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Old 02-27-2011, 11:13 AM   #21
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S. occidentalis may refer to:
  • Sarcoscypha occidentalis, the stalked scarlet cup or western scarlet cup, a mushroom species
  • Sceloporus occidentalis, the Western fence lizard, a reptile species common in California
  • Senna occidentalis, a pantropical plant species
  • Sorbus occidentalis, a tree species in the genus Sorbus found in Western North America
Our second disambiguation page. Well, at least I understand what this one's talking about. Let's look at the page about the lizard.

The Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) is a common lizard of California and the surrounding area. It is also known as the Blue-belly. Not all fence lizards have a "blue belly". Smaller sized, immature fence lizards have sand colored bellies until they mature. Though they do not have colored bellies, they are still referred to as a 'blue belly'.
It is a member of the genus Sceloporus, and therefore is a spiny lizard.


And here's a picture of the Blue-belly.





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Sorry for the late DERP, I didn't have time to post it in the mornin, and I went to a party in the afternoon:

Dorothy Catherine "D. C." Fontana (born March 25, 1939 in Sussex, New Jersey) is an American television script writer and story editor, best known for her work on the original Star Trek series.

Star Trek! I'm not a fan at all, but for all the people who are, here's the part about her work on Star Trek:

Originally Gene Roddenberry's secretary,[1] she has written for Star Trek since the onset, starting with Star Trek (The Original Series) (TOS) from 1966 through 1969. During that time she wrote such episodes as "Tomorrow is Yesterday", "Friday's Child", "Journey to Babel", "This Side of Paradise", and "The Enterprise Incident".
Under the pen name Michael Richards, Fontana wrote "That Which Survives" and "The Way to Eden", both from the third season of TOS. Fontana also wrote under the name J. Michael Bingham. This pseudonym was used for the story and teleplay credits for "The Naked Now", an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The story credit was shared by John D. F. Black, who had written "The Naked Time", the TOS episode to which "Naked Now" was an homage.
She also wrote the episode "Yesteryear" for the Emmy Award winning Star Trek: The Animated Series, the only episode of that series which contained material considered canonical.
She wrote several episodes in the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation starting with the 1987 pilot episode, "Encounter at Farpoint", and the episode "Dax" of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in 1993.
Between Star Trek assignments, she wrote the novelization of another Roddenberry project, The Questor Tapes.


Pretty interesting actually, and that seems to be a lot of episodes. Nice job, DC!


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The Feynman point is a sequence of six 9s that begins at the 762nd decimal place of the decimal representation of π. It is named after physicist Richard Feynman, who once stated during a lecture he would like to memorize the digits of π until that point, so he could recite them and quip "nine nine nine nine nine nine and so on", suggesting, in a tongue-in-cheek manner, that π is rational.[1][2]

Wow. I actually find this pretty interesting. My friend would be pretty interested in this, he talks about Pi about once a week. He says his friend knows Pi up to the 24th decimal place. Here's a picture of Pi, including the Feynman point:



And some more nerdy statistics:

For a randomly chosen normal number, the probability of any chosen number sequence of six digits (including 6 of a number, 658020, or the like) occurring this early in the decimal representation is only 0.08%.[1] π is conjectured, but not known, to be a normal number.
The next sequence of six consecutive identical digits is again composed of 9s, starting at position 193,034.[1] The next distinct sequence of six consecutive identical digits starts with 8 at position 222,299. Of the remaining digits, 0 is the last to first repeat 6 times consecutively, starting at position 1,699,927.[3]
The Feynman point is also the first occurrence of four and five consecutive identical digits. The next appearance of four consecutive identical digits is of the digit 7 at position 1,589.[4]
The positions of the first occurrences of 9, alone and in strings of 2, 3, ..., 9 consecutive 9s, are 5; 44; 762; 762; 762; 762; 1,722,776; 36,356,642; and 564,665,206; respectively (sequence A048940 in OEIS).[2]

This so far has been my favourite DERP. Very informative and interesting. Today's homework is to remember Pi up to and including the Feynman point!

















