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Sep 8, 2013

Giant Rubber Duck

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A reporter stands along the waterfront to look at a 60-foot-high rubber duck at the Beijing Garden Expo Park. After touring 13 cities in 10 countries, the giant rubber duck, designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, will float at the Beijing Garden Expo Park and then at the Summer Palace through October in Beijing.

May 26, 2013

Deer Found In Stomach Of 12 Feet Killed Python

I think they should take the time to sharpen that knife instead of screwing up that snakes dinner.

Apr 14, 2013

My English Lesson For Today – Using The Word Fuck!

Using the word FUCK.

God, I remember this one time at band camp I was having a Pow Wow with my band director because I was experiencing anxiety about being Drum Major and we sat down and said, “I wanna show you something.” We watched this entire thing. After, he says, “Do you know what the moral of this?” I reply “No…” And he retorts with the best phrase I have ever heard a teacher say, “Sometimes you just gotta say fuck it.”

Apr 13, 2013

Snake Wrestler

Tommy Owens, a tour guide with Everglades Adventure Tours, wrestled with a Burmese Python and won, giving a family of four on the canoe tour the show of a lifetime, and some amazing video souvenirs to boot! There’s footage of the man vs. snake wrestling match – check it out

Aug 27, 2012

Burger King Sued By Teen Over Alleged Strip Search

According to the teen, A man claiming to be a police officer called the Burger King and said he was conducting an investigation into a stolen change purse. The caller reportedly instructed the store manager to strip search the girl, who was working the cash register, according to the tee.

The manager allegedly complied and took the teen to a back room and ordered her to take her clothes off.

“She did what her supervisor told her to do, and what her manager told her a police officer had told her she was supposed to do,” the teen’s lawyer, Ken LLauter, said. “She was made to turn around and to allow an inspection of her body, and to stand there naked for about a half an hour.”

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Aug 26, 2012

Outrageously Priced Foods

Would you pay $666.00 for a burger? Or $1,000.00 for an ice cream sundae? Check out some of the most outrageously priced foods in the country.

Jun 29, 2012

Dogs And People

There are so many reasons why people choose to run with their dogs beyond just knowing that their dogs need the exercise. Unlike most human running partners, dogs don’t ever have meetings that go late. They wouldn’t rather sleep in. They are always ready to go, and are generally willing to cruise at any pace with equal ease. They don’t complain that the weather is bad so they’d rather skip today’s workout. The chance to go for a run is greeted with enthusiasm by our canine companions. The truth is that dogs typically like running, which is yet another commonality between dogs and humans.

Okay, perhaps not ALL humans. (Trisha, for example, who is one of my very favorite humans, has described running as abusive though she is very active both on her farm and with long walks and hikes, which are great joys to her. She thinks it’s great that I like to run and that it makes me happy. Still, every time we room together at a conference and she sees me head out for my morning run, I can’t help wondering if she’s thinking, “Hey, better you than me!”)

 

Jun 29, 2012

The International Caps Lock Day Is Today

Caps lock is a key on many computer keyboards. Pressing it sets an input mode in which typed letters are uppercase by default (i.e. in All caps). The keyboard remains in caps lock mode until the key is pressed again. On some computers, holding down the shift key while caps lock is on temporarily switches to lowercase.
Keyboards often include a small LED to indicate that caps lock is active—either on the key itself, or in a row with scroll lock and num lock indicators. However, some new laptop and wireless desktop keyboards lack the LED, instead providing software that gives an on-screen indicator.

People typing case-sensitive passwords that are not displayed verbatim on the screen may not realize that caps lock is on, causing errors. Help guides, tech support materials, and sometimes the interface itself may include advice on checking caps lock before typing a password. In Windows login screens, a warning that caps lock is on is shown in a balloon near the field. In Mac OS X, when caps lock is on, a caps lock symbol (⇪) is displayed inside a password field. Operating systems may also provide audible notifications when caps-lock, num-lock, or scroll-lock buttons are toggled.
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