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Nothing Changes March 31, 2008

Posted by Michael in Man Laws, Science, Sex.
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Latest news from the world of archeology.

Guys like women, and women are impressed with shiny jewelry. This has been going on for a long time.

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WASHINGTON – The earliest known gold jewelry made in the Americas has been discovered in southern Peru. The gold necklace, made nearly 4,000 years ago, was found in a burial site near Lake Titicaca, researchers report in Tuesday’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The discovery “was a complete shock,” said Mark Aldenderfer, an anthropologist at the University of Arizona.

“It was not expected in the least,” he said in a telephone interview. “It’s always fun to find something and go, ‘Wow, what is that doing here?'”

In the past, it had been assumed that a society needed to be settled to produce agricultural surpluses that can support activities such as making ornamental objects, he explained.

But the people living in this region at the time were still primarily hunter-gatherers, he said. “They were on their way to becoming settled peoples, but they were not quite there yet.”

Ancient gold necklace discovered in Peru

Aside from shiny stuff, guys also try to impress women by making big stuff.

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LONDON – Some of England’s most sacred soil was disturbed Monday for the first time in more than four decades as archaeologists worked to solve the enduring riddle of Stonehenge: When and why was the prehistoric monument built? The excavation project, set to last until April 11, is designed to unearth materials that can be used to establish a firm date for when the first mysterious set of bluestones was put in place at Stonehenge, one of Britain’s best known and least understood landmarks.

The World Heritage site, a favorite with visitors the world over, has become popular with Druids, neo-Pagans and New Agers who attach mystical significance to the strangely shaped circle of stones, but there remains great debate about the actual purpose of the structure.

Archaeologists Start Stone Henge Dig

I know the actual purpose  of that structure. I’ve been there myself, and it’s obvious. Guys were trying to impress women.

My point being — nothing changes. Guys are just idiots when we are trying to impress women.

Think about the long course of human history, and the amount of time we wasted over the millennia trying to impress women, when we could have been drinking beer, farting, smoking cigars, playing poker, and having a good time.

Instead, we tried to impress women, which is basically a lost cause.

Now that Caturday is Over March 30, 2008

Posted by Sobek in History.
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It’s time for Hunday!

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Go celebrate by pillaging something.

Real Men of Genius March 29, 2008

Posted by Lipstick in Humor, Man Laws, Websites.
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Oh my gosh, this is a treasure trove of the brilliant Bud Light radio spots.

I’m howling at the Cruise Ship Entertainer one, but there are many more.

White Knuckle Flying March 29, 2008

Posted by Michael in Personal Experiences.
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In your professional life, there are rites of passage. For international business travelers, Kai Tak airport used to be one of them.

For air travelers, nothing was scarier than the landing approach to Hong Kong’s old Kai Tak airport. I did this a couple of times, and recall looking into the windows of apartments at families having dinner not very far away, along with a very steep right bank and hard landing.

At the time, Kai Tak was considered to be the most hazardous approach at a major airport on this planet, because of that steep bank turn, flying through a heavily populated valley, strong cross-winds requiring a sideways “crab” landing, very short runway, and water at the end of the runway. It was like Boeing 747’s doing a carrier landing.

No autopilot — the captains did this by the seat of their pants.

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Here are some more pics that give you the idea.

The list of accidents at Kai Tak is intimidating.

Or look at this:

Man, that plane got smacked down hard.

To tell the truth, flying into Kai Tak was kinda fun. Back in the day, sitting through this landing was sort of a test for international road warriors.

It was like being a young lawyer in downtown St. Louis thirty years ago, and being challenged to eat a Slinger at the original O.T. Hodge’s Chili Parlor, and then trying not to fall asleep at your desk in the afternoon, while you are trying to rack up billable hours.

A rite of passage.

Downtown Dallas in Heavy Fog March 29, 2008

Posted by daveintexas in Ducks, Lurkers, Science.
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Spent a good part of my life in Dallas, never saw anything like this.

As luck would have it, this was a couple of weeks ago and I drove up there on business.  The ground level wasn’t too bad by the time I arrived, but it was pretty thick earlier that morning.

