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Florida man accused of offering police officer chicken dinner for sex | News - Home -
"A Melbourne man offered to pay an undercover female police officer $3 and a chicken dinner in exchange for sex, according to police. Steven Torres, 32, was arrested Thursday in Sanford on charges of soliciting prostitution. According to police, Torres was one of seven men arrested during a Sanford police prostitution sting. The officer posed as a prostitute near South 27th Street and South Orlando Drive, police said. Torres agreed to exchange chicken and cash for sex after a brief conversation, police said. Torres was taken to jail but was later released on bond. He will be arraigned Dec. 1 at the Seminole County Courthouse." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Oh hey there, Florida Man. - Jessie
Should have offered waffles too, cheapskate - Soup in a TARDIS
Syncopated Ladies and Beauteez’n the Beat Revel in Tap - -
Syncopated Ladies and Beauteez’n the Beat Revel in Tap -
"“Syncopated Ladies: Live in NYC” is a lot like a Beyoncé concert without Beyoncé. For the show’s premiere at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater on Friday, a nine-piece band played a handful of that singer’s hits, but the star wasn’t a vocalist. It was seven young women mimicking the sexualized moves of Beyoncé backup dancers and dressed for the part, except for the metal on the soles of their shoes. The Syncopated Ladies are tap dancers. So are many of the women in Beauteez’n the Beat. That all-female collective was formed in 1998 by the tap dancer Roxane Butterfly as a response to male dominance in the ‘90s tap scene and the pervasive dance compliment “you hit like a man.” It faded out around 2005, but on Sunday, at the Lower East Side club Nublu, there was a reunion. Thus, in one weekend, the approach of two successive generations of female tap dancers could be compared. Led by the entrepreneurial choreographer Chloé Arnold, the Syncopated Ladies seek to reintroduce tap to popular... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"At one point, the cast members danced in front of a video of themselves performing the same routine on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” That little number gives you a sense of the full production’s dozen or so other routines, largely interchangeable, apart from the occasional gimmick of chairs or flashlights. It shows the awkward grafting of advanced tap technique onto unimaginative... more... - Jessie
"The scene at Nublu was vastly different. Here, the musicians were also women. Instead of a string of pop song covers, there was an unrehearsed jam session, with the participants finding their way through various kinds of jazz, Afro-Cuban and hip-hop. Beauteez was always a loose collective, based around Ms. Butterfly’s tapping (Ms. Arnold was once a member) but including improvisers of... more... - Jessie
Another Syncopated Ladies performance is here: - Jessie
How You Are Unwittingly Driving Your Waitress To Drink -
How You Are Unwittingly Driving Your Waitress To Drink
"3. Do Not Hand Plate (After Plate After Plate) to Your Waitress Unless this is part of some prearranged Vaudevillian entertainment the two of you have been rehearsing, in which you give her outrageous numbers of bowls, bread baskets, and ramekins, and she holds them all in comically unexpected ways, please do not assume that your waitress has a tight-rope walker’s sense of balance and/or a third arm waiting to burst forth and carry that last spoon." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"4. Do Not Trust Your Own Powers of Calculation to Determine Your Tip It’s not your fault. The American educational system has failed you both. You, for being unable to find a number between fifteen and twenty percent, despite your robust assurances that you are “a great tipper.” And your waitress, for ensuring that her liberal arts education prepares her for no other vocation than... more... - Jessie
"6. Do Not Mischaracterize Your “Preference” as an “Allergy” People with Celiac Disease have it hard enough without all you goddamn joiners." - Jessie
Cubicles Rise in a Brave New World of Publishing - -
Cubicles Rise in a Brave New World of Publishing -
"Michael Pietsch was given his first private office when he became an editor at Charles Scribner’s Sons 30 years ago. He got his first corner office when he was named publisher of Little, Brown and Company in 2001. He moved into an even bigger corner office — with a large living room area — 11 years later, after being promoted to chief executive of Little, Brown’s parent, the Hachette Book Group. Mr. Pietsch still runs Hachette. But last month, he started working in a 6-by-7-foot cubicle. Except for a few family photos, it is identical to the 519 other cubes in his company’s new Midtown headquarters. Or more or less identical. “I gave myself a window cube,” Mr. Pietsch said recently, as he led a visitor into his company’s sprawling new space. Originally conceived in 1950s Germany, the open-plan office has migrated from tech start-ups to advertising agencies, architecture firms and even city governments. Now it has reached what is perhaps its most unlikely frontier yet: book publishing." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Few industries seem as uniquely ill suited to the concept. The process of acquiring, editing and publishing books is rife with moments requiring privacy and quiet concentration. There are the sensitive negotiations with agents; the wooing of prospective authors; the poring over of manuscripts. Quite apart from the practical concerns, there are atmospheric ones. The quintessential... more... - Jessie
