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Tiny jellyfish holds the secret of immortality. In 1988 a marine-biologist named Christian Sommer found immortality exactly where Utnapishtim told Gilgamesh it could be found, on the ocean floor. Sommer, working off the coast of the Italian Riviera, where Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “Everything goes, everything comes back; eternally rolls the wheel of being. Everything dies, everything blossoms again,” discovered a jellyfish (Turritopsis dohrnii) which can switch to aging in reverse, à la Benjamin Button, until it reaches its earliest stage of development, whereupon life begins anew.

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Ruben November 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm

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Finally! A cogent explanation of why the Clintons never go away.

Sidekick November 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm

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The common denominator of course being a lack of spine

hisham November 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm

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Or a brain, for that matter.

poppajoe49 November 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm

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Yet, they manage to have the biggest balls on earth.

Elrond Hubbard November 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

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Look for Turriopsis dohrii injections to be the latest fad in Hollywood and Washington, D.C.

Imagine Oliver Stone and Nancy Pelosi morphing into immortal, brainless jellyfish.

JPTravis November 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

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Ah, but if you were offered a chance to return to babyhood and start over from there, would you? Teething, diapers, Mom pushing her boob into your mouth – can you imagine going through all that again?

GhostntheMachine November 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm

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Ah, the conundrum, do I getta keep everything I know now and start over, or am I a blank slate and free to make even worse mistakes the second time around? If the former I’m in, the other I’ll pass.

JPTravis November 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm

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Gonna be pretty weird being a baby with a lifetime of knowledge and experience stored in your brain. And a bit creepy. Can you imagine how a baby like that is going to stare at people when they baby talk at them?

GhostntheMachine November 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm

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Patience

drb November 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm

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I rolled my eyes at them; my dad’s best friend (who calls himself my “other dad”) thought it was adorable. In fact after I had mini-me, I took her to see him. He picked her up, looked at her and said, “Can you roll your eyes like your mama always did?” and she did, and he was happy as a clam to see it.

JPTravis November 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm

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So you had an attitude even as a baby. Interesting. My daughter had an attitude, too. Look at her baby picture and pay particular attention to the left hand… she’s flipping me the finger and thinks it’s hilarious.

drb November 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

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Well, I certainly had “personality” ;) And my two “dad’s” could definitely tell some stories…funny how a baby girl could outsmart two grown men on a regular basis…why my mother would leave them in charge I will never understand…anyway your baby girl looks to have been just as precocious (not to mention adorable).

JPTravis November 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm

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That middle finger was a precursor of her teenage years.

drb November 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm

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I can relate. that’s purty much the attitude I have right now…(toward life in general that is, not toward you, just so we are clear)

JPTravis November 28, 2012 at 8:03 pm

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Hmm…

RobertW November 29, 2012 at 7:18 am

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from eagle heights to desert valleys, or are you cross-training for proctology?

drb November 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm

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LOL, no it’s just since the election I purty much just wanna flip the whole world off. This “Atlas” wants to shrug…I’m just too nice to actually do it.

KimmyQueen November 30, 2012 at 6:59 am

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DRB you and I are of the same mind. Ever since the election and then bad news over bad news and over bad news, I can seriously say that I am just into not want to do jack squat and just wait for the Harvest. I seriously want to go Gault, but I got no money to make that happen.

poppajoe49 November 30, 2012 at 7:27 am

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Kimmy, it’s not necessarily an all at once change, you can do like I have been doing for years, stockpile silver small amounts at a time, and get MRE’s or other extended shelf life foods in small batches. Just be careful with bottled water. The cases of single serve bottles don’t hold up well to temp changes, they leech chemical taste into the water. You’re better off with gallons of store brand water, they’re much less expensive. There is also the option of 5 gallon water jugs that are made for extended water storage. They aren’t too expensive, and you can just fill them with tap water.

KimmyQueen November 30, 2012 at 7:32 am

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That is good advice Poppa. I really don’t know what is going ot happen right now I am truly living on a prayer and the grace of G-d.

poppajoe49 November 30, 2012 at 7:57 am

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I’m sorry things are so tough for you Kimmy, is there anywhere you could cut corners and put a little into survival supplies?
Even just a few dollars a month would be enough to get you started.

KimmyQueen November 30, 2012 at 8:04 am

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Well my situation is nothing like yours Poppa, however things are tight. Thanks to G-d I still have measurable health and ability to work. It is amazing and please forgive as I am stilla young person and I don’t have as many responsibilities as others do (no kids and so on), but I am just AMAZED at life. I don’t have more money now that I did four years ago, but EVERYTHING is more expensive now than before. How is that possible? How is that normal? Again forgive my amazement as I am sure people will say things have been worst and so on but man I mean come on this is just bad! There is no reason why things need to be so expensive, whereas I am busting my butt and I am not earning more and in all truth even if I were to say I deserve more pay, i can’t possibly expect more pay. If everything is so expensive for me, I can only imagine how expensive things are for businesses to remain in business, paying higher salaries would mean ruin for a lot of businesses. Then the govt and its stupidity for real this is crazy, just crazy. What I am doing is just going to the dollar stores and buy an extra can of something and keeping it and others apart. Just do what I can and hold on to the Lord. I really have what I need and I am thankful to the Lord Jesus and will always be, but the future Poppa is bleak so it is there that I just have to keep living on a prayer and the grace of G-d.

poppajoe49 November 30, 2012 at 8:32 am

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I understand Kimmy. The main problem we have now is that the dollar is so devalued because of unfettered printing of currency, and the cost of energy being held artificially high by Obama’s policies, it is making everything more costly.
I have an advantage because I started my planning years ago, so I was able to get things at a much better price. I was making much better money compared to the cost of living 15-20 years ago, and had more disposable income, but I saw something that made me worry. The runup in the stock market during the Clinton era made me worry. While others were basking in the financial windfall, I was planning for the crash. When the Dow hit 11,000, I had my wife take all her 401k investments out of the market based funds and put them in money markets. I had serious concerns about the Dow keeping that level. I was right, and we managed to preserve all our retirement savings while others lost most of theirs.
Then, there was 9-11. The markets dropped like a rock, with the Dow losing almost 4000 points, that was when I had her put her retirement money back in the market based funds. We rode it up to 11,000 again, and switched back to money markets. All this time I was stocking up on silver and survival foods and supplies. It’s all about timing and more about luck!
You are right though, times were real tough in the Carter era, but I think you were too young to remember that (not born yet?), but things will still have a chance of turning around, just not in the next 4 years. hang in there and hope for improvement. Then remember, when times are better, prepare for the bad ones to come.

KimmyQueen November 30, 2012 at 8:49 am

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Yes I wasn’t alive when Carter was President, but I have heard people say that it was bad. My parents were barely married but they weren’t living here but still interestingly enough the effects were felt there nevertheless. I think that if I do get a chance of getting a bit of a break the next time around or sooner if Obama gets impeached and Biden gets smart (ahh… dreams are nice) I will have to do some serious work to stock up for the future. My Mom in all reality she is not very aware so she really didnt think things forward. we just have to do hat we have to do.

RobertW November 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm

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Matthew 6 KimmyQ, Matthew 6.

:)

KimmyQueen November 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm

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OMG so cute! Everything about that photo tells me that she was totally sassign you lol

JPTravis November 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm

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Wasn’t so cute when she was a teenager and used the f word on me. I had two girls, and both went from cute and wonderful, to cute and demonic, back to cute and wonderful. Give me a teenage boy over a teenage girl anytime.

drb November 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm

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I have one of each…neither one have ever given me any trouble…*yet*

poppajoe49 November 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm

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Did they both go demonic about the same time each month?

KimmyQueen November 30, 2012 at 7:18 am

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Probably because for some reason G-d has given women hormonal imbalances during the month. He has provided solutions to these problems but sadly not a lot of people know it. When I was growing up my Mom would give me Black Cohos for a while then alternate it with Dong Quai and she would have me to go a naturopath. With good diet, good (not excessive) exercise and good and mindful activities that monthly issue wasn’t issue and it shouldn’t be an issue for any growing girl/woman. Some woman have their girls go on the Pill, I don’t personallyr ecommend that but it can help with the hormonal imbalances. it is just a matter of knowing the things that G-d has allowed us to know about our bodies and use the things that He has allowed us to find out about the world/nature/medicine and go from there. It is not that hard. Midol didn’t exist when I was growing up but that is a G-d send and if I have girls that is something they are going to have to get into as well as natural things. People (namely men) have NO CLUE what is going on within the bodies and minds of growing girls and women for real. It is easy to laugh about it, but it is not easy transition at all. However of course males do go through hormonal issues as well.

poppajoe49 November 30, 2012 at 7:33 am

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my Mom would give me Black Cohos for a while then alternate it with Dong Quai

Kimmy, that sounds like TMI to me! ;-)

JPTravis November 30, 2012 at 7:46 am

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Actually, my younger daughter as a teenager had one week each month when she was delightful and the other three weeks she was a demon child. She had backward PMS. She’s still the only woman I ever knew who was like that.

As adults my daughters are the most wonderful human beings imaginable, but I can remember some dark days. Teenage girls seem to go through a stage that turns them into seething cauldrons of emotion with no outlet.

KimmyQueen November 30, 2012 at 8:08 am

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LOL Black Cohosh and Dong Quai are herbal supplements that helps women with their “issues”. The clarity of mind that comes with good hormonal balance is priceless.

KimmyQueen November 30, 2012 at 8:10 am

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JP in all truth teen boys go through the same as well, it is just that as boys the have more outlets they are allowed to engage in violent sports and violent and active activities. If more girls were encouraged to get into sports and to participate in something violent but productive, I can assure you that will help (in addition to the stuff I was posting about earlier).

The world violent seems well… violent but I guess what I mean is very very active and very very physical and empowering.

poppajoe49 November 30, 2012 at 8:35 am

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LOL Kimmy, I know that, but was being a smart alec, sometimes things aren’t what they sound like, and I’m sure there were silent snickers about your post! :-D

KimmyQueen November 30, 2012 at 8:50 am

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yes on further review I realize it sounds a little dirty without further explanation lol

RobertW November 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm

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KimmyQ, as the brother of 2 older sisters I can attest boys do NOT go through the same things.
But I’m mindful of your youth, and possibly your only-childituditiness, so I’ll stop here and not mention donkey kong, however;
Midol was originally sold in 1911 as a headache and toothache remedy that was considered safer because it did not use the narcotics typically used at the time. *wiki*
and that’s all i’m gonna say about that.

KimmyQueen November 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm

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Boys do go through hormonal changes Robert. It is a medical fact. As I mentioned somewhere the way that boys and girls deal with these imbalances may be different but it doesnt mean that boys aren’t capable of tirades or other problems during the teenage years.

Alas I did not know that Midol was that old overall whoever invented it may he or she and all of his or her generations be blessed by G-d forever.

No I am not an only child. Not even sure how you can assume that. My brother was and in many ways is still an asshole, however a teen he was even more so. I didn’t like him then and I don’t like him now. We have been separated many years due to a lot of issues, however we are now talking on a more consistent basis. I have spoken of my brother here many times. I am not quite sure what youa re trying to insinuate either. I may be young but I am must certainly not stupid, although of course like all of us ignorant of some things I am not at all adverse at learning.

RobertW November 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm

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KimmyQ, please don’t get your dandruff up. I understood you to say that teen males go through lunar-cyclical hormone imbalances. I missed your point, yes you’re absolutely correct that both genders go through hormonal changes on their way to adulthood.
I also must say I didn’t recall you talking about your bro before, but now that you mention him, I can understand why.
I meant not to disparage your youth either. Nay, indeed, I’m one of those on IHTM’s pages who have hope for the future of our nation knowing that YOU, are a part of that future.

