Since I've never seen a complete episode of The Simpsons (let me know in the comments if it's a good show) I can't vouch for this Lego Kwik-E-Mart Building Kit's verisimilitude. But it looks cool!
I'm glad Stephen Coles of Fonts in Use wrote about the creation and evolution of our Jackhammer Jill mascot and logo, because I forgot most of the details!
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A Santa Monica sushi chef arrested in a 2013 sting operation for selling whale meat has been sentenced to two years’ probation, fined $5,000 and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service. The Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits importing selling whale meat.
The chefs admitted that in 2007, Ueda got approval from the restaurant’s owner and manager to order several pounds of whale from Ohira, prosecutors previously said. Yamamoto then served the whale meat on at least two occasions in early 2010.
The order included about three kilograms of whale akami, or red meat; about two kilograms each of whale bacon; and whale onomi, or tail, according to the plea agreement.
Thanks to the fine acting talent of the wonderful sketch team Bellevue, Susan is back!
One of the the biggest debt collectors in the United States was ordered to pay Maria Guadalupe Mejia $83 million for "maliciously" suing her for a $1000 credit card debt that she didn't owe. The debt was actually owed by a man with a similar-sounding name.
“[Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC] has gained a reputation for take no prisoners, ‘If you mess with us we’re going to take you all the way, you’re going to have to spend a lot of money on this litigation, you’re going to have to go all the way to trial,’” said Gina Chiala, one of Mejia's lawyers. “And so, among consumer lawyers, they are known to be very aggressive in litigation and to not stop; even when they’re wrong, they’re just not going to stop.”
A spokesman for the company, Michael McKeon, called the verdict “outlandish” and said it “defied all common sense.”
Scientists have developed type of yeast that can turn glucose into morphine. It will soon be possible to homebrew opiates just as one homebrews beer.
In principle, anyone with access to the yeast strain and basic skills in fermentation would be able to grow morphine-producing yeast using a home-brew kit for beer-making. If the modified yeast strain produced 10 grams of morphine, users would need to drink only 1–2 millilitres of the liquid to obtain a standard prescribed dose. (Current strains are not this efficient, but titres in this range and even tenfold higher have been achieved for other commercially relevant metabolic products.)
Grady Runyon owns a used record store in Ventura, CA. In this video by Rossangeles, Runyon tells a wonderful story about how a stranger asked to meet him in a parking garage to show him a mysterious artifact: an illustrated handbound manuscript with the title "Screenplay by Alexandro JODOROWSKY / Adapted from " DUNE" / by frank HERBERT."
The color pencil drawings in the book are highly detailed outsider art scenes of weird sex, monsters, outlandish costumes, and exotic weapons. When Jodorowsky caught wind of the book, he tweeted that the artifact was a "fake script with idiotic drawings." The book sold for over $6,000 when it was auctioned on eBay. I'm not doubting Jodorowsky -- the manuscript could very well be fake. I think the illustrations are wonderful, however. Again, I'm not arguing with Jodorowsky -- I'm an idiot!
"Millions of people over the decades will tell you 'Yes, it may be the holy grail of technology.' A proper name eludes us, so we will call it simply, The Wishing Machine." Only $195.
Also, available: a "Money Science Kit for for $9.88 plus $4.88 shipping and handling anywhere in the world."
The inventor writes:
Is this a scam? No. Some people think any offer to do with money is a scam, yet we all need money. In this time of economic strife, let's face the truth. Is making honest money a crime? Please give me the benefit of the doubt for now.
Doubts put to rest!
I recently sold a rag doll on eBay for $138. Personally, I wouldn't have paid $1 for it, but it had VALUE to someone else. VALUE is something that is always, and has always been, determined by humans. That is why money is a subjective energy field.
The entire magazine industry has been hurt by the web, but pornographic magazines have been hit the hardest.
From an essay in Quartz by Lee Quarnstrom, former editor of Hustler:
In a January 2014 interview with Erin Moriarty of CBS, Flynt announced that he didn’t expect Hustler, the heart of his porn empire, to last more than two or three years. He added that the magazine’s monthly circulation had dropped from a high of 3 million readers to about 100,000. But the truth is, even Flynt’s onetime high of 3 million monthly readers can’t compare to the 32 million visitors now recorded monthly on adult website LiveJasmin.com.
Prankster Magic includes some excellent card and coin tricks that kids can quickly learn. The illustrations are clear and appealingly cartoonish. Some of the tricks are “self-working,” while others require mastering basic sleight-of-hand.
The prank section is fun, too. The book comes with a fake piece of chewed-up pink bubblegum, with suggestions on where to put it for maximum entertainment value (like the screen of your big sister’s mobile phone).
Prankster Magic also includes two pages of phony labels that you can apply to food product boxes. I put a “98% Free of Small Bugs” sticker on a box of Cheerios and freaked out my 12-year-old daughter, wife, and sister-in-law. “Take it back to the store!” my wife said, alarm in her voice. Hahaha!
It's hard to find food at an airport that I want to eat. Food on planes is usually even worse. So I either fast (which I don't mind) or bring my own food - usually macadamia nuts and super dark chocolate. Last week in North Carolina I found Oberto Applewood Smoked Bacon Jerky in a supermarket, and I'm going to make sure I have a bag of it whenever I travel, so I added it to my Amazon Subscribe & Save. The only ingredients are pork, water, salt, sugar, and natural flavoring. And it is very low in sugar - only 2.5 grams for the bag. It isn't tough like jerky. It basically tastes like delicious cooked room-temperature bacon.
A K-Cup of cannabis infused coffee beans from Fairwinds costs about $10.
Marrying two complex plant products (coffee beans and cannabis) provides a tremendous and enjoyable experience to the consumer. Combing the complex art of coffee bean selection & roasting along with cannabis strain selection and advanced premium cannabis oil extrications pure bliss to the consumer The best device for a single serving of infused coffee from a packet is an aeropress. This device is very effective at extracting the maximum amount of flavor and oils from the coffee without leaving valuable oils behind. The next best device is a French press. Common drip coffee makers work well but typically leave more active ingredients behind due to the large exposed surface area of the filter, especially if you are only brewing a small amount of servings. For making a large batch of coffee, the countertop dripper is great. For all processes, hot water should be used as cannabis extraction does not work as well with cold brewed techniques.