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Thu Oct 11, 2012, 05:46 PM

Huge eyeball from unknown creature washes ashore on Florida beach

Source: Sun Sentinel

A giant eyeball from a mysterious sea creature washed ashore Wednesday in Pompano Beach.

No one knows what species the huge eyeball came from, but whatever it is, it has blue eyes and has to be big enough to have eyeballs bigger than softballs. Among the possibilities being discussed are a giant squid, some other large fish or a whale or other large marine mammal.

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Wildlife officers placed the eyeball on ice. It will be preserved in formalin and sent for analysis to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg.



Read more: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/fl-mystery-eyeball-20121011,0,2071938.story

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Reply Huge eyeball from unknown creature washes ashore on Florida beach (Original post)
Emit Oct 2012 OP
McCamy Taylor Oct 2012 #1
Babette Oct 2012 #11
HereSince1628 Oct 2012 #41
Ter Oct 2012 #69
rwsanders Oct 2012 #2
Shivering Jemmy Oct 2012 #13
PuraVidaDreamin Oct 2012 #18
gateley Oct 2012 #26
freshwest Oct 2012 #28
ashling Oct 2012 #46
randome Oct 2012 #49
Liberalynn Oct 2012 #3
dipsydoodle Oct 2012 #4
randome Oct 2012 #5
2on2u Oct 2012 #6
central scrutinizer Oct 2012 #7
lastlib Oct 2012 #8
Auntie Bush Oct 2012 #29
Ikonoklast Oct 2012 #43
Canuckistanian Oct 2012 #56
MADem Oct 2012 #61
Emit Oct 2012 #86
KansDem Oct 2012 #9
Poll_Blind Oct 2012 #10
Alamuti Lotus Oct 2012 #24
Ash_F Oct 2012 #37
Poll_Blind Oct 2012 #50
Rowdyboy Oct 2012 #12
christx30 Oct 2012 #55
Baitball Blogger Oct 2012 #14
steve2470 Oct 2012 #70
shireen Oct 2012 #15
Sancho Oct 2012 #16
tridim Oct 2012 #17
Xipe Totec Oct 2012 #19
Hissyspit Oct 2012 #77
proud patriot Oct 2012 #20
Liberal_in_LA Oct 2012 #21
yankeepants Oct 2012 #22
FailureToCommunicate Oct 2012 #58
slackmaster Oct 2012 #23
SemperEadem Oct 2012 #25
petronius Oct 2012 #34
SemperEadem Oct 2012 #36
jberryhill Oct 2012 #27
undeterred Oct 2012 #30
Liberal_in_LA Oct 2012 #31
GeorgeGist Oct 2012 #32
klook Oct 2012 #33
randome Oct 2012 #35
Ash_F Oct 2012 #38
randome Oct 2012 #39
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UnrepentantLiberal Oct 2012 #40
AlbertCat Oct 2012 #42
triplepoint Oct 2012 #44
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #45
Don C. Nuttin Oct 2012 #47
Peregrine Took Oct 2012 #48
randome Oct 2012 #51
Herlong Oct 2012 #52
randome Oct 2012 #53
lonestarnot Oct 2012 #54
0rganism Oct 2012 #57
Enrique Oct 2012 #59
harmonicon Oct 2012 #60
randome Oct 2012 #73
raccoon Oct 2012 #62
madguitarist Oct 2012 #63
hockeynut57 Oct 2012 #64
randome Oct 2012 #65
hockeynut57 Oct 2012 #66
Evasporque Oct 2012 #67
olddad56 Oct 2012 #68
randome Oct 2012 #71
steve2470 Oct 2012 #72
KamaAina Oct 2012 #74
KamaAina Oct 2012 #75
Emit Oct 2012 #76
KamaAina Oct 2012 #81
randome Oct 2012 #83
fascisthunter Oct 2012 #78
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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 05:51 PM

1. DNA should tell---unless it is a hoax.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 06:10 PM

11. Hopefully they subsampled in ethanol

Formalin will destroy the DNA, making analysis impossible.

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Response to Babette (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:17 PM

41. That was my first thought when I read the op

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 12:56 PM

69. It can't tell if it's from an unknown cryptic

 

Such as a sea monster or the like.

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 05:52 PM

2. Probably a whale killed by the navy's super sonar

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Response to rwsanders (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 06:16 PM

13. Do you have data to justify that probability!

That's a strong statement of confidence

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Response to Shivering Jemmy (Reply #13)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 06:38 PM

18. Huge eyeballs

On you now low post count.

