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Old 02-14-2012, 02:28 PM   #1
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8 Unexpected Downsides of the Switch to E-books

"#8. You Can't Hide a Gun in a Kindle

In the past, you could always depend on your trusty violin case, but with American orchestras going bankrupt left and right nowadays, people running around with violin cases are becoming a rarity and no longer blend into a crowd.

And old-fashioned high-tank toilets have been antiques for decades, so good luck taping a gun behind one of these modern toilets.

So books are one of the few things left that you can carry around without people suspecting you've got something in them. Everyone who's afraid of getting shot is wary of people with bags and thick coats. If paper books go the way of the dodo, hit victims will also start being suspicious of anyone carrying one of those useless antiques for no reason."

http://www.cracked.com/blog/8-unexpe...ch-to-e-books/


an amusing little article.
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:03 PM   #2
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That site's almost as bad as TV Tropes! What day is this?
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You probably COULD fit a firing mechanism in a Kindle for a 2MM Kolibri cartridge. I don't know what good it would do, other than annoy the person you'd shoot at.
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:19 PM   #4
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I would watch the movie with the teenagers accidentally downloading the Necronomicon and having their possessed Kindles chasing them around the house

Oh dear, that site is addictive. I laughed my way through that article, and now I'm reading more...

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Old 02-14-2012, 04:52 PM   #5
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It's an old-fashioned weapon in an old-fashioned book. Want to be up-to-date? Have a reading device double as a taser. Or embed a razor edge to its edges and throw it like Oddjob's hat. Zing!
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:11 PM   #6
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Couldn't you make a quick shortcut to the Twilight Saga and threaten to start reading out loud? I would think that might be affective in most situations, it would even penetrate multiple layers of body armor. Perhaps it is not a "downside" after all...

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Old 02-14-2012, 06:27 PM   #7
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Cracked is a great site, you can spend days there. even though its done in humor (and with 4 letter words to boot) they almost always have interesting articles about science, history and pop culture.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:30 PM   #8
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You can transform your Kindle into a deadly weapon by using its ink to blind people. Just sayin.
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Copy over War in Peace (remember that bizarre ebooks add weight to ereaders thread a while back?)

Then drop that now over heavy ereader onto your victims big toe...
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In the Kindle settings, you'll find the ability to reverse polarity on the static warp field... that'll disrupt almost any electrical system within a mile radius of your position. If that fails, just set it to overload and throw (but be prepared to get at least .3 AUs clear before it blows).

A Nook Color will work as a flash bomb. A mini-SD card in the slot will make it double as an incendiary device. Or, just crack the screen and it'll function perfectly as a brick.
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:33 AM   #12
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Cracked is a great site, you can spend days there. even though its done in humor (and with 4 letter words to boot) they almost always have interesting articles about science, history and pop culture.
I agree, and many of the topics lead to very interesting discussions. Among my favorite articles is the one that relates the absurd ways that comics have brought back dead super heroes.
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:56 AM   #13
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