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Pictures you don’t see everyday

Must have been McNaughtyMust have been McNaughty
Starting with spelling
UPS WinsLooks like UPS wins!!!
..I think it was the FedEx driver
No Enrty
Made by the school that teaches Arithetic
DumfartSometimes a name change is the best idea…
Take me to the cleaners, baby!
Take me to the cleaners, baby!
California Problems
Major dilemma in California
How do you get there from here?
How do you get there from here?
Shotgun Wedding Paradise
Everything you need for your ‘shotgun’ wedding!

McLogic gone wrong
McLogic gone wrong…
McLogic gone wrong
It’s a good deal, but… oh, the college costs!

Think before you speak…

Think before you speak…

Here are six reasons why you should think before you speak –
the last one is great!
Have you ever spoken and wished that you could
immediately take the words back…
or that you could crawl into a hole?
Here are the Testimonials of a few people who did……

FIRST TESTIMONY:
I walked into a hair salon with my husband and three kids in tow
and asked loudly,
“How much do you charge for a shampoo and a blow job?”
I turned around and walked back out and never went back
My husband didn’t say a word…
he knew better.

SECOND TESTIMONY:
I was at the golf store comparing different kinds of golf balls.
I was unhappy with the womens type I had been using.
After browsing for several minutes,
I was approached by one of the good-looking gentlemen who works at the store.
He asked if he could help me.
Without thinking, I looked at him and said, “I think I like playing with mens balls”

THIRD TESTIMONY:
My sister and I were at the mall and
passed by a store that sold a
variety of candy and nuts.
As we were looking at the display case,
the boy behind the counter asked if we needed any help.
I replied, “No, I’m just looking at your nuts..”
My sister started to laugh hysterically.
The boy grinned, and I turned beet-red and walked away.
To this day,
my sister has never let me forget.

FOURTH TESTIMONY
:
While in line at the bank one afternoon,
my toddler decided to release
some pent-up energy and ran amok.
I was finally able to grab hold of
her after receiving looks of disgust
and annoyance from other patrons.
I told her that if she did not start behaving
“right now” she would be punished.
To my horror, she looked me in the eye and said in a voice just as threatening,
“If you don’t let me go right now,
I will tell Grandma that I saw you
kissing Daddy’s pee-pee last night!”
The silence was deafening after this enlightening exchange.
Even the tellers stopped what they were doing.
I mustered up the last of my dignity and
walked out of the bank with my daughter in tow.
The last thing I heard when the door closed behind me, were screams of laughter.

FIFTH TESTIMONY:
Have you ever asked your child a question too many times?
My three-year-old son had a lot of problems with potty training and I was on him constantly.
One day we stopped at Taco Bell for a quick lunch, in between errands.
It was very busy, with a full dining room.
While enjoying my taco,
I smelled something funny,
so of course I checked
my seven-month-old daughter, she was clean.
Then I realized that Danny
had not asked to go potty in a while.
I asked him if he needed to go,
and he said “No”.
I kept thinking
Oh Lord, that child has had an accident, and I don’t have any clothes with me..”
Then I said,
“Danny, are you SURE you didn’t have an accident?”
“No,” he replied.
I just KNEW that he must have had an accident, because the smell was getting worse.
Soooooo, I asked one more time, “Danny did you have an accident ? This time he jumped up, yanked down his pants,
bent over, spread his cheeks
and yelled
“SEE MOM, IT’S JUST FARTS!!”
While 30 people nearly choked to death on their tacos laughing,
he calmly pulled up his pants and sat down.
An old couple made me feel better,
thanking me for the best laugh they’d ever had!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST TESTIMONY:
This had most of the state of Michigan laughing for 2 days
and a very embarrassed female news anchor who will,
in the future, likely think before she speaks.
What happens when you predict snow but don’t get any!
We had a female news anchor that,
the day after it was supposed to have snowed and didn’t,
turned to the weatherman and asked:
So Bob, where’s that 8 inches you promised me last night?”
Not only did he have to leave the set,
but half the crew did too they were laughing so hard!