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Response to PuraVidaDreamin (Reply #18)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:13 PM

26. Haha!

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Response to gateley (Reply #26)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:16 PM

28. Yes, the *experts* will tell us everything just in time for the election. Next, grammar nazis.

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Response to Shivering Jemmy (Reply #13)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:35 PM

46. Chill

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Response to Shivering Jemmy (Reply #13)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:50 PM

49. Welcome to DU!

In case the previous responders came across as too damned serious!

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 05:53 PM

3. gross but interesting

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 05:54 PM

4. Probably a marine shallot

as in "eye, eye, that's shalot"

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 05:54 PM

5. It's the eye on the back of the dollar bill!

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Response to randome (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 05:58 PM

6. Eye eye eye don't know what to say to that.... n/t

 

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 05:58 PM

8. It's one of Ryan's "Lyin' Eyes"!

He tried to hide it, but he can't!

"YOU can't hide your lyin' eyes,
And your smile is a thin disguise;
I thought by now you'd reali-i-ize
There ain't no way to hide your lyin' eyes.

My, oh, my, you sure know how to arrange things,
You set it up so well, so carefully,
Ain't it funny how your new lie didn't change things...
You're still the same old (filthy lying sack of whaleshit) you used to be."

(apologies to the Eagles)

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Response to lastlib (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:19 PM

29. If he shows up at the debate with a black patch over one eye....we'll know it was his!

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Response to lastlib (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:21 PM

43. He doesn't have an extra one to spare.

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #43)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 10:56 PM

56. Hahahaha

Jeebus.... you should warn a person before posting

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #43)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 03:43 AM

61. That is HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! Full marks!!!!! My first thought when I saw this OP... nt

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #43)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 06:24 PM

86. Bwhahaha!

omg...

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 05:58 PM

9. OH, NO!!!


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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 06:03 PM

10. Which is funny, because eyes and other soft tissue are the first to be consumed by...

...scavengers when a creature dies underwater.



PB

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Response to Poll_Blind (Reply #10)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:05 PM

24. that was my thought as well

 

which begs the question, was this 'missed' or 'avoided' by the other creatures?

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Response to Poll_Blind (Reply #10)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:59 PM

37. Eyeballs are pretty damn hard, like a stone.

Have you ever removed one, like in a class dissection? I was shocked the first time I removed a squid eye. It was like a little marble.

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Response to Ash_F (Reply #37)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 09:44 PM

50. I agree about the sclera, not so much about the cornea. If you look at decay in water...

...you're going to see eyes, anus, every single orifice used as feeding ground/entrance first. I agree that an eyeball is tough but in a decay situation I guess what I'm saying is it's puzzling that the eyeball would be completely detached like that before the cornea's punctured.

I am not an expert by any means though.

PB

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 06:11 PM

12. I, for one welcome our big-eyed alien overlords....

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Response to Rowdyboy (Reply #12)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 10:39 PM

55. I got sad when I saw the headline

I thought the Doctor had failed to scare the Atraxi away from Earth. "Going away is good. Never coming back is better."

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #14)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 01:07 PM

70. lmao well played ! nt

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 06:18 PM

15. cool!

i'm betting it's from a giant squid, Architeuthis .

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 06:22 PM

16. oh hell, there's an monster eye ball near me???

I guess I better mail in my ballot before the undocumented aliens attack!

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 06:22 PM

17. Yes, someone has a job ID'ing giant marine eyeballs.

Just FedEx it over pal.

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 06:38 PM

19. It's an eye phone

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #19)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 03:55 PM

77. Ha!

I had forgotten about that.

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 06:45 PM

20. godzilla?

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 06:48 PM

21. wow! that is big!

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:00 PM

22. Does Paul Ryan still have both of his? n/t

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Response to yankeepants (Reply #22)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:25 PM

58. That's EXACTLY what I thought when I read this!

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:03 PM

23. That has to be a squid eye

 

I don't see any sign of the ligaments that you'd find on a mammalian eye.

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:11 PM

25. that's a pretty big eye

I sure don't want to meet who that belongs to...

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Response to SemperEadem (Reply #25)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:36 PM

34. Why not? It wouldn't be able to see you...




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Response to petronius (Reply #34)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:57 PM

36. do you honestly think

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humans are the only creatures who have 4 other senses besides sight?

smell--scent in the water of a warm blooded human mammal... ability to feel vibrations (as opposed to being able to hear)... ability to locate by electrical impulse... blah blah blah

you don't know what that creature can or can't see.

