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July 15, 2010

Overnight Open Thread

Happy Thursday all. The end is in sight.

The Best Mel Gibson Rant Remixes So Far

This is just the first batch so expect even better to come out based on his latest tapes. NSFW due to language.

The Cute Puppet Version

And then inevitably there's the Leave Mel Gibson Alone video:

Oh and Whoopi Goldberg is defending Mel saying that he may be a racist but he's not a racist-racist.

What Families Spend On Groceries Around The World
Quite a difference. But if you're willing to trade money for time and creativity, you can get by on a lot less.


The Kids Are Not Alright: Report: Teens Getting High Off of MP3s
So the latest scare is that kids are 'i-dosing' by listening to certain MP3s like this one which are supposed to get you high. It's all pretty ridiculous but that hasn't stopped mothers from fretting over it and school districts in Oklahoma from banning ipods just in case.

And then there's this report about teens getting high from nutmeg. Which unlike MP3s actually can get you somewhat high if you're willing to eat 3 or 4 tablespoons.

A Pet Penguin?
Sure why not? This penguin lives with a family in Japan and is smart enough to walk to the fish market to get some fish and has her own room with a TV and AC.

The Density of Smart People - Does It Matter?
Economists talk about 'human capital' i.e. skilled, educated workers as being critical to economic growth but how much do you need and how much does it vary? Well Rob Pitingolo using college degrees as rough measure of intellectual capital has produced this graph of the college degree density among major metro areas.

San Francisco, NYC, and Boston are on top while Oklahoma City comes in at the bottom with only 159 degree holders per square mile. I suspect the results are skewed somewhat by uneven urban sprawl in some regions but they still probably give you a good idea of where there are clusters of educated workers.


5 Of The Strangest College Degrees Ever
Well there are degrees in Ghostbusting, the Beatles, Bowling management, and sports ministry. And who knew there were so many places where you can officially study marijuana.


How To Build A DIY Nuke
Well you'll need the following:
• $10 million
• 150 acres of open space
• A workshop
• A lathe, a furnace, a surplus artillery gun
• Engineers familiar with weapon design, metallurgy, ballistics, electronics and physics.
• Some plutonium or highly enriched uranium (HEU)
And a nearby Home Depot is probably helpful as well.

When I was in the 6th grade our science teacher had us give a short talk on some topic of our choosing. So of course I chose how to build an atomic bomb. This was in the pre-internet days so I had to scour local libraries and do some real research to find anything. But after two weeks I was able to give a pretty detailed presentation showing the basic design types and their pros and cons as well as a pretty good idea of how much nuclear material you'd need. Of course today you can pretty much go to nukebay.com and buy a design that fits your budget and underground laboratory.


How To Survive A Quentin Tarantino Movie
The short version: Don't be a woman and stay out of car trunks.


Yahoo group. That is all.

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