1. The one cardinal rule: No. Pants. Ever.

 

Other clothes totally optional as well.

2. Eat all your meals directly in front of the fridge.

Standing up or sitting down — it’s a personal choice.

3. Leave the bathroom door wiiiiide open.

The alpha and omega of true freedom.

4. PROTIP: Stay in your own space, fool.

Even if your roommate’s bed is like a little pile of heaven compared to your own slanting Ikea nightmare.

5. And unless you’re both cool with it, same goes for food and drinks.

6. Call over your boyfriend/girlfriend/FWB/weird neighbor who you always kind of thought was cute for some no-holds-barred kitchen nookie.

And/or living room/bathroom/vestibule.

7. If your boo is out of town:

8. And let’s be real:

9. Watch all the dorky movies that always make you cry and bawl away.

No one will poke their head into your room to ask if someone you love just died and so you can enjoy Chance’s journey of redemption in peace. Bonus points if there’s a communal TV you can have all to yourself.

10. If you’re super neat, catch up on all that cleaning you’ve been itching to do.

11. And brush up on your organization.

Although I wouldn’t recommend this particular idea if your roommates are, like, interested in locating their favorite book or whatever ever again.

12. If you’re not so neat, take time to revel in your own squalor.

Clean that ish up before they get home, though.

13. Crank your most absurd music and go to town.

Although maybe don’t go to town quite hard enough to disturb your cranky downstairs neighbors who once called the cops when you had like seven people over to play Cards Against Humanity.

14. If you have a pet, converse freely and openly with it without fear of judgment.

15. Throw a rager.

16. Or curl up with a good book.

Preferably one that has, you know, words.

17. Turn the AC or heat as high/low as your heart desires.

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It’ll be like your own personal sauna/tundra and nobody can tell you otherwise.

18. Order delivery from the place literally across the street without shame.*

*Except for the shame you feel in front of the delivery person. UGH WHATEVER THAT’S WHY 30% TIPS WERE INVENTED.

19. Sit around and wait for them to come back.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/alannaokun/things-you-can-do-when-your-roommates-arent-home

MOST REPRINTED EDITORIAL EVER IS PUBLISHED – SEPT. 21, 1897

 

 
Is There a Santa Claus? was the title of an editorial appearing in the September 21, 1897 edition of The Sun of New York. The editorial, which included the famous reply, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”, has become an indelible part of popular Christmas folklore in the United States and Canada.

In 1897, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon was asked by his then eight-year-old daughter, Virginia O’Hanlon (1889–1971), whether Santa Claus really existed. Virginia O’Hanlon had begun to doubt there was a Santa Claus, because her friends had told her that he did not exist. Dr. O’Hanlon suggested she write to The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper at the time, assuring her that “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.”

He unwittingly gave one of the paper’s editors, Francis Pharcellus Church, an opportunity to rise above the simple question, and address the philosophical issues behind it. its message was very moving to many people who read it. More than a century later it remains the most reprinted editorial ever to run in any newspaper in the English language.

Every year, Virginia’s letter and Church’s response are read at the Yule Log ceremony at Church’s alma mater, Columbia College of Columbia University. The story of Virginia’s inquiry and the The Sun’s response was adapted in 1932 into an NBC produced cantata (the only known editorial set to classical music) and an Emmy Award-winning animated television special in 1974, animated by Bill Meléndez (best known for his work on the various Peanuts specials). In 1991 it was adapted into a made-for-TV movie with Richard Thomas and Charles Bronson. In 1996, the story of Virginia’s inquiry and the The Sun’s response was adapted into a holiday musical “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” by David Kirchenbaum (Music and Lyrics) and Myles McDonnel (Book). In New York City, local television journalist Gabe Pressman has recounted the story each Christmas for the past thirty years. [Source]

J.R.R. TOLKIEN’S ‘THE HOBBIT’ IS PUBLISHED – SEPT. 21, 1937

 

 
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, better known by its abbreviated title The Hobbit, is a fantasy novel and children’s book by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children’s literature.

Due to the book’s critical and financial success, Tolkien’s publishers requested a sequel. As work on The Lord of the Rings progressed, Tolkien made retrospective accommodations for it in one chapter of The Hobbit. These few but significant changes were integrated into the second edition.

The work has never been out of print. Its ongoing legacy encompasses many adaptations for stage, screen, radio, board games and video games. Some of these adaptations have received critical recognition of their own, including a video game that won the Golden Joystick Award, a scenario of a war game that won an Origins Award, and an animated picture nominated for a Hugo Award. [Source]

BOEING CH-47 CHINOOK MAKES FIRST FLIGHT – SEPT. 14, 1961

 

Photograph by Spc. Mary L. Gonzalez, CJTF-101 Public Affairs
 
The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) is faster than contemporary utility and attack helicopters of the 1960s. It is one of the few aircraft of that era, such as the C-130 Hercules and the UH-1 Iroquois, that is still in production and front line service with over 1,179 built to date. Its primary roles include troop movement, artillery emplacement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo hooks.

The Chinook was designed and initially produced by Boeing Vertol in the early 1960s. The helicopter is now produced by Boeing Rotorcraft Systems. Chinooks have been sold to 16 nations with the US Army and the Royal Air Force (see Boeing Chinook (UK variants)) being the largest users. The CH-47 is among the heaviest lifting Western helicopters. [Source]


Photograph by Spc. Russell J. Good


Photograph by Sgt. Michael R. Caya

1ST FEMALE MEMBER OF SUPREME COURT CONFIRMED: SEPT. 21, 1981

 

Photograph via US National Arhcives
 

Sandra Day O’Connor (born March 26, 1930) is an American jurist who was the first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States. She served as an Associate Justice from 1981 until her retirement from the Court in 2006. O’Connor was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. In the latter years of her tenure, she was regarded as having the swing opinion in many cases.

