Icebergs of the Antarctic: A Photo Series

These gorgeous captures were shot by nature and wildlife photographer Martin Bailey for his Antarctica photography series.

Born and raised in England, the photographer is now a Japanese national based in Tokyo. 
As one might imagine, a nature and wildlife photographer is driven by a passion for travel and the beauty of the natural world. His passion is evident in this series, which features ice structures, some of which are 1,000 years old. 

Martin Bailey sells prints, which can be perused and purchased at his website; he also does private portrait and commercial works on commission. Visit Bailey's site to see more of this stunning series. Via Trend Hunter.   










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The Love Series

Gavin Aung Than of Zen Pencils began a series of comics over a year ago that addresses the nature of love based on quotes from not-so-ancient philosophers such as C.S. Lewis, Albert Camus, and William Shakespeare. This is an excerpt from part one, which actually gets better as it goes along. Part two continues the relationship, and part three was supposed to be hopeful, but upset many loyal readers. Particularly Mrs. Zen Pencils. So eight months later, part four was published today as a gift to Than’s wife, and is a delight to those who have been wondering what happened to the characters. Each comic can stand alone. Will there be more installments? I hope so!  

See also: Jim Henson's Advice in Cartoon Form.


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The Guide To Spoiler Etiquette

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Navigating the internet without being exposed to spoilers can sometimes seem like an impossible mission, especially if you’re a passionate fan who genuinely hates to have your favorite media ruined for you by uncaring users/article writers.

So what actually constitutes a spoiler? Are some people being a bit too touchy about spoilers, or do they have a valid argument?

Screen Junkies host Hal Rudnick tackles this touchy subject with the help of actor Steve Byrne, journalist Devin Faraci, and Screen Junkies own Dan Murrell.

They discuss spoiler boundaries and try to put together a "spoiler bill of rights", tune in and see if you agree with their spoiler rules.

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19 Maps That Will Blow Your Mind

Nathan Yau at Flowing Data takes a turn to the weird side for a list of 19 maps. I love this one.

4. Changes over time and space

Several mini-explosions are going off in your head at this very moment, so brace yourself for what comes next. The most telling of maps is the one that ebbs and flows with the people who reside in the area. The data flows like water in a bendy river with a lot of rocks. This is a picture of life as we know it — random, unorganized, and unpredictable. When life gives you lemons, you make a map of those lemons, because the result blows your mind every single time.

The animated map above is only a snapshot of the millions of lives that the lines and shapes represent. The animation likely shows something interesting. Sometimes a state turns orange, others turn black, and the rest turn white. What will happen in the next frame? It is hard to say. Just like tomorrow.

Other maps detail which states end with the letter “a” and what letter each state’s name uses the most (in which Kentucky is the most interesting). They are all U.S. maps, for simplicity, I guess.

Knowing a little something about what I would see at this link, I thought for sure it would be at Clickhole. But Clickhole’s humor was spawned from the recent prevalence of overhype in the desperate scramble for clicks and pageviews illustrated by sites like Upworthy, and that backlash can be grounds for brilliance in other corners of the internet. -via Metafilter


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37 Things You Probably Didn't Know About San Diego

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There’s a lot more to San Diego than Comic-Con, surfing and a world famous Zoo- S.D. is a town with a long military history, a rich cultural history that we share with Mexico, and plenty of Old West flavor around every corner.

San Diego has been called "the birthplace of California", and former mayor Pete Wilson once called it America’s Finest City, a title that has stuck around because San Diegans are proud of their beautiful city.

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Whether you’re curious about the home of Comic-Con, thinking about taking a sunny beachside vacation, or want to know more about the city that made Ron Burgundy a top rated newsman you should read this highly informative article entitled 37 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About San Diego.

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A few facts they left off the list- Dennis Hopper lived in San Diego as a teenager, attending Grossmont and Helix high school from 1950-54, and our very own mascot The San Diego Chicken made The Sporting News list of the Top 100 Most Powerful People in Sports of the 20th Century, alongside Muhammed Ali and Babe Ruth. Not bad for a giant chicken!

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Epic Battle! - Super Saiyan From A To Z


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They may look virtually the same when they've gone full blown super saiyan, but Goku and Vegeta couldn't be more different! Goku is a hero who uses his saiyan powers for good, while Vegeta wants nothing more than to defeat Goku and become the universe's most powerful warrior. With the power of dragon ball wishes up for grabs, which mighty warrior will come out on top?

