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  • 20 goofy everyday things we're all guilty of doing

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    You think you're the only one? Think again!

    1. Singing along to a song, leaving the room, and seeing if you are still in sync with it when you come back:

     

    Singing along to a song, leaving the room, and seeing if you are still in sync with it when you come back:

     

    2. Spelling "Wednesday" "Wed-Nes-Day":

    Spelling "Wednesday" "Wed-Nes-Day":

    And "Beautiful" B-E-A-Utiful".

     

    3. Writing the wrong dates on projects so you look like a better student:

    Writing the wrong dates on projects so you look like a better student:

     

    4. Saying "what" only to realize a second later you understood the person:

    Saying "what" only to realize a second later you understood the person:

     

    5. Thinking 1990 was ten years ago:

    Thinking 1990 was ten years ago:

     

    6. Forgeting the names of everyone you just met immediately:

    Forgeting the names of everyone you just met immediately:

    ...and hoping a friend gets introduced to them as soon as possible.

     

    7. Cleaning your hands with the condensation from a glass of water:

    Cleaning your hands with the condensation from a glass of water:

     

    8. Hating books with movie poster covers:

    Hating books with movie poster covers:

     

    9. Throwing away the package of food, only to have to dig it out of the garbage seconds later to check the directions:

    Throwing away the package of food, only to have to dig it out of the garbage seconds later to check the directions:

     

    10. Wiping your cellphone screen so all the smudges go in the same direction:

    Wiping your cellphone screen so all the smudges go in the same direction:

     

    11. Making a mistake while typing a password and deleting everything instead of just using backspace:

    Making a mistake while typing a password and deleting everything instead of just using backspace:

     

    12. Wondering how many photos of random people have you in the background:

    Wondering how many photos of random people have you in the background:

     

    13. Despite being an adult with years of school under your belt, needing to recite the whole alphabet every time to find a letter:

    Despite being an adult with years of school under your belt, needing to recite the whole alphabet every time to find a letter:

     

    14. Always stopping the microwave with one second left:

    Always stopping the microwave with one second left:

     

    15. Always having to keep the line you're reading at the top of the page:

    Always having to keep the line you're reading at the top of the page:

     

    16. Speaking to every baby or pet in a really high voice:

    Speaking to every baby or pet in a really high voice:

     

    17. Thinking up soundtracks to a movie that will never be made:

    Thinking up soundtracks to a movie that will never be made:

     

    18. Sleeping with a blanket regardless of temperature:

    Sleeping with a blanket regardless of temperature:

     

    19. Having fictional arguments in your head:

    Having fictional arguments in your head:

     

    20. And plugging this in wrong EVERY SINGLE TIME:

    And plugging this in wrong EVERY SINGLE TIME:

    Every. Single. Time.

     

  • Double check your password!

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    On Wednesday, we learned that about 400,000 Yahoo Mail passwords were apparently leaked. Another annoying bit of news for those who struggle to come up with new secret codes (even though Slate’s Farhad Manjoo has offered up a foolproof system). But it has given us another look into the psychology of password creation.

    Both Swedish security expert Anders Nilsson and Declan McCullagh of CNET ran the numbers on the leaked passwords. Their results differ very slightly in a few places, but mostly match up. “abcdef,” strings of keyboard letters like “qwerty,” and ascending numerals were common. More interesting are the most frequently used “base words,” according to Nilsson:

    1. password 

    2. welcome 

    3. qwerty 

    4. monkey

    5. jesus

    6. love

    7. money

    8. freedom

    9. ninja

    10. writer

    The overall top 10 also include “sunshine” and “princess.” (We love freedom, monkeys, sunshine, and ninjas—yes, that sounds like the Internet.) Among the top-used first names, according to McCullagh’s list, are michael, jordan, and michelle (case sensitive). Nilsson also indicates that of passwords that end in a number 0-9, 1 is, not surprisingly, the most popular. When a number is required, it’s so tempting to just move your left pinky to tack on a 1. But 5, which came in last, may be the safer choice.

     “monkey” also shows up (along with “qwerty,” “password,” and the other gimmes) among the common passwords from the 2010 Gawker hack. Makes sense—who doesn’t love a monkey? But the Gawker list has a slightly darker edge to it than the Yahoo one: “trustno1” edges out “princess” and “sunshine."

  • I want to find one of these!

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    We're committed to showcasing all the latest trends in fast food technology for you, the discerning consumer. We've shown you the 100% ground bacon 'Merica burger, the Doritos Locos Cool Ranch tacos and, of course, my personal favorite: the KFC Cheese Top Burger. Now, friends, I have found the next great food item in this great country of ours.


    It's mashed potatoes in a Slurpee machine.

