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Security Committee – al-Qa’ida Organization” “O ye people of
faith, be vigilant.”)
In the name of Allah the compassionate and merciful
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1. Please answer the required information accurately and
2. Please write clearly and legibly.
3. If you do not speak Arabic, please answer in the language you
4. Please refrain from sharing the information you provide on
the application with each other because it is a trust to
5. You should know that the review of this application form is
limited to the concerned individuals only.
6. If you would like to discuss any further issue, please tell
your direct brother supervisor.
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Above is page one of a three-page application to Al Qaeda, one of several documents initially found in bin Laden's possession that were declassified and released Wednesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The other documents released by the ODNI last week are several pieces of private correspondence between Osama bin Laden and his family. Those fascinating papers include letters to and from his daughters and a letter bin Laden wrote to his wife, which he calls his "will."
See the rest of the Al Qaeda application and the other abovementioned documents here.
Hockey is one of the roughest professional sports, and one of the only sports where players don’t have to tell people which sport they play when out of uniform- because their face does all the talking for them!
One face in particular has come to be known as the face of hockey, and that face belongs to Terry Sawchuk, frankengoalie.
Sawchuk started tending goal pre-1966, when players weren't required to wear masks or head protection of any kind. When safety rules were implemented in 1966 LIFE magazine hired a professional makeup artist to recreat many of the facial injuries Terry had sustained during his sixteen years in the game for this eye opening photo.
The other injuries they couldn't effectively recreate include:
"a slashed eyeball requiring three stitches, a 70% loss of function in his right arm because 60 bone chips were removed from his elbow, and a permanent “sway-back” caused by continual bent-over posture."
Dave Marchant of Henley, Somerset, UK drove his Toyota Land Cruiser about 250 miles, then checked the oil level. Under the hood he found six robin chicks. Their mother had departed, but her babies remained.
Marchant says that he won't drive the car until the robins have grown up and left the nest of their own will. It looks like they're already making progress in that task.
Whenever you take a walk through the forest you'll feel eyes upon you, but don't worry- most of those eyes are there to watch over you, and watch what you do, and only a few of them belong to a predator who thinks you look delicious. Deer are the ones who are always watching, always making sure the balance is preserved in their natural kingdom, and when they see a human in their home they see the potential for violence, unrest and imbalance. Do the deer, and the forest, a favor and leave the woods just as you found them!
Bring a stunning new style to your geeky wardrobe with this Mystical Deer t-shirt by Art et Be, featuring a bold and eye-pleasing design sure to attract attention.
Daytime television is a wonderland of quack medical advice, paternity tests and “reality” show drama, and those who tune in to these midday broadcasts aren’t expecting to have their faith in humanity restored.
I've been known to watch a daytime show or two just for kicks, but I soon realized that you don't have to sit through an hour of awfulness when those informative chyrons tell you all you need to know in an instant.
Chyrons are text banners that appears on the lower third of the screen, and if you look up "TV chyrons" online you'll discover they present you with all the reality TV fun in an instant, without commercials or filler content.
But before you go searching for some laughs check out The Soup's collection of The Incredible World Of Daytime TV Chyrons, featuring comedic descriptions from classic shows like Tyra, Ricki Lake and, of course, Maury.
The annual Cannes Film Festival has run since the thirteenth of this month and continues until the twenty-fourth. The festival has generated its usual series of headlines, as well as a controversy about women attendees having to wear high-heeled shoes to be admitted to festival affairs and showings. The event is a highlight of celebrity fashion each year; those in the entertainment industry from all over the globe take great care to be seen in their most glamorous light.
Photographer Vincent Desailly recently took advantage of the glamour and high attendance levels of the festival to shoot these beautiful black and whites of celebrities looking their most alluring on the red carpet. There's nothing quite like black-and-white shots to evoke a classic style and beauty. See more of these monochrome gems, including shots of Rooney Mara, Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger and others at Desailly's Tumblr andInstagram.
There are better ways to become the Hulk, but if you're looking for a way that doesn't involve working out at the gym and taking steroids you should consult this handy chart and see how easy it can be! It's incredible how much work people put in to becoming a physical marvel when all it really takes is some paint, some gamma radiation and an angry streak a mile wide. However, this method isn't guaranteed to work, and will most likely end up making you look like the saddest Avengers cosplayer in the cancer ward!
Share some quack comic book science with the world, wear this How To Become Incredible t-shirt by IdeasConPatatas and watch the smiles on people's faces grow to epic proportions!
The classic video game Pac-Man premiered in Japan 35 years ago today. To mark the occasion, Uproxx rounded up 12 fascinating bits of information in the surprisingly complex history of that game. For example, game designer Toru Iwatani created it in order to appeal to women:
Iwatani wasn’t a fan of ’70s arcades. He thought they were dirty and smelly and figured they’d be much nicer places to visit if somebody other than teenage guys hung out there, so he specifically set out to create a game that would appeal to women and couples.
