HIV in Gas Pumps is a HOAX~

HIVgaspumpI first saw this just last night from my sister who is currently in Florida on a Disney internship (I can’t stop bragging about her. I’m so proud!!), and was seriously concerned.  She doesn’t have a car while she’s down there, but that didn’t make me feel any better. So I looked up the story to be sure of the details. Apparently this is all just a hoax that can be traced all the way back to 2000, but then is what spread through email rather than as a Facebook message like the latest version.  This hoax plays on a person’s fear of unsuspectingly contracting the deadly disease while going about doing ordinary harmless activities.

The original message went:

My name is Captain Abraham Sands of the Jacksonville, Florida Police Department. I have been asked by state and local authorities to write this email in order to get the word out to car drivers of a very dangerous prank that is occurring in numerous states.

Some person or persons have been affixing hypodermic needles to the underside of gas pump handles. These needles appear to be infected with HIV positive blood. In the Jacksonville area alone there have been 17 cases of people being stuck by these needles over the past five months. We have verified reports of at least 12 others in various states around the country.

It is believed that these may be copycat incidents due to someone reading about the crimes or seeing them reported on the television. At this point no one has been arrested and catching the perpetrator(s) has become our top priority.

Shockingly, of the 17 people who where stuck, eight have tested HIV positive and because of the nature of the disease, the others cold test positive in a couple of years.

Evidently the consumers go to fill their car with gas, and when picking up the pump handle get stuck with the infected needle. IT IS IMPERATIVE TO CAREFULLY CHECK THE HANDLE  of the gas pump each time you use one. LOOK AT EVERY SURFACE YOU HAND MAY TOUCH, INCLUDING UNDER THE HANDLE.

If you do find a needle affixed to one, immediately contact your local police department so they can collect the evidence.

PLEASE HELP US BY MAINTAINING A VIGILANCE AND BY FORWARDING THIS EMAIL TO ANYONE YOU KNOW WHO DRIVES. THE MORE PEOPLE WHO KNOW THIS THE BETTER PROTECTED WE CAN ALL BE.

The first part of the hoax is that there is no Abraham Sands at the Jacksonville Police Department. The name was used to make the email look authoritative. A call to the Jacksonville Police Department said that they had never heard of

the person before.

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The second thing about the message that is false is that there hasn’t been any stories in the media about the situation. If 17 people had been injured and there was a real risk, then the story would have been over some sort of media outlet, whether it be newspaper or on the news. The City of Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the whole thing was a hoax, and the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta stated that there haven’t been any reported cases of HIV being transmitted through hypodermic needle outside of the health care setting.There have been a few cases of copycat pranksters leaving needles in public places, but mostly in Tuscon, Arizona in March 2007.  None of those incidents had any traces of HIV. No matter how the “Captain Abraham Sands” message is reworded, it’s just another hoax made by someone who gets a kick out of people panicking over nothing.
So my worries were for naught, but it still makes me…. well, it still makes me worry. Here’s a link to the original news story about the hoax: Calls About E-Mail Hoax Flood Sheriff’s Office 

Let’s “Suit Up” for Season 9

HIMYMseason9Now I’m going to let that sink in and wait for all the fan girlish type screams to stop before I continue. . . . . .

Now that we’ve all contained ourselves. I’m excited (and saddened) to say that CBS has announced yesterday that they are going to renew “How I Met Your Mother” for the 9th and final season.  It will have the entire cast again — Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris (NPH), and Alyson Hannigan — along with both the series co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas as executive producers. We will also finally meet the mother.

Many of the people involved at CBS are as excited about the 9th season as we fans are. The president of CBS Entertainment, Nina Tassler, commented, “Through eight years, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ has mastered the art of leading-edge comedy, emotional water-cooler moments and pop culture catch-phrases. We are excited for Carter, Craig, Pam Fryman and this amazing cast to tell the final chapter and reveal television’s most mysterious mother to some of TV’s most passionate fans.”

The ninth season has actually been in the works since December of last year, but it’s been noted that both co-creators were okay with calling it quits at season 8 but were willing to do a ninth. “Wrapping [the show] up in Season 8 would be amazing … There’s a part of us as writers that [is] drawn to that. It’s exciting. We get to answer everything,” Thomas said. “Every episode of the season is much more important because of that. [That’s] something sort of thrilling and very nostalgic and sad to think about, but it’d be exciting to write.”

I’m personally very excited, and can not wait. While going about my research to find every juicy detail, I stumbled upon this lovely interview, How I Met Your Mother Boss on a Season 9, Premiere’s Big Moment and Ted’s ‘Terrible Mistake'” ,with the writers about major plot lines and moments that will be in the new season. A date for the premier of the new season has yet to be announced.

