=29838180)

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Secret Nazi hideout believed found in remote Argentine jungle

In the final days of the Third Reich, when its demise was imminent, adherents realized that if they didn’t escape they would go down with it. So they devised a system of escape — ratlines — that funneled thousands of war criminals through Spain to points west and south. Abetted by Third Reich sympathizers, many swarmed into South America, beginning new lives from Brazil to Argentina.

More here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/03/23/secret-nazi-lair-believed-found-in-remote-argentine-jungle/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/03/23/secret-nazi-lair-believed-found-in-remote-argentine-jungle/)

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/03/24/possible-nazi-hideout-argentina-jungle/70370694/ (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/03/24/possible-nazi-hideout-argentina-jungle/70370694/)

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Hidden Nazi bunker discovered deep in Argentinian jungle

A secret bunker has been uncovered in northern Argentina, which was built and allegedly prepared as a hideaway for Nazi fugitives after the fall of the Nazi regime at the end of World War II. RT’s Lindsay France has more on the recent discovery, and the complicated history between South America and the Nazi party.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPyuGCX-dOM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPyuGCX-dOM#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 27, 2015, 02:41:02 AM
This 124-Year-Old Patent Reveals The Right Way To Use Toilet Paper
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/17/toilet-paper-actually-goes-over_n_6887724.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/17/toilet-paper-actually-goes-over_n_6887724.html)

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http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/smart-living/this-124-year-old-patent-reveals-the-right-way-to-use-toilet-paper/ar-BBik7hW (http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/smart-living/this-124-year-old-patent-reveals-the-right-way-to-use-toilet-paper/ar-BBik7hW)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 27, 2015, 02:41:49 AM
15 Fascinating Facts About Daddy Longlegs

Being a curious person can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, you learn so much! On the other, you sometimes find yourself looking up arachnids right before bedtime, as I did earlier this month. When my search turned up some really interesting information on daddy longlegs, I had to know more—so I called Ron Clouse, who has been studying the DNA and lineages of these often misunderstood arachnids for a decade. "I do everything from going into the field and collecting them to analyzing the data and doing the papers and all the lab tests in between," he says. Here are a few fascinating facts he told us about daddy longlegs—which I now find pretty cool.
http://mentalfloss.com/article/59455/15-fascinating-facts-about-daddy-longlegs (http://mentalfloss.com/article/59455/15-fascinating-facts-about-daddy-longlegs)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 27, 2015, 02:42:58 AM
These 11 Jobs Only Pay What?!

Some jobs that you might consider critical, or that seem high profile, pay a lot less than you might think.

Fast food workers, maids, retail clerks, telemarketers, construction helpers, waiters: There are jobs that most people don't expect to necessarily pay well. The Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps a list of the average annual wage for hundreds of different occupations.

But amidst the listings are occupations whose average income might surprise you. These are jobs that have great responsibility, or are strongly in the public eye, or might even be seemingly important in the technology industry. That doesn't mean they're top of the list when it comes to handing out paychecks. Forbes put together a list of "surprisingly low-paying jobs." They combed through the most recent BLS table of occupations and looked for jobs that they were surprised made less than $50,000 a year.

We looked at their list and made some changes based on using average wage data rather than median. Here are some of the surprisingly poorly-paying jobs people have in the U.S. For each we list the BLS job description and the average annual pay.

More here:
http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/03/17/surprisingly-low-paying-jobs/ (http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/03/17/surprisingly-low-paying-jobs/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:07:49 AM
Top Occupations For Workers Over 50

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/03/27/top-occupations-workers-over-fifty/ (http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/03/27/top-occupations-workers-over-fifty/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:08:58 AM
World's Happiest Country? Would You Believe Paraguay?
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/worlds-happiest-country-would-you-believe-paraguay-n110981 (http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/worlds-happiest-country-would-you-believe-paraguay-n110981)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:09:58 AM
When cheap housing isn’t really a good deal

The golden rule of housing affordability — embraced by government agencies, mortgage lenders, private landlords and the financially savvy — says you that should not spend more than around 30 percent of your income on your housing costs.

This number, though, is a little deceptive — or, at least, it's incomplete. That's because decisions that you make about where to live influence what you pay for life's second-biggest expense: transportation.

More here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/26/when-cheap-housing-isnt-really-a-good-deal/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/26/when-cheap-housing-isnt-really-a-good-deal/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:10:58 AM
The cities where salaries are keeping up with housing prices — and where they’re not

The era of great real estate deals that followed the financial crisis appears to be officially over. According to new data from RealtyTrac, a housing data website, home prices in cities around the U.S. have been growing at about 13 times faster than wages since rebounding in 2012.

More here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/27/the-cities-where-salaries-are-keeping-up-with-housing-prices-and-where-theyre-not/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/27/the-cities-where-salaries-are-keeping-up-with-housing-prices-and-where-theyre-not/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:16:45 AM
Chinese Copy Ford F-150 - Autoline Daily

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzbN9cQ1-p0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzbN9cQ1-p0#)

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Kawei K1 pickup blatantly copies Ford F-150
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/24/kawei-k1-pickup-blatantly-copies-ford-f-150/ (http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/24/kawei-k1-pickup-blatantly-copies-ford-f-150/)

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(http://www.torquenews.com/sites/default/files/image-106/kawei_k1_ford_f150_knocoff.jpg)
Check Out the Cheap Chinese Version of the Ford F150

Chinese manufacturers are well known for producing cheap knock-offs of name brand items and the Ford F150 is the latest target – with Chinese automaker Kawei obviously designing their K1 pickup after the look of the current half ton Ford pickup.
http://www.torquenews.com/106/check-out-cheap-chinese-version-ford-f150 (http://www.torquenews.com/106/check-out-cheap-chinese-version-ford-f150)

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Chinese EV makers copy BMW i3, VW Beetle
http://www.autoblog.com/2015/03/25/chinese-ev-makers-copy-bmw-i3-vw-beetle/ (http://www.autoblog.com/2015/03/25/chinese-ev-makers-copy-bmw-i3-vw-beetle/)

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WTF China? Why copy the Kia Picanto for anything?
http://www.autoblog.com/2015/03/26/china-copy-kia-picanto/ (http://www.autoblog.com/2015/03/26/china-copy-kia-picanto/)

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These Are China's Most Shameless Knockoffs
http://jalopnik.com/these-are-chinas-most-shameless-knockoffs-477338110 (http://jalopnik.com/these-are-chinas-most-shameless-knockoffs-477338110)
Title: Hertz now installing spy cameras in rental cars
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:19:58 AM
Hertz now installing spy cameras in rental cars

Most rental cars now come equipped with GPS units, which effectively can be used by rental companies to track your every move. But Hertz just upped their surveillance game by starting to install GPS units with cameras on them. That's right, Hertz can watch you while you're in the car, no matter where you are or what you're doing.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuoyzKTRfhs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuoyzKTRfhs#)
Title: The cities where people work the most in the United States
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:21:13 AM
The cities where people work the most in the United States

The next time you whine about how much you work, be thankful you don't live in San Francisco, Washington D.C., or Charlotte. Unless you do, of course, in which case, whine away! Because you probably have it pretty bad.

More here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/19/the-cities-where-people-work-the-most-in-the-united-states/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/19/the-cities-where-people-work-the-most-in-the-united-states/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:21:58 AM
The cities where houses are suddenly going underwater

Despite an overall housing recovery, it’s suddenly becoming more common in several of the nation’s largest cities for homeowners to owe more on their home than it’s worth.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/20/the-cities-where-houses-are-suddenly-going-underwater/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/20/the-cities-where-houses-are-suddenly-going-underwater/)
Title: Mexico pays James Bond producers for better image in new film – report
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:22:47 AM
Mexico pays James Bond producers for better image in new film – report

The government of Mexico is paying the producers of the latest James Bond film to rewrite its script, according to Taxanalysts.com. As the current costs of the film seemingly skyrocketed, Mexico offered around $14 million to change four minutes of material to update and improve the country’s image

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LralTRf9SB8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LralTRf9SB8#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:23:51 AM
The costliest states for speedy, drunk and reckless drivers
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-costliest-states-for-speedy-drunk-and-reckless-drivers-2015-02-19 (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-costliest-states-for-speedy-drunk-and-reckless-drivers-2015-02-19)

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Don't get busted for a moving violation in these states
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/auto-insurance-rate-hikes-from-tickets-vary-widely/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/auto-insurance-rate-hikes-from-tickets-vary-widely/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:24:51 AM
10 Disappearing Middle Class Jobs

The United States shed 8.7 million jobs from the official onset of the Great Recession in December 2007 until the economy began regaining jobs in March 2010. Although the economy has since regained all jobs lost, some occupations are shrinking.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/10-disappearing-middle-class-jobs-113001854.html (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/10-disappearing-middle-class-jobs-113001854.html)
Title: Map: The strange things people Google in every state
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:25:56 AM
Map: The strange things people Google in every state

(https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://img.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/files/2015/03/Screen-Shot-2015-03-16-at-11.20.38-AM.png&w=1484)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/16/map-the-strange-things-people-google-in-every-state/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/16/map-the-strange-things-people-google-in-every-state/)
Title: List reveals the top 10 best places in the world to retire
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:26:51 AM
List reveals the top 10 best places in the world to retire

Retiring abroad can offer more affordable health care and better quality of life (if you're willing to drop everything and move, that is).

Here are the top locations for retirement around the world, as reported by MarketWatch, and based on the Natixis Global Retirement Index.
http://www.aol.com/article/2015/03/16/list-reveals-the-top-10-best-places-in-the-world-to-retire/21154027/ (http://www.aol.com/article/2015/03/16/list-reveals-the-top-10-best-places-in-the-world-to-retire/21154027/)
Title: St. Patrick's Day 'facts' that are actually myths
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:27:51 AM
St. Patrick's Day 'facts' that are actually myths
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/offbeat/st-patricks-day-facts-that-are-actually-myths/ss-AA9Kc3V#image=1 (http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/offbeat/st-patricks-day-facts-that-are-actually-myths/ss-AA9Kc3V#image=1)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:30:41 AM
50 Top Cheap Restaurants in Every State
http://www.cheapism.com/blog/3437/cheap-restaurants-in-every-state (http://www.cheapism.com/blog/3437/cheap-restaurants-in-every-state)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:32:20 AM
Male Makeup Artist Can Transform Into Kylie Jenner and Kim K. With the Stroke of a Brush: See the Eerie Creations
http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-beauty/news/male-makeup-artist-transforms-into-kim-kardashian-kylie-jenner-pics-2015103 (http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-beauty/news/male-makeup-artist-transforms-into-kim-kardashian-kylie-jenner-pics-2015103)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:33:04 AM
Cavers find treasure from era of Alexander the Great in Israel
http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/09/middleeast/israel-ancient-treasure-found-in-cave/ (http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/09/middleeast/israel-ancient-treasure-found-in-cave/)
Title: See Who Pays the Highest (and Lowest) Property Taxes
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:33:43 AM
See Who Pays the Highest (and Lowest) Property Taxes
http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2014/10/09/states-highest-lowest-property-tax/ (http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2014/10/09/states-highest-lowest-property-tax/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:34:12 AM
Divorce is a more likely end to marriage when wife is seriously ill
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/290583.php (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/290583.php)
Title: 100 Best Companies to Work For
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:34:57 AM
100 Best Companies to Work For
http://fortune.com/best-companies/ (http://fortune.com/best-companies/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on March 29, 2015, 02:36:32 AM
America's 5 Happiest (and 5 Most Miserable) States
http://247wallst.com/special-report/2015/02/20/americas-happiest-and-most-miserable-states-2/ (http://247wallst.com/special-report/2015/02/20/americas-happiest-and-most-miserable-states-2/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on March 31, 2015, 10:15:54 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10983380_994887160541581_6302822349183016164_n.jpg?oh=8dab4a0d674f6c05b6f50a25ac2b757b&oe=5571B3B7&__gda__=1437259741_9048de4457344a479056b84df8f6835c)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blue2 on April 01, 2015, 09:23:10 AM
creative..
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on April 01, 2015, 11:52:28 AM
That could be Toledo as well....  Detroit and Nebraska
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 10, 2015, 06:59:48 PM
30 Clever Ways to Make Money Online
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gobankingrates/30-clever-ways-to-make-mo_b_7155762.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gobankingrates/30-clever-ways-to-make-mo_b_7155762.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 10, 2015, 07:00:17 PM
100 Ugliest Cars of All Time
http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/research/100-ugliest-cars-of-all-time/ss-AAbzZxl (http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/research/100-ugliest-cars-of-all-time/ss-AAbzZxl)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 10, 2015, 07:01:54 PM
The mathematically proven winning strategy for 14 of the most popular games
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/08/how-to-win-any-popular-game-according-to-data-scientists/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/08/how-to-win-any-popular-game-according-to-data-scientists/)

I love chess (and playing pool but the article didn't address that)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on May 10, 2015, 07:15:09 PM
100 Ugliest Cars of All Time
[url]http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/research/100-ugliest-cars-of-all-time/ss-AAbzZxl[/url] ([url]http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/research/100-ugliest-cars-of-all-time/ss-AAbzZxl[/url])


Those were some ugly ones, no doubt.  I was surprised to see the Porsche in there though.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 15, 2015, 11:20:56 AM
24 Food Hacks to Make You a Jedi in the Kitchen
http://www.popsugar.com/food/Best-Food-Hacks-37409484?stream_view=1#photo-10 (http://www.popsugar.com/food/Best-Food-Hacks-37409484?stream_view=1#photo-10)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 15, 2015, 11:22:18 AM
The Secret to Getting Rid of Ants Overnight
http://tiphero.com/the-secret-to-getting-rid-of-ants-overnight/ (http://tiphero.com/the-secret-to-getting-rid-of-ants-overnight/)

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How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally
http://lifehacker.com/5817218/how-to-get-rid-of-ants-naturally (http://lifehacker.com/5817218/how-to-get-rid-of-ants-naturally)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 17, 2015, 02:30:30 PM
15 Islands Overrun by Cute Animals

http://mentalfloss.com/article/63858/15-islands-overrun-cute-animals (http://mentalfloss.com/article/63858/15-islands-overrun-cute-animals)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 19, 2015, 01:20:54 AM
Help wanted: Saudi Arabia needs 8 new executioners

Saudi Arabia has posted vacancy ads for positions within their government: eight new openings for executioners to handle the growing number of death sentences in the country, usually carried out via public beheadings. While special qualifications and prior experience aren’t needed, the job will also entail cutting off the limbs of lesser offenders.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg4-zMfNNRU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg4-zMfNNRU)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 19, 2015, 01:32:44 AM
Stunning photos show why S. Korea is the plastic surgery capital of the world
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/16/stunning-photos-show-why-south-korea-is-the-plastic-surgery-capital-of-the-world/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/16/stunning-photos-show-why-south-korea-is-the-plastic-surgery-capital-of-the-world/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blue2 on May 21, 2015, 05:56:40 PM
Just followed a car on Secor with tag JSTDUKY..
Could that be our poster
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 22, 2015, 10:39:05 AM
‘Food poverty’ restricts people’s access to healthy foods

“Food poverty” is the inability of people to afford healthy food choices and many more Americans are finding themselves unable to do so

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVtrK-pmf4U (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVtrK-pmf4U)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 22, 2015, 11:12:08 AM
What Particular Kind of Death Is Your State Known For?

