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"Penn & Teller: Fool Us" is an hour long television show featuring magicians Penn & Teller as judges of a sort of magical competition. It has ran for seven seasons, for the first two seasons on the British network ITV, and for the last five seasons on American network The CW. For the first two seasons, the host was British comedian Jonathan Ross, and for the subsequent seasons, it was Alyson Hannigan.

The structure of the show is simple: each episode, four different acts (usually a solo magician, sometimes duos or teams) each present a short magical act, with the hook of the show being that they are attempting to fool Penn & Teller, seeing if they will be unable to guess the trick. Since Penn & Teller are experienced magicians, most of the acts fail to do so. The magical acts run the gamut, from sleight of hand, close-up magic with coins and cards, to mentalism and giant illusions. Sometimes, Penn & Teller stay in their seats in front of the stage, while sometimes the more…


Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches (Gromphadorhina portentosa) are some of the hardiest and easy-to-care-for pets that you can have — they're the perfect depression pets. If you forget to take care of them for weeks or months on end, odds are many of them will still be alive. I have the inkling suspicion that they cannibalize. The males have bumps or "horns" on their heads, while the females do not.

They're beautiful insects; they're large compared to most…

I'm not saying this is how it happened, but it's how I lived through it

When email was first invented, it adopted a simple way to figure out where to be sent. Physical addresses need several layers of information so that postal workers can figure out where to send something by focusing only in a single step of a hierarchy at any time (country, region, city, neighborhood, street, house). Electronic mail needs only 2 big pieces of information: a mail server (a single "computer") and the…

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November 1: The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1: Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5: Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11: Veterans Day in the US.

November 27: Happy Birthday Estelore!

November 26: Thanksgiving in the US.

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October 1: Please join us in celebrating Send More Paramedics: The 2020 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

October 31: Something spooky will probably happen today. It usually does.

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September 7: С днём рождения, Stasik!

September 16: Feliz cumpleaños Ancientsnow!

September 18: Happy birthday Stuart!

September 25: Happy birthday Templeton!

September 26: Stanislav Petrov Day.

September 27: Happy birthday Uberbanana!

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August 4: Happy birthday avalyn!

August 6: 広島

August 9: 長崎

August 27: Happy birthday Bitriot!

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2020 begins!

July 1: Canada Day.

July 4: America Day.

July 31: Brevity Quest 2020 ends.

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