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Alpo said:
Sleepless in Helsinki. It's 3am and I am still awake. Should be at work at 8am. Can't wait for the lousy jokes I'll crack at work due to being too tired for any rational or civilized behaviour.
I thought all you Finns hibernated during winter.
 

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His DNA must be preserved. Imagine finding the gene that helps counter the harmful effects of smoking! I would be having my daily sheesha :p
Get thee behind me, Mina!  I used to enjoy an occasional cigar (and I wouldn't turn down a hit on the shisha) before an Ethiopian geron I respect very much told me that smoking was like spitting in the face of God.  Needless to say, I quit cold turkey.

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Here is the piece about George Burns. I don't think it's really meant to be taken seriously, but the author does make the extraordinary claim that Burns lived so long precisely because he smoked so many cigars. The argument seems to be "Burns smokes lots of cigars. Burns is very old. Ergo, cigar smoking caused Burns' longevity".
Thanks for that!  It was worth the read even if it wasn't necessarily medically accurate.  George Burns interviewed by Groucho's son and served by one of Jack Benny's writers!  In a word: charming.  :)
It just occurred to me that the causation could run the other way: living a long time may cause one to smoke lots of cigars.
So do you think he started smoking at 80?
 

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minasoliman said:
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His DNA must be preserved. Imagine finding the gene that helps counter the harmful effects of smoking! I would be having my daily sheesha :p
Get thee behind me, Mina!  I used to enjoy an occasional cigar (and I wouldn't turn down a hit on the shisha) before an Ethiopian geron I respect very much told me that smoking was like spitting in the face of God.  Needless to say, I quit cold turkey.

Jonathan Gress said:
Here is the piece about George Burns. I don't think it's really meant to be taken seriously, but the author does make the extraordinary claim that Burns lived so long precisely because he smoked so many cigars. The argument seems to be "Burns smokes lots of cigars. Burns is very old. Ergo, cigar smoking caused Burns' longevity".
Thanks for that!  It was worth the read even if it wasn't necessarily medically accurate.  George Burns interviewed by Groucho's son and served by one of Jack Benny's writers!  In a word: charming.  :)
It just occurred to me that the causation could run the other way: living a long time may cause one to smoke lots of cigars.
So do you think he started smoking at 80?
I know for a fact he started smoking much earlier. I was simply playing with the whole "correlation = causation" premise of the article I linked to.
 

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Jonathan Gress said:
minasoliman said:
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His DNA must be preserved. Imagine finding the gene that helps counter the harmful effects of smoking! I would be having my daily sheesha :p
Get thee behind me, Mina!  I used to enjoy an occasional cigar (and I wouldn't turn down a hit on the shisha) before an Ethiopian geron I respect very much told me that smoking was like spitting in the face of God.  Needless to say, I quit cold turkey.

Jonathan Gress said:
Here is the piece about George Burns. I don't think it's really meant to be taken seriously, but the author does make the extraordinary claim that Burns lived so long precisely because he smoked so many cigars. The argument seems to be "Burns smokes lots of cigars. Burns is very old. Ergo, cigar smoking caused Burns' longevity".
Thanks for that!  It was worth the read even if it wasn't necessarily medically accurate.  George Burns interviewed by Groucho's son and served by one of Jack Benny's writers!  In a word: charming.  :)
It just occurred to me that the causation could run the other way: living a long time may cause one to smoke lots of cigars.
So do you think he started smoking at 80?
I know for a fact he started smoking much earlier. I was simply playing with the whole "correlation = causation" premise of the article I linked to.
Oh yes...but you can tell, he was also very very active.  He said he was almost 100 when he quit his furniture work.  It seems to me what a lot of centenarians have in common is that they were not sedentary.  That says a lot!
 

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minasoliman said:
His DNA must be preserved. Imagine finding the gene that helps counter the harmful effects of smoking! I would be having my daily sheesha :p
His, the DNA of Keith Richards, and of Iggy Pop.  ;D
 

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minasoliman said:
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His DNA must be preserved. Imagine finding the gene that helps counter the harmful effects of smoking! I would be having my daily sheesha :p
Get thee behind me, Mina!  I used to enjoy an occasional cigar (and I wouldn't turn down a hit on the shisha) before an Ethiopian geron I respect very much told me that smoking was like spitting in the face of God.  Needless to say, I quit cold turkey.

