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  2. Paradigm n. A typical example or pattern of something; a model. “The economic paradigm was flawed.

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    Attention all citizens of Thrace: terrorists have seized a Marine Assault Ship and have announced their intention of launching a kinetic bombardment of our world. Mandatory evacuations of cities is ordered to proceed immediatly...

  5. Mexico won!!! :D

    1. Higster


      Mexico are doing really well this year, I don't think that was a penalty though in my opinion, a lot of players have their arms in the air like that when doing the slide. Mexico deserved the win though!

    2. Puppilull


      Keeping my fingers crossed for Sweden. Though I like Germany. But tonight, I'm all Viking. 

  6. I guess I have to visit New York State some day now when The Buffalo Penguins (:gikkle:) drafted a Swede to their team :funny: 

    1. Valkyrie


      :Steve2: 🐃 🐧 :gikkle: 

  7. I keep going offline since I'm trying to set up my life as a graduate a.k.a. a jobless hack. But yeah, I'm graduating this weekend so I'm super excited.
    And terrified.


    If you guys want to get a website done, just let me know, too. I can give you a great deal.

    Only half-joking.

    But yeah, hope to get back to writing in-between job-hunting. Thank God Youtube kinda helps

    1. Valkyrie


      Congratulations :D  


    I'm close friends with 25 letters of the alphabet.


    I don't know y.





    Correction from a friend can be a difficult blow,

    but will bring relief to your soul:


    call it a succour punch.




    Some friends invited me to play

    "Name That Gregorian Tune,"


    but I don't involve myself in games of chants.




    An elderly, wealthy woman in Florida was boring fellow                 

    beachcombers as she bragged on and on about her two                

    remarkable grandchildren.                                                                    

    Unable to stand it any longer, a fellow sunbather interrupted her.

    "Tell me, how old are your grandsons?"                                             

    The grandmother gave a grateful smile and replied, "The doctor 

    is four and the lawyer is six..."                                                             




    The owner of a small deli was being questioned by the IRS      

    about his tax return. He had reported a net profit of $80,000   

    for the year.                                                                                         

    "Why don't you people leave me alone?" the deli owner said. "I 

      work like a dog, everyone in my family helps out, and the place

    is closed only three days a year. And you want to know how I  

    made $80,000?"                                                                                 

     "It's not your income that bothers us," the agent said. "It's these

     deductions. You listed six trips to Bermuda for you and your     


     "Oh, that," the owner said, smiling. "I forgot to tell you - we also





    42.7 percent of all statistics


    are made up on the spot.








    22 June




    Nat. Take Your Dog to Work Day(Fri of

                                     / the 3rd full week in Jun)

    Nat. HVAC Tech Day

    Nat. Onion Rings Day


    Nat. Chocolate Eclair Day

    Stupid Guy Thing Day



    22 June


    1990 - Checkpoint Charlie is dismantled

    The crossing point on the sector border between East Berlin

    and West Berlin had become obsolete with the fall of the Berlin

    Wall in 1989. Today, the former checkpoint, including the

    famous sign stating “You are leaving the American sector”, is a

    tourist attraction.


    1986 - Diego Maradona coins the phrase “Hand of God”

    The Argentinian football star had scored a goal with his hand

    during the FIFA World Cup quarter final against England. The

    referee allowed the goal, the Argentinian team were later

    crowned world champions. After the game, Maradona said that

    the goal was scored “a little with the head of Maradona and a

    little with the hand of God”.


    1945 - Okinawa falls to U.S. troops

    The Battle of Okinawa marked a decisive defeat for Japan

    during World War II as the archipelago represented the last line

    of defense for mainland Japan. The country surrendered two

    months after the end of the battle when two atomic bombs

    were dropped on the mainland.


    1941 - Germany invades the Soviet Union

    The initially successful attack soon proved a disaster for the

    Germans as wintry conditions and fierce Soviet resistance

    caused massive losses and ultimately forced them to retreat.


