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Clipper Card For Bad

The San Francisco Bay Area recently rolled out a multi-system transit card that they now call Clipper.

Most of the 9 million transit providers in the Bay Area support the card, or have plans to.

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Let Us Break Bread Together

On Decemeber 12, 2010, at 4pm, the Oakland Symphony Chorus will be performing with a bunch of other groups, including Joan Baez (with or without shoes?) in the 2010 OEBS Let Us Break Bread Together concert.

It's gonna be cheesy, you've been warned.

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"I voted" for bad?

I was asked "how many cubic yards of "I Voted" stickers are going to wind up in landfills across the country" after this election?

And I decided to use powerful n=1 research techniques to answer the question.

The "I voted" sticker where I live is about 2 inches long.

It is about 0.01 of an inch thick max (cardstock is .0175, 16lb bond is .0032)

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Bomb Squad

Thanks to an anonymous tip, I now know that the opposite of "Wingman" is "Bomb Squad".

("Cockblocker", everyone's first suggestion, is less than ideal for a number of reasons - it's a cheap back-formation from a verb; it connotes an adversarial relationship, while a bomb squad could be a friend that is preventing something bad from happening; it's sex-specific, etc.)

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I pay $60/quarter for garbage pick up. We have the smallest trash can they offer - a 20 gallon bucket - and hence, the lowest rate, but we still only fill it up once a month. So what should be $5/pick up or about $0.17/gallon of trash instead costs us $20/pick up or about $0.67/gallon in practice.

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Campaign Finance For Bad

If a candidate outspends an opponent by a multiple of 2 or more on campaign advertising, then they need to beat their opponent by a similar margin to win the election.

E.g. since Meg Whitman has outspent Jerry Brown 14 to 1, she'd have to beat Brown by 14% to win the election.

We'd need to put a floor in, so that candidates who spend $0 don't win in a divide-by-zero error. Many elections already have a floor that could be used - like the public financing system for presidential elections.

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Bat Fellatio Wins Ig Nobel Prize!

I am so thrilled to report that bat fellatio won the 2010 Ig Nobel prize for biology!

If I haven't made you read this article before, please don't miss the video in supporting info!

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No-Repeat Guess Who

Since "Guess Who" is really a mind-numbingly boring game if you are above the age of 6, it's probably natural that adults trapped in a cabin, surrounded by flesh-eating zombies, with nothing on the shelf except Guess Who are going to invent some more difficult variations.

Trapped in the suffrage shack, this version was invented.

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If I Can Do This Then You Can Do Anything

If I Can Do This Then You Can Do AnythingIf I Can Do This Then You Can Do Anything

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