2008-08-25

The Schop Ten

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1. McCain lost count of how many homes he owns, calls Obama an out of touch elitist.


2. The IOC launched an investigation into the allegations that He Kexin (see picture below) is below the legal age (16) to compete in gymnastics at the Olympics. 5 minute Google search confirms not only the power o of the internet, but also that everyone should fear the Chinese government.


3. In honor of American dominance in women's gymnastics, and in light of the fact that we will most likely be awarded the team gold medal (see #2 above), here is a song that is sure to get everyone all nostalgic about the 1996 games and excited about London in 2012. USA! USA! USA!


4. 80 year old billionaire T Boone Pickens claimed in a recent interview with Texas Monthly that he and his new 61 year old wife Madeleine Paulson (the widow of Gulfstream Aerospace founder Allen Paulson) are “having such a good time that we’ve been talking about starting a family.” Texans cringe


5. Do not move to Berwyn Heights, Maryland. I repeat DO NOT move to Berwyn Heights, Maryland.


6. Chuck Klosterman claims that he manufactures opinions; wonders if anyone cares. He weight in on many issues including gravity, the civil war, swallowing one's own vomit, and bricks:
Brick (object): Symmetrically designed and eminently throwable at police cars, the brick is both a literal cornerstone of society and a keen metaphor for postholiday abortion within the music of Ben Folds Five. Though still ideal for building cathedrals and/or describing a specific shade of red, its limitations have become more evident over time -- bricks do not make good boats and are utterly useless as foodstuffs. 4 of 5 stars

7.  Dave Berry offers travel advice on what to expect from a Chinese cab ride. Here’s some insight:

I've found the taxi drivers to be friendly, although usually they speak very little English. Here's a transcript of the longest conversation I've had with a driver:
DRIVER: America?
ME: Yes.
DRIVER: Michael Jordan! Number One!
ME: Well, he . . .
DRIVER: Shaq!
ME: Yes. Shaq.
DRIVER: Kobe!
ME: Yao Ming?
DRIVER: Yao Ming! China!
ME: Yes.
DRIVER: Baseball!
ME: Basketball?
DRIVER: Baseball.

8. The Large Hadron Collider is about to be turned on in Switzerland!!!!!!!! Here's what Cosmic Variance gives the chances of what particle physicists will find. A few notables: 
1. The Higgs Boson: 95%

2. God: 10-20% 

3. Stable Black Holes That Eat Up the Earth, Destroying All Living Organisms in the Process: 10-25%

For a more detailed analysis of what the LHC is, check out this video from one of the scientists behind the project.




9. Do you live in Dallas but are unsure of where to drink a beer while playing skee-ball (Barcadia) or where to eat the best tacos in town (Fuel City gas station)? Then check out the Best of Dallas.

10. Fred Wilson over at AVC.blogs.com describes how to make it to the top in the Venture Capital world. I wish I had that kind of luck...

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