Marc Dion: The Deflated Football Conspiracy (Creators Syndicate)
By now, the world (or that portion of it not reading the Quran and watching soccer) knows that there was some jiggery-poker with the feetballs used in the New England Patriots/Indianapolis Colts game, this year's game of the century. The feetballs, it seems, were under-aerialized in a historic manner. This caused historic debate among fans whose histrionics are the stuff of history. And, of course, it was a conspiracy.
Jason Iannone, Kevin Courtney: 5 Awful Realities of Transporting Human Corpses for a Job (Cracked)
Of all the wacky ways to make money, I chose perhaps the wackiest. I transported dead bodies from point-of-death to the morgue for autopsies (and perhaps an inappropriate puppet show or two). Rich or poor, famous or anonymous, all were equal when slumming it in the back of my corpse wagon. I lasted two weeks -- not long enough to encounter any dormant Highlanders or angry zombies, but long enough to be considered a crusty old veteran. The average body transporter quits that fast. Here's why ...
Zeon Santos: The Wonderful World Of Wonder Woman Cosplay (Neatorama)
Wonder Woman is one of the most enduring characters in comic book history, and even though she doesn't look like she has aged a day she has lived many different lives, and worn many different costumes, in the last 74 years. Here's a collection of 30 different incarnations of Wonder Woman, most of which were actually inspired by looks seen in the pages of Wonder Woman comic books.
Robot Soccer Goes Big Time (YouTube)
As the Euro 2012 and this year's RoboCup unfold, we imagine what soccer played by robots might be like if one of the world's most excitable announcing pairs, Ray Hudson and Phil Schoen, called the game.
Many languages do not differentiate between certain colors on the visible spectrum and do not have separate terms for blue and green. They instead use a cover term for both (when the issue is discussed in linguistics, this cover term is sometimes called grue in English).
The exact definition of "blue" and "green" may be complicated by the speakers not primarily distinguishing the hue, but using terms that describe other color components such as saturation and luminosity, or other properties of the object being described. For example, "blue" and "green" might be distinguished, but a single term might be used for both if the color is dark. Furthermore, green might be associated with yellow, and blue with black or gray.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
Monochromatic Lois Of Oregon said:
Imagine a language that is so economical it wastes no words
to distinguish between BLUE and GREEN!?! Wow. What a
douche-bag language, to be so narrow minded. Seriously,
lighten up you other languages! Can not we include everyone
in a rainbow of love!?! In such a world, David Bowie's eyes
would not even merit a mention!?! WTF!?! I just cannot live
in such a world!!!
P.S. Marty! Look for a small stipend from me in the mail. It
ain't much, but I want to do my part. I hope when you get
the high speed connection, it will still load on my
STEPHEN F replied:
Lois, I was thinking of making some point about Phil Silvers and smoking, but I couldn't decide on anything worth posting; thank you for your efforts in that regard.
Today's question relates to the philosopher Nelson Goodman's "grue paradox," which I won't attempt to discuss here beyond posting the link.
Goodman was one of Noam Chomsky's teachers at the University of Pennsylvania, but if I recall my readings, Goodman was less than sold on Chomsky's political views. I'll go with Chomsky there though.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
In many languages blue and green are considered to be different shades of the same color. In English, that color is referred to as 'grue'
Taking a WAG here - is it green? I speak Spanish, and they have words for blue and green. I speak a bit of Korean and while I could haggle in the markets over a pair of eel skin boots, I don't remember any words for color. And that's what I based my answer on.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcaliful, responded:
Green. Add in Blue and youz gots grue. Not much on my scattered brain today (no noggin intellectual farting). Going to view American Sniper tonight and see what all the fighting's about.
DJ Useo answered:
I learned this answer is "green" from the experience of multi-cultural people shopping for colored mat boards & assorted papers
at the art supply store where I managed the paper department. Many required seeing the colors to express what they wanted.
Green is my absolute favorite color.
