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Name: Ron
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Home country: Middle Earth
Current location: Seattle
Member since: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 10:37 PM
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I got the nickname Ron Obvious because -- in addition to being a huge Python fan -- my name really is Ron and I used to start sentences with \"Obviously\" a lot. Obviously, that\'s no longer a problem.

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"Those Were the Days" in the original Russian

As heard on NPR's Says You earlier this evening: the original Russian version of the classic song "Those Were the Days".

I never knew that this was originally a Russian song (the lyrics are quite different) but now that I do know, I can't believe that I didn't pick up on that before. It sounds so very typically Russian.

Bovines are cows, canines are dogs, equines horses, etc. Do you know the species name for donkeys?

Think about it...

Give up?

It's asinine!

Isn't that great? I don't know why I never knew that before as I studied the Latin in school, but I find that utterly delightful.

Or was I the only one who didn't know that?

Shaved Pussies

Waynesboro Police Investigating Cases of Pet Cats Being Shaved

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WVIR) - Police are investigating reports of cats being shaved without their owners' consent.

The Waynesboro Police Department says it has received complaints from multiple neighbors in the Tree Streets Inn area of pet cats being shaved in their underbelly and/or groin area.

Police say they initially suspected proactive citizens were taking the animals to get spayed or neutered, but that theory was disproved when the same cats were shaved multiple times.

Authorities tell NBC29 that these cats are not feral, are well-kept and well-groomed, wear collars, and are clearly pets.


Terry Jones: Ive got dementia. My frontal lobe has absconded

Terry Jones first exhibited signs that all was not well with his health in July 2014. He and his close friend Michael Palin were performing with the rest of the surviving Monty Python’s Flying Circus troupe in a show of sketches and songs, Monty Python live (mostly) at the O2 in London.

“Terry was always very good at remembering lines,” recalled Palin last week. “But this time he had real problems, and in the end he had to use a teleprompter. That was a first for him. I realised then that something more serious than memory lapses was affecting him.”

Jones, now 75, later passed standard tests designed to pinpoint people who have Alzheimer’s disease. His speech continued to deteriorate nevertheless. “He said less and less at dinner parties, when he used to love to lead conversations,” said his daughter Sally.

Eventually, in September 2015, Jones was diagnosed as having frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a condition that affects the front and sides of the brain, where language and social control centres are based. When cells there die off, people lose their ability to communicate, and their behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and impulsive. Unlike Alzheimer’s, there is no loss of reasoning or orientation. However, planning, decision making and speech are affected, and patients often seem less caring or concerned about their family and friends.


True Facts About The Dung Beetle

I love this series of videos with their dry humour: "The female dung beetle judges its potential mate by the size of its balls".

Or the praying Mantis:

The sloth would be the world's deadliest predator but only if the world slowed way the fuck down:

Can you see the mans smiling face? Psychologist shows off incredible illusion

It took me a few seconds to see it. There really is a face hidden there.

A Japanese psychologist with a fondness for optical illusions has baffled the internet with his latest – a picture of a man’s smiling face, which just looks like a blank grid.

But there really is a face in there: you just have to work a bit harder to see it.

Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a psychology professor at Ritsumeikan University in Japan, produced the image with a grid layered over a low-contrast image.

There’s various tricks you can use to make the image clearer, Kitaoka says – including standing at a distance, viewing the image at an angle or simply scrolling up and down with a mouse.


I hear Trump is proposing a replacement for the Meals on Wheels program

The replacement program will have federal employees going around needy families' houses, where they'll take the food off their tables and then run over it with a truck.

It's called Wheels on Meals.

DA: Program Encourages Students to Eat Together at Lunch

Today's Dear Abby:

DEAR ABBY: Schoolchildren, especially middle school or high school students who may not be socially adept, often eat lunch alone because they don't know what to do when it comes to joining other kids at the lunch table. My grandson, who is on the autism spectrum, is one of them.


It's lonely to eat lunch by yourself. Please encourage your readers to consider this. -- SOMEONE WHO CARES IN SAN DIEGO

DEAR SOMEONE WHO CARES: I'm glad to do that. The pain of social isolation can last far beyond the elementary and middle school years and color a person's expectations of rejection into adulthood. Much of it could be avoided if parents took the time to explain to their children how important it is to treat others with kindness.

In recent years, attention is finally being paid to this. A national organization, Beyond Differences, started a program called "No One Eats Alone" that teaches students how to make friends at lunchtime -- which can be the most painful part of the school day. It's their most popular program, and schools in all 50 states participate.

Popular with whom? Not with us loners! For Christ's sake, what an absolutely awful idea! I suspect I would have gone stark raving mad had this sort of thing been in place when I was in school. I used my lunch breaks to unwind and read, not to to be forced to socialise with kids I didn't want to be with. I had more than enough of that during class.

Adults, please let kids be kids and work out their own social order.

It's the common, everyday prejudice of the extroverted speaking here. At least a lot of the commenters below the line get it.

PSV keepers own-goal blunder picked up by Hawk-Eye to crush title hopes

You've got to feel for the keeper here. His is a perfectly natural reaction after making a brilliant goal-line stop and no human eye could have spotted this. To add further insult to injury, this is the only such technology in Holland and has been at this stadium for only half the season. Of all the ways to potentially lose the title...

The PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet has claimed he could not have done more to prevent his side from conceding the goal – given by goal-line technology by the finest of margins – in the 2-1 defeat by Feyenoord that all but ended PSV’s title hopes.

With the score 1-1, Zoet saved a close-range header from the Feyenoord defender Jan-Arie van der Heijden in the 82nd minute, but as he clutched the ball to his chest a screen on the referee Bas Nijhuis’s wrist lit up.

Nijhuis looked down, saw the word “goal” flashing on the screen and awarded the Dutch league leaders the winning goal in a 2-1 victory. The result on Sunday brought Feyenoord within reach of their first league title since 1999 and likely ended the two-times defending champions PSV’s title aspirations.

“This is seriously fucked up,” Zoet told the Dutch broadcaster NOS. “The goal-line technology made the difference and things could have been different if it had not.


An NPR Sunday Puzzle-type puzzle I just thought up

Q. What two word phrase found on a common household appliance becomes the name of a well-known CEO if you remove one letter?

Too Easy?
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