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Marriage is Cheap March 28, 2008

Posted by Michael in Economics.
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The reason marriage is cheap is because, when you’re married, you don’t have to spend lot of money to impress the opposite sex.  Little, inexpensive gestures count.   Especially, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on cars.

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Can’t seem to catch the attention of that certain someone? You may be driving him or her away before you even open your car door.

That’s because your ride says more about you than you might imagine.

A man pulling up to a ritzy restaurant in a two-seater Porsche 911 sends a signal that he is a determined, highly successful, middle-aged professional. The guy behind the wheel of an Audi RS4 sedan is confident, shopping on Rodeo Drive or making deals on Wall Street.

The point of the article is this: people buy cars like they buy shoes. It’s mostly an image statement, not just transportation. So, guys, do not buy a Volvo. That means you are a mother. Volvos are probably the least sexy car out there.

This cuts both ways:

Women aren’t exempt from scrutiny though. A female in a Lexus RX 350 sport utility vehicle is most likely a college-educated professional who is married with children. But the woman driving a Jaguar XF is a lover of luxury who is just as likely to be single or married.

If you are married, of course, you can buy any old darn car you want. Like a non-sexy Ford Explorer with 4WD, a GPS system, and the Eddie Bauer package which gets you the leather seats. Just because you like it.

Marriage is a great deal.¹

Once again, I will try to enlighten and expand your musical horizons with a topical and excellent music selection. The key lyric: “I identify chicks by the cars they drive.”

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Favorite Headline of the Day March 28, 2008

Posted by skinbad in Politics.
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Yeah, this “favorite headline” thing is kind of lazy. But a man’s got to know his limitations. Not as good as turkey porn, but for some reason this cracked me up:

Clinton walks tightrope on strength and emotion

I eagerly await the next articles in the series:

  • Obama walks tightrope on virility and compassion 
  • McCain walks tightrope on senility and anger

Too bad they had to file these:

  • Huckabee walks tightrope on cousin-humpin’ and banjo music
  • Romney walks tightrope on cultism and elitism
  • Thompson walks tightrope on trophy wife and laziness

Others?

Fractured Fairy Tail? March 28, 2008

Posted by skinbad in Music, Travel.
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I saw this on TV a couple of weeks ago with my kids. Upon repeated viewings, the kids’ heads following the action and the bouncing wand are nice touches.

“It’s funny until someone gets hurt; then it’s hilarious.”

Hold on a second . . . March 27, 2008

Posted by skinbad in Ducks, Food, Man Laws, Personal Experiences, Science, Sex.
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A citizen journalist has to man-up to his mistakes from time to time. This very well could be the real Favorite Headline of the Day:

It takes very little to make a turkey amorous

This article gives a whole new perspective on the age-old Leg Man vs. Breast Man question. If I phrased the same question of preference for “white meat or dark meat” Ace would probably come over here and ban me.

The bottom line is that males get more turned on by a female head on a stick than by a headless female body.

And ladies? Freshness counts:

Next question was how minimal they could make the head before it failed as a turn-on: It turned out that a freshly severed head worked best, followed by a dried-out male head, then a 2-year-old “discolored withered and hard” female head. Last place went to a plain balsa wood head, though even that one worked.

I haven’t felt my maleness so validated by nature since reading about male praying mantises who keep bringing the love even after their heads have been chewed off.

Favorite Headline of the Day March 27, 2008

Posted by skinbad in Law, Lurkers, Travel, Women Ranting.
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TSA Forces Woman to Remove Nipple Rings

I guess it’s time for me to move to Canada as well. George Bush’s assault on my pleasant daydreams civil liberties has finally reached a personal level.

The Transportation Security Administration does not have a specific policy addressing nipple rings or any other jewelry, said TSA spokesman Dwayne Baird. Baird said he did not know of the incident Allred mentioned in her statement.

“I’d be really curious to know what this woman had in her nipples,” Baird said.

You and me both, brother. You and me both.

Creative Aging March 27, 2008

Posted by Michael in Man Laws.
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Thanks to Retired Geezer, who emailed this pic to me.

Hillary Clinton Reacts to News that Bill Richardson Endorses Obama March 26, 2008

Posted by Sobek in Women Ranting.
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Ridi, stregaccia.

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