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NOTE: THE BULLPEN HAS A “DAILY” TURNOVER RATE OF STORIES (More stories are submitted daily than the bullpen can hold).  SO, IF YOU WANT TO ACCESS A PAST STORY YOU MAY CLICK AN AUTHOR’S NAME ON ANY OF THEIR POSTS, OR REFER TO THE TAG CLOUD BELOW.

PLEASE PUT YOUR SCREEN NAME IN YOUR POST TITLE AFTER A HYPHEN. THIS WILL PUT YOUR NAME IN THE WIDGET ON THE SIDEBAR.

YOUR POST WILL BE REJECTED IF IT DUPLICATES AN ALREADY POSTED OR PRE-SCHEDULED iOTW STORY. ALSO, YOUR STORY MAY BE TAKEN OUT OF THE BULLPEN AND MOVED TO iOTW’S FRONT PAGE (WITH FULL ATTRIBUTION TO YOU.)

THE LIST OF THE 20 CURRENT STORIES ARE IN A SIDEBAR WIDGET ON THE FRONT PAGE.

YOU CAN READ THE STORIES WITH THIS LINK







See the widget sidebar om the front page for access to bullpen stories.

Or you can click the tag cloud to access contributor’s stories.

» 59 Comments

  1. BigFurHat

    January 5th, 2013

    Comments on specific stories should be made on the story’s thread. Click the post title and you will be directed to the commenting thread.

    Comments in this thread should be for… whatever else.

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  2. Unruly Refugee

    January 5th, 2013

    Cool, could be fun.

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  3. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    January 5th, 2013

    Ooh lemme try!

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  4. Dagney

    January 5th, 2013

    That’s awesome !!

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  5. Maudie N Mandeville

    January 5th, 2013

    ERROR: Value requires at least 80 characters.

    What does this mean?

    Blurb should be 80 letters long. -bfh

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  6. Unruly Refugee

    January 5th, 2013

    Maudie N Mandeville, I hope it doesn’t mean that you need 79 people other than yourself to fill out that form. Just kidding. Probably wants a few sentences typed about the link.

    I’m wondering if it kicked me out or if it just doesn’t give you confirmation of being submitted.

    Keep trying.

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  7. Maudie N Mandeville

    January 5th, 2013

    Thanks, Unruly. I’m going to submit my post to my congressman and ask how he would say “Smile” in 80 characters. He’s a wiz.

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  8. old_oaks

    January 5th, 2013

    It wouldn’t let me use my name old_oaks, had to be entered as old oaks, it doesn’t like the underscore.

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  9. Maudie N Mandeville

    January 5th, 2013

    Totalitarianism!!

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  10. whosebone

    January 5th, 2013

    I cant think of anything to say right now

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  11. Doc

    January 5th, 2013

    We won’t have to pass a drug screen frist will we?

    Just asking.

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  12. BC

    January 5th, 2013

    What a great idea.

    Looks like a lot of work for someone here at IOTW; thanks for putting in the extra time for us little guys.

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  13. giamby

    January 5th, 2013

    How about doing this for the Photochops?

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  14. theJadedBarrel

    January 6th, 2013

    I take a day off from reading IOTW.
    Then the world change.

    Nice complementary BFH!

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  15. Unruly Refugee

    January 6th, 2013

    I posted one so far and I’m glad you’re not renting us the space because I’d probably have to skip town for lack of hits.

    It would be cool if we could post a few personal photos and write something interesting about the photos. Would it not?

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  16. RosalindJ

    January 7th, 2013

    I threw something in the mix, but I’m not sure if it’s too controversial.

    I had no idea you’d post the photo I sent, BFH. I just thought you’d find it amusingly repellant, as much as I did. Posted at a place on the MA/NH border no less. Thanks.

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  17. Anonymous

    January 8th, 2013

    I have 2 big macs and a large coke. Thank you.

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  18. Moxie Man

    January 8th, 2013

    Comments in this thread should be for… whatever else.

    Re: “Continue” poll. No “Leave a reply” section, so I’ll reply here: “Continue” stayed on same page – Firefox, Windows 7

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  19. Racist

    January 9th, 2013

    Is there a size limit on the “blurb”? And I don’t mean Michael Moore’s back-fat.

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  20. Unruly Refugee

    January 10th, 2013

    How do we get to the older Bullpen links, or is that possible if we don’t bookmark the link?

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  21. BigFurHat

    January 14th, 2013

    There are 25 titles listed in the sidebar. As they descend off the feed the only way to access them is have your original permalink handy OR click your screen name on any of your posts and your entire posting history will be accessed.
    You can put at the end of any of your articles “click my name to see more of my past posts.”

    Promote yourself. I encourage it.

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  22. Dept. of Tyrants

    January 15th, 2013

    Thanks BigFur!

    The graphics upload is fantastic. I think I’m getting addicted.

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  23. Stirrin the B.S.

    January 16th, 2013

    Is it possible to make the “Blurb” typing field larger so that we can see more of what we are writing, rather than the four lines that are two words long each?

    As it is now, it is hard to review and edit what is written because so little of it is visible, without having to scroll down.

    Hope this makes sense.

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  24. Unruly Refugee

    January 17th, 2013

    @Stirrin the B.S.

    Grab the lower right corner of the box and pull it to the right and down; it will expand so you can see it better.

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  25. GOP

    January 18th, 2013

    Testing smilies

    :) : + )
    :D : + D
    ;) ; + )
    8) 8 + )
    :P : + P
    :o : + o
    :x : + x
    :( : + (
    :? : + ?
    :| : + |
    :lol: : lol :
    :oops: : oops :
    :cry: : oops :
    :eek: : eek :
    :evil: : evil:
    :twisted: : twisted :
    :roll: : roll :
    :grin: : grin :

    END

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  26. GOP

    January 18th, 2013

    All smilies listed here ( http://smilies.mee.nu/ ) work on this site.

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  27. Stirrin the B.S.

    January 18th, 2013

    @unruly – thanks!

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  28. sig94

    January 19th, 2013

    Gee, it won’t take my screen name, no numerics allowed.

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  29. mkultra

    January 19th, 2013

    Thank you, GOP. Now my comments will be more obnoxious charming than ever! :P

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  30. Chieftain

    January 19th, 2013

    BFH, Thanks again for adding this feature! IOTW just keeps gettin’ better….

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  31. Unruly Refugee

    January 21st, 2013

    BFH, looks like I screwed up by using only my Christian name when I started out; now I have two links in the Tag Cloud.
    Is there any way you could delete one of those so I won’t look like the greedy bastard that I really am?

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  32. Corny

    January 22nd, 2013

    I don’t like this new format. Just MHO

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  33. Menderman

    January 23rd, 2013

    What happened to the sidebar list?

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  34. Dr. Tar

    January 23rd, 2013

    @Menderman Thanks, that’s my question to. I thought it was just me and I had maxed out my allowance with the guy shoots off his own penis post.

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  35. Ohio Dan

    January 25th, 2013

    BigFur, how often do you have ideas as wildly successful as the Bullpen?” Who knows, you could have a future in this stuff.

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  36. KF

    January 25th, 2013

    BFH, there used to be a link at the end of the 25 bullpen stories in the sidebar that went to a bog list of all the bullpen stories. Could you bring it back?

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  37. KF

    January 25th, 2013

    ^^^^^^ BIG list not bog list ^^^^^^

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  38. RosalindJ

    January 25th, 2013

    KF, until he/they can get to it, here you go: http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?post_type=fvcn-post

    It even has the ‘continue reading’ at the bottom.

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  39. Moses

    January 26th, 2013

    Is there a way of checking how many views a post in the Bullpen receives?
    nope – thumbs up has to be your guide. 7 or more thumbs and it’s getting lots of views.. -bfh

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  40. Anonymous

    January 31st, 2013

    :mrgreen:
    :grin:
    :deadhorse:

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  41. Anonymous

    January 31st, 2013

    One more smiley:

    : mrgreen : = :mrgreen:

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  42. KF

    February 2nd, 2013

     
  43. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 4th, 2013

    Nobody’s asking, but I vote for the Dodge commercial, “God made the farmer.”

