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July 21, 2011

Overnight Open Thread Thursday Edition [Ben]

Ben Franklin once wrote, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes and VD from French Prostitutes".

Okay, maybe I made a transcribing error.

Then again, maybe not

I think this quote needs to be extended to include : "Taxes can't die".

Let me give you two examples.

In 1861 Alabama became the fourth state to secede from the union. They contributed approximately 120,000 soldiers to the Lost Cause. In order to facilitate an easy re-entry into civillian life, the government of Alabama instituted a property tax that provided pensions to Confederate Vets and their wives. Now in 2011, some 150 years after the end of the Civil War that tax is still being levied.


The Great Johnstown Flood of 1889 was followed by many smaller floods in the early 20th century. The worst of which was the flood of 1936. In order to repay for the cleanup, Pennsylvania instituted an 18% levy on every bottle bought at state liquor stores. Some 75 years later we are still paying that tax.



Check out this website, Awkward Family Photos.

Here are a few samples.


Just a reminder for all you morons and moronettess who travel frequently. Giving a TSA Agent a titty twister will get you arrested. On the upside it isn't a felony.


Meh, I'd let her give me a titty twister

A List of the Seven Best Movie Trilogies. Many of the usual suspects, but I guess there aren't many trilogies to choose from are there? I think the Matrix and Bourne series don't belong on that list, what do you think? [hat tip CDR-M]


Imagine going to bed one night only to hear a loud boom that sounded like it came from within your bedroom. Then when you get up, you notice a huge sinkhole under your bed.

No this isn't a method of travel for creatures like in the 1989 classic Little Monsters starring Howie Mandel and Fred Savage.

Not responsible

This actually happened to Inocenta Hernandez of Guatamala

I'm not a big fan of Louis CK, but I love this rant. My favorite line:
"And then when you ran out of money you would go, 'well I canít do any more things now.' "

I caught this ad on Fox today. It's very well done.


Most people don't know that the "Don't Mess With Texas" slogan is from an 1986 anti-littering campaign by the Texas DOT.

However, based on this chart I saw in Der Speigel(which roughly translates to "The Speigel"), I think the Texas Department of Corrections should make their own slogan, "We'll Freaking Kill You".

Texas, AIDS just called and said to slow down, they are having a tough time keeping up.

Don't forget to join the AoSHQ Facebook page. Where else can you see photos of Empire of Jeff's cleft nipple?

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