Study claims 1 in 10 Americans think HTML is an STD

Updated: Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 1:50 PM
Published: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 @ 1:59 AM
By: Christian Bryant

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HTML is nothing to be ashamed of. It's a treatable problem. 

According to one company, that's the thinking coming from more than 1 in 10 Americans who thought HyperText Markup Language was an STD. It's really a computer language for creating web pages. (Via YouTube / Derek Banas)

Vouchercloud, a U.K. coupons website, reportedly conducted a survey to see how knowledgeable users were when it came to tech terms. 

Now, there's reason to doubt the validity of the findings — we'll get to that later — but if true, they are hilarious. According to the Los Angeles Times, the survey involved nearly 2,400 men and women ages 18 and up.

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Twelve percent thought "USB" was an acronym for a European country. A USB is actually a type of connector. Nevermind what the letters stand for. (Via Wikimedia Commons / ApsuwaraToehead2001)

Fifteen percent thought "software" was a type of comfortable clothing, when it's actually the general term for computer programs. I guess chain mail would be considered hardware. (Via Flickr / voodooangelWikimedia / SakuramboJonathan Cardy)

Twenty-three percent thought an "MP3" was one of the droids Stormtroopers were looking for on Tatooine when it's actually just an audio file. (Via Flickr / AlotorWikimedia Commons / Appogiatura_execution.png)

And again with the geography: 27 percent thought a "gigabyte" was an insect found in South America, when it's actually a unit of measurement for storage in electronics. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Harold Maxwell LefroyEveraldo Coelho)

But while the Los Angeles times cites a statement from the company and some percentages, one website calls codswallop on the whole thing, questioning whether the survey actually happened. 

A writer for iMediaEthics says it's kind of conspicuous that no major outlet has seen or linked to the survey. 

Not only that, but the PR firm for Vouchercloud specializes in "social media influencing," "viral marketing services," "reverse graffiti ... fake protests and flash mobs." 

But let's say the survey actually is legit and 11 percent of Americans really do think HTML is an STD. A writer for CNET says that wouldn't be so bad. At least 89 percent know that HTML is not something you catch. 

He says, "The instant lack of recognition of many tech terms might also offer that Americans have other — perhaps even better — things to think about."


3-year-old dresses herself as Superman for adorable school picture

Updated: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 1:44 PM
Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 1:29 PM
By: Jared Leone - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

For two weeks, Kaylieann Steinbach has chosen to don a different superhero persona when she dresses for school.

So her father, Austin, was not surprised that for school picture day, she decided to go as Superman, complete with a life-sized figurine.

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“We always let her dress herself, and her choices show her personality well,” Steinbach told CBS News.

Steinbach shared the school picture on Reddit Wednesday.

Her parents said they will continue to let Kaylieann, 3, choose her clothes to express herself.

“She surprises us everyday, and leaves us speechless and with tummy aches from laughing,” Steinbach said.

My daughter got to pick what she wore for her school pictures. Daddy approves from aww


Dogs likely dream about their owner, Harvard expert says

Updated: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 1:03 PM
Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 12:41 PM
By: Jared Leone - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Dogs likely dream about their owner, Harvard expert says

If dogs do have dreams, they could be thinking of their owner when they sleep, an expert at Harvard Medical School said.

“Anything about what animals dream, or even if they dream, is speculative,” Dr. Deirdre Barrett, a teacher and a Clinical and Evolutionary Psychologist at Harvard Medical School, who has studied dreams in humans, told People.

Most mammals have similar sleep patterns as humans, which includes Rapid Eye Movement, the time when dreams occur in humans, she said.

“That certainly makes it the best guess that other mammals are dreaming, too,” she said. “Since dogs are generally extremely attached to their human owners, it’s likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you.”

When a sleeping dog starts kicking its legs, it very well could be dreaming of running.

As it turns out, cats dream too.

“Cats lay quietly through the other stages of sleep, and when REM began, they leaped up, stalked, pounced, arched their backs and hissed,” Barrett said. “They looked like they were hunting mice in their dreams.”

 Either way, she said the best way to ensure good dreams are positive experiences when animals are awake, as well as offering them comfortable, safe places to sleep.

Chemical spill causes evacuations in Atchison, Kansas

Updated: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 12:50 PM
Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 12:35 PM
By: Theresa Seiger - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Chemical spill causes evacuations in Atchison, Kansas

A plume of leaked chemicals enveloped a Kansas city Friday morning after a major chemical spill was reported, prompting city officials to order residents to shelter in place and ask visitors to stay away.

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The spill was reported at MGP Ingredients in Atchinson, between 10th and 14th streets, south of Main Street. City officials warned residents to keep windows closed, furnaces off and themselves indoors.

"If you are not in Atchison, please stay out of town," Atchison County emergency management officials said.