From law enforcement intervention to the flu, here are the most distinctive causes of death in each state.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/how-will-i-die-cdc-by-state (http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/how-will-i-die-cdc-by-state)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 22, 2015, 12:09:44 PM
There’s really bad news for egg lovers

This past December, the first case of avian flu was reported in Oregon. The second, in Washington state, was documented in early January. The third was detected six days later. And the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh all surfaced before month’s end.

At the time, there was little sense of how serious the problem would be. Avian flu, though it had proved lethal elsewhere in the world, was unfamiliar to farmers in the United States. And February, which brought only three additional cases, eased anxiety a bit.

But today, farmers from Iowa to California have learned that there is nothing forgiving about H5N2 — this particular strain of bird flu — which has spread like wildfire, paralyzing chicken farmers throughout the Midwest and casting a gloomy shadow over the U.S. egg industry.

“I can’t tell you how many farmers this is affecting,” said Oscar Garrison, director of food safety for United Egg Producers, which represents farmers responsible for almost every egg-laying hen in the country. “It’s been absolutely devastating. Just abysmal.”

The numbers are, indeed, hard to fathom. As of this week, the flu has affected almost 40 million turkeys and chickens, well over 80 percent of which are egg-laying hens, according to the Department of Agriculture. Some 25 million birds in Iowa alone are believed to have been exposed. In all, more than 10 percent of the entire U.S. egg supply is likely to have been affected by the outbreak.

"It's hard to find a farmer that isn't deeply concerned at the moment," said Garrison.

But the consequences extend well beyond the immediate ones felt by egg farmers, who have been forced to slaughter their hens by the millions. Fewer egg-laying hens means fewer eggs, fewer eggs means the potential for a shortage in supply, and a shortage in supply means the eggs that are available will be available only for an added cost.

Price spikes have, in fact, already happened. The wholesale price of eggs sold in liquid form (a.k.a egg beaters, the kind used by large food manufacturers) has more than doubled — from $0.63 per dozen to more than $1.50 since late April. Although it has yet to force all major food companies to charge more for their egg-laden foods, many, including McDonald's and General Mills, are already feeling the heat.

The reality is that any company that sells anything made with eggs (bread, pasta, dessert) will probably be affected — if not already, then soon.

The price of eggs sold in their shells at the supermarket has yet to budge because the vast majority of eggs removed from production were for egg beaters sold to companies. But it’s probably only a matter of time before the ­grocery-store dozens are also are affected by the outbreak.

More here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/21/a-massive-bird-flu-outbreak-could-make-eggs-and-just-about-anything-made-with-them-a-lot-more-expensive/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/21/a-massive-bird-flu-outbreak-could-make-eggs-and-just-about-anything-made-with-them-a-lot-more-expensive/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 23, 2015, 12:18:45 PM
3 Times It Makes Sense to File Early for Social Security

http://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/articles/2015/05/22/3-times-it-makes-sense-to-file-early-for-social-security (http://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/articles/2015/05/22/3-times-it-makes-sense-to-file-early-for-social-security)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 27, 2015, 12:13:52 AM
10 of the most dangerous jobs in the US

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/personal-finance/10-most-dangerous-jobs-us-1.aspx (http://www.bankrate.com/finance/personal-finance/10-most-dangerous-jobs-us-1.aspx)

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The 10 Deadliest Jobs in America

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/05/19/deadliest-jobs-in-america/ (http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/05/19/deadliest-jobs-in-america/)

They don't agree on all 10
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 27, 2015, 12:27:14 AM
25 cities to move to if you want good pay and good housing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/26/25-cities-to-move-to-if-you-want-good-pay-and-good-housing/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/26/25-cities-to-move-to-if-you-want-good-pay-and-good-housing/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 27, 2015, 04:25:12 PM
The Best Cheap Prepaid Phone Plans You've Never Heard Of
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2375644,00.asp (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2375644,00.asp)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on May 27, 2015, 04:52:27 PM
I know a lot of folks in Southern Illinois that use Straight Talk......looks like a hell of a plan to me.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 27, 2015, 05:08:48 PM
10 Things to Buy or Not to Buy in May

Read more: http://www.cheapism.com/blog/3512/may-deals#ixzz3bNL47lO7 (http://www.cheapism.com/blog/3512/may-deals#ixzz3bNL47lO7)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on May 27, 2015, 05:11:33 PM
10 STRANGE CITIES HIDDEN UNDER OTHER CITIES
http://www.tested.com/tech/529316-10-strange-cities-hidden-under-other-cities/ (http://www.tested.com/tech/529316-10-strange-cities-hidden-under-other-cities/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 03, 2015, 01:25:14 AM
A $100,000 check is waiting for a mystery woman who donated a rare Apple 1 computer to a Silicon Valley recycling firm.
CleanBayArea in Milpitas, California, is trying to track down a woman in her 60s who dropped off some electronic goods in April, when she was cleaning out the garage after her husband died.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/100000-check-awaits-mystery-recycler-of-rare-apple-1-computer/article24719430/ (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/100000-check-awaits-mystery-recycler-of-rare-apple-1-computer/article24719430/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 03, 2015, 02:41:28 AM
BPA Messes With Your Hormones—and It's in These Canned Foods

(http://www.motherjones.com/files/imagecache/top-of-content-main/cans.png)

Heads up, canned-food eaters: A report released today by the Environmental Working Group details which canned food brands use bisphenol A (BPA) in the lining, and which don't.

Most of us know BPA as the plastic additive that mimics the hormone estrogen and has been removed from things like water bottles and baby formula packaging. But BPA lines an estimated 75 percent of canned foods in North America, protecting the metal from corroding and preventing bacteria from getting in. This has environmental advocates concerned, because the chemical leaches into the contents of cans at far higher rates than it does into, say, the water in your water bottle.

A 2011 Harvard study found that those who ate canned soup every day for five days had levels of BPA in their urine that were ten times those who had fresh soup. Another study from the same year found BPA in 71 out of 78 canned food samples, with concentrations varying drastically between food types and even within the same product. The Food and Drug Administration maintains that BPA is "safe at the current levels occurring in foods," though scientists have linked low-dose, long-term exposure of the chemical to to breast cancer, changes in the reproductive system, and other health problems.

There isn't as much research on canned beverages, like beer or soda, but existing studies have found that the contents don't tend to interact with the lining in a way that leads to leaching. Also less concerning, at least at the moment, are Tetra Paks—the cardboard cartons lined with aluminum and polyethylene, a different kind of plastic. The liner isn't known to cause cancer or disrupt hormones.

The report released today by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows the results of a survey of 252 canned food brands. Of the companies that answered, a little more than half reported using BPA lining in all canned products, and another 24 percent use BPA in some products. The companies that use BPA in all their canned products, listed below, include familiar brands like Progresso, Hormel, Green Giant, Ocean Spray, Wolfgang Puck Organic Soups, and Manischewitz.

(http://www.motherjones.com/files/BPA-Chart_0.png)

(http://www.motherjones.com/files/BPA-free-chart_0.png)

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/06/list-canned-foods-bpa (http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/06/list-canned-foods-bpa)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 05, 2015, 07:33:35 PM
Arbitration Is Not Justice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inBsWVZmrm8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inBsWVZmrm8)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 06, 2015, 12:43:14 PM
There’s really bad news for egg lovers

This past December, the first case of avian flu was reported in Oregon. The second, in Washington state, was documented in early January. The third was detected six days later. And the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh all surfaced before month’s end.

At the time, there was little sense of how serious the problem would be. Avian flu, though it had proved lethal elsewhere in the world, was unfamiliar to farmers in the United States. And February, which brought only three additional cases, eased anxiety a bit.

But today, farmers from Iowa to California have learned that there is nothing forgiving about H5N2 — this particular strain of bird flu — which has spread like wildfire, paralyzing chicken farmers throughout the Midwest and casting a gloomy shadow over the U.S. egg industry.

“I can’t tell you how many farmers this is affecting,” said Oscar Garrison, director of food safety for United Egg Producers, which represents farmers responsible for almost every egg-laying hen in the country. “It’s been absolutely devastating. Just abysmal.”

The numbers are, indeed, hard to fathom. As of this week, the flu has affected almost 40 million turkeys and chickens, well over 80 percent of which are egg-laying hens, according to the Department of Agriculture. Some 25 million birds in Iowa alone are believed to have been exposed. In all, more than 10 percent of the entire U.S. egg supply is likely to have been affected by the outbreak.

"It's hard to find a farmer that isn't deeply concerned at the moment," said Garrison.

But the consequences extend well beyond the immediate ones felt by egg farmers, who have been forced to slaughter their hens by the millions. Fewer egg-laying hens means fewer eggs, fewer eggs means the potential for a shortage in supply, and a shortage in supply means the eggs that are available will be available only for an added cost.

Price spikes have, in fact, already happened. The wholesale price of eggs sold in liquid form (a.k.a egg beaters, the kind used by large food manufacturers) has more than doubled — from $0.63 per dozen to more than $1.50 since late April. Although it has yet to force all major food companies to charge more for their egg-laden foods, many, including McDonald's and General Mills, are already feeling the heat.

The reality is that any company that sells anything made with eggs (bread, pasta, dessert) will probably be affected — if not already, then soon.

The price of eggs sold in their shells at the supermarket has yet to budge because the vast majority of eggs removed from production were for egg beaters sold to companies. But it’s probably only a matter of time before the ­grocery-store dozens are also are affected by the outbreak.

More here:
[url]http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/21/a-massive-bird-flu-outbreak-could-make-eggs-and-just-about-anything-made-with-them-a-lot-more-expensive/[/url] ([url]http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/21/a-massive-bird-flu-outbreak-could-make-eggs-and-just-about-anything-made-with-them-a-lot-more-expensive/[/url])
Start Hoarding for Omelets, Because Egg Rations Are Really Happening
http://munchies.vice.com/articles/try-not-to-panic-but-egg-rations-are-really-happening (http://munchies.vice.com/articles/try-not-to-panic-but-egg-rations-are-really-happening)

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Toledo's egg prices up as avian flu fears spread
Local restaurants feel pinch,but no cases in Ohio or Mich.

Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/Retail/2015/06/05/Egg-prices-up-as-avian-flu-fears-spread.html#854TDe0hHRuoyWSt.99 (http://www.toledoblade.com/Retail/2015/06/05/Egg-prices-up-as-avian-flu-fears-spread.html#854TDe0hHRuoyWSt.99)

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H-E-B limiting number of eggs you can buy amid shortage
http://kxan.com/2015/06/04/h-e-b-limiting-number-of-eggs-you-can-buy-amid-shortage/ (http://kxan.com/2015/06/04/h-e-b-limiting-number-of-eggs-you-can-buy-amid-shortage/)
Title: So... if you're a big Barry Sanders fan...
Post by: BigRedDog on June 07, 2015, 09:07:21 AM
and you've got a few extra $$$ to play with you might be interested in this 'piece of history':

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/29254287/lions-fan-selling-barry-sanders-signed-silverdome-urinal (http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/29254287/lions-fan-selling-barry-sanders-signed-silverdome-urinal)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on June 07, 2015, 04:13:33 PM
Hopefully sanitized.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 07, 2015, 05:55:25 PM
The 10 Most Unusual Engines of All Time

http://www.caranddriver.com/features/the-10-most-unusual-engines-of-all-time-feature (http://www.caranddriver.com/features/the-10-most-unusual-engines-of-all-time-feature)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 07, 2015, 10:18:19 PM
MAP: The surprising places where Americans are running into UFOs

(https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://img.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/files/2015/06/Screen-Shot-2015-06-05-at-8.09.58-AM.png&w=1484)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/05/map-where-americans-are-running-into-ufos/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/05/map-where-americans-are-running-into-ufos/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 07, 2015, 10:31:42 PM
25 INSANELY BREATHTAKING PLACES TO VISIT BEFORE YOU DIE
From an underwater waterfall in Mauritius Island to the isolated highlands in Iceland, these destinations will blow your mind

http://www.purpleclover.com/lifestyle/2323-places-you-need-see-you-die/ (http://www.purpleclover.com/lifestyle/2323-places-you-need-see-you-die/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 07, 2015, 10:33:32 PM
Jellyfish: It’s What’s for Dinner
Niche food becomes big business.
http://modernfarmer.com/2014/09/jellyfish-whats-dinner/ (http://modernfarmer.com/2014/09/jellyfish-whats-dinner/)

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What do you catch when there are no more fish? Jellyballs

(https://grist.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/jellyfish-bloom.jpg?w=1024&h=576&crop=1)

http://grist.org/news/what-do-you-catch-when-there-are-no-more-fish-jellyballs/ (http://grist.org/news/what-do-you-catch-when-there-are-no-more-fish-jellyballs/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 07, 2015, 10:38:50 PM
April Fool's Day 'Bluff' Lands New Zealand Woman a New BMW

A woman in New Zealand has reportedly won a brand new BMW after being the first to respond to an April Fool's Day ad placed in a local newspaper.

The woman, identified as Tianna Marsh, arrived at the Team McMillian BMW car dealership in Newmarket at 5:30 a.m. after seeing an ad for the dealership’s “April Fool’s Day Special” on the front page of the New Zealand Herald newspaper.

The newspaper reports Marsh drove her own 15-year-old car to the dealership, where she was met by the sales manager, Gavin Penfold.

“When I met her outside, I just acted dumb," Penfold told the Herald. "She said, 'I'm here for the Herald competition,’ [and] I said, 'I know nothing about it.’”

Marsh then followed the ad’s instructions to “ask for Tom” and was rewarded with a brand new BMW 1 Series.

“It couldn’t have gone to a more deserving winner,” said Penfold, who could not be reached by ABC News.

A spokesman for BMW says the ad was designed to attract someone who was willing to take a chance.

Dealership officials told the Herald they hired security guards in case a large crowd showed up, but it turned out Marsh was the first and one of the only few.

"The ad was intentionally vague and definitely appeared too good to be true, but in this case we wanted to turn the tables and reward the first person who was willing to take the chance,” BMW spokesman Ed Finn told the Herald.

Marsh’s new car appropriately came with a license plate that reads, “NOF00L.”

Her old car will be sold by the dealership with proceeds going a charity that provides, “modified, ride-on cars to young disabled children,” the Herald reports.
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/april-fools-day-bluff-lands-zealand-woman-bmw/story?id=30049790 (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/april-fools-day-bluff-lands-zealand-woman-bmw/story?id=30049790)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 07, 2015, 10:43:22 PM
Wegmans tops supermarket survey; Wal-Mart ranks last

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/03/27/grocery-stores-consumer-reports-rankings/6967537/ (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/03/27/grocery-stores-consumer-reports-rankings/6967537/)

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http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Wegmans-Tops-List-of-Best-Supermarkets-298515131.html (http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Wegmans-Tops-List-of-Best-Supermarkets-298515131.html)
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Wegmans, Publix, Trader Joe's top Consumer Reports survey

Read More: http://supermarketnews.com/retail-financial/wegmans-publix-trader-joes-top-consumer-reports-survey#ixzz3cR0vWC2M (http://supermarketnews.com/retail-financial/wegmans-publix-trader-joes-top-consumer-reports-survey#ixzz3cR0vWC2M)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 07, 2015, 11:24:56 PM
7 Things You Won’t Believe Were Sold for Only $1

http://time.com/money/3765910/daily-news-homes-cars-price-1/ (http://time.com/money/3765910/daily-news-homes-cars-price-1/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 07, 2015, 11:32:49 PM
Map: The most liberal and conservative towns in each state
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/07/map-the-most-liberal-and-conservative-towns-in-each-state/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/07/map-the-most-liberal-and-conservative-towns-in-each-state/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 07, 2015, 11:35:06 PM
Chart: How much money you can make in every kind of job
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/07/chart-how-much-you-can-make-in-every-kind-of-job/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/07/chart-how-much-you-can-make-in-every-kind-of-job/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 07, 2015, 11:36:08 PM
This is the State That Is Smartest About Money

Based on financial literacy and spending and borrowing data, a new survey ranks the states.
http://time.com/money/3765082/financial-literacy-smartest-state/ (http://time.com/money/3765082/financial-literacy-smartest-state/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 10, 2015, 07:54:36 AM
11 firsts that changed the way we drive
http://www.insurance.com/auto-insurance/auto-insurance-basics/11-firsts-that-changed-the-way-we-drive.html (http://www.insurance.com/auto-insurance/auto-insurance-basics/11-firsts-that-changed-the-way-we-drive.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 11, 2015, 06:15:54 PM
99 Amazing And Interesting Food & Drink Facts That Will Surprise You

1. Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.

2. Plain grain products lower your IQ, while whole grain products increase your IQ.

3. Eating lemons make you live longer.

4. Broccoli is the food with the best anti-cancer properties.

5. Eating half an orange a day reduces your chances of getting a heart attack by 50%.

Read the rest here:
http://amazinginfos.com/food-and-drinks/ (http://amazinginfos.com/food-and-drinks/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 11, 2015, 06:17:34 PM
60 Food Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
You gotta be forkin’ kidding me.

1. The oldest evidence for soup is from 6,000 B.C. and calls for hippopotamus and sparrow meat.
2. Pringles once had a lawsuit trying to prove that they weren’t really potato chips.
3. Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour.
4. Ripe cranberries will bounce like rubber balls.
5. An average ear of corn has an even number of rows, usually 16.
6. Consuming dairy may cause acne.

Read the rest here:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/justinabarca/food-facts-that-will-blow-your-mind#.my24k6Yx6 (http://www.buzzfeed.com/justinabarca/food-facts-that-will-blow-your-mind#.my24k6Yx6)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 11, 2015, 06:21:50 PM
17 Shocking Food Facts That Will Make You Question Everything

1. All Froot Loops taste the same, no matter what color they are.

2. This is what’s really going on inside a Cup O’ Noodles:
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To be fair, the extra space underneath is there to let the noodles cook and expand evenly, not to cheat you of your precious, hard-earned instant meal replacement.

3. Twinkies definitely don’t last forever.
(http://ak-hdl.buzzfed.com/static/2014-03/enhanced/webdr06/3/14/enhanced-17197-1393875984-5.jpg)
Sorry, but your stash of individually packaged golden nuggets is only good for about 45 days.

Read more here:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/everything-is-a-lie#.nhp3V9ae9 (http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/everything-is-a-lie#.nhp3V9ae9)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on June 11, 2015, 06:22:43 PM
Amazing Food Facts That Will Surprise You

Gelatin, used in desserts like jellies and marshmallows, is made from animal skin and bones.

Read more here:
http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/foodnews/amazing-food-facts-that-will-surprise-you/ss-BBhlJJs#image=2 (http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/foodnews/amazing-food-facts-that-will-surprise-you/ss-BBhlJJs#image=2)
Title: The truth about dark chocolate
Post by: Frenchfry on June 11, 2015, 06:24:39 PM
The truth about dark chocolate

Dark chocolate sold in the U.S. is often a little more like milk chocolate than manufacturers might want to admit.

An investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted earlier this year found that a lot of dark chocolate contains milk—even when it says it doesn't. A new consumer update elaborates on the findings, as well as the risks posed by what the agency has identified as a worrisome area for consumer misinformation.

"Unfortunately, you can't always tell if dark chocolate contains milk by reading the ingredients list," the report warns.

Of the 94 total samples the FDA tested, only 6 listed milk as an ingredient. Over 60 percent of them, however, contained milk. Seventy-five percent of those that warned the chocolate "may contain milk," did indeed have dairy. Thirty three percent of those that didn't mention milk at all on the label, still contained it. And 15 percent of dark chocolate samples that said they were "dairy-free" or "lactose-free," actually weren't.

Read more here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/27/a-lot-of-dark-chocolate-has-milk-in-it-even-when-it-says-it-doesnt/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/27/a-lot-of-dark-chocolate-has-milk-in-it-even-when-it-says-it-doesnt/)
Title: Re: The truth about dark chocolate
Post by: BigRedDog on June 12, 2015, 08:25:23 AM
The truth about dark chocolate

Dark chocolate sold in the U.S. is often a little more like milk chocolate than manufacturers might want to admit.

An investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted earlier this year found that a lot of dark chocolate contains milk—even when it says it doesn't. A new consumer update elaborates on the findings, as well as the risks posed by what the agency has identified as a worrisome area for consumer misinformation.

"Unfortunately, you can't always tell if dark chocolate contains milk by reading the ingredients list," the report warns.

Of the 94 total samples the FDA tested, only 6 listed milk as an ingredient. Over 60 percent of them, however, contained milk. Seventy-five percent of those that warned the chocolate "may contain milk," did indeed have dairy. Thirty three percent of those that didn't mention milk at all on the label, still contained it. And 15 percent of dark chocolate samples that said they were "dairy-free" or "lactose-free," actually weren't.

Read more here:
[url]http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/27/a-lot-of-dark-chocolate-has-milk-in-it-even-when-it-says-it-doesnt/[/url] ([url]http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/27/a-lot-of-dark-chocolate-has-milk-in-it-even-when-it-says-it-doesnt/[/url])


Interesting article...

I 'partake' of Cadbury Royal Dark Chocolate daily...

I've read many sources saying it's 'heart healthy'!

My wife always steers away from 'milk' chocolate.

Anyway, went and read the label and sure enough...

it says milk is in there too :-\ :-\ :-\

http://www.thehersheycompany.com/brands/cadbury/royal-dark-chocolate.aspx (http://www.thehersheycompany.com/brands/cadbury/royal-dark-chocolate.aspx)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blue2 on June 12, 2015, 08:54:07 AM
I've been buying dark chocolate chunks at Christies on central ave by secor.  I'll have to ask the next time if it has milk.  They make their candys.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blue2 on June 26, 2015, 05:38:52 PM
I just had a new roof put on my home.  Local ins broker tells me I get a $100 discount on my homeowners which is thru Auto Owners.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 19, 2015, 07:40:23 PM
Invasive Pacu Fish With Human-Like Teeth Found in New Jersey
(http://news.nationalgeographic.com/content/dam/news/2015/06/24/pacufish.ngsversion.449e7e95f2a5d3fd3ba555d63960e882.adapt.1190.1.jpg)
But fish’s testicle-eating reputation is a myth, scientists say.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/06/150624-pacu-fish-new-jersey-lake-testicle-eating-myth/ (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/06/150624-pacu-fish-new-jersey-lake-testicle-eating-myth/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 19, 2015, 08:34:02 PM
LOL

New study claims that drummers are more intelligent than everyone

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According to a collection of studies, drummers are super smart, due to a variety of factors relating to being in the rhythm section.

The news comes courtesy of Polymic, who have compiled a series of reports from Oxford and Harvard universities to name a few. What they found was that that dude at the back of the band isn’t the head scratcher that you might think he is, in fact he is more likely to be the smartest of them all.

For example, researchers at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institutet found that drummers who kept a tighter rhythm also scored better on a 60-question intelligence test. This is a reflection of better problem solving skills, which creates a positive impact on those around them.

If that wasn’t enough, other studies added that rhythmic music actually makes people smarter. A University of Washington study showed better results from participants who undertook rhythmic light and sound therapy. Additionally research from the University of Texas tested the same process on children with ADD, finding that it not only had the same effect as Ritalin, but their IQ’s actually went up.

Going further than simple intelligence, Oxford University found that drummers produced a “natural high” when playing together, which heightened both pain and happiness thresholds. On top of this, at Harvard, they discovered that drummers who missed a beat were actually tapping into the rhythm of the earth, which moves in waves rather than like a clock.

So there you go, drummers are not only smarter than everybody ever, but they are also at one with the earth and happier than you are. Time to take up some lessons.
http://3tags.org/article/new-study-claims-that-drummers-are-more-intelligent-than-everyone (http://3tags.org/article/new-study-claims-that-drummers-are-more-intelligent-than-everyone)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 22, 2015, 04:05:13 AM
This Big Texas City Will Soon Be Powered Entirely By Wind And Sun
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/06/11/3666649/georgetown-texas-one-hundred-percent-renewable/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/06/11/3666649/georgetown-texas-one-hundred-percent-renewable/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 27, 2015, 01:18:57 PM
Cuss warning:

MMA Fighters Triple NFL Domestic Abuse

Because of recent news stories one might get the impression that domestic abuse is rampant in the NFL, but there is another sport that far exceeds football in domestic violence. Mixed martial arts has more than triple the amount of domestic abuse arrests than the NFL does.

"It's been nearly a year since Christy Mack suffered a horrific attack on August 8, 2014, allegedly at the hands of her former partner, MMA fighter War Machine.

The photos and injuries are stomach-turning and detailed in the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" in a report by David Scott scheduled to air Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET. However, what is most alarming is that Mack is far from alone in her suffering.

