National Geographic continues its analysis of the human race by looking at some of the numbers that characterize us as a population and by taking a shot at the face of the most “typical” person on the planet. I swear I am not typical, I am the most unique person to ever exist on planet Earth, yea right.
If there is one thing we love here at Zoot, it is dropping knowledge on our readers. So as soon as I saw this slideshow produced by Online Schools, I had to share it with you guys. You know what they say, you learn something knew every day, well you are about to learn 50 new things with this rad slideshow, enjoy zooters.
Conspiracy theorists have been saying this for years, and all you hear is that the rich get richer. Well this new infograph from MotherJones. A huge share of the nation’s economic growth over the past 30 years has gone to the top one-hundredth of one percent, who now make an average of $27 million per household. The average income for the bottom 90 percent of us? $31,244. There are a ton of other great infographs on the site, so I suggest you check it out. The fact that some people make this much money isnt really the upsetting part. The upsetting part is how much influence they have on decisions that generally effect the more common man. Laws are being passed to keep theres top people in places of power, and in positions to continue to amass wealth that is beyond anything any average man would ever dream. Fight the POWERRR!
So I am sure everyone is aware of the protesting and rallies that have gone down in Wisconsin. Personally I really don’t know exactly what they are even protesting, something about a budget repair bill being passed and it is going to cut a bunch of job and money funding. I didn’t even know Wisconsin was an actual state till a week ago so don’t take my word for it though. Anyway a representative by the name of Gordon Hintz go an email telling him the meeting and voting would start at 5:00, he got there at 5 o’clock and the voting had already began, this was pretty much the last straw and he goes bananas on everyone in the room. Hintz for 2016 president all the way.
Bonus: A very moving video made by a UW Madison student showing the rally and protests over Governor Walker’s budget repair bill. Music is Arcade Fire’s “Rebellion (Lies).” (seen below)
Ut oooo shit just got real. Hundreds of pages of recently unsealed documents link two former L.A.P.D. officers with the 1997 murder of Notorious B.I.G. Recently unsealed evidence suggests the lead investigator in the 1997 murder of Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace had ties to Death Row Records and was at the scene of the critically acclaimed rapper’s murder working security. The new evidence is the latest finding in the ongoing legal battle between the Wallace family and the Los Angeles Police Department.
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Political sex scandals are as old as time. For centuries -– eons really -– power has been proven to be the ultimate aphrodisiac. Indeed, from Caesar and Cleopatra to King Henry VIII and the headless bodies of his many wives, sex scandals have rocked the civilized world. Of course, our very own presidents have etched their names into the annals of those renowned historical texts like Penthouse and Hustler, proving yet again that even the rich and powerful –- or maybe especially the rich and the powerful –- are prey to the whims of their, uh, little presidents. The following is a list of eight United States presidents who failed to veto the legislation put before them by the legislature, and by the legislature, I of course mean their penises.
THE STORY: In 1914, old Woody found himself a lonely old widower after his first wife, Ellen, died in August. Less than a year later, he was engaged to the widow Edith Bolling Galt. Sounds rather ordinary, right? Not so fast. Unfortunately for Wilson, he was the President of the United States and therefore had the civilized world constantly up his ass over every little thing he did. And, unfortunately for Wilson, that civilized world tended to frown upon getting hitched so soon after the death of his first wife. Predictably, it wasn’t long before all sorts of rumors flew around about Wilson cheating on his first wife before she died and some people even suggested that he killed her to clear the path so he and Edith could be together. Damn.
THE AFTERMATH: Wilson was president, not some schmuck, and so he married Edith anyway, presumably while holding a giant middle finger aloft for all his critics to see. The couple stayed together until his death in 1924 and after Wilson suffered a stroke in 1919, Edith actually took over many of his duties, acting as sort of a regent for the incapacitated president. I guess that shut some people up.
I think everyone knows that weapons are not allowed in prisons, so how do these guys keep stabbing and beating people with sharp and blunt objects? Well if you were locked in a cage for the rest of your life and you keep getting beat up every day, I think you are going to pull some heavy duty MacGyver type shit and make yourself a pretty little shank out of toilet paper rolls, which actually happens. Here are a bunch of creative confiscated prison weapons, some with back stories.
Materials: Stainless steel tablespoon; handle wrapped with upholstery.
Backstory: At its core here is a spoon, stolen from the staff dining room at Rahway, where, as in many federal penitentiaries, inmates were restricted to using plastic flatware. Stamped “State of NJ,” the spoon likely to have been sharpened on the cement floor or wall of a cell. The bowl of the spoon was filled with wax and then wrapped with upholstery thread (taken from the furniture shop, where it was used to re-stitch chair cushions) thereby forming a generously-scaled handle.
Many more disturbing, but creative and effective weapons below. Get Your Shank ON
The internet is a weapon to fight oppression which is arguably more powerful than guns with it’s ability to bring together the masses. The recent events in Egypt are proof of that. And now the United States is officially recognizing and pledging to aid internet freedom fighters in their fights against worldwide repressive governments. In a speech at George Washington University yesterday Secretary of State Hilary Clinton expressed a venture capital like funding approach to activists trying to fight against repressive countries internet censorship. Pledging $25 million of US support. She stated “I urge countries everywhere instead to join us in the bet we have made, a bet that an open Internet will lead to stronger, more prosperous countries. At its core, it’s an extension of the bet that the United States has been making for more than 200 years, that open societies give rise to the most lasting progress, that the rule of law is the firmest foundation for justice and peace, and that innovation thrives where ideas of all kinds are aired and explored.” This is the type of the US foreign policy that generation Y can really wrap their heads around and support and there still might be hope for Hilary not being a psycho hose beast after all.
Have you ever wanted freedom so bad, that you strapped bread to your head? Sometimes humor exists in the most tragical conditions and while there is nothing funny about what is going on over at Egypt, there is some humor in the helmets that these guys are putting together. Of course the reason is because there are thousands of people throwing rocks and heavy objects in protest of the government. The logical thing to do is to cover your head with something, but unfortunately all these people don’t have New York Jets helmets in their closet to use, so what is the next best thing? Whatever is laying around, that’s what, like a stove pot, or water bottles, or even loafs of bread for crying out loud. Here is a collection of the funniest of helmets seen so far.
More Egyptians helmets that even Macgyver would be proud.
Well it’s actually called Canna Cola and it is being released this month in Colorado and son California. Canna Cola is a line of THC-enriched sodas to be sold at medical marijuana dispensaries. Flavors include: DocWeed, Orange Kush, Grape Ape, Sour Diesel, and the classic Canna Cola. Now I don’t smoke weed, so I don’t necessarily “want” this, but I’m sure there are a lot of zoot readers that are going to be putting this on their wish list.