The new school year is right around the corner, and you’ll want to be prepared. Here are six types of student you can expect to see in pretty much any college class.
1. The White One
Yup. Seems like there’s one of these in every class. Usually, this is the person in class with pale skin and black, brown, red, or blond hair. As soon as you encounter The White One, you’ll know right away.
2. The Black One
This is the person who’s always black. You’ll recognize him instantly from his skin color (black). At first, you might accidentally confuse him for The White One, but eventually, you’ll realize that his skin is darker and put two and two together.
3. The Asian One
Whether you’re out on the quad or packed into a lecture hall, you’ll always be able to spot The Asian One. He’ll typically be someone who has a background that somehow connects back to Asia, where lots of other Asian Ones live.
4. The Other Kind Of Asian One
This guy. This one looks similar to The Asian One, but you don’t want to confuse the two. Usually, this person is also from Asia, but is somehow different.
5. The Latino One
If the professor’s taking roll call and you hear a name like Garcia, Rodriguez, or Lopez, chances are you’ve totally got The Latino One in your midst! You’ll probably notice that this person is a little darker than the White One and a little lighter than The Black One, but not always. That’s The Latino One for you!
6. The Indian One
At virtually every college, you’re bound to run into this guy. This is the guy who’s probably got family members from India. If everyone in a classroom represents a different CNN anchor, this guy’s definitely the Fareed Zakaria of the bunch, though it’s hard to really pinpoint exactly why.
1. You Know How To Pay A Bill
And it still makes you feel like a proper grown-up. Every time.
2. You’re So Freaking Good At Maths
And when I say ‘maths’, I mean ‘working out to the penny what you owe for last night’s takeaway’.
3. You Can Take A Drink (Or Two)
You go home for the summer and there’s a noticeable difference in the drinking abilities of students and non-students. Weak-ass bitches.
4. …And The Hangovers? Easy.
You’ve drunk so much, so often, you know exactly how to sort yourself the next day- even if that is just sleeping and whining about how much it hurts. Pass the bacon.
5. You Can Sniff A Bargain At 100 Paces
A life skill you will cherish forever.
6. You Refuse To Pay Over The Odds
£5 for a vodka and coke? You must be joking. What deals have you got on?
7. You Know How To Get A Balanced Diet
Bacon is the food of the Gods, made even more covetable by the fact it’s surprisingly expensive. Same goes for cheese. That’s two of your five-a-day covered…right?
8. You Appreciate The Little Things
You threw a tissue at the bin and it WENT IN. Day made, and no money spent. Winner.
9. You’re Awesome At Layering
Do your worst, Winter. The heating ain’t going on until I see my breath.
10. …And You’re Great At Theme Nights
There’s GOT to be a decent Halloween costume in my room somewhere…
11. You Can Totally Work Out A Fuse Box
Ok, so a switch tripped that time and you managed to blunder about in the dark and press buttons until it was fixed. Shut up.
12. …And You’re An Expert At Flat-Pack Furniture
I’ve got mad skills, and yes, they are going on my CV.
18. Because Even When You’re Old And Boring
Sorry, I meant ‘old and AWESOME’.
A sting operation is defined as “a complicated confidence game planned and executed with great care (especially an operation implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals)” Stings are commonly used throughout the world by law enforcement and recently it has become very popular with news and media organizations including trashy tabloids as ways of getting sensational headlines. One of the big concerns surrounding these operations is whether or not they constitute entrapment. I am personally on the fence concerning the ethics of sting operations because I know it can be a great tool to catch violent criminals. This list looks at some of the more interesting and controversial sting operations. Please comment if you have any additional information on these or other stings and if you believe these techniques are ethical.
ACORN stands for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. ACORN was a collection of community-based organizations in the United States that advocated for low and moderate income families. They also provided information on voter registration and affordable housing. In 2009, selectively edited videos were released by two young conservative activists, James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles (shown above). The two dressed up like a pimp and prostitute and then used a hidden camera to elicit damaging responses from ACORN employees, that appeared to advise them how to hide prostitution activities and avoid taxes. The ACORN workers also didn’t seem to be put off by the request for help in getting financing for a brothel. This created a nationwide controversy, resulting in a loss of funding from government and private donors. On March 22, 2010, ACORN announced it was closing all remaining affiliated state chapters and disbanded due to falling revenue.
