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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Directed-energy_weaponA directed-energy weapon is a type of energy weapon that directs energy in a particular direction by a means other than a projectile. It transfers energy to a target for a desired effect. Some of these weapons are real or practicable; some are science fiction. The energy is in various forms:Electromagnetic radiation (typically lasers or masers). Particles with mass (particle beam weapons). Fictional weapons often use some sort of radiation or energetic particle that does not exist in the real world; or where the physical nature of the energy and its means of transmission is not detailed and the visible effects would be impossible in the real world. Some of these weapons are known as death rays or rayguns and are usually portrayed as projecting energy at a person or object to kill or destroy.Some lethal directed-energy weapons are under active research and development, but most examples of such weapons appear in science fiction (or non-functional toys and film props).Hell yes.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowloon_Walled_CityThe Kowloon Walled City was an anomaly in Hong Kong's colonial history. China's tiny exclave in the middle of British Hong Kong for decades, it had a colorful existence until it was torn down in 1993.A rare patch of sunlight in the alleys of the city.Awesome. I wish I'd seen this before it was pulled down. A true temporary autonomous zone, albeit one that lasted a lot longer than most.Massive picture of the city before it was pulled down
My favorite drinking game ever. Too bad I can never remember all the rules.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_of_Fire_(drinking_game)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactose_intoleranceLactose intolerance is the condition in which lactase, an enzyme needed for proper metabolization of lactose (a sugar that is a constituent of milk and other dairy products), is not produced in adulthood.Most adults in the world are lactose-intolerant. The majority of humans stop producing significant amounts of lactase sometime between the ages of two and five. A relatively recent genetic change caused some populations, including many northern Europeans, to continue producing lactase into adulthood. However, these lactose-tolerant populations are in the minority.I'll be damned. I always thought the lactose intolerant were the minority. According to the table in the article Europeans in Australia, such as myself, have only a 4% occurence of lactose intolerance in our population, whereas 100% of Native Americans are intolerant. Fascinating.
The song, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" was originally sung in the movie, "Meet Me in St Louis" by Judy Garland. In this scene she is singing to her little sister, and they're both all depressed about moving from St. Louis to New York for their father's work. Here's the original lyrics to the song care of Wikipedia:-Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas-"Have yourself a merry little Christmas It may be your last Next year we may all be living in the past Have yourself a merry little Christmas Pop that champagne cork Next year we may all be living in New York. No good times like the olden days, Happy golden days of yore, Faithful friends who were dear to us Will be near to us no more. But at least we all will be together If the Lord allows. From now on we'll have to muddle through somehow. So have yourself a merry little Christmas now. Judy Garland felt some of the lyrics were too negative for a Christmas song and requested a rewrite but Hugh Martin initially refused and withdrew the song. Martin credits Meet Me in St. Louis actor Tom Drake for persuading him that Garland was right and it was a great song but needed another draft."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_townA ghost town is a town that has been abandoned, usually because the economic activity that supported it has failed or because of natural or human-caused disasters. The word is sometimes used in a depreciative sense to include areas where the current population is significantly less than it once was.
'http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_extinctionHuman extinction would be the extinction of the human species, Homo sapiens, whether on Earth or from the entire universe, provided the species colonizes on other planets.There have been countless prophesies of extinction throughout history; in most cases the predicted date of doom has passed without much notice, making future warnings less frightening. However, a survivor bias would undercut the credibility of accurate extinction warnings. John von Neumann was probably wrong in having “a certainty” that nuclear war would occur; but our survival is not proof that the chance of a fatal nuclear exchange was low.Nick Bostrom suggests that extinction-analysis may be an overlooked field simply because it is too depressing a subject area to attract researchers.There are thousands of public safety jobs dedicated to analyzing and reducing the risks of individual death. There are no full-time existential safety commissioners partly because there is no way to tell if they are doing a good job, and no way to punish them for failure. The inability to judge performance might also explain the comparative governmental apathy on preventing human extinction (as compared to panda extinction, say).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Irwineveryone has to wear croc skin shoes tomorrow as a tribute.the Hacker, the Slut
Vagina Gold!Why do I find this kinda sexy?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donkey_punchthe Hacker, the Slut