    1633 - The Catholic Church forces Galileo Galilei to

                 renounce his heliocentric world view

    The Holy Office concluded that the Italian scientist, by stating

    that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe, was

    “vehemently suspect of heresy”. Galileo spent the rest of his

    life under house arrest.





    1953 - Cyndi Lauper

    American singer-songwriter, producer, actress


    1949 - Meryl Streep

    American actress


    1940 - Abbas Kiarostami

    Iranian filmmaker, poet


    1909 - Katherine Dunham

    American dancer


    1887 - Julian Huxley

    English biologist





    2008 - George Carlin

    American comedian, actor, author


    1993 - Pat Nixon

    American educator, 39th First Lady of the United States


    1987 - Fred Astaire

    American actor, singer, dancer


    1969 - Judy Garland

    American actress, singer


    1874 - Howard Staunton

    English chess player




    Did you know?

    Why you shouldn’t spend lots of money on your wedding - WTF fun facts





    Did you know?

    Best online writing tools Hemingwayapp.com - WTF fun facts

    Any one here heard of this one? If you try it and

    it works let others know, every little bit helps.




    Did you know?

    Joyce Vincent - WTF fun facts

    Every persons' secret fear. That nobody will notice or even care.

    RIP Joyce Vincent.














    The next time you think no one can see you and you can finally scratch that embarrassing itch.


    Surprise, BIG BROTHER is watching!!!
























    These Are The Top 15 Deadliest

    Animals on Earth



    NO# 9.   Tapeworms: 700 deaths a year






    Moving to parasites, the tapeworm is responsible for an infection called cysticerosis that kills an estimated 700 people a year



























    I am  trying not to think about this one. Not even a triple dog dare you, would work on me.












    (Another one bites the dust)




    .            :thankyou:             .



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    2. Ivor Slipper

      Ivor Slipper

      National Chocolate Éclair Day & National Onion Rings Day on the same day.


      Anyone fancy a couple of onion rings over their chocolate éclair :unsure:

    3. droughtquake


      Ring toss?

    4. Page Scrawler

      Page Scrawler

      A friend of my brother's has this recipe for chocolate eclair cake. You put Bavarian custard into a casserole dish, layered with whole Graham crackers. On the final layer of crackers, you add a chocolate glaze, then chill it in the fridge. As it sits, the crackers soak up some moisture from the custard, achieving that "choux" pastry texture. :wub: I really should get the recipe from him. :gikkle:

  9. I got a job interview for the elementary position for next year! Of course, I was on hold in the queue waiting to talk to my medical insurance about nearly $500 of bills they're supposed to cover that Blue Cross keeps trying not to pay as part of our coverage when the principal called me... but I promptly took the call anyway and gave up my place to talk to him and arrange to interview at 10:30 on Tuesday. Then I called the insurance back, bawled them out per my typical constructive hostile negotiations tactics about the finer details of what exactly our benefits do and do not cover, and got the charges agreed to be paid TODAY because if I had to call back a 4th time, bad things would happen. 


    I'm pretty persuasive. And feeling pretty good about that job being mine next week. :P

    1. Valkyrie


      Gotta love insurance companies.  :unsure: I'm sure the interview will go great :hug: 

  10. Gah... this lag is frustrating. Right after I hit submit on a post, I noticed I made a typo, and I had to wait for over thirty seconds for it to finally post, and thus, allow me to edit it. Which, in itself, took another ten seconds.

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    2. BHopper2


      I just posted about this in the Help forum.

    3. ancientrichard


      Here's something to cheer you up.


      If we divide the mass of the earth in kilograms by Avogadro's number, the answer is very close to the square of pi !!

    4. dughlas


      I remember a time when it was routine to wait in line for our turn ... now we expect everything to happen immediately. The lag bugs me too.