"The original plan was to move to a smaller space and simply reduce the number of private offices. Mr. Pietsch considered various permutations, including giving offices to only the 70 or so vice presidents, or the 12 members of the executive management board. But the more spaces Mr. Pietsch visited, the more attracted he became to the idea of going 100 percent open plan. “As I looked at... more... - Jessie
Books as commodity means literary workers are a fungible asset Easily replaceable with little unique skill set... #cubefarms - WarLord
I still don't like open plan offices, but I've been seeing some that look like they work. The one I've been seeing a lot lately: the team leader sits by the windows facing out. Their group has walls surrounding them, but not many dividers between them. They all sit along the wall. That frees up the middle section for a conference table or office machine island. For privacy, conference rooms of various set ups are created. - Anika
Oh my god, we finally finished the green card application.
i hope you get a quick and favourable response. - Big Joe Silence
*crosses fingers* - Kirsten
Thank you! I just hope everything goes smoothly. - Jessie
Kentucky meth suspect was dressed for the arrest in an 'I (heart) Crystal Meth' shirt - News Sentinel Story -
Kentucky meth suspect was dressed for the arrest in an 'I (heart) Crystal Meth' shirt - News Sentinel Story
"Deputies in Laurel County, Kentucky arrested a crystal meth suspect who apparently felt no need to hide her feelings for the drug. Her t-shirt said, "I (heart) Crystal Meth." Debra Delane Asher was arrested along with Richard Jeffrey Rice on Tuesday, the sheriff's department said in a Facebook post. Deputies wrote that the two suspects were found to be in possession of 3.37 grams of crystal meth and a set of digital scales. While the mugshot posted of Rice showed just his head and shoulders, deputies made sure to include Asher's t-shirt in her picture. From the look on her face, it seems she did not appreciate the joke." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
This Is Not a Drill: Pepsi Confirms Existence of Doritos-Flavored Mountain Dew - Eater -
This Is Not a Drill: Pepsi Confirms Existence of Doritos-Flavored Mountain Dew - Eater
"The food and beverage corporation, which owns both the Mountain Dew and Dorito brands, confirmed to Quartz this afternoon that it's indeed testing a "Doritos-inspired flavor" of Dew. Thus far, "Dewitos" (which is plural for some reason) is only available at select colleges and universities, where one Redditor says he got a sneak peek of the drink: "It honestly wasn't that disgusting," the drinker reports. "It tasted like orange with a Doritos after taste." Congratulations everyone, the Doritofication of America is already here." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
o.O - Jessie
That's nasty. - Anika
No. No. Also, no. - Mo Kargas
In case Mo didn't mention this: no. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Non. - Julian
Oh HELL NO. - Janet
Ugh. - rönin
i like Doritos, i like Mountain Dew... FSCK NO!! - Big Joe Silence
It's being marketed to colleges. Once they mix it with Admiral Nelson spiced rum, it'll be a hit. - David Lounsbury from iPhone
I'm guessing bacon flavored Vodka would mix with it - WarLord
Filing patent on sour cream onion dip flavored rum. - David Lounsbury from iPhone
Ewwwww. - Anne Bouey
Doritos-and-rum-barf-flavoured Mountain Dew will be the next big thing. - Big Joe Silence
Why bring wolves back to the UK? | Lucy Siegle | Environment | The Guardian -
Why bring wolves back to the UK? | Lucy Siegle | Environment | The Guardian
"In some areas rewilding is up and running. In 1995 Yellowstone Park reintroduced the wolves 70 years after they had disappeared. A herd of bison (Europe’s largest mammals at 1,400lb per beast) has been established in the Romanian Carpathians in a project led by WWF Romania. It might be biologically desirable, but rewilding lacks enthusiasm from farmers worrying about land used to grow food being turned over to beasts that may kill livestock. While ramblers don’t want tracts of land fenced off. The rewilders would like us to chill out, pointing out that while California has a cougar population of 4,000-6,000, interaction with humans is rare – and that many wolves run up and down Italy without incident." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Me: Hi, I'd like to buy a multiple-entry ticket. Girl at ice rink: Great! Your name? Me: Jessie. Her: Last name? Me: Norris. As in Chuck. Her: *total silence*. Two minutes later - Her: Oh that was good. I just got that.
Me: *weeps for the future* - Jessie
FWIW this normally saves me substantial effort in spelling it out. Especially given how often N is misheard as M. - Jessie
Narcissistic Personality Inventory -
Narcissistic Personality Inventory
"Your score is 10, out of 40." Apparently I am rather boring. - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Things I had to explain today in English class: Gerrymandering. Voter fraud. Voter ID laws. Americans' general scientific illiteracy and innumeracy. It was a rather depressing class.
They had a hard time understanding voter ID laws, probably because most of them are from countries with national ID cards so everyone has one. But the one guy who has been here 8 years got it. He said "I think in some states there is a deeply invested political interest in *not* making it easy for certain people to vote." - Jessie
Bam. Edit: Unfortunately, I spent a considerable amount of time explaining voter ID to people who have lived here their entire lives. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Yeah we spent a lot of time discussing differences in voting policies between states (esp. CA and TX because I've lived there) and how federal law may *say* everyone has a right to vote but the states have a lot of leeway in how that is carried out. A poll tax is illegal, for example, but charging an administrative fee to print a mandatory ID for someone who doesn't have one, without... more... - Jessie
It really was a bit sad for me having to explain to grown people that the conveniences that they take for granted are not universal. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Student: "I heard your warmup song yesterday!" Dance teacher: "Which one?" Student: "The one about the love shack." Teacher: "'ve never heard Love Shack before?" Student: "No, is it famous?"
Teacher: "Has anyone else heard of Love Shack?" Most of the class raises their hands. Teacher: "Oh thank god, for second I thought I was old." - Jessie
She is 26. Most of the class is in high school. The only other adult student, who is in her fifties, and myself just kind of stared at each other through this whole exchange. - Jessie
TBF the student here added that she was only allowed to listen to "clean" music at home, which probably does not include songs about sex pads. - Jessie
I am kind of surprised she has not heard it in a dance class before. It's been a warmup song in at least two of my previous dance classes (not in TX). I just assumed it was a dance thing. - Jessie
What Can You Really Do With a Degree in the Arts? - The Atlantic -
What Can You Really Do With a Degree in the Arts? - The Atlantic
"In fact, according to a recent report by BFAMFAPhd, a degree in the arts only very rarely leads to a career in the arts. Artists Report Back: A National Study on the Lives of Arts Graduates and Working Artists uses 2012 Census Data to get a picture of artistic career paths. The data isn't perfect: For example, the report says that it "looked at bachelors degrees in music, drama and theater arts, film, video and photographic arts, art history and criticism, studio arts, and visual and performing arts"—which would mean that folks like me with a creative writing degree aren't counted as having arts degrees, even though writers are counted by the survey as working artists. Still, even with such limitations, the results are startling. Out of the 2 million art graduates in the nation, only 200,000, or 10 percent, earn their living primarily as artists. The vast majority who get arts degrees, then, are like me. They may work in an arts-related profession (as, for example, as art or music... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"One of those who went directly into an arts career without getting a degree is actor, screenwriter, and director Nikole Beckwith. Beckwith attended a Sudbury School in Massachusetts, where there is no set curriculum and students organize and pursue their own education. The emphasis on self-motivation and seeking out learning helped her enormously in her career, she told me. It also... more... - Jessie
Texas Had the Worst Voter Turnout in the Country, and the Rain in Dallas Didn't Help | Dallas Observer -
Texas Had the Worst Voter Turnout in the Country, and the Rain in Dallas Didn't Help | Dallas Observer
"Preliminary numbers are out for Texas' midterm election voter turnout from the Election Project, and they are abysmal. Just 28.5 percent of Texans eligible to vote did so, either in early voting or on Tuesday, the lowest percentage in the country. The last time Texas voted for its governor in 2010, 32.1 percent of eligible Texans voted. Dallas County weather, and the dearth of competitive races, likely bears most of the blame. In 2010, Dallasites voted at a 37 percent clip, casting 424,511 votes for the top line race -- Rick Perry and Bill White's gubernatorial election. This year, despite the number of registered voters in the county growing by about 100,000, only 406,594 ballots were submitted in Greg Abbott's landslide coronation. That's 32 percent turnout. Prior to the election Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole told The Dallas Morning News she thought turnout would be between 35 and 37 percent." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Maine, which had a strange, competitive governor's race and a Senate race, led the U.S. with 59 percent of eligible people showing up to vote. Unsurprisingly, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee helped Texas bring up the rear." - Jessie
