Jan 06 2015

The World is Doomed, Part 984

Once again, proof that the world is doomed. This is a “Hot Network Question” on StackExchange.com:

How do centaurs get enough to live?

I found it here. The answer is fairly simple: CENTAURS DON’T EXIST.

Except on this car commercial. WHICH ISN’T REAL.

To be fair, the current list toppers are Drawing an histogram from a bash command output (that’s a Unix-thing I think) and How would plants be affected by a 48 hour day? which in my opinion is an interesting question. Consider: what if we find a planet that has 48 hour days? Could the plants that we grow on Earth survive there?

But seriously folks. Centaurs? C’mon. Let’s step up our game for 2015.


Oct 15 2014

Oops! Sears Pulls Swastika Rings

Item: Sears Pulls Swastika Rings from their marketplace website.

Oopsie! Are Swastikas still offensive? Sheesh, can’t you people get OVER it already?

To be fair, these rings showed up in the “Sears Marketplace”, which I believe is not officially Sears. Consumerist also reports that the rings were “briefly” on Amazon.com as well.

The item’s description, according to the Consumerist article, is quite something:

“This gothic jewelry item in particular features a Swastika ring that’s made of .925 Thai silver,” the item description read. “Not for Neo Nazi or any Nazi implication. These jewelry items are going to make you look beautiful at your next dinner date.”

So if, as the song says, you don’t know you’re beautiful…

perhaps one of these rings can help? I doubt it.

Sears Apologizes For Selling Swastika Rings In Online Marketplace – Consumerist.

Aug 13 2013

Antibiotic Free Meat Is Free Of Antibiotics Unless It Isn’t

This story makes my head hurt.

From ABC/AP, an item about Chipotle Mexican Grill and how they are “considering tweaking its ‘responsibly raised’ meat standards to allow meat from animals that have been given antibiotics to treat illnesses.”

Apparently this was to clarify an earlier story. I don’t know exactly. Read it here if you want to.

This is the part that made me go “hmm.”

Quoting from ABC/AP:

The use of antibiotics to treat sick animals is considered acceptable by some health advocates, including the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which is based in Washington, D.C. Sarah Klein, a senior attorney with the group, said the problem is when animals are fed antibiotics with food on a constant basis to promote growth or prevent disease, which could in turn lead to the growth of antibiotic resistant germs.

But Klein said the “Organic Meat” and “No Antibiotics Administered: USDA Verified” labels found in supermarkets mean the meat wasn’t treated with antibiotics, even if the animal was sick. She noted that there are other labels that aren’t verified by the government, such as “raised without antibiotics.”

“It may be true, but it’s not verified,” she said.

Let’s try that again. “It may be true, but it’s not verified.” Does that mean it’s true or untrue? I guess the answer is “perhaps.” Which doesn’t seem good enough.

If I could, I’d live on a farm. Until then I suppose we’ll take our chances.

via Chipotle Considering Change to Allow Antibiotics – ABC News.

May 16 2011

Alaska School Flip Flops On Song Ban

Queen Bohemian Rhapsody

From our pal Jeanne Sager at CafeMom, we have some Wasila, Alaska wackiness that doesn’t involve anyone named Palin or Johnston.

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