Now, didn’t that feel good?

…so think before you speak! “IT’S MILLER TIME!”

Study: Grade inflation in colleges rampant since 1960s

By hnn

 

Contemporary data indicate that, on average across a wide range of schools, A’s represent 43% of all letter grades, an increase of 28 percentage points since 1960 and 12 percentage points since 1988. D’s and F’s total typically less than 10% of all letter grades. Private colleges and universities give, on average, significantly more A’s and B’s combined than public institutions with equal student selectivity.

Southern schools grade more harshly than those in other regions, and science and engineering-focused schools grade more stringently than those emphasizing the liberal arts.

At schools with modest selectivity, grading is as generous as it was in the mid-1980s at highly selective schools. These prestigious schools have, in turn, continued to ramp up their grades.

It is likely that at many selective and highly selective schools, undergraduate GPAs are now so saturated at the high end that they have little use as a motivator of students and as an evaluation tool for graduate and professional schools and employers.

Conclusions/Recommendations: As a result of instructors gradually lowering their standards, A has become the most common grade on American college campuses. Without regulation, or at least strong grading guidelines, grades at American institutions of higher learning likely will continue to have less and less meaning.

Source: 
Teachers College Record Volume 114 Number 7, 2012
Source URL: 
http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=16473

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Source: History News Network – George Mason University

Fruit Cocktail Cake Recipe

Fruit Cocktail Cake
Fruit Cocktail Cake Recipe

Ingredients

    Cake Base

    • 1.5 cups Granulated Sugar
    • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
    • .25 teaspoon Salt
    • 1 can Fruit Cocktail
    • 2 Eggs
    • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
    • .5 cup Pecans, Walnuts or Black Walnuts (Chopped)
    • .5 cup Dark Brown Sugar

    Cake Topping

    • .75 cup Granulated Sugar
    • 1 stick Margarine
    • .5 cup Evaporated Milk
    • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

    Note

    Fruit Cocktail Cake

    Delicious fruity, moist cake.

    Directions

    Cake Base
    Step 1
    Combine cake ingredients
    Step 2
    spread in a 2″ sheet pan
    Step 3
    Sprinkle top with 1/2 cup of brown sugar
    Step 4
    sprinkle over the top of the brown sugar, 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, walnuts or black walnuts
    Step 5
    Place in 350 dgree pre-heated oven
    Step 6
    Bake for 35 minutes or until done with a toothpick test
    Cake Topping
    Step 7
    Combine cake topping ingredients in medium sauce pan
    Step 8
    Boil in medium sauce pan for approximately 1 1/2 minutes until sugar is disolved
    Step 9
    Pour mixture over cake
    Step 10
    Enjoy!!!

    Family Guy Online is Shutting Down

    The free-to-play, browser-based MMO Family Guy Online will shut down on January 18, 2013. Based on Fox’s popular Family Guy animated series, the MMO will remain in an open beta state until its shut down date.

    As posted on Family Guy Online‘s official site, anyone who made in-game purchases within the last 60 days will be refunded. All refunds should be issued early next year, and if they aren’t FGO‘s site encourages you to contact their support address.

    IGN received confirmation through FGO support that this is not simply an open beta end date, but a permanent shut down. No specifics were given about why Family Guy Online will soon cease to be.

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    Source: IGN Video Games

    Pakistan says 29 nationals beaten by Afghans

    Afghan officials say they are investigating allegations by neighboring Pakistan that Afghan forces severely beat Pakistani nationals.

    The Saturday protest note from Islamabad’s Foreign Office provided no details other than to say that all 29 had valid travel documents.

    Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai says he has no information about the allegations, but Kabul will try to investigate them.

