Via Digg, this post from Feministing highlights a 1943 article from Transportation Magazine. They've already seperated it out to the most ridiculous parts, so allow me to just directly quote:
1. Pick young married women. They usually have more of a sense of responsibility than their unmarried sisters, they're less likely to be flirtatious, they need the work or they wouldn't be doing it, they still have the pep and interest to work hard and to deal with the public efficiently.
2. When you have to use older women, try to get ones who have worked outside the home at some time in their lives. Older women who have never contacted the public have a hard time adapting themselves and are inclined to be cantankerous and fussy. It's always well to impress upon older women the importance of friendliness and courtesy.
3. General experience indicates that "husky" girls - those who are just a little on the heavy side - are more even tempered and efficient than their underweight sisters.
4. Retain a physician to give each woman you hire a special physical examination - one covering female conditions. This step not only protects the property against the possibilities of lawsuit, but reveals whether the employee-to-be has any female weaknesses which would make her mentally or physically unfit for the job.
More items at the original post.
At one point, Kate talked about how great Cara and Mady were because they were helping do the dishes and how they actually wanted to do the dishes. Meanwhile a big Cascade dish detergent thing stood on the shelf always facing the camera. So I was like "ok, this looks like an ad". But unlike that 90210 episode that Karen blogged about, no one actually said the product name.
Then out comes the Gator Golf. Kate talks about how fun it was and how much they enjoyed playing it and mentions it by name. And then, off to the side you see that they have an unopened copy of the game. Just sitting there, I'm assuming so that people know what to look for when they go into the store. Don't you think that if they were going to play Gator Golf with 9 people that they would open their third copy of the game? After that they played Pictureka which was also a grand time. Both games are made by Hasbro games and oh look, Amazon happens to be selling them as a bundle.
I see what you did there, Jon and Kate.
Pushpin Mosiacs Tuesday, September 29, 2009 | comments
Turns out Mosiac Week still had some fight left in it.
The speech if the moon landing would have gone awry [quick link] Monday, September 28, 2009 | comments
Why was a ninja turtle at a photo studio? Given the dad's shirt, maybe he was the one that orchestrated this.
Everything's Amazing and Nobody's Happy Sunday, September 27, 2009 | comments
XKCD Comic: Asbestos Free! Friday, September 25, 2009 | comments
This XKCD comic makes a good point. The other day I was looking at the box for my computer microphone that said "works with Skype!" which should be obvious because any computer microphone works with Skype.
edit: Joel comments "Michelle and I were laughing at the cheapest pair of headphones at the dollar store that were like "mp3 player compatible!" as a bullet. "
Why are Americans so fat? Thursday, September 24, 2009 | comments
I know that there's one blog that tries to tackle the obesity question.
The original inspiration for this comes from a post about the text "why are british"
25 Most Controversial Magazine Covers of All Time [Quick Link] Wednesday, September 23, 2009 | comments
/posting this even though this is now old news since it's 2:41pm. Photos from core77
The internet is full of bad tattoos. Allow me to bring two that you probably haven't seen | comments
Yup, that's right. Law and Order tattoos. I'm assuming that this is the back of the guy's legs?
I figured you'd rather watch this than a first person highway crash so I posted this instead.
Apparently it is mosaic week on Serial Bus Tuesday, September 22, 2009 | comments
Elsewhere in greasy map news, this is a map of the US categorized by distance from a McDonalds. What each point of light exactly represents and how they decide where to place it is beside the point for me. Look: glowing map. Apparently Michigan's Upper Peninsula to drive a ways America's favorite fries.
How do you discuss this around the office and not catch this? Monday, September 21, 2009 | comments
Decently okay videos! Saturday, September 19, 2009 | comments
GPS-guided robot is able to jump 7 meter walls
Buzz Lightyear can fly. Perhaps could be worth its own entry if someone were making "kkkkkkkkkk" jetpack sounds.
