According to this article, men are now posting their full frontal nude photos on Reddit in sort of a retaliation to the government for snooping around on social media. This information comes from Edward Snowden in an interview with John Oliver.
“The good news is that there’s no program named the ‘dick pic’ program,” Snowden said. “The bad news… they are still collecting everybody’s information, including your dick pics.”
“If you have your email somewhere like Gmail hosted on a server overseas or transferred overseas or anytime it crosses outside the borders of the United States, your junk ends up in the database,” he continued.
It's kind of scary when you think about it, and makes you long for the good old days of ten years ago when all we had to worry about was using up our weekend minutes.
You can read the rest here. There's a link to Reddit where over 100 guys have posted their erect penises. But there's no mention of Snowden showing his erection.
Channing Tatum and Penis Enlargement Pills
I'm sure this is sarcasm.
Channing Tatum spoke about the sequel to Magic Mike and he mentioned the cast was taking penis enlargement pills, in an offhanded way...no pun intended.
No plot. Just a bunch of naked dudes sitting around doing dude stuff. We read all the message boards, and people were like, ‘Less story. Less plot. Just dudes’ things.’ And we listened to that. Basically, we all were taking penis-enlargement pills since the last one, so we weren’t worried about what temperature the room was when we came out to do our dances. That’s what XXL means.
Unfortunately, I think some people in the comments missed the sarcasm.
You can read it all here.
The Pope, Again
It's getting harder and harder to take this Pope seriously when it comes to anything LGBT related. Now they're saying he's gone silent on the matter of an openly gay man, Laurent Stefanini, becoming the French Ambassador to the Vatican.
Stefanini was nominated in early January, and credentials are typically accepted within six weeks. Now some thirteen weeks later, Francis has yet to accept him. The Vatican does not expressly deny credentials, so the silence is being interpreted as a rejection.
The rest is here.
More mixed messages from the Pope. I might not agree with Mike Huckabee, but at least I know where he stands.
Quotations Within Quotations
I'm usually the first to agree that common usage in fiction is fine as long as you don't push things too far. The grammar police gets on my nerves all the time. However, there are a few set rules that aren't there for the grammar police alone. These basic rules of writing a novel (and reading a novel) are there so people don't get confused.
The other night while scrolling through Facebook I saw a self-published author promoting her new romance novel. It was basically what you would expect, however, as I read a sample from the book I didn't "get" it at first. And that's because this author screwed up the quotations within the quotations. In other words, in dialogue when a character is speaking it's in quotes. That's a given. But when the character who is speaking quotes something, or someone, you have to show this to the reader.
Here's a link that makes it about as simple as it gets.
Almost all of us have found ourselves confused with double and single quotation marks. When do we use single quotation marks? Where does the punctuation go with single quotation marks? With just a few rules and examples, you will feel surer about your decisions.
Rule: Use single quotation marks inside double quotation marks when you have a quotation within a quotation.
Example: Bobbi told me, “Delia said, ‘This will never work.’ ”
It's a mistake that can be avoided.