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I Learned it in AFCA 05/18/07 – 05/24/07

Posted by thedarwinexception on June 2, 2007

I am *still* behind in AFCA. It’s no wonder, either, now that I have found the Spector trial on KTLA. Since there’s not any of the “downtime” on KTLA that there is on Court TV – you know, no Nancy Grace (Thank God) and no “Let’s talk about all this with our in studio guest” – It keeps my attention for more of the day.

I’ll catch up – eventually.


“WARNING ABOUT RACCOON FECES!! It’s not the racoon urine, but the feces can be deadly to humans, adults or children. There is an AIRBORN virus Baylisascaris procyonis. This roundworm is zoonotic, meaning it can pass from animal to animal (or human). It can cause a very rare disease called visceral larva migrans in humans and other animals. It causes severe or fatal encephalitis. Even bleach cannot kill. Fire seems to be the only way to safely dispose of it. Human infection by Baylisascaris procyonis is rarely diagnosed, but it is believed that many cases are incorrectly diagnosed as other diseases. The roundworm eggs are resistant to most environmental conditions and with adequate moisture can survive for many years. Young children generally become infected through accidentally ingesting eggs from soil, water, hands, or other objects that have been contaminated.”

Leukemia and lymphoma are blood cancers.  Donating that kind of blood represents a risk to the person receiving the blood.  A person who has had non-melanoma skin cancer or a localized cancer that has not spread elsewhere may give blood if the tumor has been removed and healed. For almost all other cancers a person may donate 5 years after diagnosis or date of last surgery, last chemotherapy, or last radiation treatment.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), enacted in 1938, established fair labor standards for the employment of workers in industries engaged in interstate commerce. Included in the Act are provisions related to the establishment of minimum wage rates, including a special minimum wage for people with disabilities. Section 14(c) of the FLSA was amended in 1986 to modify provisions related to the employment of workers with disabilities at special minimum wages. Section 14(c) authorizes employers, after receiving certificates from the Wage and Hour Division (WHD), to pay workers with disabilities less than the Federal minimum wage. The WHD operates the Special Minimum Wage(SMW)program and issues employers certificates authorizing the payment of subminimum wages.

In the ’70s, society was dealing with the aftermath of thousands of hippies taking LSD and staring at the sun. I’m not sure what made people stare at the sun in the ’30s. Pot, probably. It seems to have been especially dangerous in the ’30s, if the movies made during that decade are any indication.

Bamboos are a group of woody perennial evergreen plants in the true grass family Poaceae, subfamily Bambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae. Some of its members are giants, forming by far the largest members of the grass family. Younger tips of some of the larger species can grow over 1 meter per day.

In Norman times there were two kinds of sanctuary in England, one belonging to every church by prescription and the other by special royal character. The latter was considered to afford a much safer asylum and was enjoyed by at least twenty-two churches, including Battle, Beverley, Colchester, Durham, Hexham, Norwich, Ripon, Wells, Winchester, Westminster, and York. A fugitive convicted of felony and taking the benefit of sanctuary was afforded protection from thirty to forty days, after which, subject to certain severe conditions, he had to “abjure the realm”, that is leave the kingdom within a specified time and take an oath not to return without the king’s leave. Violation of the protection of sanctuary was punishable by excommunication.

A recent Government Accountability Office report noted that most of the $1.7 billion the federal government allocates to food safety goes to the Agriculture Department, which is responsible for regulating about 20 percent of the food supply. The FDA, responsible for most of the other 80 percent, gets about 24 percent of the total

“1880 – A German peddler, Antonoine Feuchtwanger, sold hot sausages in the streets of St. Louis, Missouri. He would supply white gloves with each purchase so that his customers would not burn their hands while eating the sausage. He saw his profits going down because the customers kept taking the gloves and walking off with them. His wife suggested that he put the sausages in a split bun instead. He reportedly asked his brother-in-law, a baker, for help. The baker improvised long soft rolls that fit the meat, thus inventing the hot dog bun. When he did that, the hot dog was born. He called them red hots.”

If Ford’s Theatre had been in Baltimore, if the patient had been taken to the city’s Shock Trauma Center and if 1865 were 2007 . . . Abraham Lincoln might have survived the gunshot wound to his head.

Sinclair’s account of workers falling into meat processing tanks and being ground, along with animal parts, into “Durham’s Pure Leaf Lard”, gripped public attention. The morbidity of the working conditions as well as the exploitation of children and women alike that Sinclair exposed, showed the corruption taking place inside the meat packing factories. Foreign sales of American meat fell by one-half. In order to calm public outrage and demonstrate the cleanliness of their meat, the major meat packers lobbied the Federal government to pass legislation paying for additional inspection and certification of meat packaged in the United States. Their efforts, coupled with the public outcry, led to the passage of the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, which established the Food and Drug Administration.

Since men think about sex something like every 56 seconds, their blood is often heading crotchward and back. The circulation keeps them warm. Women, on the other hand, keep their blood in their brains most of the time, and as you know, the head is where you lose some large percentage of body heat that I can’t remember right now because it took me more than a minute to type this.

“The Congressional Gold Medal should not be confused with the Medal of Honor (commonly called the Congressional Medal of Honor), which is also awarded by Congress, but only to military members as the highest military decoration of the United States. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award which may be bestowed by the United States Congress, the legislative branch of the United States government. The decoration is awarded to any individual who performs an outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the United States. The recipient need not be an American citizen.”.

The introduction of the Davy lamp actually led to an increase in accidents in mines as the availability of the lamp encouraged the working of mines that had previously been closed for safety reasons.”

Before the 1940s, highway depart- ments relied mostly on plowing and abrasives (e.g., sand and cinders) to keep roadways open after winter storms. Salt was used primarily as an additive to prevent freezing of sandpiles. During the winter of 1941­1942, New Hampshire became the first state to adopt a general policy of using salt, although a total of only 5,000 tons of salt was spread on the nation’s highways that winter


I briefly lost consciousness when I read that.

I’ve never known anyone who had a spellchecker actually resign on them.

“I’m in front of the train … hang on, my car’s breaking up”

Ok, the next time I put an apostrophe in possessive “its” I’m going to put a bullet through my head. It’s the only way I’ll learn.

Besides, that shouting “Eureka” every time he came got to be tiresome.

Sort of like vomit, but in jars, which is a unusual container for vomit.

I never thought of “dung beetle” as a high-stress job.

I rather liked the visual of a suicide candidate dodging cars to get to the other side of the road, though.

Keep going, my buzzword bingo card is almost filled up.

Of course there’s such a thing. How else could you explain zombies? And Dick Cheney?


I’m not bitchy enough to be Good

I have a Ph.D. I just entered it on the AFCA list. I also mispelled my last name.

I will never understand why anyone should take seriously someone who just pulls things out of her ass and attributes her ass-pullings to be the opinions of others.

I spent a few minutes this morning sneaking up on ducks.

There’s at least two things wrong with me.

I have Betty Page, Traci Lords and “Bizarre Boobs” cards.

I’ve regretted my denseness all my life.

I hate it when I change tense in the middle of a thought.

I lost my sense of humor somewhere in this thread, but there’s no way I’m going back to look for it.

I’d rather be a hammer than a snail.

If I’d known that God cares about the outcome of Little League games, I might not have become an atheist at such an early age.

I have a variety of dead peoples’ clothes.

My dad didn’t wear underpants.  This was a source of great shame to my mother, and was among the list of 8,000 things about my family that I must NEVER EVER tell anyone

I was the guy who pulled the trigger to launch megadeath.


Facts are for wimps. Real usenet posters just say stuff that sounds right.

Well, if you’re going to use SOAP and WATER, that’s a whole different shower!

Some call it humor.  And some don’t.  But that’s ironic.

You’re brain is giving you the answer, but you aren’t listening.

Stupidity doesn’t respect national borders.

There’s never anything wrong with a little thread drift.

I would say something warm, affectionate and demonstrative at this point, but you’re English.

If we couldn’t answer questions that weren’t asked, this woudn’t be Usenet.

while collectively AFCA denizens know the correct answer to everything, we also know about a dozen plausible, often entertaining, yet completely wrong answers as well. The game is to decide which is which.


It’s best to remove the underpants from your head before ringing the doorbell.


What was the going price for fucks, at your company?

Gag pimp? Is that the guy who markets oral sex?

How can you be avid about something you profess to believe does not exist?

Just exactly how much of this stuff do I have to take to get the placebo effect?

If God were reproducible, which one would you worship?


Druid values made a lot of sense.  The greatest boon you could ask from the gods was a good leader.  The greatest sacrifice you could offer the gods was the life of your current leader.

I can’t imagine what it would take to make you blush.


Nobody turns down a large bag of plain M&Ms.

you’re only as old as your Ph.D feels.


Greater Willies

rotten taco


The “Sparky” Finster College of Electrical Repair Fight Song:

March on, march on, old “Sparky” Finster team
Proud of it’s Amps and Watts! (AMPS AND WATTS!)
Carry our banner up the pole
That fuse box must hold, hold, hold
Keep Sparking…
Go on you Flying Linemen Go
Loyal, strong and true we’ll always be (always be)
March on, march on for “Sparky”,
on to VIC-TOR-Y!

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