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One of the most interesting books I've ever read was the Singapore Story by Lee Kwan Yew (the first Prime Minister of Singapore and the guy who made the country what it is today).

What I still remember today was his description of how Singapore was behind in Malaysia when both countries gained their independence. Singapore didn't have the natural resources like its larger cousin (not even freshwater - it had to be piped in from Malaysia). But in just a few decades, the tiny country pulled very far ahead.

Mahathir Mohammed, the Prime Minister of Malaysia who was the counterpart of Lee, said this about the reason his country's didn't do so well: The Malays "are lazy and like to find the easy way." (his words, not mine: Source).

Back to Adam's post: I used to visit Singapore quite often - and yes, it is an ultra-modern country. It's far more modern than most American cities, actually. It is also becoming (if it's not already) bland and filled with shopping malls after shopping malls.

I do agree with ughsingapore: the Night Zoo is awesome!
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Randall IS the greatest! A few of these really made me chuckle (magic finger, disappointment/amusement box). Bwahahaha!

Congrats to Shrike who guessed right, though he posted a URL since there's no prize I guess it really doesn't matter ... ;)

Good of Admiral Ackbar to make an appearance!
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Unenforceable? The problem with this sort of law is not that it's completely unenforceable, it's that it can be enforced willy nilly: one officer of the law (or agent of the whatever agency tasked to enforce the law) can apply the law to one small business but not another.
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According to the Handmade Toys Alliance, the law will also require all toys to have a date and batch number stamped. Since this law is retroactive, ALL toys that don't have them are contraband (and how many toys do you see have production batch numbers on them?)

My understanding is that the law applies to both domestic and imported "children's products" (not just limited to toys and clothes). Imported materials have to include a certification of testing.

Natural materials are excluded, so cotton, wood, etc. are exempt from the rulings (but painted stuff still have to comply with the testings).

This is a knee-jerk law due to the lead paint in kids toys from China scare. The law is badly written, and enforcement would be prohibitive.
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WooHoo! 100%.

The water one is kind of like the black swan question, which is like this

- a swan is observed to have white feathers
- all observations so far confirm that all swans have white feathers

People in middle age Europe actually believed that ALL swans are white, until someone noticed that there's a black swan outside of Europe.

It's also the title of the book on the economic collapse by Nassim Taleb.
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It's Pan the chimp from "The Adventures of Pan and James: Chimpanzee and Bulldog on Errands" and the Japanese shows "Tensai! Shimura Doubutsu-en" (Genius! Shimura Zoo) and "Doubutsu Kisou Tengai!" (Unbelievable Animals).

Previously on Neatorama here. Still makes me ROFL whenever I see him though! :)
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Though I'm guilty of the same thing, I notice that the phrase "Neatorama isn't a political blog" is invariably followed by a political post, and 99 times out of 100, it's against Republican/conservatism.
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Actually, my New Year's resolution is to organize my time better so I can get done with work earlier and spend more time with my wife and kids! Maddy and Zachy are growing fast and I don't want to miss being there with them. Happy New Year, everyone!
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