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  1. EdmundDantes

    EdmundDantes Mobile Deity

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    Don't worry Raspa, I often make the same mistake. I'm too literal too.
     
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  2. raspabalsa

    raspabalsa Brain stuck BogoMipping

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    Mistake? What mistake? If the boss says "it's not urgent, it can wait until you have some spare time", whose fault is it that it never gets done - because he never leaves me any spare time? :D :D

    Believe me, I've had almost that exact argument with my boss several times over the years. Twenty of them, in fact. Just 4 days ago was my 20th anniversary in this company, always under the same boss. You'd think he'd know better by now!
     
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  3. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    U.S.-Thai pair facing death for 'sea home' should fight the charge:...
    Apr. 19th, 2019

    BANGKOK (Reuters) - A senior Thai government official on Friday urged a U.S. man and a Thai woman on the run from a possible death sentence for building an off-shore “sea home” to fight the charge in court.

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    A floating home, lived in by an American man and his Thai partner, is pictured in the Andaman Sea, off Phuket island in Thailand, April 13, 2019. Picture taken April 13, 2019. Royal Thai Navy/Handout via REUTERS


    The two, Chad Elwartowski and his partner Supranee Thepdet, have been accused of violating Thai sovereignty by raising a small cabin on top of a big, weighted spar in what they say are international waters, 14 nautical miles off the west-coast Thai island of Phuket.

    But Thailand says the structure is in its 200-mile exclusive economic zone.

    “I urge them to get a lawyer to fight this case,” Supoj Rodruang Na Nongkhai, the deputy provincial governor of Phuket, told Reuters.

    He said the two were believed to be in hiding in Thailand.

    They have been charged under a law on the violation of sovereignty, which stipulates punishment of life in prison or death.

    “Thailand will proceed with everything according to the law. We are not threatening them,” Supoj said.

    The pair are part of a “seasteading” movement that advocates the building of floating communities in international waters beyond the bounds of any national laws.

    But the Thai navy raided their home this week and authorities revoked Elwartowski’s visa and charged them.

    Elwartowski and Supranee were not available for comment.

    A group of entrepreneurs called Ocean Builders, which funded the construction of the floating home, said the two had done nothing wrong.

    The group said in a statement the home was in a so-called contiguous zone of 12-24 nautical miles, where very limited Thai regulations applied, and they had no intention of setting up any independent state or “micro nation”.

    “The two of them present neither a danger to Thai sovereignty nor the shipping routes,” the group said.

    An official at the U.S. embassy in Bangkok said it was providing appropriate assistance to Elwartowski, who had engaged a lawyer.

    In a video posted last month detailing the raising of his prototype floating home, Elwartowski said 20 more similar houses would be up for sale to forge a community.

    “I’m looking forward to the good rules that people create as a community, and coming up with smarter systems as opposed to the systems they have already,” he said.

    Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat, Chayut Setboonsarng, and Panu Wongcha-um; Editing by Robert Birsel
     
  4. Hook

    Hook Professional Daydreamer

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    hee hee hee Phuket Island... :vbgrin:
     
  5. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    Ah, then it's not just me…
     
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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Easter Bunny Fights In Defense Of Woman Outside Orlando, Florida Bar | NBC News
     
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    Hook Professional Daydreamer

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    Ahhh, Florida. :vbgrin:
     
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  9. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    Boy, 3, enters wrong password, locks dad's iPad until 2067
    Ipad message: 'Try again in 25,536,442 minutes'

    (CNN) - Let's just call this reason No. 580 not to leave your kids alone with technology: They might lock you out of it.

    That's what happened over the weekend to Evan Osnos, a staff writer at The New Yorker and a fellow at the Brookings Institution.

    He put out a tweet -- or a cry for help -- letting the world know of the little situation his toddler put him in.

    "Uh, this looks fake but, alas, it's our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock. Ideas?" Osnos tweeted. A photo of the iPad's screen noted the device was disabled. It also had this mind-blowing message: "Try again in 25,536,442 minutes."

    That's more than 48 years, for those of you who don't want to do the math. So Osnos' iPad will be available to him again sometime in 2067. Great, he'll have something to keep him occupied in the retirement home.

    The iPad lockout is a security feature of Apple devices that kicks in whenever someone repeatedly types the wrong password. The more times an incorrect password is entered, the longer the lock-out time grows.

    Thankfully Osnos' Twitter followers gave all kinds of help in the comments, because there's nothing but good things in the comments, right?

    People offered hundreds of suggestions. Some were practical: "Just connect it to the computer you originally synced it to iTunes on, let it sync and it'll be fine."

    Others were nonsensical: "Put it in a bag of rice."

    One commenter had a novel idea: "Time travel seems to be your best bet."

    Yeah, probably.

    Another person suggested Osnos should "reboot" the 3-year-old, but that seems a tad bit unnecessary.



    link: https://www.news4jax.com/news/weird-news/boy-3-enters-wrong-password-locks-dads-ipad-until-2067
     
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    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    Japan's newest museum is dedicated to poop
    Pop-up encourages people to get over their 'unko'

    (CNN) - The Museum of Natural History. The Museum of Modern Art. The Museum of ... Poop?

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    In Japan, a new pop-up museum is encouraging travelers to get over their self-consciousness about "unko" (that would be "poop" in English).

    The Unko Museum is located in Yokohama, in Kanagawa prefecture, about 40 km (25 miles) south of Tokyo.

    "We believe that setting poo as entertainment, not a museum, is the first in the world," a representative for the Unko Museum tells CNN Travel.

    "There is no dirty brown poop in Unko Museum. It's all colorful, cute and pop design poop."

    Visitors to the museum, which will be open through early August, can sit on brightly colored fake toilets, draw artistic representations of what their bowel movements look like, yell the word "unko" into a microphone, play in a ball pit full of stuffed poops and take selfies in front of pastel-colored stuffed excrement toys.

    They are, of course, encouraged to share their experience on social media.

    So far, nearly 10,000 people have visited the museum in its first week alone.

    Tickets cost ¥1,760 (about $16) for adults and ¥990 (about $9) for children.

    Pop-up museums with major social media appeal have become a huge trend in the last few years, dovetailing with the rise of Instagram.

    The Disgusting Food Museum, which began as a pop-up in Sweden in 2018, has since gone on the road to Los Angeles. The combination of gross-out appeal and the opportunity to learn about other cultures via an unorthodox experience has proven a winning mix.

    Much less gross was Candytopia, a sweets-themed "immersive experience" that was a huge hit with Instagrammers around the United States.

    Like a real-life Willy Wonka creation, Candytopia provided real-life junk food against the backdrops of portraits of celebrities made out of M&Ms and Smarties.
     
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