Interesting Fact: On January 25, 2010, James O’Keefe, along with three others, were arrested on felony charges for interfering with the phones of the New Orleans office of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. O’Keefe said he was investigating accusations that Landrieu’s office had ignored phone calls from constituents who were complaining about the health care debate. They were dressed as telephone repairmen as O’Keefe videotaped the operation. They were eventually charged with entering a federal building under false pretenses which is a misdemeanor. O’Keefe pled guilty and was sentenced to three years probation, 100 hours of community service, and a $1,500 fine.
This has been called the biggest undercover news story in Indian journalism. In 2001, a popular newspaper from India called Tehelka (meaning “sensation” in Hindi) launched its first major sting operation, “Operation West End” to expose the alleged culture of bribery at the India’s Ministry of Defense. The newspaper had two reporters pose as arms dealers from a bogus company in London. The undercover video shows several politicians and defense officials, including the secretary of the ruling party BJP, Bangaru Laxman, discussing and taking bribes for helping them procure government contracts. After the tapes were made public, Laxman and Defense Minister George Fernandes (shown above) resigned, and several additional defense ministry officials were suspended.
Interesting Fact: Instead of initially acting on the evidence from the sting operation, the Indian government accused the newspaper of fabricating the allegations. The main financial backers of Tehelka were made targets of investigations, and the newspaper company was almost ruined. In 2003, Tehelka was re-launched as a weekly newspaper, and was funded by faithful subscribers and other well-wishers. In 2007, Tehelka shifted to a regular magazine format.
On June 11, 2007, Idaho Senator Larry Craig was arrested by an undercover police officer who was conducting a sting operation against men cruising for sex at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Arresting officer Sgt. Dave Karsnia said he went into a stall shortly after noon and closed the door. Craig then entered the stall next to him and put his luggage against the front of the stall door. This is often used as an attempt to conceal sexual conduct by blocking the view from the front. Minutes later, the officer said he saw Craig peering into his stall through a crack, then tapped his right foot several times and then moved it closer to Karsnia’s, until their feet touched. Craig then passed his hand under the stall divider into Karsnia’s stall with his palm up and guided it along the divider toward the front of the stall three times. Karsnia then waved his badge back, to which the senator responded, “No!” The senator pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and paid a fine, but changed his mind after word of his arrest later became public. Craig claimed he just had a “wide stance”, and he only pleaded guilty to avoid a spectacle. When he tried to withdraw his guilty plea, an appeals court turned him down. Craig served out his Senate term and was unsuccessful to clear his name in the Senate Ethics Committee. Craig did not seek reelection in 2008 and left office on January 3, 2009.
Interesting Fact: Shortly after Craig was arrested, the men’s room became kind of a tourist attraction, with men and women asking directions and stopping to take pictures. Even toilet paper from the restroom was offered on E-Bay. You can listen to Sgt. Karsnia and Senator Craig’s conversation right after the arrest here.
In May of 2010 Sarah Ferguson fell prey to Mazher Mahmood, a journalist for the tabloid newspaper “News of the World”. Mahmood posed as an international tycoon and was able to arrange a meeting with Ferguson. During the meeting, the Duchess was secretly videotaped and offered to connect the “tycoon” with the powerful inner circle of her ex husband, Prince Andrew. On the tape Sarah Ferguson is heard saying “500,000 pounds when you can, to me, open doors.” She is also seen taking away a briefcase containing $40,000 in cash. Ferguson‘s spokesman said she was both “devastated” and “regretful” after the reporting of the incident. She also said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that she had been drinking prior to soliciting the cash, and was “in the gutter at that moment”.
Interesting Fact: The man who posed as the tycoon, Mazher Mahmood, is known as the “Fake Sheikh” and has hoodwinked dozens of celebrities. He keeps his identity as mysterious as possible, and no one is sure if that’s his real name or what his real background is. The journalist claims to have received many death threats, does not appear in public, and has never allowed his face to appear in any of his stories.
The first bait cars were used in the 1990s by the Minneapolis Police Department. Today the largest bait car fleet in North America is based in Surrey, British Columbia, which is known to many as the “car theft capital of North America”. The vehicles are specially modified, with audio/video surveillance and GPS tracking technology, and can be remotely controlled to disable the engine. Since 2004, when it was launched in Surrey, BC, it has contributed to a 47% drop in auto theft. One of the more controversial bait cars stings occurred in 2008, in Dallas TX, when a woman was killed almost instantly when a thief, driving a bait car slammed into her. The victim’s family was awarded $245,000 to settle the lawsuit.
Interesting Fact: The key in deciding when police are using a bait car illegally, and would cause entrapment, is whether they leave it in such a state that would entice someone who would normally not commit a crime. You can watch one of the more colorful (to say the least) bait car stings here. I’m sure many will be thinking the same thing I was thinking. “Where the heck was the kill switch?”
Marion Barry is a well known politician and long-time mayor of Washington D.C. On December 22, 1988, police officers were about to make an undercover drug buy from Charles Lewis, a former Virgin Islands official, and were called back when they learned that Mayor Marion Barry was in Lewis’s hotel room. This led to a grand jury investigation into possible interference, by the mayor, in the drug investigation. Barry appeared before the grand jury and testified for three hours and later told reporters he had done nothing wrong. Then, on January 18, 1990, the FBI and D.C. Police set up a sting operation and arrested Barry in a Washington D.C. Hotel, after he smoked crack cocaine in a room with his former girlfriend, who had become an FBI informant. It was there that Barry said the now famous words that are often associated with him; “Bitch set me up”. As a result of his arrest and the ensuing trial, Barry decided not to seek reelection as mayor. A grand jury returned 14 counts against him, including possible perjury before a grand jury. If convicted on all 14 counts, the mayor could have faced 26 years in jail. The jury only found Barry guilty of cocaine usage and he was sentenced to six-months in prison. After Barry was released from jail he ran for city council. Because of the feeling by many that the government was just out to get Marion Barry, along with his general popularity; he received 70 percent of the vote. Then, in 1995, Barry was elected Mayor of Washington DC for the fourth time. Today, Barry is back serving on the D.C. city council.
Interesting Fact: Whatever you think of Marion Barry you have to admire his tenacity, and his passion for serving the people of D.C. The incident above is just a small chapter in his fascinating life. Last year HBO made a documentary called “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry,” You can watch the trailer here.
Joran Van der Sloot is a Dutch national who is a prime suspect relating to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, who has been missing since May 30, 2005, during a high school graduation trip in Aruba. The case was revived on March 29, 2010 when Van der Sloot contacted John Q. Kelly, legal representative of Holloway’s mother Beth Twitty. Van der Sloot offered to reveal information around the circumstances of Holloway’s death, and the location of her body, for a total $250,000 with $25,000 paid in advance. Kelly and Twitty contacted law-enforcement authorities in Alabama, and the FBI set a sting operation into motion. On May 10, Van der Sloot accepted the amount of $15,000 by wire transfer to his account in the Netherlands, and then another $10,000 was paid to him in cash. In exchange for the money, he took Kelly on a drive to show where Holloway’s remains were. He pointed out a house and said his father had helped dispose of the body in the foundation. This turned out to be false because the house was not built when Holloway disappeared. Later Van der Sloot told Kelly in an e-mail that it was all a hoax. At this point Van der Sloot could have been arrested for wire fraud and extortion, but authorities delayed the arrest because they were trying to build a murder case against him. Van der Sloot was not only left free, he was allowed to leave Aruba and use the money he received from the sting to go to Bogotá, Colombia, and then to Lima Peru. In a Casino hotel in Lima he met Stephany Flores Ramirez, a 21 year old business student at the University of Lima. Security video shows Van der Sloot and Ramirez entering a hotel room together, but only Van der sloot leaving. On June 2, Ramirez was found beaten to death, her neck broken, in the hotel room which was registered in Van der Sloot’s name. Ramirez died on May 30, 2010, exactly five years from Natalee Holloway’s disappearance. Van der Sloot was arrested On June 3, and on June 7, he confessed to the killing.
Interesting Fact: Van der Sloot is currently locked away in the Miguel Castro prison in Peru, where murder charges are filed. He reportedly now says he’ll reveal the location of Natalee Holloway’s body if he is allowed transfer to an Aruba jail.
Perverted-Justice in an organization that carries out sting operations by having volunteers pose as 10-15 year old minors on chat sites, and then wait for an adult to message or email the decoy back. If the conversation turns sexual in nature they will not discourage it or outright encourage it. Then they will try to identify the men by obtaining their telephone numbers and other details, so that a meeting can be arranged. The organization then passes the information on to law-enforcement. Perverted-Justice has also collaborated with an American reality program called “To Catch a Predator”. One of the more controversial cases occurred in 2006 in Murphy, Texas. Louis Conradt (Pictured above) was a district attorney in Texas, and posed as a 19-year-old university student and engaged in sexually charged online chats with someone who he believed was a 13-year-old boy. After Conradt asked for pictures of the boy’s penis, they brought in an actor to play the boy over the phone. When Conradt stopped responding to phone calls and instant messages, police and the reality show decided to bring the operation to Conradt’s home, with a search warrant. When officers moved in to make an arrest, they heard a gunshot. They found Conradt inside with a self-inflicted wound and he later died at a hospital.
Interesting Fact: The sting in Murphy, Texas, resulted in 23 arrests for on-line solicitation of a minor. In June, 2007, all 23 cases were not prosecuted due to insufficient evidence. Conradt’s family filed a suit against Dateline’s To Catch a Predator series for $105 million. The case was eventually settled out of court. In 2008 the network canceled production of all future episodes.
During a traffic stop in Tallahassee, Florida, on February 22, 2007, Rachel Hoffman (pictured above) was caught with 25 grams of marijuana. Then, on April 17, 2008, police searched her apartment and uncovered 151.7 grams of cannabis, and 4 ecstasy pills. She was reportedly told by police that she would go to prison unless she became an undercover informant for them. She was then sent, untrained, to an undercover meeting to buy a large amount of drugs and a handgun from two suspected drug dealers. While she was at the drug buy, the suspects changed the location of the buy. The policemen that were monitoring the sting, lost track of her when she left the buy spot with the two suspects in their car. While in transit, the two suspects executed her with the same gun she was supposed to buy. Her body was recovered two days later near Perry, Florida. On December 17, 2009, which would have been Rachel Hoffman’s 25th birthday, one of the murder suspects, was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. The second murder suspect is scheduled for trial in October 2010.
Interesting Fact: On May 7, 2009, a law called “Rachel’s Law” was passed by the Florida State Senate. Rachel’s Law requires law enforcement agencies to (a) provide special training for officers who recruit confidential informants, (b) instruct informants that reduced sentences may not be provided in exchange for their work, and (c) permit informants to request a lawyer if they want one.
Mr. Big is also called “the Canadian technique”, and was developed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the early 1990s for unsolved homicides. It is used in Canada and Australia, but it is considered entrapment in many other countries, including the United States and England. The technique works something like this: An undercover police unit poses as members of a fictitious gang, into which the suspect is inducted. The suspect is invited to participate in a series of criminal activities (all faked by the police). In addition, the “gang members” build a personal relationship with the suspect, by drinking together and other social activities. After a period of time, he is introduced to Mr. Big, the gang leader. The suspect is told that the police have a renewed interest in the original crime, and to give the gang further details. They explain that Mr. Big may have the ability to influence the police investigation, but only if he admits all of the details of the crime. He is also told that he must be completely clear about any other past crimes, or the gang may not be willing to continue to work with him because he would become a liability. The photo above shows Royal Canadian Mounted Police during a memorial service, carrying the hats of four officers slain in Edmonton Canada, in 2005. Two of the men serving prison sentences for the murders made confessions to Mr. Big operatives.
Interesting Fact: In British Columbia, the technique has been used over 180 times, and, in 80% of the cases, it resulted in either a confession or the elimination of the suspect from suspicion. However, cases of false confessions and wrongful convictions have recently come to the public’s attention, and many are starting to question the controversial technique. In 2007, a documentary was made, called Mr. Big, that was very critical of the procedure. You can watch the trailer here.
Most Michigan fans get good vibes from head football coach Brady Hoke. From his first press conference — following on the heels of Rich Rodriguez’s tenure, which was marked by infighting and antagonism between fans, coaches, players, and various anonymous media sources — he has universally come across as friendly, respectful, and a little mischievous. Hoke clearly loves the school and its team as much as their fans do. In a college-coaching world of mercenaries and jerkwads and all-around backbiting, just getting everyone to acknowledge you are a functioning, decent human being is a significant achievement.
His achievements on the field ain’t nothin’ to be ashamed of either. The other thing that characterized the Rodriguez years — and the late Lloyd Carr years — was losing. Hoke has gone a very respectable 24-8, and his teams have broken several ignominious streaks. Michigan beat Michigan State last season for the first time in five years.
They whomped Ohio State for the first time in eight years.
In two and a half seasons, Hoke’s teams haven’t lost a home game. His teams play solid defense and are occasionally spectacular on offense. He’s recruited a lot of top talent to Ann Arbor, with more on the way in future classes. Also, look at the guy! He’s just a big ol’ teddy bear out there!
Well, a loud, raspy-voiced teddy bear. Brady Hoke is all about constant, high-volume positivity. Players seem to love playing for him. “He is us, we are him,” said offensive lineman David Molk after the team won the 2011 Sugar Bowl.
Hoke got Tom Brady — whom Hoke recruited when he was an assistant coach in the ’90s — to come in and visit his alma mater’s team for the first time in years. Watch this video and try not to get FIRED UP.
