Worst Halloween Costumes of All Time

From Retrocrush:

When I was growing up, most of the kids in my neighborhood were fairly uncreative. Instead of thinking long and hard about what you wanted to be for Halloween, you’d run with your parent to the store at the last minute, and grab a prepackaged costume made by Ben Cooper or Collegeville of some famous character. Superheroes, Monsters, and Star Wars characters were usually the favorites, but every now and then you came across a few gems that really made you scratch your head.

A Painful Doom for Disbelievers

From Dwindling in Unbelief(My favorite new blog by the editor of the Skeptics Annotated Bible/Quran/Book of Mormon:

For those of you who’ve never read the Quran, let me summarize it for you: Allah has prepared a painful doom for those who disbelieve what he revealed in the Quran to his prophet Muhammad (peanut butter and jelly be upon him).

This idea is so important that Allah (or his prophet) repeats more than 200 times in the Quran. Here are just a few variants.

The variants include this gem of a verse:

Those who believe not in the Hereafter, for them We have prepared a painful doom. 17:10

Enron Explorer

Now this is interesting:

In October 2003 the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission placed 200,000 of Enron’s internal emails from 1999-2002 into the public domain as part of its ongoing investigations. The archive offers an extraordinary window into the lives and preoccupations of Enron’s top executives during a turbulent period. Read more about Enron’s demise on Wikipedia.

Trampoline engineers used this data as testbed during development of the company’s SONAR technology. The result was so fascinating we decided to open it up and allow anyone to dig in. The Enron Explorer lets you investigate the actions and reactions of Enron’s senior management team as the noose began to tighten.

People in the ‘comment’ section have picked out the more interesting emails such as this one from CEO Jeff Skilling:

From:
jeffreyskilling@yahoo.com
To:
Andy Zipper
Sent:
21/11/2001 at 20:13

Fuck you, you piece of shit. I can’t wait to see you
go down with the ship like all the other vermin.

Smug, paranoid, unhappy mother fucker.

Eat shit.

Or this one from Enron Japan:

Dear top management,
We know how serious is the situation but please don’t fire us now. Our
families
are waiting for a happy chrismas and new year!!

Sato
Enron Japan

(via Boing Boing)

Update:

The email above was from a fake Skilling. Boing Boing has more on that.

Why Does Orange Juice Taste So Bad After Brushing Your Teeth?

It’s a question you may never have asked, but if you’ve ever brushed your teeth before you’ve had a glass of juice, you’ll know why we had to seek professional advice.

David Cannell is the scientific spokesperson for Questacon, “It’s because of a certain ingredient in toothpaste called sodium laurel sulfate. It actually blocks sweet sensors. All the other taste bud cells in your mouth are firing away nicely, but the receptors which pick up the sweet sensors are not working anymore. Not only does it block the sweet sensors, it enhances the sour and bitter, so you get this massive influx of sour and bitter taste coming through the mouth.”

Olberman’s Special Comment on Republican Fear Mongering

Crooks and Liars has the video and transcript:

The dictionary definition of the word ‘terrorize’ is simple and not open to misinterpretation: “To fill or overpower with terror; terrify; coerce by intimidation or fear.” Note please that the words ‘violence’ and ‘death’ are missing from that definition. For the key to terrorism is not the act-but the fear of the act. That is why bin Laden and his deputies and his imitators are forever putting together videotape statements and releasing virtual infomercials with dire threats and heart-stopping warnings.

But why is the Republican Party imitating them? Bin Laden puts out what amounts to a commercial of fear; the Republicans put out what is unmistakable as a commercial of fear.

The Republicans are paying to have the messages of bin Laden and the others broadcast into your home! Only the Republicans have a bigger bankroll.

Update:


YouTube has the clip also.