has shown circumcision is effective in slowing the transmission of HIV and STD's. In fact it is possible the procedure will become recommended for health concerns at some future point. Interesting isn't it?
News of the Weird/Pro Edition
You're Still Not Cynical Enough
Prime Cuts of Underreported News from Last Week, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
August 16, 2010
(datelines August 7-August 14) (links correct as of August 16)
Civilization in Chaos, Plus Unathletic Orangutans, Mannequin Love, and the Magnetic Mr. Alvarez
[Attention! Your Editor is lightening up for the next two weeks. See Editor's Note, below.]
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It's Getting Messy Out There
: In Brewster, Mass., doctors looking for a pulmonary tumor instead diagnosed the guy merely as legume-positive (a pea plant in the lung!). Also, U.S. researchers found that 10% of 7-year-old white girls and 23% of 7-year-old black girls show signs of breasts (twice the rate from 12 years earlier). Also, in San Bernardino, Calif., a vet did gender-reassignment surgery on a homeless Pomeranian. Also, University of Sydney researchers concluded that the way humans decide certain things is the same method used for selecting food by brainless slime molds. WHDH-TV
(Boston) /// Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News
/// Press Enterprise
(Riverside, Calif.) /// Discover magazine
Another Unionist Faces Reality
: Jim Callaghan of the United Federation of Teachers was summarily fired by the president for trying to union-organize UFT's headquarters employees. President Michael Mulgrew said he can't be expected to run things efficiently if there'll be some union complaining all the time. New York Post
: Judge Joseph Smyth in Norristown, Pa., pushed the envelope a bit when he ordered embezzler Lanette Sansoni to house arrest . . for 21 years, so she could work and keep paying back the victim (whose idea the sentence was). But two days earlier, New Mexico judge Ross Sanchez had beat that: He agreed to hold off on a sentence for security-fraudster Samuel McMaster Jr. in order to turn McMaster loose on casinos' poker tournaments, where he has a decent chance to win back the money (but looking at up to 12 years in the slammer if he fails). Delaware County Daily Times
(Primos, Pa.) /// ABC News
: Churchers from the New Beginnings Ministries in Coshocton County, Ohio, regularly protest on weekends in front of the nearby Foxhole strip club, bullhorn-warning the sinners about hell and hairy palms, and videoing customers and license plates to put on the Internet. Recently, however, the dancers have fought back, accepting pastor Bill Dunfee's offer to start "coming to the church." There they are, on Sunday mornings, in their best hubba-hubba outfits, singing and prancing, at tailgate parties with drinking and grilling and wielding Super-Soakers to wet those t-shirts. