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The ancient Mayan civilization collapsed due to a century-long drought, new research suggests.

Minerals taken from Belize's famous underwater cave, known as the Blue Hole, as well as lagoons nearby, show that an extreme drought occurred between A.D. 800 and A.D. 900, right when the Mayan civilization disintegrated. After the rains returned, the Mayans moved north -- but they disappeared again a few centuries later, and that disappearance occurred at the same time as another dry spell, the sediments reveal.

Follow the link for some beautiful photos from Belize.


I hope 2015 brings good things -- and just the right amount of rain -- to all of the 'rons and 'ettes.

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1 Your SUV travelled back in time to smite then Mayans with CO2, you climate deniar!

Posted by: Anderson Cooper's Smoked Sausages at January 01, 2015 01:55 PM (MbqmP)

2 them Mayans. Them danged Mayans who keep screwing with my typign fingers.

Posted by: Anderson Cooper's Smoked Sausages at January 01, 2015 01:56 PM (MbqmP)

3 So they Mayans may have been infected with the alien creatures from The Faculty that needed water to survive.

Posted by: no good deed at January 01, 2015 01:56 PM (w3a0Z)

4 Oh heck.

Posted by: Anderson Cooper's Smoked Sausage Fingers at January 01, 2015 01:57 PM (MbqmP)

5 That picture makes me hungry.

Posted by: Y-not at January 01, 2015 01:58 PM (9BRsg)

6 I though they called the end back in 2000??

Posted by: Vic at January 01, 2015 01:58 PM (u9gzs)

7 I saw the Mayans open for Pink at the Blue Hole, 1998

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at January 01, 2015 01:58 PM (Cq0oW)

8 The Mayans all left for El Norte, however the indigenous types that were already there had a more "robust" anti-illegal immigration policy than ours.

Posted by: pep at January 01, 2015 01:59 PM (4nR9/)

9 Bicycling buddy of mine from KC died. Gonna go be sad for a while.

http://www.biggrin.org/

Posted by: Anderson Cooper's Smoked Sausage Fingers at January 01, 2015 01:59 PM (MbqmP)

10 Then again, who doesn't?

Posted by: pep at January 01, 2015 01:59 PM (4nR9/)

11 So global warming destroyed them because of all those factories spewing CO2 and also ozone from Mayan deodorant sprays.

Posted by: Vic at January 01, 2015 02:00 PM (u9gzs)

12 Also, I thought the "blue hole" was supposed to be a meteor strike and that was what killed them???

Posted by: Vic at January 01, 2015 02:02 PM (u9gzs)

13 So you have to water your Mayan once every hundred years or it dies?

Posted by: tbodie at January 01, 2015 02:02 PM (8oSoU)

14 I think it was supposed to be 2012, Vic.

Posted by: Y-not at January 01, 2015 02:03 PM (9BRsg)

15 Happy New Year Horde!

Hopefully time with soothe the tragedy of losing several guns in a tragic boating accident.

*sniff*

Posted by: CM at January 01, 2015 02:05 PM (+2//H)

16 Wait, I can bring 'Mayan Calendars For Sale' back?

Posted by: garrett at January 01, 2015 02:05 PM (P87Ge)

17 I think that drought is the top theory concerning the fate of the Anasazi, too. Though there were marauders from time to time, too.

Incidentally, I really like the Tony Hillerman novels, if anybody out there is interested in the history of the Southwest.

Posted by: KTbarthedoor at January 01, 2015 02:05 PM (qahv/)

18 And today, 1-Jan-15, I did my first corgi whistle.

Posted by: tbodie at January 01, 2015 02:06 PM (8oSoU)

19 If you go out and and look up all the contradictory theories on why their civilization collapsed you will find that is was based on what ax the theory monger was grinding.


The droght theory comes from the eco-Nazis who said that they cut down all the forest land around their area it caused less evaporation and therefore less rain. They don't explain how that couples with the ocean still being there.


The Malthusians say it was overpopulation.


And the list goes on.


But the actual Mayan people did not die off. There are still a lot of them living in Mexico.

Posted by: Vic at January 01, 2015 02:09 PM (u9gzs)

20 NHL Winter Classic...sadly, no Mayans only white Europeans and scandis. Go Blackhawks!

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2015 02:09 PM (60Vyp)

21 Wait, I can bring 'Mayan Calendars For Sale' back?
Posted by: garrett

HOW DOES THIS HELP ME AND MY KIDS?

Posted by: Michelle Obama, esq at January 01, 2015 02:09 PM (+1T7c)

22 "The Blue Hole" sounds like the nickname of a retirement home slut.

Posted by: wooga at January 01, 2015 02:09 PM (XK0dn)

23 After the rains returned, the Mayans moved north -- but they disappeared
again a few centuries later, and that disappearance occurred at the
same time as another dry spell, the sediments reveal.




Yep, They moved North. I have four of them that do my yard every Friday.

Posted by: Nip Sip at January 01, 2015 02:10 PM (0FSuD)

24 I'm not saying it was ancient aliens.

Posted by: Giorgio A. Tsoukalas's Hair Gel at January 01, 2015 02:10 PM (XzRw1)

25 I was completely obsessed with mesa verde as a kid.

Posted by: Lauren at January 01, 2015 02:11 PM (MYCIw)

26 the Blue Hole


***



Also known as the...(wait for it)...


...Sinkhole de Mayans

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at January 01, 2015 02:11 PM (NeFrd)

27 But the actual Mayan people did not die off. There are still a lot of them living in Mexico.
Posted by: Vic

Really.
When my wife and I visited Chichen Itza, lo those many years ago, the tour guide there was obviously a phenotype for the 'typical' Mayan. Short, round head, etc., etc.

Posted by: Bossy Conservative....in the bleak midwinter at January 01, 2015 02:12 PM (+1T7c)

28 Sometimes my holes are black and blue yet I'm still alive. Busllshit theory.

Posted by: Sandra Fluke at January 01, 2015 02:13 PM (XzRw1)

29

2015 is gonna be a looooooooooooong year of stupid bullshit GOP candidate polls and obama doing evil things.



Posted by: All 2014 Soothsayers Must Go Clearance Sale! at January 01, 2015 02:14 PM (haxo2)

30 Maybe the Mayans went underground and are preparing to conquer the surface later this year, after baseball season starts.

Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 02:14 PM (MQEz6)

31 People, people, keep up.

The CA drought is being caused by the U.S. government using HAARP to keep the radiation from Fukishima from reaching the crops via rain. No rain= less radioactive produce.

/geez, it's like you people never listen to Coast to Coast AM.

Posted by: shibumi who is awaiting SMOD at January 01, 2015 02:15 PM (LeFwz)

32 It looks like I'm not going to be speaking any Mayanese.

Posted by: Scrawny Arms Rob Lowe at January 01, 2015 02:15 PM (NeFrd)

33 Mayans on the moon!

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 01, 2015 02:15 PM (DVjiu)

34 Didn't the Mayan's invent soccer? Fuck them.

Posted by: Thin veneer of civility at January 01, 2015 02:15 PM (XzRw1)

35 So the Mayans are just like Cicadas with a longer dormant cycle?

Posted by: Trunk Monkey at January 01, 2015 02:15 PM (jucos)

36 If you go out and and look up all the contradictory theories on why their civilization collapsed you will find that is was based on what ax the theory monger was grinding.

So, you're saying it had nothing to do with their second-to-last emperor "Dzeyorje Boosh"?

Posted by: Barry "Spock" M'bama at January 01, 2015 02:15 PM (MbqmP)

37 ...Sinkhole de Mayans

Pobre. Muy pobre.

Pero bueo.

Posted by: Fox2! at January 01, 2015 02:15 PM (Wb/pD)

38 You can add the demise of the ancient Pueblo people of the US Southwest to that great drought, if you believe that kind of thing.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at January 01, 2015 02:16 PM (lxMIO)

39 Duke's Mayanese is the best.

Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 02:16 PM (MQEz6)

40 Pero bueno.

Maledictos!

Posted by: Fox2! at January 01, 2015 02:16 PM (Wb/pD)

41 Mayans didn't build that.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at January 01, 2015 02:16 PM (fIv/H)

42 The Mayans invented Basketball.

Posted by: Trunk Monkey at January 01, 2015 02:16 PM (jucos)

43 Mayan Angelou was the most famous Mayan.

Posted by: Bob Belcher at January 01, 2015 02:16 PM (3jmxp)

44 Damnit Vic, DON'T make me explain Thomas Malthus's An Essay on the Principle of Population again!

Posted by: Kindltot at January 01, 2015 02:16 PM (t//F+)

45 I was also just watching this program on Smithsonian channel about a major volcanic eruption, but I think that may have happened a couple of hundred years earlier.

Posted by: Old Blue at January 01, 2015 02:17 PM (vVSOO)

46 30>> so, the Eloi are really albino Mayans that need a shave and dental work before they become Chicago Cubs? Has anyone told Navy Cop Joe?

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2015 02:17 PM (60Vyp)

47 Little known fact, the Mayans invent Mayonnaise, of course the white man stole the recipe and renamed, it used to be called Mayanase

Posted by: MikeH at January 01, 2015 02:17 PM (4OZqu)

48
The Mayans would thrive once they discovered motorcycles.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 01, 2015 02:18 PM (8v9fw)

49 Maybe they all slipped and fell on all the heart guts everywhere.

Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 02:18 PM (MQEz6)

50 The sword of Cortez will silence that foul tongue.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at January 01, 2015 02:18 PM (fIv/H)

51
The CA drought is being caused by the U.S. government using HAARP to keep the radiation from Fukishima from reaching the crops via rain. No rain= less radioactive produce.

Those bastards!

And Alaska is in on this. I knew Sarah P. was up to no good.

Posted by: tbodie at January 01, 2015 02:18 PM (8oSoU)

52 @15 - yeah, good idea not to fire that 10-gauge pointed full abeam while standing up in yer canoe.

A capsizing canoe doesn't quite manage the chaotic majesty of the Szent Istvan.

Posted by: JEM at January 01, 2015 02:19 PM (hRbV/)

53 Mmmmmmm, Oreos!
What were we talking about....?

Posted by: Lizzy at January 01, 2015 02:19 PM (ABcz/)

54 Maybe they all slipped and fell on all the heart guts everywhere.

Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 02:18 PM (MQEz6)


*****


We all know the sacrificial altar is the most dangerous room in the house.

Posted by: Mayan Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) at January 01, 2015 02:20 PM (NeFrd)

55 The Mayan calendar did not recognize Columbus Day.

Posted by: Bob Belcher at January 01, 2015 02:20 PM (3jmxp)

56 Also, I thought the "blue hole" was supposed to be a meteor strike and that was what killed them???


Posted by: Vic at January 01, 2015 02:02 PM (u9gzs)


That was Chicxulub, or however you spell it. And it allegedly killed off the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. Actually, the drought theory at the link is remarkable, in that it points to natural cycles, and not human sin, as the cause of the drought.

Expect to see more of these sorts of articles, as the AGW scare gets walked back, now that it has been rendered irrelevant by the facts.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 01, 2015 02:21 PM (mtmZ0)

57 The CA drought is being caused by the U.S.
government using HAARP to keep the radiation from Fukishima from
reaching the crops via rain. No rain= less radioactive produce.

/geez, it's like you people never listen to Coast to Coast AM.


Posted by: shibumi who is awaiting SMOD at January 01, 2015 02:15 PM (LeFwz)


Papa Vendette loves Coast to Coast.

Posted by: Vendette at January 01, 2015 02:21 PM (gVaWi)

58 'Mom Always said not to sacrifice virgins in the house.'

Posted by: Peter Mayan at January 01, 2015 02:21 PM (BO7YV)

59 Didn't the Mayan's invent soccer?

****


Maya Hamm, duh.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon, a solid man at January 01, 2015 02:21 PM (NeFrd)

60 Saying it's old is old.

Posted by: TallDave at January 01, 2015 02:21 PM (bgGGN)

61 46 30>> so, the Eloi are really albino Mayans that need a shave and dental work before they become Chicago Cubs?


Formerly known as the Chicago Cubs. Now they are the South Bend Cubs. They moved east due to the winning drought. Much like the Mayans.

Posted by: Cicero Kaboom! Kid at January 01, 2015 02:22 PM (uSAVP)

62 The Mayans used to sacrifice the most beautiful of nubile virgins.

What a waste.


Posted by: Polanski at January 01, 2015 02:22 PM (XzRw1)

63 Posted by: Peter Mayan at January 01, 2015 02:21 PM (BO7YV)

Sluts, otoh...

Posted by: TallDave at January 01, 2015 02:22 PM (bgGGN)

64 Maybe they all slipped and fell on all the heart guts everywhere.
Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 02:18 PM (MQEz6)
*********
We're on this.

Posted by: Dewey, Cheatem and Howe..... Mayan Office at January 01, 2015 02:22 PM (jucos)

65 Maya Devine...great actress.

Posted by: BignJames at January 01, 2015 02:23 PM (j7iSn)

66 The main pet of Mayans was a platypus .

Posted by: Bob Belcher at January 01, 2015 02:23 PM (3jmxp)

67 So was that Mayan calendar lunar, lunisolar, or just solar?

Never mind, I'll look it up, right after I finish this hot chocolate.

Don't kill the Monarch Butterfly.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at January 01, 2015 02:23 PM (lxMIO)

68 It's ALWAYS Mayan, Mayan, Mayan

Posted by: Quetzocaotl at January 01, 2015 02:23 PM (BO7YV)

69 Serious question here, and you sciencey types can feel free to mock me for it, but here it is:

What exactly has Neil Degrasse Tyson DONE? I mean, he talks a lot. He's full of opinions. He's a published author and a television host. He's a professor and, presumably, has conducted some research... but what has he actually done with all his smarts and education.

Did he work on a shuttle mission? Did he help design or plan for the landing on Mars?

WHY is he so renowned?

I'll plead ignorance so feel free to mock.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at January 01, 2015 02:24 PM (ZrDPU)

70 68 It's ALWAYS Mayan, Mayan, Mayan
Posted by: Quetzocaotl at January 01, 2015 02:23 PM (BO7YV)

Inca get to you after a while.

Posted by: MikeH at January 01, 2015 02:24 PM (4OZqu)

71 Posted by: KTbarthedoor at January 01, 2015 02:05 PM (qahv/)

Love Hillerman, R.I.P. I think Skin Walkers was the first book I read.

Also, I do not like Oreo cookies; does that make me weird?

Posted by: Joanne at January 01, 2015 02:25 PM (qbNX7)

72 Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at January 01, 2015 02:24 PM (ZrDPU)

I think he works the lights at some planetarium.

Posted by: BignJames at January 01, 2015 02:25 PM (j7iSn)

73 Was there any hooked X's there? I bet there were some hooked X's involved.

Posted by: America Unearthed Guy at January 01, 2015 02:25 PM (XzRw1)

74 WHY is he so renowned?



I'll plead ignorance so feel free to mock.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at January 01, 2015 02:24 PM (ZrDPU)


I think he's a cheerleader at a planetarium or something.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 01, 2015 02:25 PM (mtmZ0)

75
What exactly has Neil Degrasse Tyson DONE?

That's the most racist thing I've seen all year.

Posted by: tbodie at January 01, 2015 02:25 PM (8oSoU)

76 The Mayans invented tattooing...once they found out that the Inca can really get under your skin.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon, a solid man at January 01, 2015 02:25 PM (NeFrd)

77 The Mayans integrated with the Aztecs to form the MyAz.

Posted by: Bob Belcher at January 01, 2015 02:26 PM (3jmxp)

78 The Mayan's didn't disappear. Their civilization flourished after they invented Mayannaise. They also learned how to incorporate fish into Tacos and introduced it to the white Europeans. And since the whites do not really care to labor over a stove making this delicacy, many Mayans still today work for the whites making fish tacos. True story.

Posted by: Havedash at January 01, 2015 02:26 PM (G1XMn)

79 This Myan is dead, Jim!

Posted by: Weasel at January 01, 2015 02:26 PM (e3bId)

80 Mayan Rudolph had some big titties.

Posted by: Quetzocaotl at January 01, 2015 02:27 PM (BO7YV)

81 What exactly has Neil Degrasse Tyson DONE?

Hello! I managed to poop without getting very much on myself.

Posted by: Kneel de Asse Tyson at January 01, 2015 02:27 PM (MbqmP)

82 74 WHY is he so renowned?



I'll plead ignorance so feel free to mock.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at January 01, 2015 02:24 PM (ZrDPU)


I think he's a cheerleader at a planetarium or something.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 01, 2015 02:25 PM (mtmZ0)

He is the Left's Mr. Science.

He does no research, no teaching, books no telescope time, writes no papers.

He is a prop on a stage.

Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 02:27 PM (MQEz6)

83 NDH

maybe his minority status ?

Posted by: seamrog at January 01, 2015 02:28 PM (86QQc)

84 I'll plead ignorance so feel free to mock.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at January 01, 2015 02:24 PM (ZrDPU)


He runs a planetarium.

Seriously that's about it. He's basically been doing that since he got out of college. Some books, head of a the planetary society.

He's basically the politician of science. Previous famous science figures (Feynman, Sagan, even Green) had far more impressive records.

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) And father to be bascially any day now! at January 01, 2015 02:28 PM (HDwDg)

85 According to Wikipedia the world cycle shown by that AZTEC carving was divided into four epochs, each one ended in the end of humanity:
the first humanity were devoured by monsters,
the second humanity was turned into monkeys,
the third humanity was turned into turkeys,
and the final one where humanity was turned into fish.

I can't but help take this sort of prophesy seriously.


Posted by: Kindltot at January 01, 2015 02:28 PM (t//F+)

86 >>Incidentally, I really like the Tony Hillerman novels, if anybody out there is interested in the history of the Southwest.

Yes! They are great stories and an interesting view of that culture.

Posted by: Lizzy at January 01, 2015 02:29 PM (ABcz/)

87 What exactly has Neil Degrasse Tyson DONE?

He hosted a Talk Radio show on the weekends for a while called Star Talkers. He had that going for him.

Also, he is a self-absorbed pretentious prick.

Posted by: Thin veneer of civility at January 01, 2015 02:29 PM (XzRw1)

88 The Mayans left Earth through a Stargate.

They will return when most needed.

Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 02:29 PM (MQEz6)

89 Little known fact, the Mayans invent Mayonnaise, of course the white man stole the recipe and renamed, it used to be called Mayanase

Posted by: MikeH at January 01, 2015 02:17 PM (4OZqu)


Okay I can't stop laughing ..........

Posted by: Joanne at January 01, 2015 02:30 PM (qbNX7)

90
What exactly has Neil Degrasse Tyson DONE? I mean, he talks a lot. He's full of opinions. He's a published author and a television host. He's a professor and, presumably, has conducted some research... but what has he actually done with all his smarts and education.

Did he work on a shuttle mission? Did he help design or plan for the landing on Mars?

WHY is he so renowned?

I'll plead ignorance so feel free to mock.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at January 01, 2015 02:24 PM (ZrDPU)



You may have to go to a higher source to obtain an answer, such as Barry Soetoro, Al Sharpton, Jessah Jackson, or Oprah.

Posted by: Havedash at January 01, 2015 02:31 PM (G1XMn)

91 Tyson had a TV show too. That makes him at least 90% scientist right there.

Posted by: Anderson Cooper's Smoked Sausage Fingers at January 01, 2015 02:31 PM (MbqmP)

92 WHY is he so renowned?

I'll plead ignorance so feel free to mock.
Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at January 01, 2015 02:24 PM (ZrDPU)
*******
He's Black..... Duh.

Posted by: Trunk Monkey at January 01, 2015 02:31 PM (jucos)

93 Sorry about your friend, Anderson C. He looked like a guy that loved life.

Posted by: notsothoreau at January 01, 2015 02:31 PM (5HBd1)

94 Keep your paws off Mayan sandwich!
I made that mayanaise from scratch.

Posted by: Lizzy at January 01, 2015 02:31 PM (ABcz/)

95 25I was completely obsessed with mesa verde as a kid.

Posted by: Lauren at
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Great! Now I have a craving for Salsa Verde...

Posted by: shredded chi at January 01, 2015 02:32 PM (/6AND)

96 Four out of five Mayans surveyed said yeah let's keep adding chillis to our chocolate.

Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 02:32 PM (MQEz6)

97 The Mayans made Mel Gibson another 50 million.

Posted by: Bob Belcher at January 01, 2015 02:32 PM (3jmxp)

98 I saw Aztec Two Step open For Mayan Ruins at the Filmore in '71

Posted by: Thin veneer of civility at January 01, 2015 02:32 PM (XzRw1)

99 I liked Hydrox better than Oreos.

Posted by: rickl at January 01, 2015 02:32 PM (sdi6R)

100 According to Wikipedia the world cycle shown by that
AZTEC carving was divided into four epochs, each one ended in the end
of humanity:
the first humanity were devoured by monsters,
the second humanity was turned into monkeys,
the third humanity was turned into turkeys,
and the final one where humanity was turned into fish.

I can't but help take this sort of prophesy seriously.




Posted by: Kindltot at January 01, 2015 02:28 PM (t//F+)


So we are nearing the end of the third epoch, by the look of things, with the progressives taking the lead, as usual.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 01, 2015 02:32 PM (mtmZ0)

101 Surely you can't be saying the Aztecs and Mayans Mixtec'd it up?

Posted by: Kindltot at January 01, 2015 02:32 PM (t//F+)

102 Little Known Medical Fact: The Mayan culture perfected the first half of the heart transplant.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon, a solid man at January 01, 2015 02:33 PM (NeFrd)

103
Feliz ano nuevo, Gringos!

Posted by: Manuel Labor at January 01, 2015 02:33 PM (wAQA5)

104 88 What exactly has Neil Degrasse Tyson DONE?

He wrote the cross cultural books "The Last of the Mayans" and "Me and My Mayan".

Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 02:33 PM (O3k74)

105 say mayan aim

eisenberg

Posted by: seamrog at January 01, 2015 02:33 PM (86QQc)

106 Yeah, but I heard if you eat the rainbow oreos you turn ghey.

Posted by: Eromero at January 01, 2015 02:34 PM (go5uR)

107 Wow, that was fast.

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 01, 2015 02:34 PM (DVjiu)

108 103 Little Known Medical Fact: The Mayan culture perfected the first half of the heart transplant.
Posted by: Seamus Muldoon, a solid man at January 01, 2015 02:33 PM (NeFrd)

The operation was a success but the patient died.

Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 02:34 PM (O3k74)

109 Sort of OT, but Sky and Telescope mag had a pretty good offer from the Great Courses people called "Black Holes Explained". It's hosted by Alex Filippenko. The reviews looked pretty good as a course for a layman, so I ordered it. Saved $160.00 dollars on it. The only part of the reviews that were sort of negative is that he tells some pretty lame jokes during the course, usually right after covering some pretty dense topics.

Posted by: Old Blue at January 01, 2015 02:35 PM (vVSOO)

110 SAAD!

Tied up at 2!

Posted by: Quetzocaotl at January 01, 2015 02:35 PM (BO7YV)

111 The Mayans invented the vacation.

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 01, 2015 02:35 PM (DVjiu)

112 Kinda worried about the New Year.

Posted by: Mayan virgin at January 01, 2015 02:35 PM (wAQA5)

113 >>Four out of five Mayans surveyed said yeah let's keep adding chillis to our chocolate.

18 Rabbit liked it.

Posted by: Lizzy at January 01, 2015 02:36 PM (ABcz/)

114 The Mayans also had Morons who spoke to the Priests and said, " Look, we get the whole sacrifice thing: but not these virgins, for crying out load! How about those really old virgins over there? They have to be stuffed up to here with Extra Virgin Power"

Alas, to avail.

Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 02:36 PM (MQEz6)

115 Little-known fact: the Casa Grande ruin in Arizona was the first big Indian casino. It failed, and fell into disrepair owing to the unforeseen lack of white people to fleece.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at January 01, 2015 02:36 PM (mtmZ0)

116 What exactly has Neil Degrasse Tyson DONE?

He's been useful to the Narrative.

That's usually enough.

Posted by: --- at January 01, 2015 02:36 PM (MMC8r)

117 and the final one where humanity was turned into fish.

I can't but help take this sort of prophesy seriously.


Posted by: Kindltot at January 01, 2015 02:28 PM (t//F+)

The halibut you say

Posted by: MikeH at January 01, 2015 02:36 PM (4OZqu)

118 I'm sure Tyson's nick name behind his back in his science community is Black Ahole.

Posted by: Bob Belcher at January 01, 2015 02:37 PM (3jmxp)

119 Posted by: notsothoreau at January 01, 2015 02:31 PM (5HBd1)

Took me by surprise. 48 years old, wife, kid (& another on the way). Fell off a ladder on the 27th. I suppose that's better than cancer or alzheimers.

Posted by: Anderson Cooper's Smoked Sausage Fingers at January 01, 2015 02:37 PM (MbqmP)

120 Naming calendars after my menstrual cycle now? Misogynist racists!!!!!

Posted by: Mayan Obama at January 01, 2015 02:37 PM (qbNX7)

121 "The Sun'll Come Out, To Mayans!"



Posted by: Seamus Muldoon, a solid man at January 01, 2015 02:38 PM (NeFrd)

122 TB3K on early shift?

Posted by: Infidel at January 01, 2015 02:39 PM (RCZUF)

123 With the massive influx of the remnants of the Mayan civilization migrating across the Mexican border into the United States, to demonstrate our inclusive and progressive thinking culture, I propose we rename our country to MyanUS.

Posted by: Havedash at January 01, 2015 02:39 PM (G1XMn)

124 The Mayans weren't able to autodelete MUMR. They trolled themselves to death

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 01, 2015 02:39 PM (Upt0I)

125 Quick! Someone fetch me Incan paper!

Posted by: Ponticaing Aztec at January 01, 2015 02:39 PM (wr4LJ)

126 Central America, as in S. Mexico down to Guatemala, is a area that is mostly limestone, riddled with caves. There is very little surface water in the dry period, so there is a dependence of finding and utilizing wells and aquifers. When the droughts come the wells fail and the societies based on them collapse.
Deforestation did not help, and the slash and burn agriculture depletes the soil if pursued too hard.
This is not to say that failures also occur from bad policy, bad wars, and changes in technology and resources.
But this sort of thing does leave a mark on a culture and their beliefs.

Posted by: Kindltot at January 01, 2015 02:39 PM (t//F+)

127 I think Tyson invented the Chicken..... truth be told.

Posted by: Trunk Monkey at January 01, 2015 02:40 PM (jucos)

128 "Mayan My Arrow" by Nillson.

Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 02:40 PM (MQEz6)

129 88 What exactly has Neil Degrasse Tyson DONE?

He's the left's biggest Black Hole. Mystery solved!

Posted by: Joanne at January 01, 2015 02:40 PM (qbNX7)

130
A Mayan wrote the classic song "I Left My Heart In San Francisco".

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 01, 2015 02:41 PM (8v9fw)

131 Have you ever looked at your hands? I mean like really looked at your hands? Dude!

Posted by: Deep Science Thoughts by Neil deGrasse Tyson at January 01, 2015 02:42 PM (MbqmP)

132 NDT is half spic

His mother, Sunchita Marie (ne Feliciano) Tyson was a gerontologist of Puerto Rican descent.


Not. Authentic.

Posted by: Thin veneer of civility at January 01, 2015 02:43 PM (XzRw1)

133 Most Mayans knew the end was near when it cost a fortune just to take the wife and kids to the Pyramid to catch a sacrifice.

Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 02:43 PM (MQEz6)

134 A Mayan wrote the classic song "I Left My Heart In San Francisco".

Also "Ya Gotta Have Heart".

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 01, 2015 02:43 PM (DVjiu)

135 >>>What exactly has Neil Degrasse Tyson DONE? I mean, he talks a lot.<<<

Initially, I thought NDT was a cartoon character on Fox's Family Guy.

Posted by: Fritz at January 01, 2015 02:44 PM (dVmLD)

136 Have you ever looked at your hands? I mean like really looked at your hands? Dude!

...and you think hands just happened, by accident?

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at January 01, 2015 02:44 PM (lxMIO)

137 Neil Degrasse Tyson: The Ross Geller of Astronomy.

Except Ross is way more funny and has banged Rachel Green several times . . .





Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 02:44 PM (O3k74)

138 ...and you think hands just happened, by accident?

Woah! Wow, like. Wow. Dude. Wait, like, woah.

Posted by: Deep Science Thoughts by Neil deGrasse Tyson at January 01, 2015 02:46 PM (MbqmP)

139 What has Tyson done? He has achieved twitter immortality by being Ace's twitter avi.

Posted by: Snicklefritz at January 01, 2015 02:46 PM (Moh0M)

140 Are you going to eat that brownie? For science?

Posted by: Deep Science Thoughts by Neil deGrasse Tyson at January 01, 2015 02:48 PM (MbqmP)

141 I saw The Mayans open for Heart at the Garden back in '84.

Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 02:48 PM (O3k74)

142 You stop picking on my lil'Neileo !

Posted by: Sunchita at January 01, 2015 02:48 PM (XzRw1)

143 The Mayan remnant people and some others embraced those evil Europeans when they first arrived because they were fed up with the damn brutal Aztecs. Thats a moron friendly paraphrasing of what the Mayan ruin tour guide told us a couple years ago.

Posted by: PaleRider at January 01, 2015 02:49 PM (7w/kf)

144 When my kids were little, we used to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy. I saw him a couple of years back carrying on about glowbul warming. Kinda bummed me out.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2015 02:49 PM (60Vyp)

145 "Heart Full of Soul" topped the Mayan Charts for 13 weeks in the summer of 64.

Posted by: Quetzocaotl at January 01, 2015 02:50 PM (lejgm)

146 Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2015 02:49 PM (60Vyp)

I thought Louie Nye was smarter.

Posted by: BignJames at January 01, 2015 02:51 PM (j7iSn)

147 Who do you think would make a better Winnie Mandela: Oprah or Michelle Obama?

Posted by: Deep Science Thoughts by Neil deGrasse Tyson at January 01, 2015 02:51 PM (MbqmP)

148 Why is "abbreviated" such a long word?

Posted by: Deep Science Thoughts by Neil deGrasse Tyson II at January 01, 2015 02:52 PM (O3k74)

149 "Heart Full of Soul" topped the Mayan Charts for 13 weeks in the summer of 64.

You mean in 1164?

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 01, 2015 02:52 PM (DVjiu)

150 You want old? I made my mom some coffee and the half and half expired 1 year ago...

Posted by: Baldy at January 01, 2015 02:52 PM (+35FH)

151 My NDGT action figure is giving my other action figures a tour of their room.

"And here's the shoebox, where we go when we don't play well with others."

Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 02:52 PM (MQEz6)

152 144
When my kids were little, we used to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy.

That effeminate bow tied commie is a regular on the number one sitcom Big Bang Theory. I stopped watching it after his first appearance.

Posted by: Thin veneer of civility at January 01, 2015 02:52 PM (XzRw1)

153 Just made a bloody mary with GZHELKA wodka and 4 stalks of celery. And a oreo, doublestuff traditional one each.

Posted by: Eromero at January 01, 2015 02:54 PM (go5uR)

154 When my kids were little, we used to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy. I saw him a couple of years back carrying on about glowbul warming. Kinda bummed me out.
Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2015 02:49 PM (60Vyp)


Bill Nye couldn't science his way out of a tub of bong water, dude.

Posted by: Deep Science Thoughts by Neil deGrasse Tyson at January 01, 2015 02:54 PM (MbqmP)

155 152>> I think that chick that plays sheldons wannabe girlfriend has an advanced degree in Aero science. But mostly, I think about Kelly Cuoco giving me a drunken lap dance.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2015 02:56 PM (60Vyp)

156 Drudge brings teh funny.

Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 02:57 PM (MQEz6)

157 What are those word thingies where they say the same thing forwards and backwards? Like, I just wrote one about science. It goes: "A racecars."

Science, bitches.

Posted by: Deep Science Thoughts by Neil deGrasse Tyson at January 01, 2015 02:57 PM (MbqmP)

158 The Mayan remnant people and some others embraced those evil Europeans when they first arrived because they were fed up with the damn brutal Aztecs. Thats a moron friendly paraphrasing of what the Mayan ruin tour guide told us a couple years ago.

When the evil European imperialist Cortez was setting up for the final assault on the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, his men comprised only 5% of the army that was assembled. The others came from the surrounding tribes.

Pretty much everyone in Central America HATED the Aztecs and wanted them gone.

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 01, 2015 02:57 PM (DVjiu)

159 I hate bill paying day. I start off with an account full of money and end up with an account filled with memories. Hell of a way to have to make a living.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at January 01, 2015 02:58 PM (6fyGz)

160 The gal who plays Amy Farah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) has a PhD in neurobiology. And is actually pretty cute in real life.

Posted by: Old Blue at January 01, 2015 02:58 PM (vVSOO)

161 You want to know why the Mayan civilization died out?

I'll tell you why.

Rape culture.

Posted by: Sabrina Rubin Erdely at January 01, 2015 02:59 PM (9GG/0)

162 GGE- don't feel like the lone ranger.

Posted by: Infidel at January 01, 2015 03:00 PM (RCZUF)

163 GGE! Congrats on the expected Navy fan!

Posted by: Vendette at January 01, 2015 03:00 PM (gVaWi)

164 You want to know why the Mayan civilization died out?

I'll tell you why.

Rape culture.
Posted by: Sabrina Rubin Erdely at January 01, 2015 02:59 PM (9GG/0)
They used up all their virgins.

Posted by: tbodie at January 01, 2015 03:00 PM (8oSoU)

165 Posted by: Deep Science Thoughts by Neil deGrasse Tyson at January 01, 2015 02:57 PM (MbqmP)

palindrone?

Posted by: BignJames at January 01, 2015 03:01 PM (j7iSn)

166 From Tyson's CV:
High School:
The Bronx High School of Science
Bronx, New York
Astrophysics Emphasis: June 1976

obtained at: http://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/curriculum-vitae#education

"Astrophysics Emphasis" in HIGH SCHOOL!?!?!
Really!!!
The asshole is strong in this one!!

He ranks right up there with my postdoc advisor who put on his CV a list of papers he'd like to publish in the future.

Oh, and this Bill Neye guy is not a scientist as he likes to claim, he's got a masters in some engineering field. Nothing against engineers or engineering, but call yourself what you are.

Posted by: Deep Science Thoughts by Neil deGrasse Tyson II at January 01, 2015 03:01 PM (O3k74)

167 When the evil European imperialist Cortez was setting up for the final assault on the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, his men comprised only 5% of the army that was assembled. The others came from the surrounding tribes.

Pretty much everyone in Central America HATED the Aztecs and wanted them gone.

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 01, 2015 02:57 PM (DVjiu)




You mean 300 guys with blunderbusses (or whatever muzzle-loaders they had) didn't conquer an empire of a million by themselves? Don't tell that to La Raza, or any lefty, even though surely it was obvious just from common sense.

A million Aztecs charge 300 Spaniards with blunderbusses. Upshot: 999,700 Aztecs, and 0 Spaniards. End of conflict.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:02 PM (oKE6c)

168 160>> neurobiology, aero science... They share they same vowels...mostly

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2015 03:02 PM (60Vyp)

169 Yeah, close.

Posted by: Old Blue at January 01, 2015 03:04 PM (vVSOO)

170 165 Posted by: Deep Science Thoughts by Neil deGrasse Tyson at January 01, 2015 02:57 PM (MbqmP)

palindrone?
Posted by: BignJames at January 01, 2015 03:01 PM (j7iSn)


Isn't he on the Death Star?

Posted by: Han Solo at January 01, 2015 03:05 PM (O3k74)

171 GGE- don't feel like the lone ranger.

Posted by: Infidel at January 01, 2015 03:00 PM (RCZUF)



We can commiserate together. The bastiches just want our money.


GGE! Congrats on the expected Navy fan!


Posted by: Vendette at January 01, 2015 03:00 PM (gVaWi)



That was a pretty cool Christmas text. Middle Daughter says she wants a little redheaded girl.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at January 01, 2015 03:05 PM (6fyGz)

172 When my kids were little, we used to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy

Same here, but I put a stop to it because of the show's format. Nye would spend about 30 seconds on one topic, then switch to another, then a third, then bounce back to the first one. I felt this was encouraging my kids to have short attention spans, which I didn't want for them.

That and his constant yawping about evolution. That got very wearisome.

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 01, 2015 03:05 PM (DVjiu)

173 A million Aztecs charge 300 Spaniards with blunderbusses. Upshot: 999,700 Aztecs, and 0 Spaniards. End of conflict.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:02 PM (oKE6c)


Well, that was the plan, anyway.

Posted by: Boudicca at January 01, 2015 03:05 PM (MbqmP)

174 Re Big Bang: The little blond with the big boobeh's is kind of hot.


Posted by: Thin veneer of civility at January 01, 2015 03:06 PM (XzRw1)

175 167 When the evil European imperialist Cortez was setting up for the final assault on the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, his men comprised only 5% of the army that was assembled. The others came from the surrounding tribes.

Pretty much everyone in Central America HATED the Aztecs and wanted them gone.

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 01, 2015 02:57 PM (DVjiu)



You mean 300 guys with blunderbusses (or whatever muzzle-loaders they had) didn't conquer an empire of a million by themselves? Don't tell that to La Raza, or any lefty, even though surely it was obvious just from common sense.

A million Aztecs charge 300 Spaniards with blunderbusses. Upshot: 999,700 Aztecs, and 0 Spaniards. End of conflict.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:02 PM (oKE6c)

Gang bangers back then too

Posted by: Han Solo at January 01, 2015 03:06 PM (O3k74)

176 A million Aztecs charge 300 Spaniards with blunderbusses. Upshot: 999,700 Aztecs, and 0 Spaniards. End of conflict.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:02 PM (oKE6c
********
Heh

Posted by: General George Custer at January 01, 2015 03:06 PM (jucos)

177 Bill Nye has a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

He must have been out sick when the class went over Thermodynamics and basic physics.

Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 03:07 PM (MQEz6)

178 Yeah, she just came out and said that those boobeh's were sort of a birthday gift on her 18th birthday. They still look good to me.

Posted by: Old Blue at January 01, 2015 03:07 PM (vVSOO)

179 Ah, a ginger. That can be dangerous. Grandson infidel is a ginger. Yikes. Turns 14 in March.

Posted by: Infidel at January 01, 2015 03:07 PM (RCZUF)

180 167 When the evil European imperialist Cortez was setting up for the final assault on the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, his men comprised only 5% of the army that was assembled. The others came from the surrounding tribes.

Pretty much everyone in Central America HATED the Aztecs and wanted them gone.

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 01, 2015 02:57 PM (DVjiu)



You mean 300 guys with blunderbusses (or whatever muzzle-loaders they had) didn't conquer an empire of a million by themselves? Don't tell that to La Raza, or any lefty, even though surely it was obvious just from common sense.

A million Aztecs charge 300 Spaniards with blunderbusses. Upshot: 999,700 Aztecs, and 0 Spaniards. End of conflict.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:02 PM (oKE6c)

We had horses. 'Nuf said.

Posted by: Cortez at January 01, 2015 03:07 PM (O3k74)

181 Did belief in Gods lead to Mayan demise? (linked story)

Their explanation for this is feeble and my answer is "no".

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 01, 2015 03:08 PM (Dj3AB)

182 "Astrophysics Emphasis" in HIGH SCHOOL!?!?!

Really!!!

The asshole is strong in this one!!



He ranks right up there with my postdoc advisor who put on his CV a list of papers he'd like to publish in the future.



Oh, and this Bill Neye guy is not a scientist as he likes to claim,
he's got a masters in some engineering field. Nothing against engineers
or engineering, but call yourself what you are.



Posted by: Deep Science Thoughts by Neil deGrasse Tyson II at January 01, 2015 03:01 PM (O3k74)


Spot on, on all counts.

Plus, look at Tyson's publication list: half a dozen or so papers? In his life? And the more recent ones (the "overviews" published in the "supplement") are apparently just "year in review" shit, not original papers.
Here I was thinking he'd actually done something in the field. Sheesh.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:09 PM (oKE6c)

183 179 Ah, a ginger. That can be dangerous. Grandson infidel is a ginger. Yikes. Turns 14 in March.
Posted by: Infidel at January 01, 2015 03:07 PM (RCZUF)

He'll be very popular with the lasses. Their fathers on the other hand . . .

Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 03:10 PM (O3k74)

184 What up, Primates?

Posted by: Electro Monkey at January 01, 2015 03:10 PM (Ua6T/)

185 You've got to admit, it takes a world-class fcuking troll to dis Jesus Christ on his birthday.

Posted by: Fritz at January 01, 2015 03:11 PM (dVmLD)

186 Yeah, she just came out and said that those boobeh's
were sort of a birthday gift on her 18th birthday. They still look good
to me.


Posted by: Old Blue at January 01, 2015 03:07 PM (vVSOO)



Huh. All I got was a pair of socks.

Ah, a ginger. That can be dangerous. Grandson infidel is a ginger. Yikes. Turns 14 in March.

Posted by: Infidel at January 01, 2015 03:07 PM (RCZUF)


Her Mom was a soul-less ginger, too. Or as Al Bundy put it, evil red-headed life sucking mosquito. But she was a lot of fun. I'll have to find another one some day.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at January 01, 2015 03:11 PM (6fyGz)

187 A million Aztecs charge 300 Spaniards with blunderbusses. Upshot: 999,700 Aztecs, and 0 Spaniards. End of conflict.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:02 PM (oKE6c)



We had horses. 'Nuf said.

Posted by: Cortez at January 01, 2015 03:07 PM (O3k74)


I stand corrected.

A million Aztecs charge 300 Spaniards with blunderbusses and on horseback. Upshot: 999,700 Aztecs, 0 Spaniards, and 0 horses. End of conflict.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:11 PM (oKE6c)

188 Badgers down to the wire.

Posted by: Y-not at January 01, 2015 03:12 PM (9BRsg)

189 A million Aztecs charge 300 Spaniards with
blunderbusses and on horseback. Upshot: 999,700 Aztecs, 0 Spaniards, and
0 horses. End of conflict.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:11 PM (oKE6c)


Surely they would have tried to keep the horses...at least a few of them. Or, given the terrain, maybe not...

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at January 01, 2015 03:12 PM (6fyGz)

190 The "drought hypothesis" for the end of Classic Maya civilization is heavily debated, as the archaeological evidence does not agree with the paleoclimatic evidence. Not all Classic cities declined at the same time, nor in the same area, nor do the forests seem particularly impacted. I'm kind on the outskirts of the debate and am very skeptical of these kinds of claims. Gyles Iannone just edited a volume taking a lot of these claims to task and large parts of the paleoclimatic models are simply bunk. Basically, you can't have a drought powerful enough to kill a civilization yet weak enough to leave the big forests unaffected. And you need a drought that hits one city hard and leaves its neighbor alone?

Nah, these drought claims pop up every few years, then the evidence gets a hard look and then, quietly, it falls apart.

Posted by: Keith Eppich at January 01, 2015 03:13 PM (V72vb)

191 Elmer Fudd had a blunderbuss, didn't he?

Posted by: Snicklefritz at January 01, 2015 03:13 PM (Moh0M)

192 Nah, daddy is a ginger. Mom is a blond. He's turning into a real hellion. He's always wanted to go into the military. G'ma is not so sure anymore. The world will be a totally different place in 4 years.

Posted by: Infidel at January 01, 2015 03:13 PM (RCZUF)

193 187 A million Aztecs charge 300 Spaniards with blunderbusses. Upshot: 999,700 Aztecs, and 0 Spaniards. End of conflict.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:02 PM (oKE6c)



We had horses. 'Nuf said.

Posted by: Cortez at January 01, 2015 03:07 PM (O3k74)

I stand corrected.

A million Aztecs charge 300 Spaniards with blunderbusses and on horseback. Upshot: 999,700 Aztecs, 0 Spaniards, and 0 horses. End of conflict.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:11 PM (oKE6c)

Heh!!
Spot on!!

Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 03:14 PM (O3k74)

194 187>> can you imagine the amount of paste they made afterward!? Yummmmm!

Posted by: Joey Choo Choo at January 01, 2015 03:14 PM (60Vyp)

195 Nah, these drought claims pop up every few years, then the evidence gets a hard look and then, quietly, it falls apart.
Posted by: Keith Eppich at January 01, 2015 03:13 PM (V72

Perhaps Detroit can help their analysis.

Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 03:15 PM (MQEz6)

196 191 Elmer Fudd had a blunderbuss, didn't he?
Posted by: Snicklefritz at January 01, 2015 03:13 PM (Moh0M)

Be wery quite! I'm hunting Mayans.

Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 03:15 PM (O3k74)

197 Blunderbusses could be defeated by shoving an object in the barrel. It would then blow up in the shooters face.

Posted by: General George Custer at January 01, 2015 03:15 PM (jucos)

198 Wasn't Custer half Mayan?

Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 03:16 PM (O3k74)

199 197 Blunderbusses could be defeated by shoving an object in the barrel. It would then blow up in the shooters face.
Posted by: General George Custer at January 01, 2015 03:15 PM (jucos)



Or tying the barrel in a knot.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:16 PM (oKE6c)

200 177
Bill Nye has a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.


Yeah well. Screw you.

Posted by: Howard Wolowitz at January 01, 2015 03:17 PM (XzRw1)

201
Nah, daddy is a ginger. Mom is a blond. He's turning into a real
hellion. He's always wanted to go into the military. G'ma is not so
sure anymore. The world will be a totally different place in 4 years.

Posted by: Infidel at January 01, 2015 03:13 PM (RCZUF)


I mean Middle Daughter's mom, Middle Daughter is a blondie (her brother, Eldest Son, is a soul-less ginger, too). Her first child is a little redheaded boy that they named Daemion, I keep telling them the kid didn't have any choice, he HAS to be evil. If she gets a little redheaded girl she will probably name her after her mom.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at January 01, 2015 03:18 PM (6fyGz)

202 Maybe the Aztecs lost to the Spanish in a Dance-Off.

Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 03:18 PM (MQEz6)

203 You are right Jay, Bugs Bunny used to tie Elmer Fudd's blunderbuss in a knot.

Posted by: Snicklefritz at January 01, 2015 03:18 PM (Moh0M)

204 185 You've got to admit, it takes a world-class fcuking troll to dis Jesus Christ on his birthday.
Posted by: Fritz at January 01, 2015 03:11 PM (dVmLD)

-----

Yes.

Posted by: Seems Legit at January 01, 2015 03:19 PM (A98Xu)

205 I heard that no civilization in South America, or North America for that matter, invented the wheel.

True?

If so then that explains it.
No wheel, no continuation past the Stone Age.

Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 03:19 PM (O3k74)

206 Daemion. roflmao.

Posted by: Infidel at January 01, 2015 03:19 PM (RCZUF)

207 202 Maybe the Aztecs lost to the Spanish in a Dance-Off.
Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 03:18 PM (MQEz6)



Battle of the Bands, full contact edition.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:19 PM (oKE6c)

208 @177 - One of the biggest problems with so much of climate 'science' is not the 'science', it's the engineering.

Guys like Michael Mann are spreadsheet jockeys, they are so many levels removed from the methods and tools of data collection that they simply do not understand the weaknesses of what they're coming up with.

I'd regard Nye as a bit of an outlier, the kind of exception that proves the rule - those in the 'hard' engineering and science disciplines, where you live instrumentation and testing and where getting something wrong kills people or at least puts a billion-dollar rocket in the wrong orbit - tend to be skeptics.

Posted by: JEM at January 01, 2015 03:19 PM (o+SC1)

209 205 I heard that no civilization in South America, or North America for that matter, invented the wheel.

True?

If so then that explains it.
No wheel, no continuation past the Stone Age.
Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 03:19 PM (O3k74)

They did come up with popcorn and maple syrup.

Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 03:20 PM (MQEz6)

210 It's Duck Season!
Rabbit Season!
Duck Season!
Rabbit Season!
Duck Season!
Rabbit Season!
Rabbit Season!
Duck Season! Fire!

Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 03:22 PM (O3k74)

211 I heard that no civilization in South America, or North America for that matter, invented the wheel.


You see, that's because the requisite materials were not to hand in the Americas. Nothing round exists there. Otherwise, they'd have had a space program by the time Columbus landed.

Posted by: Jared Diamond, PC Apologist Extraordinaire at January 01, 2015 03:22 PM (oKE6c)

212 A million Aztecs charge 300 Spaniards with blunderbusses. Upshot: 999,700 Aztecs, and 0 Spaniards. End of conflict.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:02 PM (oKE6c)


I read Bernal Diaz' Conquest of New Spain, and never before have I wanted so badly for both sides to loose.
I also thought there were a couple of points where Cortez could have been wiped out but the the Aztecs couldn't get the concept of total war into their heads, they were too invested in the traditional warfare methods.

Posted by: Kindltot at January 01, 2015 03:22 PM (t//F+)

213 208 @177 - One of the biggest problems with so much of climate 'science' is not the 'science', it's the engineering.

Guys like Michael Mann are spreadsheet jockeys, they are so many levels removed from the methods and tools of data collection that they simply do not understand the weaknesses of what they're coming up with.

I'd regard Nye as a bit of an outlier, the kind of exception that proves the rule - those in the 'hard' engineering and science disciplines, where you live instrumentation and testing and where getting something wrong kills people or at least puts a billion-dollar rocket in the wrong orbit - tend to be skeptics.
Posted by: JEM at January 01, 2015 03:19 PM (o+SC1)

Yup. Nothing brings down the humility hammer like real data.

Posted by: eman at January 01, 2015 03:23 PM (MQEz6)

214 209 205 I heard that no civilization in South America, or North America for that matter, invented the wheel.


Uhhh, that calendar looks round to me, dude.

Posted by: Cicero Kaboom! Kid at January 01, 2015 03:23 PM (uSAVP)

215 A Mayan wrote the classic song "I Left My Heart In San Francisco".

Also, "Heart and Soul."

It was only logical.

Posted by: Fox2! at January 01, 2015 03:23 PM (Wb/pD)

216 >>Here I was thinking he'd actually done something in the field.

Well, he did take a dump in the field behind the planetarium once. Other than that - meh.

Posted by: Aviator at January 01, 2015 03:23 PM (3rrMW)

217 I apologize for giving the impression that Neil deGrasse Tyson sounds like an idiot stoner.

"Clocks on the Prime Meridian track GMT - Greenwich Mean Time. As kid, I always wanted there to be GHT - Greenwich Happy Time."

"Although clocks on the Prime Meridian keep "Universal Time", I'm quite sure Aliens across the actual universe don't care."

Posted by: Anderson Cooper's Smoked Sausage Fingers at January 01, 2015 03:23 PM (MbqmP)

218 I do love Elmer Fudd.

Posted by: Snicklefritz at January 01, 2015 03:25 PM (Moh0M)

219 If a wormhole opened in front of NDT, would he be able to fit through it?

Posted by: Thin veneer of civility at January 01, 2015 03:25 PM (XzRw1)

220 @214 - it was my understanding as well that no Latin American civilization ever cooked up the wheel.

I guess they never let their kids play with that calendar thing long enough to learn from them.

Posted by: JEM at January 01, 2015 03:26 PM (o+SC1)

221 So I peek out the window, hiding behind the curtains, to check the weather rock for current conditions, and it's hard to see the rock, what with the snow falling.

So I go online to get the expert opinion which says, '20% chance of snow around half an inch expected by 9 pm",

The radar shows this big blotch of snow falling, outside It's snowing about 3 inches (or more) of accumulation per hour and I struggle to do the math.

Ya, no sense in plowing the drive while it's snowing. I mean, what's the point?

I mean, without experts and technology how could anyone survive these conditions? It's strangely quiet out on the highway. Too quiet.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at January 01, 2015 03:26 PM (lxMIO)

222 208>> I'm not sure how laws of thermodynamics and physics get overruled or exceptions for AGW. Bill Nye isn't stupid, he's just milking the cash cow and looking stupid doing it.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2015 03:26 PM (60Vyp)

223 "Although clocks on the Prime Meridian keep "Universal Time", I'm quite sure Aliens across the actual universe don't care."
Posted by: Anderson Cooper's Smoked Sausage Fingers at January 01, 2015 03:23 PM (MbqmP)


Unless they have twelve fingers.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at January 01, 2015 03:26 PM (W5DcG)

224 Uhhh, that calendar looks round to me, dude.

It's not so much the shape, as the functionality. If your greatest load bearing capability is a travois, you aren't going to carry as much as a cart. Or a wagon.

Never mind the difference in carrying capacity between a llama and a horse. Or even a donkey.

Posted by: Fox2! at January 01, 2015 03:26 PM (Wb/pD)

225 214 209 205 I heard that no civilization in South America, or North America for that matter, invented the wheel.


Uhhh, that calendar looks round to me, dude.
Posted by: Cicero Kaboom! Kid at January 01, 2015 03:23 PM (uSAVP)

Yes, but chariots or carts or wagons . . .

Let me rephrase: wheel and axle.

Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 03:26 PM (O3k74)

226 You are right Jay, Bugs Bunny used to tie Elmer Fudd's blunderbuss in a knot.

Science!

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 01, 2015 03:27 PM (DVjiu)

227 Guys like Michael Mann are spreadsheet jockeys, they are so many levels
removed from the methods and tools of data collection that they simply
do not understand the weaknesses of what they're coming up with.


I'd regard Nye as a bit of an outlier, the kind of
exception that proves the rule - those in the 'hard' engineering and
science disciplines, where you live instrumentation and testing and
where getting something wrong kills people or at least puts a
billion-dollar rocket in the wrong orbit - tend to be skeptics.

Posted by: JEM at January 01, 2015 03:19 PM (o+SC1)


I think you're being pretty charitable to Mann, whom I suspect knows perfectly well he's pushing rubbish.
As for Nye, every principal investigator has the occasional weak student, the intellectual runt of the litter. Most PIs try to gently steer said runt into some other endeavor where he can get by (kinda like steering Woody Allen away from his dream of a career in MMA).

I suspect that's what happened with Nye, and Tyson also, for that matter.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:27 PM (oKE6c)

228 209
205 I heard that no civilization in South America, or North America for that matter, invented the wheel.



True?



If so then that explains it.

No wheel, no continuation past the Stone Age.

Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 03:19 PM (O3k74)
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I've pondered that as well. I don't seem to remember any culture in the Americas having invented the wheel. To me that explains tons in the differences in cultures between the European/Mediterranean cultures and the level of civilization in the New World.

Posted by: Old Blue at January 01, 2015 03:28 PM (vVSOO)

229 I'm watching The Twilight Zone marathon. I don't remember them like some people. I was watching one in living room & my friend was in kitchen telling me what was going to happen.
They're all new to me.

Posted by: Carol at January 01, 2015 03:28 PM (sj3Ax)

230 176 A million Aztecs charge 300 Spaniards with blunderbusses. Upshot: 999,700 Aztecs, and 0 Spaniards. End of conflict.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:02 PM (oKE6c
********
Heh

Posted by: General George Custer at January 01, 2015 03:06 PM (jucos)



Repeating rifles, motherfucker. Do you speak it?

Posted by: Crazy Horse at January 01, 2015 03:29 PM (sdi6R)

231 229
I'm watching The Twilight Zone marathon. I don't remember them like some
people. I was watching one in living room my friend was in
kitchen telling me what was going to happen.

They're all new to me.

If you travel to DC, you can experience it real time.

Posted by: Thin veneer of civility at January 01, 2015 03:30 PM (XzRw1)

232 I've pondered that as well. I don't seem to remember
any culture in the Americas having invented the wheel. To me that
explains tons in the differences in cultures between the
European/Mediterranean cultures and the level of civilization in the New
World.


Posted by: Old Blue at January 01, 2015 03:28 PM (vVSOO)

Or writing, IIRC. Same with sub-Saharan Africa, I believe.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:30 PM (oKE6c)

233 It's not so much the shape, as the functionality. If your greatest load bearing capability is a travois, you aren't going to carry as much as a cart. Or a wagon.

Also, there's no need for technological innovation when all of the grunt work gets shoved off on slaves. A society build on slavery is a backwards society.

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 01, 2015 03:30 PM (DVjiu)

234 I believe it was the Mayans who made toys with wheels on them, but no actual useful wheeled carts.

Hrm, this weblog seems to back that: http://tcmam.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/did-pre-columbian-mesoamericans-use-wheels/

Posted by: Anderson Cooper's Smoked Sausage Fingers at January 01, 2015 03:30 PM (MbqmP)

235 232>> I guess all those hieroglyphs are really just Mayan graffiti.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2015 03:31 PM (60Vyp)

236 Or writing, IIRC. Same with sub-Saharan Africa, I believe.

I've seen native American cave drawings in AZ and NM. My 3 yo nephew could do better with a crayon and a piece of cardboard.

Posted by: Thin veneer of civility at January 01, 2015 03:32 PM (XzRw1)

237 Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at January 01, 2015 02:24 PM (ZrDPU)

PBS went looking for a token for their latest stab at pop Sci.

Thanks to George Bush, he was visible and took the job.

The rest is Infotainment History.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger and All That at January 01, 2015 03:32 PM (RZzX3)

238 @232 - IIRC the Maya had a written language, the Aztec did not.

That said, I'm not sure how you say 'Junior, go get a core dump from Grandpa before he croaks, will you?' in Aztec.

Posted by: JEM at January 01, 2015 03:33 PM (o+SC1)

239 229 I'm watching The Twilight Zone marathon. I don't remember them like some people. I was watching one in living room & my friend was in kitchen telling me what was going to happen.
They're all new to me.
Posted by: Carol at January 01, 2015 03:28 PM (sj3Ax)

One of my favorites is "The 7th Is Made Up Of Phantoms". Light tank crew on maneuvers ends up at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
They shoulda brought the tank.

Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 03:33 PM (O3k74)

240 Badgers win!!!!!!

Posted by: Y-not at January 01, 2015 03:33 PM (9BRsg)

241 Half of Alabama is not happy right now.

Posted by: Vendette at January 01, 2015 03:33 PM (gVaWi)

242 Jay G, that's something that has always confounded me. With all of the technological advances in the ME and NE Africa, why didn't all of that knowledge spread to the west and south of Africa? What was the disconnect? I guess the only way to find out is to borrow the head Ewok's time machine (which he totally doesn't have) and go back and find out.

Posted by: Old Blue at January 01, 2015 03:34 PM (vVSOO)

243 Badgers win!!!!!!
Posted by: Y-not at January 01, 2015 03:33 PM (9BRsg)


But do they care?

Posted by: Anderson Cooper's Smoked Sausage Fingers at January 01, 2015 03:34 PM (MbqmP)

244 Repeating rifles, motherfucker. Do you speak it?
Posted by: Crazy Horse at January 01, 2015 03:29 PM (sdi6R)

Arrogance, narcissism and stupidity kinda helped there tonto.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger and All That at January 01, 2015 03:35 PM (RZzX3)

245 Doink, off the upright.

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 01, 2015 03:36 PM (rwI+c)

246 Doink, off the upright.

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 01, 2015 03:36 PM (rwI+c)


Outside.

Posted by: Vendette at January 01, 2015 03:37 PM (gVaWi)

247 238 @232 - IIRC the Maya had a written language, the Aztec did not.


Thanks. Didn't know that.

Meanwhile, I'm reading a history of mathematics. The Greeks had spherical trigonometry ca. 500 B.C. (for astronomy). They apparently had spherical trigonometry before plane trigonometry (amazing, if true). They had methods for calculating the volume of closed figures of revolution, too.

Kinda makes coming up with the wheel look like small beer, doesn't it?

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:37 PM (oKE6c)

248 One of the arguments was that 1) there was little use for the wheel since there was not any animal that could pull a large weight other then men and they could just carry it on their backs, and 2) the terrain was not ideal for wheels, there being a lack of open plains and areas to fight on.
With that, the argument goes, the wheel is not important and the intermediary steps to making wheel-friendly roads or not depending solely on infantry are not important enough to spend time on.

Remember, the Myceneans did not rely on the wheel, even though they were at a higher tech level than the Aztecs, but the Hittites and Egyptians did. Greece is rocky with few plains, Anatolia and Persia and Egypt have lots of flat areas.
Greece had a history of infantry, the Hittites (and successors) and Egyptians had chariots. Even so, the main driver of the use of the wheel is military. Even the Romans only used wheeled transport sparingly, relying on mules and donkeys, ships and slaves to transport goods.
So, without a reason to promote a technology and the lack of a means to exploit it, the pre-colombian cultures didn't waste time on it.

Posted by: Kindltot at January 01, 2015 03:37 PM (t//F+)

249 That was an enjoyable game, though I wanted Auburn to win. Lots of excitement and big plays.

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 01, 2015 03:38 PM (rwI+c)

250 244 Repeating rifles, motherfucker. Do you speak it?
Posted by: Crazy Horse at January 01, 2015 03:29 PM (sdi6R)
Arrogance, narcissism and stupidity kinda helped there tonto.
Posted by: Bitter Clinger and All That at January 01, 2015 03:35 PM (RZzX3)



IIRC, the Indians actually were better armed than the 7th Cavalry, which did not have repeating rifles yet.

And now, never will.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:38 PM (oKE6c)

251 Between 800 AD and 900AD White Police Officers began shooting Mayans who had their hands up.

Many Mayans couldn't breathe and thus died.

About a million or so were shot or choked.

Posted by: Black Lives are Matter at January 01, 2015 03:39 PM (y2uId)

252 IIRC, the Indians actually were better armed than the 7th Cavalry, which did not have repeating rifles yet.

Custer left his gatling guns behind for speed. He chose ... poorly.

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 01, 2015 03:39 PM (rwI+c)

253 "With all of the technological advances in the ME and NE Africa, why didn't all of that knowledge spread to the west and south of Africa? What was the disconnect?"

Maybe because Islam dominated the ME and most of the African continent, and especially the trading kingdoms were busy exporting slaves.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2015 03:41 PM (60Vyp)

254 *pulls hair out watching the Gopher game*

Hello Horde!

*continues drinking heavily*

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 01, 2015 03:41 PM (1sg14)

255 Girl928 and the Babybump are loading up to leave. Sad I am.

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 01, 2015 03:41 PM (rwI+c)

256 Badgers game was a great game. I had the honor to coach Robbie Havenstein when he was in youth football. Fun to see him on a college football field.

Posted by: Trunk Monkey at January 01, 2015 03:41 PM (jucos)

257 Has anyone checked into what the Jooos were up to when the Mayans died off? I'll bet they had their fingers in it somehow.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at January 01, 2015 03:41 PM (4IFRz)

258 If you are ever out that way, stop at Custer's Battlefield and take the tour. As the experts like to say, the map is not the terrain.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at January 01, 2015 03:42 PM (lxMIO)

259 242 Jay G, that's something that has always confounded me. With all of the technological advances in the ME and NE Africa, why didn't all of that knowledge spread to the west and south of Africa? What was the disconnect?

Posted by: Old Blue at January 01, 2015 03:34 PM (vVSOO)



I've wondered about that, too. Doesn't make sense, does it, unless the bruthas were just dumb shits. No writing, no literature, no philosophy, no mathematics, no ships, no serious buildings or technology to speak of ... what the hell were they doing there all that time? Did no one ever visit Egypt and return?

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:42 PM (oKE6c)

260 JG, which book are you reading?

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2015 03:44 PM (60Vyp)

261 Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2015 03:44 PM (60Vyp)




Mandatory: Grandbaby update!!!

Posted by: Vendette at January 01, 2015 03:45 PM (gVaWi)

262 258 If you are ever out that way, stop at Custer's Battlefield and take the tour. As the experts like to say, the map is not the terrain.
Posted by: Skandia Recluse at January 01, 2015 03:42 PM (lxMIO)



As a history buff, I've always wanted to do that.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:45 PM (oKE6c)

263
Posted by: Black Lives are Matter at January 01, 2015 03:39 PM (y2uId)
-------


The bullshitery around here makes me laugh, out loud, or LOL if you're a fourteen year old girl which maybe I am, maybe I'm not.

Posted by: Seems Legit at January 01, 2015 03:45 PM (A98Xu)

264 242
With all of the technological advances in the ME and NE Africa, why didn't all of that knowledge spread to the west and south of Africa? What was the disconnect?

Posted by: Old Blue at January 01, 2015 03:34 PM (vVSOO)



The Sahara Desert was a pretty big barrier between the northern part of Africa and the interior.

Posted by: rickl at January 01, 2015 03:46 PM (sdi6R)

265 There was no science in the AGW scam. Science implies they used scientific method which involve 4 or 5 steps depending on how you break it down. They started at the last step and cherry-picked date to make it work.


And in at least two instances that I know of actually manipulated the data.

Posted by: Vic at January 01, 2015 03:46 PM (u9gzs)

266 Or writing, IIRC. Same with sub-Saharan Africa, I believe.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:30 PM (oKE6c)


Aztecs Mixtecos and Mayans used a system of ideoglyphs, and extensively used a paper made out of the maguey leaf (the same you get pulque from)
The Spanish Clergy aparently burned all of them in the conquests, some Mixteco ones remain

http://www.ancientscripts.com/mixtec.html

Posted by: Kindltot at January 01, 2015 03:46 PM (t//F+)

267 248 One of the arguments was that 1) there was little use for the wheel since there was not any animal that could pull a large weight other then men and they could just carry it on their backs, and 2) the terrain was not ideal for wheels, there being a lack of open plains and areas to fight on.
With that, the argument goes, the wheel is not important and the intermediary steps to making wheel-friendly roads or not depending solely on infantry are not important enough to spend time on.

Remember, the Myceneans did not rely on the wheel, even though they were at a higher tech level than the Aztecs, but the Hittites and Egyptians did. Greece is rocky with few plains, Anatolia and Persia and Egypt have lots of flat areas.
Greece had a history of infantry, the Hittites (and successors) and Egyptians had chariots. Even so, the main driver of the use of the wheel is military. Even the Romans only used wheeled transport sparingly, relying on mules and donkeys, ships and slaves to transport goods.
So, without a reason to promote a technology and the lack of a means to exploit it, the pre-colombian cultures didn't waste time on it.

Posted by: Kindltot at January 01, 2015 03:37 PM (t//F+)

Wheelbarrows?
Pulleys?

Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 03:47 PM (O3k74)

268 *continues drinking heavily*

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 01, 2015 03:41 PM (1sg14)


Keep going.

Posted by: Vendette at January 01, 2015 03:47 PM (gVaWi)

269 258 If you are ever out that way, stop at Custer's Battlefield and take the tour. As the experts like to say, the map is not the terrain.
Posted by: Skandia Recluse at January 01, 2015 03:42 PM (lxMIO)

It is a goal of mine.

Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 03:49 PM (O3k74)

270 248 One of the arguments was that 1) there was little use for the wheel since there was not any animal that could pull a large weight other then men and they could just carry it on their backs, and 2) the terrain was not ideal for wheels, there being a lack of open plains and areas to fight on.
...So, without a reason to promote a technology and the lack of a means to exploit it, the pre-colombian cultures didn't waste time on it.

Posted by: Kindltot


They never fully explored the use of Gerbils and Hamsters. The 50 Gerbil teams initially got tangled in the reins and they dropped that technology.

Posted by: Hopped Up On Something at January 01, 2015 03:49 PM (NHtMs)

271 And I was going to have blackeyed peas and cornbread. No Jiffy cornbread mix. What I thought was cornbread was blueberry muffins. I don't think blueberry muffins will go with blackeyed peas. So I had a pizza instead.

Posted by: Vic at January 01, 2015 03:49 PM (u9gzs)

272 260 JG, which book are you reading?
Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2015 03:44 PM (60Vyp)



One I found on Project Gutenberg. I'm now reading this one: https://archive.org/details/ahistoryofmathem31061gut

with this one in the on-deck circle:
https://archive.org/details/ashortaccountoft31246gut

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 03:49 PM (oKE6c)

273 Still waiting on a few dishes before New Years dinner starts. I'll just have a glass of wine while I wait. Timing is everything. and I want to know if I had my firfox set to deny cookies why is that damn oreo there anyway?

Posted by: Eromero at January 01, 2015 03:49 PM (go5uR)

274 Vendetta!! Tha lil sugar booger is getting around and standing up but not quite taking steps. And her Dr Suess collection is growing almost as fast!

How's things with you? Go Blackhawks!

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2015 03:50 PM (60Vyp)

275 Nood football

Posted by: Y-not at January 01, 2015 03:50 PM (9BRsg)

276 Badgers win!!!!!!
Posted by: Y-not at January 01, 2015 03:33 PM (9BRsg)

But do they care?Posted by: Anderson Cooper's Smoked Sausage Fingers at January 01, 2015 03:34 PM (MbqmP)I had to explain to Mrs. Tbodie why the sudden LOL.

Posted by: tbodie at January 01, 2015 03:50 PM (8oSoU)

277 They never fully explored the use of Gerbils and Hamsters. The 50 Gerbil teams initially got tangled in the reins and they dropped that technology.

Haha! That reminds me of this one time when I was drunk...

Posted by: Richard Gere at January 01, 2015 03:51 PM (MbqmP)

278 269
258 If you are ever out that way, stop at Custer's Battlefield and take
the tour. As the experts like to say, the map is not the terrain.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at January 01, 2015 03:42 PM (lxMIO)



It is a goal of mine.

Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 03:49 PM (O3k74)

And do NOT let them see you picking up anything of the battlefield.

Posted by: Vic at January 01, 2015 03:51 PM (u9gzs)

279 They never fully explored the use of Gerbils and Hamsters. The 50 Gerbil teams initially got tangled in the reins and they dropped that technology.


Then they briefly tried teams of lemmings but you can guess what a disaster that turned out to be.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at January 01, 2015 03:51 PM (4IFRz)

280 Tha lil sugar booger is getting around and standing
up but not quite taking steps. And her Dr Suess collection is growing
almost as fast!



How's things with you? Go Blackhawks!

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2015 03:50 PM (60Vyp)



For those of us without excellent TVs, the Blackhawks' part of the score is blocked.

Dr. Suess is great for a 2nd-grader's reading, which I learned while at home for Christmas.

If you have the NHL Network, watch the World Junior Hockey Championships, especially tomorrow, when there are 3 games televised.

Posted by: Vendette at January 01, 2015 03:55 PM (gVaWi)

281 Fuck the Gophers.

So goddamn frustrating to fucking watch.

Posted by: thathalfrican at January 01, 2015 03:57 PM (1sg14)

282 Wheelbarrows?
Pulleys?

Posted by: The Man from Athens at January 01, 2015 03:47 PM (O3k74)


wheelbarrows did not make it to Europe from China until the middle-ages, prior to that were just stretchers that two people had to carry. And the initial use of wheels are for transportation of heavy loads and using the speed of horses, generally for warfare.
And pulleys may well be an outgrowth of wheel technology, not a separate creation. The one possibility of a separate creation of the pulley might have been a metal sleeve that went over an axle to allow less friction when using it to pull over, but that would require a higher metal technology than the pre-colombian societies had. They were up to casting gold and silver and copper, and used it for decorations, and in one place by the Incas to cast cramps to hold together stones in a foundation. You would need Bronze, and a cheap source of bronze as well.

And gerbils are from Mongolia, and the Mongols did use them until they found that there were better ways to get their jollies.

Posted by: Kindltot at January 01, 2015 03:58 PM (t//F+)

283 wheelbarrows did not make it to Europe from China until the middle-ages,
prior to that were just stretchers that two people had to carry. And
the initial use of wheels are for transportation of heavy loads and
using the speed of horses, generally for warfare.



Interestingly, the rickshaw was invented by a 19th century American (doctor, IIRC) in Japan, who used it to transport his invalid wife.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 01, 2015 04:01 PM (oKE6c)

284 Thin Veneer of Civility,
I had to go to DC for a meeting, along with my boss, 20+ years ago. We didn't spend the night. We went to clients office, they took us out to lunch & we took scenic route back to the airport. I don't remember if one drove us or if we took taxi to the airport.

Funny thing is, I do remember what I wore.

Posted by: Carol at January 01, 2015 04:02 PM (sj3Ax)

285 Damn snow machines are tearing up my snow.

"Get off my snow, you bastards."

They pack the snow in the driveway and the snow thrower goes all kittywompus and won't dig it out. Too much of a struggle for an old man. [shakes fist]

"I'll get my shotgun, you bastards!"

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at January 01, 2015 04:04 PM (lxMIO)

286 Jag; I love the Gutenberg Project. It's pretty interesting to look at the correlation between the development of mathematical principles and the development of civilizations. It seems that anything beyond subsistence agrarian requires the concept of algebra.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2015 04:07 PM (60Vyp)

287 I gotta go clean that mess up. Next thing you know, they'll circle back and check the house to see if it's occupied. The

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Posted by: Skandia Recluse at January 01, 2015 04:09 PM (lxMIO)

288 Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2015 04:07 PM (60Vyp

Best example of that is the whippletree.

Posted by: Bob Belcher at January 01, 2015 04:16 PM (3jmxp)

289 Sorry should have said the whippletree was the most significant use of mathematics for agriculture that changed everything.

Posted by: Bob Belcher at January 01, 2015 04:19 PM (3jmxp)

290 Well regardless of smod, caldera et al live each day to the fullest. We just got a call letting us know my Dad's friend passed away last night. He was in his sixties, no major health struggles that I know of. What a shock.

Posted by: PaleRider at January 01, 2015 04:20 PM (7w/kf)

291 Well regardless of smod, caldera et al live each day
to the fullest. We just got a call letting us know my Dad's friend
passed away last night. He was in his sixties, no major health
struggles that I know of. What a shock.

Posted by: PaleRider at January 01, 2015 04:20 PM (7w/kf)


Prayers.

My dad is 69. Friends and schoolmates are passing away. He is cognizant of his own mortality.

Posted by: Vendette at January 01, 2015 04:23 PM (gVaWi)

292 Bob, I would have thought the whipple-tree was just cut-and-try. I would have figured that the setting and recording of fields, as well as the needs to determine fall of slope to best irrigate would have made someone start thinking, "this all happens in the same way, what does it mean?"

Also, wasn't the whipple-tree developed in the middle-ages? At least post Babylon, which puts it after the development of algebra in Ur and Egypt?

Posted by: Kindltot at January 01, 2015 04:26 PM (t//F+)

293 I cheated and looked. Whipple tree developed in China, 1st or 2nd Century BC

Posted by: Kindltot at January 01, 2015 04:29 PM (t//F+)

294 Prayers for your father's friend, Pale Rider.

Posted by: Carol at January 01, 2015 04:29 PM (sj3Ax)

295 Vendette,
I haven't seen you on same thread in awhile. I hope you had Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Posted by: Carol at January 01, 2015 04:31 PM (sj3Ax)

296
Vendette,

I haven't seen you on same thread in awhile. I hope you had Merry Christmas Happy New Year.





Posted by: Carol at January 01, 2015 04:31 PM (sj3Ax)


Same to you! I was at home, so didn't post much.

Posted by: Vendette at January 01, 2015 04:33 PM (gVaWi)

297 Vendette,
Some days I can barely go away from here, other days I stay away because I spend too much time here.

I hope you had a good trip.

Posted by: Carol at January 01, 2015 04:45 PM (sj3Ax)

298 So what does Hydrox have to say about the end of the world?

https://tinyurl.com/pfkqzzc

Posted by: rickl at January 01, 2015 04:49 PM (sdi6R)

299 Ralph Peters: Obama 'Tried to Romance Putin and He Got Date-Raped.'

Putin is the only one.
The logic extension to "rape culture" is that our government is a rapist and must seek positive consent from the citizens.
Since you can't confirm positive consent, it should be impossible for the government to do anything.
Our civil liberties are being "raped" by the FBI and NSA, with Obama as the "Rapist-in-Chief".

It's 2015 and time to stop pushing back and pull this bad boy all the way through ...

Embrace the Horror of "rape culture"

Posted by: #RapeCulture at January 01, 2015 05:59 PM (e8kgV)

300 But... the Mycenaeans did have chariots, at least by the 1200s. The Hittite texts mention Tawagalawa (*Etewoklewes = Eteocles) rampaging western Asia [Minor] with hundreds of them. Plus they're mentioned in the Iliad. Plus plus the Mycenaeans drew pictures of them. Plus plus plus they're mentioned all over the Linear B book-keeping tablets.

https://www.academia.edu/219041/The_chariots_of_Ahhiyawa

I'm less sure about the Minoans.

Posted by: boulder terlit ancient-med-civ major at January 01, 2015 07:04 PM (AVEe1)

301 But yeah, the New World didn't use the wheel beyond toys. One would think the Maya would have use for pulleys and that the Andeans would have use for wheelbarrows.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 01, 2015 07:05 PM (AVEe1)

302 Escort girls http://REGMODELS.RU

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Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
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