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:15 PM

27. It's all fun and laughs until someone loses an eye

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:23 PM

30. It keeps looking at me.

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:34 PM

32. Cheap thrills ...

no there, there.

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:35 PM

33. The huge pair of scissors the creature was running with hasn't turned up yet. (n/t)

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:54 PM

35. Aquaman isn't kidding around anymore!

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:03 PM

38. The professor said most likely swordfish and I can see that.

They can get pretty large.

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Response to Ash_F (Reply #38)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:06 PM

39. And they're sharp because, you know, they have swords on their noses!

Must make mating an interesting process.

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:17 PM

40. .

 

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:18 PM

42. It's Romney's fact-checker's eyeball.....

The other one should wash up soon.

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:22 PM

44. Does It Have "Legs?"

 

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:26 PM

45. And, of course...

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:44 PM

47. I wish we could ask it.

Maybe its seen Romney's tax returns.

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:46 PM

48. So sad. What on earth could happened to the poor guy?

Was he torn limb from limb?

Jackasses on local Chicago radio were making jokes on this subject. Not funny.

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 09:59 PM

51. Ralph Waldo Emerson's original model?

http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&biw=853&bih=377&tbm=isch&tbnid=MatDCywEpF37-M:&imgrefurl=http://mannenglish.edublogs.org/&docid=SVZ2FUMilzXqVM&imgurl=&w=250&h=246&ei=GHl3UKHtNqLbyQHJt4GICg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=609&vpy=7&dur=299&hovh=196&hovw=200&tx=182&ty=126&sig=106415036804199459274&page=2&tbnh=102&tbnw=105&start=15&ndsp=17&ved=1t:429,r:16,s:15,i:173

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 10:12 PM

52. Huge eyeball from unknown creature.

 

The huge eyeball the actual earth trying to visually make sense of Mitt Romney being a viable candidate for President of the United States of America.

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Response to Herlong (Reply #52)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 10:15 PM

53. Earth couldn't take it anymore and had to gouge out her own eyes!

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 10:32 PM

54. Is its name Ryan?

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:19 PM

57. Come Lord Cthulhu! Your earthly kingdom awaits!

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 12:11 AM

59. some creature is out there bumping into things n/t

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 02:10 AM

60. This is my favourite headline ever.

I hope to hear the followup.

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Response to harmonicon (Reply #60)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 01:29 PM

73. "Huge monocle from unknown eyeball washes ashore on Florida beach"

Last edited Fri Oct 12, 2012, 03:52 PM - Edit history (1)

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 07:33 AM

62. Sounds just like a grade B horror movie from the '50's, early '60's. nt

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 12:19 PM

63. I'm wondering

Has anyone considered what size critter knocked the other critter's eye out?
Oh My!!

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 12:27 PM

64. would losing a giant eyeball be considered a pre existing condition? nt

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Response to hockeynut57 (Reply #64)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 12:31 PM

65. Don't worry. There's a voucher for that!

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Response to randome (Reply #65)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 12:35 PM

66. whew i thought we might lose the giant sea creature vote nt

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 12:45 PM

67. best news story ever this close to Halloween...lol

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 12:52 PM

68. whatever it is, be careful, it has an eye out for you.

groan.

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 01:10 PM

71. That's not an eye at all. It's my third grade science project on the Earth's interior.

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 01:18 PM

72. "Somewhere a large sea creature is rockin' a barnacle-encrusted eyepatch and going, "Yarrrrr!"

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 03:51 PM

74. Rejoice! Sauron is defeated!

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 03:53 PM

75. Slight quibble: The source appears to be the Orlando Sentinel

not the Sun-Sentinel, which, I believe, is the Fort Lauderdale paper.

Yup, I've got a pretty good eye for stuff like that.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #75)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 03:55 PM

76. I copied and pasted the source directly from the article

As follows: By David Fleshler, Sun Sentinel

7:26 p.m. EDT, October 11, 2012

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Response to Emit (Reply #76)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 04:02 PM

81. I might have known

The Orlando Sentinel is one of the worst RW cat box liners in the entire country. Ripping off articles from other papers is SOP there.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #75)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 04:02 PM

83. LOL!

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 04:00 PM

78. Paul Ryan Blind Now?

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 04:00 PM

79. This thread is worthless without...

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Response to Duer 157099 (Reply #79)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 04:02 PM

82. amazing

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 04:01 PM

80. The Crawling Eye Returns!

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 04:26 PM

84. omg! Has anyone seen Mila Kunis?

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 04:34 PM

85. Is it hairy and looking at the GOP?

n/t

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