Smiles banned in another bold move against the terrorists

According to a recent article, Indiana BMV Communications Director Dennis Rosebrough states that applicants for a new or renewed operator’s license or state identification card will no longer be allowed to smile and say cheese. Apparently new facial recognition software being employed by the state fails to function when the face is distorted by something as innocuous as smiling. Also on the list of taboos are hats, eyeglasses, and hair that hangs down over the face.

Protip: Your facial recognition software is broken if it is foiled by something as simple as a smile. Also, I think Slash is fucked with that last sentence.

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Mesmerizing:

Men to be extinct real soon now

According to this, significantly fewer males are being born, and those that are have smaller genitals and lower sperm counts. This is apparently a side effect of pollution.

A host of common chemicals is feminizing males of every class of vertebrate animals, from fish to mammals, including people. Many have been identified as ‘endocrine disruptors’ or gender-benders because they interfere with hormones. Communities heavily polluted with gender-benders in Canada, Russia, and Italy have given birth to twice as many girls as boys, which may offer a clue to the mysterious shift in sex ratios worldwide. And a study at Rotterdam’s Erasmus University showed that boys whose mothers had been exposed to PCBs grew up wanting to play with dolls and tea sets rather than with traditionally male toys. It also follows hard on the heels of new American research which shows that baby boys born to women exposed to widespread chemicals in pregnancy are born with smaller penises and feminized genitals. It is calculated that 250,000 babies who would have been boys have been born as girls instead in the US and Japan alone. And sperm counts are dropping precipitously. Studies in more than 20 countries have shown that they have dropped from 150 million per milliliter of sperm fluid to 60 million over 50 years.

I’d like to think that genetic engineering your child’s gender will advance to the point where this is no longer relevant, but still… kind of ominous.

Here’s something fun

Nine scientists and one sci-fi writer made predictions on how the world will likely end. Volcanoes, asteroids, and alien attacks are all represented. Interestingly though, nobody makes any mention of global thermonuclear war. We still have all those bombs, remember?

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I love this job. Srsly.

The VibeReview Winter Sale

There’s a really good sex toy sale going on at VibeReview in honor of the always-entertaining U.S. economy. Almost everything on the site is 10-35% off, with the majority of discounts in the 20-25% range. This is honestly a great time to pick something up if you’ve had a new toy on your mind.

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Tina Turner Redux

Presenting Tina Turner live in New York:

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There’s so much I could say here, but it just seems redundant.