Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Top 10 Reasons Why Dr. Ron Paul Is the Only Rational Choice

Written by Laura Trice

The top 10 reasons why Dr. Ron Paul is the only rational presidential choice for Americans, Democratic, Republican and Independent:


10. Dr. Paul works a real job, has run a small a business and served in the military. He has been a physician for 40 years, co-owned a coin store for 12 years and was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. National Guard for five years. That was how our country was set up — for public servants to work a real job that they returned to after their public service was done. He has real skills and is not a professional politician.

9. Dr. Paul has decades of experience running a business and in depth knowlegde of health care.

8. Dr. Paul understands money and is chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology.

7. Dr. Paul does the right thing referencing the U.S. Constitution and works for the country versus campaigning for his ego. He has been serving the public in politics for over 40 years.

6. Dr. Paul refuses to accept a federal pension for his public service, something other members get after a short period because they do not have real jobs. According to Dr. Paul, to receive a pension for public service would be “hypocritical and immoral.

5. Unlike most other candidates out there, Dr. Paul is not a good-looking, smooth-talking, snake charmer or charismatic zealot. He is a regular, plain-spoken person who says it the way it is.

4. Dr. Paul doesn’t care if big groups like him (like unions and businesses). His donations comeprimarily from individuals, not from groups. He is willing to serve his country honorably without personal gain. Dr. Paul will do what is right for the U.S. based on the Constitution whether or not big money or big government likes it.

3. Dr. Paul has written a bill, called the Sun Light Rule that requires our politicians have at least 10 days to read bills before signing them.

2. Dr. Paul will bring practical wisdom, cut spending, balance the budget, stabilize the economy and probably be able to do away with the IRS and income tax, a tax that is not constitutional and was started to fund the civil war and supposed to stop after the civil war. He wants to abolish the U.S. Department of Education, giving the states and parents back control. He wants to do away with other large government agencies, restoring the rightful power to the states.

1. Dr. Paul’s old-fashioned decency, integrity, honor and real-life experience are exactly what our country needs after hiring actors, puppets, oil and other group-connected slick sales men and marketers. He’s been married to the same woman, Carol, for 54 years (married 1957).

Electing dishonorable, irresponsible, good-looking, smooth-talkers over the past several decades has eroded our country’s stability.

Are Americans finally ready to elect an honest, decent man who will not listen to non-sense from regular Americans, politicians or corporations? A president who will be accountable and hold us all accountable? I hope so.

“Special interests have replaced the concern that the Founders had for general welfare. Vote trading is seen as good politics. The errand-boy mentality is ordinary, the defender of liberty is seen as bizarre. It’s difficult for one who loves true liberty and utterly detests the power of the state to come to Washington for a period of time and not leave a true cynic.” — Dr. Paul

“He does not take money from corporate PACs. Lobbyists cannot sway him; to try is a waste of time. He never bargains with his own deeply held beliefs, nor does he cut backroom deals. Because his political views and his personal convictions are in complete harmony, he seldom faces a “tough” vote. And when the politicking for the week is over, he returns to his district to take up his lifelong occupation, which has nothing to do with politics.” — S. C. Gwynne

Bonus: Conspiracy.


What I’ve learned on this Earth

Collected by AskReddit

I’ve been on this Earth for 35 years, and here is what I’ve learned. What about you?

If you always seem to have drama in your life, you are probably the one causing the drama.
If customer service representatives or restaurant servers always seem to be rude to you, you are probably the one being rude.
If your computer always seems to be freezing up on you, you’re probably doing something wrong.
In my experience, drama begets drama, rudeness begets rudeness, and ineptitude begets ineptitude.
Edit: One last lesson – The lessons you pick up in life, whether they increase happiness or reduce unhappiness, work for you. They may work for others, but they probably don’t work for everyone. But it’s fun to share them.


28 year old reporting in?
Kids are fucking expensive.
I still haven’t a clue what I want to be when I grow up.
Education is taken for granted.
Travelling the world should be mandatory.
Computer games are still awesome.
Most of the stuff on the news is bullshit.
No-one is keeping count of how often you fuck up.
EDIT: Ummm….holy fuck.
I stand by my advice/lessons learned. A lot of North Americans appear to take exception to my ‘travel the world’ advice. For the record, I was born & raised in Ireland, I don’t have a degree, I don’t come from a wealthy family, I never had much money yet I’ve lived & worked in Thailand, California, New Zealand, Australia, Czech Republic & England. How? Because I fucking chose to and had the balls to follow through. Just do it for fuck sake.