also, a friend who lives in Houston had great difficulty finding his polling place on campus - and when he did, it was closed. Opened later, and he returned - but so many can't return. feh. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
so I guess NC's 44% voter turnout is good. seems awful to me. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
A Group Of 150 Artists Transformed A Tunisian Island Into A Massive Outdoor Museum -
A Group Of 150 Artists Transformed A Tunisian Island Into A Massive Outdoor Museum
A Group Of 150 Artists Transformed A Tunisian Island Into A Massive Outdoor Museum
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"We have Galerie Itinerrance to thank for the stunning gathering. The Paris-based institution invited artists like C215, eL Seed, Swoon, and ROA to paint the walls, doors and ruins of Djerba, turning the sparse architecture into open air canvases. "I found the idea so innovative that I couldn’t say no," eL Seed, a France-based artist born to Tunisian parents, explained to The Middle East Eye. "As a Tunisian artist, I believe it is a duty for me to support this kind of initiative."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Remarkable Ads Protest the Absurdity of the Open-Carry Gun Policy at Kroger | Adweek -
Remarkable Ads Protest the Absurdity of the Open-Carry Gun Policy at Kroger | Adweek
"Agencies have taken many approaches to creating memorable gun-control ads. Grey Toronto's latest work for Moms Demand Action, opposing an open-carry gun policy in Kroger supermarkets, is thought-provoking—and notably restrained by category standards. A pair of minute-long radio spots use actual recorded phone calls in which Kroger employees try to explain why people can openly carry firearms in the store, but pets and kids' scooters are banned. This approach could easily have veered into mean-spiritedness, but the conversations never make the employees sound foolish. These folks are, after all, not the policy makers. Print ads effectively illustrate the same theme. They use the headline, "One of them isn't welcome at Kroger. Guess which one." A schoolgirl with an ice-cream cone, a teen carrying a skateboard and a big shirtless dude are shown beside men and women toting scary-looking firearms. (The print ads are variations on earlier Moms Demand Action efforts.)" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
""We wanted to pick a campaign that would give us the opportunity, frankly, to do more brand damage by running ads," says Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. "They may at first sit back and allow the brand damage to occur, and then realize, 'Oh, wait, we're alienating most of our customer base, which is women and mothers.' "" - Jessie
Girl Tips #5: Special Edition Courtesy of Guys -
Girl Tips #5: Special Edition Courtesy of Guys
Indiana candidate hits political rival with car, steals campaign signs on eve of election: cops - NY Daily News -
"An Indiana political wannabe hit his rival for town council with a car after being confronted about stolen campaign signs on the eve of Election Day. Rick Yencer, a town council candidate in Yorktown, Ind., was arrested Tuesday and charged with theft and leaving the scene of an accident after being confronted by councilmen Bob Ratchford and Rich Lee, The Star Press reported. Ratchford and Lee called police when they caught Yencer rip up a sign for U.S. Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.) and throw it in his trunk. Yencer wrote an editorial in the Muncie Free Press just three days earlier claiming Messer "will win in a landslide" despite deriding the congressman for dodging candidate forums in the lead-up to Election Day. The duo challenged Yencer outside a church late Monday and discovered more campaign signs in his trunk, including Ratchford's, according to The Star Press. That's when Yencer opted to drive off. But Lee blocked Yencer's exit and, police allege, was struck in the knee when Yencer's 1994 Nissan backed into the politician." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
So I don't know if I'll be able to vote today. I never received any election materials in the mail (other than my registration confirmation) despite being registered since last year, so I didn't know about early voting until it was over.