While domestic violence in the NFL has been the focus of many media reports and much criticism, figures reported by "Real Sports" show that the rate of domestic abuse arrests among MMA fighters is more than triple that of professional football players."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRcRfjbmqFk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRcRfjbmqFk)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on July 30, 2015, 05:27:05 PM
Ranch for sale: $725 million can buy you the largest ranch in the US

Got an extra $700 million laying around? A real estate company is selling the largest piece of ranch land in the US, and at over 500,000 acres it’s roughly the size of both New York City and Los Angeles combined. The ranch had been in the hands of a family by the name of Waggoner since the 1850s ... but after an internal family feud, the bank is looking to sell off the prime piece of property.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oNSGMkyjD0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oNSGMkyjD0)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 01, 2015, 02:08:14 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 02, 2015, 04:35:53 AM
Oregon police dept lays-off drug dog following legalization of marijuana

An Oregon police department will be retiring their drug sniffing dog, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois named Dora, because she was trained to sniff marijuana, which is now legal in the state. Dora’s still has a bright future, as she’s being moved to a new drug role in the Oregon prison system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjndhnlzKjo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjndhnlzKjo)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 02, 2015, 04:37:23 AM
China building 'great wall of sand' in South China Sea

(http://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/660/media/images/77495000/jpg/_77495067_022749873-1.jpg)

China's land reclamation is creating a "great wall of sand" in the South China Sea, a top US official says, leading to "serious questions" on its intentions.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32126840 (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32126840)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 04, 2015, 10:06:58 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blue2 on August 20, 2015, 06:12:08 PM
Stirred up a bunch of ground bees mowing grass.  Little %#^*tards stung me a dozen times.  Hour and half later my thumb is still red and ankles still stinging.  My half to take some more benedryl.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: eriemermaid on August 20, 2015, 08:27:15 PM
Wow! Hope you are o.k. !
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blue2 on August 20, 2015, 08:57:05 PM
Thanks..I think I'll be ok.   Thumb and ankle still bothers me.  At closer look I must have 30 or 40 little red dots where they stung me.  I've been stung before but never like this.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on August 20, 2015, 10:17:48 PM
Thanks..I think I'll be ok.   Thumb and ankle still bothers me.  At closer look I must have 30 or 40 little red dots where they stung me.  I've been stung before but never like this.

Last nest I had, I parked my rotary push mower over the nest until it ran out of gas.  That decimated almost all of them.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blue2 on August 20, 2015, 10:37:56 PM
This nest was under a yucca plant.  I wondered why the plant moved so easily when i ran the mower into it.  They must have weakened the root system.  It's to close to the house or I would throw some  gas on it and toss a match.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on August 21, 2015, 08:20:15 AM
Stirred up a bunch of ground bees mowing grass.  Little %#^*tards stung me a dozen times.  Hour and half later my thumb is still red and ankles still stinging.  My half to take some more benedryl.

I got into a mess like that over 30 years ago...

bee stings had never bothered me but there were so many of them that day it was different.

my chest started tightening up and I was definitely having trouble breathing.

We only lived about a half a mile from the fire station so I hustled down there and got a shot of epinephrine...

I've never had any trouble since but I also haven't been stung that many times again.

Now I head for the Benadryl just as soon as I get stung. 

A couple of years ago I hit one out in the side yard and it was a long way out so they got a shot of K1 ;) ;) ;)  (not sure I'd even try K1 close to the house though) :o :o :o
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: MarissaMGB on August 21, 2015, 08:56:59 AM
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                 NIC FRY!!!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on August 21, 2015, 04:35:56 PM
We had a nest last year right by the house, and I got a can of bee spray that shoots 10 feet. I sprayed the hole where they were coming out and one got out and headed right toward my face. Dam thing stung me right between the eyes.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blue2 on August 21, 2015, 05:07:40 PM
I'll bet that smarter between the eyes

It's been 24 hours and I still itch where I was stung.  I see 40 or 50 little red dots.  I imagine each was a sting.. I have a can of spray they will get later when the sun goes down and they are in the nest.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on August 21, 2015, 11:40:59 PM
Little suckers can sting you without even landing on you.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 21, 2015, 11:55:09 PM
Perhaps I ought to knock on wood but they usually leave me alone.

It seems every day I stumble into the vicinity of a bee, hornet, or wasp...but I go one way and they go the other.

Except when picking raspberries...they let me know they're working alongside me and then get right back to their business while I do the same.

Guess I've been lucky so far.

Used to have an elderly neighbor that loved to prove how harmless those stinging critters were...or maybe how brave he was.

I thought he was little off and I wanted no part of the show.

I've been stung before...a long time ago...felt like a cigarette burn...and I didn't have an allergic reaction....but there's no guarantee the outcome would be the same today.

No point in worrying about it though.

If it happens, it happens.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on August 22, 2015, 12:01:16 AM
When you encounter one or two at a time it's usually no problem, but when you disturb their nest they ALL come out very aggressive in defense of the nest.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monique on August 22, 2015, 12:01:43 AM
I hate that MT has blocked embedding of videos. That's just stupid.

Anyhow, check out this Bad Lip Reading video of the Republican debate. Pretty hilarious, no matter what side you're on!

https://youtu.be/ufGlBv8Z3NU
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 22, 2015, 12:04:03 AM
Just eliminate everything preceding www (The "s" in https is the problem)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufGlBv8Z3NU&feature=youtu.be (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufGlBv8Z3NU&feature=youtu.be#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monique on August 22, 2015, 12:07:02 AM
Thank you, brother. :)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 22, 2015, 01:53:18 AM
Not sure if this is true but knowing how many are offshored right now...it's plausible:


GM plans to sell Buicks made in China to Americans

DETROIT — Most Buick vehicles sold in the United States after 2016 could be imported from China and Europe, according to two sources familiar with parent General Motors Co.’s plans.
Only two of Buick’s future US models, replacements for the mid-size LaCrosse sedan and the large Enclave crossover, are expected to be built in North America, according to the sources, who did not want to be identified because their companies work with GM.
The increasing tendency of US carmakers, including Ford Motor Co., to shift more vehicle production to plants outside the United States is a hot-button topic in current contract talks with the United Auto Workers.

http://nypost.com/2015/08/18/gm-plans-to-sell-buicks-made-in-china-to-americans/ (http://nypost.com/2015/08/18/gm-plans-to-sell-buicks-made-in-china-to-americans/)

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 22, 2015, 02:02:02 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 22, 2015, 02:04:53 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on August 22, 2015, 08:10:19 AM
When you encounter one or two at a time it's usually no problem, but when you disturb their nest they ALL come out very aggressive in defense of the nest.


If they're the hunter or food gathering members of the group then they'll usually just leave you alone unless you really go after them.  However. when you disturb the nest there is a special group of them that are always in 'defense' mode and they will attack very aggressively (and accurately). 

UNLESS you're dealing with the africanized honey bees...   they are all always just in an attack mode!!!  No worry about them in this part of the country 'yet'...   although they've been slowly been moving north our area is considered 'unsuitable' for them.

(http://www.adkinsbeeremoval.com/ahb%20incident%20occurance.jpg)


Little suckers can sting you without even landing on you.


I've always wondered about that...   I was probably a teenager when I saw a bumble bee heading right towards my stomach-chest so I grabbed my tee shirt and held it out from my skin...   figured that would take care of him at least for a second or two...   didn't work though.  I'm sure he shot or threw that stinger right into me anyway :( :( :(
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on August 25, 2015, 11:18:25 PM
This is for The Fuzz.

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on August 25, 2015, 11:33:03 PM
Michael Rockefeller with the Dani tribe in New Guinea. Rockefeller disappeared there in 1961, and it's thought that he was killed and eaten by cannibals.

The Chief looks pretty excited.  "Rockefeller...the other white meat."

(http://cdn.lifebuzz.com/images/82524/lifebuzz-e65a864b33f721c4d5bd408790a876af-limit_2000.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 30, 2015, 12:43:12 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 30, 2015, 01:55:46 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 30, 2015, 01:56:32 PM
Now that's a treehouse:

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 30, 2015, 01:57:09 PM
Pregnant teenager Neysi Perez 'wakes up in coffin' a day after her funeral
http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/pregnant-teenager-neysi-perez-wakes-up-in-coffin-a-day-after-her-funeral-10472094.html (http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/pregnant-teenager-neysi-perez-wakes-up-in-coffin-a-day-after-her-funeral-10472094.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 30, 2015, 01:58:48 PM
Would you rather take home $25 in cash or $50 of tuna?

People who bought StarKist tuna have that choice due to a class action lawsuit settlement. The customers claimed that StarKist put less tuna in their cans than advertised.

The suit, filed in federal court in Oakland more than two years ago, charged that StarKist under-filled certain 5-ounce cans of chunk light tuna and solid white albacore tuna.

Federal law requires 5 ounce cans to contain between 2.84-ounces and 3.23-ounces of tuna, depending on the type. The customers said StarKist cans were a little bit below those minimum requirements.

StarKist did not admit fault but agreed to a settlement in which it will pay $8 million in cash and $4 million in vouchers to purchase StarKist tuna.
http://money.cnn.com/2015/08/27/news/companies/tuna-settlement/ (http://money.cnn.com/2015/08/27/news/companies/tuna-settlement/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 30, 2015, 02:00:22 PM
NASA is looking at the possibility of getting space travelers to eat their own poop as a solution for keeping them fed during ultra-long missions. Such a method, as distasteful as it sounds, could prove vital if we’re ever to embark on journeys into deep space, as the amount of food required would be impossible to carry from Earth.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/nasa-funds-research-for-turning-poop-into-astronaut-meals/#ixzz3kK3dlOPj (http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/nasa-funds-research-for-turning-poop-into-astronaut-meals/#ixzz3kK3dlOPj)
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 30, 2015, 02:05:27 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 30, 2015, 02:22:05 PM
Where to go to college if you want the highest starting salary

While Ivy League graduates celebrate their alma maters, proudly dangling their bachelors degree on resumes, coyly dropping where they went to school into conversation at job fairs, people who studied elsewhere are earning better salaries straight out of college.

The college graduates who earn the most money over the course of their first five years in the professional world tend to have earned their diploma at the United States Naval Academy, where the median degree-holder can expect to make some $82,900 per year. Second on the list are those who attended the United States Military Academy (also known as West Point), where the median early career salary is $82,800.

From there on, it's mostly engineering and other military schools. Harvey Mudd College, a small school in Southern California with a strong engineering program, is third at $78,800; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is fourth, at $78,000; United States Merchant Marine Academy is fifth, at $77,900; and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is sixth, at $77,000.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/08/27/a-new-ranking-of-where-to-go-to-college-if-you-want-the-highest-salary/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/08/27/a-new-ranking-of-where-to-go-to-college-if-you-want-the-highest-salary/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 30, 2015, 02:57:10 PM
Well here's some red meat for the trolls

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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 30, 2015, 03:03:38 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 30, 2015, 03:04:03 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on August 30, 2015, 03:07:06 PM
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Gee I wonder if he's also an electrician and a gun store "president"  ;)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on August 30, 2015, 08:59:59 PM
These Stunning Photos Of Woodstock In 1969 Perfectly Capture The Moment.

http://fb-3466.lifebuzz.com/woodstock/ (http://fb-3466.lifebuzz.com/woodstock/)

19 Photos Of Just How Crazy It Got At Woodstock

https://www.distractify.com/markpygas-woodstock-was-cray-1299984819.html (https://www.distractify.com/markpygas-woodstock-was-cray-1299984819.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 02, 2015, 09:16:29 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 02, 2015, 09:24:12 AM
LOL...I happen to have blue eyes...and it seems many right-wingers have brown eyes...perhaps it just indicates they're full of crap.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UUCWAv7g_Hc/VBP5AuqjxxI/AAAAAAAAPh8/hL6IugJWBZQ/s1600/those%2Bblue%2Beyed%2Bpeople.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 03, 2015, 09:22:55 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 03, 2015, 09:23:22 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 06, 2015, 12:33:16 AM
Man Asks Kickstarter for $20,000, Gets Over $9 Million

A Chicago-based entrepreneur who sought $20,000 through crowdfunding website Kickstarter to create a multipurpose travel jacket got more than he anticipated: $9.17 million more, to be exact.
http://time.com/4022597/kickstarter-travel-jacket-9-million-hiral-sanghavi-baubax/ (http://time.com/4022597/kickstarter-travel-jacket-9-million-hiral-sanghavi-baubax/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on September 06, 2015, 10:25:10 AM
This is for The Fuzz.

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/s720x720/11831790_10204342584076568_8374343414198806149_n.jpg?oh=1c9800627dd05ce28e2a1fba71c63837&oe=56792992)

That was totally uncalled for!   ;D
Title: ‘Where to Invade Next’
Post by: Frenchfry on September 13, 2015, 12:42:58 PM
Michael Moore’s “happy movie” Where To Invade Next wows TIFF

Michael Moore introduced his new documentary Where to Invade Next as a quest for “the American soul” Thursday night at its TIFF world premiere, and it certainly is that, in ways playful, provocative and inspiring.

A documentary about America’s dubious global ambitions. Directed by Michael Moore. Premiering at TIFF 2015. 110 minutes. STC
Michael Moore introduced his new documentary Where to Invade Next as a quest for “the American soul” Thursday night at its TIFF world premiere, and it certainly is that, in ways playful, provocative and inspiring.
The fiery Michigan filmmaker also rediscovers something he seemed to have forgotten about: his funny bone. This is his most amusing film in many a moon and also his most affecting, frequently prompting laughter and applause from the capacity audience at the Princess of Wales Theatre.
Arriving with scant advance notice and even less description of its contents, Where to Invade Next looked going in to be another of Moore’s finger-pointing critiques of U.S. domestic fumbles and foreign misadventures, in the vein of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Capitalism: A Love Story.