What are your thoughts about the new season? Anyone as sad as I am about it ending? And how about NPH? God I love that guy.

A Musical Discovery Has Been Made: Mother Mother

I was on my home from my parent’s house, and I was listening to my favorite radio station, Moore Rock Radio 91.5 (It’s the college radio station, for those of you who are not from the area), when this catchy song started playing. I hadn’t heard the song before, but I couldn’t help but attempt to sing along. It was really good! So, using my trusted Sound Hound app, I figured out that it was a band called, Mother Mother. I had never heard of them before, but this station was all about Indie and Alternative rock so it didn’t surprise me.

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Anyway, I did some looking around on iTunes and the internet, and found that they had a lot of songs that I had heard before, mostly through my college radio, and were really good. It really reminded me of The Features when they first started. A distinct vocal sound different from every other band, and a sound that was similar to The Features but completely their own as well. Unique. Their song lyrics were catchy and meaningful as well, something that rarely happens in any genre of music. I ended up buying almost an albums worth of music spanning their 3 different albums that they have out before I remembered that I should stop. I needed to be able to put gas in my car! Teehee.

So I have a new band that I can’t get enough of, and would recommend them to anyone who liked the early works of The Features (when they weren’t mainstream, and slightly suckish [don’t get me wrong, I’ll always love them; but they seriously dropped the ball. Their early works were much, much better]) or just wants something new and interesting. Here are some helpful links if you’re interested in checking them out, and below is the official music video for their song, “Let’s Fall In Love”. It’s the one that got me hooked~

Mother Mother Band Homepage

 Mother Mother Blog

Condoms, Milk, and You

395518_594463200569798_568758862_nI was trolling on Facebook, like I always do, and I found the picture to the left. I excitedly shared it with loved ones and family, eager in my discovery; but then wondered. I thought vegans only didn’t eat anything that was once a part of an animal, not WEAR them. I also wondered what protein it was, and if people who are lactose intolerant were also allergic to latex. So, my research began.

Well, our first question was dealing with vegans. I’m not any kind of vegan or vegetarian. I love my meat, and used to help my dad when he would butcher deer. I like my veggies, but I love my meat more. Anyway, some vegans will use them, but this is because it would be nearly impossible to remove every possible trace of animal ingredient in their daily lives as milk and milk proteins alone are found in things like toothpaste, sunscreen, and chewing gum . But they do have an alternative as far as condoms go. There is a brand called, Glyde, and they produce a 100% vegan condom certified by the Vegan Society. Here’s what Glyde has to say on the topic:

rohgummigewinnungIn principle, each and every condom could very well be vegan – because it’s made of natural rubber latex, a plant-based substance which is made from a milky fluid harvested off rubber trees. Fortunately, the times when contraceptives were made from animal intestines are nearly over – although there is still one brand of condoms that is still made from lambskin fom New Zealand (“Naturalamb”, U.S.A.). Fortunately, these condoms must not be sold inside the E.U., so you can be sure you don’t accidentally stumble upon such an ugly thing.

To make condoms from the raw latex milk, various processes are required which in turn consist of several different steps. And it’s exactly here where there’s a big difference between vegan and non-vegan condoms – because one of the “helping hands” during rubber-making is casein. Of course, there’s no residue of that once the condom is ready, but nevertheless – as most manufacturers use it to make the rubber smooth and fine, most condoms cannot be called “vegan” at all, because “vegan” as we understand it does not only refer to the ingredients as such.

If you’re interested in learning more about Glyde and their many products, here’s a link: Glyde Homepage

From here my research took a much more scientific turn. I had learned that the protein in latex is not lactose, but rather casein. So those who are allergic to lactose may be safe. Research done by the Department of Dermatology in Tampere, Finland in 1999 found that the content of the milk protein in latex gloves was really high. And when doing a skin prick test with people who were allergic to milk, it showed a false-positive; and that it can cause people to contract urticarial syndrome, an allergic reaction leading to anaphylactic shock.

So if you are a vegan, you will have to pay more for specialty condoms; and if you are allergic to milk you should be wary of latex. Not all latex has the milk protein, casein, in it, but you should look at the label carefully because playing it safe might not always be safe.

Fall Out Boy Rumors Put to Rest

FOBI was on my way from work this morning, and was listening to my favorite morning talk show, The Early Birds Morning Show. They were talking about the latest news in entertainment, and they started talking about Fall Out Boy (FOB). I instantly got excited. I have all their albums, and to hear any news about them made me geek out.

Anyway, there had been rumors that the band would be getting back together, and would be premiering at the Skate & Surf + spring tour. PupFresh.com, a popular music blog, broke the news saying that the band was going to be playing at that show, and then therumors escalated. PopCrush, another music blog, also “confirmed it” saying:

“The band went on hiatus three years ago, with each member pursuing their own side projects. Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley joined the Damned Things; Hurley also played for bands the Burning Empires and Enabler. Frontman Patrick Stump went for a solo career, releasing the critically acclaimed ‘Soul Punk,’ while Wentz, arguably the highest profile member of the band, joined the Black Cards. None of the projects achieved commercial success, leading industry insiders to speculate that a reunion was only a matter of time.”

FOBtweetOnce these large music blogs started regulating the rumors, the fans went crazy. Honestly, I was a bit frantic as well when I heard that there was a possibility.  The band members obviously heard news of this, and the guitarist, Joseph Trojamun, posted on his Twitter saying, “The rumors are still untrue, unreal & totally outta this world! Seriously, it’s not going down.” From there the manager also confirmed that the band will NOT be getting back together, that they will NOT be playing at the upcoming show, and they will NOT be releasing any new music.

*Sigh* I’m having mixed feelings about this. I’m super sad that I had gotten my hopes up for even that brief second, and then had them thrown in my face. On the other hand, though, I knew that their break-up in 2009 was going to be permanent. To expect anything new 4 years later seems kind of asinine. What does everyone else think?

Legend of Korra Season 2?

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Well, I was at work last night and was chit-chatting with a co-worker who is a fellow otaku when we came to the topic of The Legend of Korra (TLoK). For those of you who have been living under a rock, and don’t know what that is here’s a link so that you can understand the beauty that is the show:  Click here to watch the first Season of The Legend of Korra!

Anywho, we were wondering what happened to the show? We both watched intently through the entire first season, but what now? I feel a bit slow, as most of the people reporting on the topic had their stuff up and going since July, but I have great news!The Legend of Korra Season 2 is a go!

It was announced at Comic-Con early last year that the show has picked up 26 more episodes, bringing the total count up to 52 episodes that will span 4 books total. Book 2, which has been titled ‘Spirit’, will pick up 6 months after the first season left off and will follow Korra to the Southern Water Tribe where her family will be making an impact on the adventure this time. They also revealed environmental landscapes for the new season, as well as what has been happening with Team Avatar during the 6 months. Since then, Mako has become a Republic City policemen, Asami took over her father’s company, and Bolin is struggling to find himself. The Creators also shared that Korra will be exploiting her abilities as a full Avatar this season, making no shortage of spiritual endeavors and appearances of the spirit world. Here’s what I could find of the concept art for the new book:Book-2-SPIRIT-Concept-Art-avatar-the-legend-of-korra-31660628-640-360 Book-2-SPIRIT-Concept-Art-avatar-the-legend-of-korra-31660632-1000-612 Book-2-SPIRIT-Concept-Art-avatar-the-legend-of-korra-31660655-1000-774 Book-2-SPIRIT-Concept-Art-avatar-the-legend-of-korra-31660670-1000-543 Book-2-SPIRIT-Concept-Art-avatar-the-legend-of-korra-31660676-1000-576 Book-2-SPIRIT-Concept-Art-avatar-the-legend-of-korra-31660687-1000-599 Book-2-SPIRIT-Concept-Art-avatar-the-legend-of-korra-31660690-1000-628 Book-2-SPIRIT-Concept-Art-avatar-the-legend-of-korra-31660692-1000-589 korra-470x340

It’s rumor that the new season will start this upcoming April, as a few of the voice actors had leaked this onto their Twitter feeds. To some this would make sense, as it was about the same time that the first season had premiered; but many are skeptical. Could this be a cynically elaborate April Fools joke? While both sides are debating whether or not the news is true, there hasn’t actually been a set release date. Thus we must wait patiently a while longer.

Parents Nowadays

BabyjacketHas humanity gotten to such a low that people are honestly trying to sell strait jackets for babies as a way to make diaper changing easier? The image to the left is an honest to goodness advertisement that popped up next to my newsfeed today while I was Facebook. My personal opinion would be that this product would be more traumatic rather than helpful. Could you imagine the fight it would take to put your child in this restraint? Let alone the possibility that it could harm your child on more than just a psychological level.

Now I’m not a parent. Well, unless you count furry babies, but many don’t. Anywho, I’m just confused that such a product exists. Now I’m sure that every parent has had the urge to hog tie their children to control them, but since when has this been okay?

