Boyfriend Faints On Slingshot Rollercoaster

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The slingshot style roller coaster is an extremely popular source of viral videos. The latest to go viral was actually published last November, but only began to trend today, instantly garnering over 300,000 hits today

A daring, yet obviously nervous young couple decided to take on the sling. Terrifyingly, the boyfriend faints at the 1:00 mark from the powerful forces while his girlfriend ignorantly screams and raises her arms with his thrashing lifeless ones. 

Even more petrifying, he awakens some twenty seconds later obviously confused, as he screams, “What am I doing here?!? WTFWTFWTF?!?!”


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Sean Parker’s 9,500-Word Wedding Defense, by the Numbers

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Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and an early insider at Facebook, gave the media he loathes much to chew on Thursday afternoon when he unleashed an impassioned, 9,500-word essay on TechCrunch defending his recent wedding.

Parker’s June 1 wedding in Big Sur, Calif., became national news after reports emerged that the wedding caused damages to a campsite used for the wedding and Parker had to pay $2.5 million in penalties. Details about the event have been disputed and Parker has come forth with a plausible defense before.

About a month later, after most people had forgotten about the incident, Parker has once again brought it to the forefront. Since few readers have the time to read through the entire post, we have encapsulated the highlights:

  • References to Facebook: 9

  • References to Facebook as “my company”: 1

  • References to the media: 61

  • Use of the word “love”: 2

  • References to Medieval Times: 1

  • “Steelhead Trout”: 5

  • References to dragons: 3

  • “Douche Canoe”: 2

  • References to Lord of the Rings: at least 2

  • Quotes from J.R.R. Tolkien: 1

  • “Me”: 17

  • References to Airtime: 0

Image via Getty, Michael Buckner

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Mistweet of the day: No, Chris Dorner not on the loose in Washington, DC

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Washington, D.C.-based reporter Ken Molestina quickly deleted his tweet, but with so many conspiracy theories surrounding the apparent death of Christopher Dorner in a California cabin, it would be big news to find him on the run tonight in the nation’s capital.

@micahgrimes @wusa9 it’s not I fat fingered a hash tag suggestion accidentally. I erased previous tweet! NOT related .

— Ken Molestina (@kenwusa9) February 14, 2013

#CLARIFICATION: disregard any mention of #Dormer in previous tweet. I mistakenly fat fingered a hash tag suggestion. Tweet already deleted.

— Ken Molestina (@kenwusa9) February 14, 2013

And no, Dorner was not spotted on stage at the Grammy Awards Sunday night either.

What do you all think? Wow!…

— Ken Molestina (@kenwusa9) February 13, 2013

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Lindsey Graham suggests bombing suspect be treated as enemy combatant

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Amazingly, the “entirely hypothetical,” “unlikely” and “extraordinary” circumstance that inspired Sen. Rand Paul’s epic 13-hour filibuster in March demanding answers on the Obama administration’s domestic drone program is proving to have real-life repercussions just a month later. Would it be legal for the administration to use lethal military force against an American citizen in an emergency situation, such as to prevent a terrorist attack?

Sen. Lindsay Graham suggested such an approach today on Twitter, although he was careful to use words like “could” and “may.”

If captured, I hope Administration will at least consider holding the Boston suspect as enemy combatant for intelligence gathering purposes.

— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) April 19, 2013

If the #Boston suspect has ties to overseas terror organizations he could be treasure trove ofinformation.

— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) April 19, 2013

The last thing we may want to do is read Boston suspect Miranda Rights telling him to “remain silent.”

— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) April 19, 2013

The Obama Administration needs to be contemplating these issues and should not rush into a bad decision.

— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) April 19, 2013

The backlash against Graham — some partisan, some not — was immediate.

Sorry @grahamblog but Tsarnaev is an American citizen, he has the same rights that you do.

— Doug Mataconis (@dmataconis) April 19, 2013

Lindsey Graham tweet demanding drones over Watertown coming in 3, 2, 1…

— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) April 19, 2013

@allahpundit Dude, already happened!…

— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) April 19, 2013

‘It sure would be nice to have a drone up there.’ Republican Senator Lindsey Grahamon Boston manhunt.…

— Stephen Wicary (@wicary) April 19, 2013

WHAT THE FUCK RT @dylanbyers These two tweets from Graham are indeed breathtaking.