    Relations between the neighboring countries are poor, with the Kabul government accusing Pakistan of harboring and supporting Taliban insurgents. But last month a top Afghan peace mediator hailed Pakistan‘s recent decision to free nine Taliban members who favor negotiations, saying it was a sign that Pakistan is willing to bring the militants to the table and end Afghanistan‘s 11-year war.

    Source: Fox World News

    More than 20,000 missing in Mexico in past 6 years

    A civic organization released a database on Thursday that it says contains official information on more than 20,000 people who disappeared in Mexico over the past six years, a period that also saw thousands of people killed after the government launched a crackdown against drug cartels.

    Propuesta Civica, or Civic Proposal, said the database it posted on its website contains details on 20,851 missing people that it says were collected by the federal Attorney General’s Office during the just-ended administration of President Felipe Calderon.

    The missing include police officers, bricklayers, housewives, lawyers, students, businessmen and more than 1,200 children under age 11. They are listed one by one with such details as name, age, gender and the date and place where the person disappeared.

    The database also includes chilling details of kidnappings, including the case of a man who was taken by a group of gunmen who stormed into his workplace in the city of Gomez Palacio, in the northern state of Durango, and took him away while his co-workers watched.

    Another report details the disappearance of three businessmen in the western state of Michoacan, a place dominated by the Knights Templar drug cartel, a quasi-religious organization that controls most of the state. The report says the men were kidnapped in the town of Patzcuaro by gunmen traveling in two pickup trucks.

    A spokesman for federal prosecutors, who would not allow his name to be used under the agency’s rules, said the Attorney General’s Office had no knowledge of the document.

    Civic Proposal executive director Pilar Talavera said the database doesn’t contain enough information to determine how many of the disappearances are linked to the drug war.

    She also said the report has inconsistencies that raise questions about whether all the missing are included.

    For instance, the northern state of Baja California, where the border city of Tijuana is located, has only 15 people reported as missing even though it had hundreds of people killed as warring drug gangs fought for control. Baja California is also the state where soldiers in 2009 detained a man who confessed to disposing of at least 300 bodies over a decade by dissolving them in vats of lye.

    Mexico City, with 7,137 people on the list, has the largest number of missing in the country, but the capital is one of the cities least affected by drug-related violence.

    Despite the inconsistencies, the organization decided to publish the database to pressure the government to release official information on the missing, Talavera said.

    “This database is one of the few sources of information that civil society has had access to (and that can help) to start to comprehend the true magnitude of violence in Mexico in the last six years,” she said.

    Numbers vary on just how many people have disappeared in recent years. Mexico‘s National Human Rights Commission says that 24,000 people were reported missing between 2000 and mid-2012. It says nearly 16,000 bodies found over the years remain unidentified.

    The database, which Civic Proposal said it got from a Los Angeles Times reporter, was released three weeks after the Washington Post published a story saying it had received a list of missing people created by the Mexican Attorney General’s Office that recorded more than 25,000 disappearances.

    In a letter to new President Enrique Pena, Human Rights Watch’s director for the Americas, Jose Miguel Vivanco, said that if the numbers quoted by the Post were correct, they would “place the wave of disappearances in Mexico that took place during President Felipe Calderon‘s six-year administration as the worst in the history of Latin America.”

    In Chile, about 1,200 people disappeared during the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. In Colombia, non-governmental organizations and authorities say at least 50,000 people have gone missing during more than 40 years of internal violence.

    Between 2006 and 2012, Calderon waged a campaign against organized crime that included the unprecedented deployment of thousands of soldiers. It is estimated by some that there were at least 70,000 deaths tied to organized crime violence during his six-year term, which ended Nov. 30.

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    Associated Press writers Eva Vergara in Santiago, Chile, and Vivian Sequera in Caracas, Venezuela, contributed to this report.

