Monthly Archives: August 2014

Ugly Leggings and Pants

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I suppose, so is ugly.  These are some ugly leggings and pants in my opinion at least.  Enjoy the fashion horror!

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Cosplay Pictures for Your Enjoyment!

Awesome cosplay outfits and pictures to enjoy!

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Today Is International Bacon Day!

International Bacon Day is food holiday we’ve all been waiting for


This Saturday is International Bacon Day. Yes, it’s real and yes you should celebrate it.

Sure, there are a ton of food holidays out there but let’s be serious, this one is probably the most important. Bacon’s popularity has skyrocketed in the past few years and it’s literally everywhere. While a total bacon shortage seems unlikely, this perfect pork product is getting more expensive.

Salty, savory and sweet, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes that feature this porcine delight. For the adventurous home chefs out there, we’ve even got a recipe for curing your very own bacon.

Apologies in advance to the non-meat eaters.

  • 1. The Ultimate Cured Bacon Recipe

    Cured meat is prized food product in many countries around the world. This bacon recipe is a classic all-American version, but you can spice it up with different flavors. e bacon recipe is so simple, you’ll wonder why you never tried to cure your own bacon before.

    RECIPE: Ultimate Cured Bacon

  • 2. Maple Cupcake with Milk Chocolate Ganache and Candied Bacon

    Butch Bakery

    Maple syrup is sweet, syrupy, and so good in these cupcakes. They’re topped with a mound of milk chocolate and sprinkled with candied bacon bits. What’s not to love? We like to chop up the bacon really fine – but if you prefer big chunks on top, we say go for it.

    RECIPE: Maple Cupcake with Milk Chocolate Ganache and Candied Bacon

  • 3. Bacon-Wrapped Sonoran Hot Dogs

    Everyday Southwest

    If you’re looking for a way to spice up the hot dogs at your backyard BBQ this summer, think “south of the border.”  Bacon-Wrapped Sonoran Hot Dogs load all the flavors of the old Southwest inside a single bun.

    RECIPE: Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

  • 4. Peter Kaminsky’s Bacon Jam


    Serve this versatile condiment with just about anything. We recommend it as a great burger topping or all by itself on grilled bread. All the basic tastes are there (salty, sweet, sour, bitter, umami) plus some spicy heat.

    RECIPE: Bacon Jam

  • 5. The Masochist (Bacon, Avocado, Cheddar & Feta) Grilled Cheese

    This grilled cheese is packed with ingredients and flavors that are sure to fill you up and satisfy those taste buds.

    RECIPE: The Masochist (Bacon, Avocado, Cheddar & Feta) Grilled Cheese

  • 6. Glazed Pepper-Bacon Poppers


    These versatile mini poppers can be filled with chicken or scallops. They make a great appetizer or perfect party treat.

    RECIPE: Glazed Pepper-Bacon Popper

  • 7. Cheese and Bacon Quiche

    Kris Schoels

    What better a way to feed a large group for brunch than with a quiche? This recipe from A Taste of Virginia Tech cookbook is not only delicious and easy to make- it can also be made the night before and heated up right before your guests arrive.

    RECIPE: Cheese and Bacon Quiche

  • 8. Prunes Wrapped in Bacon

    Matt Wilson

    This appetizer is from the Lapostolle Residence, Chile’s first Relais & Chateaux property and part of the renowned Lapostolle winery.  It combines savory bacon with sweet prunes to produce a delicious bite-sized holiday treat.

    RECIPE: Prunes Wrapped in Bacon

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The Walking Dead: Is Daryl Dixon Gay?

The Walking Dead: Is Daryl Dixon Gay? Robert Kirkman Comments On Daryl’s Sexuality

  • By Joe Comicbook 08/13/2014
Daryl Dixon Sexuality

During the course of four seasons of The Walking Dead on AMC, there has been much fan discussion and speculation over who Daryl Dixon might eventually make a romantic connection with on the show. Daryl has formed close friendships with both Carol and Beth, but he has yet to hook up with either of them romantically.

One question that has often been posed in fan speculation has been whether Daryl might possibly be gay, and the question was put to Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman in the letter column to The Walking Dead #130. In the comic series, Jesus is a tough character and all around badass, who also just happens to be gay. A fan letter pointed out that a parallel could be drawn to Daryl in the TV series, as Daryl is also a badass whose sexual orientation is still somewhat of a mystery.

When asked if the possibility of Daryl being gay had been considered, Kirkman answered, “All I can say is that it’s been discussed. We have very specific ideas about Daryl’s sexuality (or the seeming lack thereof), and if there’s ever a quiet period in the show where he’s not consistently distracted by crossbowing… we’ll tackle it in the show.”

When also asked if AMC would let the possibility of Daryl Dixon being gay fly, Kirkman responded, “For the record, they absolutely would.”

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 9 PM ET on AMC.

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Random Humor

Random humor for the end of your work week.  Enjoy!

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Huge, mysterious crack in the earth appears in Mexico

Scientists are scratching their heads over a crack in the Earth that’s more than half a mile long, Sky News reports. A drone captured video footage of the 16-foot-wide, 26-foot-deep crack, which appeared last week in remote farmland and cuts across Highway 26 between the coast and Hermosillo in northwest Mexico.

Some officials speculated a San Andreas Fault earthquake may have caused it—there was an earthquake along the fault on Sunday, First News notes—but experts at the University of Sonora are eying an underground stream as the possible culprit, Australia’s News Network reports.

Experts say a farmer-built levee started leaking, creating an underground stream that weakened the earth above it and caused it to crumble. A Mexican geologist says that rainwater could also be to blame, saturating the ground and causing “ditch flows,” but that there is no cause for alarm, according to the International Business Times.