Prior to O’Connor’s appointment to the Court, she was an elected official and judge in Arizona. On July 1, 2005, she announced her intention to retire effective upon the confirmation of a successor.[3] President George W. Bush first unsuccessfully nominated Harriet Miers to replace O’Connor, then nominated Justice Samuel Alito to take her seat in October 2005, and he joined the Court on January 31, 2006.

O’Connor is Chancellor of The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and serves on the board of trustees of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2001, the Ladies’ Home Journal ranked her as the second-most-powerful woman in America. In 2004 and 2005, Forbes magazine listed her as the sixth- and thirty-sixth-most-powerful woman in the world, respectively; the only American women preceding her on the 2004 list were then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, then-U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and then-First Lady Laura Bush. On August 12, 2009, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor of the United States, by President Barack Obama. [Source]

The four women who have served on the Supreme Court of the United States. From left to right: Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.), Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Justice Elena Kagan in the Justices’ Conference Room, prior to Justice Kagan’s Investiture Ceremony on October 1, 2010. [Photograph by Steve Petteway]

921 EARTHQUAKE IN TAIWAN – SEPTEMBER 21, 1999

 

Photograph by Winston Lee
 

The 921 earthquake, also known as Jiji earthquake, was a 7.3 Ms or 7.6 Mw earthquake which occurred at 1:47:12 am local time (17:47:12 UTC on September 20, 1999) in Jiji, Nantou County, Taiwan. 2,415 people were killed, 11,305 injured, and NT$300 billion (US$10 billion) worth of damage was done. It was the second-deadliest quake in recorded history in Taiwan, after the 1935 Hsinchu-Taichung earthquake.

Rescue groups from around the world joined local relief workers and the ROC military in digging out survivors, clearing rubble, restoring essential services and distributing food and other aid to the more than 100,000 people made homeless by the quake. The disaster, dubbed the “Quake of the Century” by local media, had a profound effect on the economy of the island and the consciousness of the people, and dissatisfaction with government’s performance in reacting to it was said by some commentators to be a factor in the unseating of the ruling Kuomintang party in the 2000 Presidential Election. [Source]


Photograph by Hsu Shihhung

AMERICA: A TRIBUTE TO HEROES BENEFIT CONCERT – SEPT. 21, 2001

 

 
America: A Tribute to Heroes was a benefit concert organized by producer Joel Gallen and actor George Clooney and broadcast by the four major United States television networks in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon. Done in the style of a telethon, it featured a number of national and international entertainers performing to raise money for the victims and their families, particularly but not limited to the New York City firefighters and New York City police officers. It aired September 21, 2001, uninterrupted and commercial-free. It was released on December 4, 2001 on compact disc and DVD.

The musical performances took place at three studios in Los Angeles (CBS Television City), New York, and London, while the celebrity messages took place at Los Angeles. The money raised amounted to over $200 million, and was given to the United Way’s September 11 Telethon Fund. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine selected this concert, along with the later The Concert for New York City, as one of the 50 moments that changed rock and roll. The show was also simulcast in Canada; Neil Young and Celine Dion performed. [Source]

PERFORMANCES

Bruce Springsteen: “My City of Ruins”, a song he had performed at only a few New Jersey shows. Written before the September 11 attacks, it is actually about Asbury Park; with a few phrases slightly modified, and introduced as “a prayer for our fallen brothers and sisters.”
Stevie Wonder with Take 6: “Love’s in Need of Love Today”, from his 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life.
U2 with Dave Stewart, Natalie Imbruglia and Morleigh Steinberg: “Peace on Earth” (intro)/”Walk On”, both from their 2000 album All That You Can’t Leave Behind.
Faith Hill with gospel choir and keyboardist Paul Shaffer: “There Will Come a Day”, from her 1999 album Breathe.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: “I Won’t Back Down”, from Petty’s 1989 solo album Full Moon Fever.
Enrique Iglesias: A new single, “Hero”.
Neil Young: John Lennon’s “Imagine”, previously unrecorded by Young.
Alicia Keys: Donny Hathaway’s “Someday We’ll All Be Free”, previously unrecorded by Keys.
Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik and Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst and Wes Borland: Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”, previously unrecorded by them. Some new lyrics were written for the occasion.
Billy Joel: “New York State of Mind”, from his 1976 album Turnstiles.
Dixie Chicks: A new song, “I Believe In Love”.
Dave Matthews: Solo performance of “Everyday”, from the Dave Matthews Band 2001 album Everyday.
Wyclef Jean: Bob Marley and The Wailers’ “Redemption Song”, previously unrecorded by Jean.
Mariah Carey: “Hero”, from her 1993 album Music Box.
Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi: “Livin’ on a Prayer”, from their 1986 album Slippery When Wet. It was performed as an acoustic version, with two guitars, percussion and a violin.
Sheryl Crow: A new song, “Safe and Sound”.
Sting: “Fragile”, from his 1987 album …Nothing Like the Sun.
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready with Neil Young: “Long Road”, a song originally appearing on Pearl Jam’s Merkin Ball EP in 1995.
Paul Simon: “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, from the 1970 Simon & Garfunkel album Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Céline Dion: “God Bless America”.
Willie Nelson accompanied by the entire Los Angeles-based ensemble: “America the Beautiful”.[1]

SPEAKERS

Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Will Smith, Muhammad Ali, Kelsey Grammer, Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Robin Williams, Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits, Calista Flockhart, Amy Brenneman, Conan O’Brien, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Cruise, Ray Romano, Jeff Goldblum, Lucy Liu, Sela Ward, Jane Kaczmarek, Julia Roberts, Chris Rock, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2011/09/this-day-in-history-september-21st/

The United States have a well known history of providing military support to countries in need. But from time to time, the US Government has provided secret forces. While many are successful, there have also been a number of failures. This is a list of the ten top secret armies of the CIA.

