We’re buying fewer guns, razors

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The American consumer culture is fickle, Time reports.

Among the items we’re not grabbing off the shelves like we used to:

Guns: In the first few months of 2014, Sportsman’s Warehouse retail chain reported sales of guns dropped 18%. At Cabela’s, sales are off 22%.

Razors: Beards are in.

Chewing gum: Sales are in the gutter, off 11% in the last four years, the Associated Press reports.

Breakfast cereal: Kellogg’s sales have gone down 10%.

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Women in Turkey told: Don’t laugh

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Ece Temelkuran fought back on Twitter with a photo of laughter. The Turkish political commentator has nearly one million followers on Twitter.

The deputy prime minister of Turkey has linked promiscuity to laughter.

Bulent Arinc  on Monday gave a speech on the subject of “moral corruption,” the BBC reports.

“Chastity is so important,” he said. A woman should “not laugh in public.” Continue reading

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Terrifying iceberg collapse caught on camera

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It’s called Iceberg Alley, and taking boat tours of the “10,000-year-old glacial giants” is promoted by the Newfoundland tourist board.

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Iceberg Alley

But a Newfoundland native got more than she bargained for last week when she and her husband went out in a boat and got “between 100 and 150 feet” of an iceberg, she tells CBC News. Continue reading

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U.S. ‘kidnapped’ Soviet spacecraft

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lunikThe Kidnapping of the Lunik may sound like the latest spy thriller, but it’s the title of a U.S. intelligence report from 1967.

The USSR, in the midst of the space race, sent the Lunik — Sputnik’s younger but stronger sister — on a global tour, an old-fashioned exhibition/trade fair to demonstrate Communism’s most high-tech achievement.

You’d think that the Soviets would send a Hollywood-style mock-up, right? Continue reading

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‘Loud Americans’ not wanted in Irish bar

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Photo courtesy of Maurice Campbell / Twitter

On a beautiful stretch of the Ring of Kerry in Ireland, a restaurant/bar is serving up something a wee bit ugly.

When a tourist noticed a sign in the window of Peter’s Place Cafe & Wine Bar in Watervill, he was shocked.

“I thought it was out of order,”  Maurice Campbell tells CNBC. “It seemed nasty.”

Nonetheless, Campbell decided to pop in …  Continue reading

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USGS issues updated quake maps

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Forty-two states “have a reasonable chance of experiencing damaging ground shaking from an earthquake in 50 years,” according to the USGS updated National Seismic Hazard Maps, and 16 of those states are at high risk.

Illinois and Missouri (in the New Madrid Seismic Zone) and South Carolina may be in for a shocker:

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h/t National Geographic’s Daily News

 

 

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