Joe S said:
I kinda expected the answer, but I looked it up to confirm my suspicions. I acknowledge the answer but I don't understand it. How can two different colors be explained with the same term. I mean this is
Blue and this is Green, They're not the same. My 3 year old grandson Wallace knows that. I'm confused.
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OTOH, it's been 1216 days in row. In a freaking row.
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CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'Undercover Boss', then a FRESH'CSI: The Original One', followed by another FRESH'CSI: The Original One'.
NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by the FRESH, but atavistic '63rd Annual Miss T-rump Universe Pageant'.
ABC begins the night with a FRESH'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Galavant', then a FRESH'Resurrection', followed by a FRESH'Revenge'.
The CW offers a RERUN'Celebrity Name Game', followed by another RERUN'Celebrity Name Game', then an old 'Friends', followed by another old 'Friends', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has a FRESH'Mulaney', followed by a RERUN'The Simpsons', then a FRESH'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a FRESH'Family Guy', followed by a FRESH'Bob's Burgers'.
MY has an old 'How I Met Your Mother', followed by another old 'How I Met Your Mother', then an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then still another old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by yet another old 'Big Bang Theory'.
AMC offers the movie 'First Blood', followed by the movie 'Rambo: First Blood Part II', then the movie 'Rambo III'.
[6:00AM] Top Gear - Season 7 - Episode 1
[7:00AM] Top Gear - Season 7 - Episode 2
[8:00AM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 3
[9:00AM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 4
[10:00AM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 5
[11:00AM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 6
[12:00PM] Top Gear: Polar Special-Season 9 - Top Gear: Polar Special
[1:00PM] Top Gear: India Special-Season 17 - Top Gear: India Special
[3:00PM] Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip-Part 1
[4:00PM] Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip-Part 2
[5:00PM] Top Gear: Africa Special-Season 19 - Part 1
[6:00PM] Top Gear: Africa Special-Season 19 - Part 2
[7:00PM] Top Gear: Burma Special-Part 1
[8:00PM] Top Gear: Burma Special-Part 2
[9:00PM] Top Gear: Patagonia Special-Season 22 - Part 1
[10:00PM] Top Gear: Patagonia Special-Season 22 - Part 2
[11:00PM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 1
[12:00AM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 2
[1:00AM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 3
[2:00AM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 4
[3:00AM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 5
[4:00AM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 6
[5:00AM] Top Gear: Polar Special - Season 9 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH'Thicker Than Water', and 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Hot Tub Time Machine', followed by the movie 'Employee Of The Month', and 'Dane Cook: Troublemaker'.
FX has the movie 'Premium Rush', followed by the movie 'The Bourne Legacy'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Pawn Stars', then a FRESH'Sons Of Liberty'.
[6:00AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-FIRST LOOK AT SEASON TWO
[6:15AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-SEASON FINALE
[6:45AM] DANCE OF THE DEAD
[8:30AM] DAZED AND CONFUSED
[10:45AM] BATMAN-KING TUT'S COUP
[11:18AM] BATMAN-BATMAN'S WATERLOO
[11:51AM] BATMAN-BLACK WIDOW STRIKES AGAIN
[12:24PM] BATMAN-CAUGHT IN THE SPIDER'S DEN
[12:57PM] BATMAN-POP GOES THE JOKER
[1:30PM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION
[3:45PM] DAZED AND CONFUSED
[6:00PM] ENEMY AT THE GATES
[11:30PM] GARFUNKEL AND OATES-RULE 34
[12:00AM] ENEMY AT THE GATES
[3:00AM] EASTERN PROMISES
[5:15AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-SCHOOLBOY Q WEARS A PATTERNED BUCKET HAT AND GLASSES
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-ALISON BRIE (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Loredana, Esq.-Dirty Talk and Stolen Identities
[7:00AM] We Don't Live Here Anymore
[9:15AM] The King's Speech
[11:45AM] Air Force One
[2:15PM] The Terminator
[10:00PM] The Graduate
[12:15AM] The Graduate
[2:30AM] Midnight Run
[5:15AM] The Approval Matrix-Do's & Don'ts (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Silent Hill: Revelation', followed by the movie 'The Crazies'.
The news that a female veteran was harassed last week for pulling into a veterans-only parking space - the assumption apparently being that as a woman, she hadn't served in the military - has struck a chord with a number of female vets.
It's a common story, say female service members. Retired Col. Ellen Haring, an Army veteran, recalls walking into a bar with some fellow female veterans who had been wounded in service.
While the bartender offered free drinks to Ms. Haring's husband, who was with the group, "He never even considered that the women [at the bar] might not just be vets, but combat vets," she says.
In fact, two of the women had been awarded Distinguished Flying Crosses, and three of them had Purple Hearts. "But my husband got free drinks," she says. "He looked like a soldier."
John Kilik, left, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu attend the Producers Guild Awards Nominees Breakfast hosted by The Hollywood Reporter at the Saban Theatre on Saturday, January 24, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Vince Bucci
Forensic experts began excavating graves and examining bones Saturday in a tiny chapel in Madrid, hoping to solve the centuries-old mystery of exactly where the great Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes was laid to rest.
The author of "Don Quixote" was buried in 1616 at the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in Madrid's historic Barrio de las Letras, or Literary Quarter, but the exact whereabouts of his grave within the convent chapel are unknown.
A team of archaeologists and anthropologists decided to start excavations at the site after identifying what they believe are three unrecorded and unidentified graves in the chapel's crypt.
Evidence marking the location of Cervantes' grave is believed to have been lost during an enlargement of the church after his death. Etxeberria said, back in Cervantes' day, graves were not often marked with long-lasting memorials such as carved headstones.
Just months before the 50th anniversary of the heavyweight rematch between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston, boxing fans are getting a chance to own a piece of one of the most hotly debated title fights of all time.
Both pairs of gloves from the May 25, 1965, bout in Lewiston, Maine - won by Ali with a first-round knockout from what some saw as a ''phantom punch'' - go up for auction Feb. 21 in New York. They are expected to fetch more than $1 million.
Footage of the fight does not make it clear whether Ali's quick right hand actually connected, and many fans booed. Even the most famous photos of the fight show an enraged Ali standing over Liston as he lay on the canvas, gesturing and yelling at him to get up and fight.
Given the controversial way the bout ended, the boxers' gloves were seized by George Russo, the boxing commissioner for Maine. The gloves remained in the Russo family until they were purchased several years ago by a California collector who is now selling them.
Indian artist Harwinder Singh Gill displays his creation, an image of U.S. President Barack Obama carved on a duck's egg shell, with the national flags of India and United States, ahead of Obama's visit to India, in the northern Indian city of Amritsar January 24, 2015.
Photo by Munish Sharma
More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar on the other side of the country.
But the mystery of who broke into the unmarked wine room at the world-renowned French Laundry eatery and how the 76 bottles of fine wine got to a private cellar in Greensboro, North Carolina, has yet to be solved.
The theft occurred on Christmas, a day after Chef Thomas Keller's restaurant closed for a six-month kitchen remodel.
The Yountville establishment is rated three stars in the Michelin guide and twice has been named the world's best by Restaurant Magazine.
The stolen wine included Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, a single bottle of which can cost up to $10,000. An online wine list shows the bottles sell for $3,250 to $7,950 at the restaurant.
David Gregory nearly traded in a sensible navy suit for an orange jumper, when the former "Meet the Press" host brandished an illegal high-capacity magazine on a 2012 episode, according to an affidavit revealed recently.
During a Dec. 2012 segment on his NBC News program in which he debated the National Rifle Association, Gregory made his point with a real prop. As a result, an affidavit for his arrest on misdemeanor weapons charges was filled out in Washington, D.C., though the anchor was never taken in.
The magazine was not loaded with ammunition, and NBC News was aware of the illegality before Gregory pulled the on-air stunt, the legal document - which was obtained by Judicial Watch and made the media rounds on Friday and Saturday - shows.
Though much personal information is blacked out on the Superior Court in the District of Columbia Criminal Division's Affidavit In Support of an Arrest Warrant, the details are there: An NBC News reporter originally received incorrect information suggesting that the ammo was illegal, but the high-capacity magazine would be OK for civilians to possess.
The affidavit concludes by recommending a warranty for the arrest of Gregory; however, it was stamped as "Declined" on Jan. 11, 2013.
Miles McQuesten, 5, gazes upon his work of art, Jack the Evil Snowman, Jan. 23, 2015, at his home on west 16th Avenue in Spokane, Wash. The boy and his father, Rick, built the snowman Friday morning, and the legs are constructed from branches and newspapers. The idea the evil snowman came from the internet.
Photo by Dan Pelle
Residents of a Montana town whose water supply was tainted by an oil pipeline rupture last week got the all-clear on Friday to turn taps back on, though some reported brown or black material spurting from faucets even after their pipes were flushed.
Drinking supplies for some 6,000 people in and around the community of Glendive became contaminated last Saturday when an estimated 1,200 barrels of crude oil was spilled into the Yellowstone River from a pipeline breach several miles upstream from the northeastern Montana town.
Initial testing of Glendive's water, which is drawn from the river, showed levels of benzene, a cancer-causing constituent of petroleum, well above levels considered safe for human health by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Results of subsequent testing released on Thursday showed that benzene levels had fallen to acceptable levels, and state regulators on Friday said an independent lab analysis confirmed the water was safe to drink after residents flushed their taps of any residual contamination.
But some residents on Friday notified regulators that dark-colored matter was issuing from taps at or near the end of the flushing procedure, state environmental officials said.
A woman sells statues of the Ekeko, god of fortune, at the traditional "Alasitas" fair in La Paz January 24, 2015. During the fair, Bolivians buy miniature versions of goods like cars, money and houses they would like to own in real life during the year.
Photo by David Mercado
Kansas residents would be allowed to carry concealed weapons without permits under a proposed measure endorsed by a majority of state senators, the bill's author said on Thursday.
Kansas would join Alaska, Vermont, Wyoming and Arizona as states that allow residents to carry concealed weapons statewide without a permit, according to the National Rifle Association, which supports such legislation.
The bill introduced on Wednesday would eliminate background checks, gun training and other requirements that go along with a permit for concealed carry of firearms, Republican state Senator Terry Bruce said.
Kansas already allows open carry of guns without a permit.
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man offers prayers while sitting inside a circle of burning "Upale" (or dried cow dung cakes) on the occasion to mark the Basant or spring festival, on the banks of river Ganga in the northern Indian city of Allahabad January 24, 2015. Basant is celebrated mainly in the northern Indian states marking the start of the spring season.
Photo by Jitendra Prakash
In this Jan. 21, 2015, photo, adult film actress Jillian Janson poses for fans at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. The idea that porn stars might have to wear protection in productions filmed in Nevada generated a buzz among some of the 25,000 attendees collecting autographs from porn stars posing in fishnet stockings and bustiers.
Photo by John Locher
To those who know and love the Grand Canyon, the names of its historic lodges are synonymous with the national park itself.
Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Lodge, El Tovar - all bring to mind a place coveted worldwide for its sweeping views, river rapids and history told though layers of geology.
But the fate of those names is up for debate after a longtime Grand Canyon concessionaire applied to trademark them.
Approval of its bid would mean Xanterra Parks & Resorts could charge future concessionaires to use roughly 20 names of the park's most popular properties. It also could walk away with those names, leaving the iconic lodges and other facilities to adopt new identities.
The National Park Service is weighing how to respond with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on the matter, which a spokesman described as relatively uncharted territory.
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