It seems like ‘lazy’ parenting, to me, but something that just keeps happening with this new generation of parents. Parents who think that it’s better to reason with a screaming child rather than to punish them for what they had done. Or how a mother can be excited for a 16 year old daughter to be pregnant. Call me old fashioned, but those just don’t make sense to me. Society doesn’t make sense anymore.

babylaceOh and speaking of mothers being excited for their daughters for doing things that seem slightly slutty, I’ve become to accept (if you can call acknowledging this and never letting my own children to do so) that 12 year olds are dressing in booty shorts and thongs what nots; but when have we started putting babies in full lace onesies? No wonder there are little girls in heels and miniskirts, and a show in TV showcasing all the ones that get pregnant on the way to the down fall of society. Parents really need to wake up and realize that it’s not cute. It’s wrong.

All in all, I think that there are more and more people who would agree with me on this point; but if so, why hasn’t anything happened? Why does it seem that things are getting worse and worse? When will this all stop?

It’s nice to smell you

I had an epiphany the other day while on Facebook. A page that I liked, I can spend hours with you, and I still miss you as soon as I leave, posted this simple picture:

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I think that everyone would agree with this, but I don’t think that they understand why. That’s right, I’m about to drop some knowledge on your ass.

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The neurons of the human mind constantly making connections without you even knowing it.

It’s because of pheromones, hormones that trigger someone to do things with fellow humans such as become angry, passionate, or repulsed. It’s this crazy sense of smell that can make or break a relationship between two people. Madness, right?

But it’s not just hormones in someone’s nose that will ultimately change one’s perspective on another human being. It is also one’s own memories and past that can affect it as well. It’s a theory of association. You associate a specific image, smell, event, idea, or person to another specific image, smell, event, idea, or person; and this goes on and on to become related to other things until you have a complicated map of all these seemingly unrelated things all connected to one another based on one’s past and memories. It’s this theory of association that advertisers take advantage of when trying to sell you something, by getting you to associate their product with something that you really want. This also works throughout people’s daily lives.

I know this to be true because I have experienced it first hand in one of my classes. We had to get into groups, and I was stuck in a group of all guys. One of them offered to let me sit next to him, as a way to make group discussion easier, I’m sure. Anywho, I sat next to him, and the strong smell of what seemed to be Dial hand soap filled my nose. This would be good, normally. Who wouldn’t be happy knowing that the classmate that they are currently being forced to talk to has good hygiene? But Dial hand soap was also the preferred soap of my grandparents; and during the entire class, and even now, he reminds me of my younger years at my grandparents’ house. Crazy, I know, but true.

But I think that it’s even crazier that just someone’s smell can change, maybe not the entirety of one’s relationships with others, but greatly affects them on a deep primal level. That smell can be so strong. With this in mind, be sure to watch how you smell because you never know who might be sniffing you.

Sailormoon Reboot? Yes Please!

Sailormoon reboot? Yes please!

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I’ve heard rumors of this to be true, and I have already done a little research on this topic. We all knew that the manga series for Sailormoon has been rebooted and is currently coming out regularly here in the U.S., but there has been a release date for the new anime. The anime is suppose to be coming out this summer,and , according to the link in the title of this post, the creators are trying to get a global release for “Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon”. Meaning the whole world will get to enjoy it all at once this summer.

I find this somewhat hard to believe. Most animes, even those that are internationally beloved like Sailormoon, usually release in Japan first and then slowing get dubbed a year or so later. We might be able to get them sooner on sites like Crunchyroll, but they will all be sub titled. You can bet your momma’s sweet knickers that I’ll be keeping up to date with this, and will undoubtedly be telling all of you.

A Shocking Situation

I don’t know why this keeps happening, but it’s seriously pissing me off. I keep zapping myself. Went to turn on the light. ZAP!  Shoo-ed my cat out of the closet. ZAP! Put on my scarf (which was ball-tastic today) to go across campus. ZAP! I just freaking sat down and put my desk down, and what would you know. Mutha-fucking ZAP! These are just a few of the incidents that had happened to me over the last few days, but its gotten to a point the I am seriously afraid for my laptop’s and iPod’s lives.

Now I understand that it’s just static electricity, but no one person should have have this much of an electrical charge! It must be because either 1) the massive amounts of clothing and what nots that I have to wear to keep my unnaturally tiny body warm or 2) I must be becoming a super hero with the power to harness and control electricity.

I’m seriously considering the 2nd option. I can just imagine the awesome super hero names and the tacky yet revealing costumes now. I could even make little capes for my cats, and they can be my little helpers with cute nicknames. I need to look further into this.Shockingfinal