I was feeling particularly generous this morning, so I decided to find a solution to Seth’s toast problem.
Enter the personal flame thrower.
How awesome is this? For just a thousand US dollars, you can have hard toast whenever, and wherever you want.
And there’s an added benefit, Seth. Talking to the manager is effective, but asking women and children to stand back before lighting up your table is way, way more punchy.
Picture it…The staff are in shock, people are on the verge of freaking out…You saunter slowly over to a smouldering table, retrieve your toast from the licking flames (with a sword – you need a sword too), and bite into that little sucker with a crunch, before proclaiming, “Man, THAT’S good toast.”
But then some guys like to walk the fine line between geek awesomeness and a freaking-me-out-with-your-ability-to-create-effective-deadly-weapons-from-home kind of vibe. Click on the pic.
I suppose this kind of news shouldn’t really surprise us then:
Earlier studies had shown that terrorists tend to be wealthier and better-educated than their countrymen, but Gambetta and Hertog found that engineers, in particular, were three to four times more likely to become violent terrorists than their peers in finance, medicine or the sciences. The next most radicalizing graduate degree, in a distant second, was Islamic Studies.
So what’s with all the terrorist-engineers? The simple explanation is that engineering happens to be an especially popular field of study in the countries that produce violent radicals. But Gambetta and Hertog corrected for national enrollment numbers in engineering programs and got similar results. Even among Islamic terrorists born or raised in the West, nearly 60 percent had engineering backgrounds.
Another possible explanation would be that engineers possess technical skills and architectural know-how that makes them attractive recruits for terrorist organizations.
See, it’s that sultry engineering mix of mental instability AND know-how that separates the run of the mill quack from the Timmy McVeigh’s of the world.
Enjoy your toast, Seth.
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