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I heard a routine on the radio by a comic (Canadian, perhaps?) in which he talked a length about his hero worship of Mr. T as a child. It had me in stitches. Please tell me this guy's name.My google-fu has failed. The comic's delivery was kind of deadpan, which made it even more funny. I remember a specific part of the act where he talked about Mr. T instructing him not to talk to strangers. The follow-up was that he had made this promise to Mr. T, but that because he was now an adult he wanted Mr. T to "release him from this pact". He went on at length about many other Mr. T related things. He never did an impression of Mr. T mind you. It was kind of oddly respectful but hilarious.

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A truly horrendous zero-day exploit has been revealed which targets the iPhone. Apple has issued an emergency update to correct it and advises all iPhone users to update immediately. The latest OS version, and only safe one, is 9.3.5. (More coverage)

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The past two major events at my job have triggered serious (what-I-believe-to-be) migraines for me. These are events where I am required to work for long periods of time in extremely loud/stressful conditions. Both times I woke up the next morning with blinding pain, nausea, vertigo, etc. YANMD but 1. could some medical thing prevent this from happening (i.e., should I see my doctor and get a prescription of some kind) and/or 2. is there something else I can do to prevent it from happening?I've worked there a year and a half and have done three of these events. Spring Event, which I have done twice, is our really big event that is a 20-hour day for me preceded by several weeks of 12-15 hour days. It's a one-day event, BUT I can spend large amounts of time for it in the office away from the crowds (it's an outdoor street festival). The first year I did Spring Event (2015), everything was fine -- I was tired, but I didn't get sick. Next up is Fall Event. This is two days - Day 1 starts in the afternoon and goes until late at night (after working all day in the office) and Day 2 is morning until late at night (12-15 hours). I have done this event one time (2015). Day 1 was totally fine, I felt ok, but it's super bright, VERY crowded, and EXTREMELY loud. I'm at the event positioned in the center of a big crowd with very loud music the entire time. I believe all the overstimulation and noise and everything is what triggered the problem. Last year for Day 1, I was able to take a break for about an hour (due to some changes this year, I think it's highly possible I won't be able to take a break on Day 1 this year). I felt ok when I got home, but I woke up the next morning with the symptoms I described above. The nausea was so bad I threw up and couldn't eat or drink water, even. It took several days to recover (I missed Day 2 which did not go over well but really couldn't be helped). Then Spring Event 2016 happened. Now, the week leading up to it was worse than last year, and my day was a bit rougher, but anyway I woke up the next day with those same symptoms (including the vomiting). Now Fall Event 2016 is coming up in about 6 weeks and I am living in complete fear and paranoia that I'm going to get sick again. I think I'm already making myself sick with worry about it! These two incidents are the only time I can remember anything like this happening to me -- I used to get migraines as a teenager, but this whole vomit element is new. To make matters worse, I absolutely hate Fall Event and am frankly embarrassed to be associated with it. The whole thing just makes me want to crawl in a hole forever. Getting out of doing this isn't an option. Ultimately I think I need a new job that doesn't include these events, but I won't be able to make that happen in time to get out of doing Fall Event, so I really need a way to feel like I might be able to make it through without getting horribly ill. I'm very very worried about missing Day 2 again (I have no interest in working it, but I don't want to leave others high and dry like I did last year) and/or just being ill and going through the experience again. Since skipping out isn't a choice, I'm trying to figure out how I can make this work. The only coping strategy I've come up with is to get these acoustic filter earplugs, which I've purchased but not tested. I also know I need an attitude adjustment because all my own negativity is sending me into a pit of anxiety about the whole thing (no idea how to achieve said adjustment, though). I hope there's more I can do to prevent going through this again! Some particulars... I'm a woman in my mid-30s. I'm generally fairly healthy with what I think is a normal amount of human frailty/susceptibility to physical illness. I do have a tendency toward mental problems e.g., depression/anxiety. Also I'm highly sensitive. My stress level is currently high (surprisingly enough, these events aren't the only aspect of my job that doesn't work for me; also I'm in the middle of buying a house and moving between now and this godawful event). TL/DR: Please see first paragraph. Thanks so much for any help or advice you can provide.

