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  1. Hook

    Hook Phone Killer ;-) Arrrrr...f

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    "No pain, no need to recover,” read the post written by Atittayapa Photiya, a clinic employee who had previously successfully sparked social media conversations about another of the clinic’s procedures, the so-called 3-D Vagina."

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  2. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    I don't need anything viral.
     
  3. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    Very moving. Thank you, Rick.
     
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    lelisa13p Your Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Heartbreakingly bittersweet.
     
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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Portuguese town encourages children to smoke at Epiphany | The Tribune
    By HELENA ALVES Associated Press


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    Fernando, 6-years-old, smokes a cigarette in the village of Vale de Salgueiro, northern Portugal, during the local Kings' Feast Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. The village's Epiphany celebrations, called Kings' Feast, feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: parents encourage their children, some as young as 5, to smoke cigarettes. Parents buy the packs of cigarettes for their children. Locals say the practice is centuries-old, but nobody is sure what it symbolizes nor why the children are incited to smoke. Armando Franca AP Photo


    The Epiphany celebrations in the Portuguese village of Vale de Salgueiro feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: Parents encouraging their children, some as young as 5, to smoke cigarettes.

    Locals say the practice has been passed down for centuries as part of a celebration of life tied to the Christian Epiphany and the winter solstice — but nobody is sure what it symbolizes or exactly why parents buy the packs of cigarettes for their children and encourage them to take part.

    The two-day celebrations, which start Friday and end Saturday with a Mass, include dancing around bonfires, a piper playing music and an elected "king" who distributes plentiful wine and snacks.

    The legal age to purchase tobacco in Portugal is 18, but nothing prohibits parents from giving kids cigarettes and Portuguese authorities don't intervene to stop the practice.

    Guilhermina Mateus, a 35-year-old coffee shop owner, cites custom as the reason why she gives her daughter cigarettes.

    "I can't explain why. I don't see any harm in that because they don't really smoke, they inhale and immediately exhale, of course," Mateus said Saturday. "And it's only on these days, today and tomorrow. They never ask for cigarettes again."

    Jose Ribeirinha, a writer who has published a book on the Vale do Salgueiro festivities, said the roots of the tradition are unknown, but may have to do with celebrating the rebirth of nature and human life. He said the village is in a region that adheres to many traditions dating back to pagan times, and that since Roman times, during the winter solstice period villagers here have taken the liberty to do things that would be out of the norm in the rest of the year.

    Ribeirinha also believes the relative seclusion of the remote village — 450 kilometers (280 miles) northeast of the capital Lisbon — has helped keep the tradition alive. He said that the surrounding Tras os Montes region "has always been the furthest from Lisbon, the most 'forgotten one.'"

    Portugal, like many other European countries, has taken steps to reduce smoking, including a partial ban on smoking indoors.

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    An adult helps a young girl light a cigarette as a band plays in the background in the village of Vale de Salgueiro, northern Portugal, during the local Kings' Feast Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The village's Epiphany celebrations, called Kings' Feast, feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: parents encourage their children, some as young as 5, to smoke cigarettes. Armando Franca AP Photo


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    Scientists prove the existence of fourth spatial dimension

    I think this sums up the article well <head exploding icon> :vbwink:
    https://tecake.in/scientists-prove-existence-fourth-spatial-dimension
     
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    I'm pretty sure we've been using the fourth spatial dimension for a long time.
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    I know all about this stuff. I watch Doctor Who. :vbgrin:

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    SNOW IN THE SAHARA VIDEO SHOWS SAND DUNES BLANKETED WHITE BY FREAK BLIZZARD

    A snowstorm in the Sahara desert has turned the normally sandy landscape into what looks like arctic tundra after up to 16 inches fell on areas of Algeria Sunday.

    The freak occurrence—it is only the third time in almost 40 years—surprised locals as their homes and surrounding iconic red sand dunes were covered in snow.

    While the snow barely lasted into the afternoon before it melted away in 42 degree heat, Forbes reported, this still left children time to build snowmen and go sledding.

    The astounding weather was the result of a high pressure weather system over Europe that pulled cold air into North Africa over the Sahara. The precipitation occurred when the cold air reached a height of 3,280 feet in the Atlas Mountains, where Ain Sefra is situated. The result was the ensuing snowstorm.

    http://www.newsweek.com/snow-sahara-video-shows-sand-dunes-blanketed-white-freak-blizzard-775182

    posters note: there were no unsubstantiated reports of 'mystery beeps' or "chirping sound called “stridulating."
     

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