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"Now Hasbro has decided to announce again that the ‘Mr. Potato Head’ will not be going anywhere as well as Mr. and Mrs. will remain as their own characters. It is more obvious now when the first announcement happened, the company wanted to test the waters as to how the internet would react.

Matt Walsh of Daily Wire mocked Hasbro’s decision with what [certain types] would say,

I told my 7-year-old daughter that Mr. Potato Head is gender neutral now and she smiled and said, ‘This is the greatest day of my life. Finally I can be at peace.’ We hugged and I started sobbing. It was so beautiful.”

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/20...makeover-gender-neutral-name-will-not-happen/

Translation: Hasbro got gobs of free publicity for virtually zero effort.

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The point that journalists - and I use that term loosely - seem to have missed is that the big change here is renaming the brand, so that (for example) Mrs. Potato Head is not seen as ancillary to the Mr. Potato Head brand. I can't see how that's a bad thing. They are pushing how the Potato Head family kits can make two mommies or two daddies, but this seems more like repackaging than changing the components in the product.

I'm not disagreeing that Hasbro was being clever to generate publicly, but a good journalist would have seen through that.
 

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North Korea: Russian diplomats leave by hand-pushed trolley

The eight people travelled by train and bus before pushing themselves across the Russian border for about 1km (0.6miles) over train tracks.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-56206033
Things I never knew, part 758: Russia has a border with North Korea. I was sceptical, so I checked my map, ready to gloat, but there it is - 10 miles of river and one railway bridge!

Every day here is an education.
 
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The point that journalists - and I use that term loosely - seem to have missed is that the big change here is renaming the brand, so that (for example) Mrs. Potato Head is not seen as ancillary to the Mr. Potato Head brand. I can't see how that's a bad thing. They are pushing how the Potato Head family kits can make two mommies or two daddies, but this seems more like repackaging than changing the components in the product.

I'm not disagreeing that Hasbro was being clever to generate publicly, but a good journalist would have seen through that.
I was always of the opinion that there only was a Mister Potato Head.....Mrs Potato Head was just him in a frock and wearing a bit of lippy. What he gets up to in the privacy of his own home is his concern only.....it’s a free world and he isn’t causing any harm to anyone or scaring the horses!
 

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MyHeritage offers 'creepy' deepfake tool to reanimate dead

Genealogy site MyHeritage has introduced a tool which uses deepfake technology to animate the faces in photographs of dead relatives.

Called DeepNostalgia , the firm acknowledged that some people might find the feature "creepy" while others would consider it "magical".

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-56210053
 

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They call him Mr Potato Head, but anatomically that's not quite correct is it? He is one whole mass, upon which the various appendages and facial features are placed.
If anything the correct name would be something like 'Mr Potato body'.
 

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Last night I was up at about 3:30 and noticed that the motion detector light in the front was on. Peered out the window hoping for a fox but nothing. Then noticed that the one in the back was on, so I peered out that curtain and saw the local racoon, who is huge, probably the largest I have seen, standing up and pushing at the metal lid to the metal can (standard trash can size) that holds the bird seed. I don't know how he knew it was in there, and I don't know how he did it because it takes me two hands to pull on the lid, but he got it off and I saw a large racoon hind end protruding from the can. Thinking of the new 10 lbs of bird seed and bag of corn and that racoons once they learn something don't forget, rather than run out banging pots in my winter pj's I sighed, wished him a good meal and went back to bed. This afternoon I turned the can over so the other wildlife could get the remnants. Must think of a solution.
 

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Last night I was up at about 3:30 and noticed that the motion detector light in the front was on. Peered out the window hoping for a fox but nothing. Then noticed that the one in the back was on, so I peered out that curtain and saw the local racoon, who is huge, probably the largest I have seen, standing up and pushing at the metal lid to the metal can (standard trash can size) that holds the bird seed. I don't know how he knew it was in there, and I don't know how he did it because it takes me two hands to pull on the lid, but he got it off and I saw a large racoon hind end protruding from the can. Thinking of the new 10 lbs of bird seed and bag of corn and that racoons once they learn something don't forget, rather than run out banging pots in my winter pj's I sighed, wished him a good meal and went back to bed. This afternoon I turned the can over so the other wildlife could get the remnants. Must think of a solution.
Bin with a clip lid?