42 – Married – Cancer Survivor
Relax. Very few things really matter and no one gets out alive anyway.
Concentrate on what matters. Are you happy?
You only have room for so many people in your life. Choose wisely, and don’t be afraid to fire someone.
You reap what you sow. This is true in every fucking way imaginable
You don’t have to tolerate bullshit, but….
Pick your battles wisely.
Stay in shape.
Learn how to listen to your intuition.
You’ll go crazy worrying about all the things that could go wrong. Inevitably, some of them will and you should be prepared, but most of the time things go surprisingly well. Be prepared for success as well as failure.
Amor Fati.
Fortune favors the bold.
Study history.
Be forgiving and allow yourself to be forgiven.
Everyone you meet has something they can teach you.


Whatever you’re complaining about almost always sounds trivial to someone else.

The world starts where your comfort zone ends.

When writing an important email, enter the address in the ‘to’ field after completing the email, to prevent premature sending.


24. Haven’t learned much, but:
the one who loves the least controls the relationship
lying depresses the spirit. do it as infrequently as possible.
sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. the race is long, and in the end, its only with yourself.


If you need to make a decision flip a coin. Because in that moment the coin is in the air you’ll realise what it really is you want.

If your friend starts a fight club and you can’t seem to stop it and everyone thinks you’re your friend, you probably started the fight club.


Also 35 years old.
One of the best ways to change yourself is to pretend to be the person you want to be. It’s practice.
Spending time alone and being lonely are two different things. One is completely in your head.
Trying to impress people is generally counter productive. Impress yourself.
Often the only thing you have direct control over is your reaction to people and situations. It is amazing how much control you can have over everything else by paying attention to your response to stimulus.
Start assuming that anyone being a dick to you is having an unbelievably bad/day/week/life. Kindness is both effective and disarming. Also, it will make them feel much worse about being a dick much faster than being a dick back to them.
Taking care of other people is awesome. If you are not taking care of yourself, you cannot effectively help other people. Seek support for yourself where appropriate.
If you do not ask for what you want, nobody is going to know to give it to you.
Not knowing what to do is normal. Not being paralyzed by it, and finding a way to figure out what to do is extraordinary.
Extra research is always good. Except when someone you love has cancer and you are trying find comfort in the odds of their recovery.
If you just show up to a job interview presenting yourself as though you give a damn, and are a nice, reasonable person, you have already beat out 50%+ of the applicants.
Introverts should not feel bad for not being extroverts.
Science: It works, bitches.

Never talk about someone behind their back. It will find it’s way back to them.


Bonus: The six ways you will see your dad. 

6 Hurricane Irene Autocorrect Fails

Collected by damnyouautocorrect

Hurricane Irene is currently wreaking havoc along the east cost of the United States. The storm is causing heavy winds and rains – and some hilarious autocorrect fails. These are our 6 favorites so far. Enjoy – and stay safe, everybody!

20 ways to be better at life today

Written by Steve Kamb from Nerd Fitness. Guides to staying healthy, without giving up your geek lifestyle.

“Level up your life, every single day”

That has been the Nerd Fitness tagline from day one.

When I initially came up with the idea for Nerd Fitness, thinking about how to break down the seemingly complex and overwhelming concept of health and wellness, I kept coming back to one thought above all others: if we looked at our lives as one giant video game, we could work on making small changes that lead to eventual big results – in weight loss, strength gains, and life improvements.

To put this in normal people terms: “Be better today than you were yesterday.”

In early June, I spent a weekend in Portland at the World Domination Summit, interacting and learning from some of the world’s best and brightest creative minds. I left with another concept.  Chris Guillebeau, a hero of mine and founder of the conference, tweeted something so simple that it was easy to jump out at me:“Why not now?”

You’re going to learn 20 different ways to work on being a better person TODAY than you were yesterday – in health, in wellness, in wealth, in life.  The concept of leveling up means that you’re always progressing in a positive direction, no matter how small that progression may be.  Do something, make Optimus Prime proud, and level up in the game of life.

Here’s how you can get one step closer to awesome.

Fitness and health

1. Get stronger: Start with a simple workout, and keep track of your stats, such as how many sets and repetitions you do for each exercise.  As long as you can do ONE more push up in today’s workout compared to your last workout, you are officially stronger.

