We have well more than 180 years of data. Weather patterns leave behind traces that can be interpreted long after the fact, from simple stuff like tree ring size to more complicated things like the variation of isotopes in ice cores and formations of rocks and sediments. Using such information one can construct a… » 2/03/15 5:14pm 2/03/15 5:14pm

Is there not also a definitional problem specifically in regards to intoxication? Two parties, both drunk, are both legally unable to consent, and so both are being raped by the other. Of course I think anyone can see that being drunk neither renders one completely incapable of consenting, nor in any way incapable of… » 1/22/15 5:48pm 1/22/15 5:48pm

Yup. I'm not a big fan of a religion, but it's important to keep in mind that some of the deadliest movements in history were actively secular (e.g. Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia). » 1/17/15 6:40pm 1/17/15 6:40pm

Hm, I think "bah"k (like bah, bah black sheep, but maybe a bit shorter...so I guess more like bah humbug) might be a better approximation, but I am also rather stumped on how to get english speakers to pronounce a german ch correctly. I guess if they've heard "ich" pronounced correctly (not just by JFK) maybe they can… » 1/15/15 3:48pm 1/15/15 3:48pm

I wouldn't consider that a technicality, it's just what the sun is. You're giving Jay too much leeway for his embarrassing/ironic lack of astronomy knowledge. I'm pretty sure I was exposed to that fact in multiple different elementary school grades. I'd say not knowing the sun is a star is more laughable than not… » 1/15/15 1:32pm 1/15/15 1:32pm

First off, how the hell are you supposed to draw a vagina? Phrasing the question that way already betrays some fairly severe anatomical ignorance. I also find it amusing that the first guy entirely failed to include/label the vaginal opening (or is that the "no mans land"...or does he think thats what the labia is?). » 1/01/15 5:55pm 1/01/15 5:55pm

"We've all heard the warnings: if you take your phones, iPads, phablets, Lite-Brites, and laptops into the dormoir, you will not have restless sleep." » 12/24/14 7:50pm 12/24/14 7:50pm

I think it has to do with the victim actively breaking the rules and putting himself in a position of danger. There was no need for him to get out of his car, let alone walk toward the middle of the track and get in the way of the other cars. I don't know anything about racing, but watching this video I definitely… » 8/10/14 5:51pm 8/10/14 5:51pm

It's not a very commonly used meaning, but in economics secular means "occurring or persisting over an indefinitely long period". It's nothing to do with religion, but rather with the latin saecularis 'relating to an age or period.' Admittedly the more commonly used meaning (non-religious) is also derived from the… » 8/09/14 7:34pm 8/09/14 7:34pm

I don't get it, hasn't every single person who has approached that group of goombas killed that goomba by causing him to spawn and immediately plummet to his death? » 8/09/14 7:46am 8/09/14 7:46am

About 50% of gawker media stories I see I've seen earlier on Reddit. I don't mind as much on the other gawker sites, but on Jezebel it smacks of extreme hypocrisy since they go out of their way to make fun of and demonize reddit (which is silly since it's so far from being a monolithic entity). For people who claim to… » 8/09/14 7:17am 8/09/14 7:17am

It's a touchy subject, and there's obviously a more tactful way to raise it than saying "You should have to put your credit card down before you can even have this conversation," but it's an established fact that in America (especially for women) weight is generally inversely correlated with income level, so there is … » 8/09/14 7:11am 8/09/14 7:11am

US doesn't have an official language, and spanish is the 2nd most common language spoken in the states, so yes, lots of people understand them. The US is the 5th biggest spanish speaking country in the world (by # of people who speak the language). Also, 20% of Americans don't speak english at home. It's a US server,… » 8/06/14 5:14pm 8/06/14 5:14pm

I don't get it, why shouldn't I tip with coins? "They're a pain to deal with" sounds like a silly excuse (they are not that hard to pick up, and do not weigh that much), and they are officially not valueless in American society, no matter what you claim; if someone gives you a dollar in coins, it is worth just as… » 8/06/14 3:29pm 8/06/14 3:29pm

Isn't it a good thing for him to be honest about his sexual interests early in a relationship rather than waiting too long? If he's interested in threesomes that's something he should disclose early (I would say before marriage but, uh, that doesn't seem to be an option here). I'm not sure why this article emphasises… » 8/06/14 3:06pm 8/06/14 3:06pm