When Rodriguez was canned, many people thought Denard Robinson would transfer to play for a program more suited to his talents. Robinson stayed with Hoke and Michigan, and won 19 games in his final two seasons.
If two of the greatest Michigan players of all time think Brady Hoke is the man, who are we to argue? Brady Hoke gets you PUMPED UP to run into brick walls. And there is the beginning of the problem.
Because Hoke’s philosophy is that every football team should spend 60 minutes a game knocking the crap out of a brick wall. In his dreams, he sees 80-yard drives comprising 20 consecutive handoffs to a 240-pound running back.
But Michigan does not, at the moment, have powerful backs or powerful linemen. And Hoke and offensive coordinator Al Borges call plays as if they do. Which is how things like backup tailback Vincent Smith getting more carries than Denard Robinson against Alabama happen:
And how things like Fitzgerald Touissant running up the middle for no gain repeatedly in overtime against Penn State last Saturday happen:
Michigan has been successful in the past few years when it takes advantage of its excellent receivers and running QBs in shotgun formations. But Hoke and Borges (below) treat the shotgun like a special dessert, to be enjoyed only as a delightful change-of-pace treat from one’s normal diet.
And that normal diet tastes a lot like being tackled in the backfield for a three-yard loss on 2nd and 11.
Or calling only a single play for Denard Robinson in the fourth quarter of last year’s Ohio State game as Michigan blew a first-half lead. I will now light myself on fire. (PICTURED BELOW: what happens when you give Denard the ball.)
It tastes like never, ever throwing short passes to the outside. Look at this! It’s from this weekend’s Penn State game when Michigan just needed to get a few yards to set up an easy field goal. There is actually, literally, no defender within nine yards of the slot receiver. They ran it into the line for one yard.
So the reason Hoke is so frustrating, so frequently strangle-able, is not that he’s a bad coach — it’s that he’s so close to being a great coach but seems to give away more than half of the team’s biggest games because he’s stubbornly trying to make a point.
It’s good to know who you are. It’s good to have a plan. But when that plan isn’t working, change the plan! When life give you lemons, make lemonade — don’t insist on making orange juice just because that’s what Bo Schembechler did. “But coach, these are lemons.” “ORANGE JUICE.”
Hoke wants his players to be tough and relentless. But you can be tough and relentless while passing from the shotgun. That’s how Tom Brady has accumulated a good number of his 342 career touchdown passes and three Super Bowl rings.
Hoke wants his players to understand that no individual is more important than the team. But you can prioritize teamwork while recognizing that some players — for the good of the team — need to take on extraordinary roles, like the way Charles Woodson played on defense, special teams, and offense for Michigan’s undefeated 1997 national championship team. (Remember that? That was awesome.)
This season’s team is lucky to only have one loss, and the second half’s schedule is a lot tougher than the Akrons and UConns they squeaked by in the last month. But none of the games are unwinnable, and Michigan gets to play Ohio State in Ann Arbor.
In the even longer term, Michigan for the most part has the pieces in place for sustained awesomeness. But does the guy in charge have the humility and self-awareness to balance his big-picture ideas about football with the realities of the games and teams in front of him? Only Brady Hoke knows the answer.
Time to get ‘er done, Brady. We’re all pulling for you. And we are definitely pulling for you to not give us permanent vocal cord damage from shouting at the television about playcalling.
CORRECTION: Tom Brady may not have addressed the Michigan football team on previous return trips to campus. An earlier version of this story implied he had. (11/7/13)
Can I get some ice water? Not boiling though. Like, cold…with ice cubes in it.
What it usually means: A child’s toy or a motorized bicycle.What it means in Taiwan:One of the hundreds of small motorcycles on the road at any given hour.
What it usually means: A convenience store attached to some gas stations.What it means in Taiwan: A 24-hour restaurant, bill-paying station, ticket booth, grocery/liquor store, atm, and bathroom located on every street corner.
What it usually means: Any beer. Perhaps PBR or Bud light?What it means in Taiwan: TAIWAN BEER!!!
23. A glass of water
What it usually means: A cold and refreshing glass of water.What it means in Taiwan: A boiling hot mug of unflavored, undrinkable sadness.
What it usually means: An occasional starch and side dish.What it means in Taiwan: A required part of every meal.
What it usually means: A moist and delicious treat, usually reserved for celebrations.What it means in Taiwan: A semi-sweet mix of sponge cake, whipped cream, and artfully arranged fruit.
What it usually means: You know, a spoon.What it means in Taiwan: A short, deep plastic utensil that’s probably just for soup but also works for rice and stuff…kind of.
