Horse Meat Sushi

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I've never eaten horse before, but I'm always game for unusual meats. Horse as sushi? Sure, why not!

Casey Baseel of Rocket News 24 informs us that we may associate sushi with raw fish, but the term actually refers to rice mixed with vinegar. The meat involved can be anything, include horse. Baseel heard that a sushi restaurant in Tokyo called Nikuzushi offers horse sushi, so he visited to try it out. He says that it's pretty good:

Each cut had its own unique charms, whether the chewy nakaochi, firm akami, subtle char of the seared harami, or flavorful kick of the negi toro. What they all shared, though, was an exquisite deliciousness, accented by the meat juices mixing with the warm vinegared rice.

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Metallic Shield - Superheroes And Super Spies

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Metallic Shield by Alecxps

If the super secret agency known as SHIELD ever had to choose a color to represent their agency chances are they'd choose either black or metallic silver. Black is the color of stealth, the nothingness of midnight and the ever present forces of evil they battle against, metallic silver is the color of the weapons, be they guns or power armor, they use to take down the bad guys. Separately these colors mean business, but together they spell total destruction for anyone who messes with SHIELD!

Declare your allegiance to the mightiest spy network in the universe with this Metallic Shield t-shirt by Alecxps, and show those supervillains who's boss!

Visit Alecxps's Facebook fan page and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more mighty cool designs:

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A Collection Of Unusual And Easy To Make Halloween Costumes

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Taking pride in your costume on Halloween doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money on a custom made or professional grade costume, nor does it mean you have to be a talented costumer to create something that looks amazing. 

All you really need to create the costume of your dreams are some inspirational images, a few construction guidelines and the right supplies.

Maybe you're looking for something inspired by classic horror movies, like this Mummy costume made with paper towels:

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Or perhaps something cute to wear as a couple, like this fun roller coaster ride costume:

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Or how about a basic guideline that's infinitely customizable, like these grayscale silent movie star costumes:

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These costume ideas are fun and easy to put together, and they make great jumping off points to help you come up with your own original Halloween creation.

You could be a Silent horror film slasher, a disco mummy, a pair of roller coaster accident victims, or a pop art nightmare- the possibilities are endless!

Check out the rest of the 21 Unusual Halloween Costumes You Can Make Yourself over at BuzzFeed

The Scariest Music Video You Have Never Seen

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Music videos often come across like they want to be bubble gum. They want to be easily accessed and enjoyed by all. They want to be safe and tasty, but nothing too out of the ordinary. But there are exceptions to every rule. In this case, the exception are the music videos of electronic artist Aphex Twin (who is actually known as Richard David James). He blends the scary with the insane, and it all acts as a soundtrack to his frantic, break-beat music that makes you feel like you are going to jump out of your skin.

Though I will tell you this video is intense, scary, and at times, overwhelming, I can also tell you it is SFW. Just keep the volume fairly low, and expect anyone who walks by your cubicle to look at you really strange and maybe not want to sit with you at lunch after.

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If you find the anarchaic and dystopian future in this video cool, you should check out some of his other work. Pretty much all his music videos will scar you for life in one way or another.

Cops in Iceland

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Iceland has an extremely low crime rate, which leaves the police with time to interact with the public. And take pictures. May I draw your attention to the Instagram account of Lögreglan, the Reykjavík Police Department?

Many of the photographs show they have quite a sense of humor.

See a selection of pictures at Buzzfeed, where the consensus of commenters is that police officers in Reykjavík are overwhelmingly hot.

Desensationalized Headlines

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Headlines: in the past five years or so, they seem to have reached a level beyond ridiculous. A writer may say that reading X will make the reader Y, when Y is to go insane, be unable to believe their eyes, scream, hide under their desk or some other dramatic presumption. Readers may be assured that a certain article will change their lives, alter the way they live them, or revolutionize the way they cook beets until the day they die. Readers may be told in advance that, in a list, number three will make them rip out their hair/laugh hysterically/do a jig/hug their mama.

