It's not enough to read the comic here though - click on over to xkcd.com and see his fitting tribute to the end of Geocities, which is closing down as of yesterday.
Amanda McKittrick Ros is believed by many to be one of the greatest bad writers who ever lived. How do you earn a distinction like that? You earn it by opening your novels with sentences like this...
"Have you ever visited that portion of Erin's plot that offers its sympathetic soil for the minute survey and scrutinous examination of those in political power, whose decision has wisely been the means before now of converting the stern and prejudiced, and reaching the hand of slight aid to share its strength in augmenting its agricultural richness?"
The bigger the party gets, the higher the likelihood someone will suddenly declare, "it's time to do shots," and you'll be instantly swept up in a sea of poor decisions. Still, not all shots are created equal, and although some of them might go down smooth, others can leave enough scars to last a lifetime. The 11 shots listed here are some of the worst on record and can be pretty much guaranteed to make you feel almost as miserable as when you're not even drinking at all.
Ernestina Mondragon was probably not surprised when she was pulled over by police after making an illegal U-turn in Dallas, Texas. She probably thought it was a fair cop when she was given an additional ticket for not having her driving licence.
But when the trainee officer fined her $204 for being a "non English-speaking driver" – a penalty later signed off by the officer's field-training instructor and sergeant – Mondragon fought back.
Senate Democratic leaders are close to securing enough votes to advance a sweeping healthcare reform backed by President Barack Obama, a top Senate Democrat said on Sunday, adding that it likely would include a national health plan that would allow states the option of dropping out.
Senator Charles Schumer, a member of the Senate Democratic leadership team, said he is pushing a compromise that would create a new national health insurance plan and allow states to opt out. The proposed public plan would compete on a level playing field with other insurers, he said.
The Cove, the provocative film that documented the hidden dolphin slaughters in Taiji, Japan, made its Japan debut at the Tokyo International Film Festival this week, and director Louie Psihoyos was there to bear witness to its unveiling. I talked to him just two hours after he got off the airplane from Narita on Thursday morning. Here's what he had to say about his experience in watching the film with the actual dolphin killers in the audience:
All the bad guys there, front row center. The mayor, the International Whaling Committee delegate, fishermen dressed up in suits...I couldn't have dreamed of a better screening. They had all come to Tokyo with their lawyers to see if there would be any kind of litigation against the film. The screening sold out within a few hours, so I offered to give them tickets. At one point, the mayor stormed out, and the IWC delegate held his head in his hands.
You get old, life gets small. Not meager, pinched, just small. You don’t buy groceries for a week anymore — two hours in the Publix, drenched with purpose, a grocery list that unrolls like the Dead Sea scrolls.
You get old, you shop every day, your list written on the inside cover of a matchbook. Two pork chops, a can of La Sueur peas, four corns (two for tomorrow), two rolls of toilet paper.
You never buy mangoes, avocados, grapefruits, or key limes. You just go into your backyard and pick them off your tree. When you were young, your Uncle Ben retired to Sarasota and immediately sent you oranges from his tree. You thought, How sad. Now that you’re old, you send mangoes, avocados, grapefruits, and key limes to your friends. You enclose a note, very serious, explaining that key limes are not ripe when they’re green. “You must wait until they turn yellow!” you write. You get old, you become an expert on fruit.
Robert Crumb's illustrated version of the "Book of Genesis" is out, and it's incredible, and guess who's upset about it. Christians! The amazing part about this particular controversy is that instead of getting up in arms about comics with gay people in them or Japanese cartoons with comedic nudity, they're actually upset with the Bible, and it is blowing my mind.
I think Joe Cocker's version of "With a Little Help from My Friends" is liked more than the original version by most people, but I can't think of many songs that are so unanimous. For instance, I heard dozens of "Sympathy for the devil" version and still like Rolling Stone's better (for a period of time I even liked Guns 'n' Roses version better, but it didn't last long).
Interesting Reddit thread with a ton of cover songs you may or may not have heard.
Improving your credit score takes some elbow grease. Ruining it, on the other hand, is a piece of cake.
