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It is the mid 80's. You are a superfan of old fashioned southern style wrasslin. You are a loyal viewer of NWA World Champtionship Wrestling on TBS Superstation to the point where you curse the Braves for interrupting your treasured NWA stars on the mat. You HATE WWF, with all its glitter and glamour and Hollywood aspirations. That hatred is personified in Vince McMahon Jr., a smarmy troll of a man who is pushing his WWF promotion ever eastward, westward, and worldwide. Imagine your horror when you turn on your television and tune to TBS on Saturday, July 14th and see this. The effects of Black Saturday were major in the industry as detailed here. Ted Turners distaste for Vince McMahon's product essentially led to the formation of WCW as a separate entity from the long standing NWA with Turner pouring countless millions upon millions of dollars into it in an attempt to crush WWF out of the business. Of course, we all know how that ended when Vince McMahon again showed up on WCW television in 2001. But that ultimate victory was forshadowed on one dark Saturday in 1984.

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Photographer Tadas Černiauskas and his leaf blower. Last week, visitors to the TADAO CERN studio were invited to participate in a crazy photo shoot where the Lithuanian photographer aimed a powerful leaf blower at their faces creating some incredibly funny facial expressions.

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Can you help me identify the companies with the best corporate culture?I've had a slew of office jobs, in lots of different industries. I'm pretty disgusted with my current job and would like to make a move. Instead of just applying for all the jobs I'm remotely qualified for like I've done in the past, this time I'd like to find companies I'd actually enjoy working for. Right now I work in freight forwarding. I manage a set of accounts and take care of the booking, customs clearance, and delivery of import freight. My previous job was in the same industry. Before that I worked remotely for the Eddie Bauer call center. I have worked for Philips Electronics as a Customer Service Rep I (as opposed to levels II or III I guess), I worked for an allergy company as a Product Manager, and I did customer service for a small gift manufacturer. I've had other jobs too, but I seem drawn to customer service. I do enjoy solving problems and talking to people, so it's a decent fit. I am great with most computer programs and have an easy rapport with customers. I applied for a job at a fairly big local company, and I LOVED everything I learned about them. I had an interview, took a skills assessment, and then they asked me to submit for a background check and references. I did both of those, and followed up, and I haven't heard anything for two weeks. I'm guessing that means they're not hiring me, so I'm trying to find other companies in the area that are known for having a great corporate culture. I'm sure what seems great to me may not seem great to other people, so to be clear the things I'm interested in are mostly flexibility and advancement. At my current job I have a laptop so that I can work from home after hours, but I am not allowed to work from home during the day. If I'm sick, my manager tells me to "stick it out" even though we do have paid sick time. We sit in one large room without cubicles, but we have the worst communication of any place I've ever worked. Various members of the team have been told to "just be patient!" because there would be room to advance, but years have passed and nothing has ever come from our patience. We never have office lunches or events. We have a pool table in the back that literally no one has used since I've worked there. The job I was applying for was an entry-level tech support job. It sounded right up my alley, AND the interviewer said he started out in that position and has become a manager in a year and a half. Score! The shift would be from 11-8, which means I could sleep in and avoid traffic. Double score! The offices were really cool and there was always free food and good coffee. The company has a great reputation as being a cool place to work. Also they don't drug test! I have googled "Cool Places to Work Atlanta" which was moderately helpful, but a little generic. Do you work for a great company in Atlanta? Or know someone here who loves their job? Or have you just heard of a company that sounded kind of cool, like it might be a decent place to work? Spill it, don't keep it a secret! Thank you!

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The Kowloon Walled City was once the most densely populated place on earth, a teeming hive of interlinking high-rises that few dared to enter but 33,000 people called home. Meet the people. Get lost exploring the alleyways. Learn the history.

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I've been having a tough week—overwhelmed with work leading up to finals. What do you folks do in response to these kinds of situations? Make sure to have reset time? Spending time with friends?

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My office uses a RCWL210A portable wireless chime as a door bell. The push-button part of the system is glued onto the wall next to the security keypad by the door. Sometimes, just entering the keycode to open the door will set off the chime, even though they are not connected at all and nobody pushed the actual doorbell button. Sometimes just raising your hand towards it to key in the code will set it off. What is going on, and how can I stop it doing that?- The door bell is a completely separate system - it has nothing at all to do with the security keypad, we just glued the push-button part next to it because it makes sense there. - There are no other similar chimes in our building, and the button/chime pairing code is changed to a non-default. It never goes off by itself, only if someone is using the keypad. - It has only happened once to me, but it happens often (though not every time) to one of my colleagues. Sometimes he just has to move his hand up to the keypad, and it will set the chime off despite him not touching anything. - Pushing on the keypad unit, banging on the wall, pushing on the plastic housing of the push-button part - none of those actions sets the chime off, so it's not that it gets jostled somehow. - I can't reproduce it, despite quite a few tries, which is why I'm at a loss. Thoughts we have had: static electricity buildup, some sort of interference from a watch or ring, moisture on your hands... But in general we have no idea, and my online searches have been fruitless, so I thought I'd see if anyone had a theory. Thanks! Yes, I know this is a trivial issue. But if the chime goes off when someone with the keycode is coming in, I still have to get up and walk out of my office to the foyer in an attempt to answer the door. It interrupts me for nothing, and makes my colleagues feel bad that they made me get up.