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The Bunsen Reaction is a chemical reaction that describes water, sulfur dioxide, and iodine reacting to form sulfuric acid and hydrogen iodide. This reaction is the first step in the Sulfur-iodine cycle to produce hydrogen.
2H2O + SO2 + I2 → H2SO4 + 2HI The reaction is named after Robert Bunsen.
A similar reaction is the basis for Karl Fischer titration.

More smart stuff. I recognized most of those chemicals, though. Sulfuric acid is dangerous, kids! I wonder if the Bunsen burner is named after the same guy.

A Bunsen burner, named after Robert Bunsen, is a common piece of laboratory equipment that produces a single open gas flame, which is used for heating, sterilization, and combustion.[1][2][3][4][5]

The underline and bolding wasn't in the orginal article, but yes, they were both named after the same person. That's interesting.

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Aah! That was close, I almost missed a day! Today's DERP:

Junichi Okada (岡田 准一, Okada Jun'ichi?) (born November 18, 1980) is a member of Japanese boy band V6, which is under the management of Johnny & Associates. He joined Johnny & Associates at the age of 14.

I've never heard of V6, which should come as no surprise to most people. However, it seems like his acting career has been more successful:

Besides known for being a V6 member, Okada is an accomplished actor with eleven movies, in which he plays the lead roles in eight of them, and sixteen dramas, in which he plays the lead roles in four of them. In a Shōnen Club Premium interview on May 7, 2009, he revealed that it was the Japanese drama Kisarazu Cat's Eye that caught viewers and directors' attention of his acting ability.[2] The success of the drama led to the making of two subsequent movies, Kisarazu Cat's Eye: Nihon Series and Kisarazu Cat's Eye: World Series. His other notable dramas include Tiger & Dragon, a comedy drama about rakugo, a form of Japanese comedy acted only by one person telling that story.[3] and SP (also known as Security Police), an action suspense drama about a team of security police bodyguards in charge of protecting important people in the government. With Shinichi Tsutsumi as his co-star, the drama drew in overall ratings of 15.35% despite its Saturday 11:00 p.m. (JST) time slot;[4] its special episode broadcast in 2008 also received a viewership rating of 21.5%.[5]
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He made a big leap in his movie career with Tokyo Tower in 2005. In the movie he portrayed a young college student torn between his love for a lady twenty years his senior and the views society has on these kinds of relationship.[6] After that came Hana Yori no Naho' (花よりもなほ?), known as Hana to Western movie audiences, directed by the renowned director Hirokazu Koreeda (Distance, After Life and Nobody Knows). In the movie, Okada portrayed Sōza, a samurai uninterested in killing his enemy and focused on what he could do today to be a better person instead. The movie earned him a nomination for the Blue Ribbon Awards, but Johnny & Associates asked him to decline this nomination.[citation needed] Nevertheless, he still got awarded the Ishihara Yujiro New Actor Award at Nikkan Sports Film Award for his role in Hana.[7] Recently, he has been involved in movies such as Kagehinata Ni Saku (陰日向に咲く, Flowers in the Shadow?), portraying a young man in debt because of pachinko,[8] and Otonari (おとなり?), an unconventional love story between two neighbors who have never met each other and only follow the other person's life through the sounds they hear from the other side of the wall.[9]

If you're wondering what Pachinko is, it's a Japanese gambling machine, a typical one-armed bandit (with no arms, though). A lot of his movies seem to sound very interesting, though. I might buy them if they were in English.

And, here's a picture of him, provided by Google:



Hmm, pretty nice shot. Cya tomorrow for another DERP!
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The Grey Pratincole (Glareola cinerea) is a species of bird in the Glareolidae family. It is found in Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Togo.

That's quite a list of countries. Why don't you just say Sub-Sarharan Africa? The Grey Pratincole is also classified as "Least Concern" on the endangered species thing. Lets see if Google has a picture of the Grey Pratincole:



What a cute little bird.

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The Invisible College Press is a small, independent publisher dedicated to literary-quality works in the fields of UFOs, Conspiracies, Secret Societies, the Illuminati, the Paranormal, Anarchism, and other non-traditional topics. They are based in Woodbridge, Virginia, USA.

Okay, sounds weird...I'm very interested in UFOs and aliens, but not so much on conspiracies and the other things after that. Though, someone I knew believed that the US was spreading cancer to Canada using the trails that come out of airplanes. He wasn't that nice of a guy.

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List of authors by name: Z


I can already tell this is gonna be weird.

List of authors by name: A – B – C – D – E – F – G – H – I – J – K – L – M – N – O – P – Q – R – S – T – U – V – W – X – Y – Z
  • Rachel Zadok, born 1972
  • Timothy Zahn, (born 1951)
  • Janusz A. Zajdel, (1938–1985)
  • Yevgeny Zamyatin, (1884–1937)
  • Jessica Zafra
  • George Zebrowski, (born 1945)
  • Roger Zelazny, (1937–1995)
  • Sarah Zettel, (born 1966)
  • Rafal A. Ziemkiewicz, (born 1964)
  • Aleksandar Ziljak, (born 1963)
  • Richard Zimler, (born 1956)
  • David Zindell, (born 1952)
  • Émile Zola, (born 1840)
  • Charlotte Zolotow
  • Eugeniusz Zytomirski, (1911–1975)
  • Zahid Hussain, (1972)
  • Zillur Rahman John, (born 1952)
  • Markus Zusak
Wow, less authors than I expected. Let's go to a random one's page.

Janusz Andrzej Zajdel (15 August 1938 in Warsaw – 19 July 1985 in Warsaw) was a prominent Polish science fiction author, second in popularity in Poland after Stanislaw Lem. His writing carees started in 1965. His novels were recognized as the best in science fiction in Poland in 1982 (Limes inferior and in 1984 (Paradyzja). He was a Trustee of World SF. He died of cancer after three years of fighting the disease.[1]
Zajdel is a precursor of social and dystopian fiction. In his works, he envisions totalitarian states and collapsed societies. His heroes are desperately trying to find sense in world around them, sometimes, as in Cylinder van Troffa, they are outsiders from a different time or place, trying to adapt to a new environment. The main recurring theme in his works is a comparison of the readers' gloomy, hopeless situations to what may happen in a space environment if we carry totalitarian ideas and habits into space worlds: Red Space Republics or Space Labour Camps, or both.
His works have been translated into Belorussian, Bulgarian, Czech, Esperanto, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Russian and Slovenian.
Frederik Pohl dedicated the anthology Tales From The Planet Earth to Zajdel and A. Bertram Chandler.[2] This book also contains the English translation of one of Zajdel's short stories, "Particularly Difficult Territory". No other of his works have been translated into English, so far.


Sounds interesting, too bad none of his works have been translated, though.


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The 2009 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 2009 American League playoffs, was a best-of-seven game series matching the two winners of the 2009 American League Division Series. The AL East Division champions, the New York Yankees, defeated the AL West Division champions, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, four games to two, to advance to the 2009 World Series, their first since 2003.[1]. This was the third time that these two teams faced each other in the playoffs. They met in the 2002 ALDS and 2005 ALDS with the Angels winning both series by 3–1 and 3–2. New York, with a better regular-season record than Los Angeles, held home-field advantage. The series, the 39th in league history, began on October 16 and ended on October 25. Fox Sports carried all games with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver in the broadcast booth. Starting with the 2009 season, weeknight games began 40 minutes earlier as suggested by Commissioner Bud Selig.[2]
The Yankees won the series four games to two, and went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 4–2 in the World Series.


Finally, something that's pretty mainstream. I remember the Yankees winning the World Series, though I don't really remember this, since I don't watch baseball much. I also never knew the LA Angels had now for a long time been based in Anaheim. Let's go over the last game of the series, Game 6:


Game 6 was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, October 24, but was postponed because of rain. Angels' gaffes once again proved costly. In the top of the second, baserunner Vladimir Guerrero ran too far from first base on a fly ball out and was doubled off. The game remained scoreless until the top of the third inning when Bobby Abreu singled Jeff Mathis home to give the Angels the early lead. The Yankees left six men on base in the first and second innings before they finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth after Johnny Damon lined a two-run single to give the Yankees the lead for the remainder of the game. Alex Rodriguez walked with the bases loaded to force in another run. Saunders was then removed in favor of Darren Oliver.[citation needed]
Andy Pettitte pitched a strong game, allowing one run in 6 1⁄3 innings while striking out six. Mariano Rivera entered the game in the eighth inning for a six-out save. Guerrero singled in a run with two outs to close the gap to 3–2. In the bottom of the eighth, the Angels misfielded two sacrifice bunts by the Yankees, a fielding error by Howie Kendrick and a throwing error by pitcher Scott Kazmir, eventually leading to two runs. Rivera retired the side in the ninth to record the Yankees' 40th American League pennant.


For some reason, I expected that to be...I don't know, more exciting?


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Just a random question; have you had to re-randomize yet so far?
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No, not yet. The articles have been surprisingly clean.
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Almost missed today's DERP! Here it is:

Quizlet is an online learning tool created by high school sophomore Andrew Sutherland. It was originally conceived in October 2005 and released to the public in January 2007.[2] As of February 2011, Quizlet has over 4.5 million user-generated flashcard sets and more than 1.6 million registered users.[3][4]

Interesting, though I don't understand it completely. The next section is History, which sounds boring, but maybe the section after that will explain it better:

As a memorization tool, Quizlet lets registered users create "sets" of terms customized for their own needs.[17] These sets of terms can then be studied under several study modes.[18] [19]
Familiarize

This mode is shown automatically on the set's main page. This study mode is very similar to traditional paper flash cards. One side of the card is shown, and clicking on the "Click to flip" button which shows the other side of the card. The option is available to show both sides and this option will divide the screen in two with the term and definition shown on the same page. Another option is available to see the Familiarize feature in full screen.In addition if you wanted to shuffle the order of the flash cards this option is also included.
Learn

In this mode, users are either prompted with the term or definition and is prompted to define the other. Terms/definitions that are incorrectly defined are recycled until the user gets it correct, making this mode of study very effective.
Test

The "Test" mode lets users create randomly generated tests through selecting options to customize a test so that the test may comprise of, for instance, only multiple choice questions and matching questions.
Scatter

This mode is a matching game where terms and definitions are randomly scattered around the screen. The goal is to match terms with their appropriate definitions in the least amount of time possible.
Space race

"Space Race" is a mode that allows players to test their typing skills while memorizing. The object of this mode is to type ("kill") the matching word or definition before a scrolling word or definition leaves the screen.
Voice race

This mode of study is only available for terms that only contain letters and is developed in association with Spoken Language Systems (SLS), a branch of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. When a definition is provided, the user speaks the term and voice recognition software determines if the spoken term is correct. "Voice race" is currently a beta feature.

Hmm, I guess it could be a good study tool, though I don't really know. It sounds boring to me, personally. One thing I don't like about this article is that they don't say what a flashcard is at the beginning, and just assume everyone knows the exact definition.

Here's their logo, anyways:



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I'm even later today. I got up at 6:30 for my school's ski trip, and I just got up from an hour and a half nap. Here's today's DERP, anyways.

Boat Harbour is a settlement in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Um...okay. That's a tiny article. The only other thing is a Google maps picture, which I can't show you, cause the town doesn't show up on the actual picture.

Though, here's a picture I found on Google Earth that was taken of Boat Harbour. It's big, though:

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/o...l/17892019.jpg

I guess Wikipedia decided to cut me some slack with an easy article cause its 11:06 PM and I'm still half-asleep from my little nap...anyways see ya tomorrow!
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Well, I was supposed to go to a Raptors basketball game today, but the guy who was supposed to give us tickets never showed up , so in the end, me and my friend just went to a restaurant and ate nachos . So, lets see what happens for today's DERP:

Hethersett was a railway station near Hethersett, Norfolk. Opened in 1845, it was located some distance from the village it took its name from. It was located on the Great Eastern Railway Main Line between Norwich and Thetford. It was served by between ten and twelve trains a day each way during the early sixties. In 1966, however, the station was deemed surplus to requirements and closed.[1]

Hmm, interesting. I was reading about railway accidents just yesterday (cause I watched the movie "Unstoppable" about a runaway train). For people wondering where Norfolk is, its in England. Here's a picture of the unused railway station:



I like how the moss is growing over that one building, and the flowers in the foreground.

