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October 23, 2008


Not_an_arab …”I worship Obama. There. I said it. I sacrifice birds to him. Chickens, mostly, but an occasional finch or starling. I have a shrine to Obama in my bedroom, with a statue of him I have fashioned out of wax and a hair clipping I am told was taken from Barack. I improvise songs in Creole and ply the effigy with rum and spiced candies, and bid it to do my doing. Sometimes groups of us dance naked around the Obama shrine to the insistent tattoo of a tribal drum, and then, smeared in chicken's blood, we have a profane orgy. Obama finds things I have lost, he heals my illness, he protects my possessions, and he curses my enemies. Obama makes women fall in love with me, and gives me the sexual stamina of a goat. Obama sends money my way, and makes me bulletproof. Obama appears before us in the clothes of an undertaker, smoking a cigar, and brings the dead back to life, and army of the undead that even now wait for their orders.

Obama is not God. Obama is better than God, because God is distant and strange. Obama calls us at night and sings us to sleep with songs of hope. And we will all worship him one day, or he will kill those that deny him with a sword made from the spine of John McCain…”

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(By Max "Bunny" Sparber, found on Metafilter)

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The toilet seats at Google are no longer heated


50 Strange Buildings of the World. (Thank you, Dafna)

20 Beautiful Bridges From Around the World

Google Employees Press 14 Buttons to Operate Their Toilets. From “Top Ten Ways to Tell If Things Are Really Bad

Also: Loo with a view: The world's toilets with the best vistas

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October 20, 2008

BBC Hardcore

Sixty_nine The BBC entered a new era this weekend with the launch of ‘BBC Hardcore’ – a free to air pornography channel intended to compete with the fastest growing area of digital broadcasting. ‘BBC 69’ as it will also be known will cater for those who are currently being attracted away from the corporation’s mainstream channels by programmes featuring large breasted women having sex with unlikely strangers at very little prompting. BBC Launches Pornography Channel

Also there, Investment Banks switch status to 'Casinos'

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What do Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain and Sarah Palin equal? Find out with these pictograms what your fellow voters think of the candidates

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Two moves

This is one of the best kept secrets with the Rubik’s Cube. Anyone can solve the Rubik’s Cube without studying or having to learn complicated algorithms. Watch the video to learn how

The new Rubik's Cube

Re-post: Rubikcubism (Scroll all the way to the right. From Terra Pixela)

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Bad to the bone

On the day I was born, the nurses all gathered 'round
And they gazed in wide wonder, at the joy they had found
The head nurse spoke up, and she said leave this one alone
She could tell right away, that I was bad to the bone

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October 18, 2008

MILF wedding

You're 24, she's 48, and you want to marry her? Is she Sharon Stone? Well, she doesn't need to be. Here is an "ordinary" MILF wedding: it looks like they're madly in love. Enjoy.

MILF wedding

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Also, Toothbrush face, from Creepzilla

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23 Tubes 1 Bowl

Us_1242872 Over the years I’ve ended up with quite a few sample-size tubes of toothpaste. I dislike the strong, lingering flavors of most of these toothpastes, so … I had a bunch of tubes which were past expiration and needing to be thrown out. 23 tubes (and four small sample packs), in fact.

Before throwing them out I decided to squeeze them all into one bowl. Next I stirred it all together, found that a spoon will almost stand up in it, then put some on my toothbrush and brushed my teeth with it

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What did they have in Russian shops during the Soviet Era when all the shops in Russia belonged to the state and the state was the only merchant?

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In 1916, Clarence Saunders opened the first self-service Piggly Wiggly store in Memphis, Tennessee. Customers paid cash and selected their own goods from the shelves. The store incorporated shopping baskets, self-service branded products, and checkouts at the front. Removing unnecessary clerks, creating elaborate aisle displays, and rearranging the store to force customers to view all of the merchandise were just some of the characteristics of the early Piggly Wiggly stores. The concept of the "Self-Serving Store" was patented by Saunders in 1917.

