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June 12, 2009

Overnight open thread (genghis)

Kinda’ quiet around the place today. Well, that’s all about to change with the overnight thread. By which I mean it’s going to turn absolutely silent. Some linkies if you’d like:

Item #1:Let’s return now to those glorious days of yesteryear; to a magical time called 8th grade when you stood astride the world. Via time machine? I think not, but rather by dropping by the Northwest Pinball and Gameroom Show.

”"You are in the video game section and what you are seeing is a collection of games from our local club," says event volunteer Scott Herald leading a tour through the rooms at the show. That local club, Seattle Metro Arcade Collectors, helped furnish more than 120 stand-up arcade games from the golden era of 1979 to 1983. Walking down the aisle you'll see titles like Donkey Kong, Pack Rat and Sega's Out Run. "Kids would save up their money and ride their bikes down to the drug store and play these games," says Herald. "We're a bunch of 40 year olds trying to be 12 again." But, as the name of the show implies, its not just arcade games. There are more than 255 pinball machines on site as well.”

Of course Mr. Herald leaves out an important step in that process: As soon as you got to the drugstore (7-Eleven in my case) getting shaken down for all your quarters by the 3 or 4 guys in the black concert t-shirts who would threaten to beat the shit out of you if you didn’t hand them all over. So there was no actual playing of the games, at least not for you, but I’m sure the guys who took your quarters have some fond memories. And after all, isn’t it all about making others happy? Here’s a partial list of the games you never got to play that are at the show.

Item #2: Might as well swipe something from Cracked rather than do one of those hard-hitting investigative pieces that the overnight thread has become so well known for. That way I can spend a little more time this evening polishing my Pulitzers. (That probably sounds dirtier than it was meant to). I’m pleased to present 6 Ridiculous Sex Myths that are Actually True.

Item #3: Finally, how’s about we take a look at the 16 Most Horrific Human Growths of All Time over at Manolith.com. Not for prurient reasons of course. No, we’re about the science here. STRONG CONTENT WARNING: NSFW or really anywhere for that matter. You may wish to go ahead and purge anything you’ve eaten or drank today if you decide to visit. Neither AceCorp LLC or any of its affiliates are responsible for any damage done to unprotected keyboards or other equipment. Thanks and/or curses to Maetenloch. (You can thank him in the thread tonight if you wish…I’m sure I’ll be looking the other way or distracted by something shiny while you’re doing so.)

Tonight’s overnight thread is sponsored by The Fremont Troll.

At least it's more interesting than most of the trolls we've had around here lately. The VW bug this one's holding is an actual car if you want to get a sense of scale.

Notice: Posted by permission of AceCorp LLC. Please e-mail overnight open thread tips to xgenghisx@gmail.com. Otherwise send tips to Ace.

PS: I’d like to personally thank Comcast high-speed internet services for going down at precisely the instant I hit “save” on this post. Well played, you suck-ass bunch of filthy cocksuckers. Well played.

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