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8 harsh truths about Jeopardy

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Evil Ken Jennings

Jeopardy has come up a lot in my life recently, at least more than usual. No sooner did I hit publish on an article which states that everybody mispronounces Qatar did Qatar come up as the final Jeopardy answer(question?) with Alex pronouncing it correctly. That bastard. A couple of days after that, a good friend of mine was in town who was reading Brainiac by Ken Jennings. A couple of days after that, I met Ken Jennings(shown above, in a very flattering way). So, Baader-Meinhof has… Read the rest

5 Words that make you sound stupid when you pronounce them correctly

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About a year or so ago I was driving around the ‘Tino to visit Apple with my friends Chris and Allison. During this drive the conversation turned to responsive web-design, as it often does, and that led to a conversation on file formats. When gifs were brought up, I pronounced the word as ‘jif’ and was quickly corrected by Allison.

“Actually”, I said, in my smuggest tone, as I was a ‘jif’ hipster at the time, “I’m pronouncing it correctly, most people don’t know the correct pronunciation and they’re the one’s mispronouncing it.”

“That… Read the rest

5 Signs That Autistics Are Vampires

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Vampire Sheldon

Many ancient myths are based in fact. Manatees were mistaken for mermaids, the city of Troy turned out to be more truth than legend and zombies were actually just drugged Haitians. Like the aforementioned bath-salted Hispaniolas, vampires do exist; they’ve just been exaggerated in popular literature and movies. Vampires are, in fact, high functioning autistics.

As Joss Whedon said, “Every vampire fiction reinvents vampires to its own needs. You take what you want.” And this is how we disassociated vampires from their Aspergers origin, by adding slight exaggerations for the purpose of story-telling.

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Michael Phelps Is Not The Greatest Olympian Ever

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Michael Phelps by Marcopako cc license

Michael Phelps is not the greatest Olympian ever. Despite what The Guardian or Sports Illustrated brashly declared before the 2012 Olympics even ended he is very far from being “the greatest”. Unlike I don’t have the misguided hubris to state my opinion is “beyond debate”. Nothing is beyond debate so I will present to you 7 points as to why Michael Phelps isn’t the greatest Olympian.

1. Swimming is not a real sport.

That’s the crux of it all right there. Swimming is athletic, it is challenging, it’s even sporting in a way but it’s not… Read the rest