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Oklahoma woman says she’s a witch, and she needs her meth  - NY Daily News -
"An Oklahoma woman tried to get out of a drug bust by saying meth was perfectly OK for her to use because it was part of her Wiccan religion. Yeah, right, said cops who arrested the self-proclaimed witch and charged her with possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lori Potarf and Richard Lee Henderson were stopped while driving on U.S. Highway 91 because their vehicle had a broken tail light, The Duncan Banner reported. Both had Crown Royale liquor bags containg syringes , a spoon and traces of methamphetamine, the paper said. Henderson did not claim he was a witch, police said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
What makes you think she's a witch? - She turned me into a newt! - A newt? - I got better. - Burn her anyway! - Steve C Team Marina
Damn, what is it with Oklahoma lately?!?!? - Uli
most of Texas and OK is lighter than a duck. - Big Joe Silence
Some Dumbass In University Park Dressed His House as Ebola for Halloween | Dallas Observer -
Some Dumbass In University Park Dressed His House as Ebola for Halloween | Dallas Observer
"This was, unfortunately, inevitable. James Faulk has decorated his University Park home in the most tasteless way imaginable. It's got everything. Caution tape, waste disposal barrels, trash bags filled with "biohazards." Faulk tells FOX 4 that police were called the first night he put up his display, so he added a "Happy Halloween" sign to his balcony. The items used in the display were purchased at a hospital auction for less than $150 he says. Faulk says he isn't finished with the display. He plans to board up his door and put a dummy in a hospital bed in the window soon. Faulk, who talked to FOX cameras in a "CDC Trainee" uniform and a face mask, told the TV station that people offended by the display need to "lighten up."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
>.> - Jessie
The Ebola Rights people must be up in arms about this. - Brian Johns
Barton F. Graf Has a Clever Idea for Getting More Men to Become Mentors | Adweek -
Barton F. Graf Has a Clever Idea for Getting More Men to Become Mentors | Adweek
"Esquire recently asked three ad agencies to help with its male mentoring initiative. Today, Barton F. Graf 9000 unveiled its campaign: a political initiative to establish mentorship of children as a legal excusal from jury duty. The idea is that more mentors would mean better guidance for at-risk youth, and eventually, reduced crime rates and the need for fewer jurors in the first place. The proposed Mentor Act is explained in a print ad in Esquire's October issue. The ad itself could be mailed to state representatives, and it also points to, which features a powerful film—directed by Michael Bonfiglio of Radical Media—asking prisoners who their mentors were. The bill can also be sent to lawmakers directly from the site." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
""Ultimately, The Mentor Act aims to use the same court system that convicts people to help children avoid committing crimes and entering the court system in the first place," say Barton F. Graf and Esquire, which are "already beginning talks with state politicians to adopt this bill and hope to move the bill forward on a state-by-state basis." The other two agencies that got involved... more... - Jessie
Twerking? It's no more scandalous than maypole dancing - Telegraph -
Twerking? It's no more scandalous than maypole dancing - Telegraph
"It may have raised eyebrows from worried parents around the globe but it appears the pop star fad for “twerking” should not be a cause for concern. The raunchy dance move, beloved of Miley Cyrus, is no more scandalous than maypole dancing and the waltz were once considered, according to historian Lucy Worsley. Dr Worsley, who has teamed up with Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman for a new BBC show about the history of dance, said society had always worried about new, exotic and naughty dance moves. But, she said, each cause for concern has eventually worked its way up the social ladder before ending up being accepted even by the upper classes. The tango, she pointed out, was once considered “very dangerous and exotic”, but is now a central part of Saturday night “light family entertainment” on Strictly. Dr Worsley, chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces, will now take to the dance floor herself with Goodman for BBC Four’s Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance.... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" The programme, to be broadcast in November, will detail so-called scandalous dances through the ages, from the maypole to the waltz, as well as the puritans keen to police them. It will tell the story of a pair of maypole dancers in 1633, who were accused of intimate relations against the pole following the May Day celebration. They were caught, it is said, after a bell on top of the... more... - Jessie
" She added: “Dancing is really a metaphor for relationships between men and women. In all the periods we looked at there was high society dancing, which was strictly controlled and policed, involved dressing up and spending a lot of money going to a ballroom. “And then there was always wild young people’s dancing, which was a bit naughty, was happening out the back, nobody wrote it... more... - Jessie
