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2013 - The Year Of The Zombies

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Authored by Dave Barry, excerpted from The Washington Post,

It was the Year of the Zombies. Not in the sense of most of humanity dying from a horrible plague and then reanimating as mindless flesh-eating ghouls. No, it was much worse than that. Because as bad as a zombie apocalypse would be, at least it wouldn’t involve the resurrection of Anthony Weiner’s most private part.

We thought that thing was out of our lives forever, but suddenly there it was again, all over the Internet, as Weiner came back from the political grave like the phoenix, the mythical bird that arose from the ashes to run for mayor of New York and use the name “Carlos Danger” to text obscene photos of its privates to somebody named “Sydney Leathers.”

Speaking of pathologically narcissistic sex weasels: Also coming back from the dead in 2013 to seek elective office in New York (What IS it with New York?) was Eliot “Client 9” Spitzer, who ran for city comptroller under the slogan: “If you can’t trust a proven sleazebag with your municipal finances, who CAN you trust?”

And then — not to leave out the ladies — there was Miley Cyrus. We thought her career was over; we remembered her fondly as a cute and perky child star who played Hannah Montana, wholesome idol of millions of preteens. And then one night we turned on MTV’s Video Music Awards and YIKES there was this horrifying, mutant, vaguely reptilian creature in Slut Barbie underwear twerking all over the stage while committing unhygienic acts with both Robin Thicke and a foam finger, both of which we hope were confiscated by a hazmat team.

This year was so bad that twerking wasn’t even the stupidest dance craze. That would be the “Harlem Shake,” which is not so much a dance as a mass nervous-system disorder, and which makes the “Gangnam Style” dance we mocked in 2012 look like “Swan Lake.”

We miss 2012.

But getting back to the zombies: It wasn’t just people who came back alarmingly in 2013. The Cold War with Russia came back. Al-Qaeda came back. Turmoil in the Middle East came back. The debt ceiling came back. The major league baseball drug scandal came back. Dennis Rodman came back and went on humanitarian missions to North Korea (or maybe we just hallucinated that). The Endlessly Looming Government Shutdown came back. People lining up to buy iPhones to replace iPhones that they bought only minutes earlier came back. And for approximately the 250th time, the Obama administration pivoted back to the economy, which has somehow been recovering for years now without actually getting any better. Unfortunately, before they could get the darned thing fixed, the administration had to pivot back to yet another zombie issue, health care, because it turned out that Obamacare, despite all the massive brainpower behind it, had some “glitches,” in the same sense that the universe has some “atoms.”

Were there any new trends in 2013? Yes, but they were not good. Kale, for example. Suddenly this year restaurants started putting kale into everything, despite the fact that it is an unappetizing form of plant life that until recently was used primarily for insulation. Even goats will not eat it. Goats, when presented with kale, are like, “No, thanks, we’ll just chew on used seat cushions.”

Another annoying 2013 trend was people who think it is clever to say “hashtag” in front of everything. Listen carefully, people who think this is clever: Hashtag shut up.

Did anything good happen in 2013? Yes! There was one shining ray of hope in the person of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford , who admitted that, while in office, he smoked crack cocaine, but noted, by way of explanation, that this happened “probably in one of my drunken stupors.” This was probably the most honest statement emitted by any elected official this year, and we can only hope that more of our leaders follow Mayor Ford’s lead in 2014. (We mean being honest, not smoking crack in a drunken stupor.) (Although really, how much worse would that be?)

Read more here...

And with that, this hideous brain-dead zombie of a year finally staggers off into oblivion, making way for 2014, which surely will be better, because how could it possibly be worse?

Do NOT answer that.

Happy New Year.

 

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Sun, 12/29/2013 - 19:34 | 4283983 DoChenRollingBearing
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OMG!  I forgot about the zombies!

