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If I had an animal to taxidermy, I would totally bring it to this guy Friday, September 23, 2011 | comments

Best Buy ad from 1996 Monday, September 19, 2011 | comments



Full ad here [side links potentially NSFW] containing a CD player for 70 bucks and some 90's music selections.

It was then that Rebecca rolled a 7 and Robert had to discard half of the bundle wheat he was carrying | comments



Sometimes, things that were not books become books. If you want to read books set in the world of Magic: The Gathering, Dungeon and Dragons, or Arkham Horror, you can. I can understand why these things exist given the flavorful world each of the games take place in.

But you know what board game does not need a book? Settlers of Catan [Amazon Link]. I assume it's just a regular story with the Catan license tacked on to it.

[via Board Game News]

This guy is ridiculous Thursday, September 15, 2011 | comments

Here's the summary:
Back in 2008, a U.S./Afghan patrol was ambushed. They were in a village and suddenly all the lights cut out and they were getting shot with bullets and RPG rounds by about 50 Taliban fighters.

So then this guy, Dakota Meyer, is somewhere else and he's like "let me go in and get them" because his friends were in there and there wasn't any air support coming. His superior officers order him not to go, but he disobeys orders, gets another guy, Juan Rodriguez-Chavez, and the two of them take a Humvee. Meyer mans the gun turret and they go in while under fire to make the rescue: saving 13 Marines and 23 Afghans while shooting 8 Taliban fighters even after getting hit with shrapnel in the arm. They made 5 trips in and, for his bravery, Meyer was today awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor (the other guy got the Navy Cross)

Full story: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-awards-medal-honor-young-us-marine-193935264.html

Sadly, as reported here, when a Blackhawk did arrive, it informed him they could see 4 dead bodies: the friends that he was trying to save.

Dungeons & Dragons & Find & Replace Tuesday, September 13, 2011 | comments

From "Writing Precise Rules" in The Kobold Guide to Board Game Design:
"In a 16-page section of the 1994 D&D suppplement, Encyclopedia Magica, Volume 1, an editor haplessly and globally replaced all occurences of "mage" with "wizard," leading to such epic passages as "The user may look into the ball, concentrate on any place or object, and cause the iwizard of the place or object to appear," and "The tower can absorb 200 points of dawizard before collapsing. Dawizard sustained is cumulative, and the fortress cannot be repaired (though a wish restores 10 points of dawizard sustained)."

From the "If I had infinite hobby time" files Wednesday, September 7, 2011 | comments



And if you think that's cool, there are more here. Via MAKE