— Ali Gharib (@Ali_Gharib) April 19, 2013

Sickening! Republican Lindsey Graham jumps @ the chance to ignore basic human rights articulated by the Constitution.

— tollie williams (@tollie) April 19, 2013

Lindsey Graham Attacks the #UniteBlue

— Arthur Pedicini (@ArthurA_P) April 19, 2013

@grahamblog Yeah, the only parts of the constitution that matter are the gun parts.

— Benjy Weinberger (@benjy) April 19, 2013

Am I crazy or did Sen. Lindsey Graham (@grahamblog) just tweet that the Constitution shouldn’t apply to a US citizen captured on US soil?

— Sanjay Murti (@sanjaymurti) April 19, 2013

.@grahamblog thank you for so brazenly showing the people we are too cowardly to live according to our ideals, except when NRA pays you off.

— Jason Becker (@jasonpbecker) April 19, 2013

Lindsey Graham thinks reading a terrorist his Miranda rights is a bad idea but letting them buy AR-15s at a flea market is fine.

— Jason Stanford (@JasStanford) April 19, 2013

Anyone who needs to witness to extent of racism in America needs to see Senator Graham’s latest tweets: @grahamblog

— tas (@13monsters) April 19, 2013

Dear Republicans: the problems people have with your party can be perfectly emphasized by @grahamblog’s last 5 tweets.

— Carter Dotson (@wondroushippo) April 19, 2013

Republicans, they are the slippery slope- Shorter Lindsey Graham: Constitution? What Constitution?…@grahamblog

— Brenda(@Brantre123) April 19, 2013

Republicans? Even liberal Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald acknowledges that the Obama administration had argued that it had the right to use lethal military force against an American citizen involved in terrorist activity on American soil, and it took a filibuster by Republican senators (not Graham, however — he was at dinner with President Obama) to clarify Attorney General Holder’s position.

Graham’s suggestion that a terrorist suspect need not be read Miranda warnings isn’t new- it’s Obama DOJ policy…

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 19, 2013

Anyone mocking Lindsey Graham should probably read this

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 19, 2013

@davidmizner I remember trying to get people to care about Miranda rights when Obama DOJ limited them – guess it took a Lindsey Graham tweet

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 19, 2013

@ohtarzie It’s already Obama policy, adopted in 2011 – nobody cared (many didn’t know). Only care now that Graham says it in a tweet.

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 19, 2013

Anyone hatin’ on Lindsey Graham about rollback of miranda rights, hate to break it to ya but Obama signed that into law in 2011.

— Mechelle (@Mechelle_68) April 19, 2013

Whatever you do, don’t tell @mattyglesias that Lindsey Graham’s “shredding of the Constitution” is Obama DOJ’s policy…

— Andy Levy (@andylevy) April 19, 2013

@bluetexantweets @ggreenwald If Obama said what Graham just did, using drones and such, “liberals” would be clapping like a seal right now.

— Tone Capone (@tonybalogna) April 19, 2013

While Graham is taking a beating for his tweets, Obama is keeping relatively quiet. Is he considering Graham’s advice? Would he dare say so?

@hardball YOUR statement maker in Chief. Obama made a statement about Boston, then RAN FOR THE CURTAIN. No questions allowed. Why?

— Brian T. Wall (@Btwall60) April 19, 2013

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Did Obama’s iPad Just Get Hacked?

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In case you missed it, a hacker group called AntiSec announced Tuesday it had grabbed the identifying numbers of 12 million iPhones and iPads — and to prove it, released a million of those IDs to the public.

Now it seems the hackers may have nabbed the most high-profile prize of all — the unique string of code used to identify President Obama’s iPad. (Call it the First Tablet.)

The suspected Obama ID, first spotted by the blog RazorianFly, has not been confirmed by the White House. But it would make sense, since the hack allegedly came from a government laptop — specifically that of FBI Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl, a supervisor in the FBI’s Regional Cyber Action Team.

The ID in question, listed with the President’s name on the anonymous data-dump website Paste HTML, is for an iOS device called “hobamain.” That certainly sounds like a plausible name — “Obama” mashed up with “main,” and beginning with the President’s middle initial.

Obama is a big Apple fan, regularly pictured with his Macbook laptop — which he used last week to do a Q&A on Reddit — and he received an early model of the original iPad from Steve Jobs in 2010.