Headlines for celebrity gossip stories are similarly absurd. Older celebrities are crticized if they have wrinkles or show other signs of age, yet they are constantly being monitored for signs of plastic surgery. Male and female luminaries who dare to wear swimsuits without being perfect tens have their bodies picked apart, feature by feature. Some headlines suggest that overweight stars have a lot of nerve to show their face in public. Starlets wearing baggy sweaters or who've just eaten big dinners may be described as pregnant. 

The pictures here are examples of such exaggerated celebrity headlines. Summing up the photos in plain language may sound boring and state the obvious, but at least they are accurate. Via 22 Words.



The Mexican Burrowing Toad Is Cute--From a Certain Point of View

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Well, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view, as the wise Obi-Wan Kenobi put it. Far be it from me to engage in toad-shaming.

The entomologist and nature photographer Piotr Naskrecki found this Mexican burrowing toad (Rhinophrynus dorsalis) in Belize. He says that in the traditional Mayan religion, it was called Uo and was associated with the god of rain. It's about the size of a human fist and is a surprisingly quick mover.

The toad is known for burrowing with its hind legs. As it digs, it inflates its body to expand and stabilize the burrow. It feeds underground, where it hunts insects, such as ants and termites.

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The McDonald's Cocaine Spoon Fiasco

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If you were around in the 1970s, you might remember the McDonalds coffee spoon, which was nicknamed the McSpoon. It was small, well-designed, perfect for stirring coffee, with a scoop about size of a nostril, and could hold exactly 100 milligrams of cocaine. Of course, most people used the disposable spoon to stir sugar in their coffee, but it was the Model Drug Paraphernalia Act that brought the minority use of the spoon to the general public. Under the act, which was only enacted at the state level, innocuous items such as baggies and straws could be labeled a “drug paraphernalia.”

Just prior to the creation of the Model Drug Paraphernalia Act, then-Senators Joe Biden and Charles Mathias held a hearing in Baltimore, where the Paraphernalia Trade Association (who represents headshop vendors) could voice their concerns. The PTA swiftly went about arguing that, under such a broad definition, anything could be deemed “paraphernalia.”

According to minutes from the hearing, one PTA representative attempted to make a mockery of the proposed law. “Look at this,” he facetiously told the panel, thrusting a McDonald’s coffee stirring spoon above his head. “This is the best cocaine spoon in town and it’s free with every cup of coffee at McDonalds.”

His intention was to highlight how vague and overreaching the act was, but it set into motion a storm of controversy for McDonalds and the demise of the McSpoon. Oh, you can still get one, but they’re collector’s items now, and will cost you. Read the story of the little spoon that was a casualty of the War on Drugs at Pricenomics. -via Metafilter

Pixar and Their Awesome Blooper Reels: A Bug's Life

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Pixar seem to go above and beyond when it comes to producing family entertainment. The quality of their work, when paired with the art and writing, pretty much ensures everyone walks away a fan of everything they do.

A great example of going above and beyond is going so far as to animate blooper reels to put at the end of some of their films. It is those little examples of going further than necessary that puts Pixar above most film companies. Also, how can you possibly be in a bad mood when animated bugs are messing up their lines to a cartoon? It just elevates the soul.

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I may not be a doctor, or anything close to a doctor. Heck, I would go so far as to say you should never take medical advice from me. That being said, pretty sure a Pixar blooper reel a day would keep the doctor away.

Hand Stitched Portraits Reflect Life In The Digital Age

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As we become more reliant on technology in our everyday lives our relationship with the digital age becomes more complicated, and we find ourselves growing more accustomed to having a part of our lives that is purely digital.

Between entertainment, social media and mundane tasks like shopping or banking we’re constantly relying on technology to keep us linked in to a global digital network driven by interaction, but aren't we losing a bit of ourselves in the process?

Melbourne-based artist Catherine Tipping created these masterfully hand stitched portraits that reflect our complicated relationship with the digital age, portraits of people losing a bit of themselves to the digital world.

Catherine's subjects are in the process of being interrupted by digital static and pixelation, like our modern minds are constantly being interrupted by the digital technology that surrounds us.

