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The 419 email I just got

Sep. 10th, 2009 | 05:16 pm

Just got this email from the yahoo account of someone I knew who's since moved out of state. I almost believed that he'd gotten into some kind of stupid trouble with a church group (sorry, dude!) but rest assured, this is a scam. Exactly as I got it except I removed his name.

Hope this emergency appeal finds you well,i am sorry i did'nt informed you about my travelling to Africa for a program called "Empowering Youth to Fight Racism, HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Lack of education,It has been a very sad and bad moment for me, the present condition that i found myself is very intoxicated to explain....I am stranded in Nigeria because I forgot my little bag in the Taxi where my money, passport, documents and other valuable things were kept on my way to the Hotel where am staying,please i need your immediate help,i want you to send me the sum of 3,200 Dollars immediately for me to sort-out myself and pay my hotel bills,i will reimburse the money back to you once am back home without hitch delay i promise. I want you to understand the pains and stress am passing through now,i know you will never disappoint me that is why i have contacted you and please as you endervour to help me with this money i don't mean you should disclose my
problems to the public due to my personality and reputation till when i am successfully returned back home.I want you to quickly go to the western union money transfer local stores or post office around you and transfer me the money as soon as you have received this emergency appeal,western union money transfer is the most convenience and safe for me to receive the money here without any delay or problem.

Below is the information where to send me the western union.

Receivers Name: [NAME REDACTED]
Address: 45 kings Avenue
City: Ikeja
State: Lagos
Zip Code:23401
Country: Nigeria

After you have sent the money email me the western union transfer details such as:

MTCN(Money transfer control number)
Test Question: To whom?
Amount Needed:$3,200

I will be waiting to hear back from you.


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Mar. 2nd, 2009 | 11:39 am

I could survive for 38 seconds chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor

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Change we can believe in, unless you are one of those creationists

Feb. 24th, 2009 | 05:34 pm


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The internet in 9:25

Feb. 24th, 2009 | 12:49 am

Below is an amateur cinematographer's work capturing Mardi Gras of 1941. It's one of the many films from the Prelinger Archive that is now online. One of the astonishing changes that the internet has given us is that tiny little treasures like these - housed away in archives accessible the few who could find out about them and hunt them down in person - are now available anywhere in the world instantly.

But since this is the internet we are talking about, another astonishing change that it has given us is that people all over the world can simultaneously ask "does anyone flash the camera?"

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Socks (1989-2009)

Feb. 22nd, 2009 | 12:36 am

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If only sticking it to the man was always this easy

Feb. 2nd, 2009 | 03:42 pm

Can't see anything..., originally uploaded by almost witty.

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John Updike (1932-2009)

Jan. 27th, 2009 | 07:23 pm

John Updike, Author, Dies at 76 :

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Off the top of my head Oscar predictions

Jan. 22nd, 2009 | 12:27 pm

See the list of nominees.

Best Picture: Milk. Close race but it's a new era, and maybe the Academy feels guilty about Prop 8 and snubbing Brokeback Mountain.

Best Actor: Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon. Historical figures (e.g. Capote) are good Oscar bait and everyone raves about this performance. Any of the others wouldn't be a surprise except Mickey Rourke. No one's giving an Oscar to Mickey Rourke, unless they have a strange sense of humor and enjoyed his Golden Globe speech.

Best Actress: I'm tempted to go with Kate Winslet for The Reader. Winslet is the Susan Lucci of the Oscars, and it would make that Extras episode where she does a Holocaust movie just to get an Oscar look like prophecy. Of course Meryl Streep is the perennial favorite, and there is a lot of buzz about Doubt, so I'd give her the nod.

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. I'd put serious cash on this one. The BSA is often used as a lifetime achievement award or given to performances which really should be in the BA category. This one is both, plus the Academy wouldn't miss a chance to continue the Ledger hagiography.

Best Supporting Actress: Tough one, but I'd go with Amy Adams or Penélope Cruz. No way is Marisa Tomei getting another one of these. They already made that mistake once.

Best Animated Feature: WALL-E.

Best Costume Design: The Duchess. Nothing like a period piece for good costumes.

Best Director: Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon.

Best Original Song: "Down to Earth" from WALL-E. Disney songs usually win, even if they don't deserve it.

Best Adapted Screenplay: John Patrick Shanley for Doubt.

Best Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black for Milk.

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Someone buy me this

Jan. 21st, 2009 | 06:51 pm

From Japan's (of course) Gamu Toys:

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From the Why the World Hates America Dept.

Jan. 21st, 2009 | 02:13 pm

From the New York Post:
A US citizen was booted from a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to New York after he complained there were "Arab types" on board, Turkish news media reported.

Daniel Sussman Pincus, whose age and hometown were not given but who was described in one report as an American of German origin, shouted his complaints as the flight was preparing to depart Monday.

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