Thanks to This American Life episode 389, I learned that if there's one phrase that is most common on reality TV shows, it is "I'm not here to make friends". (I thought it was going to be something like "she totally threw me under the bus," a phrase you will now here eveywhere). INHTMF is so common that the year 2009 alone brought us 3 minutes and 43 seconds of people not here to make friends.
Augmented Reality Pool
Most people prepare for tournaments by testing out their deck against other players, and making modifications based on how well they do. This guy, however, believes that in addition to this, you've got to work on your focus. In all of the quotes below, he's talking about the online version of the game. Let's dive in, shall we?
"[When it comes to being distracted] Magic Online is a whole different beast in this regard. Theoretically it's much much easier to reduce external distractions. I often play Magic Online on my laptop while sitting in bed next to my sleeping girlfriend."Tell me how you focus!
"If you want to achieve true focus, then stick to simple foods before the tournament. Try a chicken breast with asparagus or carrots instead of pizza with pepperoni and sausage. ""Oh Mike" you say, "his advice can't be all bad, can it?" and no, it's not. He talks about not letting one bad play lead into another and then the loss. But what really got me was the following suggestion:
"If you're interested in reading more about different breathing exercises, I've attached some links in the appendix at the end of this article. If you really want to learn more than [that] sign up for a Yoga class! "He goes on to talk about meditation techniques and suggests going for a jog before a big online tournament. If you're going to sign up for a yoga class so that you can play cards better, I think your life might be too linked to the game.
Hurricane Ike: During and After Wednesday, September 16, 2009 | comments
Show me the money Tuesday, September 15, 2009 | comments
If you're a male in the US, the odds of being Tom Cruise are only 150,000,000 to one.
4 people are sadistic Monday, September 14, 2009 | comments
Locals think that apartment dweller is dead because of the smell. Turns out he's just really messy. So messy that firefighters threw up. | comments
But when firefighters busted down the the door, they found tenant Ming Li Sung was very much alive - and living with rotting garbage piled floor to ceiling."
Kanye West is a Jerk Sunday, September 13, 2009 | comments
Best collaborative video to date Saturday, September 12, 2009 | comments
My Life is Whimsical would be a more apt title Friday, September 11, 2009 | comments
Today, my history teacher was explaining about this poet named Waldo who struggled to find himself. My friend and I started cracking up. I don't think anyone elso got it. MLIA.
from MyLifeIsAverage | MyLifeIsAverage
Today, on the bus, my glasses lens fell out like it had been repeatedly for the past couple days. The guy sitting next to me immediatley waved a pencil and said "oculis repairo". The lens hasn't fallen out again since. MLIA
Today my professor told us that the President of our college was once kicked out of college. Why? He and his frat brothers put their house dog through college--writing papers and taking exams for it. The dog was a junior before he was caught. Best. President. Ever. MLIA
Recently, I read through a notebook of my boyfriend's from second grade. When asked "What would you do if you were president?" he said "I would hypnotize all the people and take their Pokemon cards." I love him a little bit more now. MLIA
Today I found out that the voice actor of Optimus Prime (Peter Cullens) also did the voice for Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. In my opinion, Optimus Prime just became so much more badass. MLIA
Today, I was eating pringles when I noticed the 200 average per can. I actually counted and saw 201. I felt above average, until I dropped the last chip on the floor.Well played fate, well played. MLIA
If you are going to write crime books, it's best to not be a criminal. It will look suspicious. | comments
The novels are grim mysteries that feature freakish families dealing with all manner of violence.If you read the article, it talks about how she's basically confessed the whole thing so looks like a pretty open-and-shut case.
Fathers fare poorly. They're depicted as alcoholics who abuse their children physically and sexually. They beat and cheat on their wives.
She has said the books aren't autobiographical.
I have to hand it to her that she knows how to pack for being a criminal:
"Police say she planned the shooting and escape, filling the trunk of her Subaru Impreza with books to read while on the lam" I'm curious to know what her running-from-the-law reading list was.
