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Old 03-29-2021, 12:11 PM   #2461
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Apparently the container ship did a frivolous complex maneuver in the shape of a ...well, let's call it an eldritch symbol... before it got to Suez and ran aground.
I heard about that, and assumed it wasn't true and was just something a troll posted that got traction, but according to Snopes, it is indeed true (although they note there's no indication the Ever Given's crew actually intended to make such a drawing).

On the bright side, the ship is free now, and shipping has resumed (although there's the risk of a domino effect, as delays in ships reaching their destinations will cause delays in other things being shipped out - Nice Job Breaking It, Hero). Interestingly, one thing being given credit for this was the presence of the full moon, which made the high tide higher and thus allowed the vessel to be pulled free more readily. At least, that's the official story.
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Old 03-29-2021, 01:53 PM   #2462
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No no no. The full moon allowed them to put werewolves on the lifting team.
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Old 03-30-2021, 09:06 AM   #2463
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have we mentioned the olm yet? a skinny pink cave salamander that looks like it has human skin and used to be thought to be baby dragons?
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:27 AM   #2464
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WiFi standards for 2024 include turning all WiFi devices into The Dark Knight-style scanning systems. Nothing could possibly go wrong...
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Old 04-02-2021, 10:43 PM   #2465
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Rube Waddell, the link going to just a few highlights from this man's career as a PC.

Born Friday 13 of October 1876, died April Fool's Day 1914. Don't let the age fool you.

He was a Hall of Fame pitcher. Would, in exhibition games, stunt by telling the rest of the team to leave the field, then strike out the rest of the batters for the inning.

At least when he wasn't distracted by (incomplete list) shiny objects held by fans, puppies brought for the purpose of distracting him, or fire trucks, which he would run off the field to chase.

Got in a fight with a lion. Didn't win, but didn't die from it. Told the police who showed up that he was fighting off highwaymen.

Chiseled good looks.

Starred in a vaudeville play. Couldn't remember his lines so his co-stars just let him ad-lib everything. One night he threw the villain bodily across the stage.

The play was a hit.

Met, married and divorced a woman in under a year.

Said to have saved the town of Hickman, Kentucky from a flood. I have no further details.

This is but a selection of the list from that link. Rube Waddell, 37 years of absolute living.
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Old 04-03-2021, 12:17 AM   #2466
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Rube Waddell, the link going to just a few highlights from this man's career as a PC.

Born Friday 13 of October 1876, died April Fool's Day 1914. Don't let the age fool you.

He was a Hall of Fame pitcher. Would, in exhibition games, stunt by telling the rest of the team to leave the field, then strike out the rest of the batters for the inning.

At least when he wasn't distracted by (incomplete list) shiny objects held by fans, puppies brought for the purpose of distracting him, or fire trucks, which he would run off the field to chase.

Got in a fight with a lion. Didn't win, but didn't die from it. Told the police who showed up that he was fighting off highwaymen.

Chiseled good looks.

Starred in a vaudeville play. Couldn't remember his lines so his co-stars just let him ad-lib everything. One night he threw the villain bodily across the stage.

The play was a hit.

Met, married and divorced a woman in under a year.

Said to have saved the town of Hickman, Kentucky from a flood. I have no further details.

This is but a selection of the list from that link. Rube Waddell, 37 years of absolute living.
Also, as someone on Twitter put it, he had ADHD so hard that ADHD had to take an occasional breather.

(Another note: One season, he had to share a room during away games with another player. Said other player refused to ever share a room with Rube again unless his contract stipulated he was no longer allowed to eat crackers in bed.)

(Oh, and he once tried to hypnotize a walrus. It didn't work. The walrus didn't kill him, but it did manage to tear his pants off.)
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Old 04-03-2021, 07:56 AM   #2467
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7-11 fights 7-11, results in 7-11 mecha kaiju.

7-Eleven to build 7-Eleven in parking lot of another 7-Eleven

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Old 04-03-2021, 01:53 PM   #2468
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Ken and Robin covered the fake snow conspiracy this week

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https://www.europeanscientist.com/en...limate-change/
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Old 04-04-2021, 03:39 AM   #2469
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So Egypt threw a big party for the dead rulers.
In short: 22 mummies were carted through Cairo in customized trucks, each labeled with the name of the "passenger". Along the route - especially restored to ensure a smooth ride -, thousands of spectators admired them, and actors in costumes were also part of the show.

Officially, all to boost tourism. Yeah, right.

So, what is really behind it?
Bringing back the old rulers to restore the former glory?
Had the arrangement of the trucks a special meaning?
Followed the route of the trucks a special path?
Why were the trucks labeled in English, not in Arabic?
And is it a coincidence that this parade happened just after the last ship that was delayed by the accident in the Suez Canal passed the canal?

Questions and questions. Has anybody answers?
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Old 04-06-2021, 06:57 AM   #2470
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Something I missed last year, microscopic bioroids, called xenobots, have been created. Or maybe they should count as proto-bioroids, given they are created from living cells (frog stem cells) rather than from more basic building blocks.
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