"Miley Cyrus' twerking"? >_> Call it what you want but I remember cheerleaders doing that same move back in the dark ages when I was in high school. - MoTO: Team Marina
This just in: The kids are all right. - Steele Lawman
Harry Styles of One Direction Stars in Anna Todd’s Novel - -
Harry Styles of One Direction Stars in Anna Todd’s Novel -
"Some novelists draw on their own experience; others borrow from history, mythology or classic literary tropes. Anna Todd, a 25-year-old debut novelist in Texas, found inspiration in Harry Styles, the tousle-haired heartthrob from the British boy band One Direction. When Ms. Todd started writing her erotica novel, “After,” a steamy online romance about a college freshman who falls for a tattooed misfit named Harry Styles, it was mostly to entertain herself. She dashed off a few chapters and posted them on the free fiction site Wattpad last spring. “I didn’t think anyone would read it,” she said. A year and a half later, her hobby has turned into a lucrative career. Her One Direction saga has swelled to more than 2,500 pages and been viewed more than a billion times on Wattpad, the free story-sharing site. She signed a six-figure, multi-book deal with the Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books, and Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights. Gallery, which released “After” on... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Gallery is making a big bet on Ms. Todd. It’s breaking the opus into a four-book series and releasing the volumes in quick succession, with new installments coming in November, December and February — an extremely fast publishing cycle aimed at fostering binge reading. Fan fiction — stories based on other writers’ fictional characters (like Harry Potter) or celebrities (like Taylor... more... - Jessie
"“After,” in its printed form, scrubs out the references to One Direction by changing the character names. The romantic lead, Harry Styles, becomes Hardin Scott, and his rowdy frat boy sidekicks, originally named for the other four band members, all get new names. But Gallery barely hides the story’s origins. The book’s cover identifies Ms. Todd as the “Wattpad Sensation Imaginator1D” —... more... - Jessie
Part of me weeps for the future of literature, part of me figures at least she doesn't stalk her critics to their homes or call their workplaces. Hopefully. - Jessie
Police: Woman said Jesus would pay her bill - -
"An Oklahoma woman allegedly told restaurant workers her husband, Jesus Christ, would soon arrive to pay her tab, but the holy hubby was a no-show, police said. Lawton police said Kristi Rhines ordered food and several alcoholic drinks Friday at El Chico and later told workers she didn't have any money, but her husband would soon arrive to pay her tab. Rhines soon clarified her husband was Jesus Christ, but she admitted the union was not solidified with a marriage license." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The woman, who managers said insisted the Christian savior would soon be arriving to pay in cash, was arrested on a fraud charge when police arrived and determined she had no means of paying the bill. " - Jessie
Well, we aren't Florida. But we're trying. - Kirsten
I feel like Florida would have Jesus show up with a credit card. - Jessie
NBC Is Ready to Name Weir and Lipinski as Its Top Figure Skating Broadcast Team - -
NBC Is Ready to Name Weir and Lipinski as Its Top Figure Skating Broadcast Team -
"Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, whose critical, entertaining and fashion-conscious figure skating analysis on NBCSN drew praise during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, have earned an expected promotion to the lead team for the sport on the NBC Sports Group. NBC will announce the change Wednesday. “Tara and Johnny are a very authentic team,” Jim Bell, the executive producer of NBC Olympics, said in a telephone interview. “They’re fun and fresh. They’re not afraid to offer strong opinions and come back and take a selfie on Instagram.” He added: “You look for their kind of chemistry. You can’t make it up.” Lipinski and Weir will be the prime-time voices of figure skating for NBC during the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but will start in their new roles during the NBC broadcast of Skate America on Sunday. They are replacing Scott Hamilton, the 1984 Olympic men’s ice skating gold medalist, who began calling the Winter Olympics for CBS in 1992, and Sandra Bezic. Tracy Wilson, NBC’s ice dancing and scoring analyst, survived the cast changes." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Terry Gannon, who hosted the NBCSN coverage with Lipinski and Weir, will take over for Tom Hammond. Hamilton will become a special correspondent for major figure skating events, like the Winter Olympics and the United States nationals. Weir, Lipinski and Gannon were on the air from Sochi for hours at a time on NBCSN, calling every figure skating routine except for those in the new team... more... - Jessie
I missed the Olympics this year because of no TV but I remember hearing about them. Good to know I can still see them in the future. - Jessie
Weir was the best thing about the Olympics....him and his hair and outfits. - Mary Carmen