  11. Was feeling risqué and decided to write an...ahem...sexy times scene during my lunch break.  I was sitting outside, writing in my notebook and listening to some great jazz music.  All of a sudden, I see something out of the corner of my eye and look up to see a stranger.  


    I didn't scream, but I did say some choice words that are not appropriate for the workplace.


    It was our new mail guy.  He didn't know where to leave the mail since our office closes for lunch so he wanted to give it to me.  I didn't hear him approach because of the music.  


    I have no idea how long he was standing there while I was describing [censored] in great detail.  I decided that I had enough writing for the day, slunk back inside and I'm not sure if I can look our mail guy in the eye again.

    1. Daddydavek


      I can relate to your embarrassment, but it is funny.  

    2. Timothy M.

      Timothy M.

      Maybe you have a new fan of your stories. :lmao:

    3. ancientrichard


      You might put the mail guy in a story. Looking over a writer's  shoulder he reads something that he just has to try........

  12. Yesterday
  13. Only me who really likes albums? (physical not digital) I just like looking at a collection of physical albums.

    1. clochette


      True. The recent songs that will probably be forgotten in a few months are in my phone but I like having albums of the unforgettable songs and albums, they have this little inexplicable something.

      I recently went through my dad's albums collection and stocked my glove box with my favorites: U2, Texas, the Cranberries, the Cors, Telephone, Eddy Mitchell... Reminds me when I was a kid and on the weekend he'd put them in the radio while cleaning the house

    2. Higster


      I have albums from my favourite artists and I love going through and listening to them.

  14. I'm looking forward to Saturday and another chapter of @Graeme's fourth Lilydale Leopards story.

    If you have no idea what I'm talking about, read the blog review. ;) 

  15. ” I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”  -  Martin Luther King

  16. You sound like an interesting fellow.  Your daily blogs take as long to read as the chapters of some stories.  

    What stories other than Northern Exposure do you follow?  I'm following at least 20 now, although several have ended.  The latest one that proved to be quite interesting is "Frankie Fey" by Quokka.  He has written several stories that keep you interested.

    1. Timothy M.

      Timothy M.

      Uhm Frankie Fey is by another Australian: Rigby Taylor.

      But I agree with  you about sandrewn and the interesting status updates. :yes:

  17. Only had 1 hour of school, so I gave my little people Goldfish snack bags with a note that read: ‘O-fish-ally 1st graders.’ 

    Last day is always bittersweet.. 😥

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    2. Reader1810




      Def I like your idea better, no chance of accidentally poking them with a pin. And, what kid doesn't love Goldfish, right? :) 

    3. Timothy M.

      Timothy M.

      And now they'll spell officially wrong for the rest of their lives. :rofl:

      JK, it was a great idea.

    4. DynoReads


      Much better than my last day. Just told the students that I enjoyed getting to know them and look forward to seeing what great things they do.

  18. It has been a surreal morning. Someone called asking to speak to my father. Since he's been dead for 60 plus years, this isn't something I ever recall happening.

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    2. drpaladin


      Add to this I was awoken last night by a loud noise and grabbed weapons to lumber around the house searching for a possible intruder. This morning I was struck by the humor of what I looked like storming around with a cutlass in one hand and a pistol in the other, sort of like a pirate boarding a ship. Arrrr. Avast! Who be ye me bucko?

    3. mastershakeme


      Dude, weird.... Stay safe! 

    4. drpaladin


      I finally found the cause of the noise later, a deadly clothing rod broke.

  19. Supernatural bingeathon!!!!!!!!

    1. BHopper2


      What season are you on?


      I can't wait till Season 14 starts this fall!


    If you see nothing you could be grateful for, check your pulse.




    It is what’s inside that matters - the fridge is a perfect example.




    Change is inevitable, except from a parking meter.




     "Bagel Shop Student"


    "Hello Mrs. Frobisher" said the bearded guy     

    behind the counter at the bagel shop.               