19. Chinese Food
What it usually means: Delicious Chinese-inspired meals (eg. wonton soup, chicken and broccoli, and egg rolls).What it means in Taiwan: This mysterious bowl of noodles and some other things that I just bought from that street cart over there.
18. American Food
Photo by Rosipaw / Flickr Creative Commons / Via Flickr: rosipaw
What it usually means: American-inspired meals (eg. burgers, hot dogs, and apple pie).What it means in Taiwan: Anything remotely non-Chinese (bonus point for McDonald’s, though).
What it usually means: A professional educator. What it means in Taiwan: Every single white person in the country.
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What it usually means: A specialist you visit when you’re feeling particularly ill.What it means in Taiwan: A specialist you visit whenever you feel like it because healthcare is cheap and medicine is free.
15. Air Pollution
What it usually means: The introduction of hazardous chemicals into the earth’s atmosphere.What it means in Taiwan: No, no, that’s…fog. It’s just foggy…all the time.
14. Surgical Mask
What it usually means: A mask worn by surgeons while they perform surgery.What it means in Taiwan: A mask worn by nearly everyone both as a means of protection and as a fashion statement.
What it usually means: A collection of goods for sale.What it means in Taiwan: A crowded street full of vendors who are all open until midnight.
What it usually means: A size of clothing meant to be worn by large people.What it means in Taiwan: Still way too small.
What it usually means: A store where you can get a good deal by buying in bulk.What it means in Taiwan: A crowded warehouse full of angry people that you have to go into because it’s the only place in the country that stocks those granola bars you like.
What it usually means: A natural disaster that usually causes a lot of damage.What it means in Taiwan: Did you feel that? I think we just had an earthquake again. So, how was your day?
9. Swim Cap
What it usually means: A hat worn by Olympic swimmers and synchronized swimming teams.What it means in Taiwan: A necessary garment for anyone wishing to go near the swimming pool, no matter how bald.
What it usually means: Protection for your feet as you walk around.What it means in Taiwan: One of your three pairs: outside, inside, and bathroom.
What it usually means: When your skin turns darker from being out in the sun.What it means in Taiwan: God’s punishment for daring to take your jacket off in 100 degree weather. Don’t worry, they make cream for that.
6. A rainy day
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What it usually means: A day when it rains .What it means in Taiwan: Everyday.
What it usually means: The warm season between winter and summer.What it means in Taiwan: Early summer. It’s very hot and I love it.
What it usually means: The hot season between spring and autumn.What it means in Taiwan: IT’S HOTTER THAN I’VE EVER IMAGINED POSSIBLE AND I’M GOING TO DIE!
What it usually means: The cold season between autumn and spring, sometimes accompanied by snow.What it means in Taiwan: I can finally wear my summer clothes and not get sweaty.
2. New Year
What it usually means: A celebration on January 1st that involves champagne and watching a ball drop.What it means in Taiwan: A celebration in February that involves dragon parades, barbecue, and red envelopes full of cash!
What it usually means: A lesser known Asian country.What it means in Taiwan: A fast-growing nation full of fun experiences and great people who are all proud to call Taiwan home.
Sorry, Directioners, but I think Ryan Reynolds might be a better fangirl than you.
I mean, the man is ready to die in an elevator with Zayn Malik just to get in a few more hours of manlycuddling.
OK, I’ll give you some more context to that. (Although, really, there’s not that much more to tell.) The “Deadpool” star just did a Q&Aon Twitter, and he answered each question with a video because apparently there is a God.
Some blessed soul asked Ryan what he would do if stuck in an elevator with Zayn, and Ryansaid,
Well, yeah, you stay in the elevator… And you stay as long as you can… until you die holding each other.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 5, 2016
If you listen very closely, you can hearthe sound of one hundred Microsoft Word docs being opened to write the fanfiction for this scenario. Do, please, send me links for those when you’re done.
The Q&A included a few other gems, too.
Ryan’s favorite emoji is the unicorn, obviously.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 5, 2016
Heis all fora “Deadpool” crossover with“Twilight.” #TeamFun
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 5, 2016
Hestole two items from the “Deadpool” set.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 5, 2016
Of one of the items, Deadpool’s suit, Ryan said,
I waited 10 years to do the film, so I’m keeping the f*cking suit.
Don’t worry, despite the skin-tight costume, Ryan’s balls are doing just fine — all three of them.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 5, 2016
And trust me, that butt was never photoshopped in.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 5, 2016
Thank you, Ryan Reynolds, for sharing such beautiful thoughts with the world today.I think we all learned a lot from this.