And his makeup ^ - Steve C Team Marina
Kenny G Is Involved in the Hong Kong Democracy Protest Story -
Kenny G Is Involved in the Hong Kong Democracy Protest Story
"The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a long-awaited official statement on Kenny G: “Kenny G’s musical works are widely popular in China, but China’s position on the illegal Occupy Central activities in Hong Kong is very clear,” a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said at a daily news briefing on Wednesday. “We hope that foreign governments and individuals speak and act cautiously and not support Occupy Central and other illegal activities in any form.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" The backstory: Kenny G is well-known in China, and his song "Closing Time" is played ubiquitously there (often in public spaces at, yes, closing time). This week he visited the site of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, tweeting about the demonstrations in mild terms: Many of those who have condmned the protests, including the Chinese government, have claimed that they are in part... more... - Jessie
Cheeky Raccoon Busts Out of Animal Exhibit, Prompts 2-Week-Long Rescue Effort | News | The Moscow Times -
"A raccoon that broke free from a touring animal exhibition in the Smolensk region has finally been found after a volunteer search party spent two weeks scouring the city for him. The raccoon, Venya, had outsmarted his human masters by hiding in the one place least likely to be checked: the very building where the "World of Animals" exhibition was being held. "A few days ago, [the building's] administrator notified us that in the theater where the animals were being exhibited, strange things had started to happen," the organizer of the exhibition was cited as saying Monday by local news outlet Smolenskaya Gazeta. "The food was disappearing, then somebody was scattering talcum powder around," the organizer, identified only as Alexei, told the publication. After nearly two weeks searching the city streets after Venya's disappearance on Sept. 24, he was spotted in a small crook in the ceiling above the movie theater screen." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
>.> - Jessie
Man Fights Off Bear With Old Computer in Siberia | News | The Moscow Times -
Man Fights Off Bear With Old Computer in Siberia | News | The Moscow Times
"A man rummaging for scrap metal at a dump in western Siberia had technology to thank after an old computer helped him fend off a hungry bear. The unidentified man was looking for non-ferrous metals at a dump in the Tomsk region on Saturday when he was spotted by the bear, which immediately rushed toward him, the Interfax news agency reported Monday, citing local ranger Sergei Yelnikov. When the man saw the bear coming, he picked up a computer that was lying nearby and threw it at the animal, before both ran away in opposite directions, the report said. "The villager hardly suffered at all; he injured his hand when throwing the device at the bear," Yelnikov was quoted as saying." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Drunken trombone-playing clown fires gun from garage, police say | -
"Police arrested a 54-year-old man after he was allegedly seen wearing camouflage pants and a clown mask, shooting a gun at a can in the street. Grand Traverse County sheriff's deputies said the man also was seen playing a trombone at one point, all the while as he stood in a garage. The man, described as intoxicated, was arrested for a personal protection order violation. No one was hurt and the gun turned out to be a pellet gun." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"But doctor, I am Pagliacci" - Greg GuitarBuster
Craft Brewer Admits He’s The Guy Responsible For Town’s Mysterious Count Chocula Shortage – Consumerist -
Craft Brewer Admits He’s The Guy Responsible For Town’s Mysterious Count Chocula Shortage – Consumerist
"Just in time for the spooky season, the city of Fort Collins, CO had a crunchy mystery on its hands: Someone had bought up all the boxes of Count Chocula cereal from two local grocery stores, prompting confusion and hunger in at least a few shoppers. Enough of a mystery to make the news, at least. A puzzled shopper who says she usually eats vegetarian and organic food for most of the year wrote to The Coloradoan saying she splurges around Halloween on her favorite cereal. “Every year I greatly look forward to the month of October when I can purchase a few boxes of this delicious chococlatey (sic) goodness,” she wrote, an effort that was stymied when both Albertson’s stores she went to were completely out of the stuff." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"As it turns out, the general manager of Black Bottle, a craft brewing company, had plundered shelves in order to brew beer for the brewery’s Cerealiously beer series. Previous variations include Golden Grahams, Reese’s Puffs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch moonlighting as milk stouts, and this time it’s the Count’s turn. “We put the cereal into a hop back so it doesn’t get into the beer,”... more... - Jessie
Cartoon phrase sparks discrimination case - Taipei Times -
