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Hey Tentaclers!

Happy Friday - time for the weekly community update! This week we've got lots of news. We've added featured threads, put new items in the shop, have a fun new contest, shared a Tip-of-the-Week, and have more office pets being adorable. Yay!



CHECK OUT THE UPDATE THREAD & BE IN THE KNOW!
 

Science & Technology

Dihydrogen Monoxide or DMHO

The site will give more information but here are a few facts:

Some dangers involved with this chemical:

Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.Excessive ingestion produces a number of unpleasant though not typically life-threatening side-effects.

DHMO is a major component of acid rain.

Gaseous DHMO can cause severe burns.

Some of its uses:

Biological and chemical warfare manufacture

As a major ingredient in many home-brewed bombs

Historically, in Hitler's death camps in Nazi Germany, and in prisons in Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Libya, Iraq, and Iran

by commodities giant Trafigura in their well-publicized and widely-known toxic-waste dumping activities in Ivory Coast

in pesticide production and distribution

You may be surprised to know that DHMO is used:

as an additive to food products, including jarred baby food and baby formula, and even in many soups, carbonated beverages and supposedly "all-natural" fruit juices.

as a preservative in grocery store fresh produce sections.

in the production of beer by all the major beer distributors.

in the coffee available at major coffee houses in the US and abroad.



We need to stand up and get this chemical banned.



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Gaming

So I love lots of options in customizing my characters in games, sometimes spending an hour or two making everything just right. What are some of the games that you enjoy making characters in? And I would love to see pictures of neat characters made as well :)



Here is one game currently in beta called Black Desert that I am drooling over:
 

Foodies

Hey There! ^_^

I just want to see some foods that most people don't know about. post a pick of it, and then give a slight description.

These's are called "Pineberrys" They look like a white Strawberry with red seeds, but they taste like a Pineapple, hence the name ^_^

 

Sh#$ & Giggles

Whether it's our actual childhood or the child still inside us as adults, there are facts out there that will ruin it. Share them here.





Clownfish have a special ability. Normally, there is one adult male and one adult female for breeding and some youth to help tend the colony. If the breeding female dies, the breeding male will actually change gender and the largest youth, after quickly growing up, will become the new breeding male.

A clownfish colony where the breeding female dies? Where have I heard that before?

I wonder what Nemo's and Marlin's relationship is going to be like in the next movie.
 

High IQs Only

Have a minute?

Here are some 60-second videos on some of the best-known thought experiments. Watch one (or all of them) chew on it for a bit, then join me in a discussion on thought experiments, these experiments in particular and any other thought experiments you like.

Xeno's Paradox

The Grandfather Paradox

The Chinese Room

Hilbert's Infinite Hotel

The Twin Paradox

Schrodinger's Cat
 

Sh#$ & Giggles

The Unravel feature got me thinking that we should all post pictures of our cities/towns/etc. You don't have to be in the photos, but if you wanna be, go ahead!

We could also make a game of it and see if people can guess where you live based on the photos, but not necessary.

Mine will be pretty obvious for most of you:
 

High IQs Only

This is going to be one long post, so hold on tight:

Our world is brought together by technology. It can be a good thing -- reaching help from a phone quickly in case of emergency. Social media allows us to contact people we haven't seen since high school. However, there are several cons that I would like to point out:

My view on our technology driven world is that we depend too much on our devices -- you know what I mean! IPhones, iPads, iPods, tablets, you name it. Social media, texting, gaming, it's taking up so much of our time. It's distracting us.

Think about it: do you know how many car accidents occur per year because we are too busy on our phones, or fiddling with what else? Too many, and I think that we have enough distraction that we turn away from the world around us. To me, I find it rude to have a conversation with a friend who is busy on his/her phone all the time. It drives me nuts.

Ultimately, these factors end up with the fact that we can hurt people because we are a technology driven society. Mentally, being ignored because someone we want to talk to is on his or her phone all the time. Physically, texting while driving leading to car accidents.

Also, technology is a major time waster. Students spend hours on phones and whatnot when they should be studying. As for other people, they're so busy in front of a screen, it could actually cause some eye damage over time. There are plenty of other things to do besides staring at a screen all day. Honestly, you could think of better ideas in your sleep.

So, in the end, I think that there are many pros and many cons to being in a technology driven world. However, I think that sometimes we depend to much on it. Either that or it could be a major distraction, or a big time waster. So what do you think?
 

Ask Tentacl

Have you ever thought of talking to your future self? This is mindblowing
 

News

What do think of the plane being shot down? What do you think of Russia and Putin? Are you as disgusted by Putin and the rest of the Russians who are scared of Putin, like the media and others in public eye?

I'm disgusted and find Putin to be the worst, most disgusting, most horrible excuse of a decent human being. But I think the netherlands are full of beautiful people, holding the beautiful funeral procession and all those people stopping when they came by and the people standing and waiting for the procession to go by. What do you all think?
 
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