 

"Thinking about 2014"

http://tinyurl.com/kfeqlf5

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 20:26 | 4284089 Jam Akin
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Hi DoChen,

Nice look ahead at your link.   Some thoughts from my business/travels:

1)  Business is relatively strong everywhere in the world - still not up to pre-recession levels but better than 12.  The Fed decision to continue easy money in September seemed to open some wallets in the US and globally.  Abenomics has Japan on an economic sugar high and they are even buying imported capital goods in greater quantity there of late.  Korea is projecting a stronger 14 after a down 13 due to Japanese strength.  Southern Europe has come back to life.

2)  India is rather more optimistic at the moment.  The opposition party did well in regional elections recently and national elections are coming up in first half of 14.  Businesses are starting to invest a bit more there now in cautious optimism that there might be a business friendly change in national government upcoming.

3)  China is still rather strong and the alleged problems have not had the degree of impact one might have expected up to this point.  There may be bank billboard ads on every street corner there but there are still a lot of construction cranes and a lot of growth optimism.

Best Wishes for a healthy and properous New Year!

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 20:51 | 4284133 LetThemEatRand
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Are you every financial advisor I've ever met?  

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 20:55 | 4284143 lotsoffun
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got to trade your book.  especially now.  new home price sales price at record high.  i've got a few cheap.  infact, see other posts, i can sell you something 'slightly lived in' in detriot for $10,000.00.  detriot is in recovery, now IS THE TIME!  don't miss out on this offer!

 

 

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 22:17 | 4284297 Jam Akin
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Not a financial advisor at all, rather I work at selling capital equipment globally.  Normally I can be as bearish as anyone here on ZH.  My sincere apologies if what I am actually seeing in terms of folks placing sizable orders all over the world in second half of 2013 clashes with the gloomy confirmation bias here!  Who knows, it might all turn south as quickly as 2008-9 did...

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 22:29 | 4284327 LetThemEatRand
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What type of capital equipment do you sell, and to whom (government or private)?

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 22:32 | 4284333 Jam Akin
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Both Private and Government customers, more private - equipment used in product development and quality control.

You been to any of the places I mentioned in person recently?

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 23:12 | 4284403 LetThemEatRand
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No, I have not been to those places lately.  I was in a few many years ago.

What type of equipment?   

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 23:51 | 4284474 Jam Akin
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Specialized material testing equipment.   Used by a fairly impressive roster of the world's largest firms in diverse segments ranging from auto, aerospace, paints and coatings, building materials, plastics, pharma, cosmetics, textile, defense and more.  You're probably aware that China has a more extensive government sector than many national markets, with many Product Quality Inspection Bureaus, government labs that are an important segment there. 

I've been to all of the place mentioned in person, some multiple times this year, some as recently as a few weeks ago.  So my view is informed by "on the ground observation" and recent experience.  

I've not seen so many parts of the world clicking simultaneously very often if at all in the past 5 years as they are now in our business.    This year felt like 2010, where customers held off committing until they saw positive conditions and during which a very active Q4 2010 was followed by a decent full year in 2011.    Let's hope it is not actually mimicing a strong 2008 which was followed by a horrific 2009!

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 00:00 | 4284484 LetThemEatRand
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Can I ask one more time what kind of equipment?  You don't need to name names.  Rolling bearing sells bearings.  What do you sell?  Or do you refuse to answer?

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 00:39 | 4284487 Jam Akin
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I sell specialized material testing equipment.  Already said that.   Now why are you being so rude and demanding more than specialized material testing equipment?   What is your point?  Do you have anything of value to add to this exchange? 

 

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 03:40 | 4284657 Boris Alatovkrap
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You are sell specialize test equipment for detection dielectric potential of subterranean copper ore in urban proximity? Boris is currently use mother-in-law but is tired of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after every discover of "hot" ore.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 08:16 | 4284775 Jam Akin
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Happy New Year Boris - keep slinging and don't hit the vodka too hard!

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 02:34 | 4284623 Zero Point
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LTER, Much as I hate to run against the grain here, I sell to major mining firms, (specialist safety equipment) and our sales are WAY up lately.

