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Given the behavior of most of the people shown (I think these are mostly Russian dashcam videos), they all should expect to have a brush with death. Many are walking into traffic without looking, walking into traffic while texting, driving at high speed in snowy conditions or with low visibility, or even trying to overtake an oncoming car while crossing the street!
And then there's the car in Arabia, which was probably an incident of 'drifting'; a nihilistic and suicidal practice of disaffected and bored Saudi men.
I showed some of these videos to my daughter when she was learning to drive, in order to show her the kinds of things she should be aware of for 'defensive driving'.
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It is one of my favorite episodes in all of StarTrek (next to "Mr Spock and the Planet of Brain-stealing Bimbos") It attempts to show the difficulties of contact with a very alien type of mind and culture, which must have been quite a challenge for the writers. Science Fiction is mostly a way to look at ourselves through an unfamiliar mirror, but this story points in a different direction.
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Dr. Doom! I don't know if he finished his doctorate, after that terrible accident that left him scarred.
Dr. Frankenstein does have a MD or PhD, I think. He may be trusted with your life, since he can restore life to your dead body. On the other hand, he may put someone else's brain into it . . .
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I am overwhelmed. I would not have been so gracious for the first gift as this boy, who apparently must glue his shoes to repair them as a normal part of his life. It makes you want to start a Kickstarter for him to raise a scholarship or something.
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Article linked by Dave Barry says: "He said that he had captured the hornet with a butterfly net and held it with tweezers while he removed its sting and poison sacs."
I find this to be very unlikely. At least in bees, removal of stinger and poison sacs inevitably results in the bee's death (Bee stingers are barbed and cannot be pulled out of flesh, and so they are left behind by bees after stinging, killing the bee and leaving pumping venom glands and stinger in the victim). There is widespread skepticism at Twitter, where the pictures are posted. Most viewers believe the insect to be dead.
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I was once thinking about deer antler velvet. Deer will shed velvet from their antlers by rubbing them on tree branches. If this 'volunteer velvet' is collected from the wild, would it be considered a meatlike product acceptable to vegans? (Its content of growth hormones and supposed effects on strength and wound healing are issues not addressed by this question)
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Just out of college, I had a job netting salmon at Bonneville Dam. One guy sat on top of a ladder watching the fish pass through the fish ladder. He had a button to press that would direct salmon into a chute that ended in a 6' x 6' tub. The rest of us would dip net the fish into a small dumpster filled with water and a fish anesthetic. The fish were knocked out, and then transferred to a tank truck of water. When the tank was full of fish, the truck would drive to a fish hatchery where the fish would 'ripen' before their eggs and milt were harvested. The whole process was probably quite stressful for the fish. I imagine this is a nicer alternative.
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Kinda like this puppy in the anime Silver Spoon, season 2. They have a bamboo container with a coin slot so people will contribute toward the puppy's upkeep.
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