The cougar, also known as puma, mountain lion, mountain cat, catamount or panther, depending on the region, is a mammal of the family Felidae, native to the Americas. This large, solitary cat has the greatest range of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere, extending from Yukon in Canada to the southern Andes of South America. An adaptable, generalist species, the cougar is found in every major American habitat type. It is the second heaviest cat in the Western Hemisphere, after the jaguar. Although large, the cougar is most closely related to smaller felines and is closer genetically to the domestic cat than to true lions. Cougar is also a slang term referring to an attractive older woman who dates much younger men.
Here are my thoughts and observations on the second season of The Walking Dead. First, the whole fucking thing takes place in Georgia so far; you know, Daryl's back yard, aka redneck heaven. That means there would be gun shops all over the fucking place, so how the hell they can still only be armed with the weapons that Rick managed to scavenge from the police station armory in season one, is beyond me. By this point, each person should have a rifle, two sidearms, a big ass knife, and that fucking RV should have been a rolling ammunition supply store. Next, when Rick and Shane went into town to turn the kid loose, they were in a fenced off yard that housed all of the local municipality's vehicles: school buses, dump trucks, tractors, etc. At the very least they should have commandeered a school bus, a dump truck with trailer, and one of those tractors on the back. And gas/diesel fuel. Lots and lots of fuel. And then back at the house, strengthen your defenses a bit, and no, I don't mean nail some fucking boards over the windows. The tractor should have dug a nice trench a good way around the farm house; not real close to where you'd be trapped, but far enough and deep enough to where... oh, I dunno, say a roving fucking horde of zombies that come stumbling out of the woods wouldn't overrun your shit in under ten minutes. Dig some nice deep trenches, or even a long chain of segmented trenches that would at least force the zombies to funnel in a narrow walkway. Plus reinforce that dump truck with some welded steel over the windows and tires and it's a zombie crushing machine... and when all else fails, everyone can escape in one reinforced schoolbus. Anyway, maybe I've put too much thought into this. I think this guy has summed up the entire second season of The Walking Dead quite nicely when he wrote, "I don't watch it because it's a good show; I watch it because I really want it to be a good show. Because so far, rather than exploring what shape society will take after the zombie apocalypse, or how real, complicated human beings deal with such an awful scenario, The Walking Dead has been more concerned with what happens when obnoxious cliches from different ethnic backgrounds have to be roommates." But season three when they take over the prison holds promise.
Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by mass of silver and 7.5% by mass of other metals, usually copper. Fine silver (99.9% pure) is generally too soft for producing functional objects; therefore, the silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength while preserving the ductility and beauty of the precious metal. Other metals can replace the copper, usually with the intent to improve various properties of the basic sterling alloy such as reducing casting porosity, eliminating firescale, and increasing resistance to tarnish. A number of alloys, such as Argentium sterling silver, have appeared in recent years, formulated to lessen firescale or to inhibit tarnish, and this has sparked heavy competition among the various manufacturers, who are rushing to make claims of having the best formulation. However, no one alloy has emerged to replace copper as the industry standard, and alloy development is a very active area.
Because of what they do, Navy SEALs' activities in places like Afghanistan are a closely held secret. They operate in small groups, usually behind enemy lines. The Navy says that Adam Brown died after being involved in a fight with heavily armed militants somewhere in the country. Adam Brown had been a SEAL since April of 2001. While the Navy would not comment on his combat past, other than to say he was assigned to an East coast SEAL team and that he made several deployments in the months after 9/11. In an effort to protect his men while assaulting an enemy compound, Chief Petty Officer Brown charged the enemy and was firing from a better vantage point, drawing fire away from his pinned down comrades. His selfless action relieved the fire on his men, but it unfortunately resulted in his being mortally wounded by enemy fire. Ultimately, the enemy compound was captured and all enemy combatants were killed in the action. CPO Brown was a combat veteran, a winner of a bronze star, and purple heart. This is a video tribute to the women these men leave behind, the Warrior Wives.
The Year Is 1986:
Maverick: Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a flyby.
Air Boss Johnson: Negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.
Goose: No, No Mav, this is not a good idea.
Maverick: Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower.
The Year Is 2012:
FUNKER530: Hell yeah!
Unknown Extra: HOLY SHIT! OH MY GOD!
FUNKER530: Oh God.
Unknown Extra: Holy fuck.
Self-awareness is the capacity for introspection and the ability to reconcile oneself as an individual separate from the environment and other individuals. Self-awareness, though similar to sentience in concept, includes the experience of the self, and has been argued as implicit to the hard problem of consciousness. The mirror test is a measure of self-awareness, as animals either possess or lack the ability to recognize themselves in a mirror. The test was developed by Gordon Gallup Jr. in 1970, based in part on observations made by Charles Darwin. While visiting a zoo, Darwin held a mirror up to an orangutan and recorded the animal's reaction, which included making a series of facial expressions. At first, even animals that are capable of passing the mirror test, respond as the orangutan described by Darwin. Also young children and people who have been blind from birth but have their sight restored, initially react as if their reflection in the mirror was another person.
Salmonella is a genus of rod-shaped, Gram-negative, non-spore-forming, predominantly motile enterobacteria with diameters around 0.7 to 1.5 µm, lengths from 2 to 5 µm, and flagella which grade in all directions. Sources of infection include Infected food, often gaining an unusual look or smell, then is introduced into the stream of commerce; Poor kitchen hygiene, especially problematic in institutional kitchens and restaurants because this can lead to a significant outbreak; Excretions from either sick or infected but apparently clinically healthy people and animals; Polluted surface water and standing water; Unhygienically thawed fowl; An association with reptiles (pet tortoises, snakes, iguanas and frogs, but primarily aquatic turtles) is well described. Salmonella bacteria can survive several weeks in a dry environment and several months in water; thus, they are frequently found in polluted water, contamination from the excrement of carrier animals being particularly important.
In related news, Cristiano Ronaldo cheated on Gemma Atkinson in a poolside orgy with five hookers.
During a resurgence in popularity in 2003, gel bracelets became the subject of a widespread urban legend linking them to a supposed sex game explaining their popularity among young teenagers: they were subsequently dubbed "sex bracelets". According to rumors, girls who wore the jewelry implied they were willing to engage in various acts with whoever pulled them from their wrists; the acts ranged from hugging and kissing to sexual intercourse, and were determined by the bracelet's color. In October 2003, the rumors were prominent enough in Alachua Elementary School in Gainesville, Florida that the principal banned the bracelets to avert disruption and inappropriate comments about them. They were subsequently banned in other schools around Florida and elsewhere. The effectors of these early bans did not insinuate that the rumors were true; however, some later media reports suggested that they may have been, generating something of a moral panic.
Though usually reserved for toasts, champagne can be the perfect drink to serve at your next cocktail, holiday or dessert party. One of the reasons people tend to shy away from champagne is because they don't know what types of foods to pair with it. Though champagne doesn't usually go well with heavy foods or main entrees, there are plenty of foods that pair beautifully with the bubbly substance, making for yummy finger foods and an elegant looking soiree. Cut up melons and citrus fruits, and add berries to arrange a fruit platter. Oranges, grapefruits, watermelons, cantaloupes, melons, pineapples, strawberries and raspberries are light, watery and complement the bubbly tartness of champagne. Instead of doing a fruit platter, you could also place a few fruit slices on toothpicks like a shish-kabob.
the man who could survive being impaled by a sword
hiroshima and nagasaki: unpublished photos from the ruins
girl dances with a hula-hoop. you'll thank me at the 1:48 mark, trust me