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2012-10-16 02:36:25 PM

Kejlina: All I've learned here is that I won't be eating microwave popcorn again.


I've never eaten much popcorn, in any form, but I sure as hell won't be eating any more because of hearing about this disease. Besides, it's basically a bag of carbs.
 
2012-10-16 02:37:53 PM

Flakeloaf: Then the 'PA votes down the proposal, and the players continue to be screwed out of millions by making bad investments in their agents' friends' enterprises. Or by putting spinnaz on a 40' double-decker hummer limo.


It always astonishes me when superstar athletes blow their money on speculative investments. Why would they need or want anything other than T-bills or triple AAA muni's? Okay, so perhaps a working understanding of commercial paper is too much to ask for, but perhaps they've heard that if you give your money to the bank, you can get more money back?
 
2012-10-16 02:51:58 PM

stonicus: Still waiting on the results of my Raisenette Testicles lawsuit...


FOMGLULZ
 
2012-10-16 02:54:58 PM

ZAZ: Better story: http://www.kansas.com/2012/10/15/2533401/missouri-couple-bankrupt-eig h t.html.

Their lawyers took 35%. They may have had to share some of the rest with other workers. Apparently they were conned into spending $4 million to build a $400,000 house. That's government contractor grade overrun there.


They kept changing things halfway through building, restarting the design phase and requiring half-built areas to be knocked down and redone, I guarantee it. I obviously wasn't there to prove it, but cost overruns of this nature in a field where costs are come of the most well-controlled of any industry smacks of the patrons being total asshats, possibly firing or making architects or construction teams quit halfway through.
 
2012-10-16 02:55:50 PM

JackieRabbit: Ya just can't cure redneck with cash. That' shiat's permanent.


That needs to be chiseled into stone somewhere.
Preferably not on a tombstone.

/or we could spray-paint it on Zeke's trailer. Redneck pride!
 
2012-10-16 02:56:45 PM

MooseOnTheLoose: Bronchiolitis obliterans sounds like a spell from Harry Potter.


Stop that!
 
2012-10-16 02:58:46 PM

choo: MooseOnTheLoose: Bronchiolitis obliterans sounds like a spell from Harry Potter.

Get out of my head!


{{{{((((Tiny tiny fist))))}}}}

i shakes it at you
 
2012-10-16 03:04:05 PM
I lived in a town recently where ConAgra made this stuff and 8 people working there got a sizeable settlement out of it. Two of the eight stick out in my mind. One went through 1.4 MILLION in 18 months. Blew it all on drugs. Actually is in jail currently after he ran out of money, killed his coke dealer, and was caught driving with the dead body in the trunk. The second was the stereotypical midwest white trash that you can all conjur in your mind. At best, a 3.5/10 looking. She buys a pretty nice car. Can't fault her for that. She's got a couple kids, all minors, so since she's terminal from this stuff, it'll pass on. She spends close to a hundred grand getting cosmetic surgery, including the worst tit job I have ever seen, and comes out looking like Nancy Pelosi. Yes, this is what happens when you give idiots money.
 
2012-10-16 03:12:26 PM

ZAZ: We (the country) would be better off if lawsuit judgments for future medical bills were put in a trust, or turned into an annuity. And if you sell any interest in your annuity for any purpose other than it was intended, it is revoked and we break the buyer's kneecaps.


Speaking as socialist libtard, Fark your idea.
Now you want the government to regulate how you spend money that you receive in a lawsuit?

shiat, I wish the Kardashians were never on tv, but I'm not asking the government to regulate a program's availability based on its social worth.
 
2012-10-16 03:14:09 PM

ElwoodCuse: Hmmmm, so they had a settlement but they need cash now?

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Are there that many morons with huge settlements that make it profitable for JGW to run all those commericals? I mean it has to be, or they wouldn't do it, but where are the kind of people who would cash out a settlement on a long term high interest loan getting all these damn settlements?
 
