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February 28, 2012

Overnight Open Thread (2-28-2012)

The Changing Face of Plastic Surgery

Well nose jobs and eyelid surgeries are down over the last ten years but the good news is that tummy tucks and boob jobs are way up.

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So we have that going for us.

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NATO Agrees to Prosecutions for Koran Burnings

2. After the shameful incident by the US soldiers stationed in Bagram, senior NATO and American officials expressed their deep apologies to the Muslim nation of Afghanistan and assured that such incidents will not happen again.

3. NATO officials promised to meet Afghan nation's demand of bringing to justice, through an open trial, those responsible for the incident and it was agreed that the perpetrators of the crime be brought to justice as soon as possible.

If a trial of the American soldiers who authorized the accidental burning of the korans actually happens, well that's where I get off the Afghanistan campaign bus and become an opponent of the war. I didn't support the invasion just to see our military being subject to sharia law by a country of benighted savages. And if that's where we've finally ended up at, then it's exit time and I don't want to see another drop or dime of precious American material wasted on a hellhole.

If we want to keep it from becoming another jihadi sanctuary we can keep blowing up people using drones and bombers and I'm thinking a sustained bombing campaign could make the Khyber Pass well, un-passable.

Inspirational Ninja Warrior Audition Video

Ninja Warrior is an athletic competition/TV show from Japan that features an insanely hard obstacle course and some of the planet's toughest, and some not so tough, wannabe ninjas. The show has garnered a huge American audience thanks to G4 airing subtitled re-runs from years past, and the show has become so popular here that an American version of Ninja Warrior was started in 2009

I used to watch the show on G4 and always wondered how people got on it. Now I know.

Does the Bitch Gene Predict Divorce?

Hey don't blame me - I'm just the messenger here.

If a relationship is filled with rows or a marriage comes to an end, men may wonder what went wrong.

But scientists say the answer could lie in a woman's genes.

For the first time, they have identified a female 'divorce gene' that can predict a rocky marriage and identify women who may struggle to commit to their partner.

Women who inherit the variation of a common gene are less likely to get married in the first place as they find it harder to bond with other people.

But if they do marry, they are 50 per cent more likely to report a troubled relationship filled with marital strife. Perhaps unsurprisingly, partners of women with the gene are also more likely to report being unhappy.

Scientists believe the gene affects how women process the 'cuddle  hormone' oxytocin, which is known  to promote feelings of love and  maternal affection.

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How to Fix The Phantom Menace

Basically it's a 12 minute version of Red Letter media that shows how TPM's story should have gone. And why it should have been Obi Wan's story - not Anakin's. Well worth watching.

Do Not Snark About Burkas in Britain

Well unless you enjoy being interrogated.

Ex-fireman Mr Jones, a former member of the Household Cavalry, said he experienced an 'Orwellian nightmare' after commenting on the ease with which a Muslim passenger ahead of him - who had her face almost completely covered by a hijab - had passed through security without showing her face.

As he placed his scarf and other belongings into a tray to pass through the X-ray scanner, Mr Jones, 67, said to an official: 'If I was wearing this scarf over my face, I wonder what would happen.'

To his astonishment, he was stopped by security staff on the other side of the checkpoint at Gatwick and accused of racism after a Muslim security guard who heard the remark said it had caused her offence.

The woman took his passport and boarding pass but although he maintained he had done nothing wrong, he said it was 'impossible to get her to listen to reason'.

.He demanded that the officer should arrest him if there was a case against him, but was told 'that we now live in a different time and some things are not to be said'.

So can you spot the passenger who will be singled out for further security checks?

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Earliest Film of Football

This is from a Princeton and Yale game in 1903 and is the oldest known film of football. Of course this was back before the forward pass or field goal were allowed so it was more akin to full-field team wrestling with a ball. The action starts at about the two minute mark

Soon: The Meme

In case you weren't already familiar with it.

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The Yahoo AoSHQ group. You know the way.

Braaak.

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