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Seniors Make Pop Culture Calendar

Senior Living Communities is a chain of retirement homes with facilities in several states. They came together to produce an 18-month calendar featuring residents recreating their favorite movies, TV shows, and album covers. Proceeds go to the various communities’ local charities.



You can order yours through their website, and you can even designate which community the charity portion will go to. All 18 photos are posted there. You can also vote for your favorite of the 18 photographs at Facebook. -via Buzzfeed


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Six Ways Movies Are Wrong About Space

Space is still the final frontier for us earthbound human beings, and our fascination with what awaits humanity in the largely unexplored cosmos is still going strong. 

Movies have brought this cosmic interest back time and time again, most recently with the film Gravity, proving that people still can’t get enough of movies set in space.

Chris Hadfield is an astronaut who knows a thing or two about outer space, and he’s sick and tired of watching movies that seem to get space wrong every time.

Chris says space will kill you in mundane ways, like when Luca Parmitano came close to drowning in space when his water supply leaked into his helmet, but going to the bathroom in space is awesome, which is something they never show in the movies, for obvious reasons.

He shared these factoids and more with Cracked in 6 Ways Movies Get Space Wrong, and (spoiler alert!) Hollywood movies are typically all wrong about space!


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Every Noise At Once

What? You don't know your progressive house from your deep disco house? What kind of a music lover are you?

But thanks to Every Noise At Once by Glenn McDonald, you no longer have to wonder the difference between "black metal," "pagan black metal," and "dark black metal."

McDonald, who works as "genre taxonomist" over at Echo Nest sure knows his stuff. His website not only displays over a thousand music genres, but you can also explore 30 seconds Spotify clips of music representative of that genre by clicking on the individual link.

McDonald wrote on the website:

This is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1215 genres by The Echo Nest. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier.

For example, clicking on "melodic death metal" plays a tune from that genre. Clicking on the double arrows open another cloud of bands that belong to that genre:

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Traditional Scottish Food: Deep Fried Mars Bars


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Scotland is a land of refined tastes and thoughtfully-developed food traditions. (My ancestors were Scottish, so I know of what I speak.) Among their inventions are those now famous pillars of haute cuisine: haggis and Scotch eggs.

Yet the Scottish people are not the type to rest on their laurels. Among their more recent inventions is the deep fried Mars Bar. A 2012 article in BBC News describes how this culinary marvel has emerged from the fish and chip shops of Scotland:

Ahmed at Neptune's on Duke Street refuses to fry chocolate bars because "it turns the oil black and oil is very expensive."

But Mustapha from Denis's takeaway on the High Street is happy to oblige. He says he will deep-fry anything.

"That's my job", he says.

That's the spirit!

Mustapha says he sells one or two deep-fried Mars bars a day - more when the students are back at the nearby Strathclyde University residences.

He takes a Mars bar from the shelf, unwraps it, dips it in the same batter he uses for the fish and throws it in the fryer. A couple of minutes later he presents a soggy chocolate bar covered in batter.

The caramel squirts out when it is bitten. It is soft warm and sweet. Sickly sweet and fatty.

-via Ace of Spades HQ

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'Strange Wonderful' By Stephanie Swart

One of the great things about animation is that everyone has their own unique style, both in terms of character/background design and the movement found within their work, so you never know what you’re gonna get when you check out an indie animator’s keyframed creation.

However, this animated short by Stephanie Swart kinda gives you a hint about what to expect right there in the title- Strange Wonderful.

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This surreal short is certainly strange, and very sketchy in places, but the understated storyline shows that embracing the strange can be a wonderful, albeit somewhat lonely, experience.

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Whodunit: The Queen Glendora Photos

The following is a Whodunit by Hy ConradThese mysteries are from The Little Giant® Book of Whodunits by Hy Conrad and Matt LaFleur. Can you solve the mystery before you read the solution?

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"Your regular two o'clock appointment is here," came the secretary's voice over the intercom.

Alicia Bonwit looked up from her cluttered desk. "What? Is it Wednesday already? I don't have time." Then she got a glimpse of her frazzled hair in the mirror. "Well, perhaps I'll make time. Send them in."

The team trooped into the editor's office— Fernando, a blond, clean-shaven hair stylist; Dodo, a tall, red-headed manicurist; and Mr. Mark, a distinguished, gray-bearded dress designer. Alicia pushed aside the stacks of work. "What a day!" she exclaimed with a sigh and delivered herself into their care.

"I've been so busy, I haven't even looked at the Queen Glendora photos." Alicia pointed to an unopened, padded envelope sitting among the editorial debris. "The paparazzi have been working overtime trying to catch a shot of the Albanian queen and her secret lover. Other magazines would pay a fortune for such pictures, but I got 'em. And I haven't had a free second to open the envelope. Oh, well, first things first. What are we going to do with my hair?"

For the next hour, the editor-in-chief of the fashionable tabloid Scoop Weekly allowed herself to be pampered. She gossiped, looked at fabric samples, and watched as her hair and nails were returned to their usual luster. It was only after the entourage had left that she noticed the missing envelope. "The Glendora photos," Alicia shrieked and immediately rang Security.

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A Colorful Guide To The Worst Viruses In Computer History

Exploring the history of computer viruses tends to make readers a bit paranoid, especially if they’ve been struck by one of these malicious programs in the past.

But if you’re curious about the dark side of computing you can explore the ghosts of viruses past, complete with awesome graphic addition, at the Computer Virus Catalog, “an illustrated guide to the worst viruses in computer history”.

There you can read about the LSD virus, a DOS based virus that "overwrites all the files in the current directory and then displays a druggy video effect", or the Madman virus, a DOS virus that infects .exe files- "Whenever you hit CTRL-ALT-DEL the virus displays an ASCII picture of an angry red-faced amigo. Hit your keyboard again and the virus displays the creepy message: 'Nothing can save you here, friend - you're in my world now!'_"

For some this site will be informative, but for those who practically live on their computers (like I do) this information makes for a downright terrifying read! *shivers*


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Where Scotch Tape Came From

Scotch tape, whatever brand you use, is one of those things that you’ve used for everything since you were a young child, from stopping the bleeding to making the cat freak out. But how did it originate? And why is it called Scotch tape, anyway?

The particulars are hard to pin down, but everyone seems to agree that Scotch tape, the now-famous brand, originated as a slur. Back in the ’20s, Scotch was a synonym for “cheap.” Richard Drew, a 23-year-old research assistant at Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, was trying to create a sticky-but-not-too-sticky adhesive tape for auto painters to use on two-tone paint jobs. When he erred on the not-too-sticky side, one of the car-painters asked, “Why so Scotch with the adhesive?” and a brand name was born.

But the tape he came up with for making paint on cars was Scotch brand masking tape. The clear cellophane tape took some real work, but Richard Drew developed that also, with the help of the product development team he was promoted to supervise. Read the story of how Scotch tape came about at the New York Times. -via Digg

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Lovable Lynx Living Large




This Canada lynx kitten named Jasper seems to be having a ball at the Point Defiance Zoo, between the love he gets from keepers and admirers and his fondness for play. The nine-week-old kitten weighs approximately four pounds and is being hand-reared by zoo staff.

The Canada lynx is native to North America, specifically to Canada, Alaska and the northernmost parts of the United States. Adults of the species weigh 18 to 24 pounds on average and measure 19 to 22 inches in height. 

The lynx is typically a solitary animal, although it may occasionally roam in small groups. The lynx roams anywhere from 1.5 to 3 miles per day. As they take shelter in areas of dense forest, they usually stay close to the treeline, however they generally like to swim. One researcher recorded a lynx swimming two miles across the Yukon River.

Read more and see additional photos at Zooborns. 

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Awesome Father Builds BattleTech Treehouse for His Kids


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A long time ago--way back in the 80s--there was a marvelous tabletop wargame called BattleTech. It was followed by a paper-and-pencil role-playing game called MechWarrior, which I played. That franchise now lives on in a series of highly successful computer games called MechWarrior.

The details that I can assemble are sketchy, but I gather that Jim Martin, a NASA scientist in Alabama, built this treehouse for his kids. It's modeled on the Mad Cat, a 75-ton mech of Clan origin. It is marked with the logo of ComStar, an organization modeled on the medieval Catholic Church.

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Le Cookie Monsieur - Nom Nom Nom S'il Vous Plait


Le Cookie Monsieur by sarahbevan11

When that googly eyed monster finally left that street called Sesame and made his way to France he came for the macarons and galettes, but he stayed for the bold fashion. He dropped the monster bit from his name and insisted everyone call him Monsieur, and when the bakers saw his great love of their desserts they decided to adopt him as their mascot. Le Cookie Monsieur was a big hit in the bakery scene, until he got hungry and ate all the inventory!

Indulge your travel bug with this Le Cookie Monsieur t-shirt by sarahbevan11, it's super fashionable without being pretentious, and it's the perfect shirt to wear whether you're doing a bit of traveling or settling in with a sweet snack.

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A Natural, Cheap and Adorable Way to Heat Your Pool

These pool-top lily pads don't just look cute, they also help warm the pool with their polyethylene film. Best of all, this natural heating solution is far, far cheaper than just about any other heating option since you just need to get a few hula hoops and some film and then use a heat source to attach together. 

Find out how to make your own natural heaters over at Homes and Hues: Heat Your Pool Naturally With These Lily Pads


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The World’s Weirdest Plants

Here is a list of the ten most peculiar plants and trees in the world from The Best Book of Lists Ever compiled by Geoff Tibballs.

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1. The Sausage Tree of Africa (Kigelia Africana) gets its name from the long, thick fruits which hang from the tree like sausages. The fruits have a different connotation to the Ashanti people of Ghana, who call it the “hanging breast tree,” comparing it to old tribeswomen whose life of unremitting breastfeeding results in very long breasts.

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2. The Starfish Flower (Stapelia variegata) from Africa looks like a brown and yellow starfish nesting in the sand. It also smells like a dead animal, as a result of which flies, thinking it’s a lump of rotten meat, decide it is the perfect place to raise a family. As they lay their eggs on the surface, they inadvertently pollinate the flower at the same time.

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French Girls App Shows Young Selfie Takers a New Mirror




"Cinnamon and sugary and softly spoken lies
You never know just how you look through other people's eyes"

Ah, the age-old wisdom of the Butthole Surfers. Such a hard truth. Yet there is an app called "French Girls" that lets you know how you look in the eyes of an anonymous "artist."

According to the developers, the application's name is a reference to Kate Winslet's line in Titanic, in which she instructs Leonardo DiCaprio's character to "draw me like one of your French girls."

Application users upload selfies and wait to receive a drawing of their photo from the perspective of another anonymous user. The app is popular — presumably with the younger set — with over one million downloads to date. They may not know how they look to others, but apparently it doesn't stop them from trying. Via Uproxx. 

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The Peacocks of Palos Verdes

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Rolling Hills Estates on the Palos Verdes peninsula in Los Angeles County has a lot of peacocks. They’re beautiful birds, but there’s a price to pay for such strange wildlife. From the vimeo description:

Peafowl first came to the Palos Verdes Peninsula almost a century ago when Palos Verdes founder Frank Vanderlip received 12 birds as a gift. Now, there are hundreds. The birds roam streets and roofs in the city of Rolling Hills Estates. Some residents love the peafowl and some wish the city would take more control.

Peacocks are wonderful in small doses. I recall peacocks in my neighborhood when I was a child -they mainly stayed behind the wrought iron fence of their owner’s home, where we could see them but did not have to deal with peacock poop or birds in the street. -via The Atlantic


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Man Gets Arrested, Uses His One Phone Call to Order Pizza as a Prank


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A man in Corbin, Kentucky was arrested on the charge of shoplifting $36 worth of beer from a convenience store. When he was brought into the police station, he asked officers if he could use his cellphone to make a call. They agreed.

The suspect then called a local Domino's Pizza and ordered five pizzas in the name of the officer who arrested him, Captain Coy Wilson.

The police learned this when a Domino's delivery driver arrived shortly thereafter with five pizzas for "Officer Wilson."

Now the suspect is facing additional charges of "theft by deception, identity theft and impersonating an officer."

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Eat These Creepy Baby Pears ... Before They Wake Up and Eat YOU!

We've told you about the strange baby pears before on Neatorama, but I'm sure some of you haven't seen them before. So let's share in the horror joy of these delicious baby pears, found at a supermarket in Beijing, China.

According to Rocket News 24, these "happy/joyful doll pears" are shaped when growing on trees with special molds to make them look like sleeping human babies.

Better eat 'em before they wake up!

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Brave Kitten Faces Windshield Wipers

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In this video, a Russian family is stuck on a highway during a rainstorm. It's a good thing they have this heroic kitty to stand between them and the evil black things moving back and forth behind their windshield. Via Unique Daily.

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Essential Traffic Sign in Helsinki

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The photoblog What The Helsinki?, which documents life in Finland's capital city, reports that this sign is "essential." I approve of the concept, but think that it could go further by permitting porcupines to use the human crosswalk.

-via Marilyn Terrell

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Ninja Versus Apocalypse, With Zombies

Ask some people who would win in the battle of ninja versus (insert noun here) and the ninja will always come out on top.

There’s something about those masked martial artists that makes them really popular despite their murderous inclinations, and they seem virtually invincible when you see them on the big screen:

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Well, they’re definitely destructible, as the video series Daily Ninja proves by throwing them out in front of oncoming traffic, or in the path of a shorebound ferry:

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The wacky video series was created to help promote the upcoming release of Ninja Apocalypse, a post apocalyptic flick directed by Lloyd Lee Barnett that has something to do with magic, ninjas and zombies, not necessarily in that order:

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Ninjas and zombies and magic, oh my! (May contain content considered NSFW)

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Pop Culture in Pen and Ink

Artist Rik Reimert has an impressive array of celebrity portraits on his website. The simplicity of his crosshatch pen and ink drawings does not lessen their intensity; on the contrary, it seems to enhance it. And simplicity is something that the artist wholeheartedly embraces. Reimert briefly explains his thought process behind his choice of media:

"Analog, that’s my thing. From music to photographs to art. Yes, of course we use computers and cellphones, but isn’t it great to put on a record on your turntable on a Sunday morning and just enjoy the cracks in the music and the great artwork on the cover? That’s why I chose pen and paper."

Visit Reimert's website to see more of his drawings or to request a commissioned piece. Connect with him through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+ and Pinterest. Via 22 Words. 




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One Ring To... - Purrfectly Geeky


One Ring To ... by Prander84Design

The Halflings and Elves that live in the middle of the Earth saw that golden ring as their salvation, the one ring which could be used to rule them all or bring down their oppressors, but the kitties just saw it as another shiny toy to bat around. Little did those kitties know they were about to go on a grand adventure outside the shire, one that would take nine lives to survive...

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Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby


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Charlie the beagle took a toy away from this baby girl. She cried at her loss. Charlie is not made of stone and apologized for his misdeed. He compensated her for her loss by piling toys on top of her. One of them (0:30) appears to be a video game controller. There's a dog who gets it!

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Winning the Customer Service Cancelation Phone Battle

In regards to the story of Ryan Block and the recording of his request to cancel cable service, Lee Hutchinson at Ars Technica has some advice for how to get through to the right people and get a cancelation without having to go through endless badgering from a rep who needs to retain the account. It involves losing your temper -or at least acting as if you have lost it.

Here is where a bit of unreasonableness will go a long, long way toward getting what you want. Politeness has its place, but this is not that place. To get pushed immediately through to retention, get mad. You don’t have to swear at them—cursing at a call center rep at any point is a great way to get them to hang up on you—but anger will serve you a lot better here than being nice.

"Look," you can say, "I was just talking with the retention group about canceling and we got disconnected. I don’t have time for this today. I am extremely frustrated and angry and I need you to put me back through to them right now."

If they try to guide you back to a script, get angrier and interrupt them. Raise your voice and talk over them. Demand an immediate escalation to retention—or, if you don’t want to be so exact-sounding, demand to be escalated "to the people who can cancel my account right now." You often won’t even have to give the representative any personal details. Enough bluster and bluff will almost always get you pushed through within thirty seconds. The trick is to be exasperated, angry, and frustrated—but not so angry that you’re yelling or threatening. If you have a good extemporaneous reading voice, it might be helpful to write down a quick script.

The advice is specifically for people trying to cancel their service. I’ve tried canceling a few times, but I’ve never really wanted to cancel the service -I just wanted my bill lowered, and the only way to do that is to request your service to be canceled. But in 2008, I had one truly horrific experience with the cable company (not Comcast) that caused me to lose my temper in the worst way. I took at least 12 hours of the runaround before I let loose, and I truly regret that my children witnessed it. The lesson they learned was that being civil doesn’t get results, but acting like a pure maniac gets the job done quickly.  

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