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July 6, 2014
That was the problem with Harriet. It can’t be conjugated in Icelandic.
Icelandic resident Tristan Cardew • Discussing the situation regarding his 10-year-old daughter Harriet, whose passport renewal was denied because it’s not an approved name under Icelandic law. The girl was able to travel previously on a passport that listed her name as “Stúlka,” or “girl.” “But this time, the authorities have decided to apply the letter of the law,” Cardew said. “And that says no official document will be issued to people who do not bear an approved Icelandic name.”
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21:23 // 3 weeks ago

Here’s “Do You,” the best Spoon song we’ll post today.

21:13 // 3 weeks ago

Here’s why pot smokers might have a problem getting a legal high in Washington

  • 2,600 the number of would-be marijuana growers that applied after Washington state legalized marijuana in 2012.
  • 80 the number of growers, out of that gigantic pool, that successfully received licenses to grow marijuana. Part of the problem is that the state’s Liquor Control Board faces a huge backlog of applicants.
  • 560k the size, in square footage, of the marijuana farms currently in production that have received state approval. That’s the size of just 10 football fields—and that’s leading to concerns about a shortage when legal marijuana sales begin this week. source
15:44 // 3 weeks ago
As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft.
The TSA plans to confirm that overseas travelers have functional cell phones before they get on a flight to enter the U.S. Be sure to charge up beforehand.
15:20 // 3 weeks ago
July 5, 2014

Egypt’s economic tank is starting to sputter. The result? Pain at the pump.

  • 70% the reported increase in fuel prices in some parts of Egypt after the country severely cut its energy subsidies, blaming a need for austerity measures. Prices for other basic amenities, like electricity, were also expected to increase as a result of the austerity measures. source
17:18 // 3 weeks ago
We are not against headbanging. The risk of injury is very, very low. But I think if (our patient) had (gone) to a classical concert, this would not have happened.
Dr. Ariyan Pirayesh Islamian • Discussing one of his patients, a German metal fan who suffered a brain injury which doctors believed was brought on by a headbanging habit that led to negative effects after a Motorhead concert. While such incidences of headbanging-related brain damage are rare, they are possible, experts say.
16:46 // 3 weeks ago
Before you get too comfortable in your chair, consider this: 99% of species that have ever walked, slithered, flown, or swum on this Earth have gone extinct.

Are Humans Headed For Extermination By Robots? (via fastcompany)

Accept your fate.

(via fastcompany)

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15:45 // 3 weeks ago

African countries try to get ahead of massive Ebola outbreak

  • 11 the number of African nations that are joining forces to take on a fresh outbreak of the Ebola virus. Among the countries taking part include the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Uganda.
  • 759 cases have been reported as a result of the current outbreak as of June 30, with 467 having led to fatalities. source
15:28 // 3 weeks ago