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Beyond Beyond the Fringe category archive

To Protect and Shag 0

Honest to Pete, you can’t make this stuff up.

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Devolution 0

Fish crawling out of the primordial ooze spies another fish, dressed like a fortune teller staring into a crystal ball.  He calls back over his shoulder,

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Phone Spurs 0

This is weirdly disturbing and disturbingly weird. SeattlePI reports:

New research in biomechanics suggests that young people are developing hornlike spikes at the back of their skulls – bone spurs caused by the forward tilt of the head, which shifts weight from the spine to the muscles at the back of the head, causing bone growth in the connecting tendons and ligaments. The weight transfer that causes the buildup can be compared to the way the skin thickens into a callus as a response to pressure or abrasion.

The result is a hook or hornlike feature jutting out from the skull, just above the neck.

X-rays at the link.

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“Do You Want Fries with That?” 0

You can’t make this stuff up.

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Recognize Anyone? 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Jean Kim offers a taxonomy of narcissists.

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“I Can Get It for You Wholesale” 0

“I got people.”

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Connectivity 0

Frame One:  Man sitting in field staring at phone.  Frame Two:  Woman joins man.  Both stare at phones.  Frame Three:  Two joggers run along staring at phones.  Frame Four:  Rat drinks a beer as he stares at his phone.  Frame Five;  Pig joins Rat and orders a chai.  Both continue to stare at phone.  Frame Six:  Man hangs from tree at edge of cliff screaming,

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Afterthought:

Sometimes, when I walk into a restaurant and see four persons all seated at a table with their heads buried in their phones, I can’t help but wonder, “Why the hell did they bother going out together?”

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NASA Walks It Back 0

Caption:  NASA reshuffles all femail space walk because of suit size.   Image:  One astronaut to another during space walk:  Did you buy that suit off the rack?

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Blooming Idiocy 0

They’ve never seen a flower before.

Furrfu.

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“The Weaponization of Ignorance” 0

David distills the weirdest moments from Donald Trump’s bizarre CPAC speech.

Aside:

I suspect that my two or three regular readers did not watch the speech. I certainly didn’t. As you know, “I’ll read about it tomorrow” is my M. O. even for things I’m interested in, but this is truly beyond beyond the fringe.

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Fly the Fiendly Skies (Updated) 0

(I found the missing link!)

Steve Albrecht remembers his time in the air.

Aside:

After 30 years as a road warrior in jobs that required lots of travel, I hope never to step on an airplane again, especially as the airlines seem committed to making cattle cars seem attractive by comparison. I must, however, say that none of my flights was as eventful as the ones he relates. The worst things that happened to me were nearly getting bumped in St. Louis (when the ticket agent saw my expression, he silently changed his mind) and a missed connection in Phoenix (my American Express travel agent had me reaccommodated in one phone call).

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Phoning It In 0

All you folks who just had babies, remember, in just 13 years, you will have a teenager.

An Ohio teenager called 911 Saturday to accuse her father of theft after he took away her cell phone as a disciplinary measure, cops report.

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Twits on Twitter 0

“Unusual activity on your account.”

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Fly the Fiendly Skies 0

You can’t make this stuff up.

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“Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” 0

But neighbors don’t necessarily make good fences.

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Snaking the Drain 0

Oh, my.

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Fly the Fiendly Skies 0

Lay off those double vodka-and-tonics.

A Colorado man is facing federal charges after allegedly groping a female airline passenger and then urinating on the seat in front of him, according to an FBI affidavit.

Words fail me.

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Selfie-Awareness 0

Michael Wiegold tries to figure out why persons are fascinated by selfies, both their own and those of others. A nugget:

One explanation for why people are so drawn to looking at selfies could be a psychological framework called social comparison theory.

The theory’s originator, Leon Festinger, proposed that people have an innate drive to evaluate themselves in comparison with others. This is done to improve how we feel about ourselves (self-enhancement), evaluate ourselves (self-evaluation), prove we really are the way we think we are (self-verification) and become better than we are (self-improvement).

It’s a list that suggests a range of motives that appear quite positive. But reality, unfortunately, is not so upbeat. Those most likely to post selfies appear to have lower self-esteem than those who don’t.

In sum, selfies draw attention, which seems like a good thing. But so do car accidents.

Follow the link for the complete article.

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Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ 0

Quite the carnival on Carnival . . . .

The trouble started after the Carnival Legend, which can carry more than 2,000 people, set sail from Melbourne to New Caledonia last week – though there are disputes of exactly when and why it all began. . . .

Others, however, said a single family of about two dozen people seemed intent on provoking conflicts – spitting in the pool, screaming in the smoking area and fighting with passengers and staff over any provocation.

“They were looking for trouble from the minute they got on the ship,” Kellie Peterson told 3AW. “Anyone and everything. They even picked on a 16-year-old boy because they thought he looked at them.”

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Spam! Spam! Spam! Spam! Spam! Spam! Glorious Spam! 0

Spam thefts are breaking out all over Hawaii.

These Spam snatchers are not hungry people desperate for Spam, said Tina Yamaki, president of the Retail Merchants of Hawaii. They are most likely part of a Spam black market that’s taking off in a state where the demand for Spam knows no bounds.

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