1. Ukrainian Partisans Wikipedia

From 1945 to 1952 the CIA trained and aerially supplied Ukranian partisan units which had originally been organised by he Germans to fight the Soviets during WWII. For seven years, the partisans, operating in the Carpathian Mountains, made sporadic attacks. Finally in 1952, a massive Soviet military force wiped them out.

2. Chinese Brigade in Burma Wikipedia

After the Communist victory in China, Nationalist Chinese soldiers fled into northern Burma. During the early 1950s, the CIA used these soldiers to create a 12,000 man brigade which made raids into Red China. However, the Nationalist soldiers found it more profitable to monopolise the local opium trade.

3. Guatemalan Rebel Army Wikipedia

After Guatemalan president Jacobo Arbenz legalised that country’s communist party and expropriated 400,000 acres of United Fruit banana plantations, the CIA decided to overthrow his government. Guatemalan rebels were trained in Honduras and backed up with a CIA air contingent of bombers and fighter planes. This army invaded Guatemala in 1954, promptly toppling Arbenz’s regine.

4. Sumatran Rebels Wikipedia

In an attempt to overthrow Indonesian president Sukarno in 1958, the CIA sent paramilitary experts and radio operators to the island of Sumatra to organise a revolt. With CIA air support, the rebel army attacked but was quickly defeated. The American government denied involvement even after a CIA b-26 was shot down and its CIA pilot, Allen Pope, was captured.

5. Khamba Horsemen Wikipedia

After the 1950 Chinese invasion of Tibet, the CIA began recruiting Khamba horsemen – fierce warriors who supported Tibet’s religious leader, the Dalai Lama – as they escaped into India in 1959. These Khambas were trained in modern warfare at Camp Hale, high in the rocky mountains near Leadville, Colorado. Transported back to Tibet by the CIA operated Air American, the Khambas organised an army number at its peak some 14,000. By the mid-1960s the Khambas had been abandoned by the CIA but they fought on alone until 1970.

6. Bay of Pigs Invasion Force Wikipedia

In 1960, CIA operatives recruited 1,500 Cuban refugees living in Miami and staged a surprise attack on Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Trained at a base in Guatemala, this small army – complete with an air force consisting of B-26 bombers – landed at the Bay of Pigs on April 19, 1961. The ill-conceived, poorly planned operation ended in disaster, since all but 150 men of the force were either killed or captured within three days.

7. L’armee Clandestine Wikipedia

In 1962, CIA agents recruited Meo tribesmen living in the mountains of Laos to fight as guerrillas against Communist Pathet Lao forces. Called l’armee Clandestine, this unit – paid, trained, and supplied by the CIA – grew into a 30,000 man force. By 1975 the Meos – who had numbers a quarter million in 1962 – had been reduced to 10,000 refugees fleeing into Thailand.

8. Nung Mercenaries Wikipedia

A Chinese hill people living in Vietname, the Nungs were hired and organised by the CIA as a mercenary force, during the Vietnam war. Fearsome and brutal fighters, the Nungs were employed throughout Vietnam and along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The Nungs proved costly since they refused to fight unless constantly supplied with beer and prostitutes.

9. Peruvian Regiment Wikipedia

Unable to quell guerrilla forces in its eastern Amazonian provinces, Peru called on the US for help in the mid-1960s. The CIA responded by establishing a fortified camp in the area and hiring local Peruvians who were trained by Green Beret personnel on loan from the US army. After crushing the guerrillas, the elite unit was disbanded because of fears it might stage a coup against the government.

10. Congo Mercenary Force Wikipedia

In 1964, during the Congolese Civil War, the CIA established an army in the Congo to back pro-Western leaders Cyril Adoula and Joseph Mobutu. The CIA imported European mercenaries and Cuban pilots – exiles from Cuba – to pilot the CIA air force, composed of transports and B-26 Bombers.

11. The Cambodian Coup Wikipedia

For over 15 years, the CIA had tried various unsuccessful means of deposing Cambodia’s left-leaning Prince Norodom Sihanouk, including assassination attempts. However, in March, 1970, a CIA-backed coup finally did the job. Funded by US tax dollars, armed with US weapons, and trained by American Green Berets, anti-Sihanouk forces called Kampuchea Khmer Krom (KKK) overran the capital of Phnom Penh and took control of the government. With the blessing of the CIA and the Nixon administration, control of Cambodia was placed in the hands of Lon Nol, who would later distinguish himself by dispatching soldiers to butcher tens of thousands of civilians.

12. Kurd Rebels Wikipedia

During the early 1970s the CIA moved into eastern Iraq to organize and supply the Kurds of that area, who were rebelling against the pro-Soviet Iraqi government. The real purpose behind this action was to help the shah of Iran settle a border dispute with Iraq favourably. After an Iranian-Iraq settlement was reached, the CIA withdrew its support from the Kurds, who were then crushed by the Iraqi Army.

