Monthly Archives: April 2009

Betty Brown Thinks Your Names Are Too Difficult

The Texas Democratic Party demanded an apology Wednesday from state Rep. Betty Brown, R-Terrell for suggesting Asian-descent voters should adopt names that are “easier for Americans to deal with.”

via Wonkette

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Vid Cupcakes

Pac-Man cupcakes:
 Vid Cupcakes

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Alt-Ctrl-Del Three Pillow Set

Alt-Ctrl-Del Pillows:
 Alt Ctrl Del Three Pillow Set
via Swiss Miss

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The Beatles’ Entire Back Catalogue Remastered

The entire Beatles back catalogue has been digitally re-mastered for the first time and will be released worldwide on September 9th.

Effin’ rad.

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Science Is Imagination

To those who think “scientism” — the belief that science can potentially explain everything — indicates a lack of imagination:

It took a vast leap of imagination for Max Planck to think of gas molecules in the Sun to behave like little springs, oscillating away, able to eject only specific colors of light. It took a leap of imagination for Alan Guth to think that the Big Bang theory wasn’t wrong, but incomplete, and to add inflation to explain why the Universe looks so smooth. It took Darwin’s breadth of imagination to correlate the vast amount of data he collected, and see that it was the unthinking mind of nature that forced species to adapt or die.

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Be Thankful You Can See

 Be Thankful You Can See

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Mosques Aimed Wrong

Some 200 mosques in Islam’s holiest city, Mecca, point the wrong way for prayers, reports from Saudi Arabia say.

Some worshippers are said to be anxious about the validity of their prayers. There have been suggestions that laser beams could be used to make an exact measurement.

It’s like leaving voicemail on the wrong person’s machine.
via Pharyngula

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Odds of Dying in a Terrorist Attack

Will you die in a terrorist attack!? Are you sure? HOW SURE?

You are 13 times more likely to die in a railway accident than from a terrorist attack

You are 12,571 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack

You are six times more likely to die from hot weather than from a terrorist attack

You are eight times more likely to die from accidental electrocution than from a terrorist attack

You are 11,000 times more likely to die in an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane

You are 87 times more likely to drown than die in a terrorist attack

You are 404 times more likely to die in a fall than from a terrorist attack

You are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack

You are 1048 times more likely to die from a car accident than from a terrorist attack

You are 12 times more likely to die from accidental suffocation in bed than from a terrorist attack

You are nine times more likely to choke to death on your own vomit than die in a terrorist attack

You are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist

via Kottke

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Actual Republican Nominee for Congress Is Actual Racist

Rosanna Pulido has spent a lot of time commenting on Free Republic, saying that Mexican immigrants are the “new Ku Klux Klan with a tan” and that Muslims praying to Mecca look like “my dog, smelling buts”. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

via Wonkette

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Contest: Evolution in Two Minutes

Discover Magazine is holding a contest to make a two-minute movie that explains evolution and its significance. Sounds exciting, and I look forward to seeing what people come up with. They did a similar thing with string theory, and it’s worth checking out the winner, String Ducky.

via Pharyngula

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