Why a local FBI agent would have the President’s iPad UDID — let alone that of 12 million other Apple users — isn’t yet known. But it likely has something to do with the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), a nonprofit that allows large companies and government agencies to share cybersecurity information, and collaborates closely with the local FBI office.

Image courtesy of the White House, Pete Souza

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Lincoln Memorial visitors breach Barrycades, get tossed out by police [pics]

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In defiance of Spite House shutdown shenanigans, a group of protesters bypassed the Barrycades at the Lincoln Memorial today.!/crick/status/389064079966744576!/JGreenDC/status/389065640486916096

But the Park Police have their orders from the president. Remember, they’ve “been told to make life as difficult for people” as possible and they reportedly escorted the protesters away from the memorial.!/DanielleEGaines/status/389063681210056704!/JGreenDC/status/389067401679343616

So much for the Park Service’s First Amendment exception to Shutdown Theater.


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Kansas U. professor hopes next shooting victims are children of NRA members

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David Guth, a University of Kansas journalism professor, tweeted this on Monday:!/DWGuth/status/379679269016064000

Why do some who claim to want a world devoid of violence and hate sound so violent and hateful?

He did not walk it back:!/DWGuth/status/379682015807016960

Naturally Guth received a lot of criticism, among them, this tweeter asking for a classroom debate:!/DWGuth/status/380744396078989314

Full exposure to and understanding of both sides of the story isn’t relevant to journalism studies? That sounds about right these days, unfortunately.

Some people just want to pick and choose which parts of the Constitution should apply:!/auburn_oppa/status/380776169773088770

Here’s the money shot:!/jroland86/status/380755799989321728


The NRA has called for Guth’s firing, but the University of Kansas tweeted today that their professor doesn’t speak for the university and those were his own personal opinions:!/KUNews/status/380774040928940032

Guth doesn’t speak for them, except when he’s in the classroom more than likely filling minds with that kind of garbage.

Newsbusters has an analysis of Guth’s blog here. It’s pretty much what you’d expect.

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Meat-Eating Dinosaurs Had Dancing Competitions Over Mates

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Carnivorous dinosaurs may have engaged in courtship ceremonies in display arenas that resemble those of birds today. Researchers examining the traces of large, Cretaceous-age scraping patterns reveal that theyre the remnants of some fancy footwork. The findings are published in Scientific Reports this week.

Nests and eggs are evidence for the later stages in the reproductive cycles of both birds and theropods, a group of carnivorous dinosaurs that includes theVelociraptor. But until now, its been impossible to show direct evidence of earlier stages namely, courtship or mating displays in extinct theropods, though this behavior is well-known among birds today. Some ground-nesting species, for example, engage in a mating ritual called nest scrape display or pseudo nest-building (where males advertise their ability to provide by digging mock nests).

A team led by Martin Lockley from the University of Colorado Denver examined physical evidence of large scrapes made by the left and right feet of theropod dinosaurs uncovered at four sites from a single Cretaceous rock unit in Colorado called Dakota Sandstone. The largest site, with an area of about 750 square meters (8,000 square feet), contained at least 60 traces of scrapes: parallel double troughs with scratch marks separated by a raised central ridge. The team created 3D images of the digging traces, as well as a latex mold and fiberglass replica. The reconstruction above is based on Acrocanthosaurus as a best educated guess, Lockley tells IFLScience.

The large scrapes, some up to two meters (6.6 feet) long, resemble those made during nest scrape displays of ground-nesting birds today: in particular, the marks made by Atlantic puffins during breeding season and shallow scratches made by ostriches. The marks in these display arenas (called leks) aren’t the result of digging for food, water, or shelter, and based on the various sizes and depths of the scrapes, different species of theropods had used the sites during breeding season, probably in the springtime. The actual nests were likely established nearby.

The team named these fossilized traces Ostenichnus bilobatus or “bilobed display trace,”and these represent a stereotypical avian behavior that has previously never been documented for Cretaceous theropods. “These huge scrape displays fill in a missing gap in our understanding of dinosaur behavior,” Lockley adds in a statement. “These are the first sites with evidence of dinosaur mating display rituals ever discovered, and the first physical evidence of courtship behavior,” which he also describes as “pre-historic foreplay” for “dinosaurs in ‘heat.'”

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