2. Run faster: When you go for a run today, track the distance and time on your iPhone or simply use Google Maps and a stopwatch to determine your distance and time. It doesn’t matter if it takes you 45 minutes to walk a mile today. As long as you can walk it in 44 minutes and 59 seconds next time, you are officially faster.

3. Do a pull-up: Old or young, man or woman, big or small – everybody has the ability within them to do a freaking pull-up. You might be quite a way off depending on where you are now, but you can start putting a plan in place TODAY to eventually do one.  This is one of the greatest exercises of all time, and a true test of strength and fitness.

4. Improve your flexibility: The majority of us spend the day sitting behind a desk, hunched over a computer, for 8+ hours…which is absolutely terrible for our bodies. Spend 15 minutes a day doing stretches (click on the Stretches channel), read MobilityWOD, and start taking care of your body and joints.


Reminder: don’t stretch BEFORE you exercise…stretch AFTER you exercise.

5. Eat Better: Stop eating crap and start eating real foods – meat, eggs, fish, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Cut the bad carbs, eat more protein and fat.Research Paleo. Make one tiny change today, then make one tiny change tomorrow and one tiny change the next day. Make changes that you can live with on a permanent basis and all of a sudden your diet will look nothing like the garbage you used to eat.

6. Take better care of yourself: I love video games as much as the next guy (I CAN’T WAIT to play this), but I know that spending too much time gaming tonight instead of sleeping would make tomorrow suck just a little bit more. Turn off the TV half-an-hour earlier tonight and read a book – it’s good for you.

7. Be a better cook: If you’re on a budget and want to eat healthy food, your best option is going to be learning how to cook better. If a guy like me who is useless in the kitchen can learn to cook a healthy meal like chicken stirfry, you can too. Check out Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals for a great recipe book full of fast healthy meals that are easy enough for us nerds to create. Cook yourself dinner TONIGHT.

8. Be a better localvore: Start visiting farmers markets and buying locally grown goods. I’m currently reading The Vegetarian Myth, which has absolutely blown my mind on what mass-market agriculture and commercial farming have done to our planet.  For another great angle, check out Michael Pollen’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Do the research to find a farmer’s market in your area TODAY and make plans to check it out this upcoming weekend.

9. Move more: Whether it’s through urban playgrounds or out in the woods, get out there and DO something. Summer is here, and the sun is shining…sometimes. Step out of your house, get out of the gym, and start exploring your environment. I was a gym rat for 10 years and LOVE to lift weights; after spending the past four months exercising anywhere and everywhere, I might never get a gym membership again!

10. [???]

Live better

1. Pay off your debt: Debt sucks, as my buddy Baker at ManVsDebt will tell you. Put a plan in place TODAY to pay it off faster. Add one dollar to your student loan payments or add one dollar to next month’s credit card payments, and you’re officially LESS in debt. Woot! If you’re completely clueless about finance, spend ten bucks on Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You To Be Rich, which absolutely revolutionized how I manage my money.

2. Be more adventurous: Start planning a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. If I can do this for $418, you can find a way to get anywhere for relatively cheap. You don’t need to visit every country in the world, but a trip to a foreign land – or even a new location in your own country – for some epic adventure is within your reach. Research flights TODAY. Start travel hacking TODAY.

3. Challenge yourself: You’re reading Nerd Fitness, so I’m going to assume you’re a relatively intelligent human/cyborg. Instead of staying comfortable in your own little tiny niche, it’s time to challenge yourself. Start learning a second language, take a dancing class, take a martial arts class, WHATEVER. Do the research today, sign up for the class, call the school. Stop waiting, start doing.

4. Be more in control of your time and life: Starting my own company was the greatest things I’ve ever done, even though I had to quit a dream job to make it happen. Start putting steps in place TODAY to build the future you want. I realize that sounds really corny and cheesy, but it’s true. I spent eighteen months writing every day and every night for Nerd Fitness while also working a full time gig. I barely slept and had little time for anything else, but I knew I was building a future that I could be proud of and have a positive impact on people’s lives.  If you have NO desire to start your own company, put systems in place so that you’re spending less time at work doing things you hate and more time on things that you love.