Just a few false moves, and in no time, your credit reputation starts to suffer. It doesn’t even need to be something extreme, either. Just a late bill payment here or a retail splurge there is all it takes. Woe to the consumers who make a few missteps in a row and find themselves slogging through suboptimal loans (high rates, high fees) the next time they’re shopping for credit.
The surest way to be blacklisted is to break the rules that matter most to the very folks measuring your creditworthiness. Here are the five key gotchas and some ways to stay in the lending world’s good graces.
Great advice for people who don't know much about how their credit score works.
Skyscrapers crumble to the ground, fiery meteorites smash into Earth and a Tibetan monk cowers as a massive tidal wave swamps his mountain retreat.
It is a vision of the coming apocalypse thrillingly captured in the latest Hollywood blockbuster.
But fears that the world is due to end in December 2012 is just a myth fuelled by internet rumour, according to a leading Nasa scientist.
8. ModNation Racers
This kart racing game will focus heavily on user-created content with customisable racetracks that players will be able to share online and fully customisable characters and vehicles using Urban Vinyl stylings. It's similar to Little Big Planet with the level of customisation available (a beta demo of ModNation Racers is included in the Little Big Planet game of the year edition in the US) and the emphasis on user-created content. The single player mode will, apparently, boast 30 tracks designed by the development team using the tools that will be available to players of the game. Gameplay will be similar to that of other Kart racing games as power ups and weapons will be available to collect to give racers an advantage.
Ok, NOW I want a PS3. Dangit.
It sounds like a joke, but Vanilla Ice really is huge in South Africa. Same goes for Australia and East Asia. He just returned from South Africa, where he played several sold out arenas.
So who could blame the ad folks at Castle Lite, the South African brew, when they were charged with selling an ice cold beer to the masses and came up with the highest selling rap song of all time that just so happens to have the word Ice right in the title (TWICE!)?
This disgusting, despicable display of moral outrage was single-handedly responsible for a frightening number of ruined relationships, broken hearts, destroyed reputations and shattered marriages. Contestants were made to submit to a polygraph examination before the show, in which they were asked questions ranging from the personal to the inane. It was, obviously, the personal questions that got aired in front of the millions of viewers. They nearly always led to revelations of adultery or equally shady behavior. Lives were ruined — but that’s good TV.
Today, on my way to the COED offices in Chelsea, I walked by this street poster announcing the November 3rd re-release of Nirvana’s 1989 debut album, Bleach. We’ve all seen Nirvana’s iconic “Unplugged” performance, read all the stories about the bands quick rise and fall with the death of 27 year-old front man, Kurt Cobain. So to celebrate this awesome re-release we want to give you something a little different.
If you grew up with the original Star Wars trilogy, you probalby went through a 15-year roller coaster that was something like this:
You wished desperately they would make more movies;
You groaned when you heard they were making prequels instead;
You bought a ticket out of cautious optimism;
You realized you were right the first time.
If only they'd made sequels instead, dammit! But here's the thing: they did. The story was continued in novels and comics and video games. Oh, and they were so terrible they actually do more damage to the source material than Jar Jar Binks could have ever hoped to.
We mean it. These are the stories that are guilty of...
Did Texas execute an innocent man?
That question, and the controversy surrounding it, continues to dog Gov. Rick Perry. Critics say the governor has tried to squelch an investigation into the case. Now the issue has moved to the forefront of Perry's effort to win re-election.
Time to dump your bong water in case the feds show up at your door. They might think you actually plan to drink it later. According to a split decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court, a person in possession of more than 25 grams of bong water that contains a controlled substance can be prosecuted for a first-degree drug crime.
ALIEN. ROSEMARY’S BABY. INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. THE THING. We’ve had a few great horror films over the past fifty years, but not a one of them is scary as this shit. These are all professionally retouched photos of little girls by real companies on the web.
This project doesn't officially have a name, so I named it after the first card in the project, the only one to be deployed to much success.
I should probably explain the project. I bought a pack of 500 76x127mm (3x5 inch) index cards. I love index cards (although I wish they weren't lined) but I rarely use them. Hmm, how can I incorporate them into a project?