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/2015/09/11/michael-moores-happy-movie-where-to-invade-next-wows-tiff.html (http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/2015/09/11/michael-moores-happy-movie-where-to-invade-next-wows-tiff.html)

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Watch trailer from Michael Moore's new film, 'Where to Invade Next'
http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2015/09/watch_trailer_from_michael_moo.html (http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2015/09/watch_trailer_from_michael_moo.html)

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Michael Moore: Where To Invade Next | official teaser trailer (2015) TIFF

www.youtube.com/watch?t=4&v=2RYV04G0tHc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?t=4&v=2RYV04G0tHc#)

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Michael Moore, the polemic filmmaker behind “Bowling for Columbine,” “Fahrenheit 911” and “Sicko” is preparing his newest film, this time tackling America’s policy of “endless wars.” Simone Del Rosario has more details.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNE0aQLzlH8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNE0aQLzlH8#)

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Where to Invade Next’
http://variety.com/2015/film/reviews/toronto-film-review-michael-moores-where-to-invade-next-1201590554/ (http://variety.com/2015/film/reviews/toronto-film-review-michael-moores-where-to-invade-next-1201590554/)

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http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150911-toronto-review-is-michael-moores-where-to-invade-next-any-good (http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150911-toronto-review-is-michael-moores-where-to-invade-next-any-good)

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4897822/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4897822/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 13, 2015, 09:28:03 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 14, 2015, 06:19:56 AM
The future of food: from jellyfish salad to lab-grown meat

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/sep/13/future-of-food-what-we-eat (http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/sep/13/future-of-food-what-we-eat)

Yuck!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 14, 2015, 06:33:16 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 16, 2015, 07:21:55 PM
Gadgets For The Outdoors | ABC News

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZEAjHsWYrU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZEAjHsWYrU#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 17, 2015, 08:38:19 AM
(http://global3.memecdn.com/learn-it-you-morons_o_2722215.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 17, 2015, 08:39:28 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blue2 on September 17, 2015, 10:01:04 AM
([url]http://global3.memecdn.com/learn-it-you-morons_o_2722215.jpg[/url])


git lost
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 20, 2015, 11:35:20 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on September 28, 2015, 11:23:55 PM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on September 30, 2015, 10:49:26 AM
Restaurant Watches Old Footage Of Customers And Uncovers A Shocking Truth.

A famous restaurant in NYC decided to hire a firm to figure out why they kept getting bad reviews. What this firm discovered is quite interesting. Below is a transcript that the restaurant posted on Craigslist after they discovered what it was…


We are a popular restaurant for both locals and tourists alike. Having been in business for many years, we noticed that although the number of customers we serve on a daily basis is almost the same today as it was 10 years ago, the service just seems super slow even though we added more staff and cut back on the menu items…

One of the most common complaints on review sites against us and many restaurants in the area is that the service was slow and/or they needed to wait a bit long for a table.

We decided to hire a firm to help us solve this mystery, and naturally the first thing they blamed it on was that the employees need more training and that maybe the kitchen staff is just not up to the task of serving that many customers.

Like most restaurants in NYC we have a surveillance system, and unlike today where it’s a digital system, 10 years ago we still used special high capacity tapes to record all activity. At any given time we had 4 special Sony systems recording multiple cameras. We would store the footage for 90 days just in case we needed it for something.

The firm we hired suggested we locate some of the older tapes and analyze how the staff behaved 10 years ago versus how they behave now. We went down to our storage room but we couldn’t find any tapes at all.

We did find the recording devices, and luckily for us, each device has 1 tape in it that we simply never removed when we upgraded to the new digital system!

The date stamp on the old footage was Thursday July 1, 2004. The restaurant was very busy that day. We loaded up the footage on a large monitor, and next to it on a separate monitor loaded up the footage of Thursday July 3 2014, with roughly the same amount of customers as ten years before.

I will quickly outline the findings. We carefully looked at over 45 transactions in order to determine the data below:

2004:

Customers walk in.

They get seated and are given menus, out of 45 customers 3 request to be seated elsewhere.

Customers on average spend 8 minutes before closing the menu to show they are ready to order.

Waiters show up almost instantly takes the order.

Appetizers are fired within 6 minutes, obviously the more complex items take longer.

Out of 45 customers 2 sent items back.

Waiters keep an eye out for their tables so they can respond quickly if the customer needs something.

After guests are done, the check delivered, and within 5 minutes they leave.

Average time from start to finish: 1:05

2014:

Customers walk in.

Customers get seated and are given menus, out of 45 customers 18 requested to be seated elsewhere.

Before even opening the menu they take their phones out, some are taking photos while others are simply doing something else on their phone (sorry we have no clue what they are doing and do not monitor customer WIFI activity).

7 out of the 45 customers had waiters come over right away, they showed them something on their phone and spent an average of 5 minutes of the waiter’s time. Given this is recent footage, we asked the waiters about this and they explained those customers had a problem connecting to the WIFI and demanded the waiters try to help them.

Finally the waiters are walking over to the table to see what the customers would like to order. The majority have not even opened the menu and ask the waiter to wait a bit.

Customer opens the menu, places their hands holding their phones on top of it and continue doing whatever on their phone.

Waiter returns to see if they are ready to order or have any questions. The customer asks for more time.

Finally they are ready to order.

Total average time from when the customer was seated until they placed their order 21 minutes.

Food starts getting delivered within 6 minutes, obviously the more complex items take way longer.

26 out of 45 customers spend an average of 3 minutes taking photos of the food.

14 out of 45 customers take pictures of each other with the food in front of them or as they are eating the food. This takes on average another 4 minutes as they must review and sometimes retake the photo.

9 out of 45 customers sent their food back to reheat. Obviously if they didn’t pause to do whatever on their phone the food wouldn’t have gotten cold.

27 out of 45 customers asked their waiter to take a group photo. 14 of those requested the waiter retake the photo as they were not pleased with the first photo. On average this entire process between the chit chatting and reviewing the photo taken added another 5 minutes and obviously caused the waiter not to be able to take care of other tables he/she was serving.

Given in most cases the customers are constantly busy on their phones it took an average of 20 minutes more from when they were done eating until they requested a check. Furthermore once the check was delivered it took 15 minutes longer than 10 years ago for them to pay and leave.

8 out of 45 customers bumped into other customers or in one case a waiter (texting while walking) as they were either walking in or out of the Restaurant.

Average time from start to finish: 1:55

We are grateful for everyone who comes into our restaurant, after all there are so many choices out there. But can you please be a bit more considerate?

Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on September 30, 2015, 10:58:20 AM
Great post Tiny...

I see some of that happening almost any time we go out to eat...

and I'll even admit to taking a photo of my food if it's something that looks especially delicious ;) ;) ;)

There is no doubt our phones have made many changes in the way we conduct our day to day lives. 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on September 30, 2015, 11:54:41 AM
The question is:
Is the time spent on our phones and computers wasted or worth while?
What else would we be doing instead?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Monroe Native on October 01, 2015, 10:13:22 PM
The question is:
Is the time spent on our phones and computers wasted or worth while?
What else would we be doing instead?

Talking?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on October 01, 2015, 11:17:02 PM
One thng I know for sure. playing with your phone (texting, sexting or just yacking while driving) is tantamount to committing sucicide.

I have a nice company provided and paid for (unlimited service) I-phone with all the apps on it, that I hardly ever use.  Why?  Because being distracted can kill you...  thats why.  My phone is usually on standby.  leave me a meassage, I'll call you back or text you, when I safely can (If I want to that is......)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 02, 2015, 09:29:44 AM
Keep Your Pizza Near You at All Times with This New Pizza Pouch Necklace

(http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2015/greatideas/blog/151012/pizza-pouch-600x600.jpg)
http://greatideas.people.com/2015/10/01/pizza-pouch-necklace-stupidiotic/ (http://greatideas.people.com/2015/10/01/pizza-pouch-necklace-stupidiotic/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on October 02, 2015, 12:43:42 PM
LOL.....looks like his shirt is on inside out!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on October 02, 2015, 12:48:09 PM
LOL.....looks like his shirt is on inside out!

I'd say.....
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 04, 2015, 04:11:12 AM
"Employees Are Bitter" as Whole Foods Chops Jobs and Wages

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2015/09/whole-foods-bob-mackey-job-wage-cuts-unions-wall-street (http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2015/09/whole-foods-bob-mackey-job-wage-cuts-unions-wall-street)

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The Photos That Helped End Child Labor in the United States

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/10/kids-coal-mines-lewis-hines-photos (http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/10/kids-coal-mines-lewis-hines-photos)

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Sweden is shifting to a 6-hour work day

http://www.sciencealert.com/sweden-is-shifting-to-a-6-hour-workday (http://www.sciencealert.com/sweden-is-shifting-to-a-6-hour-workday)

http://money.cnn.com/2015/10/02/news/economy/sweden-6-hour-work-day/ (http://money.cnn.com/2015/10/02/news/economy/sweden-6-hour-work-day/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 19, 2015, 10:55:32 AM
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Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on October 19, 2015, 11:02:49 AM
The world’s most notorious drug lord has become Mexico’s hit Halloween costume
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/10/17/the-worlds-most-notorious-drug-lord-has-become-mexicos-hit-halloween-costume/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/10/17/the-worlds-most-notorious-drug-lord-has-become-mexicos-hit-halloween-costume/)
Title: Is your dog barking at ghosts? Maybe
Post by: BigRedDog on October 31, 2015, 06:59:09 PM
I guess this is appropriate for Halloween night (where are the spooky faces)  :o :o :o

http://www.clickondetroit.com/lifestyle/pets/is-your-dog-barking-at-ghosts-maybe/36141746 (http://www.clickondetroit.com/lifestyle/pets/is-your-dog-barking-at-ghosts-maybe/36141746)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 03, 2015, 07:51:05 AM
Trick or Trump: The Donald, Pizza Rat among top Halloween costumes
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/25/us-halloween-usa-idUSKCN0SJ0CC20151025 (http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/25/us-halloween-usa-idUSKCN0SJ0CC20151025)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 03, 2015, 10:34:41 AM
Report has stunning revelations for contents of hot dogs

...they found human DNA

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-2-percent-of-hot-dogs-have-human-dna/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-2-percent-of-hot-dogs-have-human-dna/)


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http://www.clearfood.com/food_reports/2015/the_hotdog_report (http://www.clearfood.com/food_reports/2015/the_hotdog_report)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 03, 2015, 10:36:25 AM
This Halloween, John Oliver Explains How the Sugar Industry Is Killing Us With Lies
http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/john-oliver-sugar-halloween (http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/john-oliver-sugar-halloween)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 03, 2015, 10:37:16 AM
What happens if you donate your body to science?

Have you ever considered donating your body to science? Medical and scientific research centers across the US are in growing need of human specimens to advance education and student practices.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kLfiJzZPUE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kLfiJzZPUE#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 03, 2015, 10:41:54 AM
Harry Styles corrects fan's grammar in concert

Is Harry Styles a stickler for good grammar? Sounds like it!

While performing on Sept. 1 at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, Styles, 21, motioned to bring a fan's sign to the stage. It read, "Hi Harry, Your so nice." Whoops! It had the wrong "your."

Once he got his hands on the banner, Styles took a marker and corrected it, by adding the missing apostrophe and the "e," so it read "you're."
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/harry-styles-corrects-fans-grammar-in-concert/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/harry-styles-corrects-fans-grammar-in-concert/)
Title: You should not kill Baby Hitler. Try this instead.
Post by: Frenchfry on November 03, 2015, 10:44:49 AM
The Internet Is Obsessed With Whether or Not You'd Kill Baby Hitler
http://gizmodo.com/the-internet-is-obsessed-with-whether-or-not-youd-kill-1738346720 (http://gizmodo.com/the-internet-is-obsessed-with-whether-or-not-youd-kill-1738346720)

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You should not kill Baby Hitler. Try this instead.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2015/10/23/you-should-not-kill-baby-hitler-try-this-instead/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2015/10/23/you-should-not-kill-baby-hitler-try-this-instead/)
Title: Sweetener in some sugarless gums can kill dogs
Post by: Frenchfry on November 14, 2015, 02:48:51 PM
Sweetener in some sugarless gums can kill dogs

(Xylitol)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sweetener-xylitol-in-some-sugarless-gums-can-kill-dogs/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sweetener-xylitol-in-some-sugarless-gums-can-kill-dogs/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on November 26, 2015, 07:24:33 AM
FDA warning: Owners' use of pain cream can kill cats
http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/pets-and-animals/2015/04/25/owners-use-of-pain-relief-cream-can-kill-cats/26388231/ (http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/pets-and-animals/2015/04/25/owners-use-of-pain-relief-cream-can-kill-cats/26388231/)

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm443333.htm (http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm443333.htm)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: arpydave on November 27, 2015, 05:56:32 AM
 I found this interesting, thought some others might think so too.

The Physics of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons

http://www.wired.com/2015/11/the-physics-of-the-giant-macys-thanksgiving-day-parade-balloons/?google_editors_picks=true (http://www.wired.com/2015/11/the-physics-of-the-giant-macys-thanksgiving-day-parade-balloons/?google_editors_picks=true)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blue2 on November 27, 2015, 10:16:06 AM
arpy, you broke the string
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on November 27, 2015, 10:39:51 PM
Thanksgiving '97. The day Barney was killed in front of thousands of children.