    Source: Fox World News

    NJ woman sentenced for making, streaming kid porn

    A central New Jersey woman who sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl she was babysitting and put a video of the abuse on the Internet has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

    Thirty-three-year-old Manalapan (muh-NAL‘-uh-pan) resident Jennifer Mahoney will be under lifetime supervision once she’s freed from prison. She pleaded guilty in May to sexual exploitation of a child and was sentenced Tuesday.

    Mahoney admitted sexually assaulting the girl and streaming the assault live over a video chat service. She also admitted abusing the girl on another occasion, recording the abuse on a camera phone and emailing the video to at least one other person.

    She said she viewed other videos of child sexual abuse streamed to her using a video chat service.

    Source: Fox US News

    IGN's Xbox Live App Launches in Australia

    IGN‘s Xbox Live app is now available in both Australia and New Zealand, so you can get all our latest content beamed directly to your Xbox 360 console. It’s the very best of IGN from around the globe, so you’ll never have to leave the comfort of your sofa for information on a game again.

    Opening the app lands you on the home screen, which you can navigate around using the controller, or Kinect hand motions, to discover the most popular videos of the day or the past week, as well as check out what live streams are coming up.

    All of IGN’s latest previews and reviews will also appear on the app as soon as they’re on the web, so you won’t miss a minute of coverage on your favourite titles. Whether you want to get our thoughts on the best of 2012, or look ahead to the biggest titles of 2013, we’ve got you covered.

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    Source: IGN Video Games

    Autoblog Holiday Giveaway 2/5: Win the art of Arvind Ramkrishna!

    By John Neff

    Enter SweepstakesWe like to highlight a new automotive artist each year in our holiday giveaways. We met Arvind Ramkrishna late last year when he launched a Kickstarter project to fund his How To Draw Cars Now DVD tutorial. Having once harbored dreams of being a car designer myself, I felt an affinity for Arvind’s project and got to know the man himself a little better. Turns out, Arvind is a fantastic artist and sells metallic prints of his work on drivenmavens.com.

    Fortunately for us, Arvind jumped at the chance to participate in this year’s series of holiday giveaways, so our second prize of the series is the automotive art of Arvind Ramkrishna.

    The prize package includes a 10×30-inch signed Porsche GT3 photo print, an 8×10-inch framed metallic print, a 12X18-inch unframed metallic print and a 5X7-inch signed original watercolor painting. And that’s just the artwork you’ll be getting. The prize package also included the DVD set of How To Draw Cars Now, as well as digital download versions of the tutorial for iPad and Android, and the book Introduction to Perspective. This is an excellent prize for the aspirational car designer; you’ll not only get the tools to start your journey, but also the inspiration to keep you going.

    Click here to enter and make sure to read the rules below.

    The Rules:

    Click here to enter. Requires that you Like the Autoblog Facebook page. Additional entries can be earned if your friends use a unique URL given to you to enter.

    Sweepstakes is open to residents of the United States (excluding Hawaii and Alaska), the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec), 18 or older!

    The winner will be chosen randomly. One winner will win a 10×30-inch signed Porsche GT3 photo print, an 8×10-inch framed metallic print, a 12X18-inch unframed metallic print, a 5X7-inch signed original watercolor painting, the DVD set of How To Draw Cars Now, digital download versions of How To Draw Cars Now for iPad and Android, and the book Introduction to Perspective, all valued at $295.00.

    If you are chosen, you will be notified by email. Winners must respond within five days of being contacted. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.

    The full list of rules, in all its legalese glory, can be found here.

    Entries can be submitted until Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST.

    Autoblog Holiday Giveaway 2/5: Win the art of Arvind Ramkrishna! originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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    Source: Autoblog

    Sweden cuts main interest rate to 1 percent

    Sweden‘s central bank has cut its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 1 percent as inflationary pressures remain benign and problems in Europe weigh on the Scandinavian country’s economy.

    Tuesday’s decision was widely expected.