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I'm moderating a panel next month featuring researchers on areas related to domestic violence and working with survivors in a health care context. I've been asked to come up with questions for the panelists to prepare to answer. What should I ask them? What would you like to know, or what do you think is the most important problem in this area?I already have a fairly long list of my own possible questions, but I may be missing the forest for the trees, so I'd like some input without biasing your responses.

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My closets develop mold this time of year. How can I stop it?Where I live, mold develops in closets this time of year - not on the closet walls, but rather on the clothing in them - and also sometimes on clothing or drapes that are touching walls or windows that are outside-facing. There are no leaks in the house, and it is completely dry outside, so I think this has to do with a temperature differential between the inside and outside of the house - and also for the closets, a lack of moving air. I've already started putting Damprid in the closets - what else can I do? I'm not a fan of using a dehumidifier because I'm a constantly dehydrated person and I'm afraid it'll turn me into a shriveled corpse. Other suggestions?

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I live in a studio apartment that's a converted garage. The past few days, I've noticed a few crickets inside the apartment. Is this something that can be dealt with easily (say, by buying a few dollars worth of glue traps), or should I go ahead and get my landlord involved and arrange for a visit from an exterminator?

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From a spot price of around $6 per ounce in early 1979, the price of silver shot up to $50.42 in January of 1980. In the same week, silver futures contracts were trading at $46.80. Film companies like Kodak saw costs go through the roof, while the British film producer, Ilford, was forced to lay off workers. Traditional bullion dealers, caught in a squeeze, cried foul to the commodity exchanges, and the New York jewelry house Tiffany & Co. took out a full page ad in the New York Times slamming the "unconscionable" Hunt brothers. They were right to single out the Hunts; in mid-January, they controlled 69% of all the silver futures contracts on the Commodity Exchange (COMEX) in New York.

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What is the legal, legit way to watch NFL games at my home? Difficulty factor: not tech savy. Details inside.We have: a television with broadcast channels (other than CBS which won't come in), a Roku, a Wii, a PS4, Apple desktop & laptop, iPad, iPhones, Netflix, Amazon Prime, a willingness to pay for this service We do not have: any kind of cable subscription, any satellite subscription Mr. BlahLaLa, who just wants to watch the Seahawks without going to a sports bar, feels quite confused by the entire process. There is some sort of NFL channel on the Roku, but it seems like it's only for DirecTV subscribers. He thought he could watch on the PS4 but now seems unable to figure it out. Could someone talk me through this like I'm your addled granny? Thanks.

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Tom Kiefer was named one of the 50 best emerging photographers for 2015 in the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards based on his El Sueno Americano project, which emerged from his work as a janitor at the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. Over an 11-year period, he salvaged and cataloged hundreds of personal items thrown away in the facility. I was greatly disturbed by the volume of food, clothing and personal belongings thrown away at a single U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility. ... Why would someone throw away a rosary or bible? Why would someone throw away a wallet? Why would a pair of shoes, for all intents and purpose "brand new", be tossed in the trash? ... "The beacon of hope", fairness, democracy, equality, faith and grace seems more and more like a sales gimmick, limited to certain groups of people. How we treat others is a reflection of who we are. When belts, shoelaces, toothbrushes, socks, shoes, underwear, pants, shirts, jackets, watches, bibles, wallets, coins, cell phones, keys, jewellery, calling-cards, water, food, soap, deodorant, gloves, medicine, birth control pills, blankets and rosaries are considered non-essential personal property and discarded, regardless of the amount and origin, something becomes less than human. Click on the [i] icon in the lower right to turn on title cards at the artist's website.

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Smaller, lighter animals can fall from further up without being harmed (I believe). Is there a mammal that is so small it could fall from any height and not be hurt? Is my basic premise wrong? Does terminal velocity figure into the explanation?

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Pretty great chyrons this election. Who specifically and generally (viz., job title and the folks holding the job titles at CNN and MSNBC) writes them?