The smaller customers have died in the ass, but our big customers are spending like drunken sailors.

I got no idea what that means mate. Whatsoever.

Capex just seems to have been released.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 08:22 | 4284773 Jam Akin
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Thanks for your insights ZP.   Interesting point in the contrast between large and small customer activity.  I'd wondered whether our customers (mostly large) see a window of opportunity to get some of what they need amidst the typically tight restrictions on CAPEX in recent times.  Are they just getting while the getting is good or will it be more sustained?

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 08:26 | 4284782 Zero Point
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No probs mate.

Yeah, the activity I mention is recent, and a bit of digging suggests it is most likely temporary (but I always read that in my future I must admit).

I know my biggest customer put in  flurry of orders ahead of a cut off at the end of this year.

Prick made me rush my ass off too, ordering last minute like a headless chicken.

That said our last quarter was pretty excellent, but if you just go by number of orders over dollar amounts we're screwed.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 07:45 | 4284757 Raging Debate
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Jam Akin - Seeing increased demand in my business, enough to add a person (I was one man show since 2008 when I laid off the staff). I am in healthcare marketing. I am cautiously optomistic. However, equities are due for correction that will cause some ripple effects. Other major headwind is boomers retiring, meaning reduced consumption and higher health care costs (demand) and government taxes to pay for Medicare. Jobs will open up a bit based on a little trade rebalancing and openings as bommers retire. While I now see more sane politics being discussed in Washington, implementation will take years. I maintain by 2021 we'll feel back to normal in the USA.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 08:09 | 4284770 Jam Akin
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Thanks for the insight RD.  Agree with you on the equities correcting, the question is timing given the "taper" is still vague, inconsequential and subject to change at any time. I'd think there is some pent up demand among younger folks if conditions do improve more in the US - the boomer consumption should be naturally declining with aging anyway.  And also see the possibility of more "re-shoring" of production if volume and logistics costs continue to make it attractive.  Hope you're right about NLT 2021 though I am less sanguine about sanity in Washington!

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 21:00 | 4284150 DoChenRollingBearing
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Back at you Jam Akin for a happy and prosperous New Year!  We have not been to any of those places for a while, we are hoping to get to Italy in September or so.  My wife's Italian friend (in town visiting her family on holiday) says that everything in Italy is terrible...

Personally, I wish the best for India.  A counterweight to China in that "New New Great Game" there in Asia.  At some point, I have to start looking more at India to see where it fits into the global puzzle, I have never been there nor know much about it.

The only problem for us re a stronger Korea in 2014 is our suppliers may pay less attention to lil ol Peru...

 

EDIT:

Happy New Year to you too LTER!  Best to all of my ZH friends!

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 22:33 | 4284329 LetThemEatRand
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Happy New Year my friend.  Here's to another year watching fireworks from our own homes/communities and not from camp!

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 23:05 | 4284393 DoChenRollingBearing
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I hear they are going to expand FEMA Camp 116 (Belle Glade) even more!  Adding a fourth compound.  SO, there will be plenty of room.

But, the big question is:

Will they put screens on those 8" * 8" windows?  If they do, I want the window bunk, if they don't, you take it!

|;.!

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 21:25 | 4284186 2¢Wurth
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DoChen -  You are at 16 times "face" on your junk silver, not "spot".  Enjoy your pieces of US fiscal sanity, and 2014!

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 23:01 | 4284201 DoChenRollingBearing
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Thanks, but I to wait until tomorrow to correct it (my computer here at home cannot get into my own blog...).  

What a dopey error..., LOL?  Or /LOL?

 

EDIT:

I was somehow able to get in and fix it.  But, this computer "esta enferma", I need to call our computer guy.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 19:26 | 4283993 TheSkipper1967
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I think I am married to one.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 19:28 | 4283995 Dick Buttkiss
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Obamacare, despite all the massive brainpower behind it, had some “glitches,” in the same sense that the universe has some “atoms.”