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Genets are cat-like carnivores found throughout Africa, with some found in parts of Europe and the Middle East. Genets are roughly 20 inches long (excluding the tail) and weigh about two kilograms (4.5 pounds), which makes them a target for larger carnivores like lions or leopards. These animals typically avoid predators by taking to the trees and getting out of reach, but camera traps in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa have shown that genets may have come up with an alternative method of escape: riding on the backs of larger animals.
Conservationists analyzing the images obtained from the camera traps first noticed a genet riding on the back of a buffalo at the end of August. While there are many different species that live together for various reasons, genets typically live alone and have never been associated with larger animals. The buffalo did not appear to like the guest, and images showed it moving back and forth, seemingly trying to shake it off. Not to be discouraged, the genet quickly found another buffalo who didn’t seem to mind the hitchhiker. Later on the same evening, the genet also hopped on top of a rhinoceros.
Genets have fur with spotting patterns unique to the individual, so the conservationists were able to verify that it was the same genet in each photo. They were also able to identify the genet on the back of the rhino a handful of other times following the initial wild ride. Sounds lovely, right? Well, that’s where things started to get tricky.
On September 19, the conservationists revealed that camera traps snapped a picture of the genet with the buffalo, while the rhino walks up and approaches the duo. Uh-oh, busted! You can spot the genet hiding behind the buffalo’s front left leg, which could be the wildlife equivalent of “this isn’t what it looks like!” However, a couple nights later, the genet was spotted again with the buffalo, and the rhino was nowhere to be found.
Conservationists at Wildlife ACT have set up a Twitter account for this spunky little genet, whom they have named Genet Jackson. Be sure to follow the account and see if the genet will stay loyal to the buffalo, or if he will return to the rhino.
What hasn’t been made immediately clear is why any of the animals involved are engaging in this behavior. The images don’t show any predators posing imminent danger to the genet, so it might not be purely for protection. One idea is that the large animals flush out rodents (which make up the majority of the genet’s diet) and insects from the grass, and riding on the larger animal’s back gives a nice vantage point to go after the prey. This is the only known genet to utilize larger animals, but more camera traps could indicate if this sort of behavior is common, or if Genet Jackson is an extremely unique and clever individual.
[Hat tip: Smithsonian Science]
[All images credited to: wildlifeact.com]
Alex Rodriguez walked out of an arbitration hearing pitting him against Major League Baseball this morning, arguing that the proceedings were a “farce” because MLB commissioner Bud Selig will not be forced to testify. The hearing, which is in its third week, was convened to rule on the 211-game suspension levied against Rodriguez by Major League Baseball. Later in the afternoon, appearing in-studio on Mike Francesa’s WFAN sports-talk radio show alongside an attorney, A-Rod continued to call on Selig to participate in the hearing — but stopped short of saying he was withdrawing completely from the arbitration process.
Rodriguez’s departure from the midtown Manhattan hearing seems to have been premeditated, given that he simultaneously released a statement condemning the “absurdity and injustice” of an “abusive process” that relies on the testimony of “felons and liars.”
Appearing on WFAN, Rodriguez elaborated on his reasoning, claiming that MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred told him during the hearings that decision to hand down an ad-hoc 211-game suspension that went beyond the guidelines of the league’s normal discipline process was Bud Selig’s alone. If that is true, Rodriguez argued, speaking hypothetically to Selig, “I know you don’t like New York, but you gotta come face me.” Rodriguez said he’d offered to meet one-on-one with the commissioner well before the suspension was announced — his message to Selig, he said, was “we can have coffee, we can have brunch” — but was rebuffed. “I said I’m going by myself, man to man. I made the same offer to Rob Manfred. They both said, ‘we don’t want to see you.’”
The much-maligned slugger said that he’s received a good deal of support from fans recently…sort of: “People in the streets tell me ‘I hate your guts, but you’re getting railroaded.’” Said Rodriguez: ” In an ironic way what’s happened in the last six months has been the best thing that’s happened to me in my career. It’s humanized me.”
He didn’t deny that he’d met Tony Bosch, the proprietor of an “anti-aging” clinic in Miami, who is testifying that he provided Rodriguez with PEDs. (Bosch began cooperating with baseball soon after they filed a lawsuit against him. “Bosch is a guy from Miami and it was nutrition and it was weight loss,” Rodriguez said. “I traveled the world to see doctors with cutting-edge stuff and it was always within the parameters of Major League Baseball.”