Iwatani based his design on a deep and comprehensive knowledge of female psychology:
In his mind, girls really liked to eat, particularly sweets and desserts, so he decided to make a game based around eating. I’m not sure that chomping desserts is specifically a girl thing, but it worked out well for Iwatani, so maybe I’m the one who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
You may laugh at that, but Iwatani was successful in reaching out to women (well, at least professionally):
Iwatani’s gambit worked. While hardened Space Invaders fans turned their noses up at Pac-Man (yes, the hardcore vs. casual gamer divide already existed in 1980) kids, women and older gamers gravitated toward the unique, less stressful charms of Pac-Man. Quickly Pac-Man became the title less obsessive gamers sought out when they were dragged to the arcade, and soon even the hardcore types started to come around.
That’s it—the entire park. It’s just a small tree surrounded by a bit of grass. In 1946, Dick Fagan, a journalist in Portland, Oregon, noticed that there was a hole in the median of a street where a lamppost used to stand. He decided to put it to good use by building a park there. Fagan named it Mills End Park after the title of his regular newspaper column, Mills End. The City of Portland acquired it in 1976, so it’s an official city park. Parks and Recreation workers tend to it carefully, according to Oregon Live:
Mill Ends is weeded, watered, planted and maintained like every other park in our National Gold Medal-winning system," Mike Abbaté, director of Portland Parks & Recreation, wrote to the challenger.
As of 2013, Mills End Park held the Guinness World Record for the smallest park in the world.
Chilean artist Fab Ciraolo mixes images from pop culture to “highlight the conflict between extravagance and rebellion.” His recent works include Vincent Van Gogh as Spock toting an antique phaser rifle and Bob Ross as Captain Kirk. As you might expect, he’s not wearing pants.
The series also includes a Starfleet red shirt who I am unable to identify. He may not survive the episode, but he won’t die easily.
From the outside, the hotel really looks like it’s made of LEGO bricks!
And from the inside, too. The new LEGOland Hotel in Winter Haven, Florida offers 152 rooms with LEGO designs inspired by real toy sets and LEGO movies and video games. Guests can’t alter the structure of the building, but otherwise it’s a fully immersive LEGO experience.
The hotel also will offer kids and their families a chance to take a Master Model Builder Workshop in the hotel every day. Guests can work alongside professional model makers on Lego projects. […]
Every room comes with Lego models and a scavenger hunt kids can complete to unlock an in-room treasure chest. Stays at the Legoland Hotel come with free daily breakfast, access to Lego play areas, entertainment and other extras.
Question: is it safe to walk around the hotel with bare feet?
The ninja turtles were hanging out in Central Park one day when an alien spacecraft landed on the lawn, and some mighty rubbery looking aliens slithered out. They spoke in a strange tongue that sounded like sheets of plastic going through a power shredder punctuated with a loud "krang!", which totally took the wabu out of their cowabunga. The teenage mutants were about to bail on the whole alien scene when some old, ratty looking dude took them aside and offered them a job as power rangers...
Transform your geeky wardrobe with this Mighty Morphin' Turtles t-shirt by SimplePeteDoodles, it's out of this world!
Those of you who've been to Madame Tussauds London know the eerie exactitude with which the exhibits project into their spaces. In this footage, the Tussauds Star Wars exhibit is being painstakingly prepared, and it's as if we're seeing the movies all over again.
An impressive thirteen to seventeen individual pieces are molded together to shape a character’s head, which is made up of ten to fifteen liters of colored wax. Generally ten thousand strands of hair are inserted to each head, though Chewbacca broke that hairy record. Via Gizmodo
Friends, which ran from 1994 to 2004, wasn't a show containing lavish sets. Most scenes were filmed either in a coffee shop setting or in one of two apartments. What made this show so expensive was its cast. One situation that made it incredibly costly for management was that the actors in the cast banded tightly together for salary negotiations, insisting on fair payment for the entire ensemble. That made it impossible for the network powers-that-were to divide and conquer the actors when it came to salary talks.
According to Finances Online, as the popularity of Friends grew, the actors negotiated for more money in relation to the growth. By the time the show was producing its final season, each cast member was making $1 million per episode, causing the show’s budget to cost an exorbitant $10 million per.
Read about the six other most costly television shows ever madehere.
Vintage Everyday attributes this compelling collection of 17 Native American photographs to famed western historical photographer Edward S. Curtis. These images are said to be part of Curtis' The North American Indian, captured between 1907 and 1930. The photos were an ethnographical study of numerous tribes that Curtis believed to be vanishing peoples in their last days whom he felt were incredibly important to document. See more images from this grouping at Vintage Everyday.
Every group of dungeon explorers needs a mage in their party, so he can fling magic missiles to soften up those nasty gnolls and read any magic books you find in treasure chests. However, don't look to the mage for scintillating conversation, because they're normally too busy memorizing spells or learning to speak a demonic language to chat. The only creature that can pull a mage's nose out of his spellbook is the mighty dragon, and if a dragon and mage get to talking you'd better make sure you're on the mage's good side!
Dress up for roleplaying game night with this RPG Rules.Mage t-shirt by Mauro, the fashionable way to declare you've got spellcasting class!