5. Declutter your life: I’ve been living out of a backpack for the past four months, and I’ve come to realize that we really don’t need a lot of stuff to be happy. In fact, we all too often have way too much crap that takes time to maintain, clean, repair, whatever.  Follow Baker’s Sell Your Crap plan and start getting rid of the crap in your life you don’t need. Take the time TODAY to throw away one thing that you never use, donate ONE piece of clothing you haven’t worn in 6 months, and/or sign up for an eBay account and post ONE thing that you can get rid of. Do that today, and your living space will be just that little bit less hectic.

6. Get more educated: I LOVE reading. My Amazon Kindle doesn’t go a day without being used because I’m always trying to further my health and wellness education along with fun fiction books to help me fall asleep. I recently finished reading Why We Got Fat,Be Your Own Gym, and The Alchemist. I’m currently finishing up the aforementioned Vegetarian Myth and The China Study. Pick a new book TODAY and start learning more!

7. Do less: I had a chance to learn from Leo from Zen Habits recently at a conference in Portland. I don’t think I’ve ever met a happier or more content individual. He doesn’t worry about tomorrow, he doesn’t dwell on yesterday. He simply takes each day as a blessing with a big grin on his face, and here’s why. He’s stopped devoting his time, energy, and resources to things that detracted from his happiness. Today, make a commitment to taking on one less unexciting commitment or eliminating one unnecessary meeting. Want more? Take time today to check out Leo’s The Power of Less.

8. Do one thing that scares you: Tim Ferriss has this quote on his desk as a daily reminder to challenge himself. In fitness, we have to challenge our muscles to move outside of their comfort zone or they never get bigger, stronger, faster. In life, we have to challenge ourselves to move outside of our comfort zone or we’ll never grow. I’m crossing things off my list that scare me, and I encourage you to do the same. It doesn’t even need to be something crazy like flying a stunt planeor swimming with sharks; it can be something as easy as asking somebody for his/her phone number, speaking in front of a crowd, or exercising in public.  Challenge yourself to be uncomfortable – it’s good for you!  It’s time to becomemore confident, conquer your fear, and get better.  ONE THING TODAY.

9. Have more fun: I understand that I told you to do LESS above in point #7.  I encourage you to do less of the crap you hate, so that you can focus on doing more of the stuff you love. As stated in the Rules of the Rebellion: “Your exercise and diet can become part of what you are, but not at the expense of who you are.” If you enjoy spending time playing video games, watching Arrested Development reruns, and hanging out with your family, find a way to do MORE of that. You can be in great shape, enjoy what you do on a daily basis, and still have a lot of fun. More fun stuff = more happiness = less stress = better life = win.

10. [???]

What’s missing?

I know what you’re thinking: “Steve you goon, #10 in both sections is just question marks!”

Yup, I honestly struggled coming up with that last piece of advice for both, which is where you come in. What else belongs on this list, and what SPECIFIC steps can people take TODAY to get there?

How can we be better today than we were yesterday?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Photo credits: Image 1 | Image 2 | Image 3 | Image 4



Bonus: A reminder for East Coast gamers this weekend

The Biggest History Mindf**ks 2

Collected by AskReddit


On March 30, 1981 there was an assassination attempt on President Reagan. Jerry Parr was one of the Secret Service agents on duty, in fact he was the one that pushed President Reagan into the limousine after hearing the gunshots. While driving back to the White House (standard procedure since at the time it was believed the President was uninjured), Agent Parr noticed that the President was bleeding and ordered the limo to immediately turn around and go to George Washington Hospital. This decision no doubt saved President Reagan’s life.

Agent Parr had wanted to be in the Secret Service since a young boy, when he watched a 1939 movie called "Code of the Secret Service", with a young unknown actor playing the part of Agent Brass Bancroft. That actor made some more movies and eventually entered politics, becoming Governor of California and later….. President of the United States. Indeed, a young Ronald Reagan played a role in a movie which caused a young boy to make a career choice – and then save the actor president’s own life 42 years later.


Several hundred years ago, a group of Maori set sail from New Zealand into the unknown South Pacific. Whether by luck or skill, they landed on a remote archipelago known now as the Chatham Islands, some 500 miles away. They lost all contact with their fellow tribesmen on New Zealand and formed a tight-knit, egalitarian community known as the Moriori and lived in peace for over 100 years.

Then, one day in the 1830s, a group of Maori, who had by this point established contact with English settlers, hitched a ride on a seal-hunting ship and sailed back to the same island. Seeing its potential as a settlement, the Maori, as was their custom, slaughtered or enslaved every single Moriori. The Moriori did not fight back; they had never known violence.


