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Kiss my instant grits: Confessions of a shamed Southerner

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When the microwaved water hit the bowl, it was the smell that struck me first. Quaker Instant Grits Country Bacon Flavor. The scent is not of bacon but of wet “bacon” bits. Because that’s what it is. Says so right on the box: “Artificially flavored with imitation bacon bits.”

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fancycwabs
3 days ago
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I used to spend like 40 minutes on Sunday mornings making grits, and then I discovered you can make them in the Instant Pot (I have a small one since we don’t need six quarts of grits) and they’re GREAT in ten minutes.
Nashville, Tennessee
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The CDC’s Revised Facial Hairstyles and Filtering Facepiece Respirators Chart

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“As COVID-19 spreads, so too does the demand for face masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a detailed chart breaking down what types of beards and mustaches are compatible with respiratory masks.” — Marketplace, 2/26/20

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Click here for the CDC’s original/offical chart.

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fancycwabs
30 days ago
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Nashville, Tennessee
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MotherHydra
30 days ago
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Derek Smalls? lol
Space City, USA

"Because people have a need to glue things to other things." Advice on how to attach most anything to most anything.

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"Because people have a need to glue things to other things." Advice on how to attach most anything to most anything.

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98.6 Degrees Fahrenheit Isn’t the Average Anymore

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Jo Craven McGinty, reporting for The Wall Street Journal:

Nearly 150 years ago, a German physician analyzed a million temperatures from 25,000 patients and concluded that normal human-body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. That standard has been published in numerous medical texts and helped generations of parents judge the gravity of a child’s illness. But at least two dozen modern studies have concluded the number is too high.

The findings have prompted speculation that the pioneering analysis published in 1869 by Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich was flawed.

Or was it?

In a new study, researchers from Stanford University argue that Wunderlich’s number was correct at the time but is no longer accurate because the human body has changed. Today, they say, the average normal human-body temperature is closer to 97.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

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fancycwabs
59 days ago
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That's been my base temperature for as long as I can remember. Don't know if it's a general change in people today or maybe that a sample of 25,000 patients from 150 years ago would have a lot more people fighting infections that we now vaccinate folks for.
Nashville, Tennessee
samuel
61 days ago
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Is this about better nutrition?
Cambridge, Massachusetts
WorldMaker
60 days ago
A response to climate change, perhaps?
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sarcozona
45 days ago
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The fact the doctors don’t know this is a very real problem.
shanel
65 days ago
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Interesting...
New York, New York
sirshannon
65 days ago
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Nice. I thought it was just me.

In case you were wondering: which emoji scissors close and which do not.

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In case you were wondering: which emoji scissors close and which do not.

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60 days ago
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The Joker’s Defense Lawyers: “Our Client Did Nothing Wrong”

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President Trump “did absolutely nothing wrong,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Saturday, as lawyers representing the president got their first shot to poke holes in the impeachment case made this week by Democrats. — NPR, 1/25/20

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Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, in this closing statement I will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that my client, The Joker, is completely innocent.

What are we dealing with here? Why are we here? Are we here because a psychopath with a sadistic sense of humor tried to kill Batman? Or are we here before this court because from the moment he began his failed career as a stand-up comedian, there was a desire among the do-nothing prosecutors to see The Joker go to prison?

The fact that this trial even exists proves how unfairly our client has been treated. Critics have been out to get The Joker ever since he innocently began to commit armed robberies. Any fair-minded person watching the trial today will be able to see how terribly our client has been treated. The Deep-State investigators are the real criminals here. Holding rich white men who wear grotesque amounts of make-up accountable for their actions is something that should never be allowed to happen again!

The absurd thing is that Batman isn’t dead. In fact, he’s not even here in this courtroom. Where’s the crime? Where are the victims? Can anyone answer me that? I didn’t think so.

It was a perfect plot to kill Batman. There was no pressure put on anyone. No one even complained until Harvey Dent started asking questions. What the prosecution is doing is a disgrace to Gotham’s criminal justice system. No one has been victimized by the criminal justice system as much as our client, The Joker, and his perfect plot. This is a witch hunt. A Russian show trial. A Kafkaesque purge. I will use the term lynching here without any awareness of what that word really means and its historical context.

If there is any doubt as to my client’s innocence, I ask the jury to look at the neck of the lawyer prosecuting this case. It’s slender. Now look at our client’s neck, which is as thick as the maximum dosage of Adderall. What is more convincing than the comparable width of the necks of the prosecuting attorney in relation to our client’s neck?

Our client, The Joker, has done nothing wrong. It was a beautiful plot. Read the banknotes.

We reject this case as illegitimate. These brazen and unlawful claims against our client set a dangerous precedent. The motivation of those prosecuting this case is nothing more than an obsessive desire to hurt our client, the most innocent man in the history of men.

What laws did The Joker even break? As the sole survivor of a gang of bank robbers, he was acting entirely appropriately and within his powers. When asked if he broke the law, The Joker REPEATEDLY said, “No laws broken. A perfect plot.” I ask you, are these the words of someone who has committed a crime?

Are any of the core facts of this case in dispute? No. Did our client admit to trying to kill Batman on national television? Yes. Does the Penguin’s forthcoming tell-all book The Lair Where It Happened confirm the Joker is lying? Also yes. Is the Joker, in fact, kind of synonymous with the word “lying” at this point? Still again, the answer is yes.

But that proves nothing. Furthermore, the defense team will provide no evidence at this time to buttress our claim of our client’s innocence. We don’t need to provide exculpatory documents either. It’s enough that we’ve blocked all efforts of the prosecutor to access relevant documents in this case. That was clever of us. It’s enough that these words are coming out of my mouth.

The Joker never sought any personal gain in his attempt to kill Batman. He sought no financial advantage. He was entirely motivated by the desire to root out corruption in Gotham. No witnesses are needed. This case is not really about The Joker’s wrongdoing. This entire process is really about the prosecutor, his slender neck, a perfect plot to kill Batman, and a man called The Joker who has been victimized by absolutely everyone. And now, if you’ll allow me to enter into the evidence this nifty smoke machine and this mesmerizing mirror, I rest my case.

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