2012-10-16 03:16:53 PM

Snargi: WarszawaScream: I use this sucker here and I love it; coworker bought it for me for Christmas a few years ago because I was always buying little bags of popcorn. Just add a pad of butter or some olive oil, toss the kernels in there and microwave away.

If you look at the "Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed" section you'll see two listings for the Presto PowerPop. Both of them have better reviews than your popper but that's not the point I'm making. There are different review ratings on them. The people who bought the $16.88 PowerPop didn't like it quite as much as the people who purchased the $19.12 PowerPop. Did the people who got the more expensive PowerPop think they had to give it a better rating because they paid more for the same device?


It's more likely that with so few reviews, it's just random chance. The ratings and the actual distribution are nearly identical between the two, with only a hair's different between rounding to 4 or 4.5. Also, you'd have to look into how many people actually rated both with the same review, and exclude them all, or maybe only include anyone whose review says verified buyer, since those who bought one in a store for yet another price can review it too.

Also, Amazon changes their pricing constantly to try to optimize profit; notice that the cheaper one says 24.99 16.88; although it hasn't moved much recently, it does have a history of swings. It's never enough to look at today's price on Amazon.

Only once you've corrected for all that, then you can start poking into the psychological effects of pricing, but not at face value.
 
2012-10-16 03:53:46 PM

MythDragon: ElwoodCuse: Hmmmm, so they had a settlement but they need cash now?

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Are there that many morons with huge settlements that make it profitable for JGW to run all those commericals? I mean it has to be, or they wouldn't do it, but where are the kind of people who would cash out a settlement on a long term high interest loan getting all these damn settlements?


I was watching a show about lottery winners and they had this one guy who won something close to a million. As it turned out instead of taking his payments over 20 years, which was how it was to be paid out, he went to one of those places and got a lump sum of $400k, which he said he spent on a new house for his family. Well long story short 5 years down the road he ended up losing the house because he didn't pay the taxes and was now broke.

The thing that got me about that is if he just took the yearly payments, after taxes he would have gotten close to 30k if not more a year. After saving that for two years, and staying in his current job, that would have been enough for a down payment on a nice house with enough left over to pay his mortgage the first year, and more than enough to pay his mortgage and taxes for the next 19 years with quite a bit left over each year.
 
2012-10-16 03:58:15 PM
When I was younger my old neighbors did this. They got about 2 million from a dead relative. The one son dropped out of college becuse they had money. They screwed up everything after that bought shiat they didnt need, went on a trip every other week. I know they lost a chunk in a lawsuit because one of their kids was such a bad driver nobody would insure him so he runs a red and hits a minivan. IIRC they also screwed up their taxes so bad that the IRS came after them and they ended up having to sell their house. It was kinda like a mini Jack Whittaker.
 
2012-10-16 04:12:07 PM
The best popcorn I ever had was at one of them fancy movie theatres. It was smothered in chocolate and marshmellow and caramel. It sounded disgusting but I love junk food so I gave it a shot. Let me tell you: if I had access to a steady supply of that I would weight 600 pounds in a month and I'd be dead shortly after that. I could hover that shiat 24x7.

But anyways, yeah, money won't make an idiot smarter. It just gives him more spectucular fail-portunities.
 
2012-10-16 09:42:09 PM

WTFDYW: WarszawaScream: Farking Canuck: EatHam: Kejlina: All I've learned here is that I won't be eating microwave popcorn again.

You don't have to give up microwave popcorn.  Brown paper lunch bag + normal popcorn + olive oil = microwave popcorn without the chemicals.

One of the reasons microwave popcorn works is because of the metalic pad in the bag that heats up.

Here is a cheap solution that works surprisingly well: Link

The metallic elements are disposable but reusable for a while ... I've made about 10 batches and am still on the first one.

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I use this sucker here and I love it; coworker bought it for me for Christmas a few years ago because I was always buying little bags of popcorn. Just add a pad of butter or some olive oil, toss the kernels in there and microwave away.

WANT.


Only $10? I have to get myself an amazon account.
 
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