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November 20, 2011

Overnight Open Thread

Welcome to the ONT party at the weekend's end.

Ultimate Survival Tool: The Crovel

It slices, it dices, it digs, hacks and even grapples.

The Crovel, short for Crowbar Shovel, is the must have tool for survival in most any situation. It’s a spade, machete, saw, crowbar, hammer, and can also be used as a grappling hook, basically an amazing wonder-tool for extreme conditions. Guaranteed to make surviving the zombie apocalypse a whole lot easier.
Now if only it had an integrated single-shot shotgun, a flask, a compass in the stock and a thing which tells time it'd be perfect.


The #OWSers Get Themselves Some Cheerleaders
And they're about as good as you'd expect from a bunch of self-indulgent neo-hippies who aren't into the whole work-out or practice thing.

As a palate cleanser I offer these Ukrainian cheerleaders:

The 1600 Phrases You're Not Allowed to Text in Pakistan
These are all considered obscene by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.

Words on the list, which has been floating around on Twitter, run the gamut from "barf" to "Jesus Christ" to "back door" to "do me."

...The officials that compiled the list must have vivid imaginations. Published in both English and Urdu, it includes such words and phrases as "idiot," "monkey crotch," "athlete's foot," "damn," "deeper," "four twenty," "fornicate," "looser," and "go to hell," among others. There are also various double entendres included in the ban such as "beat your meat" or "flogging the dolphin."


The 7 Dumbest Things Students Do When Cramming for Exams
Well I'd have to put obsessive highlighting near the top. If you're highlighting more than say 10% of the text, you're really just doing busy work to give yourself the feeling of studying. And then there's the eternal complaint of students:

The most common post-exam complaint is, "Why didn't the lectures just teach us how to do the exam?" For the same reason sex isn't just wetting a condom and throwing it in the toilet. Your professors are actually trying to teach you the subject. Exams aren't the point of education. They're the flaccid little appendix we still sort of need to test if people have been turning up. Exams used to be walking into a room with all the smart people and just talking to them until they decided whether you were a dumbass or not. We suspect most students don't want to go back to that.

Best Items for Bartering: Whiskey and Bullets
Well this article just says whiskey and vodka but I'd throw in ammo as well, based on the advice of a family friend who grew up during the Depression and swears that these are the best items for bartering during a depression or full-on economic collapse.

They have the benefit of being in constant demand, not going bad and being fairly valuable per pound. Sure gold has a higher value density but the problem with Au is that unless you have very small pieces, it's hard to get change for it. So as a practical matter a fifth and a case of 30'06 are much easier to make trades with.


Hipster's Despair: Pabst Blue Ribbon Sells for $44 in China
Okay apparently in China PBR is a whole 'nother beer:

Served in a fancy-looking bottle, “Pabst Blue Ribbon 1844″ apparently has a much hoppier flavor than traditional PBR, making it more Pabst Blue Ribbon in name only.
Much like whiskey, Pabst Blue Ribbon 1844 is aged in oak barrels and uses caramel malts from Germany to craft its unique, non-PBR-esque flavor.

Flowchart: Am I Having Sex?
Well it does get complicated sometimes depending what the meaning of 'is' is. Let this chart guide you.


Weekly AoSHQ Commenter Standings
Top 10 commenters:
1 [478 comments] 'Soothsayer' [67.10 posts/day]
2 [364 comments] 'chemjeff'
3 [346 comments] 'toby928▒'
4 [318 comments] 'Vic'
5 [287 comments] 'logprof'
6 [283 comments] 'Sean Bannion'
7 [274 comments] 'MissTammy'
8 [270 comments] 'AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) says 'No' to RINO Romney'
9 [267 comments] 'kbdabear'
10 [265 comments] 'nevergiveup'

Top 10 sockpuppeteers:
1 [71 names] 'kbdabear' [9.97 unique names/day]
2 [64 names] 'logprof'
3 [59 names] 'Fa Cube Itches'
4 [50 names] 'toby928▒'
5 [45 names] 'al-Cicero, Tea Party Jihadist'
6 [43 names] 'Doctor Fish'
7 [31 names] 'garrett'
8 [29 names] 'Mallamutt, RINO President for Life'
9 [28 names] 'Ms Choksondik, in the middle of a Breitbart/Perry sammich'
10 [27 names] 'CoolCzech'

The group. Yeah.

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