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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #150 on: December 18, 2009, 03:42:31 PM »
What do people think about the new "Fire Safe Cigarettes"?
I've seen them at truck stops along the highway I travel. They sound ... dangerous to me. It's such new technology, who knows what other side effects there will be ("Oh, OK so instead of inhaling nicotine and other various chemicals, I'll just suck on this electric stick and inhale those fumes! Great!")

And isn't there some dispute over whether the FDA has actually approved them?
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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #151 on: December 18, 2009, 05:06:36 PM »
I've seen them at truck stops along the highway I travel. They sound ... dangerous to me. It's such new technology, who knows what other side effects there will be ("Oh, OK so instead of inhaling nicotine and other various chemicals, I'll just suck on this electric stick and inhale those fumes! Great!")

And isn't there some dispute over whether the FDA has actually approved them?

The article he posted is talking about a new brand of cigarettes that put them selves out when not being smoked, you're referring to the electric cigarettes where they turn nicotine into mist and you inhale it. As far as the side effects of the electric cigs, I don't think they are anything really special, but you can hurt your self from nicotine poisoning pretty badly [and kill your self] if you're not careful.

Back on topic of the new chemicals being added to the cigs, I can see the concern, but amongst all the other deadly and horrific chemicals [for smokers: fucking awesome things] being added it makes you wonder why people are really complaining about something that is probably no more harmless then the other ingredients in a cigarette.

Personally I haven't smoked in over two months now.  :ubik:
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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #152 on: December 23, 2009, 08:16:35 PM »
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/12/23/uk.fugitive.facebook.prison/index.html

You guys have to read this. Guy escapes from prison, then posts on facebook about how he's eating delicious steak and planning to fuck women.  MALE OF THE YEAR.
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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #153 on: December 25, 2009, 03:02:11 AM »
Brittnay Murphy is dead. I cant post a link right now but maybe someone else could.

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #154 on: December 25, 2009, 05:28:59 AM »
Brittnay Murphy is dead. I cant post a link right now but maybe someone else could.
Spelled Brittany. And she died on Dec. 20 so... kinda old news.
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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #155 on: January 05, 2010, 02:46:55 AM »
Criminal eludes authorities in real world, gets busted in World of Warcraft:

http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/plugged-in/warcraft-helps-catch-a-crook/1383804

This could only be better if he was busted playing a game with heavy Orwellian themes. :guts:

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #156 on: January 15, 2010, 08:55:45 AM »
Nothing major, just because these things creep me out. (Possibly not real)

http://zuzutop.com/2009/11/photo-of-huge-55ft-snake-shocks-world/

Good run down on why its fake:
http://maxzoo.blogspot.com/2009/11/giant-snakes-for-goodness-sakes.html

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #157 on: January 15, 2010, 09:46:18 AM »
It's Wrath-Amon!

Berserk isn't really "dark fantasy" either. It's plain fantasy
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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #158 on: January 18, 2010, 02:49:39 PM »
Dragon Ball Actor Daisuke Gouri Passes Away

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reports that Gouri was discovered, with blood dripping from his wrist, by a passerby on a street in Nakano ward. Police officers at Nakano station are investigating his death as a possible suicide. According to the authorities, Gouri apparently collapsed face-down onto the street at about 3:00 p.m. The Yomiuri Shimbun paper adds that a knife was found under him along with a last will nearby.


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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #159 on: January 25, 2010, 07:04:31 PM »
A few items of interest/hilarity I stumbled onto while bored at work:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/01/25/BAAV1BMF32.DTL&tsp=1
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Nancy "Sunny" Bostrom, whom police briefly labeled a "person of interest" last year after her mother's mummified corpse was found seated in the living room of her Piedmont home, is running for City Council in the East Bay town.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2010/01/25/diff-rent-strokes-star-gary-coleman-arrested-over-domestic-assault-115875-21993947/
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Diff'rent Strokes star Gary Coleman has been arrested on a charge of domestic assault.

The 41-year-old actor - famous for his catchphrase "What choo talkin' bout Willis?" was booked at his home in Santaquin, Utah, after a civil disturbance, according to reports in the U.S.
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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #160 on: January 28, 2010, 05:45:48 PM »

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #161 on: January 28, 2010, 06:35:37 PM »
Yeah I just found out... I'm a huge fan of his novels, and when I first read that he'd died, I'd wished it were a mistake. I had a similar feeling when John Hughes died last  year.

For more than a decade now, I've been wondering if this story would prove true after Salinger's death:

Quote from: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-23402234.html

Salinger May Have Unpublished Books
03-22-1999

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A neighbor of writer J.D. Salinger says the author of ``The Catcher in the Rye'' has a cache of up to 15 unpublished books locked up in his home.

Jerry Burt, of Plainfield, who was friends with Salinger in the 1960s and lives near the author, told The Associated Press on Saturday that Salinger said in 1978 he'd written 15 or 16 other books.

Burt said the books were apparently hidden in a walk-in bank safe installed in Salinger's home. During a visit, Burt saw the safe open, but he said it was dark inside and he didn't see any books.
To back this up, in his daughter's memoir (which I haven't read so I can't back this up), she said one day her father brought her into a room with a big locked box. Inside were several manuscripts. He instructed her that when he died, these were to be published at some predetermined schedule, but were never to be published while he was still alive.