    The Riksbank also says that its main interest rate will likely “remain at this low level for the coming year” due to the economic slowdown, rising unemployment and subdued inflation.

    By the end of 2013, it expects inflation to start edging up as the global economic recovery gathers steam, partly on the back of recent measures taken by the 17 EU countries that use the euro to get a grip on their 3-year debt crisis.

    The Riksbank says the weaker European economy has so far had “a clear effect” on Sweden.

    Source: Fox World News

    A Morgan Plus Eight, In Just Two Minutes: Video Link


    It can be argued that modern automobiles, no matter how good they’ve become, lack a certain amount of personality, that spark of magic, or even the mechanical equivalent of a soul. We have, it would appear, tossed aside the elemental joys of motoring in search of ever-increasing horsepower and lateral acceleration.
    One maker that’s stayed essentially true to its roots is Morgan, the British manufacturer of high-end retro roadsters. Founded in 1901, Morgan still produces cars using ash wood frames for lightness and strength, and craftsmen, not robots, still assemble its cars by hand.
    Though Morgans have evolved with the times to meet modern safety and emission standards, they’re still a throwback to an earlier time when driving was considered a pleasure, not a mere chore. You can load up a new Morgan Plus 8 with an impressive array of bespoke options, but chances are its hand-fitted top will still leak in the rain.
    On the other hand, its style is absolutely timeless, and a Morgan Plus 8 will look as good fifty years from now as it does today. It’s distinctive, and you’re likely to be the only one on your block (or even in your entire city) with a Morgan roadster parked in his garage.
    It takes a team of artisans a full month to construct a Morgan Plus 8, but thanks to this video produced by Britain’s The Telegraph, you can watch the build in two minutes. Be forewarned, though; watching the video is likely to produce an irrational longing to park a Morgan Plus 8 in your driveway.
    Since the video doesn’t embed, you’ll need to follow this external link to The Telegraph’s website to view it.

    Source: Automotive Addicts

    Black Ops 2 Season Pass Gets Nuketown Zombies

    Activision has released the Nuketown Zombies bonus map for Call of Duty: Black Ops II Xbox 360 Season Pass holders. The map includes an exclusive in-game calling card and will be coming to other platforms at a later date.
    The Nuketown Zombies map comes in addition to the four downloadable map packs that will come to Season Pass holders in the coming months. The Season Pass is available for $49.99, offering the map packs at a discount versus buying them separately.
    Andrew Goldfarb is IGN’s associate news editor. Keep up with pictures of the latest food he’s been eating by following @garfep on Twitter or garfep on IGN.Continue reading…
    Source: IGN Video Games

    University of Iowa is first public university to add optional LGBT question to application

    The University of Iowa has become the nation’s first public university to include optional questions about sexual orientation and gender identity on its admissions application.

    The university announced Wednesday that its new application asks students whether they identify with the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer community. The application also offers transgender as a gender option.

    Campus Pride is an advocacy group that works to improve the college environment for gay and lesbian students. It says Iowa’s move is the first by a “major, public, and national research university.”

    Elmhurst College became the first U.S. college to include similar questions on its application last year. Elmhurst is a private college in Illinois.
    Source: Fox US News

    GoW: Ascension Beta Coming for PlayStation Plus

    The God of War franchise is one of Sony’s biggest exclusive series, and the next iteration of God of War – God of War: Ascension – is due to come exclusively to PlayStation 3 in March of 2013.
    Ascension is the very first God of War game to support multiplayer, and in fact it seems to be the title’s main draw. We here at IGN PlayStation have played Ascension several times already — we wrote about it just last week — but finally, you won’t have to just take our word on it. If you have PlayStation Plus, you’ll be eligible to get in on the fun beginning in January.
    Sony has announced that PlayStation Plus members in North America will have access to God of War: Ascension’s multiplayer beta beginning on January 8th. European PlayStation Plus subscribers can get into the action the following day, on January 9th.
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    Source: IGN Video Games