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I am a production artist at Passion Works Fine Art Studio in Athens, Ohio. We feature the collaborative work of our adult artists with and without disabilities. I've been wanting to include information about the artist who produced the piece with each sale in a Fan/ Baseball Card format.I'd like these cards to be in a 2.5" X 3.5" "baseball card format. I've created a 300 pdi jpg file for each artist w/ photo on the front and a sample painting and artist info on the back. We're yet another struggling non-profit that needs to seek out a good deal. We'd need multiples of cards for about 20-plus artists at a good price. Any suggestions? The design is already finished. I suppose I could figure this all out on Photoshop but I'd really rather have a professional looking product to go in with the art. I'd appreciate any suggestions (links?) and so would our amazing artists! Thanks! Christine

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The spells in the Harry Potter books are in a kind of Latin. There is a Latin translation of the first Harry Potter book. What language are the spells in that? (PLEASE SAY GREEK!) What language are the spells in the Greek translation? (PLEASE SAY EGYPTIAN!)

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I have a dream: to build a recreation of this giant neon Santa Claus sign, but cheaply, using neon rope light. My building skills are limited to Legos and Ikea. Can someone steer me towards some basics that will help me achieve my dream?The Santa Claus appears to be 30' high. I'm guessing my build will require: -A frame/wall of plywood of some sort for the background. -A way to afix the rope light. -Power to the ropelight... and a system to time/synch any potential flashing. (the part I have the lowest idea about... I know nothing of soldering, power, etc.). Some issues, details: -I also don't know if the rope lighting I linked to is bright enough, or too bright. -I'd be happy to first try this with something smaller -- maybe scale the concept down to 8'-10'... just to learn the ropes. Any maker/DIYers with experience doing cool stuff with rope lights, or advice on steering more towards some similar/related tutorials?

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"I wanted to create images that portray black women in a way that would inspire them not to be necessarily pretty, which is what most beauty stuff is about, but to kind of embody that and more within themselves," Ms. Crowe said [NYT]. "Everything starts within you and how you feel about yourself. It's just trying to glorify black women and make them imagine themselves beyond their wildest dreams." Fingerwave Saint, with its braided halo, is a nod to the depiction of holy figures in painting and portraiture... Shani Crowe [Refinery29] on cultural appropriation: It's strange when the source of your shame adopts the qualities you were shamed for, receives praise for these qualities, and is heralded as a trendsetter. Add the mistrust from centuries of pillaging and displacing millions of people from their native lands. If you have learned from experience to be wary of trusting someone, you are much less inclined to trust them with something as sacred as your culture.

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Bus, taxi or private shuttle?We are going to be traveling in Nicaragua next month. One leg of our journey will be from Matagalpa to Granada. We are hoping to make this an easy travel day but none of the options seem to work too well. These are the possibilities that we are considering: Bus: We checked several different bus routes but all the options we found involve 3 or 4 transfers with brief layovers in unfamiliar places where we don't speak the language well. Cab: Traveling in a cab in Nicaragua seems dangerous and expensive ( and maybe not even available ) Private shuttle: This is a possibility but we are uneasy about making advance arrangements for a shuttle w/o any references. Welcome any ideas on the best way to do this (any recommendations for private shuttle would be great also)

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I want to learn, from the beginning, with no pressure and a drink in hand. Help me come up with a boozy math/science online course curriculum.I didn't do particularly well in math and science throughout grade school, high school, and college. I got through the courses somehow but never had a passion for them, and I was always convinced they were beyond my capacity. It was a combination of passion-ruining parental pressure and teachers who never gave me a reason to care, I guess. It was only after schooling that I realized this stuff was super interesting and worth knowing. So, I want to give myself another shot at this education, from basically the beginning, going on (hopefully) through relatively advanced college material. I want it to be super low-key and low pressure, even if the material gets difficult - I should be able to have a drink or two and just follow along for the sake of learning, as if I were watching Netflix or something. Maybe I won't pick up on everything, but I should be able to work through a problem per session and basically understand how it works. It's okay if I have to occasionally rewatch material I didn't get the first time. Can you help me brainstorm a list of online courses that would be well-suited to this sort of "booze and learning" series? I want to start with really basic fundamentals, so for math, maybe we begin with arithmetic, then algebra, and then keep going, up to, say, differential equations and proof-based courses. Any free service will do - Coursera, Khan Academy, Youtube, not sure what's out there. If possible, the instructor should emphasize fascinating problems and keep giving me reasons to stay engaged. I know that can be a high bar when some of the material is going to be dry, though, so consider it optional.