Are you more literate than a third grader? If your vocabulary is limited to the most popular songs on the Billboard charts for the past 10 years, then that’s in doubt.
Andrew Powell-Morse of the data blog SeatSmart compiled the lyrics from 225 of the most popular songs in the pop, country, rock, and hip-hop genres. He analyzed them with the Flesch-Kincaid grade index to generate reading level scores. On average, songs that were popular over the past 10 years were written at the third grade level, but that’s been steadily dropping over time. You can see more charts here, including ones that show gender and genre differences, as well as the grade levels of specific singers, such as Kanye West and Justin Timberlake.
The Japanese publishing house Hakayawa commissioned artist Norko Meguro to design cover images for George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. The resulting style is immediately recognizable for anime and manga fans. The covers offer fresh takes on characters that fans of both the novels and TV show have grown to love and hate. Pictured above is the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen.
He was the darling of the avant garde art world, the madman with a moustache who warped our minds with his paintings and made us smile with his artsy antics. He's Salvador Dali- the Spanish master of Surrealism who left an indelible mark on the world of fine art and an unfading impression on admirers of his twisted brilliance. He once said "intelligence without ambition is like a bird without wings", and boy did ol' Sal let his brain feathers fly!
Celebrate your favorite painter in style with this Dali t-shirt by CreoTuMundo, it's a fun way to make sure Salvador Dali is always on (in) your heart!
Rocky was supposed to end with Balboa taking the big payola and throwing the fight against Apollo Creed, and Clerks originally ended with Dante being shot to death by an armed robber. Sometimes a script change is a good thing!
Disney princesses may not be the best role models for young folks, and they might not be the golden goddesses of morality they’re made out to be, but they do one thing really well- represent different stages of our lives.
From the early days of wide eyed babyhood to the jaded, cynical thirtysomething years of drudgery and boredom, there's a Disney princesses that accurately represents every stage of our lives, at least according to cartoonist Paul Westover.
As someone who learned the joys of hermitizing in my thirties I definitely relate to Elsa, and even though I don't have power over the cold my fridge has a built in ice maker!
If you would've told me 20 years ago that the internet age would feature silly stories about the real color of a dress and a guy raising way too much money to make a potato salad going wildfire viral I would have called you crazy.
But you would have been right, and the internet is a much sillier, stranger, stupider and more ridiculous place than those of us who were online 20 years ago could have ever imagined.
They're not your ordinary family, heck they're not even related, but Slade and Wade do have a lot in common- they're mercenaries for hire, they wear cool masks and they're both terminators who like to shoot things to death! Imagine how unstoppable the Wilsons would be if they ever teamed up, but alas they're from separate universes and crossovers are few and far between...
This The Wilsons t-shirt by Shoden is a stroke of genius, and people will marvel at your geeky style from DC to Lian Yu, so pool your resources together and bring home this amazing body armor today! (Please note- this t-shirt will neither stop bullets nor deflect katana chops, wearer's safety not guaranteed when facing deranged mercs with big mouths!)
Kuma Films calls them the "Dynamic Diabolic Duo." They're a pair of yoyo masters in Taipei who have amazing control over their instruments. The yoyos fly through the air flawlessly, moving exactly where these men want them to.
Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog
Early on the morning of December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Alan Sanford, 18, was on board the destroyer USS Ward. That ship guarded the entrance to Pearl Harbor. Lookouts spotted a strange, cylindrical object in the water. It was a Japanese mini-submarine.
The captain, woken from sleep, ordered the ship to speed and prepare to ram the sub. Seaman Sanford was among a gun crew getting ready to fire at the object.
On the opening day of the war, 75 minutes before Japanese warplanes swarmed over the anchored fleet at Pearl Harbor, Seaman Sanford and his colleagues opened fire at the submarine. These were the first American shots of the war. The Wall Street Journal describes the encounter:
Mr. Sanford and the other crewmen on the bow gun fired at a range of about 100 yards. He watched the round leave the barrel and barely miss the conning tower. “I thought if it had another coat of paint on the sub, it might have activated the graze fuze,” which detonates when a shell suddenly slows down, Mr. Sanford said in the park service interview. “That’s how close I think we came.”
A second gun crew on the Ward fired next, punching a four-inch hole in the starboard side of the conning tower as the destroyer steamed past the sub at a range of about 50 yards. The destroyer followed up with four depth charges. Sea water poured in through the shell hole, the submarine rolled to starboard, and sank in 1,200 feet of water, according to the captain’s report and historians.
Seaman Sanford served through the end of the war. Then he studied mechanical engineering and later worked on the Apollo space program. He died in January at the age of 91 and was buried on Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery.
The video features several cameos from Internet stars, such as: Keyboard Cat, Double Rainbow Guy, the cat in a shark costume on a Roomba vacuum cleaner, Nyan Cat, Dancing Baby, and MORE (I don't want to spoil it for you.)
We see you’re on the Internet. That’s great, because we made a safety video starring the Internet.