    My husband and I looked at him but drew        

    complete blanks. "I'm sorry, do we know each

    other?" I asked.                                                      


    "Yeah, you was my English teacher."                  


    Leaning over, my husband whispered, "Good  

    job, Honey, good job."                                           





    Saved by the Tomato

    A story is told of an unemployed man who is desperate to support his family. His wife watches TV all day and his three teenage kids have dropped out of high school to hang around with the local toughs. He applies for a janitor's job at a large firm and easily passes an aptitude test.


    The human resources manager tells him, "You will be hired at minimum wage of $5.15 an hour. Let me have your e-mail address so that we can get you in the loop. Our system will automatically e-mail you all the forms and advise you when to start and where to report on your first day."


    Taken back, the man protests that he is poor and has neither a computer nor an e-mail address. To this, the manager replies, "You must understand that to a company like ours that means that you virtually do not exist. Without an e-mail address, you can hardly expect to be employed by a high-tech firm. Good day."


    Stunned, the man leaves. Not knowing where to turn and having $10 in his wallet, he walks past a farmers' market and sees a stand selling 25lb crates of beautiful red tomatoes. He buys a crate, carries it to a busy corner and displays the tomatoes.


    In less than 2 hours he sells all the tomatoes and makes 100% profit. Repeating the process several times more that day, he ends up with almost $100 and arrives home that night with several bags of groceries for his family.


    During the night he decides to repeat the tomato business the next day. By the end of the week, he is getting up early every day and working into the night. He multiplies his profits quickly.


    Early in the second week, he acquires a cart to transport several boxes of tomatoes at a time, but before a month is up he sells the cart to buy a broken-down pickup truck.


    At the end of a year, he owns three old trucks. His two sons have left their neighborhood gangs to help him with the tomato business, his wife is buying the tomatoes, and his daughter is taking night courses at the community college so she can keep books for him.


    By the end of the second year, he has a dozen very nice used trucks and employs fifteen previously unemployed people, all selling tomatoes. He continues to work hard.


    Time passes and at the end of the fifth year, he owns a fleet of nice trucks and a warehouse which his wife supervises, plus two tomato farms that the boys manage. The tomato company's payroll has put hundreds of homeless and jobless people to work. His daughter reports that the business grossed a million dollars.



    Planning for the future, he decides to buy some life insurance. Consulting with an insurance adviser, he picks an insurance plan to fit his new circumstances. Then the adviser asks him for his e-mail address in order to send the final documents electronically.


    When the man replies that he doesn't have time to mess with a computer and has no e-mail address, the insurance man is stunned, What, you don't have e-mail? No computer? No Internet? Just think where you would be today if you'd had all of that five years ago!"


    "Ha!" snorts the man. "If I'd had e-mail five years ago I would be sweeping floors at Microsoft and making $5.15 an hour."





    "The missing link!"




    At the diner, my breakfast arrived with only three sausages

    instead of the usual four. The waitress explained that the   

    cook had dropped one and was making another. Soon the  

    cook dashed out of the kitchen.                                                


    "Here you are," he announced. "It's the missing link!"            




    I am always going the extra mile:     


    because I never stop for directions.







    21 June




    Nat. Selfie Day

    Nat. Dump the Pump Day(3rd Thu in Jun)

    Nat. Arizona Day

    Summer Begins(longest day of the Year)

    Nat. Seashell Day(1st day of Summer)

    Nat. Day of the Gong

    Nat. Daylight Appreciation Day(1st day of

                                                                             / Summer)

    Go Skateboarding Day


    Nat. Peaches 'N' Cream Day

    International Day of Yoga

    Anne and Samantha Day(1st day of Winter

                                                  / and 1st day of Summer)

    Atheist Solidarity Day

    Cuckoo Warning Day(1st day of Summer)

    Internat. Surfing Day(1st day of Summer)

    World Giraffe Day

    Recess at Work Day(3rd Thu in Jun)

    World Peace and Prayer Day(1st day of

                                                                        / Summer)

    World Music Day

    World Handshake Day

    World Humanist Day(1st day of Summer)



    21 June


    2009 - Greenland assumes self-rule

    The island had been administered by Denmark (earlier

    Denmark-Norway) for centuries. The Self-Government Act

    grants Greenland full responsibility for its inner affairs, while

    Denmark retains control of foreign policy.


