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September 22, 2011

Overnight Open Thread

Your Guide To Manscaping

Okay apparently chest hair on men is okay:

As sad as I am to admit it, I am not blessed with Burt Reynolds’ luxurious organic rug. Thankfully chest hair isn’t an all or nothing proposition. ...If it starts to get a little unruly, it’s time to trim it back a bit. Also, unless you are a professional body builder, you have no reason to wax your chest.
But back hair is bad, bad, bad:
There is no excuse for having back hair, so get rid of it. Sure, you didn’t ask for hair in a place that isn’t readily accessible to you, but you’ve got it so it’s your responsibility. If you think you can handle it, ask your girlfriend to wax your back for you. While that might make you uncomfortable, she’s probably done plenty of waxing in her day so she won’t even flinch. I know you don’t want to deal with this, but in a non-scientific survey conducted in my elevator, 9 out of 10 people described back hair as “creepy.”
All these new rules for men frighten and confuse me. When the glaciers come, we'll see who's still laughing at manly back-pelts.


DrewM: Confessions of a RINO
Well I actually share Drew's concerns/questions about Perry along with his reluctance to have to eat a Romney-sandwich come Nov. 2012. So I guess that make me a duplicitous RINO who's unfit to share the same internet space with the True ConservativesTM. Okay I can live with that.


Top Five Reasons To Abolish the Department of Education
Well this graph alone should be sufficient. Since 1970 we've doubled tripled the amount of money we spend per student (even after accounting for inflation) yet test scores have stayed completely flat. So all the things wrong with our education system are unlikely to fixed even if we throw yet more money at them.


Michael Crichton on the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect

Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect works as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward-reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.

In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story-and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read with renewed interest as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about far-off Palestine than it was about the story you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.

So true. Every newspaper or magazine story I've been involved in or had first-hand knowledge of has had at least 3 errors in it. Most were just wrong details but some were not. And just remember that this is true of every story you read. (You can read the rest of Crichton's essay here)

Clint Eastwood: ‘I don’t give a f*ck’ if gays marry'

Clint Eastwood: ‘I don’t give a f*ck’ if gays marry' ”I was an Eisenhower Republican when I started out at 21, because he promised to get us out of the Korean War,” he told GQ. “And over the years, I realized there was a Republican philosophy that I liked. And then they lost it. And libertarians had more of it. Because what I really believe is, let’s spend a little more time leaving everybody alone.”

12 Celebrities Who Have Killed People
Okay most of these are at worst manslaughter or just unfortunate accidents, but some were actual murders.


British Man Grows the World's Largest Onion
Almost 18lbs. That's a big onion.


Spot The Tranny: Part XIII


Evolution of the Nerd
You've probably seen this internet-famous picture of a classic, old school computer nerd at some point:


Well here's a picture of him today, much improved. And he probably makes more money than you do too.

The RoboCop Commercials

Yahoo group. That is all.

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