Jonathan Gress said:
Here is the piece about George Burns. I don't think it's really meant to be taken seriously, but the author does make the extraordinary claim that Burns lived so long precisely because he smoked so many cigars. The argument seems to be "Burns smokes lots of cigars. Burns is very old. Ergo, cigar smoking caused Burns' longevity".
Thanks for that!  It was worth the read even if it wasn't necessarily medically accurate.  George Burns interviewed by Groucho's son and served by one of Jack Benny's writers!  In a word: charming.  :)
It just occurred to me that the causation could run the other way: living a long time may cause one to smoke lots of cigars.
So do you think he started smoking at 80?
I know for a fact he started smoking much earlier. I was simply playing with the whole "correlation = causation" premise of the article I linked to.
Oh yes...but you can tell, he was also very very active.  He said he was almost 100 when he quit his furniture work.  It seems to me what a lot of centenarians have in common is that they were not sedentary.  That says a lot!
Good point, though one could nit-pick and argue that their genes for longevity are what allowed them to remain physically active so late in life.
 

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Jonathan Gress said:
minasoliman said:
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Antonious Nikolas said:
minasoliman said:
His DNA must be preserved. Imagine finding the gene that helps counter the harmful effects of smoking! I would be having my daily sheesha :p
Get thee behind me, Mina!  I used to enjoy an occasional cigar (and I wouldn't turn down a hit on the shisha) before an Ethiopian geron I respect very much told me that smoking was like spitting in the face of God.  Needless to say, I quit cold turkey.

Jonathan Gress said:
Here is the piece about George Burns. I don't think it's really meant to be taken seriously, but the author does make the extraordinary claim that Burns lived so long precisely because he smoked so many cigars. The argument seems to be "Burns smokes lots of cigars. Burns is very old. Ergo, cigar smoking caused Burns' longevity".
Thanks for that!  It was worth the read even if it wasn't necessarily medically accurate.  George Burns interviewed by Groucho's son and served by one of Jack Benny's writers!  In a word: charming.  :)
It just occurred to me that the causation could run the other way: living a long time may cause one to smoke lots of cigars.
So do you think he started smoking at 80?
I know for a fact he started smoking much earlier. I was simply playing with the whole "correlation = causation" premise of the article I linked to.
Oh yes...but you can tell, he was also very very active.  He said he was almost 100 when he quit his furniture work.  It seems to me what a lot of centenarians have in common is that they were not sedentary.  That says a lot!
Good point, though one could nit-pick and argue that their genes for longevity are what allowed them to remain physically active so late in life.
Which is precisely why I want his DNA  ;D

There's a saying in the medical community.  You either die from complications of something vascular (heart attack, stroke, etc.) or you live long enough (or short enough) to find yourself have cancer.  Centenarians have neither, and you will also find they take very little meds.
 

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His DNA must be preserved. Imagine finding the gene that helps counter the harmful effects of smoking! I would be having my daily sheesha :p
Get thee behind me, Mina!  I used to enjoy an occasional cigar (and I wouldn't turn down a hit on the shisha) before an Ethiopian geron I respect very much told me that smoking was like spitting in the face of God.  Needless to say, I quit cold turkey.

Jonathan Gress said:
Here is the piece about George Burns. I don't think it's really meant to be taken seriously, but the author does make the extraordinary claim that Burns lived so long precisely because he smoked so many cigars. The argument seems to be "Burns smokes lots of cigars. Burns is very old. Ergo, cigar smoking caused Burns' longevity".
Thanks for that!  It was worth the read even if it wasn't necessarily medically accurate.  George Burns interviewed by Groucho's son and served by one of Jack Benny's writers!  In a word: charming.  :)
It just occurred to me that the causation could run the other way: living a long time may cause one to smoke lots of cigars.
So do you think he started smoking at 80?
I know for a fact he started smoking much earlier. I was simply playing with the whole "correlation = causation" premise of the article I linked to.
Oh yes...but you can tell, he was also very very active.  He said he was almost 100 when he quit his furniture work.  It seems to me what a lot of centenarians have in common is that they were not sedentary.  That says a lot!
Good point, though one could nit-pick and argue that their genes for longevity are what allowed them to remain physically active so late in life.
Which is precisely why I want his DNA  ;D

There's a saying in the medical community.  You either die from complications of something vascular (heart attack, stroke, etc.) or you live long enough (or short enough) to find yourself have cancer.  Centenarians have neither, and you will also find they take very little meds.
Except centenarians also die, possibly of old age.
 

