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links for 2010-07-09

  • Quote:"A cynic might see that as free labor for the corporations that make big bucks from their reviews. But that's not how the dozens of elite Yelpers see it.Damien, like others here, speaks of his Yelp profile the way a starlet might speak of a planned Hollywood career: "With perseverance and a tenacious attitude and writing reviews and building a name for yourself, you establish your own following," he said.

    // People who write for free ar suckers…

  • // Awesome
  • Quote:"Running a marathon increases your risk of a heart attack.

    Fact.

    A May 2009 study form Winnipeg's St. Boniface Hospital and the University of Manitoba confirmed what other studies had previously said: Marathons do cause short-term injury to the heart, but thankfully, they don't seem to cause lasting damage. In this study, MRIs were used to show abnormalities in the hearts of runners in the Manitoba Marathon. They tracked 14 athletes, and all showed cardiac stress immediately after the race.

    // Good. Best news I've heard all day.

  • // Awesome graph
  • Quote:"Asked for a reaction to the Emmy nomination, Mr. Stone and Mr. Parker simply wrote in an email message: “Ball don’t lie.”

    // South Park is written by manatees?

  • // Term-life, not whole life. Otherwise, waste of an article.
    (tags: finance)
  • Quote:"Factory workers demanding better wages and working conditions are hastening the eventual end of an era of cheap costs that helped make southern coastal China the world's factory floor.

    A series of strikes over the past two months have been a rude wakeup call for the many foreign companies that depend on China's low costs to compete overseas, from makers of Christmas trees to manufacturers of gadgets like the iPad.

    // Of course, any capitalist would say this would happen anyway in a free market.

  • Quote:"The final figures for the U.S. housing market's performance thus far in 2010 won't be officially released for several weeks. But a review of the best preliminary data available indicates that the recovery in home values that began in early 2009 has stalled. A second dip is clearly underway in some places, if not across the entire U.S

    // Dude. Downer.

  • Quote:"Allergic to sex? Maybe. According to experts, as many as 40,000 women in the United States suffer from what is known as seminal plasma hypersensitivity, an allergy to semen that can cause hives, itching, swelling and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, it can even cause death. “This occurs when the body's immune system overreacts when it encounters semen,” says Dr. Stram. “The white blood cells mistakenly identify proteins in the semen as harmful invaders, such as bacteria or viruses, and launch an attack against them.”

    // How did that evolve?

    (tags: health)
  • // Maybe it should change its name to something softer…Like "We're not terrorists, really–ville"
  • Quote:"Reader's Digest was once the most widely read magazine in the world. According to the company, it still may be when its overseas editions are taken into account. Last August, the company took its U.S. operations into Chapter 11 to decrease debt. It emerged from bankruptcy in February with $525 million in exit financing. The company cut the number of issues it publishes a year from 12 to 10 last year. It also cut its circulation guarantee for advertisers to 5.5 million copies from 8 million.

    // Also on the list was RadioShack, which was quite depressing.

  • Quote:" Money may not be the answer to all of life's troubles, but earning 50,000 pounds a year — and not a penny more — could make you among the happiest in Britain, a survey found.

    Workers who get paid 50,000 pounds ($75,840) a year were the happiest bunch among those in the 10,000 to 70,000 pounds wage bracket, with one in five people saying that they had never felt more content with their lives.

    The wealthier, the more miserable, with people who earn above 70,000 pounds admitting that they felt less happy than those who take home 50,000 a year, a survey by money management website lovemoney.com found.

    // If only I lived in Britain.

  • Quote:"WORST PASTA
    Domino’s Chicken Carbonara Breadbowl Pasta
    2,960 calories
    114 g fat (48 g saturated, 2 g trans)
    4,440 mg sodium

    // That sounds really good.

  • // I'm sorry, mini-golf is awesome. For everyone. And if it's not, it just means you're too immature to embrace immaturity.
    (tags: dating)
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