    2004 - SpaceShipOne completes the world's first manned

                 private spaceflight

    The privately funded spaceplane reached an altitude of just over

    100 kilometers (62 miles). Mike Melvill was the pilot and

    only occupant.


    1985 - The body of Josef Mengele is identified

    An international team of scientists confirmed that the skeletal

    remains found in a cemetery in Embu, Brazil are those of the

    Nazi war criminal. Mengele was a physician in the Auschwitz

    concentration camp and conducted horrific experiments on

    some of the inmates.


    1963 - Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini becomes Pope

                 Paul VI

    The Italian pontiff is known for completing the Second Vatican

    Council, addressing the Roman Catholic Church's relationship

    with the modern world.


    1895 - The Kiel Canal is opened by German Emperor

                 Wilhelm II

    The 98 km (61 mi) long canal in Northern Germany is one of

    the world's busiest artificial waterways. It connects the North

    Sea with the Baltic Sea.





    1986 - Lana Del Rey

    American singer-songwriter, model


    1982 - Prince William, Duke of Cambridge


    1964 - David Morrissey

    English actor


    1953 - Benazir Bhutto

    Pakistani politician, first female Prime Minister of Pakistan


    1905 - Jean-Paul Sartre

    French philosopher, writer





    1970 - Sukarno

    Indonesian politician, 1st President of Indonesia


    1940 - Smedley Butler

    American marine general


    1908 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Russian composer


    1527 - Niccolò Machiavelli

    Italian historian, philosopher


    1377 - Edward III of England




    Did you know?

    In just three months in the womb, the fetus has preferred hand - WTF fun facts





    Did you know?

    Jewish conspiracy - WTF fun facts





    Did you know?



    No matter what I say, some one would be offended.

    So I choose to say nothing.
















    These Are The Top 15 Deadliest

    Animals on Earth



    NO# 12 & 11.   Elephants: 500 deaths a year

                               Hippopotamuses: 500 deaths a year





    Elephants are also responsible for a number of deaths per year - a 2005 National Geographic article said that 500 people a year are killed in elephant attacks

    Far more elephants have been killed by people.





    For a long time, hippos were considered the most deadly animal in Africa. Hippos are known for being aggressive toward humans, including tipping over boats.



















































































    .           :thankyou:          .



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    2. droughtquake


      And all this time I’ve been thinking the door was a jar!  ;–)

    3. Puppilull


      The alarmed door thing has bugged me so many times. I find it too funny whenever I see a sign like that.

    4. Page Scrawler

      Page Scrawler

      @Puppilull Here's another one for you! :gikkle:



  21. Yesterday was the last day of school for the year at the middle school. Man, I'm tired. I knew from day one that I didn't really have a job in the program since it relies on student numbers each year. Upside, my boss and one of our resource teachers recommended me to the principal and a resource teacher at a nearby elementary school. Somehow all district para jobs were removed from the district listings a day later, but our teachers told me to email the principal/teacher about my interest. Within 3 hours the principal had the job reopened and asked me to send him my resume/references. So I did that on my lunch break on my last day in between loading back up the ice chests and 5 gallon bucks I donated to the school for our field day event that morning. Nothing like multitasking! :P


    Did I relax for my first day of summer vacation? HA! Do you know me? Up at 5, read till 6:30, chores/online stuff till 8:30, went to a book sale from 9-10, drop off some books I got for my BFF at her house, errands with kids for rafting trip supplies for son/hubby, chores, pick up daughter's friend, more errands, online book management for my kindle library, rafting trip meal prep, take girls to go hang out with friends at the park, run to the store, more chores, went and did a 30 minute speed walk, dinner, dishes, daughter and her friend back to her house for a sleepover, home to do more cooking for rafting trip and more dishes... and now I'm here to do some blogs and stuff. 