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Why Port and Starboard Indicate Left and Right

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The language of sea travel may seem like a foreign language to you, as it does to me. In an examination of the use of “port” and “starboard” to mean the left and right sides of a ship, the nautical terms get even more confusing to us landlubbers. At one time, they were “starboard” and “larboard”! What could possibly go wrong? But like all language, those terms evolved over time. Get enlightened with this video from Today I Found Out.

Thirteen Facts About George R.R. Martin

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Tomorrow is George R.R. Martin's 
66th birthday. In honor of the occasion, Dustin Rowles at Uproxx has compiled a list of facts about the celebrated writer/producer. The focus of this list is on Martin's personal life. 

For instance, when George R.R. Martin was in the sixth grade, he impulsively decided to stop buying and reading comic books which, prior to that decision, was a significant hobby of his. At the time, young George had a collection of Superman comics, which he gave away. Just in time, and in what could be considered an omen of his future success, he changed his mind six months later, buying first editions of The Amazing Spider-man and The Fantastic Four. Martin now says they could fund his retirement.

Read twelve more facts about George R.R. Martin here. 

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Galaxy Buddies - Guardians Of Good Vibes

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Galaxy Buddies by Kellabell9

They're a bit rough around the edges at times, but when peace has been restored to the galaxy and everyone is just hanging out listening to an awesome mix tape or two Rocket and his tree pal are total cuties! Their friendship makes them both so very likable, and when they start groovin' to some good music you'd better get outta the room or else your heart will melt!

Spread some science fiction love with this Galaxy Buddies t-shirt by Kellabell9, it's the most adorable way to guard your geeky wardrobe against bad vibes.

Visit Kellabell9's Facebook fan page, official website, Tumblr and Twitter, then head on over to her NeatoShop for more geek-tastic designs:

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2014 Ig Nobel Prizes Awarded

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Slipping on banana peels, seeing Jesus in toast, magnetic dogs, and baby poop sausage: what do these thing all have in common? They are the subjects of prize-winning scientific research!

Our friends at The Annals of Improbable Research pulled off the 24th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony last night at Harvard’s Sanders Theater. The winners are:

PHYSICS PRIZE [JAPAN]: Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai, for measuring the amount of friction between a shoe and a banana skin, and between a banana skin and the floor, when a person steps on a banana skin that's on the floor.

REFERENCE: "Frictional Coefficient under Banana Skin," Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai, Tribology Online 7, no. 3, 2012, pp. 147-151.


NEUROSCIENCE PRIZE [CHINA, CANADA]: Jiangang Liu, Jun Li, Lu Feng, Ling Li, Jie Tian, and Kang Lee, for trying to understand what happens in the brains of people who see the face of Jesus in a piece of toast.

REFERENCE: "Seeing Jesus in Toast: Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Face Pareidolia," Jiangang Liu, Jun Li, Lu Feng, Ling Li, Jie Tian, Kang Lee, Cortex, vol. 53, April 2014, Pages 60–77. The authors are at School of Computer and Information Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Xidian University, the Institute of Automation Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, and the University of Toronto, Canada.


PSYCHOLOGY PRIZE [AUSTRALIA, UK, USA]: Peter K. Jonason, Amy Jones, and Minna Lyons, for amassing evidence that people who habitually stay up late are, on average, more self-admiring, more manipulative, and more psychopathic than people who habitually arise early in the morning.

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Smithsonian’s “Wilderness Forever” Photo Exhibit and Contest

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Mountain Goat Kids, Mount Evans Wilderness, Colorado
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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act, The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History is featuring an exhibit of photography from wilderness areas across the United States. Opening on September 3 and running indefinitely, this exhibited set of jury-selected photos is also featured on the Smithsonian website. Each month, a photo will be selected as the popular favorite, according to votes received by website visitors. 

See all of these stunning captures and cast your vote for your favorite each month here.
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Brown Bear, Katmai Wilderness, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska
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Aurora Borealis Over Honeymoon Rock, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin
Image: Jeff Rennicke

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Vintage MTV Concert Doc - Punks And Poseurs

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It’s hard to believe the MTV of today was once a network devoted to music, and thriving subcultures based around music, instead of cheesy reality shows and decidedly non-musical content.

