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June 23, 2011

Overnight Open Thread - Teh Suck Edition

The Seven Year Itch: When Do People Get Married and Divorced?

Of course based on this data it really should be called the seven-and-a-half year itch.

Young people are waiting to marry much more than they did 25 years ago which is a good thing. But it also flies in the face of my usual cynical advice to get hitched early so you can get your first marriage out of the way while you still have your looks and few communal assets.


Is Fukushima's Radiation Killing Babies In America?!?
Well that's been the breathless claim from lefty, anti-nuclear sites for the last few weeks - "Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident has caused a 35% increase in infant mortality in several cities on the West Coast of America." But is it actually true?

Well Michael Moyer of Scientific American looked into the study and found that when you look at all of the data over a longer period the average infant death rate actually trended down after Fukushima. The creaters of this 'study' seem to have cherry-picked the data to make a political point, and the whole thing is just be typical activist bullshit.


San Francisco To Ban The Sale of Fish As Pets
Because they're afraid that they might be flushed or abandoned.

First kittens, then puppies and hamsters and now goldfish?

San Francisco’s Animal Control and Welfare Commission is recommending that the City ban the sale of goldfish, tropical fish and guppies in its borders, according to Matier and Ross.

The recommendation to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is part of the commission’s ongoing efforts to discourage “impulse buys” of animals.

The commission’s ban would cover pet stores and breeders in the City. It comes after more than a year of study and findings that aquarium fish are often mass bred under inhumane conditions or stripped from the wild.

Apparently the city must have solved that whole homeless-shitting-in-the-streets problem since they seem to have time to work on the dead goldfish issue.

How To Commit Suicide The Jackass Way
Well first you do shots until you blood alcohol is at least .19, then you take your Porsche out for a 140mph spin on PA back roads. Bonus points for keeping your dental records up to date so they can identify what was left after the impact and fire.


And here are some actual suicide notes.
They're all sad and more ambivalent than you'd expect. Plus from the outside the circumstances they describe don't seem nearly enough to drive someone to take their own life. So it's not about the actual circumstances but more about their own mental state. And untreated severe depression is a fatal disease.


10 Actual Scientist Rock Stars
Okay Brian May of Queen is pretty well known for his Ph.D. in astrophysics, but who knew that Art and Dexter were also smarty-smarts?


Topless Celebrities!!!
Well topless under their handbras.

Anne Hathaway EW.jpg

American Culture Comes To Japan
In the form of Hooters. It's always nice to see America doing something to improve the cultural trade imbalance.

Yahoo group. That is all.

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