13. Angola Mercenary Force Wikipedia

In 1975, after years of bloody fighting and civil unrest in Angola, Portugal resolved to relinquish its hold on the last of its African colonies. The transition was to take place on November 11, with control of the country going to whichever political faction controlled the capital city of Luanda on that date. In the months preceding the change, three groups vied for power: the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). By July 1975, the Marxist MPLA had ousted the moderate FNLA and UNITA from Luanda, so the CIA decided to intervene covertly. Over $30 million was spent on the Angolan operation, the bulk of the money going to buy arms and pay French and South African mercenaries, who aided the FNLA and UNITA in their fight. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, US officials categorically denied any involvement in the Angolan conflict. In the end, it was a fruitless military adventure, for the MPLA assumed power and controls Angola to this day.

14. Afghan Mujaheedin Wikipedia

Covert support for the groups fighting against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan began under President Jimmy Carter in 1979, and was stepped up during the administration of Ronald Reagan. The operation succeeded in its initial goal, as the Soviets were forced to begin withdrawing their forces in 1987. Unfortunately, once the Soviets left, the US essentially ignored Afghanistan as it collapsed into a five-year civil war followed by the rise of the ultra-fundamentalist Taliban. The Taliban provided a haven for Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, the perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

15. Salvadoran Death Squads Wikipedia

As far back as 1964, the CIA helped form ORDEN and ANSESAL, two paramilitary intelligence networks that developed into the Salvadoran death squads. The CIA trained ORDEN leaders in the use of automatic weapons and surveillance techniques, and placed several leaders on the CIA payroll. The CIA also provided detailed intelligence on Salvadoran individuals later murdered by the death squads. During the civil war in El Salvador from 1980 to 1992, the death squads were responsible for 40,000 killings. Even after a public outcry forced President Reagan to denounce the death squads in 1984, CIA support continued.

16. Nicaraguan Contras Wikipedia

On November 23, 1981, President Ronald Reagan signed a top secret National Security Directive authorising the CIA to spend $19 million to recruit and support the Contras, opponents of Nicaragua’s Sandinista government. In supporting the Contras, the CIA carried out several acts of sabotage without the Congressional intelligence committees giving consent – or even being informed beforehand. In response, Congress passed the Boland Amendment, prohibiting the CIA from providing aid to the Contras. Attempts to find alternate sources of funds led to the Iran-Contra scandal. It may also have led the CIA and the Contras to become actively involved in drug smuggling. In 1988, the Senate Subcommittee on Narcotics, Terrorism, and International Operations concluded that individuals in the Contra movement engaged in drug trafficking; that known drug traffickers provided assistance to the Contras; and that ‘there are some serious questions as to whether or not US officials involved in Central America failed to address the drug issue for fear of jeopardizing the war effort against Nicaragua’.

17. Haitian Coup Wikipedia

In 1988, the CIA attempted to intervene in Haiti’s elections with a ‘covert action program’ to undermine the campaign of the eventual winner, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Three years later, Aristide was overthrown in a bloody coup that killed more than 4,000 civilians. Many of the leaders of the coup had been on the CIA payroll since the mid-1980s. For example, Emmanuel ‘Toto’ Constant, the head of FRAPH, a brutal gang of thugs known for murder, torture, and beatings, admitted to being a paid agent of the CIA. Similarly, the CIA-created Haitian National Intelligence Service (NIS), supposedly created to combat drugs, functioned during the coup as a ‘political intimidation and assassination squad.’ In 1994, an American force of 20,000 was sent to Haiti to allow Aristide to return. Ironically, even after this, the CIA continued working with FRAPH and the NIS. In 2004, Aristide was overthrown once again, with Aristide claiming that US forces had kidnapped him.

18. Venezuelan Coup Attempt Wikipedia

On April 11, 2002, Venezuelan military leaders attempted to overthrow the country’s democratically-elected left-wing president, Hugo Chavez. The coup collapsed after two days as hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets and as units of the military joined with the protestors. The administration of George W. Bush was the only democracy in the Western Hemisphere not to condemn the coup attempt. According to intelligence analyst Wayne Madsen, the CIA had actively organised the coup: ‘The CIA provided Special Operations Group personnel, headed by a lieutenant colonel on loan from the US Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to help organise the coup against Chavez.

Source: The book of lists

Read more: http://listverse.com/2007/07/10/top-10-secret-armies-of-the-cia/

How Should A Gamer Girl Be?

Women and girls who play video games are up against a lot: one-dimensional female protagonists, sexual harassment by male gamers, objectification, and a litany of weirdly specific — and impossible to fulfill — criteria for what “real” gamer girls should be.

If male gamers and nerds have always, to some extent, been challenged to prove their “authenticity” to others in the community, those tests have been based in knowledge and skill. With female gamers, it’s quite a bit more complicated — and more than a little sexist.

What gamer girls (and, relatedly, their comic book cousins, “fake geek girls”) should and shouldn’t do (and what they should and shouldn’t look like) is a frequently heated topic of Internet discussion, particularly on Tumblr. (See the gamer girl tag in particular.)

Here are just a few of the confusing, and often paradoxical, rules set forth by Internet people (gamers and non-gamers alike) on what a gamer girl should be.

1. A gamer girl shouldn’t announce that she’s a gamer.

(The original, non-gaming version of this comic can be found here.)

And even though people keep doubting the existence of girl gamers …

2. … gamer girls shouldn’t identify themselves as girls or make themselves known as such.

3. Real gamer girls don’t ever play Mario Kart or use pink controllers.

4. A gamer girl should not be cute or TOO overtly feminine.

It looks like she SHOULD still be hot, though, with a LITTLE cleavage at least.