"Referring to Taipei as Tian Long Guo (天龍國, “Kingdom of the Celestial Dragons”) was criticized as discrimination yesterday in a complaint filed with the National Communications Commission. The term is a reference to the Japanese cartoon One Piece, in which residents of the “Kingdom of Celestial Dragons” receive special privileges and view themselves as superior to outsiders, even to the point of wearing masks whenever they leave the kingdom to avoid being polluted by the outside air. In an analogy, the phrase is used to poke fun at a perceived sense of superiority among Taipei residents relative to other areas." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Of course this comes right after Ma favorably compared Taipei to New York and Tainan to...someplace clearly less awesome. - Jessie
Here's Why Facebook Never Created a 'Dislike' Button | Adweek -
Here's Why Facebook Never Created a 'Dislike' Button | Adweek
"In an interview with the creator of the Like button, former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor (who these days runs mobile app Quip), TechRadar reports that a Dislike button was often discussed but consistently scrapped because "the negativity of that button has a lot of unfortunate consequences." While the Like button was born largely to unclutter feeds riddled with positive one-word comments like "wow" and "cool," Taylor says, Facebook felt that it was actually better to corner the more negative users into leaving a comment explaining their opinions. "I have the feeling that if there were to be a 'Dislike' button is that you would end up with these really negative social aspects to it," Taylor says. "If you want to dislike something, you should probably write a comment, because there's probably a word for what you want to say."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
That Bret guy, not half bad. - Steve C Team Marina
He's good with a quip. - Todd Hoff
There may not be a dislike button, but you can always leave this in a comment: 👎 - April Russo
Author Stalks Anonymous Blogger Who Gave Her a 1-Star Review -
Author Stalks Anonymous Blogger Who Gave Her a 1-Star Review
"On Friday, The Guardian posted a piece by author Kathleen Hale, a well-connected young author who once became so obsessed with the writer of a one-star review of her novel on Goodreads that she stalked her, only to find that the critic was using a fake name and identity. Can you pick a side yet? I'm on Team Nobody. The story—at least how Hale tells it—goes a little something like this. Hale's publisher, HarperTeen, sent advance copies of her novel to book bloggers to get a sense of what they thought of it. The bloggers were then expected to post their assessments to sites like GoodReads, hopefully generating buzz prior to its release. Hale was warned to avoid GoodReads like teen YouTube stars are warned to avoid reading their comment sections. But, also like a teen YouTube star, Hale was unable to resist. And once she began picking at it, she couldn't stop herself. It didn't take long before things Got Weird." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
o.O Mostly this just makes me glad my GR account is under a pseudonym. - Jessie
And the GR reviewers have reacted accordingly: - Jessie
This is really genuinely upsetting - Soup in a TARDIS
I read her article on Saturday and I'm still disgusted at her and the Guardian for publishing it. No one likes trolls, but all that legwork to unmask someone who is just annoying you was stupid. - Anika
It sounds like her fiance's family has connections to The Guardian, which explains a lot about how she got a podium to justify her potentially illegal behavior. Just sickening. This woman was clearly not ready for publishing. - Jessie
The Difficulties of Publishing While Black -
The Difficulties of Publishing While Black
"I don't think it's any surprise the publishing industry—print and digital—is overwhelmingly white. The statistics are far more upsetting than you might imagine: a recent Publisher's Weekly survey revealed the makeup of the industry to be 89 percent white, 3 percent Asian, 3 percent Hispanic, 3 percent mixed race, 1 percent black, and 1 percent other. Twenty-eight percent of respondents admitted that many publishing houses suffer from a lack of racial diversity. In a recent roundtable for Scratch, editor Manjuka Martin assessed the current state of the publishing world, writing, "most of the gatekeepers come from a place of race and class privilege. How does this skewed power dynamic affect the careers of writers of color?" Speaking with essayist Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Spiegel & Grau executive editor Christopher Jackson, poet Harmony Holiday, and author Kiese Laymon (who is a contributing editor for Gawker), the conversation touched on fostering community, staying true to the page despite an editor's advice, and the overall difficulties of publishing while black." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Ghansah: At times I don't understand the sensibilities of someone in the market—who looks at artists like Arundhati Roy, Toni Morrison, and Ha Jin—and doesn't do the math and see that the writers who are really knocking down doors now include a very powerful group of people of color. It doesn't make any sense to me—creatively or financially. Many of the up and coming big books that I... more... - Jessie