Thanksgiving '97. The day Barney was killed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epgXuMB1sF8#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on November 29, 2015, 09:28:23 PM
 Lost Words from our childhood 

Words gone as fast as the "buggy whip"! Sad really! The other day a not so elderly (74) lady said something to her son about driving a "Jalopy" and he looked at her quizzically and said what the heck is a "Jalopy"?
 
OMG (a very new phrase!) he never heard of the word jalopy!!
So they went to the computer and pulled up a picture from the movie "The Grapes of Wrath." Now that was a Jalopy!

She knew she was old but not that old...

I hope you are "Hunky dory" after you read this and chuckle...

*WORDS AND PHRASES REMIND US OF THE WAY WE WORD*   
by Richard Lederer

About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included
 
"Don't touch that dial," "Carbon copy," "You sound like a broken record" and "Hung out to dry."
 
A bevy of readers have asked me to shine light on more faded words and expressions, and I am happy to oblige:

Back in the olden days we had a lot of "moxie". We'd "put on our best bib and tucker" and "straighten up and fly right".
"Hubba-hubba!" We'd "cut a rug" in some "juke joint" and then go "necking" and "smooching" and "spooning" and
"billing and cooing" and "pitching woo" in "hot rods and jalopies" in some "passion pit" or "lovers lane".
 
"Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy moley!" We were "in like Flynn" and "living the life of
Riley", and even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of being a "knucklehead", a "nincompoop" or a "pill". "Not for all the tea in China!"

"Back in the olden days", "life used to be swell", but when's the last time anything was swell? Swell has gone the way of "beehives, pageboys and the D.A."; of "spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers". "Oh, my aching back."  "Kilroy was here, but he isn't anymore."  Like Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" and Kurt Vonnegut's "Billy Pilgrim", we have become unstuck in time.
 
We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, "I'll be a monkey's uncle!" or "This is a fine kettle of fish!" we discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

Poof, poof, poof go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind. We blink, and they're gone, evanesced from the landscape and wordscape of our perception, like "Mickey Mouse wristwatches, hula hoops, skate keys, candy cigarettes, little wax bottles of colored sugar water and an organ grinders monkey."

Where have all those phrases gone? Long time passing. Where have all those phrases gone? Long time ago:
 
Pshaw. The milkman did it. Think about the starving Armenians. Bigger than a bread box. Banned in Boston. The very idea! It's your nickel. Don't forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper. Turn-of-the-century. Iron curtain. Domino theory. Fail safe. Civil defense. Fiddlesticks! You look like the wreck of the Hesperus.  Cooties. Going like sixty. I'll see you in the funny papers. Don't take any wooden nickels. Heavens to Murgatroyd! And awa-a-ay we go! Oh, my stars and garters!

It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions "than Carter had liver pills". This can be disturbing stuff, this winking out of the words of our youth, these words that lodge in our heart's deep core. But just as "one never steps into the same river twice", "one cannot step into the same language twice". Even as one enters, words are swept downstream into the past, forever making a different river.

We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeful times. For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory. It's one of the greatest advantages of aging. We "can have archaic and eat it, too".

See ya later, alligator!  After while, crocodile!
 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on November 30, 2015, 06:12:45 AM
LOL...

good read there Tiny!

I find myself using some of the older phrases when I post here occasionally...

sometimes I replace them and sometimes I decide that the the older phrase 'says it best' so I just leave it.  I often wonder if some of the younger members (and lurkers) have to scratch their head a minute or two trying to figure out what I'm trying to say :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on December 02, 2015, 10:06:44 PM
(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/558347_10151141631744443_762701796_n.jpg?oh=c6131477ff5d10d2e0ec07fecee9080e&oe=56D4328D)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 08, 2016, 12:28:57 AM
PEOPLE ARE FINDING BUGS IN THEIR PISTACHIOS AND IT ISN’T OKAY
http://www.hibbsdontlie.com/people-are-finding-bugs-in-their-pistachios-and-it-isnt-okay/ (http://www.hibbsdontlie.com/people-are-finding-bugs-in-their-pistachios-and-it-isnt-okay/)

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Wonderful Brand Pistachios WARNING LABEL FOR BUGS
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/getcrakindown (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/getcrakindown)

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Never eat pistachios in the dark.
https://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/1dkcej/never_eat_pistachios_in_the_dark/ (https://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/1dkcej/never_eat_pistachios_in_the_dark/)

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Navel Orangeworm
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/r3300311.html (http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/r3300311.html)

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Maggots In My Wonderful Pistachios!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=B74GxLlLhyw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B74GxLlLhyw#)

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(http://getcrackin.com/wp-content/themes/gc13/images/getcrackin_bag_02_high_res.png)

http://getcrackin.com/pistachio-coupon/ (http://getcrackin.com/pistachio-coupon/)

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Okay, I too have had some bad experiences with those pistachios.

At first I complained to the company...and they just sent me a coupon for a new bag.

I wasn't even sure I wanted anymore.

Anyway...on occasion, more often than I'd like, I may find a dead crispy bug and some sort of webbing inside the pistachio nut shell,...but I've learned to take a look at what's inside before snacking on 'em.

They're more often in the tightest shells...so I'm more inclined to just toss 'em now rather than using my teeth to open 'em.

Seems the "wonderful" brand is all I see anymore.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 08, 2016, 12:31:12 AM
Could be good news for excelsior:

Brain games: Some video games improve memory, cognition

Neurobiologists at the University of California Irvine recently published a study shows evidence that some video games actually improve memory function. RT’s Manuel Rapalo explains the study, and why certain games with immersive gameplay can boost memory by about 12 percent, while two-dimensional games do not seem to have that affect.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUU2u-Ohyms (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUU2u-Ohyms#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 08, 2016, 02:26:39 AM
Hamburgers Will Likely Be Cheaper in Early 2016

Beef consumption in the U.S. has been on the decline for a decade. American’s are now eating 20 pounds less beef per capita as compared to 2005. This fact coupled with fattier cows that splurged on cheaper grain, droughts, lower exports to Japan, higher freezer stocks, restaurant industry segments that are flat or negative, and a recent a saturation of burger chains have all combined to benefit burger eaters in early 2016.

The ‘Hamburger Gauge’ fell to its lowest point in a decade this week. The all-time record high for ground beef hit $4.23 per pound in February 2015 but since then there have been a few sputters and stalls. Prices slid more sharply according to more recent data and the cattle industry is bracing for a leaner 2016.

Here are some reasons you will likely see lower hamburger prices and promotions in Q1 2016:

-Cheaper grain led to fattier cows
-Lower exports of fatty beef to Japan also contributed to a supply-side surplus
-Slips and dips in 2015 beef prices resulted in supplier freezer stockpiles
-Droughts led to livestock farmers slaughtering herds resulting in larger supply
-Lower overall U.S. per capita beef consumption trend continues to take its toll
-Shifts to healthier lifestyles, fresh and organic trends continue to speed up
-Saturation of burger chains will lead to more discounting

More here:
http://beaumontbusinessjournal.com/article/news/hamburgers-will-likely-be-cheaper-early-2016 (http://beaumontbusinessjournal.com/article/news/hamburgers-will-likely-be-cheaper-early-2016)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 08, 2016, 02:38:45 AM
You Might Be Too Old To Work For Google

Ageism is a problem in the modern day workplace, but it may be much more so in the tech industry. At Google if an employee is over 40 they are called a “greygler.” Even if someone is over 30 they are not as prized as those in their 20s


“There's no question the tech industry is filled with satisfying, high paying jobs. But a career in tech comes with a deadline of sorts.

After you turn 50, you'll likely find yourself struggling for job security and respect.

In tech these days, people in their 20's are worshiped. "Young people are just smarter," Mark Zuckerberg infamously said back in 2007.

People in their 30's are tolerated. "Don't fund anyone over 30" was the unwritten VC rule back in 2007, too.

Tech workers in their 40's are starting to look over their shoulder. (A group at Google called 'Greyglers' is for Google employees over 40.)

As for people in their 50's? Many are under tremendous stress. And those in their 60s and older are very hard to find. Even CEOs over a certain age face a constant stream of when-are-you-going-retire questions.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDphVJS9Aos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDphVJS9Aos)

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Adult language warning:

Tips To Save Money: Live In A Van At Work

“When 23-year-old Brandon headed from Massachusetts to the Bay Area in mid-May to start work as a software engineer at Google, he opted out of settling into an overpriced San Francisco apartment. Instead, he moved into a 128-square-foot truck.

The idea started to formulate while Brandon — who asked to withhold his last name and photo to maintain his privacy on campus — was interning at Google last summer and living in the cheapest corporate housing offered: two bedrooms and four people for about $65 a night (roughly $2,000 a month), he told Business Insider.

"I realized I was paying an exorbitant amount of money for the apartment I was staying in — and I was almost never home," he says. "It's really hard to justify throwing that kind of money away. You're essentially burning it — you're not putting equity in anything and you're not building it up for a future — and that was really hard for me to reconcile."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpHfmUOZd_k (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpHfmUOZd_k)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 13, 2016, 08:17:37 PM
Venus the two-faced cat has been described as the purrfect pet for Batman villain Two-Face, but Venus the cat is much better-looking than the coin-flipping villain. Her unusual face has made her an internet sensation, and Venus the two-faced cat’s one-of-a-kind look has also sparked plenty of speculation — no one knows for sure why the kitty has such a striking countenance.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/2634498/venus-the-two-faced-cat-charms-internet-with-pretty-face-is-she-really-a-chimera/#1wSatPUFxPfjojlL.99 (http://www.inquisitr.com/2634498/venus-the-two-faced-cat-charms-internet-with-pretty-face-is-she-really-a-chimera/#1wSatPUFxPfjojlL.99)

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Nature’s Photoshop – Venus the Two Face Cat

Meet Venus, a five-year-old tabby who’s become an internet sensation for her strikingly unusual appearance – half of her face is orange while the other is black!

The divide, right down the center of her face, seems too perfect to be true, so much so that you’ll be tempted to dismiss it as fake. It doesn’t help that her eyes are different of different colors as well, one green and the other blue. But on her website, Venus insists that she is 100 percent natural.

“No makeup at all,” she says. “Not even eyeliner. In the salon where I get my pedicures done Photoshop and spray paint aren’t even allowed.” And she also dismisses the idea that she’s a Chimera – a mythical lion-goat-snake creature. “It’s appalling, but hey, I didn’t invent the English language.”

(http://www.odditycentral.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Venus-Two-face-cat-600x600.jpg)
http://www.odditycentral.com/animals/natures-photoshop-venus-the-two-face-cat.html (http://www.odditycentral.com/animals/natures-photoshop-venus-the-two-face-cat.html)

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Venus the two faced cat

www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3h44c6FoAs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3h44c6FoAs#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 16, 2016, 10:54:23 PM
IN DEFENSE OF FOOD

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." With that seven-word maxim, US-based journalist Michael Pollan distills a career’s worth of reporting into a prescription for reversing the damage being done to people’s health by today’s industrially driven Western diet. Pollan offers an answer to one of the most urgent questions of our time: What should I eat to be healthy?

Full Episode
1:55:11 Aired: 12/29/15 Expires: 01/28/16 Rating: NR

http://www.pbs.org/video/2365635287/ (http://www.pbs.org/video/2365635287/)

Watch for free before the offer expires. You snooze, you lose.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 19, 2016, 08:07:07 AM
Taking a weed break at work. Where it’s actually allowed!

http://fox2now.com/2016/01/18/take-a-weed-break-at-work-its-allowed/ (http://fox2now.com/2016/01/18/take-a-weed-break-at-work-its-allowed/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blue2 on January 19, 2016, 09:45:26 AM
you can't believe that garbage.  It came from a Fox news outlet.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on January 19, 2016, 10:17:26 PM
(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1384078_418672128255180_2062656008_n.jpg?oh=562440c3477262cd5e709054063e3a6d&oe=5734E20E)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on January 19, 2016, 11:16:32 PM
Didn't have buses like this when I went to school.

https://www.facebook.com/GlobalAutomotiveConnection/videos/711447122212532/?theater (https://www.facebook.com/GlobalAutomotiveConnection/videos/711447122212532/?theater)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: CatLady on January 20, 2016, 11:27:53 AM
(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1384078_418672128255180_2062656008_n.jpg?oh=562440c3477262cd5e709054063e3a6d&oe=5734E20E)

I want one!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 20, 2016, 11:33:17 AM
I don't
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on January 20, 2016, 12:23:44 PM
Did you notice the pee or puke stains on the carpet?  :o
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 20, 2016, 12:28:00 PM
Did you notice the pee or puke stains on the carpet?  :o

I  tried not to (notice).......

