How to Make the ‘Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster’ Cocktail from ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’

In the latest episode of cocktail enthusiast Nick Fisher’s “Recreated” series, Nick demonstrates how to make a homemade version of the “Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster,” aka the “best drink in existence,” from the 2005 science fiction comedy film, Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

“The Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is considered by the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy to be the “best drink in existence”. While almost impossible to make on planet Earth, I needed to see if its effects really are similar to “having your brains smashed in by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.”

Cats with Unusual Markings

Everybody knows that cats are well known for being agile, but one thing you probably didn’t know is that cats are also masters of disguise. Check out these furtive felines compiled by Bored Panda to see what we mean. Whether they’re pretending to be cinnamon rolls, hipsters, chocolate chip cookies or even Adolf Hitler himself, there’s no limit to the lengths these cats will go to in order to pass undetected. Which cat has the most distinctive fur patterns? Let us know in the comments below, and if you have any cats with unique markings then feel free to add them to the list!

Funny, Sweet, and Strange Gifts Pets Have Brought Their Humans

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#1 Brought A Little Gift

Brought A Little Gift

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varwenea 4 days agoI’d love to receive a flower from this adorable creature

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#6 Cat Returns With Sausage Stolen From Unknown Neighbor’s Bbq

Cat Returns With Sausage Stolen From Unknown Neighbor's Bbq

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Cip IESAN 4 days agoYou must train the cat to bring mustard, ketchup, bread and beers too!

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#8 My Dog Brought Me Some Dirt Today

My Dog Brought Me Some Dirt Today

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Brigita Pupelyte 4 days agoI wish I had a dog. This is the cutiest way to say I love to share the good I have XD

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When Translations Fail

Google translate is great, but it’s not perfect. You can use it to “sort of” understand things, but when it comes to printing stuff out as a sign? Using it for your business name? Maybe try to hire an actual translator instead of a mindless algorithm. These translation failures are great because instead of just producing bad homework answers they are immortalized for all time.

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What You Can Do In the Wake of Equifax Breach

If you missed our conversation with attorney Chrisopher Kittell ( available on our Podcast), this is the tip of the iceberg of advice from the conversation regarding what to do in the wake of the Equifax hack:

Do NOT sign up for the Credit Protection Program. It removes your right to sue Equifax should the need arise, unless you go through a lengthy process to opt out.

Do get a copy of your credit report. The FTC site explains how:   (from here: https://www.ftc.gov/faq/consumer-protection/get-my-free-credit-report)

You’re entitled to one free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit reporting companies. Order online from annualcreditreport.com, the only authorized website for free credit reports, or call 1-877-322-8228. You will need to provide your name, address, social security number, and date of birth to verify your identity.

Freezing your credit is also a wise idea. The rules vary from state to state. ConsumersUnion.org covers the process for each state. Links to their information for the three states around here are below:

For Arkansas: http://consumersunion.org/pdf/security/securityAR.pdf

For Mississippi:http://consumersunion.org/pdf/security/securityMS.pdf

For Tennessee: http://consumersunion.org/pdf/security/securityTN.pdf

Good luck and protect yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equifax data breach: How to freeze your credit

Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY

Nearly half of Americans may have had their information stolen in the massive Equifax data breach revealed last week, and experts say freezing your credit is one line of defense. The credit-reporting company said hackers stole personal data — including Social Security numbers, names, addresses and dates of birth — from an estimated 143 million Americans.

Here’s how to know if you should freeze your credit, with steps on how to initiate a freeze if you decide to do so.

What is a credit freeze?

A credit freeze prevents creditors from accessing your credit report, according to the Federal Trade Commission. It prevents credit, loans and services from being approved in your name without your consent. It does not affect your credit score.

If I freeze my account, are there still some people who can see my credit report?

Yes.

  • You can see it. You’re still entitled to your free annual credit report.
  • Your existing creditors and debt collectors acting on their behalf can see it.
  • Government agencies may have access to it (think, subpoena or search warrant).

But what if I want to lease a car or rent an apartment?

If you institute a freeze and a creditor needs to access your credit report, you’ll need to temporarily lift it. When you initiate a freeze with each of the credit reporting companies — you have to do freezes with all of them — you’ll get a pin that corresponds with each freeze. When you want to temporarily lift any of them, you’ll give that pin back to the credit reporting company it corresponds to. If you’re trying to lease a car at Toyota, for example, you can ask Toyota which credit reporting company they’re going to use to access your report. That way you can just lift the freeze at that company.

How long does it take to lift a freeze?

No more than three business days, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

But what about when The Gap says I can save 10% on my purchase if I open a new credit card? Won’t it need to access my credit report right away?

Yes. With a freeze in place, you won’t be able to take advantage of those on-the-spot offers.

Does a credit freeze cost money?

Yes. Fees vary from state to state, and range from about $5 to $10. There are also fees to lift the freeze. You can see fees by state here. Equifax, however, has currently waived fees for initiating a credit freeze.

 

Nearly half of all Americans are affected by a cyber security breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit-reporting agencies. Here’s how to avoid being a victim. USA TODAY

How do you determine if you were exposed in the Equifax breach?

Visit Equifax’s website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, and click on the tab that says “Potential Impact.” You’ll be asked to enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. You’ll either get a message that says “we believe that your personal information was not impacted by this incident” or “we believe that your personal information may have been impacted by this incident.”

How should I decide whether to freeze my credit?

Freezing your credit — as well as lifting a freeze — may be a bit of a headache (everytime someone wants to access your credit report, you’ll have to go through the process of lifting the freeze), but it will protect you against some identity theft crimes. Even if you escaped Equifax’s breach, you’ve probably been a victim of a previous one.

“You never know for sure 100%, but you should assume your data has been compromised either in this breach or in previous breaches,” said Avivah Litan, a security analyst at financial research firm Gartner. “Well over half the population has been breached even before this. There’s a greater than 50% chance that you have been compromised. That’s what you should assume, no matter who tells you what.”

Where do I begin?

To place a freeze on your credit reports, you need to call the credit reporting companies. There are three big ones — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — and one smaller one, Innovis. Litan recommends freezing your credit at all four. Here are the numbers to call:

  • Equifax — 1-800-349-9960
  • Experian — 1‑888‑397‑3742
  • TransUnion — 1-888-909-8872
  • Innovis — 1-800-540-2505

Additional information on credit freezes:

What kind of information will I be asked to provide?

Personal information, including your name, address, date of birth and Social Security number.

Can I initiate a credit freeze online?

You can, but Litan says you shouldn’t. Picking up the phone is far less risky.

“The bad guys are going to use this as an opportunity to scam consumers further,” she said.

I’ve been offered the option of locking my account vs. freezing it. Is that something I should consider?

Litan says no: “It looks comparable, but it’s too vague.” Ask explicitly for a credit freeze, she said.

Contributing: Adam Shell

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/09/13/how-freeze-your-credit-protect-your-identity/657304001/