Not exactly historical, but it’s 100% mind-f**king:

In Australia, the Aboriginal Kuuk Thaayore people use compass directions for every spatial cue, for example, "There is an ant on your southeast leg." The people’s traditional greeting is "Where are you going?", essentially requiring that each person be familiar with the cardinal directions at all times. Perhaps as a result, these people have been shown to be more skilled at dead reckoning than any other population: when asked to order a set of picture cards, they instinctively arrange them not from left to right or right to left, but from east to west, no matter what direction they are facing.


Shortly before the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln’s son Robert was in New Jersey at a train station when he fell off of the platform and on to the tracks. Immediately a hand reached down and grabbed his collar, pulled him back onto the platform, and saved his life. Who was the man who saved him? None other than Edwin Booth, the older brother of John Wilkes Booth.

Edit: It’s worth noting that Edwin did not recognize Robert; in fact it was the other way around. Edwin was a renowned actor and Robert immediately recognized who he was. Edwin did not find out who he had saved until much later.


My genome has been twisting and folding, recombining and mutating in a continuous string of organisms traceable back to an original replicator molecule. If I don’t find someone to reproduce with, the chain will be broken after billions of years of successes.


That John Tyler (10th president born 1790) has two living GRANDSONS


-The Japanese attacked the mainland US multiple times, from shellings from submarines to incendiary bombs on balloons. The captain of a Japanese submarine actually attacked Santa Barbara, CA. The Japanese also captured US territory (The Aleutian Islands in Alaska) as a way to trick the US in to dispatching carriers to the islands. The Japanese wanted to trap the US carriers and sink them, but the US code breakers used ingenious techniques to figure out the plan, and in turn surprised the Japanese fleet at Midway, sinking 3 of Japan’s 4 largest carriers.

-There are many sunken German U boats right off the coast of the US, many within easy diving distances. These are protected by international law as grave sites since many are still sealed with the bodies of the sailors.

-There were many Japanese soldiers that didn’t know of the surrender, and kept fighting on for decades. Teruo Nakamura was the last Japanese soldier to surrender in 1974.

-The United States developed the atomic bomb in response to Germany building their own atomic bomb, and being very far along. The nazis were also developing a plane to bomb the US mainland without landing to refuel. Historians believe the Nazis wanted to drop a nuke on NYC. The Nazis were VERY close to developing the bomb first, but in a heroic mission, paratroopers destroyed a Norwegian heavy water plant, the only source of heavy water for nuclear research for the Nazis.

-The Luftwaffe were insanely far along in their aviation and missile designs. The reasons why we were able to get to the moon, have great jets, and our early missile technology were mainly from German scientists that were taken to the US or Russia after WWII. The MiG-15, the workhorse of the Soviet Union, was primarily of German designs. The Germans were years ahead of their time, especially with fighter jets. Check out this VTOL design:

More plans:

-Bayer, the major German pharmaceutical company that made the origin aspirin, tested this drug and many others forcefully and through disgusting experiments on Jews and others in concentration camps. A good amount of medical knowledge is known today from horrifying human experimentation on live and fully aware individuals in the concentration camps.

-In 1944, Jews in Auschwitz had an uprising and destroyed one crematorium with explosives.

-If you escaped a concentration camp, if you were caught, you were most likely placed in a cell and starved to death. If you successfully escaped, they’d find your family and starve them and place them on display to deter other people ALONG with taking 10 random people from your bunk and killing them all.

If anyone wants any more cool WWII facts, let me know


During 14th century Korea, Admiral Yi Sun Shin singlehandedly stopped the Japanese invasion during Japans conquest of Asia. In 26 naval battles, he didnt lose once and achieved flawless victory. Every battle, he was outnumbered, some times 100:1. There were many battles where he takes a handful of ships (13), and defeats hundreds upon hundreds. He was able to do this because he was a master tactician and used every advantage he could find whether it was wind direction, tide changes, boat formation, and natural geography. His achievements in history is unparalleled, yet not many people have heard of this man due to his birth surroundings. How he can win over 25 naval battles where he was outnumbered usually 10-1 in dominant fashion is one serious mind f**k.