The unstable ground is, however, forcing cars to drive around the area, and a second crack has reportedly opened up nearby. (Another geological marvel: water “missing for decades” is found 400 miles below the US.)

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WHO shuts Sierra Leone lab after worker infected with Ebola

FREETOWN/KINSHASA Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:59pm EDT

Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) health workers prepare at ELWA's hospital isolation camp during the visit of  Senior United Nations (U.N.) System Coordinator for Ebola, David Nabarro, in Monrovia August 23, 2014.  REUTERS/2Tango

Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) health workers prepare at ELWA’s hospital isolation camp during the visit of Senior United Nations (U.N.) System Coordinator for Ebola, David Nabarro, in Monrovia August 23, 2014.

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FREETOWN/KINSHASA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it had shut a laboratory in Sierra Leone after a health worker there was infected with Ebola, a move that may hamper efforts to boost the global response to the worst ever outbreak of the disease.

At least 1,427 people have died and 2,615 have been infected since the disease was detected deep in the forests of southeastern Guinea in March.

The WHO has deployed nearly 400 of its own staff and partner organizations to fight the epidemic of the highly contagious hemorrhagic fever, which has struck Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria. A separate outbreak was confirmed in Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday.

Nigeria’s health minister said on Tuesday his country had “thus far contained” the Ebola outbreak.

One of the deadliest diseases known to man, Ebola is transmitted by contact with body fluids and the current outbreak has killed at least 120 healthcare workers.

The WHO said it had withdrawn staff from the laboratory testing for Ebola at Kailahun — one of only two in Sierra Leone — after a Senegalese epidemiologist was infected with Ebola.

“It’s a temporary measure to take care of the welfare of our remaining workers,” WHO spokesperson Christy Feig said, without specifying how long the measure would last. “After our assessment, they will return.”

Feig said she could not assess what impact the withdrawal of WHO staff would have on the fight against Ebola in the Kailahun, the area hardest hit by the disease. The WHO said in a later statement that staff would return after an investigation was completed, adding that testing would continue in the meantime at the Kenema laboratory.

The Senegalese medic — the first worker deployed by WHO to be infected — will be evacuated from Sierra Leone in the coming days, Feig said. He is currently being treated at a government hospital in the eastern town of Kenema.


With its resources stretched by the West African outbreak, medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Tuesday it could provide only limited help to tackle Congo’s outbreak.

A report from the U.N. mission in Congo on Tuesday said 13 people there had died from Ebola, including five health workers.

Congo said on Sunday it would quarantine the area around the town of Djera, in the isolated northwestern jungle province of Equateur, where a high number of suspected cases has been reported. It is Congo’s seventh outbreak since Ebola was discovered in 1976 in Equateur, near the Ebola river.

Congo’s Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said on Sunday the outbreak in Equateur was a different strain of the virus from the deadly Zaire version in West Africa, although further tests are planned in a German laboratory.

“Usually, we would be able to mobilize specialist hemorrhagic fever teams, but we are currently responding to a massive epidemic in West Africa,” said Jeroen Beijnberger, MSF medical coordinator in Congo. “This is limiting our capacity to respond to the epidemic in Equateur Province.”

However, the charity said it would send doctors, nurses and logistics experts to the region and would work with the government to open an Ebola case management center in Lokolia.

Louise Roland-Gosselin, deputy head of mission for MSF in Congo, said Congolese Ebola experts working in West Africa should return to their own country to assist with the local outbreak. “MSF can’t do it alone,” she added.

The WHO plans to send protective equipment for medical staff in Equateur.

A 65-year-old woman with Ebola-like symptoms died in the Equateur’s capital Mbandaka, health workers said on Tuesday, raising concerns of a possible spread to an urban center.

Health Minister Kabange Numbi confirmed the death but said the cause was not yet known.


Up to 90 percent of Ebola victims die, although the fatality rate in the current outbreak is lower at close to 60 percent.

The only treatments are extremely rare, experimental and have so far had mixed results. Of the six health workers known to have been treated with unlicensed drug ZMapp, two have died.

Still, the first Briton to have contracted the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa has decided to take the drug, the London hospital where he is being treated said, adding that the volunteer nurse was “in good spirits”.

Sierra Leone and Liberia — struggling to recover from a decade of civil war in the 1990s — have seen their healthcare systems overwhelmed by Ebola, the first outbreak in West Africa.

In Liberia, the country that has reported the most Ebola deaths, the health ministry has reported more than 200 new suspected, probable and confirmed cases in a three-day period. Most of them occurred in the seaside capital Monrovia, where two neighborhoods are under army-backed quarantine.

Some Liberian officials have been fleeing the country or just not turning up at work for fear of contracting the virus, prompting President Ellen Johnson on Tuesday to issue orders threatening those of ministerial rank with dismissal.

More junior civil servants would have their salaries suspended, a presidency official told Reuters. It was not clear how many officials would be affected by the presidential order.

Liberia said a ban on travel to the region imposed by neighboring countries was complicating the fight against Ebola and leading to shortages of basic goods. British Airways said on Tuesday it planned to extend a suspension of flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia until December 31 because of Ebola.

“Isolating Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea is not in any way contributing to the fight against this disease,” Information Minister Lewis Brown said. “How do we get in the kinds of supplies that we need? How do we get experts to come to our country? Is that African solidarity?”

(Additional reporting by Bienvenu-Marie Bakumanya in Kinshasa, James Harding Giahyue in Monrovia and Emma Farge in Dakar; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Gareth Jones)


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