Puke.....  all cats upchuck, it's how it is...  Nothing better that getting out of bed and trundling to the loo in your bare feet, in the dark and stepping in cold cat puke....  It's frigg'in wonderful.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 20, 2016, 12:29:01 PM
Really starts your day on a positive note................. ;D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 20, 2016, 07:22:26 PM
Photos: 15 Insects and Spiders That May Share Your Home
http://www.livescience.com/53408-photo-gallery-arthropods-indoors.html (http://www.livescience.com/53408-photo-gallery-arthropods-indoors.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 25, 2016, 06:50:21 AM
Is DARPA Building Cyborgs Or Just ‘Tech’ Enhanced Humans?
http://stgist.com/2016/01/is-darpa-and-us-military-building-cyborgs-or-just-enhanced-humans-6338 (http://stgist.com/2016/01/is-darpa-and-us-military-building-cyborgs-or-just-enhanced-humans-6338)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 25, 2016, 07:16:21 AM
Exploring Northville Regional Psychiatric Hospital

Opened in 1952 and closed in 2003. Northville Regional Psychiatric Hospital (NRPH) is located o 414 acres of land with total of 12 to 15 buildings being part of the hospital complex. It's really big , we did not have more time to explore rest of the buildings. There is a lot of stories about this place , some people believe its haunted , telling stories of abused patients and their ghosts..... To us , it was just exploration of a intresting building, in a very nice Northville Michigan.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApMDTalr6so (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApMDTalr6so#)

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.4199472,-83.4499639,997m/data= (https://www.google.com/maps/@42.4199472,-83.4499639,997m/data=)!3m1!1e3

https://www.google.com/maps/place/41001+W+Seven+Mile+Rd,+Northville,+MI+48167/@42.4201709,-83.4506218,996m/data= (https://www.google.com/maps/place/41001+W+Seven+Mile+Rd,+Northville,+MI+48167/@42.4201709,-83.4506218,996m/data=)!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x8824ad9562a8cb4b:0x34a25d6b8aecee23

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.4240049,-83.448708,3a,75y,171.55h,83.57t/data= (https://www.google.com/maps/@42.4240049,-83.448708,3a,75y,171.55h,83.57t/data=)!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sRtGnsDi1grUhU3U8VH93Gg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Broken glass and overgrown tree branches on the Northville Psychiatric Hospital in Northville Township which has been closed since 2005. Since that time the hospital has been broken into, ransacked, spray painted on and stripped of various items. The town has a "master plan" to demolish all the buildings on the 400 acre hospital campus and create a new family friendly park along with a community center.

The old Northville Psychiatric Hospital site in Northville Township attracts plenty of visitors.

The challenge is to replace the flashlight-toting trespassers with handbag-swinging shoppers and joggers.

The hospital closed in May 2003. Its 400-plus acre campus off East 7 Mile was sold by the state more than seven years ago.

Following a litigious spat between the township and developers and a failed Livonia annexation vote, the property is now split into two parcels with different ownership and redevelopment prospects.

All of the hospital's remaining 15 or so structures -- including 2 miles of underground tunnels -- sit abandoned on the larger 350-acre parcel, which Northville Township purchased in part in 2009 after voters approved a $23.5-million bond.

Early in 2012, the township enacted its master plan to gradually transform the psychiatric campus into a large recreational park with trails, walkings paths, ponds and gardens. An eventual goal is a $24.5-million community fitness center, including a swimming pool and tennis courts.

But progress is stalled until the township can obtain the estimated $9 million-$13 million necessary for demolishing the buildings, which contain asbestos. Nothing can happen until the buildings are razed, said Jennifer Frey, the township's community development director.

"It doesn't make sense to rehab them or keep them," Frey said. "They're pretty institutional-looking buildings. They weren't really cool Victorian architecture or like the old mental hospital in Traverse City. These buildings look nothing like that."

It's a different story for the smaller 82-acre parcel that fronts 7 Mile and Haggerty and is owned by REIS-Northville, the joint venture of Bloomfield Hills-based REI Investment Group and Schostak Brothers & Co. of Livonia. The wooded area once held doctors' and nurses' residences.

Today it rumbles with earthmoving machinery in preparation for construction early this year of Northville Park Place, a medical and commercial development to be anchored by a $39-million, 100,000-square-foot University of Michigan Health System clinic that is to open in fall 2014. The health system plans to close its Livonia Health Center and move those primary and specialty care services, as well as new ones, to Northville.

Construction of the 80,000-square-foot retail phase would begin sometime in 2013. John Truscott, the developers' representative, said the number of storefronts and restaurants in Park Place will depend on the needs of the tenants. According to engineering plans, the parcel would still contain room for future retail and a health clinic expansion.

The relationship between the township and developers was once severely strained. But today, township officials are banking on the developers' success to finance their park vision.

The township recently finalized a brownfield plan that, pending state approval, would allow future tax revenues captured from the shops and U-M clinic to be used for demolition on the township-owned parcel.

The township could decide to raze one or two buildings at a time as money comes in, or issue a bond to finance all of the demolition at once, said Paul Bohn, an attorney for the township.

The township has set aside a $200,000 Environmental Protection Agency cleanup grant for environment remediation work.

Northville State Hospital opened in 1952 as Michigan's largest and most modern mental hospital. It contained its own research facilities, movie theater, bowling alley, pool and even a morgue. There was a peak of 2,200 voluntary and involuntary resident patients in the mid-1960s.

But the hospital also was plagued through the years by complaints of overcrowding, oversedation, untimely deaths and allegations of rape and abuse. There were fewer than 300 patients when the site closed in 2003 as part of a cost-saving plan enacted under then-Gov. John Engler.

REIS-Northville bought the entire hospital parcel from the state for $31.5 million in 2007 after nearly three years of holdups.

The developers unveiled an ambitious pre-recession proposal for an $800-million urban village with seven-story buildings and 1,000 homes. But the township's Board of Trustees rejected the plan as too vast in scale. The developers then sued the township.

U.S. District Judge Sean Cox set the current ownership and development arrangements in 2009.

A year earlier, Livonia voters rejected an annexation proposal for the entire parcel that had the support of the developers but the ire of township officials.

Patrolling the hospital grounds keeps Northville Township police busy.

The department made more than 680 service calls to the property in 2012 and has documented reports of two nonfatal shootings there in recent years. One man shot himself in the leg and needed amputation, according to John Werth, the township's director of public safety.

Trespassers, when caught, face a misdemeanor and a $500 fine.

"Anybody that comes on that property, you will get a ticket," Werth said. "You might have one free night there where you don't get caught, but if you keep coming, we're going to catch you."

For safety and liability reasons, the township has turned down requests from ghost hunters and low-budget filmmakers seeking access to the property, said Frey, the community development director.

"There's been a lot of unauthorized exploration," she said. "It's mostly kids or adults who act like kids."

The most widely known interloper is John (Red) Wagner of Westland, 43, a veteran urban explorer who operates a website devoted to exploring the site's empty buildings and tunnels.

In an interview, he recalled visiting the hospital numerous times before it closed while his mother was a patient in the 1980s.

His website features photos and videos of him and others inside nearly every structure on the deserted campus.

Wagner said he discovered filing cabinets crammed with patient records and a cache of the leather straps once used to restrain some patients to their beds.

Recent visits reveal how scrappers have cleared out much of the buildings' objects and fixtures. Peeling walls are covered in graffiti and floors with broken glass. Entryways stand open to the elements.

A faded brochure rests on the floor tile among leaves and torn insulation. It reads: "Your Rights in a Psychiatric Hospital."
http://archive.freep.com/article/20130102/BUSINESS04/301020112/Turnaround-ahead-for-Northville-Psychiatric-Hospital-site- (http://archive.freep.com/article/20130102/BUSINESS04/301020112/Turnaround-ahead-for-Northville-Psychiatric-Hospital-site-)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on January 25, 2016, 06:57:51 PM
It is a neat old structure with some awesome architecture.  I had no idea it was on a 400 acre parcel though....that is some hefty real estate value in that area.
Title: The Most Wanted Fugitives Still On the Run
Post by: Frenchfry on January 27, 2016, 07:49:50 PM
The Most Wanted Fugitives Still On the Run

(http://i1.nyt.com/images/2015/12/29/us/30wanted-grid/30wanted-grid-jumbo.jpg)
Top row, from left: Yaser Abdel Said, Eduardo Ravelo, William Bradford Bishop Jr. and Glen Stewart Godwin. Bottom row, from left: Raymond Abbott-Baerga, David Benjamin Creamer, Corey Deshawn Gaston and Daniel William Hiers Jr.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/29/us/30xp-mostwanted.html?_r=1 (http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/29/us/30xp-mostwanted.html?_r=1)

The FBI's 9 most wanted fugitives still on the run
http://www.aol.com/article/2016/01/20/the-fbis-9-most-wanted-fugitives-still-on-the-run/21300231/ (http://www.aol.com/article/2016/01/20/the-fbis-9-most-wanted-fugitives-still-on-the-run/21300231/)
Title: MANHUNT: FORMER DIPLOMAT KILLS FIVE FAMILY MEMBERS, GOES ON THE RUN
Post by: Frenchfry on January 27, 2016, 07:53:45 PM
MANHUNT: FORMER DIPLOMAT KILLS FIVE FAMILY MEMBERS, GOES ON THE RUN
By any standard Bradford Bishop was a man of many accomplishments, with an Ivy League education, two master's degrees and a desirable career.

"Brad Bishop was a Foreign Service officer, highly intelligent," said FBI Case Agent Charles Adams. "He knew five or six languages, seemed to have this all-American family, high school sweetheart, three good-looking kids, traveled around the world, belonged to the local tennis club, just appeared to have it all."

Bradford Bishop is accused of killing his mother, wife and his three young children. He then vanished.

With his knowledge and credentials, the suspected mass murderer could be anywhere.

At the time of the murders, Bishop was only 39; today he would be 79.

Bishop was put on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. The agency hopes that will generate even more leads and close the case once and for all.

The FBI has even come up with an age-progressed model and age-progression pictures of how Bishop might look today.

And remember these character traits as well: Bishop was an avid camper and hiker who loved to drink scotch and eat peanuts and spicy foods.
http://crimewatchdaily.com/2016/01/18/manhunt-former-diplomat-kills-five-family-members-goes-on-the-run/ (http://crimewatchdaily.com/2016/01/18/manhunt-former-diplomat-kills-five-family-members-goes-on-the-run/)

(https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/april/william-bradford-bishop-added-to-fbi-top-ten-list/image/william-bishop-poster-thumbnail)
https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/april/william-bradford-bishop-added-to-fbi-top-ten-list (https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/april/william-bradford-bishop-added-to-fbi-top-ten-list)

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/april/william-bradford-bishop-added-to-fbi-top-ten-list/photo-gallery-william-bradford-bishop (https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/april/william-bradford-bishop-added-to-fbi-top-ten-list/photo-gallery-william-bradford-bishop)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Professor H on January 28, 2016, 11:47:46 AM
Well call me skeptical without reading the facts -

A spy's family is killed - he disappears... back in the 70's and hasn't been seen or heard from since?     

Since the FBI can't even carry on a cut and dried investigation of emails on a thumb drive, or a server... 
what can they do on a cold case where a spy was probably killed to send a message...
I'd say he's likely in the same area Hoffa is...
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on January 28, 2016, 11:12:59 PM
Drone racing in Miami Dolphin's stadium.

https://www.facebook.com/quartznews/videos/1098586363508398/ (https://www.facebook.com/quartznews/videos/1098586363508398/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on January 29, 2016, 04:45:36 PM
Darth Vader fireplace, nice.

https://www.facebook.com/The501stLegion/videos/10153607541764752/ (https://www.facebook.com/The501stLegion/videos/10153607541764752/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 29, 2016, 04:50:18 PM
Adult language warning:

Woman Thinks She’s A Cat Trapped In Human Body

A twenty-year-old woman insists that she is not a human being, she is actually a cat. Is she insane? Starved for attention? Both?

"This Norwegian woman has taken that feeling to the next level. Nano claims she realised she was a cat when she was 16 years old, and has adopted feline mannerisms since.

The 20-year-old has opened up about her life as a puss, describing how she has a superior sense of hearing and sight which allows her to hunt mice in the dark.

She made the revelation in a YouTube video, which has been viewed over 100,000 times.

Nano claims to possess many feline characteristics including a hatred of water and the ability to communicate simply by meowing.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gWXwbToNpA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gWXwbToNpA)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 29, 2016, 06:09:05 PM
Well call me skeptical without reading the facts -

A spy's family is killed - he disappears... back in the 70's and hasn't been seen or heard from since?     

Since the FBI can't even carry on a cut and dried investigation of emails on a thumb drive, or a server... 
what can they do on a cold case where a spy was probably killed to send a message...
I'd say he's likely in the same area Hoffa is...
After learning of this career disappointment, Bishop told his secretary he didn’t feel well and left work early.[1] Shortly thereafter, police believe that he first drove from Foggy Bottom (the neighborhood where he worked at the U.S. State Department headquarters) to the bank where he withdrew several hundred dollars. He then drove to Montgomery Mall and bought a ball-peen hammer and a gas can at Sears.[10] He then filled the gas can and family station wagon up at a gas station next to the mall.[10] From there, he drove to Poch's hardware, which at the time, was located next to Safeway, at the intersection of River Road and Falls Road. This is where police believe he purchased a shovel and pitchfork.[10] He returned to his home in Bethesda, Maryland, at around 7:30 to 8:00 pm (19:30 to 20:00), after the children were put to bed. The police investigation shows that his wife was probably killed first.[2] His mother, who was returning home from walking the family's Golden Retriever, was killed next.[2] Finally, his three sons were killed while they slept in their beds in the upstairs bedroom.[2]

With the bodies loaded into the family station wagon, Bishop allegedly drove 275 miles (443 km), about a six-hour drive, to a densely wooded swamp off North Carolina Highway 94, about 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Columbia, North Carolina.[10] There, on March 2, he dug a shallow hole where he piled the bodies, doused them with gasoline, and set them ablaze.[10] Later the same day, a North Carolina state forest ranger was dispatched by a spotter in a fire tower to an area where smoke was rising from the trees; the fire spread over three acres.[10] The ranger discovered the burned bodies along with a gas can, a pitchfork, and a shovel with a label of "OCH HDW", which was tracked to Poch's Hardware a week later.[10]

It was later confirmed that Bishop visited a sporting goods store in Jacksonville, North Carolina, that same day and used his credit card to purchase tennis shoes.[1] According to witnesses, he had the family dog, a golden retriever named Leo, with him on a leash and was possibly, but not certainly, accompanied by a woman described as "dark skinned".[11]

According to police reports, a week later, on March 10, a neighbor of the Bishops in the Carderock Springs neighborhood in Bethesda, grew concerned about the family's absence, claiming she hadn't seen them for about a week. The neighbor contacted local police, who dispatched a detective to the nearby neighborhood. After meeting the neighbor, who had a key to the Bishop home, the detective decided to enter the home to see if anything was wrong. As he approached the front door, he found droplets of blood on the front porch and entered the house to discover spattered blood on the floor and walls. The children's room was covered from ceiling to floor and wall to wall with blood, as well. The detective stated that in his 12 years as a police officer, it was the worst crime scene he had ever observed. In addition, it was stated that one of the most disturbing pieces of evidence were marks on the ceiling of a bedroom where two boys were sleeping in bunk beds of the hammer swinging and hitting the ceiling. Shortly afterward, dental records were used to confirm that the bodies found in North Carolina were of Bishop's wife, Annette, his mother, and three sons.[12]

On March 18, the Bishop family car, a 1974 Chevy station wagon, was found abandoned at an isolated campground in Elkmont, Tennessee[13] in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a few miles from the Appalachian Trail and about 400 miles (640 km) from the Columbia-area pyre.[1][10] The car contained dog biscuits, a bloody blanket, a shotgun, an ax and a shaving kit with Serax; the spare-tire well in the trunk was full of blood.[10] According to a witness, the car had been there since March 5–7. Police theorized that Bishop could have joined the flow of hikers on the Appalachian Trail. They attempted to follow his scent with bloodhounds, without success.

On March 19, 1976, a grand jury indicted Bishop on five counts of first-degree murder and other charges. Evidence included his disappearance, the sighting afterward in the vicinity of the bodies, and bloody stains inside the family home that matched both his fingerprints and the blood of his family members.[10]

More here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradford_Bishop
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on January 30, 2016, 05:12:35 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bTVfk_tNXe0/VANEoQcoHPI/AAAAAAAAt00/wx2ZOSywZDc/s1600/laborunions.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: arpydave on February 04, 2016, 06:18:38 PM
Why you need to vet everything, including Wiki. And maybe even this post!  ;D

Wikipedia's longest hoax ever gets busted after more than ten years

http://www.techinsider.io/wikipedia-longest-running-hoax-2015-10 (http://www.techinsider.io/wikipedia-longest-running-hoax-2015-10)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 12, 2016, 05:56:49 PM
Hey MN...I found a perfect job for you.

Of course the forum members would have to do without you for the 2-3 years you'd be on assignment...but I think we'd manage.  ;D

In anticipation of returning human spaceflight launches to American soil, and in preparation for the agency’s journey to Mars, NASA announced it will soon begin accepting applications for the next class of astronaut candidates. With more human spacecraft in development in the United States today than at any other time in history, future astronauts will launch once again from the Space Coast of Florida on American-made commercial spacecraft, and carry out deep-space exploration missions that will advance a future human mission to Mars.
The agency will accept applications from Dec. 14 through mid-February and expects to announce candidates selected in mid-2017. Applications for consideration as a NASA Astronaut will be accepted at:

http://www.usajobs.gov (http://www.usajobs.gov)

http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/be-an-astronaut-nasa-seeks-explorers-for-future-space-missions (http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/be-an-astronaut-nasa-seeks-explorers-for-future-space-missions)

Title: Ohio Art sells its Etch A Sketch line
Post by: BigRedDog on February 12, 2016, 06:33:48 PM
I wonder if they will survive?

These were one of our 'toys' before we had cell phones and tablets to pass our time ;) ;) ;)

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2016/02/12/Ohio-Art-sells-its-Etch-A-Sketch-line.html (http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2016/02/12/Ohio-Art-sells-its-Etch-A-Sketch-line.html)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 12, 2016, 06:52:00 PM
Dollar General sued over ‘deceptive’ store-brand motor oil

The suit alleges that Dollar General has deceived its customers in marketing the store-brand motor oil by obscuring a warning placed on the back of each bottle in which its stated that the product shouldn’t be used in cars made this side of the 20th century.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/dec/22/dollar-general-sued-deceptive-motor-oil/ (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/dec/22/dollar-general-sued-deceptive-motor-oil/)

===

The front label of the DG 10W-30 oil looks like any other oil, but a warning on the back of the bottle advises that the product is “not suitable” for “engines built after 1988.”

http://abcnews.go.com/US/gma-investigates-dollar-general-stores-facing-multiple-lawsuits/story?id=36876976 (http://abcnews.go.com/US/gma-investigates-dollar-general-stores-facing-multiple-lawsuits/story?id=36876976)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 13, 2016, 07:08:28 PM
Homeless Detroit man accepts credit cards, has website
http://wncn.com/2016/01/31/homeless-detroit-man-accepts-credit-cards-has-website/ (http://wncn.com/2016/01/31/homeless-detroit-man-accepts-credit-cards-has-website/)
Title: Re: Ohio Art sells its Etch A Sketch line
Post by: SidecarFlip on February 13, 2016, 07:18:25 PM
I wonder if they will survive?

These were one of our 'toys' before we had cell phones and tablets to pass our time ;) ;) ;)

[url]http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2016/02/12/Ohio-Art-sells-its-Etch-A-Sketch-line.html[/url] ([url]http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2016/02/12/Ohio-Art-sells-its-Etch-A-Sketch-line.html[/url])


I still have one from when I was a kid.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Frenchfry on February 13, 2016, 07:26:42 PM
Well that's the thanks the public gets for bailing them out.    >:(

2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid To Be Imported From China To U.S.
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1102060_2017-cadillac-ct6-plug-in-hybrid-to-be-imported-from-china-to-u-s (http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1102060_2017-cadillac-ct6-plug-in-hybrid-to-be-imported-from-china-to-u-s)
Title: Re: FOR SALE: Own a huge piece of Hell... Michigan
Post by: BigRedDog on March 14, 2016, 12:31:52 PM
Looks like they may have at least one potential buyer!

[url]http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/02/26/michigan-kickstarter-campaign/24054799/[/url] ([url]http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/02/26/michigan-kickstarter-campaign/24054799/[/url])


Appears that Hell is overpriced :o :o :o

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/106950880-story (http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/106950880-story)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blue2 on March 14, 2016, 04:37:19 PM
We blame the car companies and other corporations for moving operations offshore.  But guess who the real culprit is. 
Wall Street!
The guys that are destroying our country and the worlds economy,
They threaten corporations that they will dump stock if they don't generate X profit..
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on March 26, 2016, 09:46:10 AM
While we were on the road Florida bound we had stopped for gas somewhere north of Atlanta.  In pulled a black and white 2016 Corvette.  Talked to the guy for a bit...  they were on their way back from a Corvette Expo just east of Knoxville.

http://www.corvetteexpo.com/ (http://www.corvetteexpo.com/)

This is a picture from Car and Driver magazine...  I didn't take any.

(http://blog.caranddriver.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/2016-Chevrolet-Corvette-102-876x535.jpg)

Then the next day we saw another one (same color combo) down here in Florida.  It had Georgia plates on it so I suppose it might have been the same one but I'd guess the odds are against that.  Nice car if you don't have a lot of stuff to carry 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on March 26, 2016, 11:14:58 AM
Sexy, very sexy.......just short of Kim Kardashian sexy!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on March 26, 2016, 04:07:48 PM
Corners and edges are too sharp...I like smooooth edges.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on March 26, 2016, 05:05:57 PM
(https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/12472651_978450715525811_6921197264819004399_n.jpg?oh=9a0a0bfa82f49d09a4dca6f0255adf77&oe=57774173)

March 25, 1954...RCA Begins Production Of Their First Color TV Sets 62 years ago today, RCA began to build their first color home receiver set...the CT 100. These sets are quite rare today, because by late fall of 1954, RCA had perfected their new 21" picture tube and recalled most of the original 15" models, and swapped them at no cost. The sets were originally priced at $1000, but with only a few color shows on NBC, there were few takers.

By August of '54, they had cut the price to $495, and they lost money on each set, but in the long run, made a fat profit. Interestingly, Westinghouse had introduced a color set just two weeks before, but it was based on the RCA compatible color design. Estimates put the total number of these 21" CT 100s at 4400 and there are thought to be around 160 in existence today.

Unfortunately, neither the Westinghouse or RCA color sets were very clear or sharp compared to even SD images in the early 60s. Enjoy and share! -Bobby Ellerbee
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 26, 2016, 10:24:09 PM
While we were on the road Florida bound we had stopped for gas somewhere north of Atlanta.  In pulled a black and white 2016 Corvette.  Talked to the guy for a bit...  they were on their way back from a Corvette Expo just east of Knoxville.

[url]http://www.corvetteexpo.com/[/url] ([url]http://www.corvetteexpo.com/[/url])

This is a picture from Car and Driver magazine...  I didn't take any.

([url]http://blog.caranddriver.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/2016-Chevrolet-Corvette-102-876x535.jpg[/url])

Then the next day we saw another one (same color combo) down here in Florida.  It had Georgia plates on it so I suppose it might have been the same one but I'd guess the odds are against that.  Nice car if you don't have a lot of stuff to carry 8) 8) 8)


First glance I thought it was a Camaro.  I don't like it either.  It looks Government Motors to me. 

Gimme a 67, 427/390 /4 speed Stingray Convertible, BRG with tan leather and cast aluminum knockoff's with off the road pipes.

Make sure it's paid for and has a clear title.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on March 26, 2016, 11:41:20 PM
Yeah, a '67 is beautiful, but I really like the '58.

(http://assets.blog.hemmings.com/wp-content/uploads//2014/01/1967CorvetteL88_01_1000.jpg)

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ea/Corvette-je-1958.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blue2 on March 27, 2016, 08:32:04 AM
I'm not picky.  I'll take either one
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 27, 2016, 08:55:46 AM
The early Corvettes had some suspension issues, they had rather crude suspensions basically a passenger car suspension with a 'swoopy' for the era body.

My dad had a 66 Stingray convertible, 427 / 390 (single quadrajunk) with a 4 speed, Milano Red with tan leather.  Pretty hard to screw in but I managed it....lol

I'm not fond of anything past 67, when they went to the new body style.  Back in Cleveland I had a bud who had 68 427 / 435 triple 2 barrels with a 4 speed.  It was fast but hotter than heck in the summer, fiberglass bodies are good heat insulators.

Never owned one myself.  I think I'd take a 66 Shelby Mustang 500KR over a Corvette anyday or a mid 60's Pontiac GP 389 with triples.

Roads out here aren't friendly for low slung cars.  In fact, they aren't friendly for cars at all.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Tiny on March 27, 2016, 10:23:05 PM
Hungry rabbit in Monroe.

https://www.facebook.com/mandy52799/videos/10152654157191637/ (https://www.facebook.com/mandy52799/videos/10152654157191637/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: blue2 on March 27, 2016, 10:28:43 PM
My buddy had the 65 stingray. 396/425hp. I had same engine in the impala with 4:56. I think he had that too. He could never beat me in a drag race. 
The really sad thing is he quit driving it and was going to give it to me. He nothing but like 2nd or 3rd cousins that inherited it. He perished in a house fire and wasn't physically able to get out. That was sad
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: Professor H on May 02, 2016, 01:59:09 PM

R-Rated - and you need the volume to understand...

Got a belly laugh from this advertisement - once you see the end you'll get it.

https://www.facebook.com/635697089915293/videos/636145679870434/ (https://www.facebook.com/635697089915293/videos/636145679870434/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: BigRedDog on May 08, 2016, 08:42:39 AM
Bought a new brush trimmer Friday...

It's a Stihl with the four stroke engine that you mix the oil in the fuel. 

I've had an old (probably 25 years) 2 stroke one that I have just literally worn out.  They say you can't wear some things out (including a Stihl) but I wore this one out.  Used son's slightly smaller one last year but never heard it running in the distance because I was always the one using it.  Got this one going and my wife was trimming around her flower gardens and I was way out back working...   that thing sounds terrible!!!!  But there's nothing wrong with it at all.  Our son used it for a bit yesterday and he says it has more low end torque than his does (slightly larger engine). 

What was a real surprise is even our son's trimmer (which is a few years old) had just a shoulder strap.  This new one has a full 'race style' chest harness with a big plastic shield on your hip where the trimmer rides against the operator.  Should help out with operator fatigue on those long projects.

So far real happy with it.  It came with a 2 year warranty but they extended the warranty to 4 years if I bought a 6-pack of oil.  I needed more oil anyway so that part was a no brainer. 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: The Fuzz on May 08, 2016, 08:44:44 AM
R-Rated - and you need the volume to understand...

Got a belly laugh from this advertisement - once you see the end you'll get it.

https://www.facebook.com/635697089915293/videos/636145679870434/ (https://www.facebook.com/635697089915293/videos/636145679870434/)

LOL......good one!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 08, 2016, 09:24:42 AM