I've run the numbers, and it's actually "subatomic particles."

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 19:30 | 4284001 Rusty Shorts
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Well, the Zombies will have Phil Robertson Back on "Duck Dynasty"

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 19:33 | 4284009 I am Jobe
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You mean Fuck Dynasty and BTW, shows how pathetic Amerikans have become clinging on to TV shows. Shows the shallow nature of Amerika. 

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 20:00 | 4284048 Colonel Klink
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Damn ZH programming, it would only let me click the up arrow once.

American culture IS pathetic!!  Everything we once were is no longer.  Free, proud (with reason), independent, industrious, tough.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 20:49 | 4284135 lotsoffun
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it's not their hormones, it's their genetic background.  and even if they stink to hell, there are enough people in new york city to back them, since their genetic background is similar, and they wish to vote and keep the tribe in power.

send me the down arrows, but deal with the truth.  there is nothing else to explain either of these idiots being able to hold a public service job.  and believe me, in the private sector, i don't care what they do, and they can buy and sell their bodies to any consenting idiot they want.  but not, lying and cheating on wives and the public sector paying for it.

 

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 00:10 | 4284497 Harbanger
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So according to your standards, as long as they don't lie to their wife and don't cheat the public, it's all good?  OK whatever BS works for you, they'll spin any story to make you feel good.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 00:39 | 4284527 Rusty Shorts
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Phil Robertson - The Duck Commander is actor/character "Charles Manson" ... He holds a PhD in Dramatic art and graduated from University of California Santa Barbara...annnnd was a 1st round NFL draft pick, Quarterback ahead of Terry Bradshaw

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 19:31 | 4284004 Leonardo Fibonacci2
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I have had just about enough about the stories of Weiner & Spitzer.  Seriously these guys need to get their hormones under control.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 19:56 | 4284045 Colonel Klink
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It's not hormones, it's their EGO!

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 23:23 | 4284415 el Gallinazo
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I couldn't care less that Spitzer was fucking a professional prostitute.  What bugged me was that as governor he made the criminal statues concerning it a lot more severe.  Typical shit.  Two sets of laws for the über rich and everyone else.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 19:45 | 4284025 ManWithaPlan
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Did Jesus have a six pack? Yes

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 20:29 | 4284098 RafterManFMJ
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A six pack!? He had a Party Ball! He had a Kegmeister!

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 19:55 | 4284039 A Lunatic
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We are living in the Decade of the Zombie and there's lot's more to come........

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 19:55 | 4284042 Colonel Klink
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He failed to mention that these zombies are sociopaths.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 20:15 | 4284073 Zero Point
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On a lighter note, I'm SURE 2014 will be much better.

All the figures are looking positive the TV man says.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 20:18 | 4284082 Colonel Klink
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Please don't send me on one of my laughing fits where I can't catch my breath.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 20:38 | 4284113 Zero Point
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No, seriously. I remember.

There was a fattish balding guy ranting about it, and a very pretty lady that wouldn't let anyone finish a sentence backing him up.

No way would smart sounding people like that lie to me. Heh.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 21:19 | 4284175 Colonel Klink
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"No way would smart sounding people like that lie to me."

Bwahahahahaha.....wooooooooo.........hahahahahahaha......ok you had to go and do it!!!   Hahahahahaha......(deep breath)......ahhahahahahaha....Oooops! (shat my pants)

Thanks! (shuffling off to the bathroom)

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 21:36 | 4284208 Zero Point
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;)

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 20:17 | 4284079 CapitalistRock
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Kale is the most nutrient dense food there is. Why is ZH disseminating propaganda against kale!? You can grow it yourself instead of eating the GMO and low nutrient food that is passed out to the masses to keep them in a fog. If you aren't eating leafy greens and solid greens then you are guaranteed to die of cancer or heart disease. Or did you simply accept the propaganda that dying of those causes was natural and a required fate of being an American?

