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April 19, 2011

Overnight Open Thread

So Which Foreigners Can Speak English The Goodest

Turns out it's the Scandis by far. Which fits with my experience that all Scandi-types are completely fluent in English (the ones that claim they aren't are just lying nordic bastards). This of course helps explain how they've managed to infiltrate every decent country in the world.

As for the other areas of the globe - in Asia the Malaysians are the best English speakers while in South America it's Argentina. And within the US it's probably every single 7-11 and dry cleaning establishment.

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What Happens If You Lose in Congress, the FEC, and the Supreme Court?
Well if you're Obama, you just issue an edict.

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Home Prices Over Time
Here's an interesting chart by Yale economist Richard Schiller showing the inflation adjusted price of homes from 1890 to 2011. Note that this only includes existing homes not new construction. Clearly we were in a unprecedented housing bubble from 1997 until 2008 and we're just now returning to historically normal prices. And that blip in 2009 apparently was the housing tax credit.

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The Columbia Record And Tape Club
At some point I managed to convince my parents to let me join the Columbia House Record and Tape Club despite having no disposable income. It was a great deal at first since you got 13(!) tapes for just $1, but it soon became a drag to have to mail back the monthly form or get stuck with some crapola album of the month. Eventually I had to buy a couple of albums I never would have normally just to buy my freedom from the club. Good times.

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If Yoda Married An Ewok
Mogwai?

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45 McDonald’s Items Not Available In The U.S. That Should Be
Why does McDonald's menus always seem much more creative in other countries?

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What Did King Tut's Court Sound Like?
Probably something like this - which sounds pretty good actually. So let it be written, so it shall be done.

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Pink Wedding Day
Totally stolen from the secret blog where we mock the moron commenters, give our real opinions, and host all the lez pr0n links.

The Yahoo AoSHQ group. You know the way.

Tonight's post brought to you by the Kobyashi Maru scenario:

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