It dates to the 200s AD, and is from the Kushan Empire in what’s now Afghanistan and Pakistan. On it is written "BODDO" in Greek letters … around a figure readily recognizable as Buddha.

Around the same time that Christianity was taking over the Roman Empire, there was a Greek-speaking Buddhist civilization in central Asia. These were the ancestors of the folks who built those giant Buddha statues that the Taliban blew up a few years ago. They spoke the same language as classical Western civilization; they certainly traded with the Roman Empire.

There never was a hard boundary between "Eastern" and "Western" civilizations, and there are not hard boundaries between nations or cultures today. There was, and is, a constant exchange of ideas, goods, language, and people amongst adjacent human settlements throughout the world.

People are not even remotely so different from one another as they pretend to be.


The events that took place between Cortes and Montezuma. The Spaniards landed in a world where people breathed fire (smoking tobacco) had hot and cold running indoor plumbing and built structures that dwarfed anything in Europe. The population of Tenochtitlan was around 150k where as London at the time was around 50k.

When asked why they needed so much gold Cortes replied, "Because we Spaniards have a disease called greed which only gold can cure".

The clash of these two cultures has always fascinated me.


In October 2012, scientists working at CERN discovered that particles known as "Higgs singlets" would appear in a detector before the experiment ran that would cause them to appear. They were able to use the generation of Higgs singlets as a signalling device, and thus became able to send messages back in time.


The Russo-Japanese War technically lasted over 100 years. When Russia and Japan declared war in 1904, Montenegro was allied with Russia at the time, and also declared war. However, being a tiny principality at the time, Montenegro didn’t really participate in the war other than sending a few volunteer troops. When the Treaty of Portsmouth was signed in 1905, Montenegro’s involvement was overlooked. It wasn’t until 2006 that Japan and Montenegro realized they were technically still at war, and another peace treaty was signed.


Cleopatra lived closer in time to us than she did to the creation of the Pyramids.


In Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries, people were occasionally afflicted with "dancing mania," in which large groups would begin to dance in the streets, as if in a trance, often until the point of passing out. The phenomenon is well documented and is largely not understood.


Wilmer McLean!!

The American Civil war started in his front yard and ended in his NEW HOUSE 120 miles away. How is that not the biggest mind f**k ever??


Bonus: Would not recommend.

The Biggest History Mindf**ks 1

Collected by AskReddit


During the Mongol Empire in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, Mongolian forces were fighting Germans and Japanese at the same time – and these two peoples had no idea of the others’ existence! This wouldn’t be attempted again until the 1940s.


The pyramids were as old to the Romans as the Romans are to us.


when I was studying Egyptian history one of my professors talked about research he had done on graffiti at the pyramids. One of the inscriptions was from a New Kingdom Pharaoh (think circa King Tut) which said to the effect, “The great Pharaoh XX visited these pyramids and marveled at the mysteries of his ancestors.” Egyptian civilization spanned such a great amount of time that they even forgot how they built the pyramids.Mindf**k: The pyramids were ancient history, even for Egyptians.


Napoleon marched his troops under the Brandenburg Gate in 1804 after he invaded Germany. Hitler marched his troops under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris during WWII as an act of revenge. Europeans have quite long memories.


My great uncle Edmund and his friend Hap flew B-29s during WWII. They flew bombing raids over Japan, and they were shot down and taken as POWs for 8 months. Forty years after being rescued, Hap goes back to Japan to try and stop the constant nightmares he had been having ever since his time as a POW. He ends up meeting the pilot that shot him down, and they become friends.


The time difference between when Tyrannosaurus and Stegosaurus lived is greater than the time difference between Tyrannosaurus and now.


Not exactly historical, but it’s 100% mind-f**king:

In Australia, the Aboriginal Kuuk Thaayore people use compass directions for every spatial cue, for example, “There is an ant on your southeast leg.” The people’s traditional greeting is “Where are you going?”, essentially requiring that each person be familiar with the cardinal directions at all times. Perhaps as a result, these people have been shown to be more skilled at dead reckoning than any other population: when asked to order a set of picture cards, they instinctively arrange them not from left to right or right to left, but from east to west, no matter what direction they are facing.


The Russo-Japanese War technically lasted over 100 years. When Russia and Japan declared war in 1904, Montenegro was allied with Russia at the time, and also declared war. However, being a tiny principality at the time, Montenegro didn’t really participate in the war other than sending a few volunteer troops. When the Treaty of Portsmouth was signed in 1905, Montenegro’s involvement was overlooked. It wasn’t until 2006 that Japan and Montenegro realized they were technically still at war, and another peace treaty was signed.