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They call him Mr Potato Head, but anatomically that's not quite correct is it? He is one whole mass, upon which the various appendages and facial features are placed.
If anything the correct name would be something like 'Mr Potato body'.
Named after his ancestor where you got a kit with bits on the end of metal pins which you then pushed into a real potato.
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metal pins which you then pushed into a real potato.
By the time I got my own "Prairie Potato Head" - the cowboy-themed version - the dangerous metal pins had been toned down to become part of the plastic bits*. We were still required to provide our own potatoes.

My thrifty mother made sure we got the ones with eyes already in them! Did we eat them after? I don't recall.

Maybe Prairie Pete got cut in half and bled out his last, starchy moments as a failed experiment in potato-print artwork?

Did that ever work? :dunno:

*Was this to prevent children trying out the eyebrows and moustaches on the cat? You stood no chance against a cat with the plastic ones!
 
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I was always of the opinion that there only was a Mister Potato Head.....Mrs Potato Head was just him in a frock and wearing a bit of lippy. What he gets up to in the privacy of his own home is his concern only.....it’s a free world and he isn’t causing any harm to anyone or scaring the horses!
Ive definately seen mr and mrs potato head in the dame room at the same time in toy story (mumble)

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Must think of a solution.
Stop feeding birds?
I'm sure they manage on their own.
I see loads of the feckers everywhere I go.
 

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Slight bit of oddness happened to me today.

At work today I got talking to a man I've known only as a nodding acquaintance for at least two or three years. I'm not even sure of his name.

I can't remember what we were talking about initially but it led to him telling me how he hears voices in his head (like a radio channel) and how he's very psychic (although I don't think he actually used the word). He seems very down to earth about his experiences, not at all woo woo but what was a bit odd was him saying he could hear the voices laughing at something we'd been talking about.

I would like to probe further but am a little unsure.
 

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I had two small strange things happen to me very recently. Not earth-shattering, but still ...

I checked my e-mail this morning and saw I had one from local government saying I owed council tax (I don't) so I dashed off a quick and pithy reply. I say 'quick' but one of our cats was pestering me for crunchy bits, jumping up by the laptop and miaowing so I had to stop and feed her to get any peace. Now the original e-mail, and my reply, have completely disappeared from my gmail account. There is no sign that they ever were there. How can that happen? The distraction caused by Treacle the cat 'anchored' the memory for me, which is handy because otherwise I might think I had dreamt the whole thing. Which I didn't.

The other one was that, coming to bed last night, I tried not to disturb Mrs Asparagus who was asleep. But just as I got into bed, she said very clearly "Max's Rainbow(s)". I said 'sorry' and she repeated the phrase, so I said 'what about it' and she said 'I'll tell you later" then was asleep immediately. In fact I think she was asleep all the way through. I asked her about the conversation today but she had no memory of it and the phrase was meaningless to her. So I googled it and it turns out to be the name of a bereavement group on facebook. We don't do social media and Sue almost never uses the internet. But we have been very involved lately with practical matters relating to a recent family bereavement so that her midnight mutterings seemed strangely appropriate.

Two (very) minor fortean things in 12 hours! I think that's a record for me.
 

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Asparagus: Did you send the reply email before it and the original incoming email disappeared? Or did both disappear while you were distracted by the cat?

I don't know whether GMail does (or can do ... ) this, but some older dedicated email programs could delete an incoming email along with an as-yet-unsent draft reply if the sender retracted the original transmission before the reply was triggered.
 

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one from local government saying I owed council tax
I suspect 'phishing' - local councils will send a proper letter in the post if you owe them on the CT.
Possibly your mail server detected the dodgy scam email and deleted it before you could send your reply.
 

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They call him Mr Potato Head, but anatomically that's not quite correct is it? He is one whole mass, upon which the various appendages and facial features are placed.
If anything the correct name would be something like 'Mr Potato body'.
You don't know this, his body could be hidden in some sort of crevice in his head.
 

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I didn't know where to put this so please move if somewhere more appropriate.

There have been a spate of dog thefts and attempted dog thefts in our specific area recently. They appear to be moving from area to area within Morecambe if reports are correct.

It breeds an exaggerated sense of danger that all of us dog owners are feeling at the moment. It feels like it is contagious. Walking with my dog now if a white workers van passes by I look at the people in it with great suspicion. If every dog owner is doing it they must feel uncomfortable if innocent. I find the almost palpable sense of mass fear and its spread rather curious (it is affecting me too).

I never walk our dog in the dark so am not going to start now. I now wear my steel toe cap working boots when walking her, so someone is heading for a broken leg if they ever tried to snatch her. I have also used a tie fastener between the loop on her harness to the loop behind the leads catch and never walk her anywhere isolated.
 
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