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Did you know that deaf people can use the phone? It's called a relay service. They type into a special keyboard and the relay operator speaks for them. Well, apparently Capital One customer service didn't know either and thus violates the Americans with Disabilities Act by telling this girl that she is shit out of luck with her card.
Although this is probably to protect against fraud, by law, they need to have alternatives for the Deaf.
Just before I shove off, here are some of the pics from Texas. More will be uploaded when I get back.
A rare and beautiful swallow appeared in the UK and, before the eager bird watcher's eyes, was abruptly eaten by a bigger bird.
PC World has collected 13 of the most embarrassing moments in Web History. Some of them are pretty funny.
I am in San Diego for a week working on work stuff. As a result, updates to the site may be slack. Here are some pics from my last trip out here.
A mad scientist who will probably soon tell the world that we will "rue the day," is planning to test a theory in quantum physics in which a particle will change before he changes it. Eh? Yeah...Quantum Physics is weird.
A few miles from where Sierra and I were having drinks with her high school friends, a man was stabbed for not washing his hands.
Instead of playing with Barbies or doctor with little boys, this girl has the compulsion to capture and hypnotize lizards so that she can dress them up to take pictures of them.
No no...this is not your typical Star Wars virgin that can quote every line in the series. This refers to the tale of a guy who had NEVER seen the movies and was watching them all back to back to back to back to back to back during Cinemax's recent Star Wars Marathon.
Scientists have discovered that capsaicin, the molecule that gives hot sauce its bite, acts the same way as tarantula venom. Just let me know when I can get my black widow burrito the next time I go to Taco Bell. YUM!
Today when you go shopping with the rest of the fools braving Black Friday malls, you should remember the following phone number: 1-888-DO-FRUCALL. If you call that number, it will let you know if the item you have in your hand is available cheaper online...and for what price. Perhaps I should have posted this yesterday.
Pluto was just having a bad day
This guy takes pictures of souveniers held in front of the landmarks that they represent.
Here is a cool little collection of Film's best punches. For some reason, this website doesn't like to the top 5 from the bottom 5, so you first have to look at 1-5 and then click the link to see 6-10. Still pretty good, tho.
An industrious scientist with too much free time has taught dolphins to sing the Batman theme song. Batmaaaaaaan!
Adam Carolla, formerly of the Man Show, sent Ron Jeremy to a crowd of losers waiting in line for days for the possibility of buying a PS3. Ron offered anyone who left the line an all expenses paid trip to the Bunny Ranch(a legal whorehouse) in Nevada. No takers. I guess the nerds like their games more than losing their virginity.
Watching the play closely reveals one step off the ground, one step off the back. It's considered unsportsmanlike in football, but what about basketball?
It reminds me of this great European commercial.
Turns out positive thinking really does work. Several recent studies (the first one and the others that we able to verify it) have shown that if you believe you can get smarter, you will. So you better convince that discouraged son or little sister that they need to believe they can get smarter (and do better in school) before they can actually do it.
Yes, yes...all the PS3 hoopla has had people robbed, shot with bb guns and smashing their new cutting edge PS3's. A lot of people took to the internet to try and buy theirs. Like this guy, who bought 3 Sony Playstations instead of the Playstation 3. That's right. He paid $900 for 3 consoles that cost less than $100 each.
hehehehe. Do not confuse fainting goats with Rusty, the narcoleptic dog.
Oops...it reads Natural Born PAIN-Killer...my bad. Opiorphin is a pain killer derived from saliva that appears to be 6 times more powerful than morphine. This great advance could help people who are allergic to morphine as well as those who are too cheap to abuse it.
This is one of the funniest rants I have read in a while. This guy expertly breaks-down how consoles (like PS3, XBOX 360, etc.) are just overpriced, unupgradable PCs.
This is one of the most amazingly detailed image I have ever seen. This guy took 400 pictures of Machu Picchu and stiched them all together. Don't worry though, this does not link to a 50 GB image. Instead you can zoom in with detail ala Google Maps.
This innovative website compares two Nickelback songs side-by-side in a very humorous way. Reminds me of the uncreative work of Everclear (what's the difference between Santa Monica and Father of Mine?).
This is a very, very disturbing video. Unfortunately it is easy to jump to a judgement on this one. A student, who's name is ironically Mostafa Tabatabainejad, failed to show id at the campus library and was asked to leave. He refused. The id checker (who is probably another student or an old lady) called campus police and by the time they got there, he had his backpack on and was trying to leave the library. They officers tried to grab his arm (perhaps to escort him out?) at which he yelled, rather girlishly, "GET OFF OF ME!" (I say girlishly because they didn't really do anything to him so far). At that point they tasered him. Personally I think that taser was WAY out of line. But then they tried to get him to stand up and walk out and he refused. So they tasered him again and again until finally he walks out with them. All during this, students are yelling at the cops who were probably scared there would be some sort of riot (unfounded fear...college students of today are pussies compared to the college students of the 60s).