"Laymon: But the key, once you get that black or brown foot in the door, is to really open that shit up so other black and brown folk can get in. I don't think that means having people come in the same way you do. If you do something that works in this business, the idea should not be to make other black and brown folks go through the same kind of tired, soul-crushing shit you went... more... - Jessie
This is why so many of my black and NBPOC friends have chosen to self-publish. Good if you can get in, but when the target audience isn't the gatekeeper who is mostly likely ignorant, what's the point? - Anika
Cowboy Joseph Randle Gets an Underwear Endorsement Deal for Stealing Underwear | Dallas Observer -
Cowboy Joseph Randle Gets an Underwear Endorsement Deal for Stealing Underwear | Dallas Observer
"In a move that's a bit like Fiskars hiring Michael Irvin as a spokesman , MeUndies, a Los Angeles-based underwear company, is bringing on Cowboys backup running back Joseph Randle to sell $20 pairs of boxer briefs. Randle, who is making $495,000 this season, was arrested last Monday for absconding with $39.50 worth of Polo underwear and an $84 tester bottle of Gucci Guilty Black cologne from a Frisco Dillard's. Randle told police he took the items because he didn't want to take the time to pay, which is somehow both the dumbest and most sensible explanation for stealing something." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"MeUndies will help Randle defray the cost of the $29,500 -- one game check, the NFL max -- he was fined by the Cowboys after the incident. Dan King, MeUndies head of marketing, also tells ESPN that the company will provide Randle with enough underwear to last him for a long time. " - Jessie
"As part of the deal, Randle and MeUndies will donate $15,000 worth of stuff to kids who need it. Randle will also make appearances at local schools where he'll teach kids about how they can learn from their mistakes, presumably by getting endorsements for products involved in those mistakes." - Jessie
That last line there. ^^^ - Spidra Webster
Moana Release Date Confirmed; Disney’s First Polynesian Princess Sailing To Theaters In 2016 | The Mary Sue -
Moana Release Date Confirmed; Disney’s First Polynesian Princess Sailing To Theaters In 2016 | The Mary Sue
"Goofy whale side-kick or bust: Disney announced today that the animated musical Moana is set for a November 23rd, 2016 release date, and in spite of some residual Disney misgivings, I can’t help but be excited. I mean, just look at that concept art. No matter what, Moana should be gorgeous. Disney’s upcoming animated feature also has a reassuringly-credentialed creative team–Ron Clements and John Musker of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and The Princess and the Frog. According to Oh My Disney, Musker and Clement’s first entirely-CG film follows Moana, a chief’s daughter with a knack for navigation, as she sails through the South Pacific to appease her ancestors. Along the way, Moana teams up with the demi-god Maui, “encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I need someone who speaks Chinese to ask me about the Colts vs. Bengals game so I can say it was "馬馬虎虎", but I feel like that is not going to happen. :-( #chinesepunfail
I don't know what that says, but it looks like floaty squid aliens chasing Flintstones-type people (with the multiple feet). - bentley
LOL Close! It's a Chinese phrase meaning "it was okay", which literally translates as "horses and tigers". - Jessie
Tourists allow boy to urinate in busy eatery - Taipei Times -
"A family of Chinese tourists, who it is said came to Taiwan as part of a tour with a substantially higher price tag than is typical for tour groups from China, stunned staff and customers in the world-renowned Din Tai Fung dumpling restaurant by allowing a three-year-old boy to urinate in a bottle while the parents were eating at a table, the Chinese-language Apple Daily reported. The toddler was part of a family of five tourists dining in the Michelin-starred Din Tai Fung restaurant in Taipei 101 on Oct. 2, and urinated in a plastic bottle instead of going to a restroom that was 100m from where the family were eating. The urine splashed on food the family had bought, so they tried to get it replaced for free, but were rejected, the report said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The group eventually paid for a new round of dishes, but reportedly complained about the extra money they had to spend “while already paying that much for the tour.” It was said that the scene had dumbfounded customers at neighboring tables and the smell had lingered long enough to take away their appetite." - Jessie
"The incident was confirmed by the restaurant’s public relations manager, who said the area was cleaned and disinfected after the group had left the restaurant. The restaurant, the manager said, had also had an internal discussion over the case and resolved that in the future “[any similar behavior] would be stopped as soon as possible,” the report said." - Jessie
Rich people... - Morgan Fugel
SMH - Anne Bouey
Who ordered the pea soup? - Johnny
Better get it before they split. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Netizens vote Moon Bridge the world’s most ‘mystical’ - Taipei Times -
Netizens vote Moon Bridge the world’s most ‘mystical’ - Taipei Times
"The Moon Bridge in Greater Taipei’s Dahu Park is currently No. 1 in an ongoing online poll conducted by, which asks voters’ opinions on the world’s most “mystical” old bridges. The poll, titled “20+ Mystical Bridges That Will Take You To Another World,” asked people to vote for the most otherworldly bridge based on pictures of ancient, old-fashioned or primitive bridges submitted from around the world. The count as of press time yesterday showed that Taiwan’s Moon Bridge was the most “mystical” bridge in the world, collecting 646 votes and leading second-placed Rakotz Brucke in Germany by more than 200 votes." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Polar bear scare ruins Halloween for kids in Nunavut village | Weird | News | To -
Polar bear scare ruins Halloween for kids in Nunavut village | Weird | News | To
"Children in Arviat, Nunavut, won't be going door to door seeking out treats this Halloween. Instead, the hamlet will host an event at the community hall because of the threat of polar bears in the area. "Council is concerned with door-to-door trick-or-treating due to this activity going on at the same time that polar bears are in and around our community," the hamlet council said on Facebook. The council said a clear majority of people like the idea of doing an indoor event, although some people on the Facebook page described the idea as "boring" or a break in tradition. "If parents want their kids to be safe they should be willing to look out for bears. If there is a bear, shoot it. I think Halloween would not be the same if kids don't go trick-or-treating," Agaaqtoq Eetak wrote." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I'm going to hazard a guess that Halloween won't be the same if it's punctuated by your parents shooting at bears and running for your life, either. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
They need to follow Churchill, Manitoba's lead: - Anne Bouey
Maine Now Quarantining People for Setting Foot in Dallas | Dallas Observer -
Maine Now Quarantining People for Setting Foot in Dallas | Dallas Observer
"In a move that makes Highland Park ISD's response to Ebola seem thoughtful and measured, Maine School Administrative District 58 has placed a teacher on paid administrative leave due to parental fears of her being exposed to Ebola. The teacher's crime? Attending a seminar held by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium in Dallas." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"To Unfair Park's knowledge, she didn't seek out the bodily fluids of any Ebola sufferers while she was here, nor did she play with Bentley the dog. She did, however, stay at the Hilton Anatole, exactly 9.5 miles away from Texas Health Presbyterian. That's right: If Dallas were to follow Maine's lead, basically the whole city would be getting paid to stay home on Monday. Good idea." - Jessie
Just minutes ago I watched Shepard Smith's comments on Ebola on Fox and then I read this. Everything in your country is currently wrong. - Mark H
I just saw someone wheatpasted a poster pic of Obama with "Ebola Importer" onto a street sign in Pasadena. Pasadena is usually more sensible than that. Any folks from Northern Europe want me as their mail order bride (preference to those who live in social democracies...)? - Spidra Webster
Surely Eivind has friends ... - Mary B: #TeamMonique
This Suite of Fonts Was Made From the Handwriting of the Homeless | Adweek -
This Suite of Fonts Was Made From the Handwriting of the Homeless | Adweek
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"The Arrels Foundation in Barcelona has created Homelessfonts—typefaces based on the unique handwriting of the homeless people it helps. Each font comes with the story of the person who penned it and their personality. After all, few things are more personal than our handwriting. The work not only helps fund the foundation, it humanizes the homeless and lets people see them as unique individuals, not as an amorphous problem. The video about the process is moving, but moreover, the fonts are actually good. The glyphs were captured with fat Sharpies on poster board and then transformed by volunteer typographers." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"If you are a typographer, you can donate your time and expertise to help create more fonts. If you just like the concept, you can download a free app to use the fonts in social media (be a nice person and make a donation, too). And if you're a brand, you can purchase the fonts and the stories that come with them for professional use at surprisingly affordable prices. Samples of the... more... - Jessie
How To Tell If You Are In An Alexandre Dumas Novel -
How To Tell If You Are In An Alexandre Dumas Novel
"1. A king trusts you to post a letter that may or may not contain high treason. 2. Your friend picks up the handkerchief that your lady has dropped. You demand retribution for this disgusting act of betrayal. 3. You either have a kind, good-hearted father, who is devastated by your misdeeds, or you have a drunken, Napoleon-sympathizing father whom you killed in order to advance your political career. Hardly anyone seems to have a mother at all. 4. A grizzled old priest tunnels into your jail cell and spends eight years teaching you the finer points of political philosophy. 5. You stage a kidnapping in Venice to impress a fifteen-year-old." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Swoooooooords! <3 - Jessie
