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old penny

i just found a penny made in 1937 and the dork in me thinks it might be the best part of my day so far. it’s so old, it doesn’t even have the lincoln memorial on the back. instead it looks like:

it’s worth between 2 and 50 cents. at the bare minimum this penny just doubled in value to me.

ok, boring post over.

walmart conquers america

sweet map thingie that shows the growth of walmart over the past 45 years. i don’t have strong opinions on walmart (shocker), but i love things that are flashy and bubbly.

green monster

good find, jimmy.

styrofoam robot > puppies

hat tip to maura.

there is something really wrong about this

he/she looks demonic. def not kosher.

Originally uploaded by ramparts54 via flickr.

i love the TSA blog

yes, the official blog of the transportation security administration is actually quite good (in a “i can’t believe the TSA has half-functioning blog” sort of way), and with a name like, “Evolution of Security: Terrorists Evolve. Threats Evolve. Security Must Stay Ahead. You Play A Part,” you know you’re in for a sweet ride.

check out this video of happy DCA (reagan national airport) workers pimpin in their new uniforms. i totally can’t wait to fly out of national now!

it almost makes you forget that the TSA is the 3rd unhappiest subagency in the federal government (out of 222).

how to sabotage work: just keep working

A ‘Simple Sabotage Field Manual’ from 1944 explains how to train people to sabotage their workplace and take advantage of “universal opportunities to make faulty decisions, to adopt a non­ cooperative attitude, and to induce others to follow suit.”

these tips from our friends of the now-defunct office of strategic services, precursor of the CIA:

(1) Insist on doing everything through “channels.” Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to expedite decisions.
(2) Make “speeches.” Talk as frequently as possible and at great length. Illustrate your “points” by long anecdotes and accounts of per­ sonal experiences. Never hesitate to make a few appropriate “patriotic” comments.
(3) When possible, refer all matters to committees, for “further study and considera­tion.” Attempt to make the committees as large as possible — never less than five.
(4) Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible.
(5) Haggle over precise wordings of com­munications, minutes, resolutions.
(6) Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to re-open the question of the advisability of that decision.
(7) Advocate “caution.” Be “reasonable” and urge your fellow-conferees to be “reason­able” and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on.
(8) Be worried about the propriety of any decision — raise the question of whether such action as is contemplated lies within the juris­ diction of the group or whether it might conflict with the policy of some higher echelon.

does this sound familiar? maybe like your everyday work life?
see the entire hilarious document (pdf).

40ish cones = sinkhole

the reason for all those cones? a sinkhole!
from a work e-mail:

We have found that there is a sinkhole forming and closed the area affected for public safety. We are still awaiting final assessment by D.C. Department of Transportation. We will notify you once DDOT has decided on their plan of action.

i don’t actually know what a sinkhole is, but google images tells me that they are amazing.

guatemala city.

prairie village, kansas.

somewhere in southern florida

cool video

i don’t necessarily vouch for this cause (although it seems worthy enough), but this girl effect video is impressively effective:

i suggest you watch it on the site itself, but it’s mesmerizing, no?

i especially like how they don’t exploit the topic. i think we’re all numb to pics of sad-looking poor children, and this has a meta self-awareness that i can appreciate. have i donated anything yet? no comment.