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  44. KF

    February 4th, 2013

    That earlier comment should have said the “a” tag [open bracket] “a” [/ close bracket] and the href=” link ” line

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  45. Dagney

    February 7th, 2013

    Many times my submissions don’t go through.

    This is a MUST READ:

    The man is still on the run.

    Christopher Dorner’s Manifesto

    “I will conduct DA operations to destroy, exploit and seize designated targets. If unsuccessful or unable to meet objectives in these initial small-scale offensive actions, I will reassess my BDA and re-attack until objectives are met. I have nothing to lose. My personal casualty means nothing. Just alike AAF’s, ACM’s, and AIF’s, you can not prevail against an enemy combatant who has no fear of death. An enemy who embraces death is a lose, lose situation for their enemy combatants.
    Hopefully you analyst have done your homework. You are aware that I have always been the top shot, highest score, an expert in rifle qualifications in every unit I’ve been in. I will utilize every bit of small arms training, demolition, ordnance, and survival training I’ve been given.

    http://ktla.com/2013/02/07/read-christopher-dorners-so-called-manifesto/

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  46. Dagney

    February 7th, 2013

    You better have all your officers radio/phone muster (code 1) on or off duty every hour, on the hour.
    Do not attempt to shadow or conduct any type of ISR on me. I have the inventory listing of all UC vehicles at Piper Tech and the home addresses of any INT analyst at JRIC and detachment locations. My POA is always POI and always true. This will be a war of attrition and a Pyrrhic and Camdean Victory for myself. You may have the resources and manpower but you are reactive and predictable in your op plans and TTP’s. I have the strength and benefits of being unpredictable, unconventional, and unforgiving. Do not waste your time with briefs and tabletops.

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  47. Moe Tom

    February 10th, 2013

    I’d love to get in but I can’t operate it. Too stoopid. Maybe my son will help me if he ever shows up. Meanwhile it’s plain old IOTW for me. And that’s just fine.

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  48. AbigailAdams

    February 10th, 2013

    Help! I’m so confused! I’m always the last person to know, aren’t I??

    So which is it? “Continue Reading” or “Previous Article”? Continue Reading seems to imply new articles and Previous Articles only sends me back to the front page. What am I doing wrong? Arhhh!

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  49. MaryfromMarin

    February 11th, 2013

    @Abigail–

    I just tell myself, “Continue Reading–Backwards in Time”. Goofy, but it works.

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  50. AbigailAdams

    February 11th, 2013

    Thanks, Mary! I thought I was losing my mind.

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  51. RosalindJ

    February 14th, 2013

    Your new “# of readers on iOTW right now” has 97 of us clocked in at 0500. You must be doing something right.

    Leesa, stop spamming. It’s unbecoming.

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  52. BC

    March 7th, 2013

    Ooops! I think I entered the same thread 3 or 4 times trying to get under 70 characters.

    I will do a count on it next time…

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  53. scr_north

    April 10th, 2013

    Doesnt’ allow special characters in screen name (in my case the underscore). Too bad.

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  54. Maudie N Mandeville

    May 30th, 2013

    Something’s wrong. I click on submit and it blinks but that’s it.

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  55. Krackatoa

    July 8th, 2013

    It keeps singing the under 80 character blues when I try to post :(

    http://www.alltherightsnark.org/classic-movies-by-dianny-viii/

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  56. sue lark

    October 7th, 2013

    just signing up for email notifications. wonderful website I hadn’t seen before…..witty

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  57. Oldren

    March 29th, 2014

    I have been coming to this site for several years now and have really enjoyed it but since you feel the need to over load it with crap popups and ads that can’t be turned off I will no longer be coming here. I understand the need for revenue but what you are doing is wrong to your site viewers.

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  58. Longknife 21

    May 21st, 2014

    What is value: “ERROR: Value can only contain alphabetic characters.”?

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  59. Boo2

    July 6th, 2014

    I’m with MoeTom. (Getting old and computer illiterate..but your blog is great!)

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