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Quiz results: What American accent do I have?

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When I traveled to Boston, Tupelo, Orlando, Atlanta, Columbus, and Grand Rapids, the locals I talked to said I didn’t have an accent, or at least not much of one. I heard their accents clearly, though. I always wondered why that was, and I attributed it to the fact that I’m a California native, and a lot of the television shows and movies are made here. As a result, people elsewhere probably hear California accents much more frequently than I hear their accents.

I took the “What American accent do you have?” quiz, and it said I have a “Western Accent” (go figure). It also says that it’s pretty much a neutral accent. I’m not sure exactly how an accent can be neutral, but it does seem to match my experiences when traveling.
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Hot Dog on a Stick, the Musical

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It appears to be an ordinary day at the food court in your local mall. You’re calmly eating your Hot Dog on a Stick, when suddenly something strange happens… The cashier needs a napkin. She breaks into a musical number asking for one, and before you know it, the whole food court comes alive with singers, dancers, and very surprised customers. Enjoy the charming and humorous thrill that is: “Hot Dog on a Stick, the Musical”

Why is Ralph Nader campaigning to get the Republicans elected AGAIN?

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The following is an open letter I wrote to Mr. Ralph Nader. If you aren’t aware, Mr. Nader has decided–at this very late date–to throw his name into the fight for the President. Obviously, he has no chance whatsoever of winning. All he will accomplish is the same thing he did in 2004–steal Independent votes and votes from dissatisfied Democrats and Republicans.

Act II popcorn with a side of buttery goo

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Eating a bag of freshly popped, buttery popcorn while watching a movie on demand or DVD is a guilty pleasure of mine. You have to be careful though about the type of popcorn you use though. I’ve tried a variety of different methods, brands, and flavors, and I’ve settled on Act II butter flavor as my favorite microwave popcorn (the plain butter flavor, not the extreme or movie theatre style—and no, I’m not worried about the deadly butter flavoring). Compared to the other popcorn out there, it seems to be about the best in ingredients and nutritional value, and it only takes 2:35 to pop. Easy.

I was a little concerned when I opened up the last two boxes of popcorn and found that the buttery goodness inside of some of the packages had leaked out into the plastic wrapper. The two 12-pack boxes were purchased at different times (December 2007 and January 2008), but from the same Wal-Mart store #3652 in West Sacramento. In each box, one of the bags was unusable—the buttery goo had spread all over the outside of the packages. Even if they were safe to eat, I’d hate to clean the microwave after that stuff melted inside it. The other bags where oozing had occurred were only slightly oily, and they tasted and smelled fine.
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Homer Simpson, Noah Style

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Back in September 2006, Noah Kalina got his 15 minutes of fame by posting a video on YouTube showing his face photographed every day for six years (see my earlier post to watch that video). Somebody at The Simpsons must have seen that video, because in Sunday’s episode, we get to watch Homer Simpson’s life flash before his eyes in the same way over a 39-year period. It ranges from baby Homer, to his school years (improving from F’s to D’s), acne-ridden teenager, and beer drinking, balding Homer.

Watch the video after the jump.
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Eighth wonder of the world? Stunning, secret underground temples

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Eighth wonder of the world? The stunning temples secretly carved out below ground by “paranormal” eccentric

by HAZEL COURTENEY—Last updated at 09:58am on 22 November 2007

Nestling in the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy, 30 miles from the ancient city of Turin, lies the valley of Valchiusella. Peppered with medieval villages, the hillside scenery is certainly picturesque.

But it is deep underground, buried into the ancient rock, that the region’s greatest wonders are concealed.

Hall of the Earth
Hall of the Earth: An amazing room built on the “supernatural” visions of its creator

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Here, 100ft down and hidden from public view, lies an astonishing secret—one that has drawn comparisons with the fabled city of Atlantis and has been dubbed “the Eighth Wonder of the World” by the Italian government.
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