[yes, I realize that second one isn't lego]
This post ruins the ending of A Million Little Pieces. Thursday, September 10, 2009 | comments
Ending ruiner coming up!
Ok, so get this. We're getting toward the end of the book. The Fake James Frey's girlfriend, Lilly, relapsed and went and did drugs but then he left rehab and saved her and bought her back into rehab. While she restarts the program, he graduates the program and goes to Ohio to spend his time in jail. Before he leaves, there is an everyone-saw-it-coming goodbye scene where they pledge to be forever together and yadda yadda love story everything is going to be great.
Now Real James Frey has a problem. He is going to pass this book off as a memoir of his actual life experiences and there really is no Lilly to be with forever. So what does he do?
Well, in the last scene of the book, Fake James goes to a bar, orders a crapload of alcohol, and then just dumps it out. From this the reader is supposed to figure out that he's cured. Way to go James. Book over. BUT THEN comes the prologue where they say what all the people are supposedly up to now. So and so's in jail. So and so relapsed. So and so still works at the clinic. AND THEN:
"Lilly committed suicide by hanging in a Halfway House in Chicago. Her Grandmother had passed away two days earlier. She was found the morning James was released from Jail, and it was believed that she was sober until she died."Author James just kills her for no reason in the epilogue of the book! Dead. Goodbye. No one to try and track down later. Doesn't matter that it's completely out of character and Fake James is getting out of his prison term that was less than six months. Dead. Hope you liked the book.
"At the age of 23, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his four front teeth knocked out, his nose broken, and a hole through his cheek. He had no idea where the plane was headed nor any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shoftly after landing. There he was told he could either stop using or die before he reached age 24. This is Frey's acclaimed account of six weeks in rehab"And you looked at the cover and thought that it was about a mishap in a confectioner's kitchen.
Anyhow, so here's the thing: it's not a true story. It's all made up. This made Oprah mad. I would ordinarily say that you don't want to make Oprah mad, but this of course just got the guy more publicity.
Onto my review though. I can't say that this is a book that I would ever reccomend to anyone. Don't get me wrong, it's not that it's a bad book. It's just that it's not an enjoyable book.
You already know that the guy got his teeth knocked out from the back cover. Well, see, there's also this part in the book where he goes to the dentist and has to get double root canals done without anesthesia (since he's a recovering addict). The description is so painful that you find yourself skipping paragraphs. It's hard to be like, "Hey friend of mine, you seem like the kind of person that might enjoy imagining painful surgery being done on you"
Furthermore, the writing style is distracting. First we have liberal use of capitalization: "We pull into the Parking Lot and park the car and I finish a bottle and we get out and we start walking toward the Entrance of the Clinic". And I gotta tell you, even though I realize every time he writes "People" that he isn't talking about the magazine, it distracts me every time.
All converations are done without indentation, quotation marks, or designation of who is speaking. Like this
He looks up at me, wipes his face.
I didn't mean to upset you.
I don't respond.
You're a sick, sick person.
I don't respond because he's right. I'm a sick sick person.
I want you get away from me.
I didn't mean to upset you.
I turn and walk out of the Bathroom and I go to my part of the Room. John is awake and staring at me."
It works pretty well when there are two people talking, but is really confusing when you have three or more people in a conversation. And yes, the book does actually sometimes use bold text for yelling. And sometimes it uses caps.
I think if Karen hadn't already read this book I would have given up after chapter 1, but here I am halfway through. At times I find myself wanting to just say "forget it" but I still am plowing my way through the book because it actually is a pretty interesting story to read. I'm pretty concerned that it's going to have a lame ending though. See, the main character hates the 12 step program because he says that 12 steppers just end up replacing one addiction with another. Yet I can tell already (and Karen mentioned it) that the guy is going to get addicted to this other girl in the clinic. He also looks down on religion and is becoming at Taoist at the part I'm at.
