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my new favorite riff on the old parachute-backpack joke

True story: we have an awesome stainless steel bento lunchbox, a gift from my mother-in-law, who said she rescued it from airport security who thought it was a bomb.

She claims she saw it abandoned in an airport and overheard the security guys talking about whether it could be a bomb, and she knew it was a bento box and she didn’t want them to destroy it, so she picked it up and took it home when they weren’t looking.

If this is true, my mother-in-law basically stole a suspected bomb out from under the noses of the bomb squad, and she is the most badass creature on earth.

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yay palindrome number

Those of us who lack the ability to believe in the supernatural may be able to find some of the same comfort in the thought that life could be a simulation and we might wake up into another world when we die. (But it’s not MUCH comfort, since a world that would simulate crap like this must be pretty messed up.)

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absolute power is gained by being absolutely corrupt to begin with

I kind of like the idea that God’s sadistic nature is a direct result of all those centuries of absolute power, but I don’t think it really makes sense because life for humans has, in general, gotten better over the centuries rather than worse. (Maybe God expresses his growing evilness mostly toward other life forms.)

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