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I need a product exactly like this slim rolling pantry shelf, to hold canned goods and spices in the small space next to my refrigerator. Difficulty level: No hammer.OK I actually do have a hammer. But I don't have a drill, I don't have any carpentry skills, and I don't WANT to build one. Directions for the project are here: http://foodingeneral.com/2013/03/11/storage-wars-and-the-pull-out-pantry Surely somewhere someone MUST have produced something like this for the market? There are some rolling pantry shelves in 10" width, but there's only about 6" of space to work with in my kitchen. Amazon has a narrow one, but it is only about 3' tall. Any leads greatly appreciated!

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I bought a fedora for $10, forgot where, and now would like to purchase another. Knowing the maker/brand should help. pics inside. pics

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O MeFites of a Maine Persuasion, please recommend to me things and places in Southern Maine in mid-May.I have never been to Maine, but I have a 24 hour window, a car, and a yen for a very Maine-ly experience. Because this will be part of a larger driving excursion, I will be restricted to Maine south of Portland. I'm hoping to find rock reefs with assorted critters and plants, rocky beaches, classic Maine fare, and awesome classic Maine sites that I may not know are classic Maine. My research into back AskMe questions, guidebooks, oddball Americana, and the AAA Guidebook to Maine for Great Aunts has been particularly unenlightening about the first two (the better the sand, the better the beach coverage seems to be the rule of thumb, which doesn't help someone who is interested in the rockiness!).

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Just bought a Wii U and I'm waiting for it to arrive. I plan on using my regular Wii still, probably for Homebrew, but I'm wondering what will happen when I try to use one Wiimote with two devices that recognize it. Is that going to be a problem? Will I have to unplug one or just deal with it running in the background on a different input?

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Hey Everyone, Can you think of any movies that are about a writer and also show the story that the writer is writing in the movie? Thanks!

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Need help figuring out a way to eliminate audio redlining in Premiere Pro CC without also compromising audio lows.Asking for a friend: I am working on a project (classroom lecture at a university) in which the original audio was lowish quality (camera mic) and included a disruptive fan noise that I then had to remove using noise reduction filter in Premiere Pro CC. After using the filter, I then had to amplify using adjust gain to hear the speaker at an appropriate volume. Even still, the audio peaks every so often when either the lecturer raises his voice or raises the volume of videos he's showing to the audience to the level that it is uncomfortable to the ear for a second or two. I can't lower the overall level of volume for fear of losing the speaker, but am wondering if there is a way to add a blanket filter that reduces the audio peaking so that it doesn't redline/crack without also shifting the lows into inaudibility. Basically, I can't blanket lower the volume because lows will be too low, but I want to keep the sound from occasionally (but too frequently) redlining. Can't figure out the search terms to figure this out myself and I'm new to Premiere Pro.

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Project Naptha is a Chrome extension that lets you cut and paste text. From images.

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Bubble Football (er Soccer)!! (SLYT)

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Travels in the empty cities of World of Warcraft.

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The story of the "group" that became Stars on 45, and the sound of that story.

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Identify mystery text, win $1000. "The collection of Homer editions in the Special Collections Research Center – the Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana(BHL) – includes a copy of the rare 1504 edition of Homer's Odyssey that contains, in Book 11 (narrating Odysseus's journey into Hades) handwritten annotations in a strange and as-yet unidentified script. This marginalia appears only in the pages of Book 11 of the Odyssey; nowhere else in the volume. Although the donor of the BHL is suspicious that this odd script is a form of 19th-century shorthand (likely French), he acknowledges that this hypothesis remains unsupported by any evidence offered to date." And he's willing to pay for that evidence.