Again though, I want to emphasize that it's not a bad book. At times it's quite gripping and has a lot of forward momentum to keep the plot going. But I think no matter how these story ends up (I'm guessing that Fake James Frey must end up overcoming it all since Real James Frey is now an author which is less inspriational since Fake James Frey is not Real James Frey), I would rather lend you a different book from the Mike and Karen library than this one.
Buy U an Autotune License Tuesday, September 8, 2009 | comments
For reference, the actual song also cut right to that part:
It's a pretty amazing thing that Autotune. Say what you will about it ruining music and requiring talent, but this song will be in your head 10 minutes from now.
And without autotune, we wouldn't have autotune the the news which below highlights the fact that Katie Couric actually said that texting while driving can "turn an LOL into a great big OMG"
Cat loves showers Monday, September 7, 2009 | comments
It's probably Twilight. It has that effect on people Sunday, September 6, 2009 | comments
Crunch time! Saturday, September 5, 2009 | comments
Apparently fruits grow to fill the shape of their container Friday, September 4, 2009 | comments
Follow up: Drunk Ypsi Shooting Thursday, September 3, 2009 | comments
The comments on the story got more ridiculous since I last posted anything. They now include:
"If Shante had killed the criminal in the act, he would have been looked at as a hero"and
"This brave young hero should be getting a medal... not charges filed against him. He was taking a stand against crime in the community."
/looking for sarcasm, not finding any
Other comments range from "this is why we shouldn't have guns" to "this is why we need guns"
"A Self Storage Association study showed that, by 2007, the once-quintessential client — the family in the middle of a move, using storage to solve a short-term, logistical problem — had lost its majority. Fifty percent of renters were now simply storing what wouldn’t fit in their homes — even though the size of the average American house had almost doubled in the previous 50 years, to 2,300 square feet"And as the article points out, many people will pay every month to store their things and, in doing so, will end up paying more money than the objects are actually worth.
Not-Reading Rainbow: A round-up of stories about not reading. Wednesday, September 2, 2009 | comments
2) New sets of Magic: the Gathering cards come out every like three months or so and beforehand there is intense speculation and leaked information about what the cards in the new set will do. Recently, someone found out that the art at right was slated to be on a card, made up a speculative card and wrote something like "This is what I hope this card does"
Soon the image was posted all over the internet and everyone (myself included) thought it was a real card because the people that were supported to do the fact checking (or, you know, at least read the post) didn't.
Anyhow, so Wizards of the Coast recently posted a notice saying "There are bound to be a lot of rumors in the coming weeks with Zendikar spoilers heating up. I'd like to remind you all that if it doesn't come from an official Wizards of the Coast source, it's only speculation" and as an example to everyone, they noted and posted the fake card that everyone thought was real.
First commenter's response?
edit: Now that I actually read the NPR story, I see I ended my post the same way that they did so....
4) When it comes to news articles online, I skim a lot.
Anyhow, let me give you the tl;dr version of the best parts of the second post
So here's what they did: Along with their parent company (Consumer Reports), they got "24 identical gold pendants and chains to Cash4Gold and some of its national competitors. The necklaces were purchased for $175 each. We calculated their "melt value" – meaning how much the raw gold was worth – as about $70 each"
How much did C4G offer for the gold?
"Cash4Gold sent back checks ranging from $7.60 to $12.72 (or 11% to 18% of melt value)"
This is how their business works: they undervalue everything by huge amounts and then pocket the profits. Hoping to get $70 selling jewelry? Hope you've got like 6 to send in. When people call in to contest the low amount, they will then give another higher offer of often double or triple. The CSRs get bonuses based on what they [don't] pay out:
"As she describes it, reps got a $15 bonus for getting a customer to accept less than double the first check. And they got $10 for keeping the payout under three times as much. Liberis provided paystubs showing her earning as much as $815 in bonuses over two weeks – nearly doubling her pay of $906 for the period."Quite the business. Check out the full post if you want to read about the lawsuit that C4G has against The Consumerist for publishing these posts.