I work nearly an hour away from home so I'd have to leave work early to vote, and I already missed half a day of work yesterday because of Dominic's green card health exam. - Jessie
Kind of pissed off at Collin County right now. - Jessie
I should have just registered for an absentee ballot but with the wedding and everything else, that was not really a priority this year. - Jessie
Oh look, I can only get an absentee ballot if I'm disabled, over 65, in jail or out of the county for both the early voting period and the regular election. So that's not even an option. - Jessie
Quick get arrested! - Steve C Team Marina
The polling place closes that early?! - Anne Bouey
The polling stations close at 7pm and I rarely leave work before 6. - Jessie
I think employers are required to let you leave to vote without docking pay. - Soup in a TARDIS
Also, I think some states simply don't send election material. Georgia doesn't seem to and either MA didn't or I was still registered in CA when I lived there (I honestly can't remember). CA might be somewhat unique what with the whole sample ballot thing. They are with the size of their mail in voting. - Soup in a TARDIS
Dallas County is also not making it easy to find out where to vote: Not that this affects me since I can't vote there, I was just curious if there was a polling station at work. - Jessie
Excuse me. I TOTALLY thought that was federal law. Turns out it's state-by-state (which is stupid). TX makes the employer let you use work time to vote if the polls are not open 2 consecutive hours outside your shift. - Spidra Webster
I thought it was federal law, too. Guess I'll have to see if I can leave work early. I might be able to get away with it since there's only two of us in the office who can vote, so it wouldn't be like a mass exodus. - Jessie
Did you make it? - Spidra Webster
I did! I finished just as they were calling the five-minute warning. :) - Jessie
Yay! - bentley
Whoo hoo! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Texas' Voter ID Law Hinders Some, Inspires Other Voters to Come Prepared -- and Angry | Dallas Observer -
"Kameha Brown voted early last week, but says she has had a few friends who were discouraged from voting because they did not have a proper ID. "I had a friend who came in with the voter registration card, and they said with the new ID law, we cannot let you vote unless you have the ID," Brown says. "It's causing a lot of confusion, and people are getting upset." Brown says that when she saw the difficulties from the voter ID law, she was inspired to head out to the polls this year and voice her anger. "That's why I came early. I needed to get my frustration out on the ballot," she says. "When you have a registration card, its like proof of ID, so why can't you use it to vote?"" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Baker says any anticipated difficulties will likely be with the neighborhood's older population, many of whom possess only expired driver's licenses. "I would think that number is higher because of that older population, people who aren't driving anymore," he says. "One woman came up the stairs slowly, with her walker, but she had that ID. I've been surprised, even with the older group, they've had their IDs in hand. " - Jessie
"But Brown insists that the people she has seen who have had difficulty with the law, as well as her own experience, are just a sampling of the people in Dallas who are not able to vote in this election cycle. "Sometimes we don't have the money to go get our IDs. My things were stolen from me awhile back, including my ID. If I didn't have help to go get another ID, I wouldn't have an ID... more... - Jessie
A Million Dollars For Writers--While Supplies Last! -
A Million Dollars For Writers--While Supplies Last!
