Thursday, July 12, 2012

Update: Comic-Con Once Again Marred By Increasingly Popular Bully-Con

From The Onion.


Comic-Con Once Again Marred By Increasingly Popular Bully-Con

SAN DIEGO—Sources confirmed Tuesday the comic book and sci-fi expo Comic-Con was once again tarnished by the presence of the increasingly popular Bully-Con, a brutal event held simultaneously in the same convention space and attended by some of the nation's most die-hard fans of pummeling nerds.

Now in its fifth year, Bully-Con reportedly drew more than 125,000 tormentors of all stripes to the San Diego Convention Center, many of whom said that for people really into making life miserable for those weaker than themselves, there was nothing quite like the massive four-day gathering.

"I don't necessarily have to travel to San Diego to slap a copy of Spider-Man out of some pussy's hands, but there's something special about coming together with thousands of people who really dig the same sort of cruelty you do," said Houston-area goon Marty Badolato, adding that he quickly made half a dozen new friends while shoving people exiting a Q&A with Tick creator Ben Edlund.

NERRRRDS!
"It just blew my mind to be in a single building completely surrounded by so many people making nerds flinch."

"And check out the cool swag," added Badolato, holding up two halves of an autographed photo of Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols that he had torn up moments after a fan had gotten the signature. "I've got a tote bag filled with stuff like this."

In just a few short years, Bully-Con has grown from a small group of thugs roaming the Comic-Con exhibition halls in search of geeks to harass as they peruse fantasy miniatures into a phenomenon in its own right.

This year's installment featured more than 200 breakout sessions, including a workshop on headlock technique, a retrospective look at the history of menacingly whispering "faggot," and a seminar on Japanese ijime bullying, which in the past decade has become tremendously popular in the United States.

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13 Photos Of Snoop Dogg Looking Out Of Place (Of The Day)

From Funny Or Die.



















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News Of The Day: Starbucks to Open Inside Funeral Home

Are you surprised? I'm not. Reminds me of the Onion headline, "Starbucks Opens Location In Bathroom of Existing Starbucks."

From Keith Duncan and News 7.


Coffins & Coffee: Starbucks to Open Inside Upstate Funeral Home

July 11, 2012
News Channel 7

EASLEY, SC -- Those grieving the dearly departed at Robinson Funeral Home in Easley will soon have a little something extra to soothe the pain: a cup of Starbucks' joe.

The fourth-generation funeral home and crematory is adding a new section to its existing facilities which includes business offices, a chapel, and a special wing aptly named "Coffee Corner," where soon a Starbucks will open.

The owner, Chris Robinson, explains how coffee has always been part of the family business, saying his great-grandfather started the funeral home inside a main street general store, where people would gather and drink coffee.

Robinson, who's a bit worried people will get the wrong idea about the coffee shop, says it's simply one more service for people to choose, but one that's certainly not mandatory.

"You walk in the front, and it's off to the side," Robinson said. "It's not like it's right up front."

Robinson has hired staff to run the Starbucks franchise which will be open to the public, not just to those attending services.

Starbucks will install equipment and menus at the end of July, and Robinson expects the shop to open sometime in August.

If funeral-goers worry about not getting free cups of coffee at visitations and other services, fear not, the owner says.

"We'll still have the homemade Robinson coffee, too," he said.

The Robinson Starbucks will be the first in Easley, but because it's not a full-sized store, they're not allowed to put Starbucks' signage on the building's exterior as part of the agreement with the coffee giant. 
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11 Myths The U.S. Government Has Addressed (Of The Day)

And I'm sure no tax dollars were spent doing so. From Mental Floss.


MERMAIDS


Late last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published a curious addition to its Ocean Facts section: “Are Mermaids Real?” Describing them as “half-human, half-fish sirens of the sea,” the post goes on to describe the various appearances of mermaids in folklore, from cave paintings to The Odyssey. However, NOAA comes to the final conclusion that “no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.” The agency says the post came in response to several requests from the public after Animal Planet aired a special called Mermaids: The Body Found that claimed to paint “a wildly convincing picture of the existence of mermaids.”

Verdict: Not real


ZOMBIES


After a Miami man was found eating a victim’s face, a Baltimore college student admitted to killing his roommate and eating his body parts, and a New Jersey man threw his own intestines at police, rumors of a coming mass zombie attack started flying. In fact, the chatter got so heavy that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even had to respond. In a statement to the Huffington Post, CDC spokesman David Daigle wrote that the “CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms).”

Just in case, the CDC also has a helpful guide on preparing for a zombie apocalypse, published in May 2011. Among their tips: get an emergency kit ready, get your emergency contacts ready and plan multiple evacuation routes “so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance.”

Verdict: Not real, but be prepared


THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE


The legend of the Bermuda Triangle (also known as the Devil’s Triangle) describes a region of the Atlantic where ships and planes vanish. But on its website, the U.S. Coast Guard emphatically denies the existence of the triangle as a region of “specific hazard” to any ships and planes. In fact, the USCG says that a review of vehicle losses found “no extraordinary factors” relating to casualties or crashes. And NOAA — noting that there are explanations for the supposed Devil’s Triangle that are rooted in science — cautions that there’s no evidence for more disappearances in that region than anywhere else in the ocean.

Verdict: Not real


(See the rest at Mental Floss)
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Cool Thing Of The Day: Happy People Dancing On Planet Earth

In case you missed my Facebook post. Apparently this guy has been around a long time but somehow I've never seen him. Not quite sure how this fits with astronomy, but I'm not complaining.

If this doesn't make you smile, you need a nap.

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