Well, UCLA students are going ape-shit about this. But lets balance the equation a bit.
He didn't have ID.
He refused to leave at first.
He refused to stand up and walk out.
They stopped him from leaving.
They tasered him at the first sign of trouble.
They threatened people asking for their names with tasering.
Asking the cops for their names while they are trying to deal with a situtation (asking a cop for his name while he is tasering someone? shut the fuck up and ask after the situation is dealt with)
That makes it even, right? Here is a link to the UCLA student paper. Here is a link to the local news station's coverage which, I think does a better job.
Reporters without Borders, a French journalism group, has released the top 13 countries that are on its shit list. Hopefully the "Bad Words" at the bottom of my pages have me banned from those countries.
All I can say is, whoa. It is 14 minutes but if you have the time, give this video a gander.
Boingboing has been covering this story for quite a while. Here is a quick summary:
- Bank of America Customer receives a suspicious check and asks a teller to investigate it.
- Teller shows check to manager who calls the cops.
- Customer is arrested and spends $14,000 in his defense.
- BoA decides not to reimburse him
- Customer tells the world and lots of people pull their money out of BoA
- Estimated lost - $50,000,000 ($70,000 just from BoingBoing readers alone - as of this writing)
Paul assures me that Citizen's Bank would NEVER be so careless with its customer service.
"Or maybe when colon scorching rockets fly out of my butt." So says a UK man who shot a bottle rocket out of his ass and burnt his colon.
There is definately something wrong with the creator of this website. Just move your mouse and click around. It looks like a guy took a random sentance generator and went crazy with it.
Do you think Sierra would get me this mousepad for Christmas?
I hope these are real ads created by Haggar pants because they are awesome.
The remains of an extremely large bird washed up on the eastern coast of Russia. Most likely, Big Bird caught the avian flu on his recent tour of China.
This is an oldie-but-goodie article from The Onion.com. It dates back to 1998 when Olean (the fat substitute also known as olestra used in pringles) was invented.
You can celebrate our revolutionary food breakthrough in the manner which befits your disgusting existence—by stuffing your loathsome, wormy, gelatinous mouths until you burst. Without the risk of getting fatter.
Here are some pics from the Halloween Party that Sierra and I went to the week before OUR party.
The Canadian army using maple syrup and hockey sticks has broken the back of the Taliban insurgency near the town of Kandahar.
The Huffington Post has found more information on Rev Haggard's escort, including the ad that caught his attention.
Forbes has an interesting picture gallery giving hints on how to detect a liar.
Here is an interesting HOW-TO article on surviving a zombie attack.
Want go into the ladies room with a penis? Just SAY you are a woman and in New York, you can change your birth certificate!
I finally finished all the Halloween pics. While they are almost all hilarious I will make the following comments:
- I am going on a diet
- I'm a grower, not a SHOW-er
If you aren't voting today, you might as well be a fucking terrorist bent on the destruction of America. Go exercise your right to vote(in electronic voting machines that can be hacked with any smart card).
BTW - Here is an interesting website that analyzes the State of the Union addresses of all presidents since John Adams. Just move the slider above the word bank to view older presidents analysis. What's neat is that it increases the font size of words in proportion to the number of times they were repeated.
Example: One of FDR's big words was "unemployment"
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This is an amatuer photographer that decided to stand in the middle of a marathon to get some good shots. The only problem was that she was in the runners path.
It has been complained about by some Philadelphians that Lois Murphy's campaign is annoying the shit out of them with unsolicited phone calls. Well it turns out that it is Lois's competitors that are creating phoney campaign ads and then bombarding people with them in order to alienate them from voting her way. Guess which party is making up the phoney ads.
Remember this when you vote tomorrow.
Remember back in May when I showed you the video of traffic in India? Well compare it to the photos of traffic in Moscow during this 24 hour traffic jam.
and his 14-year old son Joey doesn't know how to drive stick.
A man suspected of stealing about 5,000 pairs of shoes in order to enjoy their odor has been arrested, police said Wednesday.
Apparently, elephants in Africa are going crazy. They are attacking villages and raping rhinoceroses. Yes...RAPING RHINOCEROSES!
The Miami Zoo has come up with a very original idea. An entire exhibit on animal shit. I don't mean animal "stuff", I mean animal excrement. Hey Paul...this sounds like a good sponorship idea!
A leading retailer and web reseller in Britain was forced by public opinion to remove a pole dancing kit from its toy section. Apparently there is no distinction in Britain between child toys and sex toys.
Dr Adrian Rogers, of family campaigning group Family Focus said, "...Children are being encouraged to dance round a pole which is interpreted in the adult world as a phallic symbol."
I guess dancing around the May Pole is sexual too?
This is why I had telemundo on the TV during the Halloween party. Spanish TV is FREAKY!
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