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"Finding such a perfectly preserved fruitcake in amongst the last handful of unidentified and severely corroded tins was quite a surprise," Meek said.

Not surprising. Fruitcakes have a shelf life of about one million years.

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Not surprising. Fruitcakes have a shelf life of about one million years.

 

Does anyone remember (or know about) the Ozzie and Harriet episode when the Nelsons were giving out fruitcake as casual mini-gifts during Christmas time? It was a little sub-plot wherein the recipients would make a face and say 'Oh' a thinly-veiled attempt to hide disappointment. I wonder how they would have felt if they were told that it was 100 years old. I don't think it would have helped.

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South Carolina warns citizens of 'Lizard Man' sightings during solar eclipse

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) is warning citizens in several of its counties to be vigilant of paranormal activity associated with the upcoming total solar eclipse.

 

Considering that the eclipse is a space event, you might think the warning is simply an amusing alert to keep an eye out for UFOs, but that's really not the cast. SCEMD is being quite specific about its advice, and it's asking citizens to be wary of Lizardmen.

 

It might sound like an April Fools' joke, but SCEMD's warning is apparently completely legitimate, as South Carolina has a history of Lizard Man sightings. The agency tweeted out a handy map of where Lizardmen have been spotted in the past along with an overlay of the path of the solar eclipse.

 

Regarding possible paranormal activity potentially occurring during the #SolarEclipse2017. As always, if you see something, say something.

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Somebody must have been drinking in South Carolina.

 

 

Looks like a full moon is not the only time to bring the kooks out.

 

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Goldfish are capable of making their own alcohol

When someone is a heavy drinker, we sometimes say that they "drink like a fish." Until now, we never knew just how apt that phrase truly was, at least as it pertains to goldfish and their carp relatives.

 

Scientists have found that your bored, lonely, yawning pet goldfish has a rather remarkable coping mechanism for those long weeks swimming in its murky fish bowl between cleanings: it makes its own alcohol and gets lit.

 

“The adaptation is very rare among animals,” said Michael Berenbrink, one of the researchers to make the discovery, to New Scientist.

 

It's such a rare trait, in fact, that no other vertebrate has been discovered with the ability.

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Maybe they should bottle that stuff, I'm sure it would sell.

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5 dead after FDA-approved obesity treatment that places silicone balloon in stomach, agency says

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the sudden deaths of five people who had undergone an obesity treatment that places an inflated silicone balloon in their stomach.

 

All deaths happened within a month of the procedure, the FDA said in a letter earlier this week to health-care providers. Three people died just one to three days later.

 

The agency, however, cautioned that it has yet to determine whether the devices or the way in which they were placed in the stomachs directly caused those deaths.

 

“At this time, we do not know the root cause or incidence per rate of patient death,” the FDA said, adding that it is working with the companies that manufacture the devices.

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They actually allowed them to inflate balloons in their stomachs and now wonder why they are dying?

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5 dead after FDA-approved obesity treatment that places silicone balloon in stomach, agency says

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the sudden deaths of five people who had undergone an obesity treatment that places an inflated silicone balloon in their stomach.

 

All deaths happened within a month of the procedure, the FDA said in a letter earlier this week to health-care providers. Three people died just one to three days later.

 

The agency, however, cautioned that it has yet to determine whether the devices or the way in which they were placed in the stomachs directly caused those deaths.

 

“At this time, we do not know the root cause or incidence per rate of patient death,” the FDA said, adding that it is working with the companies that manufacture the devices.

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They actually allowed them to inflate balloons in their stomachs and now wonder why they are dying?

 

 

It works out some of the time for drug smugglers, so why not?

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Goldfish are capable of making their own alcohol

When someone is a heavy drinker, we sometimes say that they "drink like a fish." Until now, we never knew just how apt that phrase truly was, at least as it pertains to goldfish and their carp relatives.

 

Scientists have found that your bored, lonely, yawning pet goldfish has a rather remarkable coping mechanism for those long weeks swimming in its murky fish bowl between cleanings: it makes its own alcohol and gets lit.

