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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeOct 21st 2013
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    In the UK it's the traditional mortar board cap and gown for undergraduate degrees (I looked really stupid in mine), but if you reach PhD level you get to go full Tudor. The hat is extremely floppy.

    As demonstrated here by celebrated academic Dr. Minogue:

    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeOct 21st 2013
     (11025.822)
    When this first loaded I thought "Wow, you look just like Kylie Minogue!"
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeOct 21st 2013
     (11025.823)
    :-D
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeOct 21st 2013
     (11025.824)
    Every country should adopt the hat/weapon combo. For Britain, I vote Bowler Hat and a fine wooden truncheon ...
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeOct 21st 2013
     (11025.825)
    *wonders*...what's an easy Phd I can do in Finland in English?
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeOct 21st 2013
     (11025.826)
    This is certainly making me reconsider graduate work.

    Though I did like that in my grad ceremony everybody got a very official smack from the Dean's fancy hat. I'm pretty sure that's where all the knowledge comes from.
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      CommentAuthorteasmaid
    • CommentTimeOct 21st 2013
     (11025.827)
    This is really fucking depressing
    The Ocean Is Broken
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 21st 2013
     (11025.828)
    Pffft! So the oceans are broken! We can 3D print fish sticks with jellyfish protein. See, problem solved!

    Seriously . . . sheeat. There's a bit in Soylent Green, the classic-shlock overpopulation thriller, where it is revealed that the krill that are the source of the titular nutrition cracker have died off. Thus . . . Soylent Green is made out of people instead. (Edward G. Robinson's character in that also rants about the greenhouse effect making it dank and hot year round.)
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      CommentAuthorteasmaid
    • CommentTimeOct 21st 2013
     (11025.829)
    I don't even know what you could do to fix it, or if it is possible to do so.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeOct 21st 2013
     (11025.830)
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    The robust evidence that ionizing radiation is a relatively low health risk dramatically contradicts common fears. But nuclear accidents have provided strong evidence that those fears have dramatic health consequences of their own. The World Health Organization’s 20-year review of the Chernobyl disaster found that its psychological impacts did more health damage than radiation exposure did, and a principle cause of the population’s debilitating stress was “an exaggerated sense of the dangers to health of exposure to radiation.”


    Fear vs. Radiation: The Mismatch
  2.  (11025.832)
    Conspiracy theory on Fukushima.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2013
     (11025.833)
    Coffee is good, smoothies are evil!
    But we've known that for years round here, haven't we?
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    Russell Brand is at it again, this time to a rather benign Paxo.
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2013
     (11025.835)
    It's weird when tragic shit from my little town half a world away ends up in the Daily Mail:
    13 Year Old Carrying Toy Gun Shot Dead
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2013
     (11025.836)
    That's not too far from my home. 8(
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    Marcia Wallace, voice of 'The Simpsons' Edna Krabappel, dies at 70

    Right, can we end the travesty that the Simpsons has become now? Please?
  5.  (11025.838)
    Lou Reed has just died.

    Farewell to one of the great golden gods of rock.
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2013
     (11025.839)
    Man, who else will buy it this weekend? Both of those are sad losses.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2013
     (11025.840)
    I'm trying to figure out why the rotten hateful people seem to be getting a pass in the early death department this decade.