“A gentleman passing through the United States, on the Union and Pacific Railroad, was one morning telling the guard about a relative of his lately committing suicide. ‘Very sad, indeed,’ replied the guard, ‘but the most determined attempt at suicide happened the other day down Sacramento (California) way. A young man went down to the beach when the tide was out, with a long pole, sharpened at one end, and a hook in the other; he had also a rope with a noose in it, a phial of poison, a pistol, and a box of matches. He drove the pole into the sand, and climbed up it until the tide had risen high enough to drown him, when he swallowed the poison, set his trousers on fire, put the noose round his neck, and then fired his pistol. The bullet, instead of entering his forehead, grazed the top of his head and went through the rope; the rope, being weakened, snapped, and dropped the unfortunate man into the sea, which, of course, put the fire out, and swallowing some sea water made him vomit the poison, and in two or three minutes he was washed ashore alive, and only suffering slightly from the effects of his immersion.”—
Tit-Bits From All the Most Interesting Books, Periodicals and Newspapers in the World, Dec. 3, 1881
Here’s something to make you cry: While big liberal cities keep cutting commerce with Arizona over its terrifying “round up the brown folks” law, 59% of Americans “gave their overall approval to the law, which opponents charge is unconstitutional and a mandate for racial profiling.” (The actual Nazi party, under Hitler, went from 2.6% popular support before the Great Depression hit Germany to 43.6% by the third year of the financial catastrophe. So it’s a good thing we’re not in the midst of a terrible, nation-changing recession, right?)
“Funny, Super Mario Bros. 3 never had to remind me to play it.”—
Gamasutra commenter on the exodus of players from FarmVille and other social games after Facebook disabled “notification spam” from apps on the social network.
If you missed it, earlier this week, Bill Mooney, vice president at FarmVille developer Zynga, said with a straight face, “More people have played FarmVille than have played Mario”. To which Winnie the Pooh replied: