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China

Submission + - Onion's Kim Jong Un "Sexiest man alive for 2012" Fools Chinese Media (huffingtonpost.com)

Penurious Penguin writes: In September, Iran's FARS news agency was duped by The Onion's Gallup poll — the one where "the overwhelming majority of rural white Americans said they would rather vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than U.S. president Barack Obama."

Arguably besting the last breach of foreign media discretion, The Onion has now fooled China's The People's Daily in a hilarious nomination of Kim Jong Un as the "Sexiest man alive for 2012". The article included amongst dozens of others, a featured image of Kim Jong Un proudly perched upon a speckled horse. Looking at the image, one is compelled to wonder what sort of envious subterranean tillage may be taking place on behalf of Kim Jong il. He really does look stunning!

Education

Submission + - Indian school textbook says meat-eaters lie and commit sex crimes (bbc.co.uk)

another random user writes: Meat-eaters "easily cheat, lie, forget promises and commit sex crimes", according to a controversial school textbook available in India.

New Healthway, a book on hygiene and health aimed at 11 and 12 year-olds, is printed by one of India's leading publishers.

"This is poisonous for children," Janaki Rajan of the Faculty of Education at Jamia Millia University in Delhi told the BBC. "The government has the power to take action, but they are washing their hands of it," she said.

"The strongest argument that meat is not essential food is the fact that the Creator of this Universe did not include meat in the original diet for Adam and Eve. He gave them fruits, nuts and vegetables," reads a chapter entitled Do We Need Flesh Food?

The chapter details the "benefits" of a vegetarian diet and goes on to list "some of the characteristics" found among non-vegetarians. "They easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes," it says.

The chapter, full of factual inaccuracies, refers to Eskimos (Inuit) as "lazy, sluggish and short-lived", because they live on "a diet largely of meat". It adds: "The Arabs who helped in constructing the Suez Canal lived on wheat and dates and were superior to the beef-fed Englishmen engaged in the same work."

Submission + - Hostess (Twinkies!) to liquidate if bakers' strike continues through Thursday (cnn.com) 4

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Hostess Brands said Wednesday that it will go into liquidation unless bakers striking in protest against a new contract imposed in bankruptcy court return to work by the end of the day Thursday.

Even if Hostess does end up in liquidation, analysts say that some of its most iconic brand names — Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread, to name a few — will likely live on, getting scooped up at auction and attached to products from other companies

Submission + - Pumpktris (hahabird.com) 1

antdude writes: ""Pumpktris is a fully playable version of Tetris built into a pumpkin, with 128 Light Emitting Diode (LEDs) for the display and the stem serving as a game controller.""
Google

Submission + - John Melloncamp: We need tougher IP laws (huffingtonpost.com)

Vladius writes: "From the Huffington Post, John Melloncamp states that the DMCA is weak and "kind of a joke" when dealing with search engines. He also supports the removal of safe harbor provisions. All of this is being done, in his opinion, because it is ruining the music industry and costing us jobs."

Submission + - Stolen Maple Syrup found and returned to strategic reserve (go.com)

bmxeroh writes: Remember the tragic maple syrup heist? Police have seized more than 600 barrels of maple syrup they say are related to the missing syrup. It was transported back to Quebec via a 16 tractor trailer, heavily guarded (and presumably heavily armed) convoy Wednesday.
Facebook

Submission + - Can Justin Timberlake Bring MySpace Back? 1

theodp writes: Bringing sexy back is one thing. Bringing Myspace back is another. GeekWire's Taylor Soper asks UW students if they think Justin Timberlake and his investor group can resurrect Myspace. Surprisingly, the students are pretty receptive to the slick new This is Myspace promo, but in the end it may not matter. 'All of my friends are on Facebook,' explains a UW grad student, 'and unless there is a huge revolution where everyone switches back to Myspace, I’m probably just going to stick with it.' Still, Myspace has managed to hang on to 28MM unique monthly visitors, so perhaps the $35MM Timberlake & Co. shelled out to Murdoch's News Corp. last summer for Myspace will prove to be a bargain (News Corp. paid $580MM for the company in 2005). BTW, not everyone at Myspace has gotten their makeover yet, so take a gander if you're feeling nostalgic (standard eclipse-viewing safety rules apply!).

Submission + - Orgasmatron? Automatic Sperm Extractor: With Video! (dailymail.co.uk)

MDMurphy writes: Apparently, Chinese sperm donors are embarrassed enough with people knowing what they're doing in the donation room that there was a need for an appliance to do the hard work. If insurance will pay for Viagra, how long before someone tries to put in a claim for one of these for the home?
Linux

Submission + - Torvalds calls Romney 'a f***ing moron' (networkworld.com) 16

netbuzz writes: "Last night Linux creator Linus Torvalds took to his Google+ page and called Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney “a f***ing moron.” Torvalds’ stated reason? Romney’s much-ridiculed suggestion that air passengers would be safer in emergencies if aircraft windows could be opened (a suggestion which some, including Snopes.com, have taken as a joke). Torvalds also recently called Mormonism, Romney’s religion, “bats**t crazy.” Is this just Linus being Linus? Or does such outspokenness on non-technical matters reflect poorly on the Linux community that Torvalds leads?"
Idle

Submission + - Linux forcibly installed on Congressman's computer (nbcnewyork.com) 1

fermion writes: I am sure most have heard about Michael Grimm, a US House of Representatives member from New York, who's campaign headquarters was vandalized. What has not been reported everywhere is that Linux was installed on one of his computer, erasing data in the process. Is this a new attack on democracy by the open source radicals, or it is just a random occurrence?
Apple

Submission + - Steve Jobs Joins House of Wax

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The LA Times reports that Steve Jobs is about to join Barack Obama, Jackie Chan, Nicole Kidman and Mozart at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, the tourist attraction famous for creating hauntingly lifelike sculptures of famous people. The model of Jobs, to be unveiled to mark the first anniversary of Jobs' death, is based on pictures taken of the tech innovator during a 2006 Fortune magazine shoot and shows the Apple Inc. cofounder in a relaxed position, arms crossed loosely over his chest, with a pair of silver-rimmed Lunor glasses perched on his face and wearing a black cotton turtle neck, Levi 501 jeans and New Balance trainers. The company says a team of artists spent three months working on the wax figure, inserting each strand of hair one by one into the wax head using a forked needle, and using fine silk threads to recreate the subtle veining in the whites of his eyes. The figure will remain at the Historical and National Heroes attraction of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong through November 26, before travelling on to Madame Tussauds Bangkok and then Madame Tussauds Shanghai."
Idle

Submission + - Hilarious Dark Knight Rises Illustrated Review (wordpress.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: It's been a month and a half since "The Dark Knight Rises" hit theaters and, though it's been doing great in theaters, there have been plenty of criticisms leveled at the Christopher Nolan film since its arrival. Love it or hate it, it's hard to argue that "The Dark Knight Rises" has its fair share of flaws.

Last month, illustrator Tokyosexwhale saw Nolan's final "Dark Knight" film on the big screen and styled a review of the film as a hilarious comic strip that he posted to his personal blog. It should go without saying that the strip contains some spoilers, but it is worth reading if you have seen the flick. His take on the movie's various plot holes and inconsistencies has turned into one of the funniest critiques of "The Dark Knight Rises" we've seen on the web yet.

Space

Submission + - NASA's Own Video of Curiosity Landing Was Blocked by YouTube 1

derekmead writes: NASA’s livestream coverage of the Curiosity rover’s landing on Mars was was practically as flawless as the landing itself. But NASA couldn’t prepare for everything. An hour or so after Curiosity’s 1.31 a.m. EST landing in Gale Crater,the space agency’s main YouTube channel had posted a 13-minute excerpt of the stream.

Ten minutes later, the video was gone, replaced with an alien message: “This video contains content from Scripps Local News, who has blocked it on copyright grounds. Sorry about that.” That is to say, a NASA-made video posted on NASA’s official YouTube channel, documenting the landing of a $2.5 billion Mars rover mission paid for with public taxpayer money, was blocked by YouTube because of a copyright claim by a private news service.

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