Medical officials at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, Missouri, said in a statement that they were made aware of the chemical spill around 9 a.m. CDT.

The plume "covered good portions of the city throughout the morning," but dissapted steadily, Atchinson City Manager Trey Cocking said. People were being allowed back into their homes within about three hours of the initial report, which was made around 8 a.m.

At least 18 people were treated for "respiratory discomfort," five of which were city employees, Cocking said. All the injuries appeared to be minor.

City officials told KSHB that the chemical leaked appeared to be airborne chlorine powder, however; MGP officials did not immediately confirm the substance. 

"The plume developed when two chemicals were mixed with each other," Cocking said. "It appears inadvertantly and during the delivery process. ... One chemical was (delivered) and inadvertantly put in the wrong holding tank, which caused the reaction."

Authorities did not immediately identify the mixed chemicals. City officials are working with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Chlorine can be damaging if inhaled. It can cause airway irritation, wheezing, difficulty breathing and skin irritation, among other things.

The company involved in the leak produces distilled alcohol products, industrial alcohol and wheat proteins and starches, according to its website.

Atchinson is a city on the Missouri River, about 50 miles northwest of Kansas City.

What happens if Trump or Clinton refuse to concede?

Updated: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 12:47 PM
Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 10:40 AM
By: Debbie Lord - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            What happens if Trump or Clinton refuse to concede?
From left, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and his wife Melania Trump, stand for the invocation at the 71st annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a charity gala organized by the Archdiocese of New York, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

When asked if he would accept the results of the election by debate moderator Chris Wallace on Wednesday, Donald Trump refused to indicate that he would, saying, “I will look at it at the time."

By Thursday, Trump took another shot at the answer, but had not completely walked it back.

In a campaign appearance in Ohio, Trump said he would accept the results of the election only “if I win,” adding that he is “reserving the right to mount a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result.”

While it pleases many of his supporters to hear him say that he would contest an election that does not name him the winner, could Trump reasonably mount a legal challenge to an election he loses?

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It’s complicated.

Elections are state-by-state affair

That means that each state runs its own elections,and each state has its own set of laws that regulate the counting of the ballots in those elections.

Included in those laws is one that says that the votes counted on election day are preliminary results. The results are not official until they are certified.

The vote count can change in that time. Often, absentee ballots are counted after election day, as are provisional ballots, or ballots used to record a vote when there is a question as to whether the voter is eligible to vote. This could happen because the voter’s name does not appear on the list of names at a certain polling place, or, if in states where voter ID is required, the person does not have identification with them.

What about close elections?

Some states allow candidates to request recounts, and in other states,recounts are automatically triggered if the ballot count is close – usually if the difference in the count is less than one-half of one percent of the total vote.

As far as close elections go, it doesn’t get much closer than the 2000 presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush. The two candidates were separated by a little more than 500 votes in Florida, which had 25 votes in the electoral college.

A recount of ballots was triggered in several counties because of the closeness of the vote totals, lawsuits were triggered by the counting, and, in the end, the counting was stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that there was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause when different standards of counting ballots were used in different counties.

By the time the Supreme Court took the case, there could be no way to standardize the counting of ballots put into place within the time limit – Dec. 12 – that year. According to the Constitution, “The electors of President and Vice President of each State shall meet and give their votes on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December …”

The Constitution goes on to say,"any controversy or contest concerning the appointment of all or any of the electors of such State, by judicial or other methods or procedures, and such determination shall have been made at least six days before the time fixed for the meeting of the electors, such determination made pursuant to such law so existing on said day, and made at least six days prior to said time of meeting of the electors, shall be conclusive, and shall govern in the counting of the electoral votes as provided in the Constitution, and as hereinafter regulated, so far as the ascertainment of the electors appointed by such State is concerned."

In other words, any problems with electing the “electors” must be addressed and corrected by six days prior to the meeting of the electors “on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December.”

In the 2000 election, Al Gore won the popular vote, but lost the vote in the Electoral College. George W. Bush then became president.

Does the Supreme Court often intervene?

The United States Supreme Court can intervene as it did in Gore v Bush, but that is extremely rare. Most any legal issue is dealt with at the state level.

Must a losing candidate concede?

As for conceding a race, there is no requirement that a person who loses the presidential election concede the race. It is simply tradition that the losing candidate concede the race. Likewise, it doesn’t really matter if the person “agrees” with the results or not.

The only thing a concession does, really, is to serve to legitimize the election for the loser’s supporters

 What happens after Nov. 8?

Whether the loser of the 2016 race concedes or not, the result of state elections will be certified under the laws of each state. The electors who are chosen on Nov. 8 (remember, we vote for electors, not candidates) will cast their ballots in December, and that count will be read and certified in a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2017.