I quickly made a design:
THIS IS AWESOME.
Matthew 5:39 (New International Version)
39.But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Just a daily reminder for people who think that committing violence in the name of the Lord is a righteous and godly act. Don't know why I felt like posting this today. Maybe it has something to do with an article I just read about a group of 11 people in India who, believed to be witches, were paraded around the village naked, tortured, and killed. All in the name of God.
We’ll be shooting next weekend (Monday through Saturday) from 9AM to 9:00PM or until the necessary shots are done. You must be committed, energetic and ready to make this project your number one priority for the full week.
Please reply immediately with your desired position, resume, and reasonable expectation of pay (e.g $150-450/day). Once we receive those, I (executive producer) will get in touch with you by phone.
I will say that we’re really excited to hear from you and that you seem qualified for the crew position you’ve requested. I will spend some time rattling off a bunch of names, artists, directors and productions I’ve worked with/on to impress you and make you think I’m a big deal. This will make you feel inferior and less combative for the next part.
This is the funniest CL I've read in a while.
However, later they successfully killed Vikram Mallah, abducted Phoolan and locked her up in the Behmai village. Phoolan Devi was raped by many men in Behmai. After three weeks, she managed to escape with two other Mallahs from Vikram's gang, helped by a lower-caste villager. She gathered a gang of Mallahs, that she led with Man Singh, a member of Vikram's former gang. The gang carried out a series of violent robberies in north and central India, mainly targeting upper-caste people. Some say that Phoolan Devi targeted only the upper-caste people and shared the loot with the lower-caste people, but the Indian authorities insist this is a myth.
Seventeen months after her escape from Behmai, Phoolan returned to the village, to take her revenge. On February 14, 1981, Phoolan and her gang marched into the Behmai village, dressed as police officers. The Thakurs in the village were preparing for a wedding. The gang demanded that her kidnappers be produced, along with all the valuables in the village. Details of what exactly happened are not available, but Phoolan is said to have recognized two men who earlier had sexually assaulted her and murdered her lover. When Phoolan's gang failed to find all the kidnappers after an exhaustive search, she ordered her gang members to line up all the Thakur men in the village and shoot them. The dacoits opened fire and killed twenty-two Thakur men, most of whom were not involved in her kidnapping or rape. Later, Phoolan Devi claimed that she herself didn't kill anybody in Behmai – all the killings were carried out by her gang members.
Holy crap. This chick was crazy. Crazy AWESOME. Seriously though, mass killing is crazy.
A GERMAN doctor who went on the run after poisoning his lover's 14-year-old daughter more than 27 years ago has been found, bound and gagged, outside a French court. The girl's father has been arrested on suspicion of kidnap.
Andre Bamberski, 71, has accused the French and German authorities of being unwilling to catch Dieter Krombach, 74, who was convicted of manslaughter in his absence in 1995. A French court sentenced him to 15 years for the death of Kalinka Bamberski. The blonde teenager died after receiving an injection at Krombach's home in Lindau, Germany, during a visit with her mother in 1982. Kalinka's father is convinced that Krombach drugged his daughter in order to rape her.
An online poll conducted in the ’90s set Vitaly Komar, Alex Melamid and David Soldier on a quest to create the most annoying song ever. After gathering data about people’s least favorite music and lyrical subjects, they did the unthinkable: they combined them into a single monstrosity, specifically engineered to sound unpleasant to the maximum percentage of listeners. The song is not new, but it resurfaced on Dial "M" for Musicology.
ere's another appalling story of how the police get treated one way and civilians quite another. Dallas cop does 70 in a 40 mph zone without his lights or sirens on, hits a kid on a bike and kills him. His punishment: A day off from work. Without pay, I'm sure.A Dallas police officer who fatally struck a child last October received a one-day suspension during a disciplinary hearing this afternoon.
Senior Cpl. Michael Vaughn appeared before Assistant Chief Floyd Simpson, who oversees the city's seven patrol stations.
The punishment was for "for violating the emergency vehicle operations policy when he drove over the speed limit without activating the lights and sirens," police officials said.