MTV has begun to show music videos once again, but it's safe to say they will never be the trend setters they once were, as this amazing documentary called Punks and Poseurs that aired in 1985 will demonstrate.

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This freakin’ rad, totally cutting edge (for its time) concert video features performances by bands like the Dickies and GBH, and footage of perfectly punk writers Pleasant Gehman and Iris Berry trashing the influx of "poseurs" making their way into the L.A. punk scene in the mid-80s. 

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27 Actors Who Started Out on ER

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Twenty years ago today, a new TV show premiered that would last 15 seasons and spawn a lot of acting careers. It was ER, which starred an ensemble cast of not-so-well-known working actors who became household names. It also has a ton of guests stars, who played ER patients and their families and friends, or other hospital employees with minor roles. Many of those guest stars got their feet wet with the series and then got their own series or movie roles later. You know about George Clooney, Anthony Edwards, Ming-Na, Eriq La Salle, and Noah Wyle, but you may be surprised at this list of 27 other actors who started out by playing a role in ER at mental_floss.

19 Awesome Bingo Cards to Play While Watching TV

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I used to have an attention span. Then the internet came along. Now it's not enough for me to just watch TV. I have to do something else as well.

And what might that be? Bingo! You've got it. Matthew Young of BuzzFeed rounded up 19 bingo cards for popular TV shows, including The Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, Girls, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

And while you're watching TV, you can also read Neatorama and play the Neatorama bingo game that we made about three years ago.

A Meditative Photo Series About Hermits And Their Woodland Homes

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There are many reasons why someone would choose to turn their back on the city and start a new life in the wilds, and yet very few people actually see the move as a feasible option.

Noise, neighbors, pollution, high rent prices and an overwhelming desire to get in touch with nature are all popular reasons for leaving life in the urban jungle behind, but those who actually make the transition are immediately labeled as hermits.

Photographer Danila Tkachenko spent some time with those who dwell in woodland homes far removed from human society, and her intimate portraits reveal the quaint, and often kooky, way of life chosen by these modern day hermits.

There’s a compelling story being told by the photographs in Danila's revealing series Escape- a tale of solitary sadness, survival, and the effects of spending too much time alone with your thoughts. 

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Junior Dance Battle

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You know how kids love to try out what they see adults do? These three siblings staged their own dance battle earlier this week. ShoateZoo’s kids are ages 6, 4, and 2. The two older ones are great dancers, but if it was put to an audience vote, the two-year-old would win just for being adorable. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

Deserted Nuclear Test Sites of the Soviet Union

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For several years, Nadav Kander has explored Soviet cities that were once nuclear test sites, the locations of which have been historically kept under wraps. As Kander learned their locations, he traveled to multiple formerly restricted military zones, many of which did not appear on maps until the end of the Cold War.

At these sites, long-distance missiles were tested and numerous atomic bombs were detonated. The bombs were exploded in areas that, while secluded, had residents scattered along the periphery. Unknown to them, the inhabitants of these areas were studied as to the effects of radiation upon their population.

The bleak photographs that were the result of Kander shooting these desolate areas are being published in an upcoming book entitled Dust, which goes on sale October 31st. Visit Kander's website to learn more and see additional works. Via Juxtapoz.

Images Credit: Nadav Kander

Koala Spat

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Elin Nordlander caught these two koalas airing their differences at Great Otway National Park in Melbourne, Australia. Although angry koalas usually sound like grunting pigs, these two communicate with party horn sounds. -via Tastefully Offensive  

The Ancient Maya Batman

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To mark the 75th anniversary of the birth of Batman, the Mexican division of Warner Home Entertainment and the Mexican Museum of Design gave plain white plastic busts of Batman to 30 Mexican artists. They encouraged the artists to do whatever they wanted with them.

One of the artists, Kimbal, responded with this Pre-Columbian Batman inspired by Maya art and mythology. Appropriately, it references Camazotz, a Maya god that looked like a vampire bat.

