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10 Origins of Common Internet Terms

This list looks at the origins of ten computer related words. The entries presented here are not necessarily etymological, but, rather, they attempt to trace the words back to their creators or first use in the computing world. I tried to include words that were common enough to be recognizable, so there is a mix of technical and colloquial terms. If there are any you feel I have overlooked, or any about which I am mistaken, please share your thoughts in the comments! So here, for your enjoyment, and in no particular order, are the origins of ten computer words.

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8 Characters You Won't Believe Are Based on Real People

Some characters are so bizarre, improbable, or flat-out impossible that you have to wonder how their creators ever came up with them. In a surprising amount of cases, the answer is that they didn't: They just copied a real person and called it a day. The Coen brothers have a habit of putting real people in their movies, then being hailed as geniuses for creating them. The Dude, for example, is inspired by their friend Jeff Dowd, and by "inspired" we mean "it's the same guy." The main difference is that Dowd actually has a job (he's a film producer), but the Dude's personality, drink of choice, nickname, and even biography (some parts, anyway) are all borrowed from Dowd. In the movie, the Dude mentions that he was a member of the Seattle Seven, a group of political activists who were arrested in 1970 -- in real life, that was Dowd.

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10 Discontinued Fast Food Items We Want Back

The world of fast-food chains is one full of innovation. Change the channel and there's some new product staring you down, filling you with desires you didn't even know you had. Just a second ago you didn't realize you wanted those chips inside your burrito but now all you want is to eat the shit out of that. You're halfway to your car, not even wearing pants, not even with enough money to pay for the food thing, but dammit you will rob the sorriest of mothers to eat this. But sometimes, in life, your desire is not strong enough to keep something in the world. Chains discontinue items, even though we don't want them to. Even though we cry and plead and start Facebook pages dedicated to their resurrection.

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12 Funniest 'Oh No' Guy Family Guy Moments

Arguably the funniest recurring character on Family Guy, the gay character "Bruce" (voiced by Mike Henry) steals just about any scene he's in. In most of his scenes the other characters just stare at him as he utters his catchphrase "oh no" or as he creeps the hell out of everybody in the funniest possible way. So, from Bruce scenes to Bruce's voice being lent to some random animal or creature on the show, here are his funniest moments.

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8 Ways to Ruin Your Relationship

While most of the time we try and stay positive here on World of Psychology, every now and again reality sucker-punches us back to our senses (although not personally affecting me). The fact remains that despite our wise advice over the years, we havenít budged the divorce rate in the U.S. (not that we thought we could!). Most relationships fail ó thereís simply no way to argue with it. So maybe it would help some of our readers to catch sign of their failing relationship before itís too late. Sure, we all would like to think that we could see the end of our relationship coming from a mile away. But truth is, many of us need a little help.

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10 Ways to Diffuse Fights With Your Teenager

One of the great givens of life is that teenagers fight Ė with their parents, siblings, friends, even their pets. Hopefully it never gets too out of hand but if you are dealing with teenagers for the first time, it can be at best irritating, at worst very scary and even dangerous. Here are some helpful tips to help you ameliorate that adolescent argy-bargy.

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The 7 Worst Sex Lives in the Animal Kingdom

Human beings are kind of lucky in the sense that both genders generally find sex fairly pleasurable. We imagine society would be quite radically different if, say, males thought sex was something to be avoided at all costs. Yet for many (or even most) species, that is the reality they live with every day. For one gender, sex is the only reason they're alive; for the other, it's a terrifying, painful nightmare.

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25 Dangerous Situations And How To Escape Them

Here at List25 we love our readers and are very adamant about their safety. Nothing would break our hearts more than having to find out that one of you drowned in an ice hole or got ripped to shreds by a pack of wild, rabid dogs. So, we came up with a solution: train you in the art of disaster survival. From the mundane to the monumental, here are 25 dangerous situations and how to escape them.

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15 Smelliest Substances on Earth

Unlike sight or hearing, smell isnít a sense we rely on in daily life. However, something with a truly foul stench can feel like a swift kick to the face. Want some examples? Butyl seleno-mercaptan is the core molecule in a skunkís spray, making it the bane of men and dogs alike. Despite its foul stench, it has given mankind one benefit; skunk sprayings have fueled the sale of tomato soup for decades. read on.

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Top 10 Whiskey Brands: Worth The Shot

The list of top 10 whiskey brands is more of a combination of personal preference and market performance of different brands. It is important to understand that although there is a preconceived notion that the more expensive the whiskey brand, the better taste it has. Generally true, more affordable brands should not be discounted because some of the brand names actually come from the same producers of higher end brands. Whether mixing with your favorite cocktails or sipping it plain, here are some of the more popular brands worth the shot.

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9 Gun Buying Tips for the New Shooter

For me, one of the great joys of being a firearms hobbyist is introducing someone new to the community. I have never been a professional instructor, but I consider it a public service to give my time to a new shooter to help them safely and accurately use the weapons they own or may soon own. Besides safety and marksmanship, though, thereís also helping a new shooter to economically and successfully purchase the weapons they want and need, so they can enjoy the sport with as little regret as possible. To that end, Iíve come up with a few tips for the new gun buyer on how to get the most bang for their buck when buying new guns.

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7 Grocery Store Items Americans are Blowing Money On

The technological revolution in modern warfare isn't just a matter of super-lightweight uniforms, night goggles, and ultra-computerized weaponry. Consider the unmanned aerial vehicles better known as drones. Barely a blip on military blueprints a decade ago, drones now make up half of the U.S. Air Force fleet. And with the next generation of drones will come an eye-popping array of weapons and equipment designed to support and protect troops on the battlefield and on secret missions. Here are nine military technologies being developed through the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and other parts of the military, working with defense contractors and other private companies. They all have the potential to change the face of war.

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