Day: November 8, 2016

Go and vote

Rob-Beschizza

I recently became an American citizen. I just voted for the first time in my life. Ballot selfies are legal in PA, but it’s all on computer and all you get printed for you is this wee receipt! I’m a sexy anarchist, but I voted for Hillary Clinton and recommend that you do too, because she’s the second-best choice this system has ever given us and the best one’s already got the job. Donald Trump, on the other hand, is a racist cheapjack, a gallon baggie of apricot pruno left to go rancid in the sun until it bursts like a beached whale.

Go and vote.

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Here’s how astronauts vote from space

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NASA’s Tumblr breaks down the process:

For astronauts, the voting process starts a year before launch, when astronauts are able to select which elections (local/state/federal) that they want to participate in while in space. Then, six months before the election, astronauts are provided with a standard form: the “Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request–Federal Post Card Application.”

‘Space voting’ was first used the same year it was implemented in 1997. NASA astronaut David Wolf became the first American to vote in space while on the Russian Mir Space Station. Current space station resident astronaut Shane Kimbrough is the most recent astronaut to take advantage of the opportunity.

So remember: If astronauts can make time to vote, so can you!

[via http://nasa.tumblr.com]

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Turns out sloths are pretty good swimmers

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At least when they are looking for some sweet, slow lovin’. BBC Earth served up this charming video of a sloth swimming in a shallow waterway in search of a ladyfriend. Turns out sloths get a little spring in their step when climbing if there’s a chance for a romantic interlude in the trees. The clip is a nice palate-cleanser after the harrowing “baby iguana vs. a few dozen snakes” clip that made the rounds earlier this week. (more…)

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YouCaring shuts down healthcare fundraiser for Hugh Mungus

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The Hugh Mungus saga continues (previously). Hugh Mungus nemesis Zarna Joshi posted a series of videos outlining her views and asking viewers to support her financially via funding platform YouCaring. Ethan Klein at H3H3 gave Zarna $100, then created a companion fundraiser for Hugh Mungus (aka Rudy Pantoja), who recently revealed he has costs related to health treatment. On Monday night, YouCaring abruptly shut down both fundraisers. (more…) …read more

YouCaring shuts down healthcare fundraiser for Hugh Mungus

youcaring-hugh-mungus

The Hugh Mungus saga continues (previously). Hugh Mungus nemesis Zarna Joshi posted a series of videos outlining her views and asking viewers to support her financially via funding platform YouCaring. Ethan Klein at H3H3 gave Zarna $100, then created a companion fundraiser for Hugh Mungus (aka Rudy Pantoja), who recently revealed he has costs related to health treatment. On Monday night, YouCaring abruptly shut down both fundraisers. (more…) …read more

Curses, superstition, and slaughtered billy goats: why the Cubs World Series win means your vote matters

Yes, Cubs fans are superstitious and butchery, but they're very patient.

Oh, just the 7th largest gathering of humans in history happened last week.

Five million of the most patient humans in the world — Cubs fans — descended on Chicago’s lakefront last week to celebrate a victory that was against all odds. But win they did, ending the longest World Series drought in baseball history — 108 years — and the lifting of the Billy Goat Curse. Friday’s event was the 7th largest get-together in human history, about a million shy of the 2015 papal visit to the Philippines. The rest of us can keep it simple and get a glimpse of the Cubs on The Tonight Show Monday. The event in Grant Park turned out to be a pretty tame party for Chicago, when you consider the things fans have done over the years to try to lift the curse.

Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis' pet goat Murphy was lacking in hygiene and was thusly ejected from Wrigley Field in 1945.

Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis’ pet goat Murphy was lacking in hygiene and was thusly ejected from Wrigley Field in 1945.

But first, what is the Billy Goat Curse? In 1945, Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis and his goat were ejected from Wrigley Field during Game 4 of the Cubs first World Series since 1908. Apparently the goat’s odor was offensive, Sianis was offended and enraged, and legend has it that he declared, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.” The Cubs lost the game that day and haven’t even been a contender in another World Series, let alone champions, in the 108 years since. Until last week.

Actual Things People Did — and Ate — To Lift the Curse

As the century passed without a win, younger generations sought to “reverse the curse.” Here’s a few notable attempts from just the last ten years:

  • Hanging a butchered goat on the statue of beloved Cubs sports announcer, the late Harry Caray, famous for his hearty rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Passionate move, folks, but gross.
  • Tried a kinder, gentler approach and had a priest bless the dugout. Nope.
  • Went back to goat butchering, this time hanging just the severed head of the goat on the Harry Caray statue. Chicago minimalism.
  • Five fans calling themselves “Crack the Curse” traveled with a goat named Wrigley from Arizona to Wrigley field on foot in 2012. Nice try, and how did the goat like it?
  • Not to be deterred, butcher-prone fans again went with the severed goat’s head in 2013 but this time delivering it the Cubs owner. Very theatrical, but no dice. Also bad manners.
  • Last year, in possibly the most ardent show of the curse-lifting lengths of disgust that Chicago fans will go to, five of them consumed a 40 lb. goat at Chicago’s “Taco in …read more