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"Not safe for drinking"

Don't drink this. Seriously, don't.

08/26/11 11:42AM

 Phew! Thank goodness this sign was there above the toilet! I was this close to dipping my cup in.As goofy as this sign is, it's actually in reference to something pretty cool. It is from the bathroom at the Hollywood Beach in Chicago, which I visited yesterday. This other sign in the bathroom explains the "cool" part a bit better though:The building collects rain water through the roof and the permeable pavement around the bathroom. The water gets filtered (not enough to drink it, apparently), then stored and pumped into the toilets for flushing. read more

Irene's likelihood of redrawing your coastline for a while

08/26/11 10:08AM

This is a map of storm surge flood zones in New York City based on the information in this map (pdf) that Rachel showed on the air tonight.The National Hurricane Center has a similar map for the whole coast so you can zoom in on your particular spot to see how it would fare in a direct hit by different category storms. I found that link via this somewhat alarming blog post from Dr. read more

Why is Mitt Romney like that?

08/26/11 09:10AM

 ertain moments seem to leave him genuinely touched. In Keene, N.H., Lucy Opal, 83, who immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1957, hugged Mr. Romney and asked him to sign her tattered red autograph book. The book, filled with politicians’ scribbles, contained the signature of Mr. Romney’s father, George Romney, a former governor of Michigan.“Thank you, Lucy, for reminding me of my dad,” Mr. Romney said as he signed his name. “Love ya.”Love ya. Love it.P.S. The voter tells the paper, “He’s an awful nice person — I always like the way he smiles. He comes through as humanlike.” read more

Morning Maddow: August 26

08/26/11 07:51AM

Jon Huntsman says the wealthy should "sacrifice."Republicans are going after the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.Noooooooooooooooo!Fmr. Rep. Pete Hoekstra laments the lack of "consistency" in Obama's foreign policy.The long, painstaking process of setting things right at Arlington National Cemetery.Republican fundraiser sells lobbyists facetime with legislators.What's up with the solar panels that were supposed to be on the White House roof by now?Fugitive Oath Keeper captured after giving in to his craving for Sonic. read more

Land Shark?

Land Shark?

08/25/11 09:31PM

Did this picture inundate your inbox today too?Attributed to Ramon Garganta, and sent to a TV station, this photo purportedly shows a SHARK swimming in the flooded streets of Ponce, Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irene.Smell something fishy?You're not alone.Swift-eyed denizens of the internet point out that the shark in that photo is actually THIS shark, snapped by Thomas Peschak.THAT is great white shark, chasing a kayak.But even without the aid of experts in online shark photos, there's another route to debunking the photo of the Puerto Rican passing-lane predator. read more

The better of two options

The better of two options

08/25/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - Mitt Romney's ever-evolving political positions, plus an... watch

Ahead on the 8/25 Maddow show

08/25/11 07:41PM

Tonight's guests include:Matt Viser, reporter for The Boston Globe  covering the Romney campaign    Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia   Bob Putnam, professor of public policy at Harvard UniversityExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Step away from the exploding things

Step away from the exploding things

08/25/11 07:34PM

Al Jazeera published some of the NATO leaflets being dropped on Libya to encourage pre-Gadhafi fighters and foreign mercenaries to put down their weapons and give up.Popping over to the NATO site I wasn't able to confirm those particular leaflets but they are definitely dropping them:On the side of the information in leaflets and within the radio broadcasts, this is something that goes on to ensure that not only the forces on the ground, but also the civilian population know that it is not sensible to be near military installations, particularly command-and-control installations, to be near mi read more