"They won't be giving a buck to a million writers, either; they'll be giving $100,000 to ten lucky writers in exchange for—this is true—one single story. A long fucking story, sure, but still: $100K, one story. A healthy year's salary for one story. That's more than most book contracts, and a story is shorter than a book! Ten writers will reportedly get the chance to live this dream. (It would be 12 writers, but Capital New York notes that "Brill and Abramson will each be contributing one piece per year.")" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"As much as I love this idea as a writer (and future colleague?? Jill?), allow me to remind you of the old saying, "This shit will never work." This is a venture that plans to sell subscriptions to a single story per month, which will presumably appear online. It's like a wine-of-the-month club for incredibly long stories. The problem is that people love paying for booze and hate paying... more... - Jessie
Troopers arrest man for trying to eat DWI test - New York News -
"Troopers say Kenneth Desormes, of Greenwich, Connecticut, was stopped for speeding on Interstate 95 at 5:30 a.m. Sunday. After speaking with him, the troopers determined he was intoxicated and arrested him. Desormes was transported to the state police barracks in Tarrytown to be processed. Police say that Desormes was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.13%. Troopers say when his breathalyzer tests results were printing, Desormes grabbed the paperwork and tried to eat it." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
mai kitten would have tried to eat the paperwork too. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
The Dirtbag Wars Of The Roses -
The Dirtbag Wars Of The Roses
"WARWICK: my lord I have returned from France and the court looks favorably on a wedding with Princess Anne it would consolidate your power in the– EDWARD IV: oh i already got married WARWICK: you what EDWARD IV: yeah while you were gone WARWICK: oh EDWARD IV: actually like before you were gone WARWICK: oh EDWARD IV: so you didnt actually have to go at all WARWICK: will your marriage settle the question of succession? EDWARD IV: oh my god no not at all her name is Elizabeth and she’s literally nobody WARWICK: why did y– EDWARD IV: idk she seems nice itll work out" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Florida man tries stealing chainsaw by hiding it under shirt - -
"Police say a homeless man was arrested Thursday for trying to steal a chainsaw by stuffing it under his shirt. WPTV reports that Anthony Brian Ballard was charged with grand theft by police in Port St. Lucie, Fla., after authorities accused him of stealing the tool. Ballard is said to have entered a lawn maintenance store and asked to break a dollar into change. He then placed a chainsaw under his shirt and left the store without paying. After fleeing on a bicycle, Ballard was eventually found by an employee from the business, who tracked the 28-year-old man down and held him until police arrived. The chainsaw was recovered in a vacant lot nearby." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Ballard was booked into St. Lucie County Jail. According to investigators, the bicycle used for the getaway was also stolen. " - Jessie
Was the shirt stolen? - bentley
Bodysnatchers fill cremation quota | Bangkok Post: news -
Bodysnatchers fill cremation quota | Bangkok Post: news
"Two Chinese officials bought corpses from grave robbers to meet government cremation quotas, local media reported, as Beijing pushes to enforce its controversial and highly sensitive burial policies. Tombstones at a public cemetery in Zhoukou, central China's Henan province. File picture The officials from Guangdong province bought the bodies from a man who stole more than 20 in night-time raids on graveyards, the official news agency Xinhua said, citing Chinese media. "Both were local officials in charge of funeral management reform," said Xinhua, naming them He and Dong. "They told police that they bought the corpses to finish government cremation quota," it said, adding that Dong had paid 3,000 yuan ($484) each for 10 bodies, while He's cost half the price for an unspecified number. China has a long history of ancestor worship, and in many areas a traditional belief that an intact body is necessary for a peaceful afterlife, so that burials are preferred and families are keen to... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Alabama man allegedly robs 4 Subway stores in 4 days, blames ‘Jared Diet’  - NY Daily News -
"An Alabama teenager allegedly told cops he robbed four Subway sandwich shops in less than a week because he was miffed the "Jared Diet" didn't work for him. Zachary Rapheal Torrance, 18, was captured in a Walmart store Thursday night after a shopper recognized him from photos posted on the local police's Facebook page, authorities said. "I don't know if he was kidding or not, but he said he had tried the Jared Diet and it hadn't worked for him, so he wanted his money back," said Hueytown Police Chief Chuck Hagler, according to the news site" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
And now he'll be on the Jailed Diet. - Spidra Webster
Officials want to know if animal spotted near Grand Canyon is gray wolf – Cronkite News -