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The Constitutio Romana (or “Roman Constitution”) was drawn up between King Lothair I of Italy (818–55), co-emperor with his father, Louis the Pious, since 817, and Pope Eugene II (824–27) and confirmed on 11 November 824. At the time the election of Eugene was being challenged by Zinzinnus, the candidate of the Roman populace. Eugene agreed to several concessions to imperial power in central Italy in return for receiving the military and juridical support of Lothair. The Constitutio was divided into nine articles.[1] It introduced the earliest known Papal Oath, which the Pope-elect was to give to an imperial legate before receiving consecration. It also restored the custom established by Pope Stephen III in 769 whereby both the laity and clergy of Rome would participate in Papal elections.
There has been some debate between modern scholars whether the Constitutio was a "dead letter" with little practical impact, or marked a stage of the road to imperial domination of the Papacy.[2]

Hmm, very interesting. I'm a big fan of history. You see where it says "co-emperor"? That originally said "co-empror" so I had to fix it . Let's see the rest of the article:

The constitution advanced the imperial pretensions in the city of Rome, but also established a system to check the power of the nobles. It decreed that those who were under the special protection of the pope or emperor were to be inviolable, and that proper obedience be rendered to the pope and his officials; that church property was not to be plundered after the death of a pope; that only those to whom the right had been given by the deceased Pope Stephen III, in 769, should take part in papal elections; that two commissioners were to be appointed, the one by the pope and the other by the emperor, who should report to them how justice was administered, so that any failure in the administration might be corrected by the pope, or, in the event of his not doing so, by the emperor; that the people should be judged according to the relevant law (Roman, Salic, or Lombard) they had elected to live under; that its property be restored to the Church; that robbery with violence be put down; that when the emperor was in Rome the chief officials should appear before him to be admonished to do their duty; and, finally, that all must obey the Roman pontiff. By command of the pope and Lothair the people had to swear that, saving the fidelity they had promised the pope, they would obey the Emperors Louis and Lothair; would not allow a papal election to be made contrary to the canons; and would not suffer the pope-elect to be consecrated save in the presence of the emperor's envoys and an oath of homage from the newly-elected Pope.[3]

Sixty years later, the Constitutio Romana was effectively revoked by Pope Marinus I when he issued a decree stating that the emperors would not interfere, either directly or through their ambassadors, in the election of a pope.

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I Care is the second studio album by Filipino singer Rachelle Ann Go, released in the Philippines on January 10, 2006 by VIVA Records. The album is an immediate follow-up to her successful self-titled debut album. Its singles include "If You Walk Away", the title track, and "Bakit", a promotional single.
The album was released on digital download through iTunes on June 1, 2005.[1] To date, the album has sold over 15,000 units in the country, certifying Gold by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry.

A music album from an artist I've never heard of. K...lets go to the next section.

After striking it big with four hit singles from her debut album, Go gears for more successes with her second album. Titled I Care, the album is the result of the tight collaboration of an international line-up of producers, songwriters, arrangers and engineers. Each contribution is meant to showcase the vocal artistry of the 19-year-old Search for a Star champion who has now come to her own as one of the country's finest performers.
Go celebrated Christmas 2004 with a Platinum record award for over 30,000 copies sold by her self-titled album. It has since turned double platinum, and has produced the hits "Don't Cry Out Loud", "You and Me (We Wanted It All), a duet with Christian Bautista, "When You Find Your Voice", "From the Start" and "Here I Am Again".
Among her other notable accomplishments this year were her successful solo concert debut in Rachelle Ann Go, the Ultimate Champion which was held at the Aliw Theater on April 29, 2005, and her win as the People's Choice for Favorite Female Artist at the 2005 MTV Pilipinas Music Awards, for her rendition of "Love of My Life". Written and produced by Jay Durias of South Border, the song was included in her first album.[2]