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The Slow & Sad Death of Seattle's Iconic Teriyaki Scene (Thrillist) But new Seattle -- with the locals priced out of the area, those that remain forgetting teriyaki exists, and newcomers ignoring it -- risks losing those real shops for good. Teriyaki could be heading the direction of deep-dish... just ask a Chicagoan about it and they'll say, "Oh, that's for tourists." Teriyaki is from a different era, and it's fading as fast as traffic-free days on I-5. Since teriyaki came to town, Seattle's waved goodbye to the Kingdome, Kurt Cobain, and the Sonics. A signature stadium, a signature musician, a signature team -- and now, perhaps, a signature dish. The Origins of Seattle Teriyaki (2007) The point isn't that teriyaki shops are fantastic or awful—it's that they're cheap, fresh, and convenient, which is what Toshi Kasahara always intended. "I wanted to make a dish that was very affordable, so that it might be cheaper for people to come eat at my restaurant instead of making their own meal."

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Because sometimes, when the stresses and hardships of earthly existence threaten to overwhelm, you just really need to see two Pokemon dancing to Orinoco Flow.

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My husband is on a perpetual hunt for Android games that are complex or challenging enough to keep his interest for more than a day or two. He enjoys RPG and puzzle games, mostly, with the occasional building or strategy game thrown in. By this point we've tried most games on various best-of lists, and he was hoping there might be some hidden gems he's not aware of.He loses interest in most games for one of a few reasons. Pay to win is a big one, especially games that start you out then bug you to buy stuff or make it practically impossible to continue without spending money. He wants to feel like he's making decisions in the game and measurable progress, not just watching numbers tick up. Also, games that are PvP only are right out, as he wants to be able to play single player at least some of the time. Admittedly, he finished The Room games in like, a day each. But he reported that they were satisfying to play despite being a bit short. Really though he'd like a game to play for longer than a day or two. Here are some examples of recent games that he liked and disliked: Liked: The Room series, the Lifeline series, Reigns, Banner Saga, Fantasy War Tactics, Out There, Monument Valley Disliked/played for awhile and lost interest: AdVenture Capitalist, Dungeon Keeper, Hearthstone, Adventures of Billy Bob, Nonstop Knight, Zombie Castaways, SimCity Buildit, Clash of Clans We are aware of the new Lifeline:Crisis Line game coming out, but it's not available in the US yet. So what are your favorite Android games? What hidden gems have we missed?

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Facebook kindly made me aware that people are congratulating one of my closest friends on her engagement with my ex-bf.When one of my best friends told me that she is going on a trip with my ex-bf, I was genuinely not affected by it. I had always thought that my ex needed good friends and was truly happy that he remained friends with mine. I knew they both needed to go away for their own personal reasons and that each needed a travel companion. A few days into their trip, however, a post appeared on my friend's Facebook page stating that they were engaged (complete with photos of them together and a picture of entwined hands with an engagement ring). This was met with much surprise and glee from her friends and family. This was also met with much surprise and puzzlement from our common friends and my family, whose questions and sympathy I had to receive and endure. A day or so after, my friend replied to all the well-wishes by announcing that haha, the joke's on everyone. Not only was it a fake engagement, it was also a part of a social experiment. I was as surprised as everyone but I never believed it was a real engagement from the start due to, well, reasons. My initial reaction, however, was still an overwhelming sense of betrayal. I felt that this made a mockery of not only my relationship and everything I had hoped for with this ex, but also because in our circle of friends, I am known for being the hopeless, naive one who still believed and championed the idea of marriage. It is no secret that one of the major reasons why that particular relationship ended was because my ex did not see marriage the same way I did and could not see himself making that kind of commitment. He was also notorious for not wanting to be photographed. There are very rare photos of us together and not one was ever posted in his social media accounts. It sounds childish and inane, but I had always felt sad that no hint of mention of me or our relationship was ever seen in his social accounts given that his friends and family all were out of state. My close friend is privy to the fact that I had always felt hurt about not being "publicly" introduced to his friends and family when we were together. I had not spoken to either one of them. While I had been careful not to express how I really felt in all my responses to all the questions about this faux engagement, I also know that they are now both aware that I thought this was extremely insensitive on their part. They had not made any effort to reach out to me, for apologies or otherwise. A common friend had gently suggested that I was overreacting and implied that *I* am being thought of as the overly dramatic one. There is the hint that I should be the first one to make amends. Barring this incident, my friend has always been one of the best people you could hope to meet and has always been there for me. I love her dearly and it breaks my heart not to be talking to her. But I just couldn't make myself to reach out first . Am I wrong for feeling the way I do and wanting an apology from them? Am I being overly emotional and dramatic about this?