Officials want to know if animal spotted near Grand Canyon is gray wolf – Cronkite News
"Federal officials said Thursday they are trying to determine whether a wolf-like animal that has been repeatedly spotted in an area north of the Grand Canyon is an endangered gray wolf, as environmental groups believe. The animal, first spotted by a visitor to the area on Oct. 4, would be the first gray wolf in that part of the state since the 1940s, if officials can confirm its species. “It would be premature to say whether it is a gray wolf, a wolf hybrid or, least likely, a Mexican gray wolf,” said Jeff Humphrey, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Phoenix. “That’s where our immediate course of action is, to ascertain what type of animal it is,” Humphrey said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The animal, wearing what appears to be an inactive radio-tracking collar, has been photographed several times since it was first spotted. But Humphrey said his agency needs to collect and analyze scat from the animal, to be able to narrow its species through the process of elimination. “Based on photographs, it does not appear to be a Mexican wolf and its collar is similar to those used in the northern Rocky Mountain wolf recovery effort,” Fish and Wildlife officials said in a statement." - Jessie
How awesome would that be?! - Jenny H. from Android
Seriously! That would be an amazing recovery. - Jessie
Drunk Florida Man Tries to Use Taco as ID After His Car Catches Fire at Taco Bell | Miami New Times -
"The incident occurred in the early morning of October 1 in Jensen Beach, according to the blog Off the Beat. Falkner, 30, had apparently decided to make a run for a fourth meal after downing some beers, and he somehow made it all the way to the fast-food joint in his Chevy pickup, placed his order, and received his taco before falling asleep. The Taco Bell manager had to call police because Falkner was out cold at the pick-up window and holding up customers behind him. Clearly this was not a victimless crime, and our hearts go out to the hungry folks who had to wait so long for their late-night munchies. A deputy awoke Falkner and then asked for his ID. Falkner said no before reaching into his bag and presenting the officer with a taco. Another deputy clarified they were asking for an ID, not a taco. Falkner chuckled and began eating the taco. Then deputies noticed Falkner had fallen asleep with his foot on the accelerator while his truck was in park. The engine had caught fire, and fire extinguishers were used to put it out." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The reason I look different is I shaved off my cheese." - Stephen Mack
Your honor, my client was not "driving" under the influence - he was merely sleeping in a parked truck while drunk. If he didn't move when asked you might charge him with trespassing but to assume anything worse would be predatory. - Brian Johns
Florida! - Amit Patel
You know who likes tacos? This guy. -> - Steve C Team Marina
That superhero known as Florida Man, strikes again. - April Russo
PHD Comics: The Oxford Comma and Other Academic Punctuation Marks -
PHD Comics: The Oxford Comma and Other Academic Punctuation Marks
The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Was Inspired By A Yellow Fever Epidemic -
The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Was Inspired By A Yellow Fever Epidemic
"A community paralyzed with fear, not knowing when an unseen presence will claim its next victim. Are we describing an epidemic or a supernatural predator? The similarity is not a coincidence in the horror story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, whose author, Washington Irving, fled a yellow fever outbreak in New York. Writing in Smithsonian magazine, Elizabeth Bradley, an editor of several of Irving's works, describes how disease—and the panic it creates—inspired the writer of one America's most haunting and enduring short stories." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Irving, a native of New York City, made his first trip upstate to Tarrytown in 1798, when he was 15-years-old, to stay with his friend, James Kirke Paulding. Irving left the city during an outbreak of yellow fever, which had killed 5,000 people in Philadelphia and was expected to have a similar death toll in New York. These epidemics fueled racial prejudice and xenophobia. Fingers of... more... - Jessie
"Bradley says that all of this infuses The Legend of Sleep Hollow: The story's narrator, a Dutch historian named Diedrich Knickerbocker, describes the "sequestered glen" of Sleepy Hollow as a place with "contagion in the very air… it breathed forth an atmosphere of dreams and fancies infecting all the land." Natives and newcomers alike were susceptible to this airborne infection, which... more... - Jessie
"In Irving's Sleepy Hollow the Dutch community can "vegetate," to use Knickerbocker's word—or better still, incubate—nurturing its visions and "twilight superstitions" without the interference of history. The town's collective sickness has made it into a time capsule—each day, nothing changes; each night, the Horseman comes. But the ending of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" offers a kind... more... - Jessie
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