and my brain cannot process this new information.
In the "more news that isn't really news" news.
via David Pelaez
Doberman Doesn’t Understand How Slides Work
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From a couple of years ago, but still relevant, I think. Matthew Epler took candidate approval ratings (again, this is from a little while ago), tossed them in a 3-D program, made the molds to match, and poured in some silicon. Boom. Butt plugs that represent data. It's called Grand Old Party.
Epler describes his project best:
Grand Old Party demonstrates that as a people united, our opinion has real volume. When we approve of a candidate, they swell with power. When we deem them unworthy, they are diminished and left hanging in the wind. We guard the gate! It opens and closes at our will. How wide is up to us.
Peaches have long been compared to backsides. Because, well, peaches look like tushes! And now, thanks to some fruit venders in China, they really look like butts. Sexy butts.
These peaches are apparently being sold to capitalize on the the upcoming romantic Qixi Festival. They're a novelty present! And should be taken as such. But, they aren't cheap: A box of nine panty fruit is 498 yuan or US$80.
The peaches are getting mainstream coverage in China. Online, some people have been delighted by the peaches, while as Sina explains, some think they are rather vulgar! They look kind of cheeky to me.
China News reports that these unusual peaches are called "Ripe Fruit" (蜜桃成熟時), a name evoking obvious sexual connotations. The panty peaches were first developed by a fruit vender in Nanjing, with each pair of underwear slipped on each sexy butt by hand. As SDChina reports, the peaches are from Yangshan, in Wuxi, an area that's also famous for its lingerie and garment industry.
And how do these peaches taste? Well, The Wall Street Journal once called Wuxi peaches "the juiciest, most delicious peaches on earth," so they're probably pretty good!
Other fruit venders in Shanghai and elsewhere have also apparently started selling sexy peaches. SDChina adds that this Nanjing fruit vender claims to have applied for a panty peach patent a month ago and is filing for infringement with the intellectual property bureau. Peach panty patents, who knew?
水果店老板推"内裤蜜桃"热传 无节操营销引争议(图) [China News]
小伙发明"穿内裤的水蜜桃" 网友大呼无节操(图) [SDChina]
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One more sign that life is improving for American workers: paychecks are finally growing faster.
The Labor Department reported Thursday that workers' wages and salaries grew by a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent during the second quarter, the fastest pace since the third quarter of 2008.
Wages and salaries only make up 70 percent of total compensation, including benefits. Total compensation costs as a whole also grew by a seasonally adjusted 0.7 percent during the second quarter.
Though it's true that wage growth was much faster before the Great Recession, the news is still a sign that the labor market is tightening, as increased demand for labor helps boost paychecks.
The news comes amid a week of signals that the recovery is improving. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that GDP grew at a faster-than-expected pace in the second quarter, and the Federal Reserve after its most recent meeting acknowledged a healing job market and a pickup in inflation — another sign that wages are on their way up, after price growth had been low and stable for a long time.
Friday's July employment report could provide even further reason for optimism. Economists expect the report to show that employers added around 230,000 jobs in July.
(I am the third customer in line. There’s a woman at the register, then a man dressed in a way that clearly indicates he is a Christian minister. It’s two days before Thanksgiving.)
Cashier: “Thank you and I hope you have a great holiday.”
Customer: “A great holiday? What the f***! It’s Merry CHRISTMAS. I am so tired of this PC bull-s***, you stupid little—”
Minister: “Maybe she was talking about Thanksgiving.”
(The customer turns around snarling.)
Customer: “Shut the fu… uu…”
(She trails off when she notices his outfit. She blushes furiously, gathers her bags, and rushes out. The minister steps up.)
Minister: “Which candy bar is better, the plain chocolate or the almond?”
Cashier: “The almond is good!”
(The minister adds that to his purchases. After he pays, he hands the cashier the candy bar.)
Minister: “I hope you have a fantastic holiday.”
Go get 'em!
Yeah. Good luck with that.
But when will it be in Los Angeles?!?!? I can't wait.
Switching as soon as I can get my AT&T iPhone unlocked.
Sperm bots (almost)
I'm surprised this wasn't already happening.
worth watching the RENO 911 clip. lol
me, this morning (via notentirely)