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RALEIGH — Thanks to some text message-savvy grandchildren, North Carolina drivers whose license plates have the potentially offensive “WTF” letter combination can replace the tags for free.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday the state Division of Motor Vehicles has notified nearly 10,000 holders of license plates with the letter combination.

WTF license plate

Officials learned last year the common acronym stands for a vulgar phrase in e-mail and cell phone text messages.

The DMV recently realized the same letters appeared on the sample license plate on its own Web site. Officials are trying to remove the plate from the site.

DMV officials got word of the plates last July when a 60-year-old technology teacher from Fayetteville complained about the plate after her teenage grandchildren clued her in.

DMV officials said they try to keep up with the latest acronyms, and that anyone who has an issue with their plate can contact their local DMV office to request a new one.

story from www.wxii12.com

haha.

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We saw Alkaline Trio last night at Croc Rock in Allentown. yay! It was fun. Here is what they played (not in order)

help me

in vein

calling all skeletons

goodbye forever

i lied my face off

time to waste

mercy me

private eye

armageddon

crawl

clavicle

this could be love

we’ve had enough

every thug needs a lady

maybe i’ll catch fire

she took him to the lake

—encore—

old school reasons

radio

I wish they would have played 97 instead of radio, metro instead of old school reasons, and different songs from good mourning, but it was a fun show anyway!

update Just got back from seeing Alkaline Trio at the Montgomery Mall at the Zumiez Couch Tour. Man, did I feel old! It was too bad the crowd didn’t seem that into the band. Oh well… it was free. They played almost the same set minus: clavicle, maybe i’ll catch fire, she took him to the lake, old school reasons, radio

update This post gets a lot of hits… if you’ve been to a recent show, help out other fans and post the set list (or any songs you remember) as a comment.

update In Philly 10/16/08 they played private eye, calling all skeletons, i lied my face off, i found away, in vein, goodbye forever, emma, clavicle, this could be love (maybe more – this is what I remember).

Alkaline Trio Heart and Sole Air Zoom Cush Nike 6.0
From Alkaline Trio’s MySpace blog

NIKE 6.0 AND ALKALINE TRIO SHOE COLLABORATION

Beaverton OR. (June 9th, 2008)- Nike 6.0 and punk stalwarts, Alkaline Trio, joined forces to translate the energy of action sports and punk rock into a pair of collaborative kicks. The Heart and Sole Air Zoom Cush and a limited run of messenger bags will be released June 27th exclusively at Jacks Retail Shop in Huntington Beach. Alkaline Trio recently kicked off their summer tour, supporting their new album Agony and Irony and the release of the shoe. The Heart and Sole Air Zoom Cush will be available at select retailers nationwide on July 11th.

“The collaboration between Nike 6.0 and Alkaline Trio was a natural fit. Punk rock’s independent spirit is a common thread with action sports, and the band member’s live the lifestyle we support.” said Tim Reede, Nike 6.0 Product Line Manager. “We were able to create unique materials and details that reflect the band’s history, resulting in a collaboration that truly tells a story.”

“We chose red and black as the main colors to reflect our Chicago roots and pay homage to the Bulls. We are huge fans,” said Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio. “I’m also into sneakers, so seeing the swoosh and our logo on one product is unbelievable. The shoe looks amazing and provides some insight into who we are.”

Custom design elements include reflective details and bike-tread inspired graphics, correlating to the band’s formative years in Chicago where the members met while working as bike messengers. Distressed materials translate the punk ethos, and the Alkaline Trio logo is featured on the heel cup. The Heart and Sole Cush is constructed of all synthetics, supporting select band members who are vegetarian.

The Air Zoom Cush, new to the Nike 6.0 line, is a low profile action-sports shoe, built for high performance and increased responsiveness. The Cush features a one-piece toe vamp and V-oriented grooves in the sole to increase flex. For more information, and video content visit www.nike6.com.

As the Heart and Sole Air Zoom Cush drops, the Alkaline Trio will be in the midst of a Summer headlining tour in support of their highly anticipated new album Agony & Irony, in stores July 1st. The national tour kicked off May 30th in Vancouver, sweeping major markets across the country and ends in Kansas on August 3rd.

I like the box better than the shoe!

Click here to watch Matt Skiba talking about the shoe. Check out the Mickey Mouse as Hitler artwork behind him. Interesting…
Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio with Mickey Mouse as Hitler Artwork

Child well-being worsens in U.S.

Regarding its key economic indicator, the Kids Count report said 18 percent of U.S. children — 13.3 million of them — were living in poverty in 2006, up by 1 million children from the 17 percent rate in 2000. It said child poverty increased in 32 states during that period.

“It’s disconcerting, because between 2000 and 2006 the economy was doing pretty well,” said Beavers, who predicted the poverty rates would worsen amid the current economic downturn.

www.cnn.com

I watched The Blue Planet – Deep Sea last night. It’s “an immensely fascinating BBC documentary about the creatures that live thousands of feet beneath the waves.”

You have to watch this! 

Single-horned ‘Unicorn’ deer found in Italy

By MARTA FALCONI, Associated Press Writer
Yahoo News

ROME – A deer with a single horn in the center of its head — much like the fabled, mythical unicorn — has been spotted in a nature preserve in Italy, park officials said Wednesday.

 unicorn deer found in italy

“This is fantasy becoming reality,” Gilberto Tozzi, director of the Center of Natural Sciences in Prato, told The Associated Press. “The unicorn has always been a mythological animal.”

The 1-year-old Roe Deer — nicknamed “Unicorn” — was born in captivity in the research center’s park in the Tuscan town of Prato, near Florence, Tozzi said.

He is believed to have been born with a genetic flaw; his twin has two horns.

Calling it the first time he has seen such a case, Tozzi said such anomalies among deer may have inspired the myth of the unicorn.

The unicorn, a horse-like creature with magical healing powers, has appeared in legends and stories throughout history, from ancient and medieval texts to the adventures of Harry Potter.

“This shows that even in past times, there could have been animals with this anomaly,” he said by telephone. “It’s not like they dreamed it up.”

Single-horned deer are rare but not unheard of — but even more unusual is the central positioning of the horn, experts said.

“Generally, the horn is on one side (of the head) rather than being at the center. This looks like a complex case,” said Fulvio Fraticelli, scientific director of Rome’s zoo. He said the position of the horn could also be the result of a trauma early in the animal’s life.

Other mammals are believed to contribute to the myth of the unicorn, including the narwhal, a whale with a long, spiraling tusk.

Geoff is my favorite part of the show. Aparently he isn’t only talented at making cakes, but he can play the guitar and sing too!