Some Fear Ebola Outbreak Could Make Nation Turn to Science -
Some Fear Ebola Outbreak Could Make Nation Turn to Science
"NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—There is a deep-seated fear among some Americans that an Ebola outbreak could make the country turn to science. In interviews conducted across the nation, leading anti-science activists expressed their concern that the American people, wracked with anxiety over the possible spread of the virus, might desperately look to science to save the day. “It’s a very human reaction,” said Harland Dorrinson, a prominent anti-science activist from Springfield, Missouri. “If you put them under enough stress, perfectly rational people will panic and start believing in science.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Additionally, he worries about a “slippery slope” situation, “in which a belief in science leads to a belief in math, which in turn fosters a dangerous dependence on facts.” At the end of the day, though, Dorrinson hopes that such a doomsday scenario will not come to pass. “Time and time again through history, Americans have been exposed to science and refused to accept it,” he said. “I pray that this time will be no different.”" - Jessie
This Video About Dropping a Brick Is Worth a Few Laughs and 67 Million Gallons of Water | Adweek -
This Video About Dropping a Brick Is Worth a Few Laughs and 67 Million Gallons of Water | Adweek
"If you're going to drop an upper-decker, you might as well help fight a drought in the process. "Drop A Brick" is a nonprofit Indiegogo project created by a partnership of several California businesses, including San Francisco agency BarrettSF that encourages you to buy an eco-friendly rubber brick filled with hydro-gel that expands 200 times its size when water is added. Putting the brick in the top tank will displace half a gallon of water, saving about 50 gallons a week for a family of four. If every Californian dropped a brick, the initiative says, it would save 67 million gallons of water a day." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" The crowdfunding video is basically one big poop joke, but it's surprisingly amusing and has been getting quite a bit of passaround. Still, organizers say they'd like to see more bricks being ordered to help alleviate California's crippling drought as soon as possible. So check out the video and explainer photos below, then go see about dropping a fat one in the tank. No need for a courtesy flush.'" - Jessie
Which "Sleepy Hollow" Character Are You -
Which "Sleepy Hollow" Character Are You
"Like Ichabod, you believe in fighting for what’s right, and you always plant yourself firmly on the side of good. You’re intensely loyal, a fearsome fighter, and you never back out of a promise. You have little patience for people who don’t have as strong a moral compass as you, and even less patience for bank pens." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I may have been intentionally picking answers to get this result. So much for a moral compass. - Jessie
Well, I'm Henry Parrish, so... yeah. - Jennifer Dittrich
Frank Irving ^^ - enoy from Android
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Fox trashes pub after falling down chimney | Meridian - ITV News -
Fox trashes pub after falling down chimney | Meridian - ITV News
"The incident came just two-and-a- half weeks after the Beehive's official reopening following a refurbishment. Andy added: "We found a bit of damage when we came in and found the culprit under the bench. "We think he came through the chimney. There is a lot of soot around it and footprints. "The damage was nothing major, just a few little things. We had a refit for about six weeks and we reopened two and half weeks ago." Tim added: "He seemed quite happy in the pub. It didn't want to leave but we got him out."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
What a lovely story, clearly these people have a heart, this could so easily of been a much uglier story. I'm quite sure other foxes get killed in these circumstances and which never reach the news. It doesn't make for good reading does it? - Halil
These Crappy Reviews of National Parks on Yelp Will Make You Laugh, and Then Probably Cry | Adweek -
These Crappy Reviews of National Parks on Yelp Will Make You Laugh, and Then Probably Cry | Adweek
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"Yelp reviewers have a knack for making everything about them, and potentially ruining businesses because they woke up on the wrong side of bed. Some places have gotten so cynical about these "critics" that they've even asked people to post bad reviews on purpose. But what about America's most pristine natural landscapes? Surely Yelp reviewers can unite in their appreciation of such beauty. What about the purple mountain majesties? The friggin' amber waves of grain? What about the flipping fruited plains, America? Sorry, people will hate on all that, too. Mashable recently combed Yelp for negative reviews of the national parks by people who clearly don't like nice things and would be much happier on their couch watching reality television. The results are hilarious. And completely depressing." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
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