:)

KimmyQueen November 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

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I have never heard that term before. Dandruff up? Where is that from? I don’t have dandruff head and shoulders all the way, olive oil moisturizer. I read all kinds of interesting things around here.

RobertW November 30, 2012 at 7:39 pm

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Actually, the sayin is, “don’t get your dander up.” my sisters and I used to say dandruff cuz it sounded funnier, while keeping the original meaning.
means the same as don’t get riled up.
ummm if that’s not a help, calmate, be cool, chillax. helpful?

I think it’s Texan, since I learned the original from from my dad.

Olive Oil is awesome stuff, with myriad uses/apps.

(edit) my dad used to say don’t get your hackles up, but my mom got him to change it since he’d usually apply it to my sisters, unthinkingly insulting them. He’d generally use it in a non-demeaning manner regardless, which is about the only time either of them were non-demeaning.
anyway I got curious and looked up the origin and found this:
The phrase has Dutch origins where ‘op donderen’ means to burst into a sudden rage. This, in turn, comes from Donder=Thunder.

Alternative: “Donder op!” in Dutch means: Get out of here! or Hop it! Of course we only say this after we burst into a sudden rage…

Read more: http://www.joe-ks.com/phrases/phrasesG.htm#ixzz2DlhLA2UU

KimmyQueen November 30, 2012 at 7:09 am

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LOL the reason I am laughing is because I remember a friend telling me that as a teen he actually fought his Dad once and he was so angry that he couldn’t contain himself. Considering the age difference and so on, it didnt go well for the Dad. It is in the past of course and they have forgiven each other. Anyway, I don’t think that you should wish for a teen boy so readily either.

I think that boys and girls both present the same challenges and also different challenges. It is not easy. One thing that I have always told myself and have asked G-d to provide to me is memory and never forget what it was like for me to grow up and to see things from the point of view of a child/teen whenever/if I ever have kids. it is very easy to grow up and be an adult and see things from the adult point of view and not put oneself in the shoes of teh child and not understand the physical and mental things that children/teens go through because a lot of adults forget it (many times because been a teen was such an horrible experience). That is why I would never like to go back to that and experience but I dont want to forget it either.

One thing that I can tell you as I look around my own family and others is that the daughters/women in the family ALWAYS look out for the elderly in the family, the sons/men in the family go off to make their own families and they do not take the initiative to take care of the elderly in their family. So you will have two daughters that will care for you as you age, I can assure you that unless the relationship with a son was SO FANTASTIC and perfect (or close to), a son is not going to take that step to take care of you as you age, unless he is prompted (hard) by THE WOMEN in the family to do so. Seen it happen again and again.

So in my humble opinion you are blessed and the few years you had to deal with the demonic teen girls will hopefully pay off when your daughters take charge and concern over you as you age.

PsychoDad November 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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1) I don’t think anything says you would have to go ALL the way back.
2) I have no dreadful memories from being a baby, how bad could it be anyway?
3) It isn’t time travel. Can I pick a fresh Mom beforehand?

JPTravis November 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

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You think you’re the first to think of requesting Halle Berry for your second round of breast feeding? I’m way ahead of you. I sent her a polite letter this morning with my application.

GhostntheMachine November 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm

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Excellent choice, I may differ but (even if the majority won) in the end who cares. But for some reason I have a feeling GreedBoys’™ vote’s leaning more toward a Dolly Parton type.

JPTravis November 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm

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She’s gonna have to get rid of that thug, Olivier Martinez, before I consent to using her breasts. I have standards.

GhostntheMachine November 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm

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You’re of an age to remember the show, and you made me go look. 48 sec. clip, classic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw2W8ZC7pkM

KimmyQueen November 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm

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Even though I think that G-d is incredibly awesome for doing this, the answer to your question is heck to da nahhhhhh!!!!

Progressive Hemrrhoid November 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm

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Their wouldn’t be any noticeable difference I’m afraid.

poppajoe49 November 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm

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Imagine Oliver Stone and Nancy Pelosi morphing into immortal, brainless jellyfish.

Imagine?
Aren’t they already brainless jellyfish?

RKae November 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm

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Earthly immortality is inherantly atheistic – which, right there, makes it kind of mentally sick in my book. Atheists smugly claim that people invented their religions because they’re afraid of death – the subtext to that being “I’m an atheist because I’m NOT afraid of death; I’m ultra-mature.” And yet they are afraid of it, and terribly so. If there’s any science that looks like it will provide them with Earthly immortality, they will step on anyone to get at it. They will destroy anyone who threatens it. They will try to exclude anyone they can possibly exclude.

It’s rather like a baby refusing to leave the womb because he thinks there’s nothing more to come.

JPTravis November 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm

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Interesting viewpoint. I’m no atheist but if somebody offered me a jellyfish shot for prolonged life, I’d take it in a heartbeat. Not that I think it will ever happen. I’ve noticed that the Bible has an uncanny habit of being right, and it clearly says, “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” Ever notice how nobody lives past that age? There’ve been a couple who claimed they were older than 120 but their birth certificates were unavailable. Documented oldsters never make it past 120.

RKae November 28, 2012 at 8:35 pm

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If someone offered me a shot at jellyfish immortality, I would turn it down. I’ve seen enough. I’ve watched my community fall apart; my culture, my church. And the next generation coming up is DELIGHTED that my way of looking at the world is fading away.

I don’t want to be like Antonio Salieri (from the play/movie “Amadeus”) living long enough to watch myself become extinct.

Simply put: the chase after this sort of stuff will lead to a world devoid of ethics and people who have no souls at all. You don’t even need to find the secret of Earthly immortality; just the chase after it leads to a loss of ethics.

(As for those old folks you mentioned, I could introduce them to some people who can photoshop birth certificates that will fool most of the people.)

JPTravis November 29, 2012 at 6:42 am

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Biggest problem: we’d have to learn how to use all those electronic gadgets that I currently ignore. My last TV, for instance, came with Internet capability. I said to myself, “Huh? Why do I need Intenet on my TV?” So I ignored that feature. My daughter tells me it’s real handy and my grandson offers to set it up for me. I guess if I was suddenly 18 again I’d have no excuse – I’d have to learn about Internet on TVs.

poppajoe49 November 29, 2012 at 6:48 am

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With internet capability, you can get Netflix movies immediately when you want to watch them. You can set up your music library from one of the free music services to play on your TV, there are many other apps you can access from there. It usually works through a Wifi connection.
I think you can also access youtube and facebook through the TV.
The best use I can think of for it is to have that $8 or $9 a month Netflix subscription, and not have to wait for the movies to come in the mail. You can watch many more a month this way.

Alien November 29, 2012 at 4:57 pm

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i just buy a big dumb screen and attach internet peripherals.. from what i can tell, the bundled-in internet capability is overpriced, when you can get much the same by slapping an XBox, PS3, or a Roku, Nexus Q, whatever.. even a laptop via HDMI

last year bought a 60″ lcd for $899, no smarts to it at all.. Between XBox360, Nexus Q, and cable, it has all we need upstairs

So when you’re immortal, you have to learn how to use a game controller

Sidekick November 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm

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What usually follows a social collapse as you describe is an implosion. Ask a Roman. I hate the idea of a reset but it can happen just like it has so many times in the past.

KimmyQueen November 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

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Yes the promise of Dark Ages or Medieval times is bleak.

poppajoe49 November 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm

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All other considerations aside, I would like to go back just 21 years, knowing what I know now.
There are a few decisions I made at the time that I would like to reverse.
I’m sure my life would be much different if I had a shot at a do-over.

poppajoe49 November 30, 2012 at 7:37 am

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Actually, now that I think about it, I would like to go back 27 years, and rethink my decision to not stay in the military.
I would be retired last year with 30 years time in service had I stayed in.

RobertW November 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm

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dig this PJ, got it out of the Reader’s Digest while at the VA today.
A daddy great white shark and his little boy great white shark were swimmin’ around in the ocean and encountered a bunch of surfers. The little boy shark licks his lips and says, “Oh boy, Oh boy, let’s go eat Dad!”
The daddy shark says, “No son, first, we’ll circle them with just the tip of our fin showing, then we’ll circle again with all our fin showing and then we’ll eat them.”
So they did. As they’re lolling after their gorge-fest the boy shark says:
“Yum Daddy. That was so good, but why did we wait?”
Daddy shark replied: “Because Son, they taste so much better without all that poop inside.”

poppajoe49 November 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm

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Now that’s funny, I don’t care what anyone says.

KimmyQueen November 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm

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Basically if this was in humans I would have to take care of my mom as she becomes a child and a baby while I am myself getting to the point of getting old whereas my mom will have to be taking care of my grandmother as she is going through her changes and so on… It is a never ending nightmare for humans because as children we are needy and not independent. It works well for animals (not all obviously) but not for human beings.

Although there are a lot of things that I would do different I wouldnt go back to the past because there is no way for me to know if any other changes would have yielded better results. It is best in my opinion to not go back.

RKae November 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm

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I think people are looking at this in a weird, cartoon way. Human beings would not shrink back into babies. How would you lose body mass? That’s absurd.

You would more than likely become an odd being that looks something like this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Arena_Immortal.jpg

(That’s a brilliant album by the way, and not-so-oddly enough, it’s called “Immortal.”)

JPTravis November 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm

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LOL. Okay, okay, I change my mind. If I have to go through a stage that looks like that…

KimmyQueen November 30, 2012 at 7:24 am

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Heck to da naaaaaaaahhhhhh

RobertW November 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239722/Video-butt-implant-surgery-goes-horribly-wrong.html?ICO=most_read_module

HA HA HA buncha idjits who can’t accept their bodies as they are, or are just too dang lazy to exercise, and too selfish to fast.

botulism injections, OH i could go on an on, matter of fact… let’s see, now where’d i put that?

(edit) Number 6!
http://listverse.com/2009/11/14/top-10-ancient-jobs-that-sucked-big-time/

(edit2) Cleopatra bathed in donkey’s milk, Mary Queen of Scots bathed in wine, George Sands bathed in cows milk with honey, and Isabeau of France (12th century) bathed in asses’ milk and followed it up by rubbing her skin with crocodile glands and the brains of boars. For thousands of years women slowly poisoned themselves by wearing face makeup called ceruse, which was a lead powder which was deadly. To top it off they used rouge which contained mercury, leading to birth defects and miscarriages.

http://listverse.com/2011/01/17/10-curious-tales-or-oddities-from-history/

RKae November 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm
poppajoe49 November 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm

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WTH?

Not so silent November 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm

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It kinda looks like they have an A-hole in the middle of their forehead……shitheads I guess….

poppajoe49 November 30, 2012 at 4:57 am

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Looks like one of those doughnuts that people with hemorrhoids (sp?) sit on.

flashingscotsman November 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

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If you want to see some hilarious results of people not being satisfied with who they are,….

http://drfugly.com/

poppajoe49 November 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm

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UGH!

RobertW November 30, 2012 at 11:00 pm

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while never considering Mickey handsome by any stretch of the imagination at least he looked natural, once upon a time.

http://www.nypost.com/rw/nypost/2010/03/17/pagesix/photos_stories/cropped/mickey_rourke–300×300.jpg

flashingscotsman December 1, 2012 at 11:29 am

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That’s a FINE specimen of humanity right there.

RobertW November 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm

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WHOA! that’ll knock ya off your feed.

I'm With STUPID November 30, 2012 at 9:13 am

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Waiting for Ambassador Rice to blame her Powerball loss on a YouTube video.

ooddballz November 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm

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Thanks, but I think I will just keep growing old and crotchety the natural way and NOT so gracefully.
I have EARNED that right and by God, I intend to use it.

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