 

“The adaptation is very rare among animals,” said Michael Berenbrink, one of the researchers to make the discovery, to New Scientist.

 

It's such a rare trait, in fact, that no other vertebrate has been discovered with the ability.

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Maybe they should bottle that stuff, I'm sure it would sell.

 

 

Well there's another lame excuse alcoholics will use, I'm drunk because of the filthy conditions I'm living in.

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The Voyager Golden Record that N.A.S.A launched into space is getting a full box set release

In 1977 N.A.S.A. launched two robots – Voyager 1 and 2 – into space, with a golden record attached to each spacecraft.

 

Created as a way to communicate with alien life-forms, the Voyager Golden Record, a gold-plated copper phonograph cut at 16 1/3 rpm, was overseen by legendary scientist Carl Sagan, took nearly a year to make, and featured music ranging from Mozart to Azerbaijani folk to Chuck Berry, alongside hundreds of audio and visual selections, morse code and more.

 

The deluxe 3xLP box set, priced at $98, contains three translucent gold vinyl, a Voyager trajectory slipmat, a full-colour 96-page softcover book containing all images form the original record, gallery of images, plus essay from golden record producer Tim Ferris, gold foil print, and digital download card.

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This was very insensitive of NASA to assume that aliens will be able to hear the recordings they placed on Voyager 1 and 2.

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Is North Korea a Threat? Not as Much as Artifical Intelligence, According to Elon Musk

For many Americans, the threat of a nuclear missile strike from North Korea feels very real at the moment. Much more real than being attacked by an intelligent robot, say.

 

But according to Elon Musk, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) poses a much greater threat to humanity than Kim Jong Un’s belligerent regime in Pyongyang.

 

The Tesla and SpaceX chief executive has long warned of the dangers of AI and issued his latest warning after a bot from OpenAI defeated some of the world’s best players in in a professional gaming competition.

 

Musk shared a picture of a post with the strapline: “In the end the machines will win” along with the comment: “If you’re not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea.”

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AI is more dangerous than nuclear weapons? lol. Stick to the electric cars that "environmentalists" pretend are saving the planet.

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The Voyager Golden Record that N.A.S.A launched into space is getting a full box set release

In 1977 N.A.S.A. launched two robots – Voyager 1 and 2 – into space, with a golden record attached to each spacecraft.

 

Created as a way to communicate with alien life-forms, the Voyager Golden Record, a gold-plated copper phonograph cut at 16 1/3 rpm, was overseen by legendary scientist Carl Sagan, took nearly a year to make, and featured music ranging from Mozart to Azerbaijani folk to Chuck Berry, alongside hundreds of audio and visual selections, morse code and more.

 

The deluxe 3xLP box set, priced at $98, contains three translucent gold vinyl, a Voyager trajectory slipmat, a full-colour 96-page softcover book containing all images form the original record, gallery of images, plus essay from golden record producer Tim Ferris, gold foil print, and digital download card.

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This was very insensitive of NASA to assume that aliens will be able to hear the recordings they placed on Voyager 1 and 2.

 

 

All I know, broken records are hard to play.

 

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Just for the sake of argument, what if they don't know what a phonograph is because it's so ancient? :blink:

(if they care to begin with)

 

Like to point out, video is now digital and will even our next generation know what a composite signal is which is represented on the golden disc?  

 

Scientist are making assumptions that other intelligent life (if it's out there) can decipher the images. The pulsar diagram is the most confusing of all - it also looks like planet number and the distance from it's parent star.

 

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All I know, broken records are hard to play.

 

 

MM doesn't seem to have a problem playin' them!  ;)

 

Anyway.....Don't look for AMAZON to DRONE deliver that box set.   We'll get it delivered when "V'GER "  comes back to "the creator".  :D

 

 

Sepiatone(the "carbon unit")

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Here Are The Odds An Asteroid Will Hit Earth

An enormous asteroid has only a one in 100,000 chance of striking Earth in this century, a NASA scientist has said.