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The American Museum of Natural History will unlock thousands of old photos from their vault, they announced this week. The new online image database (officially launching on Monday the 28th) will take you behind the curtain, delivering images that span the 145-year history of the Museum. The collection features over 7,000 images—many never before seen by the public—and includes photos, rare book illustrations, drawings, notes, letters, art, and Museum memorabilia. They say "it's like stepping into a time machine and seeing a long ago NYC or just catching glimpses of ghosts from a forgotten world now seen only by researchers and Museum staff." Previously. A random selection of a handful of images, eye candy and history from around the world American Museum of Natural History exterior at Manhattan Square, 1878 [When the Upper West side was still the Wild West]. American Museum of Natural History exterior, view from roof of Dakota Apartments, 72nd Street and Central Park West, 1880 Hand painted butterflies from Chinese plates of butterflies Huichol Indians at Te-akata, birthplace of the God of Fire, near Santa Catarina, Jalisco, 1895 Woman with arm akimbo, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1904 Dode on beach, Gasparilla Pass, Florida, 1908 African American woman sitting with children in front of fireplace, South Carolina, 1905 African American woman next to Elsie wearing straw hat, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1904 Skeleton of Pterodon longiceps, late Cretaceous period, 1996 Tachyglofsus aculeatus jllig from Schreber's Die såugthiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur Ruins in rock overhang, Garabato, Mexico, 1892 Coiled nautiloid cephalopod, diorama depicting Pennsylvanian period, North Central Texas Various species of fish from Renard's Poissons, écrevisses et crabes Shaman's coat, Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada, 1987 Scheme of Colours color wheel from Harris' Exposition of English insects Libellulae, dragonflies, from Harris' Exposition of English insects Man, Mongolia, Third Asiatic Expedition Ho-djani Kachina doll, Hopi Diddon hystrix from Bloch's Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Fische Koryak men wearing armor with bows and arrows, Siberia, 1901 Butterflies, plate 5 from Seguy's Papillons Dutch women, Ellis Island Cover of Woodward's A manual of the Mollusca Ignaz Marausch constructing flea model Plants and flowers, botanical illustration for use in Bighorn Sheep Group Lew Brown and George Peterson installing trees in Spruce-Fir Group, Forestry Hall, 1956

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I'm looking for accommodation in Baltimore in July/August for 5-7 weeks. I'm from the UK and I have no idea where to start, which parts of the town are safe, transport links, what normal rent is like in the area etc.I'm a mid-20s female student from the UK. I'll be doing an informal placement type of thing at JHU (so probably not eligible for their summer housing programme). My priorities are: - Commutable to Johns Hopkins hospital using public transport - SAFETY: both neighbourhood and living arrangements (so would probably prefer not to go for AirBnB/craigslist etc) - Budget: $700-1000/month (I have no idea what US rents are like, and am willing to go up for safety) I would appreciate any help!

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Researchers have discovered a shape previously unknown ...to everyone except every single grade 4 kid who has played with rubber bands.

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"For good or ill, the public has been taught to believe that academics are held to a more rigorous standard even than journalists—the assumption being that a scholarly book is grilled within an inch of its life, with all potential inaccuracies headed off by the peer review process. That it may not always be the case is the most interesting, not to say alarming, aspect of the case of Ledgers of History: How many academic books are prepared and marketed with little attempt to corroborate their contents? And how easily might the claims of such an unsubstantiated book become accepted as 'fact'—and as 'history'?"

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I'm looking for a women's long-sleeve swimsuit, preferably with UV protection. Any recommendations?Skin cancer filter: I am looking for a long sleeve swimtop or swimsuit that includes a built-in bra preferably in some kind of UV protective fabric; I see rash guards everywhere but that isn't really what I'm looking for, I don't want to have to wear a swim suit beneath. A wetsuit is more heavy duty than I need for ordinary swimming or sailing. Am I just looking in the wrong places, this seems harder to find than you'd think.

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I need a point and shoot camera that meets these three criteria: 1. Mega zoom 2. GPS built in 3. Shoots in raw format. My Google-fu has failed me. Any suggestions?

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Taking part in a mandatory personal growth/customer excellence/self-actualization type course at work, feel like I am missing something.The 3rd party session leader, and developer of the material, has explained how all people are one of two types and also that all people are at one of 18 sublevels. Ok. What I keep asking co-workers when we discuss the course back at our desks is: "Two types of people? 18 levels? According to who? What is the data? Where is this coming from? What is this based on? Says who?" etc, etc etc People seems to mostly just stare and don't really have any response. What am I missing here? If the answer is really just that this is all off the top of this person's head then am I wrong to have an interior monologue all day of "...says you..."?

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How to get more information on transfer fees?I signed a lease a couple of weeks ago on an apartment. I'm basically not happy with the apartment due to some noise issues (both neighbor and traffic). I have a lot of difficulty sleeping anyway, and this is making it worse. Anyway, I went to the apartment manager's office to ask what my options are. They told me that I can transfer to a different apartment in 6 months, but that I would have to pay a transfer fee, in addition to paying back concessions. I asked if I'd have to pay the transfer fee even if I was at the end of my lease, and they said yes. Then I asked for a copy of the transfer policy in writing, since it wasn't in the lease. They couldn't give it to me, but gave me an explanation that since the apartment has changed management companies, that this was the new company's policy. It is not a huge fee ($150), but if I can avoid paying it, I'd rather do that. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me that they wouldn't charge this fee for someone new, but that they would for an existing tenant. I've read somewhere online that the fees have to be in accordance with state law, but I don't know how to go about finding it. Does anyone have an idea where I could go to get information on this?

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