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October 26, 2010

Overnight Open Thread

Welcome all to the most depressing day of the week. Again.

Everything That's Wrong With US Schools

As explained by the helpful animators at Taiwan's NMA-TV. Cutting and all too accurate.

How long before Chris Christie or Sarah Palin (or God forbid the NRCC) start using them to produce campaign videos?

Late Update - Mystry Has Died
Will update with more details once it's confirmed.
Sadly it's been confirmed by mystry's daughter:

Thanks so much for your kindness. My father, having cast his absentee ballot, decided that he is now of better service for the election in a higher place. He passed away very early this morning. Hospice of Cincinnati was fantastic, and ensured that the end was pain-free and peaceful. We were all blessed with the opportunity to say goodbye. If you could help pass the word, we would be most appreciative. All morons are most welcome to the visitation, funeral, and wake. It's all on Saturday in Cincinnati.

Visitation: 9 AM, St. Martin's Church, 3720 St. Martin's Place
Funeral: 10 AM, St. Martin's
Graveside service with military honors: New St. Joseph Cemetery, 4500 Foley Road, Cincinnati
Reception/Wake: The Farm Banquet Hall, 239 Anderson Ferry Rd., Cincinnati
Donations in lieu of flowers to Hospice of Cincinnati or Roger Bacon High School Scholarship Fund

Here's a guestbook link, with maps and full addresses:

RIP mystry. If the blog had jets, we'd be doing this for him. But we can have a drink instead.

Is Obama’s Planning An October Surprise?

He has a couple of options. First, he can hope that a national security crisis erupts that will put him in a positive light as a decisive leader. Second, he can try to manufacture a success or try to force a success before November. Now would certainly be a great time to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. The other option is to quietly push for foreign help by encouraging a country like Iran to feign an interest in real peace.
But realistically there's too little time and too much voter anger for it to do much good at this point. Even Bin Laden's head on a stick might only limit Democratic losses to 1994-level.

So You Woke Up in a Dumpster: What Now?
Not just an adventure game - it's also an all too familiar scenario for many a moron. Note: Some endings may be NSFW.

Hopping out of the dumpster you take in your surroundings. This part of town is unfamiliar. Looks busy, is it downtown? Can’t tell from the alley you’re in. There’s bacon fried rice on your shirt. Who makes bacon fried rice in town?

You exit the alley and are confronted by a homeless man. His level of dishevelment rivals your own, though he smells better. Sadly.
“You again? What do you want this time?” He shrieks at you. You notice he’s wearing your shirt. But why? And does he have a boner right now? WHY? And he’s slowly coming towards you.
WHAT CHOICE DO YOU MAKE? (Click the link, yo)

Ask the hobo why he has your shirt while politely keeping your distance

Flee from the hoborection back down the alley


The Real History of the AK-47
In his new book, The Gun: The AK-47 and the Evolution of War, C.J. Chivers covers the development of the AK-47 in the Soviet Union and the many myths and disinformation that have shrouded it since then.


The Wonders of British Dentistry
Apparently this is a from a Jerry Springer-type show in the UK. On the positive side he didn't have to pay anything out of pocket for his treatments either.

The Zombie T-Shirt
Need a quick costume? Well here it is.


Mazda Claims To Have a New Non-Hybrid Car That Gets 70 MPG
And it's all gasoline powered - no electric motors included. But, but, but I was told that the GovMotors Volt was the future?!?


The Shoes Banned From The NBA
The Concept 1 has a proprietary springlike device under the balls of the feet that's designed to help players “increase vertical leap instantly", but the NBA has banned them. But you can still get them for just $300.


Paulina Porizkova: Aging Is The Revenge Of The Ugly
Supermodel Paulina Porizkova on finding her first wrinkles:

“Nothing ages as poorly as a beautiful woman’s ego… Beauty, unlike the rest of the gifts handed out at birth, does not require dedication, patience and hard work to pay off. But it’s also the only gift that does NOT keep on giving. It usually blossoms at an age where you’re least equipped to handle its benefits and rewards and instead take it all for granted, and by the time you start understanding the value of it, it slowly trickles away. How’s that for revenge of the ugly ones?"
Yeah but on the other hand supermodels have enough money to afford the very finest therapy.

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