Despite the criticism of Selig and MLB, Rodriguez and attorney Jim McCarroll did not say that Rodriguez’s legal team was fully withdrawing from participation in the arbitration. McCarroll said several times that the defense was “evaluating options,” noting suggestively that “If Selig has the courage of his convictions [and] comes in to take an oath, and explains his actions, Alex is scheduled to testify on Friday.”
Francesa asked Rodriguez what he believed Selig’s motivations were for treating him unfairly. “When they say it’s not about the money, it’s always about the money,” Rodriguez said, arguing that MLB’s executives “don’t like big salaries” and dislike him because of the money he makes. “He’s retiring in 2014,” Rodriguez noted of Selig,” and to put me on his mantle on his way out, that’s a hell of a trophy.”
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The Sultanate of Oman is a teeny tiny country in the Middle East that, for the most part, nobody has heard of. And you need to go there ASAP.
1. For starters, it is jaw-droppingly, earth-shatteringly, mind-blowingly beautiful.
2. Whether that’s the infinite, golden desert…
3. Or the stunning, secluded beaches.
What wouldn’t you give to be in that warm water right now?
4. It’s an ocean-lover’s dream.
5. Oman is a driver’s paradise, too. Whether you like adventurous off-roading…
Or your style is a bit smoother.
6. And the dramatic rocks, mountains, and cliffs will change your perceptions of the world forever.
Seriously. Look at this. Is this real?
“OH MAN” sounds about right.
7. If the above-ground wonders aren’t cutting it for you, Oman happens to have a lot hidden below the surface. Like huge, awe-inspiring caves.
8. And magnificent, stunning scuba.
9. A “Wadi” is a valley or ravine that is dry except during the monsoons, when they fill with water, forming oases of cool and vegetation. Oman has several.
They provide calming respite from everyday life.
10. Omani architecture is intricate and unique and colorful.
Marco Carrubba / Via Flickr: carrubbam
And even the less lavish buildings are geometrically fascinating.
11. If you like to shop, Oman’s many souks are an unparalleled experience unto themselves.
12. There is no sporting event in the world more riveting nor beautiful as Omani kids playing soccer on the beach at sundown. Without fail, everyday.
13. In Oman’s capital city of Muscat, there is a mosque at every other street-corner, each more beautiful than the last.
They glow starkly in contrast with an otherwise western cityscape.
And as stunning as they are from the outside, they are even more striking from within.
Muscat’s “Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque” is the city’s pride and joy, its minarets glowing nightly against the silhouettes of distant mountains.
14. If landscapes and buildings aren’t enough for you, the food most definitely will be.
The staple diet is one of succulent, marinated meats and spiced rice.
Did I mention meat. So. Much. Meat.
15. And, almost more delicious than the food itself, is Oman’s long tradition of beachside hookah.
16. Omani fashion is simultaneously pragmatic and stylish.
For men and women, for adults and children, traditional garb is both vibrant and comfortable. The world could learn a thing or two about fashion from Omanis.
17. More important than the clothes are the people in them. Omanis are known across the Middle East for their generosity, hospitality and kindness.
18. As incredible as Oman already is, it is slated to get more developed, more educated, and happier with each coming year.
The UNDP’s 2013 Human Development Report found that, in the last 40 years, Oman has been one of the most rapidly developing countries in the world.
19. So when you do go, rest assured that you will receive a warm and smiling welcome.
The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Auckland University of Technology have collected a squid and are going to be examining it live on the web for everyone to see. This isn’t just some ordinary squid; this is a colossal squid, and only two specimens have ever been recovered intact. The last specimen was examined in 2008.
Colossal squids are found in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica, diving as deep as 2.2 kilometers (7,200 feet). Like all squid, they have 8 arms and two tentacles. The tentacles of the colossal squid are outfitted with sharp, multi-pointed hooks that can even swivel to help trap prey—not that it is really clear what they eat. These squids are not enormous apex predators; they make up a large portion of sperm whales’ diet.
This colossal squid specimen was retrieved by a fishing vessel from the Ross Sea in Antarctica earlier this year, but has been frozen since then. It has been defrosted and a team of specialists are preparing to examine it. The museum received a female colossal squid from the same location in 2008. The new squid is appears to be a bit smaller, and everyone on the research team has fingers crossed that it will be a male. This would be the first known male colossal squid ever recovered.
In addition to determining the sex of the specimen, they will check the stomach contents to see what the squid eats and do genetic analysis on tissue samples in order to determine how the squid relates to other known species. After the examination, the specimen will be fixed and put on display at the museum alongside the specimen from 2008.
To participate in the conversation, use #squidwatch or #sciencelivetepapa in social media. The live feed will begin at 7 pm EDT, and you can tune into the webcast right here: