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Jon Stewart: "Duck Dynasty" Star Shouldn't Be Booted From Show For "Saying Ignorant Shit"

“Look, I think what the guy said is ignorant, but I also have an inclination to support a world where saying ignorant shit on television doesn’t get you kicked off that medium,” Jon Stewart said. “I guess I stand with the free speech absolutists at Fox News, who don’t believe you should pressure people to have to adhere to cultural norms of speech — mostly.”

An A&E executive told The New York Times on Thursday it was Robertson’s overt comparison between bestiality and homosexuality that prompted the suspension.

The Robertson family issued a statement Thursday on the suspension, thanking fans for their support and suggesting the show’s future is in doubt without the patriarch.

“We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty,” the statement said.

Community Post: 18 Other Bowls For Lovers Of Bowls

1. You could have some cereal out of a bowl…

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2. Make yourself a delicious bread bowl…

Get a recipe here.

3. Or get the biggest bowl you have and fill it with BuzzFeed Food’s 47-Layer Dip:

Get the recipe, video, and layer-by-layer commentary here.

4. Or pick up these novelty chip-n-dip helmet bowls:

Get them at Thrillist.

5. Or you could seek out the largest bowls of food in the world:

Like the largest bowl of Bak Kut Teh, or the Guinness Book-verified biggest bowls of pasta, tabbouleh, soup, porridge, goulash, couscous, or cereal.

6. And eat them out of the world’s largest bowl made of porcelain.

Over two feet high and over six feet across at the top.

7. And for help getting through those monster bowls, you could share this super bowl:

For residents of Colorado or Washington, or registered medical patients in any of these states, of course.

8. Let all that digest while giving F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “The Bowl” a quick read…

Read it in full here.

9. …or while trying to bring back the bowl cut.

10. You can take bowling and football to new, weird heights with Fowling:

Pronounced like “bowling”, with an F.

11. Or just go regular bowling, with football playing on the big screen.

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49ers fans can do just that in Albany, CA.

12. You could prove yourself at the annual Geek Bowl in Austin, Texas, the biggest pub quiz in America, on Saturday, February 9th.

13. And if those bowls aren’t super or geeky enough for you, you could go Super Bowling yourself on your old NES:

14. You could replay your VCR-recorded copies of Beavis and Butthead’s “Butt Bowls”:

15. Or your DVR’s copies of the Lingerie Bowls.

Though it’s no longer airing as gimmicky counterprogramming in an attempt to legitimize women’s tackle football.

16. If none of those bowls strike your fancy, you can watch the one everyone else will be watching this Sunday: The Puppy Bowl.

Featuring the Hamster Blimp…

the Kitty Halftime Show…

and Hedgehogs in Tutus as this year’s cheerleaders, replacing last year’s Piglet Pep Squad.

17. Or you could take “puppy bowl” a little more literally…

18. This Sunday, though, you’ll find us in a pillow bowl full of puppies watching the Puppy Bowl.

We hear there’s some kind of sporting event CBS is running to draw viewers away. We might check it out during the commercials.

Russia Loses Control Of Gecko Sex Satellite

Less than one week after its launch, Russia has lost control of a research satellite carrying various organisms, including five geckos, which was testing the effect of weightlessness on mating.

The satellite — Foton-M– was launched on July 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and while it continues to transmit information on location and system performance, a press release from the Federal Space Agency sent out yesterday reported that it is not responding to mission control commands.

However, other systems are operating normally and the satellite continues to orbit on autopilot. Scientists are currently attempting to re-establish a connection with the operating system to ensure its controlled return to Earth, but it doesn’t look good for the little fellas right now.

Researchers from Russia’s Institute of Medico-Biological Problems, who headed the study, have reportedly said that they are still able to observe the frisky behavior of geckos on board the craft and may be able to salvage some information on how sexual behavior is affected. However, they did not confirm whether the lizards had successfully done the deed or not.

In addition to these experiments, Foton-M was also being used to investigate the growth of crystals in microgravity for a variety of applications including the generation of semiconductors and biomedical products.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that this has happened to Russia’s space program. Last year, a similar satellite called Bion-M experienced a massive system failure, killing the majority of animals on board including gerbils, mice and fish. In 2011, the Phobos-Grunt also plummeted back to Earth shortly after its launch. 

[Header image “Hallo Gecko!” by Schub@, via Flickr, used in accordance with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

Community Post: The Most Amazing Life Changing Corgi Rescue Story

1. Joplin Sleeping & Having Sweet Dreams

2. The Story

Joplin is our August Corgi Of The Month and the star of the viral video “Joplin’s Baroo – Cute Corgi Howls At Ambulance”. Carol Young is the proud parent of this wonderful and cute Corgi.

Here is the full rescue story told by Carol :

In March, our 6 year old corgi Bandit, who we had adopted 2 years earlier from a local rescue, passed away during a supposedly routine teeth cleaning procedure. His heart had just stopped, and we were completely devastated.

It was not long before we realized how much we missed having such a sweet and funny guy around, so we began keeping an eye out for another Corgi to adopt. And that is when we read about a little Corgi in Joplin Missouri who needed the help of Corgi Nation so that he could get the emergency medical attention that he needed. This little dog had been dumped out of a car onto someone’s driveway and left to die . Fortunately the owners of the property were home and saw what had happened. They loaded the bleeding dog into their car and took him to the Joplin Humane Society. He arrived bloody and unable to move, and appeared to be close to death. That is when Joplin Humane posted his photo and asked for donations so that he could be taken to the emergency vet.

3. Look At This Face!

Thanks to a wonderful and generous Corgi Nation the little Corgi was taken to the emergency vet, where they determined that he had been attacked by a large dog. Although he had a number of punctures on his neck and upper chest, his vital organs and muscles were okay. They shaved his fur, cleaned and stitched his wounds and put in a drainage tube. A few days later, a new photo of the little corgi’ was shared by Joplin Humane, but this time he was walking around with a goofy little smile and his drainage tube showing (another one of the photos we sent). It was the combination of the 2 photos and his amazing survival story that inspired us to put in an application to adopt this special little boy, who his rescuers had named Drake.

5. Happy Family!

Once again Corgi Nation stepped up, but this time it was to support us in our efforts to be chosen as Drake’s forever home. I posted a brief comment that I had sent in an application, which resulted in friends posting positive comments on our behalf, and even sending in letters of recommendation. Bandit had made a lot of friends on his Facebook page, and I used it to assist with some rescue efforts,and become involved with groups such as Corgi Rescue of America, CorgiAid and FaithBark. And those same friends supported us, knowing that we could provide a good and loving home for Drake.

Two weeks after Drake was brought to Joplin Humane, and one month after we lost Bandit, we were informed that we were picked to adopt the little Corgi that had stolen Corgi Nation’s heart. We drove 7 hours to get Drake, who we renamed Joplin in honor of his rescuers.

7. Happy Smile =)

It has now been almost 4 months since we adopted Joplin, and his wounds have healed and his fur grown back. The only evidence of the attack that remains is his somewhat raspy bark, because his vocal chords were most likely damaged. And that is why his aarrooo is so unique! Joplin is the best little guy, and we still hear from many of the people that helped Joplin in his greatest time of need. And to ensure that there will be funds available for other emergency situations like Joplin’s, Bandit’s Bandaid, an emergency veterinary fund named after our first Corgi, was established by the nonprofit FaithBark rescue organization!

9. Let’s Play!

10. Joplin’s video that made him a star!

10 Amazing Pieces of Art Made By One Person

Many artists are hindered by the idea that they need other people’s cooperation to make their masterpieces. But the people in this list were not held up in such a way. In fact, in some of these cases, they actually needed to be the only person working on their pieces of art, for practical or philosophical reasons. The artists vary greatly in nature, levels of success, and appeal—but what they all have in common is an immense amount of heart.

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Starting in 1958, road inspector Nek Chand of Chandigarh, India, spent eighteen years keeping a surprisingly visible and beautiful secret. Using only discarded pieces of masonry and other garbage he found in a nearby dump, he developed his “rock garden” from a small pile of trash into a twelve acre array of statues, walkways, and walls.

The act was completely illegal, because it was on a public nature reserve—but it was such a winning display that following its 1976 discovery, people used themselves as human shields to prevent bulldozers and the like from demolishing it. The park still stands today, having been essentially adopted by India as a national treasure (and being visited by an average of 5,000 visitors a day.)

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Nina Paley was a New York-based animator going through an ugly divorce, when she stumbled upon the Ramayana, a Hindu epic. The unhealthy relationship of the gods Ramaya and Sita resonated with Paley, and so she spent five years writing, animating, and directing her eighty-two minute, private epic—all from her home computer.

Despite myriad copyright problems that came up with the music, and considerable anger from both left- and right-wing groups in the Hindu community, the movie managed to get worldwide distribution and a positive critical reception which included such celebrity opinion-makers as Roger Ebert.

Inspired by the copyright problems, Paley has made the movie free to view online.

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Dean Dodrill devoted three-and-a-half years to animating this gorgeous 2D RPG platformer. The game drew generally positive reviews, and sold tens of thousands of copies in its first year at $15 each.

Some took issue with the fact that the characters were all anthropomorphic animals (feeling that it made them part of a fetish group called “furries”), or with the fact that the second lead character, Fidget, was annoying—but there was little denying that the animation and fight programming was top of the line, even without bearing in mind that it was all done by one guy.

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Claiming divine inspiration from thirty years of dreams, beginning in 1959, Aba Defar has constructed four churches in Ethiopia. Well, he hasn’t so much constructed them as … carved them. Out of rock. With pick axes. They’re definitely austere in design, measuring about sixteen by thirty-two feet (5m by 10m) with four pillars—but they will easily outlast many conventionally-made, more decorative churches.

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Speaking of more decorative pieces of religious art, check out Leonard Knight’s massive painting in Niland, California. It’s three stories tall, one hundred feet (30m) wide, and came into existence in 1985. After four years, the first attempt collapsed—but 100,000 paint gallons later, it managed to remain standing, despite public protests that a religious work should not be allowed on public land. In recent years, Leonard Knight has become too feeble to maintain the installation, and a public effort to preserve the many sayings and murals of Salvation Mountain is underway.

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While Nina Paley’s feature length Sita Sings the Blues used some clever and corner-cutting flash animation for her story, former Disney animator Phil Nibbelink went with much more old-fashioned cel animation for his retelling of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy.

With 112,000 frames drawn on his home computer, the movie more or less captures the feel of a lesser Don Bluth film—right down to the fact that critics hated it, while audience reaction was lukewarm. Still, being a one-person project from an era which saw the release of the likes of Doogal and Delgo, its $463,000 gross makes it seem like a relative gold mine.

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As Scott Weaver describes in the above video, his toothpick sculpture—which he personally spent thirty-five years working on—might not be the world’s largest; but the others don’t exactly allow a ball to be rolled through them. Including an international array of 100,000 toothpicks, Scott Weaver will be putting it on display in San Francisco in April 2013.

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Stop-motion, an extremely dated and time consuming but still somewhat popular technique, was director Christine Cegavske’s method of choice for thirteen years when she made this 2005 film.  It’s a dialogue-free story about a collection of small crow-rat hybrids whose doll is stolen by villainous white mice.

It’s every bit as odd—and quietly creepy—as that implies. Nevertheless, it received very favorable reviews from such publications as the New York Times and Variety. One anecdote from behind the scenes that simply must be told is that Cegavske once walked into her studio only to find all of her dolls gone; eventually she learned that her mother had thrown them all away. Mothers never do quite understand.

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This array (built by James Hampton) was—like the churches in Ethiopia—inspired by dreaming. Hampton was a janitor, who made this secret tribute to God during his off-hours over the course of fourteen years. The enormous art collection discovered after Hampton’s death was subsequently judged to be worthy of a Smithsonian Display.

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The subject of a 2011 documentary, Simon Rodia’s seventeen towers—which took thirty-three years to build—might merely seem to be dangerous pieces of junk. In fact, Rodia did build them partly from junk, like Nek Chand did his rock garden.

The towers were for a time marked by the city of Los Angeles for demolition; they were considered unsafe, especially since the tallest of them reaches one hundred feet (30m). But stress tests were performed, and these revealed that the towers were more than strong enough to be allowed to remain standing—and so they were. In 2011, the New York Times reported that there had been trouble raising the support needed to maintain the towers, tourism and public support being limited both by their eccentric nature and by the fact that they’re in the L.A. equivalent of an obscure area.

Amy Poehler Is Possibly A Never Aging Immortal
Teacher Given Jail Sentence After She Let Kindergarteners Beat Up A Bully To Show Him How It Feels

1. Cynthia Ambrose, a 44-year-old teacher from San Antonio, was convicted Tuesday of “official oppression.”

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2. In May, she ordered her students to line up and take turns hitting their classmate, encouraging them to hit him harder, to teach him how it feels to be bullied.

3. The incident happened at Salinas Elementary School in San Antonio. The hitting only stopped when 6-year-old Aiden Neely was hit by a seventh student so hard that he began to cry.

4. Officials and parents were horrified at the incident and on top of sentencing Ambrose, District Judge Side Harle hopes to bar Ambrose from teaching for two years.

5. During her trial Ambrose said that she was, in fact, a good person.

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Post Sandy, Watch Out for Flood Damaged Used Cars

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Car buyers beware: Used cars damaged by Hurricane Sandy may soon be coming to a dealership near you.

Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast one month ago this Thursday. As East Coast communities rebuild after the hurricane, consumers across the country need to be wary of unknowingly buying a flood-damaged used car.

“If you know what you’re buying it may not be a bad purchase, but the unpredictability of water can make these vehicles some of the most dangerous on the road,” Chris Basso, public relations manager for Carfax, tells Mashable.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that so far,230,000 insurance claims have been submitted for flood damaged cars. And that number is expected to climb.