 

Some scientists have been studying Apophis, a 1,000-foot asteroid discovered in 2004, because of how close the space rock will be getting to our planet. It is scheduled to pass by in 2029, when it might get closer than 20,000 miles to Earth — closer than some satellites. It will appear again in 2036 but will be several million miles away.

 

“We cannot yet exclude the possibility that it could impact our planet,” Paul Chodas from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies told Astrowatch.net, but he noted that the odds he calculated for the asteroid hitting our planet over the next 100 years — one in 100,000 — are “extremely small.”

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All they did last year was try to scare everyone into believing an asteroid was ready to hit us for funding, and the best odds they can come up with is 1 in 100,000?

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Wendy's Chicken Is Going To Change Drastically

Lately, we've seen some fast food chains change the way they make or process their food. From Taco Bell offering lighter menu options to Burger King dropping soda from the kid's menu, there have been massive health reform in the world of fast food. Now another chain has decided to take a step in the right direction: Wendy's has dropped $30 million (yes, million) to combat customer complaints of dry and stringy chicken in their sandwiches and salads.

As Uproxx reports, Wendy's will work with chicken processors and suppliers to shrink the size of its chickens by as much as 20%. This is extremely important because larger chickens tend to yield rubbery, dry meat with those dreaded white stripes. In fact, modern day chickens weigh twice as much as their ancestors, and have much more fat.

Wendy's believes that these smaller chickens will yield tender, juicier meat.

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Wait until the chickens hear about this, it sounds like a diet and less exercise for the roost.

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'Cat on lead' trend is causing pets distress, RSPCA warns

Pet owners should stop walking their cats around on a leash because they become stressed and agitated when they “lose control”, the RSPCA has warned.

 

Across Britain a growing number of pet owners are walking their cats on leads in a bid to give them more “enrichment”, the charity says - but doing so is likely to do more harm than good.

 

With many cats cooped up indoors for prolonged periods, particularly in urban towns and cities, there has been a drive in recent years to provide them with more freedom.

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I knew they were strange across the pond, but walking cats on a leash takes it to a new level.

 

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Rise in CO2 has 'greened Planet Earth'

Carbon dioxide emissions from industrial society have driven a huge growth in trees and other plants.

A new study says that if the extra green leaves prompted by rising CO2 levels were laid in a carpet, it would cover twice the continental USA.

Climate sceptics argue the findings show that the extra CO2 is actually benefiting the planet.

But the researchers say the fertilisation effect diminishes over time.

The sensors show significant greening of something between 25% and 50% of the Earth's vegetated land, which in turn is slowing the pace of climate change as the plants are drawing CO2 from the atmosphere. Just 4% of vegetated land has suffered from plant loss.

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Oops, let's not let facts get in the way of the global warming scam.

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'Cat on lead' trend is causing pets distress, RSPCA warns

Pet owners should stop walking their cats around on a leash because they become stressed and agitated when they “lose control”, the RSPCA has warned.

 

Across Britain a growing number of pet owners are walking their cats on leads in a bid to give them more “enrichment”, the charity says - but doing so is likely to do more harm than good.

 

With many cats cooped up indoors for prolonged periods, particularly in urban towns and cities, there has been a drive in recent years to provide them with more freedom.

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I knew they were strange across the pond, but walking cats on a leash takes it to a new level.

 

 

I don't put my cats on a leash, I cherish my face.

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Elvis Presley Died 40 Years Ago. Here’s Why Some People Think He’s Still Alive

Elvis Presley, the legendary singer and movie star who became known as the king of rock and roll, died of heart failure 40 years ago this week.

 

His death on Aug. 16, 1977 stunned the music industry and devastated millions of fans worldwide. In the days following his funeral, speculation grew among a small group of skeptics that Elvis might not have died after all. Despite clear statements from doctors and a coroner that the 42-year-old superstar was dead, disbelievers were adamant that the gyrating beloved baritone had faked his own death to go into hiding.

 

Over the past four decades, fans across North America have insisted they’ve spotted Presley out and about. In 1989, three so-called Elvis enthusiasts even created The Elvis Sighting Society to monitor these apparent incidents. Some people even claimed he appeared as an extra in the 1990 blockbuster, Home Alone.

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This should have been settled science years ago, one way or the other.

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Elvis Presley Died 40 Years Ago. Here’s Why Some People Think He’s Still Alive

Elvis Presley, the legendary singer and movie star who became known as the king of rock and roll, died of heart failure 40 years ago this week.

 

His death on Aug. 16, 1977 stunned the music industry and devastated millions of fans worldwide. In the days following his funeral, speculation grew among a small group of skeptics that Elvis might not have died after all. Despite clear statements from doctors and a coroner that the 42-year-old superstar was dead, disbelievers were adamant that the gyrating beloved baritone had faked his own death to go into hiding.

 

Over the past four decades, fans across North America have insisted they’ve spotted Presley out and about. In 1989, three so-called Elvis enthusiasts even created The Elvis Sighting Society to monitor these apparent incidents. Some people even claimed he appeared as an extra in the 1990 blockbuster, Home Alone.

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This should have been settled science years ago, one way or the other.

 

 

A few hope ET bring back Elvis. :lol:

 

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Just for the sake of argument, what if they don't know what a phonograph is because it's so ancient? :blink:

(if they care to begin with)

 

Like to point out, video is now digital and will even our next generation know what a composite signal is which is represented on the golden disc?  

 

Scientist are making assumptions that other intelligent life (if it's out there) can decipher the images. The pulsar diagram is the most confusing of all - it also looks like planet number and the distance from it's parent star.

 

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the doomsday machine ett voyager a long time ago. thought it was a razzle. :lol:

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Scientists name prehistoric croc after Lemmy from Motorhead

Scientists have named a prehistoric crocodile described as "one of the nastiest sea creatures to have ever inhabited the earth" after late Motorhead frontman and British heavy metal icon Lemmy Kilmister.

 

London's Natural History Museum says the fossil of what's now known as Lemmysuchus obtusidens was dug up in England in the early 20th century but was incorrectly categorized with other sea crocodiles found in the area.

 

Researchers recently took another look at the specimen and gave it a new classification and a scientific name of its own.

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Obama must be jealous, it's better to get named for a prehistoric crocodile than a parasite.

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How global warming will make you weak and sick

If rising sea levels, more powerful storms, and mass extinction just haven’t been enough to spark your concern over the growing climate crisis, perhaps becoming ill will do the trick. New research into the impact of global warming on crops reveals that rising CO2 levels will actually reduce the amount of protein and key minerals in many different foods, which will put massive populations at a huge risk of increased disease and stunted growth.

 

The study, led by Samuel Myers of Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is based on experiments in which various crops were hit with larger-than-normal doses of CO2. The result was foods like rice and wheat which was significantly lower in protein, as well as crucial minerals such as iron and zinc.

 

“If CO2 levels continue to rise as projected, the populations of 18 countries may lose more than 5 percent of their dietary protein by 2050 due to a decline in the nutritional value of rice, wheat, and other staple crops,” the study notes.

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This only applies to the vegetarians apparently, the meat eaters will be even stronger and conquer the Earth.

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How global warming will make you weak and sick

If rising sea levels, more powerful storms, and mass extinction just haven’t been enough to spark your concern over the growing climate crisis, perhaps becoming ill will do the trick. New research into the impact of global warming on crops reveals that rising CO2 levels will actually reduce the amount of protein and key minerals in many different foods, which will put massive populations at a huge risk of increased disease and stunted growth.

 

The study, led by Samuel Myers of Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is based on experiments in which various crops were hit with larger-than-normal doses of CO2. The result was foods like rice and wheat which was significantly lower in protein, as well as crucial minerals such as iron and zinc.

 

“If CO2 levels continue to rise as projected, the populations of 18 countries may lose more than 5 percent of their dietary protein by 2050 due to a decline in the nutritional value of rice, wheat, and other staple crops,” the study notes.

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This only applies to the vegetarians apparently, the meat eaters will be even stronger and conquer the Earth.

 

 

The Elite preppers buying gi-normous parcels of land in esoteric remote locations, such as New Zealand, know this very well.  In other words...No crap, Sherlock.

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