I guess we'll wait and see.
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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #162 on: January 28, 2010, 11:10:55 PM »

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #163 on: January 28, 2010, 11:16:32 PM »
That's perfect  :guts:
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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #164 on: January 29, 2010, 11:45:12 PM »
Speaking of books...

School system in Va. won't teach version of Anne Frank book

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/28/AR2010012804001.html?g=0

At least not the new version which restored pages concerning her emerging sexual feelings and some negative views of others in hiding, which while it seems a hasty decision based on one complaint, probably doesn't really matter much, but I posted this for this excerpt:

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The ALA has documented only six challenges to "The Diary of Anne Frank" since it began monitoring formal written complaints to remove or restrict books in 1990. Most of the concerns were about sexually explicit material, Maycock said. One record dating to 1983 from an Alabama textbook committee said the book was "a real downer" and called for its rejection from schools.

Right out of The Onion, man.

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #165 on: January 30, 2010, 12:15:40 AM »
You guys have got nothing on this:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jan/25/oral-sex-dictionary-ban-us-schools

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A parent's complaint over a 'sexually graphic' definition has seen dictionaries removed from southern Californian schools

Dictionaries have been removed from classrooms in southern California schools after a parent complained about a child reading the definition for "oral sex".

Merriam Webster's 10th edition, which has been used for the past few years in fourth and fifth grade classrooms (for children aged nine to 10) in Menifee Union school district, has been pulled from shelves over fears that the "sexually graphic" entry is "just not age appropriate", according to the area's local paper.

The dictionary's online definition of the term is "oral stimulation of the genitals". "It's hard to sit and read the dictionary, but we'll be looking to find other things of a graphic nature," district spokeswoman Betti Cadmus told the paper.

While some parents have praised the move "[it's] a prestigious dictionary that's used in the Riverside County spelling bee, but I also imagine there are words in there of concern," said Randy Freeman others have raised concerns. "It is not such a bad thing for a kid to have the wherewithal to go and look up a word he may have even heard on the playground," father Jason Rogers told local press. "You have to draw the line somewhere. What are they going to do next, pull encyclopaedias because they list parts of the human anatomy like the penis and vagina?"

A panel is now reviewing whether the Menifee ban will be made permanent. The Merriam Webster dictionary joins an illustrious set of books that have been banned or challenged in the US, including Nobel prize winner Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, which last year was suspended from and then reinstated to the curriculum at a Michigan school after complaints from parents about its coverage of graphic sex and violence, and titles by Khaled Hosseini and Philip Pullman, included in the American Library Association's list of books that inspired most complaints last year.

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #166 on: February 04, 2010, 05:12:22 AM »
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_britain_secret_castle

This guy is awesome, I hope he beats those evil planners! We Californians know just how sinister those types are.

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #167 on: February 04, 2010, 05:50:45 AM »
You guys have got nothing on this:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jan/25/oral-sex-dictionary-ban-us-schools


Hahaha, I have to tell you, my girlfriends cousins' kids are around that age and I find this type of censorship hilarious. Gotta give most of the credit to my slightly wicked sense of humor, but I like to imagine what it's going to be like when these kids start to rebel. I mean, seriously, you don't want 10 year-olds to know what oral sex is? That's fine with me, just wait a few more years and they'll learn the natural way. What're the parents going to do then? Start shooting anyone who wears short pants or a tank top around their family?

This has to be particularly strange to you Aaz, living in France and all. Aren't you jealous of those of us living in "moral America"?

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #168 on: February 04, 2010, 06:17:29 AM »
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_britain_secret_castle

This guy is awesome, I hope he beats those evil planners! We Californians know just how sinister those types are.
Aww, who didn't want to live in a secret castle at some point? Poor guy. :judo:

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #169 on: February 04, 2010, 07:01:18 AM »
Hahaha, I have to tell you, my girlfriend...

Hmmm, sounds familiar, I wonder...

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Yep, this just in: Deci allegedly has a GIRLFRIEND, everybody! :troll: :ubik:

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #170 on: February 04, 2010, 07:15:43 AM »
Hmmm, sounds familiar, I wonder...

Yep, this just in: Deci allegedly has a GIRLFRIEND, everybody! :troll: :ubik:

Stay tuned, still awaiting confirmation from a second source.

LOL - very nice sir. that is too freakin funny!!!!
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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #171 on: February 04, 2010, 07:18:59 AM »
Tip of the hat to Griff, my good Sir. You are a gentleman and a scholar.

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« Reply #172 on: February 04, 2010, 07:28:03 AM »
I had never laughed so hard at 6:00 in the morning. Well done, Griff.

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #173 on: February 04, 2010, 11:05:38 AM »
This has to be particularly strange to you Aaz, living in France and all. Aren't you jealous of those of us living in "moral America"?

I don't think France is very different from other European countries in that regard, but yeah, American puritanism is disgusting.

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #174 on: February 05, 2010, 12:54:06 AM »
Thanks guys, though that post wrote itself, moving on...


Bizarre attack ad heats up California Senate race

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_pl1112

This thing needs to be seen in its entirety to be believed (follow the link to the embedded video), first it goes laughably over the top, then it literally turns into a joke. :ganishka:

Also, the sheep metaphors remind me of Berserk, almost like an ad one would run against Griffith. :guts: