This is a hollowed-out nickel which holds a microSD card. It’s a really covert and easy way to accidentally put 2GB of sensitive data into a parking meter.
Ahem. I beg your pardon. As a spy, I need — um, never mind. Forget it.
my favorite thing about this post is actually that the OP uses amazon referral links. that’s clever as shit. if you buy something - not even that item! - in the same session, they get a small percent cut of the sale.
plus, they can see what was purchased, tho not by whom nor to where it was sent.
i wonder how much the op will make if this post takes off further than it already has?
|—||Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut (via autumn—beds)|
The Waring CC150 cotton-candy machine brags that its plastic parts are BPA-free. That’s great, but it doesn’t help the fact that the best case scenario for buying a $49 cotton-candy maker is that you didn’t waste your $49 because you eat cotton candy all the time, every day.
My mother-in-law, Dyane, “Dee,” (pictured on the left) passed away last night. She had dementia for nine years. Tavisha and I did the best we could to care for her while trying to comprehend just what it all meant. Just what were we witnessing as we watched this funny, explosively…
Reader kylewpppd asks:Have you seen the post of a man in Siberia throwing boiling water off of his balcony? Can you provide a better explanation of what’s going on?
As you can see in the video (and in many similar examples on YouTube), tossing near boiling water into extremely cold air results in an instant snowstorm. Several effects are going on here. The first thing to understand is how heat is transferred between objects or fluids of differing temperatures. The rate at which heat is transferred depends on the temperature difference between the air and the water; the larger that temperature difference is the faster heat is transferred. However, as that temperature difference decreases, so does the rate of heat transfer. So even though hot water will initially lose heat very quickly to its surroundings, water that is initially cold will still reach equilibrium with the cold air faster. Therefore, all things being equal, hot water does not freeze faster than cold water, as one might suspect from the video.
The key to the hot water’s fast-freeze here is not just the large temperature difference, though. It’s the fact that the water is being tossed. When the water leaves the pot, it tends to break up into droplets, which quickly increases the surface area exposed to the cold air, and the rate of heat transfer depends on surface area as well! A smaller droplet will also freeze much more quickly than a larger droplet.
What would happen if room temperature water were used instead of boiling water? In all likelihood, a big cold bunch of water would hit the ground. Why? It turns out that both the viscosity and the surface tension of water decrease with increasing temperature. This means that a pot of hot water will tend to break into smaller droplets when tossed than the cold water would. Smaller droplets means less mass to freeze per droplet and a larger surface area (adding up all the surface area of all the droplets) exposed. Hence, faster freezing!
Disclaimer: This is a fictional story, but its subject is one that is all too real for tens of thousands of dogs in California alone. This is also a very sad story. If you want more information, please see the links at the end of the story.
Topher jaunted down an unfamiliar street, sniffing new and exciting scents. He was a pit bull mix who had been born by accident three years earlier. He had been bought to use as a guard dog by a man. Topher spent all of his time outside on a chain in a fenced in yard. He had a dog house that he liked, not because it was fancy or neat, but because he could stay dry when it rained. The weather wasn’t bad most of the time. It was usually warm and sunny. Topher got enough food and water, usually, and sometimes his owner would play fetch with him. Whenever someone would walk by his yard, he would get up and wag his tail, hoping they would want to say hi. They rarely did. He was a big dog and most people were afraid of him.
One day his owner didn’t come out to feed him for a long time. A friend of his owners came by and left the gate open. Topher saw a woman walking down the street eating a burrito. Suddenly, it dropped to the sidewalk, leaving the woman disgruntled about her lost lunch. Topher thought it smelled really good. He was so hungry.
Topher ran towards the burrito. His collar snapped and he gobbled it up. Then Topher saw some children down the street. Energized by his newfound sense of freedom he bounded down the road after them. They ran away.
After walking awhile, Topher got tired and decided to take a nap. He found a nice alleyway and laid down to sleep. When he was rested he got up and started exploring again. He couldn’t believe all the fun things he was smelling and seeing. He even found more things to eat in a garbage can.
The owner of the garbage can wasn’t happy about this. He called the animal control officers, who soon came and spotted Topher walking down the side of the road. They picked him up and took him to an exciting place filled with other dogs. Topher got immunization shots and was placed in his own cage with food and clean water. It was so different to be around all the other dogs, even though he could not interact with them. He smelled them all, though, which was new and exciting.
Topher thought staying at the animal shelter was a pretty good time. Although he missed his owner, he got walked twice a day and always had clean, fresh water and didn’t get dirt in his food like he did at home. He was careful not to go to the bathroom in his cage and everyone was really nice to him. He wanted to be nice but was a bit afraid. He had never had people touch him so much, and it was uncomfortable, but he appreciated the attention all the same and started getting less afraid as he got to know his walkers.
One day someone who was not one of the people who usually walked Topher came to get him. He was excited to go on another walk and wagged his tail as the shelter worker put on his leash. They walked past the rows of other dogs just like every other day. But they went in a different direction than before, away from the outside door. Topher was taking his last walk, but he wasn’t nervous until the worker led him into a small room and closed the door. Then he was scared. He cowered in a corner until a worker gently pulled on his leash and scooped him up.
Topher was placed gently on a table and injected with phenobarbitol. He felt nice and then drifted off to sleep forever.
After the workers confirmed Topher was dead, they carried his body to a freezer where it joined the bodies of other cats and dogs that had stayed at the shelter too long. Topher had not been licensed and had no microchip, and his owner was a heroin addict who did not notice he was missing for days after and did not really think much of it. There was no way to look up who owned him. The shelter kept him around as long as they could, but with thousands upon thousands of stray and unwanted dogs, they just didn’t have the resources to keep him any longer.
Topher and many pets just like him whose only crime was existing ended up in freezers like the one he had been placed in. But this is not the end of his story.
Later that week an animal disposal service visited the shelter to empty the freezer. They took all the dead dogs and cats and placed them in barrels in the back of their truck, some which were already full from earlier stops at other shelters. After completing more stops, the truck ended up at a rendering plant.
The barrels full of pets, including Topher, were dumped out in a pile with other “inedible” “raw material” sources like spoiled meat and rancid grease. They sat there for about a day, giving them time to thaw out. Then they were put into a grinder that made processing them easier to complete. He was then put into a giant vessel where he was steamed until his body dissolved into sludge. The fatty parts of his body were drained off and the remaining parts were dried and ground to make meat and bone meal. This, in turn, was fed to livestock, shrimp, and used in fertilizer.
The fatty parts of Topher, like his stearic and oleic acids, were turned into shaving cream, soap, hair conditioner and industrial lubricants. Topher, a dog who just wanted to be loved and explore, was thrown away like common waste and turned into byproducts.
Topher is a fictional dog who gives a face to the hundreds of thousands of pets who have no place in this world and are forced out of it for no good reason. Their bodies are treated not with the respect of companion animals, but like slaughterhouse garbage. No dog should end up like Topher. Here are some easy, sane, simple steps you can take to help end the needless creation and killing of innocent dogs and cats:
1. Spay and neuter. Two fertile cats can produce 100+ offspring in 7 years. If you need further proof how two cats or dogs can turn into dozens in a short amount of time, watch the television show “Animal Hoarders.” This is the most important step in reducing the number of dogs and cats that need homes but cannot find one. Many vets offer a reduced price spay and neuter so there is no excuse not to get the procedure done. Check with your local vet or humane society to find out about these low cost services.
2. Adopt, don’t shop. This catchy slogan is true- buying puppies from puppy stores encourages breeders to keep breeding. If there is no money in creating new dogs, people will stop. If you do choose to buy a dog from a breeder, do the research to find out about the parents, the breeder’s reputation and see where the puppies are being raised in person. Of course, the best way to reduce the number of animals in shelters is to free up space by taking one home with you. You can also foster a dog or cat to free up space for other animals.
3. Volunteer or donate. Resources at all kinds of shelters and rescues are usually stretched thin due to the large amount of homeless animals. Almost all organizations would love to accept your help. This can be in the form of volunteering at a shelter, finding places in no-kill shelters and rescues for kill-shelter dogs, being part of a spay-neuter-release team that catches stray cats or simply donating old towels and sheets or other supplies to a local shelter. Most shelters have a list of items they need the most.
4. Sign, write, and speak. Petitions and letters to government officials can be tedious and feel like they accomplish little, but simply raising aware about the issues facing companion animals today can help spark change. And you never know- your signature might help a bill have a fighting chance.
The message of this story is that when we are killing dogs and cats with no place to go en masse and sending them to renderers because there are so many of them it is the only efficient method of disposal, there is a problem.
I will not get into the presence of low levels of phenobarbital in pet food, you can conduct your own research and reach your own conclusions about that issue. However, I am personally phasing food that contains meat and bone meal out of my dog’s diet.
LA County animal shelter’s official press release describing how euthanized animals are disposed by rendering:
Accessed December 08 2012
Description of the rendering process:
Accessed December 08 2012
Picture of dead dogs and cats in barrels at a rendering plant- (upsetting but not gory):
Accessed December 08 2012
(There are many similar pictures, and a very upsetting YouTube video of dogs and cats going into a grinder at a rendering plant if you have the fortitude to search for and/or look at them)
For more information on if this practice is acceptable in your area, refer to state and local laws which can be found online. In my area, this is acceptable, unfourtunately, although the kill shelters I am familiar with have dedicated employees and volunteers who love pets and work very hard to find animals homes or place them in humane societies or rescue groups whenever possible.
For a unicorn chaser, hug a dog or cat, or watch copious amounts of YouTube videos that show pets in happy, loving homes like they all deserve to be. Also, feel free to spread the word about the need to end pet overpopulation.
I wish this were real, but I also don’t, so thankfully, or not, it’s not real. But I looked around really hard for it and now all my targeted advertising thinks I want hunting accessories & chips.
There’s nothing inherently bad about a kilt fashioned as normal menswear. It’s just that you’re not going to buy one and wear it unless you’re the kind of guy who wants everyone to talk to him about his cargo kilt. Your creepy eyes flitting from face to face in the crowd, hoping to catch someone looking at your kilt, your practiced conversation points running on a loop through your head. “It’s a historical garment,” you say expertly, in your head, as no one talks to you. “It’s very comfortable,” you think to yourself.
I think during this election season it is important to recall the history of the Presidency itself. And so, test your skills:
1. Which President died in office?
- Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson
- Grover “Old Spice” Cleveland
- Lyndon “Old Hissy Fit” Johnson
- Warren “Old Dead” Harding
I have obsessions. Maybe I even have a lot of them. But I try to recognize that I’m getting too concerned with something and just let it go. I don’t buy a special tool to get the last bit of toothpaste out of the toothpaste tube.
Here’s the deal with consumer products. They are labeled “to delivery” which means that in every 6-ounce tube of toothpaste, there’s actually more than six ounces inside. The average user can squeeze six ounces out, leaving some residue inside, but surely getting their moneys’ worth of toothpaste. Same with deodorant and hairspray. They put a little extra in there so you get what you paid for.
If you can’t help thinking about your lost toothpaste and you buy a torture device to angrily force the residual tenth of an ounce of fucking Colgate out of the tube and into your crazy mouth, then you don’t need an $18 toothpaste-tube wringer. You need to talk to a professional, or maybe just a mirror to look into, so you can ask your reflection if you’re being unreasonable.
$18? Do you know how many tubes of toothpaste you can buy for that? Ones that don’t look crazy and do the job are 2 for a dollar. I like them because it keeps things neat- slide it up as you use it, no rolling or squeezing.
The only good thing I can say about “My New Pink Button,” which is a dye that you apply to your labia to make them more pink, is that it’s not tested on animals. Because then it would be someone’s job to dye a monkey’s treasure-box and check it for a rash.
SBAHJ: THE CAKE
This device, just like the edge of a pan, or a countertop, is an egg cracker. You whack the egg onto it and the shell of the egg cracks. Never mind that man has done this since the discovery of chickens, the year is 2012 and we can’t crack eggs without a special thing in the kitchen.
That’s dumb enough, but take a close look at that picture. The little grey thing in the middle is a RAZOR BLADE. If you need a special stand and a razor blade to crack an egg, you’re not buying eggs. Those are rocks and you’re an idiot.
I should mention this isn’t the only plastic gadget that cracks eggs. There’s also the EZ Cracker, BW Egg Cracker, and the Clever Cracker. Take a peek if you’re having a bad day and want to feel like you’re above average for being able to crack an egg with your human hand.