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How moronic is TV where there are shows about people watching shows from the same network?
 

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Sleepless in Helsinki. It's 3am and I am still awake. Should be at work at 8am. Can't wait for the lousy jokes I'll crack at work due to being too tired for any rational or civilized behaviour.
I thought all you Finns hibernated during winter.
I wish... weeks and weeks of sleep sounds awesome.
 

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Alpo said:
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Sleepless in Helsinki. It's 3am and I am still awake. Should be at work at 8am. Can't wait for the lousy jokes I'll crack at work due to being too tired for any rational or civilized behaviour.
I thought all you Finns hibernated during winter.
I wish... weeks and weeks of sleep sounds awesome.
Yeah. Bears are awesome but polar bears are the best.  :)
 

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Finland in June.

j/k, it is actually in Montana. I took a vacaction there.  It was awesome!

 

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... indeed...!
but just wait until after the autumnal equinox; [6 weeks ago] - you might wonder where the sun has gone.
{not bad for night fishing of course}
 

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==== slightly different topic====
when is the feast-day of St. Nicholas of Myra?
(Orthodox, not Latin, that is)
 

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==== slightly different topic====
when is the feast-day of St. Nicholas of Myra?
(Orthodox, not Latin, that is)
http://orthodoxwiki.org/Nicholas_of_Myra

"St. Nicholas is commemorated by the Church on December 6, and also on May 9 (the transfer of his relics) and on July 29 (his nativity)."
 

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Hello! I am back from my vacation (from posting)! How is everyone today?
 

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What's with the Cyrillic's new avarar? Is that part of some Dutch Advent tradition or something?
 

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My long personal nightmare is over. Or is it... today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. Either way works I guess. Also, I am not a crook.
 

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You should be thinking in terms of the new world MORdor.
Has a nice Ring to it.
sort of 'binding' I've heard......
 

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Justin Kissel said:
My long personal nightmare is over. Or is it... today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. Either way works I guess. Also, I am not a crook.
This sounds like more explanation is needed.
 

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TheTrisagion said:
Justin Kissel said:
My long personal nightmare is over. Or is it... today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. Either way works I guess. Also, I am not a crook.
This sounds like more explanation is needed.
Hmmmmm...I am thinking dating a Nixon?
 

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minasoliman said:
TheTrisagion said:
Justin Kissel said:
My long personal nightmare is over. Or is it... today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. Either way works I guess. Also, I am not a crook.
This sounds like more explanation is needed.
Hmmmmm...I am thinking dating a Nixon?
Nixon's granddaughter:
 

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So what if I am? We have nothing to fear but Nixon himself. Four score and seven days ago I promised to land a date with her before the end of this decade. And so I have. I will not yield, I will not stand down, I will not cancel my dinner reservations.
 

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Request: could some mad scientist please replace spiders with non-living, tree-top, robot versions of spiders that fulfill the same positive role in nature, thus paving the way for the complete extermination of real spiders? Thanks!
 

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Justin Kissel said:
Request: could some mad scientist please replace spiders with non-living, tree-top, robot versions of spiders that fulfill the same positive role in nature, thus paving the way for the complete extermination of real spiders? Thanks!
I concur.
 

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biro said:
Justin Kissel said:
Request: could some mad scientist please replace spiders with non-living, tree-top, robot versions of spiders that fulfill the same positive role in nature, thus paving the way for the complete extermination of real spiders? Thanks!
I concur.
On the way:

http://www.gizmag.com/t8x-tarantula-robot/29775/

Robugtix has been hard at work fulfilling orders for its T8 tarantula robot that debuted earlier this year, as well as showing off its lifelike motion engine in a new video. Now the company has also announced a much cheaper version of the robot called the T8X which can be pre-ordered for a fraction of the cost of the original.
 
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