    First found by The Clearly Dope's Tumblr page, the machine only charges $1 for you to fill up a huge bowl with the mashed potatoes. And it's only $2 if you want to add your Big Gulp to the "meal." (Well, except in New York. Thanks, Bloomberg.) There's also an option to add chicken gravy on top of the potatoes for no additional fee. Give it to me.

  • TMI on Facebook?

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    Ever since older people have been joining social networking sites like Facebook, they’ve been embarrassing their children. Usually this manifests itself in the same kind of hokey parental sentiments that have been irking kids since way before the internet. But a woman in Germany has gone in the complete other direction by humiliating her daughter with the kind of stunt you’d only expect from junior high schoolers.

    The unnamed woman posted on her Facebook page an unflattering photo of her 24-year-old daughter in a bikini and then added offensive comments about her weight. The daughter — who wasn’t Facebook friends with her mom — heard about the insult through the grapevine.

    Why this has become a matter of public record is the daughter sued mom in regional court for copyright infringement. Not only did the judge agree the offending snap must be removed because it belonged to the daughter, but he ordered the mother to pay about $750 in damages. Additionally, he demanded this worst-parent-of-the-year candidate take down another photo that was insulting toward her son.

  • U2's Adam Clayton gets justice

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    A former household aide to U2 bassist Adam Clayton received a seven-year prison sentence Friday after an Irish jury unanimously found her guilty of embezzling more than $3.6 million from the musician.

    Carol Hawkins, 48, offered no response to the sentence as prison guards led her out of Dublin Criminal Court.

    Hawkins had been free on bail after being found guilty last week of 181 counts of writing checks from Clayton's bank account for her own use from 2004 to 2008. Records showed she used the money to buy designer clothing, 22 thoroughbred horses, a car, university education for her two children and first-class flights.

    McCartan also ordered Hawkins to surrender the profits from a sale of a New York City apartment to Clayton to help reimburse him for his losses. The potential amount wasn't specified in court. Her defense attorney, Ken Fogarty, said she didn't have money hidden away overseas and would do all she could to repay the $3.6 million.

    Clayton, 52, wasn't present in court to see his longtime domestic assistant sent to prison.

    During the three-week trial, a Dublin travel agent testified that Hawkins booked one flight for her husband to Miami that cost €19,285.08 ($24,420) and another for herself to London and Cincinnati, Ohio, that cost €16,139.66 ($20,438).

    Clayton testified he was stunned to discover that Hawkins spent €434,000 ($550,000) on acquiring 22 racehorses, saying he had no interest in horses or gambling.

    Clayton said he first met Hawkins in 1992 when she and her husband were managing a Caribbean island hotel. He said he recruited her to keep the fridge full, pay household bills and look after the place while he was traveling. He paid her a €48,000 ($61,000) annual salary and let Hawkins and her then-husband live in the house rent-free.

    Hawkins worked for him for nearly 17 years, initially as a maid and cook, until he discovered her spending spree in 2008.

  • What's for sale?

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    Is there a reserve on this?

     

    Selling everything from ghosts to haunted objects on eBay is nothing new, but an actual mortal soul is now up for bids at a relatively affordable cost if you want it.

    A freelance writer by the name of Lori N. is currently selling hers on the online auction side for $2,000, a reasonable amount for something so potentially powerful.

    According to Click On Detroit, Lori was in a car crash not too long ago, an accident that has had a very negative effect on her existence - mentally and physically.

    Soul

    She’s currently “at the end of her rope” and her body is a mess, she claims, and she’s just looking to make some money on what’s left of her soul. Understandable.

    “What I’m going to deliver is the opportunity for someone to save my soul. They can save it through prayer, they can save it through conversion,” its owner says.

    “And I’m also going to give them a certificate detailing the white and black marks on my soul,” which is listed as slightly used on eBay.

    That's a relief … you don't want to get ripped off by some inauthentic soul.

  • Holy hog, batman!

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    Southern California burger chain Slater’s 50/50 has spent the past couple years making a name for itself through its flagship  burger patty that blends 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon into a local hero of a menu item.

    In celebration of one the most patriotic months of the year, the 3-location chain is debuting The ‘merica burger — a patty made of 100% ground bacon topped with a slice of thick cut bacon, a sunny side up egg, a new “bacon island” dressing and a heavy slice of bacon cheddar cheese. Bacon on bacon on bacon — apparently the only way to top their 50/50 ground beef bacon blend patty is to go 100% bacon.

    This limited-time burger of the month for July comes on the heels of many over-the-top monthly burger concoctions from the increasingly popular restaurant. Just last month the chain featured a Pulled Pork Burger, the month before that was a Chorizo Burger, and in months prior they’ve had items like an Orange Chicken Burger, a Lamb Burger and even a Chili Cheese Frito Burger back in January of 2011.