This section sounds more like an ad for the album then a Wikipedia section. If I knew how, I would flag this article with one of those things that said "the neutrality of this article is disputed". Though, it doesn't seem like the person who wrote this article was completely satisfied with the album's success:

I Care did not perform well enough commercially. Although, it received positive response from OPM critics. Resty Odon of Titik Pilipino gave the album four out of five stars, saying "With body proportions hewing close to Beyonce perfection, I am of the opinion that the tectonic shift to sultriness in this album is not ill-advised at all". He liked the dance numbers, calling them as "enlightened move". He praised the first single, saying "'If You Walk Away' pegs Rachelle Ann’s voice between Whitney Houston and Celine Dion". However, he felt that Go's voice did not fit on R&Bs and jazzes like her cover of Julia Fordham's "Promise Me". The review ended with Odon, stating "There’s not a number, though, that borders the category of 'unlikable' in this album [...] so long as she does not overshoot her high-notes limit".[3]

And here's a picture of the album cover:



I wonder why she cut out her last name on the cover. Meh, whatever. Cya tomorrow for another DERP!
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Berkeley, Virginia may refer to:
  • Berkeley, Albemarle County, Virginia
  • Berkeley, Charles City County, Virginia
Another disambiguation page. I'll go with the former.

Berkeley is an unincorporated community in Albemarle County, Virginia.

Hmm, I was expecting the former to be the more important one, but I guess the latter is?

Berkeley is an unincorporated community in Charles City County, Virginia, United States.

Or not...any pictures, Google?



Yes, there's one of the Berkeley plantation in what I guess is the latter Berkeley, since it says that this plantation is on the James River, which only runs through the latter Berkeley.

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Conan the Freebooter is a 1968 collection of five fantasy short stories written by Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp, featuring Howard's seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. Most of the stories originally appeared in the fantasy magazine Weird Tales in the 1930s. The book has been reprinted a number of times since by various publishers, and has also been translated into German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Italian, and Japanese. It was later gathered together with Conan and Conan of Cimmeria into the omnibus collection The Conan Chronicles (1989).

Lol at that name, Conan the Freebooter. And the stories were originally made in the 1930s!?

Okay, lets see the plot summary:

In these stories from Conan's late twenties, the Cimmerian is a mercenary with the Free Company in the city-states of Shem and the lands to the north and east, a war leader of the steppe-raiding Kozaki, and finally a soldier in the service of the kingdom of Kauran.
Chronologically, the five short stories collected as Conan the Freebooter fall between Conan of Cimmeria and Conan the Wanderer.

He isn't doing freebooting in every role he plays, it seems. I'd show you guys the picture that goes along with this article, but its Hamumu inappropriate, so I'll just see you all tomorrow!
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The United States Business and Industry Council (USBIC) is an NGO which lobbies on behalf of family owned and closely held US manufacturing companies. It was founded in 1933.

If you're wondering what an NGO is, its a non-goverenmental organization. Lets look at the section titled "mission":

The mission of the USBIC is[1]:
  • "to expand our domestic economy, with particular emphasis on our manufacturing, processing, and fabricating industries, and through the resulting growth to extend a high standard of living to all Americans"
Hmm, sounds important. The next section is Board of directors, with all of the directors being heads of companies. This organization seems like heavy stuff, man.

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The Holdsworth fracture is an unstable fracture dislocation of the thoraco lumbar junction of the spine. The injury comprises a fracture through a vertebral body, rupture of the posterior spinal ligaments and fractures of the facet joints.[1]
The injury was described by Sir Frank Wild Holdsworth in 1963. He described the mechanism of this injury as a flexion-rotation injury, and stated that the unstable fracture dislocation should be treated by fusion of the two affected vertebrae.[2]

Uh...that seems...complicated...I guess it would hurt a lot, too. But, since the lumbar junction isn't very close to the head or neck, it probably would not be fatal, but that's just a guess, since I am in no way a doctor.

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