5. A gamer girl CAN be hot if she’s headless and in her underwear …

6. … but not if she’s a whole person who wants nerd “street cred.”

7. Gamer girls are not sexually aggressive, i.e. “sluts.”

8. Instead, gamer girls are submissive and quiet — “the heroine to complete your story.”

This, from a truly remarkable (but not in the good way) piece of writing called “Date A Girl Who Plays Video Games.”

9. Gamer girls need to take extra care not to annoy the guys they play games with.

In sum, if gamer girls are like …

… then I don’t blame you.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/katieheaney/how-should-a-gamer-girl-be

19. Toe Jam And Earl

13. Donkey Kong Country

10. The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time

8. Super Mario RPG Legend Of The Seven Stars

6. Metal Gear Solid

2. Sonic The Hedgehog 2

1. Super Mario World

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/what-90s-video-game-is-still-awesome-today

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16. Lauren Conrad

You’re so right. Wow we’re like, so similar.

15. Anna Farris

I love you too let’s hold hands in public.

14. Emma Watson

Woah, I also went to college and love British people…we have so much in common!

13. Miley Cyrus circa 2009

If I lived in Tennessee I would totally keep your secret cause that’s what FRIENDS do. Come over I made brownies.

12. Isla Fisher

Can I hug you? Every day? For the rest of my life?

11. Kristen Stewart

OMG I TOTALLY HATED TWILIGHT TOO I love you be my friend.

10. Nina Dobrev

Wait, actually…. you make me feel bad about myself. Screw your Bulgarian legs.

9. Kristen Wiig

Dude share

8. Rihanna

You scare the f*ck out of me but I’ll try a strip club why not.

7. Ashley Benson

You just murdered someone and had a threesome with James Franco? That’s ok come over I have Fruit Loops. And bring those hats you keep posting on Instagram.

6. The Rest of the PLL’s

clique clique clique clique clique

5. Lindsay Lohan circa… f*ck it, RIGHT NOW.

You did WHAT? Yeah, I’ll come get you. Yeah, I have adderall. Yeah, I have pot. Linds— f*cking duh I have a flask. BE. RIGHT. THERE. FRIEND.

4. Chelsea Handler

I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before.
I’ll be there for you, cause you’re going to fucking love me too, I swear to god just LOVE ME.

3. Tina & Amy

Ladies, let’s like…threeway host the Oscars this year! Am I right? Yes? No? Hello? Did you guys change your number? ANSWER ME! FRIENDSHIP!

2. Emma Stone

Thumbs up if we’re best friends forever and ever for life and you’ll never leave me. Oh ok cool!

1. Jennifer Lawrence

You won an Oscar? Cool I’ve been on the couch for 11 hours, I have to pee so bad COME OVER I MADE EVERYTHING.

And one just for fun…

A friend who forces Selena to rip bong is a friend of mine.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/jillboard/16-people-who-are-my-best-friend-in-my-head-a7ki

Batman is one of America’s most beloved superheroes, and comic book’s first anti-heroes. Over the years he’s been in movies, video games and television and has gone through many changes. While virtually everyone knows something about Batman, there’s a lot that many don’t know. Here’s a list of some things you probably never heard about the Caped Crusader.

It took a little time for Bob Kane to refine the Batman character. Nowadays, Batman not only refuses to use guns, but hates them completely. This is logical, considering a gun killed his parents, and ever since he has stalwartly refused to use firearms in his crime fighting. However, in early issues Batman was something of a costumed Sherlock Homes, doing more detective work than fighting, but still carrying a six-gun at his side on his night patrols. Bob Kane soon changed this,  saying that Batman wearing a gun didn’t “Feel Right”.

Seduction

In 1954, Dr. Frederic Wertham a German-American Psychiatrist published the infamous “Seduction of the Innocent” A book that claimed comic books, with their violent imagery, were contributing to juvenile delinquency. Most of the book focused on crime and horror comics, but superhero comics were targeted in a few instances. One notorious account claimed that Batman and Robin were a depiction of a gay couple. Of course, this is ridiculous, but many think this claim is what inspired writers to make Batman (or more accurately, Bruce Wayne) a shameless womanizer to help chase off the rumor.

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If there’s anything that Hugh Hefner is passionate about, aside from lovely ladies, it’s comic books. Hefner admits that, aside from publishing, one of his early projects was cartooning. Much later in life, he still liked to throw comic-book themed parties. In 1965, at the Chicago Playboy club, the Hef decided to have a Batman themed party that celebrated the campiness of the comic. He had actors dressed as Batman and Robin at the party, using the goofy “Golly gee whiz” lines from the comic, and the old Batman movie serials were screened. Little did Hef know, Yale Udoff , an ABC executive was attending. When he saw the crowd’s positive reaction to the goofy Batman and Robin, he immediately ran to a pay phone and called ABC with an idea for a new Batman TV show. So was born the campy but lovable 1960′s Batman series.

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Everybody knows batman’s real name is Bruce Wayne. Robin is, of course, Dick Grayson. But there were other Robins, namely Jason Todd, Tim Drake and briefly, Stephanie Brown. The main villains are fairly well know: Catwoman is Selena Kyle, the Penguin’s name is Oswald Cobblepot, and The Riddler is Edward Nigma (E-Nigma . . .get it?) Two-Face’s name was Harvey Dent (that one’s obvious thanks to the recent movie), and Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler Alfred’s full name is “Alfred Pennyworth”. The name of the thug who originally murdered Batman’s parents was Joe Chill. More mysterious is the real name of The Joker, who for many years was a character without a real origin, and his real identity (if he could be said to have one) was never revealed. Only recently The Joker got an origin story, and thereby a real name: Jack Napier – named after Alan Napier who played Alfred in the Batman TV series.

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What was Batman’s first movie, ever? Well, casual fans will point out Tim Burton’s 1990 “Batman” but more savvy fans will no doubt point out that Adam West starred in a Batman movie in 1966 that was theatrically released. In truth, they’re both wrong. The first time Batman that was ever depicted in a movie that had any kind of release was “Batman, Dracula” in 1964, directed and produced by none other than Andy Warhol. Few people have seen it, and all prints are thought to be long gone, but what we do know is that the detective was played by longtime Warhol collaborator, Gregory Battcock, and it was completely unauthorized by DC Comics. Some surviving footage appeared in a later Warhol film “Jack Smith and the destruction of Atlantis”

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The story of Batman is one that’s easy to identify with. Any one of us who is angered by crime and the strong preying on the weak would love to do like good ol’ Bruce, put on a costume and clean up the streets. Oddly enough, in the town of Jackson, Michigan, one guy did exactly that. While his identity has never been revealed (like any good superhero, I suppose) “Captain Jackson” one day got fed up with street crime in his neighborhood, and decided to don a cape and cowl and patrol the streets to help out local law enforcement. While it seems a little crazy, the crime rate has dropped sharply since Captain Jackson took to the streets. He works closely with local law enforcement, and never confronts criminals directly, opting instead to report anything suspicious to the proper authorities, as well as fighting crime via a number of community service projects and awareness programs. Fight the good fight, Captain Jackson!

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Originally, Batman took place is New York city, like many comic books of the time. Later, the writers decided to have it take place in a fictional city with a fictional history, so they could give the comic its own world. A writer opened a New York phone book randomly, saw “Gotham Jewlers” and so the name was born. The location of Gotham city has always been a bit hazy, sometimes it was depicted on the East Coast, and a few times it was located in the Midwest, near Superman’s hometown of Metropolis. However, popular canon now states that Gotham is located on the East Coast, specifically in the state of New Jersey. This has never been specifically stated in the comic, but in a few cases readers have spotted “Gotham City, New Jersey” on license plates, and once on a character’s driver’s licence.

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In Tim Burton’s 1989 film “Batman” there is a scene where a savvy Gotham City reporter is being ribbed by his co-workers about his obsession with Batman, thought by most to be an urban legend. At one point he’s handed a sketch of a silly-looking anthropomorphic bat in a tuxedo, with the words “Have you seen this man?”, much to the reporter’s chagrin. Next time you watch the movie, pause for a second and check the signature, this sketch was drawn by none other than Batman creator Bob Kane. I’m sure that one would fetch a bit on E-bay.

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In 1991, Batman co-star Burt Ward, who played Robin alongside Adam West’s Batman, wrote a smutty tell-all book called “Burt Ward: My life in tights.” The book has been universally panned as poorly written, poorly published and full of outrageous lies. Burt Ward depicts himself as a genius super-athlete and an infamous lady’s man, and recounts endless sexual escapades of himself and Adam West. He claims there were always women on the set of the show, ready to rip off their clothing and do the deed with the dynamic duo. He depicts himself as a world-class lover and Adam West as totally unable to satisfy a woman in numerous near-pornographic passages. Adam West later revealed he read the book and took no offense, believing that no one could possibly believe half of it, saying that “Burt probably just needed the money”. Later Burt Ward admitted he was goaded by the publishers to make the book “More Interesting” and ‘fessed up to fabricating most of it. Shame on you, Boy Wonder.

Kevin-Conroy

Over the years man big names in Hollywood have played Batman, but who’s played him the longest? That title goes to Kevin Conroy, who voiced the animated batman in Seven cartoon series, six video games and five animated movies – in total spanning 12 years. Many have named him as “The Voice of Batman” without question, and he brought some originality to the role with his unique take on the character. While in the comic it’s said Batman disguises everything about him when he dons the cape and cowl, before Conroy’s portrayal most people played Batman and Bruce Wayne as very similar. Conroy had the idea of noticeably altering the tone of his voice when he goes from crime fighter to millionaire playboy.

Read more: http://listverse.com/2011/08/22/10-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-batman/

Top 10 Bizarre Collectibles

Since the ancient days of humanity as hunters and collectors, we have had a fascination with groups of similar objects. While these objects are generally quite normal – cards, stamps, coins, oftentimes they are strange – or downright bizarre. This is a list of the top 10 bizarre collectibles.

10. Hubcaps / License Plates

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It seems that the two go hand in hand, and that this collection of rusted and otherwise useless car parts can get way out of hand. Imagine towering stacks of meticulously placed hubcaps and entire garage walls emblazoned with license plates from the world over, and you have your car enthusiasts dream workshop. For some reason, be it nostalgia or just another psychotic compulsion, some people just love the idea of having more hubcaps than necessary. License plates, okay maybe, but hubcaps? Why?

9. Newspapers

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Often called hoarding, or ‘newspaper squalor’, many people have the compulsive urge to save up unread papers or magazines in the hopes of reading them some day. Yes, I have a MAD magazine collection and many have comic books, but those are generally bagged and boarded and kept neatly filed in a box or something. Oh, and some folks have a nice little stack of MAXIM or PLAYBOY for bathroom perusing, but most of these folks don’t have towering stacks along every wall and corner of the home. As it turns out, mass collections of such fire-hazardous reading materials can be particularly deadly and have, in the past, trapped people under collapsing piles and even caused fatal fires. Be careful with your papers!

8. Duct Tape

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Though still bizarre, collecting duct tape has become more common of late since someone discovered its use in making all sorts of fun crafts. You can, with minimal folding and swearing, create: wallets, purses, small bags, belt, hats, and apparently, entire outfits made from rolls upon rolls of the multi-colored adhesive. Now everyone’s favorite mispronounced tape (duck tape) can be worn or collected.

7. Food

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Daisy Randone (Brittany Murphy in Girl, Interrupted) ate nothing but rotisserie chicken from her father’s restaurant. Granted, she was in a mental ward at the time, during which she amassed quite the collection of mostly-eaten bones from said meals under her bed. It was only the smell that alerted the others to her filthy situation. Strangely, this is not just a Hollywood concept. As it turns out, there are people obsessed with a specific taste and smell of a food, who will go to great lengths to guard it, regardless of the fact that it is half-eaten and prone to rot. The neurological phenomenon is classified as hoarding or the bizarre desire to want to collect useless things.

6. Dead Animals

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Here is an excerpt from the San Francisco Chronicle about a woman who collects animals for a living:

“As a kid growing up in Oakland, Nancy Valente had one reaction to the idea of a dead animal: “Eeeuuuw!” Now friends call her up and say, “I saw something dead on the road and thought of you.” “Did you pick it up?” is Valente’s comeback. “It’s a standard joke,” says Valente, known as “Roadkill Nancy” among local park rangers who are used to the Mill Valley zooarchaeologist’s unconventional ways of adding to her impressive collection of animal bones. “I’m the bone lady,” says Valente, 67. “I don’t know why I like them so much. I have a lot of them around the house, like the elk skull with a whole rack of antlers. I’d love to show it to people, but I can’t even put it in my car.”

For years, Valente’s cheery mix of nature and the macabre thrilled kids and grossed-out parents at the Marin Headlands Visitors Center with “Bones, Bones, Bones,” her monthly presentation of bones and skins of local animals. Valente has now moved her program to Muir Wood National Monument, and is also venturing into the East Bay.

5. Spit

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Yes, there is a whole club of people who collect spit and enjoy doing it. There is really nothing else that can be said on this – the sooner we move to item 4 the better.

4. Skulls

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In Mexico, many religious celebrations relating to the dead involve the extensive use of skulls. These are normally very old skulls – often kept in crypts full of old bones. However, the collecting of skulls is also occasionally found outside of religious circles. The Chicago Sun Times reported this in May 2007:

“It certainly seemed suspicious — a skull boiling in a pot of water on the stove. That was the ghoulish report Chicago Police received Tuesday night when they were summoned to a Bucktown apartment in the 2100 block of North Damen. Sure enough, police found four human skulls, as the witness reported. But by Wednesday detectives had determined this was a legal case of bone collecting. There’s a market — a legal market — for bones, and I import and sell bones for medical research” on the auction Web site eBay, said 26-year-old Brian Sloan.”

3. Boogers

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Strangely, some people do collect these. One Baron VonKlyf posted this on Dave Berry’s website blog in 2006:

“Leetie… I would donate a good rare and interesting booger for your collection, but I seem to have misplaced it under a table at McDonalds. If anyone finds it, please forward it to Leetie for her collection. Thanks. Oh, and thanks nannie for your random thought. It has been added to the collection.”

To some, booger collecting is revolting, but to a few, it is just another hobby. Many people, after successfully rooting through their noses will randomly wipe their found treasures wherever they can find a conveniently discreet spot. And then there are those folks who have a specifically designated location for their nose discoveries.

2. Skin

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Lets kick this one off with an excerpt from The Harvard Crimson (found in the Harvard Library) on November 13 2005:

“Langdell’s curator of rare books and manuscripts, David Ferris, says of his library’s man-bound holding: “We are reluctant to have it become an object of fascination.” But the Spanish law book, which dates back to 1605, may become just that.
Accessible in the library’s Elihu Reading Room, the book, entitled “Practicarum quaestionum circa leges regias…,” looks old but otherwise ordinary. Delicate, stiff, and with wrinkled edges, the skin’s coloring is a subdued yellow, with sporadic brown and black splotches like an old banana. The skin is not covered in hair or marked by tattoos—except for a “Harvard Law Library” branding on its spine. Nothing about it shouts “human flesh” to the untrained eye.”

However collecting skin is not just for the discriminating bookbinder anymore. Many people collect bits of their own flesh for pleasure. Just something a bit wrong with that.

1. Eyeballs

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The collection that stares back at you. I guess to some that would be appealing enough to want to amass a big bunch of eyeballs. Slightly rounded objects resembling eyeballs have appeared in many gift shops, vending machines, and even on websites devoted to the sole purchasing of ocular memorabilia. You can find pillows, serving bowls, Christmas Tree lights, gum balls, and pajamas all with images of eyeballs. Once you have made the leap into the more macabre and outlandish, why not collect the real thing? There are people known to collect real human eyeballs and, lest they deflate, or become dried out and unappealing, one must keep them in a jar of formaldehyde. Now that is dedication.

So go out and find something fun to collect!

Read more: http://listverse.com/2007/11/29/top-10-bizarre-collectibles/

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Welp, JuiceVox-ers gonna JuiceVox!

Everything is political. Even Ebola. Even shark attacks. Because people are dumb. http://t.co/7hgSyPOpDz

— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) October 16, 2014

Bless. His. Heart.

It's adorable when @mattyglesias calls other people dumb. pic.twitter.com/2h1iisM5IP

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 16, 2014

I'm sure that you completely missed the irony of this tweet @mattyglesias

— A Trained Ape? (@TorchOWyatt) October 16, 2014

This is an actual sentence @mattyglesias wrote. Irony is dead. pic.twitter.com/OtZCntPReQ

— S.M (@redsteeze) October 16, 2014

@redsteeze @mattyglesias self awareness status……long gone

— Loren S. Casuto, Esq (@LorenSCasuto) October 16, 2014

We’re not sure he ever had any to begin with.

.@mattyglesias Here's another dumb person politicizing ebola. https://t.co/SFjQoWTgAl

— BT (@back_ttys) October 16, 2014

Austerity has taken a big bite out of emergency disease response funding: http://t.co/jQWt44OO3B pic.twitter.com/11zqhgKoWa

— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) October 12, 2014

D’oh!

And who the fuck are the people politicizing things like video games and sports logos? https://t.co/abeqRoPBgd

— S.M (@redsteeze) October 16, 2014

"Don't politicize Obama's decisions to downplay Ebola and continue letting in flights from Liberia made for political reasons!"

— Razor (@hale_razor) October 16, 2014

Says the dude who runs what is basically a left wing propaganda site & posts articles calling GOP "Cranky Oldster Party" LOL @mattyglesias

— AngieSenseiofSass (@Artist_Angie) October 16, 2014

It's only partisan when we do it RT @lachlan: Shot: https://t.co/vAop75veCg Chaser: https://t.co/TsJUOpOlIQ

— Dave in Texas (@DaveinTexas) October 16, 2014

@mattyglesias I missed the part where you mention the GOP and budget cuts. Will that be included in the followup?

— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) October 16, 2014

Matt Yglesias writes about how Ebola became a partisan issue and never once mentions Democrats blaming it on budget cuts. #WhyVoxIsCrap

— RB (@RBPundit) October 16, 2014

Dear @MattYglesias, how is it you wrote an entire post about how Ebola became a partisan issue and never mentioned the Agenda Project ad?

— RB (@RBPundit) October 16, 2014

Good question.

@RBPundit Because @mattyglesias is a hack?

— Physics Geek (@physicsgeek) October 16, 2014

Ding ding ding!

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Related:

Twitchy coverage of Matt Yglesias

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/16/irony-is-dead-matt-yglesias-has-a-bit-of-a-self-awareness-problem/

Hiatus season is the fucking worst. It’s like a bunch of asshole TV executives were sitting around one day brainstorming ways to make the dead of winter even more miserable than it already is, and then one of them went “I know, let’s take away everyone’s shows.” Some of us only have a few more weeks to hold on (How to Get Away with Murder comes back January 29th), but there are the unfortunate few that have months to wait. Sorry Game of Thrones fans- fire can't kill a dragon, but hiatus sure fucking can. 

To help you survive the last of this TV dry spell, we’ve compiled some shows that you probably weren’t watching before and should definitely check out. If have watched all of these AND your other shows are still on break, you should probably stop watching TV and reacquaint yourself with the outside world.

Masterchef Jr.

If you like competition, delicious food, and watching children cry, welcome to Master Chef Jr. You haven’t lived until you’ve watched an 8-year-old make beef wellington while Gordon Ramsay tries to set her up with his son. Sure these tiny chefs will make you feel completely inadequate, but it’s totally worth it because they usually just talk mad shit about each other the entire time. For the full experience, hold a fantasy MCJ draft beforehand and then spend the rest of your Tuesday nights this winter wishing misfortune upon small children while you consume mass amounts of wine with your friends. Good news betches, a new season premieres tonight.

Outlander

Outlander is basically a Scottish version of Game of Thrones but with actual history involved. Unfortunately it’s on Starz, the modern day equivalent of dropping a new album on cassette only, which is why most people haven’t heard of it.

Plot: a WWII nurse, Claire Randall, is on honeymoon in Scotland when she gets transported back to the 1743 Scottish Highlands. Claire has to figure out how to survive and make her way back to 1945 and the husband she left behind, all the while dealing with the impending Scottish rebellion against England. This proves to be really fucking hard because Highlanders are a very small step above cavemen and the British haven’t been this fucking awful since Lucius Malfoy killed Heath Ledger in The Patriot. Claire suffers a near-rape almost every episode, so if shit like that bothers you then you might want to avoid it. But if you can stomach that then it’s worth checking out, because she takes zero shit and is constantly putting barbaric Scotts in their place.

Real reason for watching: Jamie McTavish. He is literally the hottest ginger to walk the earth and also actually from Scotland, which mean that fucking accent is real. However, the rest of the Scots are completely impossible to understand, so make sure to turn on the subtitles. (Disclaimer: the first season only has 8 episodes and doesn’t return until April, so don’t get too attached).

Manhattan Love Story

This was a new fall premiere that got cancelled after five episodes, but the rest of the season was released on Hulu anyways.

Plot: Analeigh from cycle 11 of America’s Next Top Model and Evan from Greek meet in Manhattan, and the entire series is the two of them trying to make a relationship work even though they both monumentally fuck it up every episode. The catch is that the viewer is privy to both characters' inner monologues the entire time, which offers us a very rare glimpse into a bro’s thought process while he navigates the dating world.

By no means will this show change your life, but if you’re looking for something fluffy and romantic to fill the void left by winter hiatus/your love life, you could easily binge watch a whole season in a night.

Honorable mention: Evan manages to pull off a flesh colored beard in the way that Spencer Pratt wished he could have.

Read more: http://www.betcheslovethis.com/article/3-shows-to-get-you-through-the-winter-hiatus-season