In the current DC continuity, Batman has appeared in paleolithic Gotham, 17th Century Gotham, and the Old West. Perhaps DC should make a comic about Batman in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.

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The Titan's Blue Box- My Collection Is Now Complete

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The Titan's Blue Box by Fmm3

Thanos sees the universe as his personal property, full of people and planets to do with whatever he pleases, but he didn't count on the power of one lord of time and his sonic screwdriver. When a blue police box passed through a sector of the galaxy currently under attack by Thanos' forces the titan had to have it for his own. It was just his bad luck that The Doctor hadn't ever heard any tales about Thanos' might, so he didn't know better than to bring the fight to that big, ugly brute...

When you wear this The Titan's Blue Box t-shirt by Fmm3 you're sharing a tale of intergalactic adventure with the world, and you'll probably inspire people to write some far out fan fiction!

Visit Fmm3's Facebook fan page, Twitter and Tumblr, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more far out designs:

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The Search for Spock

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Okay, adults, back to school time, and you will be timed on this. A year before the movie Star Trek III: The Search for Spock came out, he was featured in a math problem in a 1983 issue of the journal Mathematics Teacher. Students were instructed to use a compass and a straightedge to solve the puzzle. Can you find Spock? Students were given 50 minutes to complete the task. No, you won’t see him in the image, but you might find it a challenge to figure it out. The ten steps of instructions are at at io9. Will he Bonus: Can you find the glaring anachronism in the image? -via Digg

This 8-Year Old Earns $1.3 Million a Year

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This is Evan. He's 8 years old. He earns more money than you and I do. In fact, he earns more money than we ever will.

Is that depressing? Wait--I'm not finished yet.

Evan earns that money by playing with toys, reviewing them, then posting his thoughts on YouTube. For example, here he is trying out a LEGO Ghostbusters kit:

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His YouTube channel earns $1.3 million a year. He doesn't get to keep all of that, of course. There are production expenses. But Evan's father invests what's left in a fund for Evan and his siblings.

So, clearly, I should quit my job and make YouTube videos. Then I'll get rich!

-via Marginal Revolution

Dress Up Your Porch For Halloween

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Most home Halloween decorations go the spooky route, but if you can dress up like Frodo, John Travolta or Spock, then why can't your house dress up as something little different too? This year, let your home reflect your geeky interests by covering your porch light up with these fun Star Wars light covers.

The Darth and storm trooper designs are only $9 a pop and can fit on any light up to 17".

Find out where you can get a set for your own pad at Homes and Hues: This Halloween, Let Your Porch Play Dress Up

5 Little-Known Pirate Stories

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Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Let's hear some pirate stories, courtesy of mental_floss magazine. 

1. Pirate Panache

Legendary and ruthless sea-raider "Black Bart" may win the award for the most prolific pirate, with more than 400 ships reportedly falling to his sword in the early 18th century. But Bart was much more civilized than history would have you believe. The Welsh-born Bartholomew Roberts (sound less tough now, doesn't he?) always wore a damask waistcoat, snappy breeches, and a dashing red feather in his cap. The refined Bart also drank only tea and water, commanded lights-out by 8 p.m., and had musicians play hymns for him on Sundays.

2. Yo-Ho-Ho and an Epidural

Grace O'Malley (born Gráinne O'Malley) was the Irish Sea Queen of the 16th century. Earning her sea legs as a kid on voyages with her father, O'Malley went on to lead a crew of 200 sailors as part of her Celtic Sea "protection service." Her specialty? Intercepting merchant ships to negotiate their safe passage to Galway and ruthlessly pillaging any "uninterested customers." Infamous for being lewd, gambling too much, and cussing like—well—a sailor, O'Malley truly proved her mettle when she gave birth mid-voyage. Soon after the delivery, Turkish pirates attacked the ship, and when the flailing crew came running to O'Malley, she reportedly snapped, "May you be seven times worse off this day 12 months from now, you who cannot do without me for one day!" When the postpartum hell-raiser finally emerged on deck waving her gun, the attackers quickly remembered they had other engagements.

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