    Upside, my daughter is 14 and her friends were playing things like lava monster on the play structure and hide and seek when I went up to walk on the lower track area. Yes, they're loud, and most of them live in t-shirts, basketball shorts, weird socks, tennis shoes, and maybe could learn how to brush or do something with their hair (other than color it blue) but I adore that they're so sheltered and innocent still to play those games, even if my daughter did invite over a boy her BFF has a crush on who doesn't even know she does. 

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    2. Valkyrie


      I had the day off today and I took a nap, cleared some shows off the DVR, and cooked dinner.  :unsure: Oh, and also did some reading.  :read: I think we need to start calling you Super Cia :gikkle: 

    3. Cia


      I think I just got addicted to the step counter on my smart watch. My "goal" is set to 6k, but I get annoyed if I get less than 10k. Most days I could crack that before dinner though. 

    4. Ron


      OMG, Cia. How exactly are you retaining your sanity?! Mainlining chill pills? 


      Seriously, I think you’re just an old hat at this kind of regimen, you must be by now—nothing seems to faze you.


      Me, I might make it through the day, but I might work myself into a comatose state with (more than) a few drinks at the end of the day. “You kids go have fun now. Daddy’s taking a breather. See ya tomorrow.”

  22. WildcatLes


    I am glad that I checked in before it was to late(midnight). It has been a long while since I visited. I hope all is well with you. I see that you are a fellow devotee of George Granger. A select and discerning group if ever there was one(well, I think so).


    Well, old man(anyone older than me is an old man:P), I hope you had a very Happy Birthday today and tasted a very fine wine to help celebrate it.


    Take care

    my best to you


    (66 yrs young)



  23. Ok so if you didn't know already my favorite book is Stephen King's IT. They just started production of IT Chapter 2 and they are including the Adrian Mellon subplot. For those who don't know, Adrian Mellon was a gay man who was accosted in Derry by a bunch of homophobes while his boyfriend Don Haggarty watched. The adult part of the book takes place in the 80s. Adrian was the first victim of Pennywise in twenty seven years restarting his reign of terror. I think I'll start a book blog too... Hope @Myr doesn't mind me starting one too...

    1. droughtquake


      Have you ever dressed up as Pennywise (with the full facial makeup)? I’d be surprised if there aren’t tutorials on Youtube! Got any friends who’d help you with a Halloween costume?  ;–)

  24. Last week
  25. Just booked my flight to Denver...my body doesn't know whether it's hella excited or hella nervous, so I'm feeling a little bit of both right now, lol.  

    1. Valkyrie


      You'll have a great time :) Colorado is beautiful.  

  26. "It's a doggy-dog world...?

    Well, don't take it for granite!"



    1. AC Benus

      AC Benus

      No. 41 is hilarious, btw. Real Archy Bunker territory :yes:

    2. Mikiesboy


      oh those are brilliant ..love em

    3. Ron


      If you live in Boston, it really is a doggy-dog world, they’re all over the place. Why, you can barely step foot without stepping in, er... something. Bad owner!

  27. For my peeps in the Northern Hemisphere, Merry Summer Solstice.

    For my peeps in the Southern Hemisphere, Merry Winter Solstice.


    Merry met. Merry part.

  28. When viewing videos on YouTube about wildlife and their adaptations, I discovered that there's a lizard that can shoot blood out of its eyes! 

    1. Higster


      Reasoning for this being to scare predators off, however it dosent always work. A similar and much more effective adaptation can be seen in some types of cobra,  in which they shoot venom out of their mouth. This venom blinds predators permanently.

    2. SolarMaxx


      My father can do that! 

    3. Higster


      Your father is part lizard?

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