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Correcting For Bias In Amazon Reviews

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It's no secret among savvy shoppers that Amazon is a great place to research products and find the best price-quality ratio.

However, it's becoming more and more difficult to do this research due to what's called, "incentivized reviewers." These are people who provide detailed, "honest" reviews in return for free products.

One company has done an analysis of reviews on Amazon differentiating regular from incentivized reviews and produced some interesting results...

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John McCain Suggests The Perfect Father's Day Gift

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I honestly don't want to be harping on McCain, really, but this was too amusing to not post... and it may end up removed by the time people find out about it so we archived a copy here.

The best part is the product reviews...

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Florida Criminalizes Display Of "Truck Nuts"

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[Vanity]
The Florida Senate on Thursday passed an amendment to impose a $60 fine on Truck Nutz, one brand name for the novelty item on vehicle trailer hitches that resemble the dangling southern end of a northbound bull. The proposal would make displaying bull genitalia reproductions on a vehicle subject to a $60 fine, moving violations and points against a driver license.

Will the legacy of truck-testicle discrimination in this country never be put to rest?

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First Look: Exclusive Radiohead In Rainbows Box Set

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[Music]
We here at BSAlert are big Radiohead fans, so it's with much excitement we give you a first look at the limited-edition Radiohead box set for their new In Rainbows album that was sold exclusively online.

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Fight The Insanity Of Christmas With The Perfect Gift-- Insanity

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What do you give the person who has everything? Booze doesn't last, nobody but your grandparents likes sweaters, gag gifts are not now nor will they ever be actually funny, so what's a person to do? Well, a fine upstanding tourist in Poland has the idea for you.

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When is a dress not a dress? When it's a vending machine.

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Let's say you're a young woman wandering the streets of Tokyo at night and you're threatened by some miscreant. What to do? Well, if said miscreants are dumber than a three dollar bill, a Japanese inventor has got just the thing for you. Check this out:

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Save the Trees, Support the Boobs

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[Environment]
It's a new modern environmental nightmare: disposable chopsticks. Really. China produces about 45 billion pairs of these little wooden marvels each year, to be used once and then tossed into the nearest landfill, wasting whole forest's worth of trees for a quick rice bowl and the thrill of not having to lug around your own chopsticks.

But now, environmentally-minded designers in Japan have the answer: the Chopstick Bra.

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Selling Girlfriend's Laptop On EBay

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[Humor]
Hey, let's say you want to buy a laptop cheap, but you'd also like some interesting provenance behind it? Well sit down and hear the story of the spurned boyfriend's ebay auction...

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A Pair Of Pants To Make You Feel Dirty

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In yet another move to ensure more sleepless nights for fathers and the glee of pubescent boys and dirty old men the world over a Japanese clothing designer has come up with a pair of jeans for women that covers all the parts that matter... barely.

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The Soldier's Bible: In The Beginning God Created Kicking Ass

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There is now an essential tool for every soldier to take with them on their endless deployments to foreign lands. It's not dry socks, armor, guns, bullets, or cheesecake photos of their loved ones. No, friends, it's The Soldier's Bible.

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The Latest Fitness Craze: Portable/Home Stripper Poles?

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[Sex]
The web site says, "Lil' Mynx stripper poles are popping up into thousands of homes worldwide every month. Pole dancing is the hottest health & fitness craze to sweep the nation in years. This fresh approach to working out incorporates sensual dance moves and pole work."

You can even get a portable stripper pole for your boat!

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Former Farmhand Turns Beloved Cows Into Furniture

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[Pets]
Helga Tacreiter loves cows. A lot. While working for a farm she came to love the big, soft, lets-face-it-kinda-stupid quadrapeds, but most decidedly did not love watching them marched off to be separated into their component parts. So she started a cow sanctuary. Not having a lot of money, however, she needed a way to PAY for her sanctuary-- but how?

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Philly Mayor Waits For iPhone While Murder Rate Soars

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Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street serves his constitutients well. What's he doing? Well, up until today, he was standing in line to get the new iPhone. He abruptly ended his wait in line after a passer-by asked him about the city's murder rate.

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My Masters Thesis: The Bra Controller

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[Lonely People]
Jennifer Chowdhury attended the interactive telecommunications program at New York University, where her prototypes drew on her engineering training, her artistic aspirations and her sense of humor. Her master's thesis project, Intimate Controllers, demonstrates the much-needed merging of gaming controllers and underwear.

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Video: Bush's Adoring Fans In Albania Steal His Watch?

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Bush had to travel quite far to find a photo-op of people seemingly pleased to see him. The adoring crowds of one of the remaining allies in his Iraqi invasion in Albania not only wanted to get their hands on him, but also his watch.

Watch on video as the man responsible for the security of our nation can't control the security of his wrists.

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It's Like American Idol But With Renal Failure

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[Television]
Being terminally ill is not, I think we can all agree, fun. Being confronted with one's own mortality is pretty much universally loathed, especially in the wasting fashion of most terminal diseases. You know what would make ME feel a whole lot better about the whole process of watching the curtain slowly fall on my own little play? Picking who gets my kidneys when I finally kick the bucket.

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Chocolate Jesus: My Sweet Lord

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The Easter season unveiling of an anatomically correct chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ, dubbed "My Sweet Lord" by its creator, the 485,460-calorie Messiah has infuriated Catholics preparing to observe some of their holiest days of the year.

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Apple's Latest Product

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[Humor]
Steve Jobs has introduced another new product for the Apple line. Check it out.

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Looking To Get In Someone's Pants And Use Your PC?

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[Sex]
Axe, makers of that smelly alcohol-based herbicide made famous by commercials showing men being chased by throngs of women, have finally revealed the nature of their target demographic with this latest product: The upskirt mouse pad...

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The Perfect Gift For YOUR Sexual Deviant- Recommended By Judges!

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A New Jersey man (you know this story is going to involve the word "convicted" shortly) stands convicted (there it is) of arranging sexual encounters with two 14-year-olds he came into contact with through MySpace (the Internet-- Because Parents Don't Have Enough Sleepless Nights). He's been sentenced to a couple of years in the can, five years probation, and one of the cruelest punishments meted out by our justice system in recent memory...

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