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 20:34 | 4284104 El Vaquero
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It is also the same species as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussells sprouts, kohlrabi, and probably a couple others.  Yes, if you grow all of those next to each other and let them go to seed, you will get crosses.  I have no idea what those crosses would be though. 

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 20:49 | 4284132 CapitalistRock
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That is all correct but a bit off topic, dont you think?  The point is that there are hundreds of similar leafy greens that people once ate in this country.  But now we eat processed crap from large corporations and it is literally killing us.  Their crap tastes good, it's addictive, it's cheap, and it keeps the masses happy because they have a plentiful supply of cheap crap that keeps their tummy full.  People who care to fight back against the beast are growing their own nutrient dense food.

 

Since when were the political elites generating propaganda against kale?  This is the first I have seen it.  And it's ironic that ZeroHedge is the one spewing it.  Apparently too many people are learning how to eat.  Monsanto must be worried.

 

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 21:26 | 4284191 logicalman
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The important thing here is that good food requires a little effort, something most seem to have a problem with.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 23:50 | 4284470 StychoKiller
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 02:56 | 4284639 dogbreath
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my mother made the best kale.   when we didn't grow it ourselves we ordered garbage bags of it from some one at the farmers market.   heres the secret:  LET THE FROST HIT IT ONCE!   Frost  smooths the flavour.   We blanched it and striped it from the stalks and pressed it a bit.  I was enlisted at this point to crank the grinder.   The ground kale was packed in containers and frozen.   I think now that the stalks and juice from blanching was wasted but ...

Kale is a winter vegetable.  We ate it with roasted goose. The frozen kale was heated in double boiler and fried bacon with the fat was added.  I cannot tell you how delicious these meals were.  Kale goes so well with fatty meats, fats that we need.   Kale is european but the chinese have discovered it

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 21:25 | 4284185 logicalman
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Food

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 21:36 | 4284207 ebworthen
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I love Kale (and Collard Greens).

Kale and bean soup is awesome (lots of recipes out there).

I was skeptical about Kale chips but they are quite good.

I'm looking forward to Kale not being the new fad so it gets cheap again.

Small or chopped Kale mixed with Quinoa, oil, and vinegar with herbs/spices (curry) makes a great salad.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 00:52 | 4284542 Miffed Microbio...
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Kale is great but be careful eating it raw if you have thyroid problems. Goitrogens are chemicals in food such as kale, cruciferous vegetables and soybeans. Many, but not all, green vegetables contain some levels of goitrogens. Even when eaten frequently, foods containing goitrogens will not cause thyroid disease in healthy people. You need only monitor goitrogen intake after you have been diagnosed with thyroid disease. Kale and green vegetables are very healthy foods, rich in nutrients, and do not need to be avoided completely. Cooking eliminates most goitrogens. I juiced a lot of kale but stopped when 2 in my family were diagnosed with Hashimotos and hypothyroidism.

Miffed;-)

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 02:45 | 4284632 ebworthen
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Hey, thanks for that, I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, so I appreciate the information.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 21:15 | 4284174 logicalman
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The thing is that if the distractions have to be this intense, some serious shit is coming down

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 21:26 | 4284190 ebworthen
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"Hashtag shut up."

Thanks for that.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 21:29 | 4284192 Gromit
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All part of life's rich tapestry.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 00:28 | 4284521 Colonel Klink
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Until they pull it out from under you.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 02:16 | 4284613 Joe A
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Hilarious! One of the funniest postings on ZH ever.

Okay, it came from the Washington Post. But still.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 05:58 | 4284710 Dr. Destructo
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"This year was so bad that twerking wasn’t even the stupidest dance craze. That would be the “Harlem Shake,”

For the sake of accuracy, the 2013 "Harlem Shake" isn't actually the Harlem Shake.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdeu5aGwwWI (Real Harlem Shake)

I won't post the 2013 one -I think we've all had enough of it, and even I am not that cruel.

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