Keedoozle was Clarence Saunders' electrically operated grocery store. In 1937, Saunders designed and constructed a prototype of an automated store, which he called the " Keedoozle". Keedoozle was a completely automated store. In the “Keedoozle”, merchandise was displayed as single units each within a glass cabinet under which was a keyhole. Customers entering the store were handed a small pistol-like key that they placed in the keyhole below the goods they wished to buy, the quantity being determined by the number of times they pulled the key's trigger. This action, recorded on punched tape, activated back office machinery to assemble the order, which was then dispatched to the checkout on a conveyor belt. On reaching the checkout, the customer's tape was run through a reader to produce the bill, their groceries being assembled, boxed and waiting for collection. This system eliminated the need for shopping carts; and it increased savings in space, in the labour needed to stock the shelves, and in the time customers spent queuing at the checkout. Alas, the machinery proved unreliable, particularly at busy times and the resulting delays coupled with a heavy maintenance bill killed Keydoozle

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Mining dirge

Salt_mine At Lake Katwe in western Uganda local residents are offered a chance for a job, at considerable cost to their health. Around 700 men, women and children work to extract salt from the brackish waters. They earn $30 a week for their labors, a decent wage by Ugandan standards.

The Terrible Beauty of the Salt Mine

Previously on grow-a-brain: The Wieliczka Salt Mine

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Gears and pulleys

 Gears A gear is a component within a transmission device that transmits rotational force to another gear or device. A gear is different from a pulley in that a gear is a round wheel which has linkages ("teeth" or "cogs") that mesh with other gear teeth, allowing force to be fully transferred without slippage. Depending on their construction and arrangement, geared devices can transmit forces at different speeds, torques, or in a different direction, from the power source. Gears and pulleys

More Technology for Students

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Pencil Art by Ghost Patrol. (From Picdit)

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Whatever will be, will be

Doris Day in “The Man Who Knew Too Much”

50 Hitchcock's memorable moments

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By Michel Gingras

Fractal temples by Stefan Vitanov

The Mystery of the real, 3D Mandelbrot Fractal. (From Metafilter)

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Sometimes the leak is so bad that even a plumber can't fix it…

Obama_cake Postcards from Camelot

Designers for Obama

Vector Tutorial of Obama’s O Logo

84 posters inspired by the original Shepard Fairey HOPE poster

The streets will be made of cheese When Obama wins

…It’s gonna take a while to Restore confidence in the financial system. We’ll make sure as time goes by that it doesn’t happen again…

(Obama cake above from Team Sugar)

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Btw, I just finished reading Dreams from my father & I found it to be beautifully written & heart-felt. This reflective memoir, which was composed in 1995, long before he started running for public office, describes Obama's world views as if it was written today. Here is an early introduction of Barack by author Scott Turow from March 2004. déjà vu

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October 15, 2008

It’s a great time to invest

- with Reliable Dividend Growth Fund Investments

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Happy Global Handwashing Day


Today is Global Handwashing Day, a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to wash their hands with soap.

Go & wash, especially after you go to the bathroom, and before you shake my hand. Thank you.

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October 14, 2008


Uss_john_c_stennis Guy Kawasaki had been to many interesting places, but nothing compares to his twenty-four hour visit to the USS John C. Stennis, an aircraft carrier. He was a guest of the Navy who operates a program that tries to bolster recruiting.

While describing the visit, Guy composed what is probably the longest posting in the history of blogging. It contains over 130 photos and five videos.

From wikipedia, some details about the USS John C. Stennis:

• Crew size: 5,617 (including air wing)
• Meals served daily: 16,600
• Number of compartments: 2,700
• Number of telephones: 2,000
• Tons of structural steel: More than 60,000 short tons (55,000 metric tons)
• Length of cable and wiring: over 900 miles
• Number of light fixtures: more than 30,000
• Required technical manuals: A stack as high as the Washington Monument at 555 feet
• Bed mattresses: If lined up end-to-end, they would stretch more than 9 miles
• Sheets: 28,000
• Pillow Cases: 14,000
• Cost: $4.5 billion; projected service life: 50 years

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