“Historically, about half of all the vehicles damaged will make their way back on the road in the U.S. over the next few months,” he said. “It’s totally legal as long as there’s disclosure.”

When people try to move the car to another area of the country and claim it has a clean title, then there can be trouble. That’s not only illegal for the seller, it’s a hazard to consumers.

Basso said most of the cars will be sold with disclosure. But to help ensure you don’t get fooled into buying a car full of trouble, there are some steps you can take.

“We always recommend people take three steps when they’re buying a used car,” he said. The first is to test drive the vehicle and inspect it for signs of water damage. This would show up as silt or debris in the engine or rust damage on the vehicle. If you buy a car from one of more than 30,000 dealerships, you can get a Carfax report for free. If you’re buying the vehicle from a private seller, the report costs about $40.

You can also check Flood.carfax.com for free. Just enter the vehicle’s 17-digit VIN number and the site will tell you if there’s been any flood damaged reported for that vehicle. You can also find out if the last know location of the vehicle was a FEMA declared diaster zone.

Consumers can also visit NICB’s VINCheck. The site allows consumers free access to the vehicle salvage records of participating NICB member insurance companies who collectively provide 88% of auto insurance. Vehiclehistory.gov, associated with the U.S. Department of Justice, is also a good site to find out about a car’s history. For about $13 you can access a report from a number of sites approved by the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System.

Basso also recommends getting the vehicle inspected by a mechanic (a step that most people skip, he said). An inspection costs around $60-$100 — which is well worth it for a major investment like a car, not to mention your safety.

As the insurance claims for these vehicles are submitted and processed, consumers buying a used car in the next few weeks need to be especially cautious.

Unscrupulous sellers might want to hide hurricane damage because anything that’s been in a flood, even salvaged cars, would be considered poor condition in Kelley Blue Book, said Alec Gutierrez, senior marketing analyst at Kelley Blue Book.

“Especially anything that’s been produced in the past five to 10 years because there’s more electrical components,” he added. The value of these cars would be significantly lowered.

Gutierrez agreed that it’s important to pull a car history report, like the ones Carfax provides. He also recommended that consumers check out the car for themselves.

James McQueen, a communications associate at Consumer Reports, shared these tips for how to spot a flood damaged car:

  • Inspect the carpets to see if they are wet, damp, or muddy.

  • Check the seat-mounting screws to see if there is any evidence that they have been removed. To dry the carpets, the seats must be removed, not generally a part of normal maintenance.

  • Inspect the lights. Headlights and taillights are expensive to replace, and a visible water line may still show on the lens or the reflector.

  • Inspect the difficult-to-clean places, such as gaps between panels in the trunk and under the hood. Waterborne mud and debris may still appear in these places.

  • Look for mud or debris on the bottom edges of brackets or panels, where it wouldn’t settle naturally.
    Pop the hood and look for a telltale waterline on the sides and back of the engine. Places that are hard to access are less likely to have been cleaned.

  • Look at the heads of any un-painted, exposed screws under the dashboard. Unpainted metal in flood cars will typically show signs of rust.

  • Check if the rubber drain plugs under the car and on the bottom of doors look as if they have been removed recently. It may have been done to drain floodwater.

Do you check a vehicle’s history before purchasing it? Tell us in the comments.

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A necessary reminder for sports reporters covering the ‘breastroke’
Woman Kills Husband Then Sends Texts From His Phone To Trick Family

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A Mexican woman killed her husband and then sent texts from his phone to prevent anyone from looking for him.

Maria Alejandra Lafuente Caso, 40, put sleeping pills in the drink of Allan Carrera Cuellar, 41, while they were at their home in Mexico City.

The psychologist would go on to tell police that she decapitated and dismembered Cuellar with a chainsaw because he had beaten her many times.

Caso placed her husband’s body parts in black garbage bags, which she scattered throughout the Mexican capital.

She then texted his friends and family from his phone, so they would believe Cuellar had gone on a business trip, just like she said he had.

But the locations of the remains weren’t very well thought out; Cuellar’s head was found by a group of kids in a local park.

This prompted a police investigation and thus the discovery of Cuellar’s hands and feet in another area of Mexico City.

A police spokesman said that Caso’s text messages had succeeded in removing any suspicion the recipients might have had.

And when the police confronted Caso about her husband’s death, she put on a facade.

The spokesman said,

After we found the remains and managed to identify him from DNA, she pretended to be a grieving widow. But a forensic examination of her home found traces of his blood and bone gristle in the carpets and bits of flesh in the bathroom.

Caso then claimed to be mentally insane in order to avoid standing trial and possibly lessen her punishment.

But police had her tested by a mental health professional, who was not fooled by her act.

She is currently awaiting trial and could be sentenced to life in prison.