Mississippi didn’t ratify the 13th amendment (Prohibition of slavery) until 1995, only 16 years ago.


When Alexander the Great decided to attack the city of Tyre, he ran into a problem: Tyre was an island, and he had no boats. No matter; he had his men construct a bridge amidst the hail of arrows from the walls of Tyre. Then he crossed the bridge and conquered the city.2500 years later, the centuries of accumulated silt and sand have turned that man-made bridge into a full-scale, permanent geological feature. Tyre is, to this day, no longer an island.


In about 240 B.C.E., the Greek mathematician Eratosthenes calculated, with astounding accuracy for his time, the circumference of the earth. According to Wikipedia, he came up with the measurement of about 252,000 “stadia.” Though the exact size of said “stadion” is in dispute, historians believe he would have used the measurement of the then contemporary Egyptian stadion; he did after all, conduct his measurements in Egypt. Such a stadion would have measured about 157.5 meters, which puts his measurement for the earth’s circumference at about 39,690 kilometers, astoundingly close to our current measurement of 40,075;dr people have known the earth was round for a long time. Also, Greek mathematicians were resourceful as hell.


In a single afternoon, 40 thousand Roman soldiers were slaughtered by Hannibal at the battle of Cannae. A slaughter of this proportion in a single afternoon wasn’t matched until WW1.


When Inuits were first discovered they had no idea there were other humans on the planet


When Hannibal led his forces through the Alps, he got to a point where the war elephants couldn’t pass. Hannibal said f**k it, built some roads for his elephants and went on his way.

The Roman defense against war elephants was to cut off their trunk and cause them to panic.


The Temple at Gobekli Tepe

In Turkey, there is an empty, uninhabited region overlooked by a ridge of mountains. On a hill at the base of those mountains is a temple unique in human history.

Gobekli Tepe is a series of temples, built on top of each other over time. The oldest of ‘layer’ of temples is more than 11 000 years old. Do you understand how old that is?

That’s not just seven thousand years older than the Pyramids. Five thousand years older than the first cities in the fertile crescent.

It’s a thousand years before agriculture. The builders were nomads, living off of herds and foraging.

It’s before writing. So the whole thing was built by people whose knowledge had to be learned entirely in their lifetime and committed to memory. Can you imagine building a house with a group of people, when there aren’t any diagrams or written instructions on length or weight? And the project took more than just your lifetimes? (Okay, maybe there were measured lengths of rope or something, but still.)

So it existed almost alone on Earth, with no large permanent human settlements. Not in the middle of a city, or even near one, or at a time when our concept of ‘cities’ even existed. There are barely signs that people even lived at the site. It indicates humans who used it lived in nomadic villages nearby and it stood mostly empty. It was unimaginably unique at the time.

We only think it was a temple because it was full of larger-than-life statues of humans and dozens of different animals. The concept of a bigger-than-life statue indicates respect and reverence, when it was believed that humans weren’t sophisticated enough at the time to see themselves as gods, or worthy of worship.

We know that Gobekli Tepe was in continuous use for more than three thousand years, and then buried. Not in an avalanche, not in a fire or storm. By hand. The entire f**king complex was buried by hand. We know from the striations of earth that it was carried in from the land around and dumped. And it wasn’t destroyed first, the buildings was intact.

Only 5% has been excavated. It’s been picked at for decades because of competing claims on archeological rights. Who knows what else is in there.

Bonus: Awesome fountain


Top 10 ‘Fuck My Life’ story?

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I was sat in a coffee shop few years ago drinking a cuppa and eating a sandwich.A little while into drinking I noticed a youngish couple sitting over from us, looking towards me and giggling. This went in for a good 5 minutes. So, to appear polite, and feeling a little paranoid, I thought I’d join in with their laughing session, so I looked towards them and began sniggering and chuckling at them. Some time passed and they left.Their table was taken by an elderly couple out for a spot of lunch. Like a gentleman the old man got up and walked to the drink queue.Within about 30 seconds or so, the old lady stood up, approached me, leaned over and softly spoke the words, "Excuse me, but your testicles are on show".



A couple years back I was departing from DCA (Ronald Reagan Airport). The TSA has a rule that during the ascent, you have to stay seated due to the airport location. If you standup / get up from your seat, they divert the flight and arrest you (or so claimed the pilot via the intercom).What happens?Some 10 year old next to me proceeds to get sick and throw up all over me just as we take off. I had to sit for 15 minutes w/ barf on me before the flight attendants let me get up and go clean off.



Hadn’t left my home state for about 4 years, no vacation, no trips, nothing. On my first family vacation out of state to the mountains, for my step-grandparents anniversary, I fell through the rotted second story railing in their guest house and shattered my spine. Lost 55% of my L1 vertebra and 35% of my T12. A bone graft was taken from my hip and fused the broken vertebra together. It’s over a year out, and I have been battling their insurance company to even get a non-liability medical payment, but so far I have received nothing and my parents have been bleeding money to keep me from getting evicted, pay my medical bills (out of pocket- was uninsured at the time and no company will cover my therapy or ortho visits as a preexisting condition), and pay my child support to keep from getting holds on my income taxes. I had to re-learn to walk. My baby momma used it as an excuse to take me to court, and I lost a lot of custody since my injuries prevented me from even lifting my son and I tried to handle the hearings without a lawyer since we have no money. I’m fighting social security so I can try to get on Medicare, but it is unlikely since I can walk now (just no running, jumping, or lifting over 25 lbs, and I have to lie down every 3-4 hours). I may never run or jump again.



Broke up with my girlfriend in January 2005. Drove to San Francisco from central Long Island, NY and got a job and a room with some friends. My life was going great and I was really enjoying myself. I was writing a book and loving life in San Francisco as a 24 year old. In May 2005, I got a call from my ex-girlfriend: "I’m pregnant." I guess she missed a depo-provera shot or got it late. Rumor has it, she did it on purpose because she didn’t want me to leave.FML!She left four months ago and now I’m raising our daughter myself.FM… actually it’s not so bad. My daughter is my best friend.



My wife of 2 years left me for a man she met on World of Warcraft, leaving me with our 2 boys (then 2 and 4 respectively). I file for divorce. She comes back expecting me to take her back, I don’t. She goes to stay with her mother. At 11am the next morning I get a call from her mother screaming to call the police because my wife had shot herself.That was a FML moment, for sure.EDIT: I guess some people might think I made this shit up, well, this is the photo I took at her funeral.



My car randomly lost reverse on a lunch break one day. A couple days later I got laid off so I wasn’t able to get a new car for 6 months and it wasn’t worth fixing.My mother would watch my daughter while I went to school, and my parents live on a dead end. I would have to drive to the end and pray there was nothing blocking the end so I could pull a sharp turn.One very snowy day I went to pick up my daughter and the plow trucks had pushed the snow into where I turned around. I got part of the way turned and had to get out and push it back a bit so I had more room to turn again.The car took off and started backing right toward a tree. The door was open so I ran around it to stomp on the brake and slipped on the ice and flew under my moving car. I pushed the brake with my hand as hard as I could and stopped it just in time. I just nearly got ran over by my car and the instant realization made me instantly start sobbing at my cartoon life. Bruised up my knees pretty badly.TL;DR: My car didn’t have reverse and nearly ran me over when I went to push it



I had my period at a new friends house when 14, just getting used to the whole process. I disposed of a nasty, bloody pad I was wearing in a trash can, put a tampon in and put my bathing suit on to jump in the pool. The next time I visit, that trash can has the label LAUNDRY on it, and then I noticed the tiny little sanitary napkin trash can hiding behind the toilet. I can only imagine my friend’s mom dumping the laundry out to sort it that evening and finding it… Them realizing they needed to label the trash can accordingly… I was mortified.



"Today, I saw a turtle on the road so I swerved and hit a tree. The people behind me then hit the turtle."



Punctured my lung for the second time at the age of 14, while on a bicycle ride 10km from home. When I got to the doctor I was told: "Oh yea, it most definitely is punctured. However, we are fully booked, come back tomorrow, and we will take care of you then."That night, gasping for air whilst in pain, I still managed to masturbate to some very softcore cable tv porn.



Bagged my 1st job, came home to tell my flatmate and assorted friends, got drunk to celebrate, woke up with no eyebrows. FML Basically started the job looking permanently surprised. Almost 6 years later I still have to hide my security pass.

Bonus:Sometimes you need coffee before your morning coffee. This was one of those times.