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I am after your proven, delicious crock pot meals where all the prep can be done the night before and stuck in the fridge overnight. In the morning, everything is just dumped in the pot.My best crock-pot meals involve some time-sensitive prep in the morning (pre-cooking a sauce, pre-cooking some ingredients, etc.). There are also plenty of FREEZER crockpot meals online, which is not really what I'm after. Due to our baby's current sleep schedule, I'm up very very late with her, and my husband is up in the morning. I have PLENTY of time to do meal prep around midnight, but I'm too wrecked at 8 a.m. to cook. My husband is a less-experienced cook and is trying to deal with getting our older kids off to school in the morning so doesn't have time to mess around. An ideal crock pot meal for this scenario will let me prepare it the night before and put all the ingredients in the fridge (chopped, mixed, etc.) and my husband in the morning just finds the tupperwares with the post-it flags on them, dumps them in the crock pot, and hits the "8 hours" button. The recipes I currently make require fairly substantial "messing with" in the morning, and a lot of freezer meals NEED the ingredients to be frozen or it messes up the cooking. Some freezer meals are fine, but I want to be able to do more night-before prep and less all-day Sunday prep. I will take your favorite freezer crock pot meals as well (since I have none in my rotation right now and online recipe sites are so chancy), but what I'm really after is the night-before preparation. I don't want to run the crockpot overnight. I can put either the crock itself in the fridge or use various containers/ziploc bags. Ideally there wouldn't be more than three sets of ingredients -- like one container of chopped vegetables, one container of prepared meat, one container of sauce -- for my husband to combine, but again I am flexible as long as he's just dumping things in the pot and doesn't have to PREPARE anything. It's okay if I have to do some final prep with the meal an hour before it's done (like, cutting up chicken that's cooked whole and putting it back in or whatever). Side items are also fine (like buns to make a chicken sandwich or whatever) as long as they're relatively easy and can be made in a few minutes at dinner time. No seafood. Meat, chicken, etc., is fine; vegetarian is also fine. We're okay with spicy, not okay with cilantro, and one of my kids has an issue with mushy textures. (Stews are fine, but casseroles often bug him because of the texture.) Eggplants can die in a fire.

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My baby is turning one next month. To mark her first year of life, I'm mashing together 365 one-second video clips (one for each day of her life). Can you help me find the perfect background song? Some criteria beneath the fold...I'm looking for a particular sound, perhaps dreamy and retrospective, but I can't exactly put my finger on it. I'm attracted to Bon Iver's Holocene and The Cinematic Orchestra's To Build a Home , but the lyrics to both songs are a little too heavy for the occasion. Can you suggest a song? Or do you know the genre of song I am looking for, so I can have more success Google-ing? The video is going to end up being about 7 minutes in length, so bonus points if you can suggest songs that are a bit on the longer side. Thank you!

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New York City's Karen Barbarossa is reading the Biblioteca Adelphi catalogue, in order, from 1965 through now. All of it. That's 653 titles, to date.

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"Delay of audience gratification has been a staple of episodic storytelling for a long time, but no show advanced the practice more than the grandfather of plotblocking, Lost. No matter how well-written the various flashbacks often were, the writers knew that what kept us hooked was the mystery of the island — and that storyline was illiberally meted out like capfuls of water to a thirsty man. Just enough to keep us alive. I've actually found that the shows that are the most "binge-worthy" are the most narratively stingy. You start each new episode almost out of frustration, hoping it will deliver a morsel of satisfaction, an inch of forward progress." Writer-director Andrew Matthews on Stranger Things and his idea of "plotblocking".

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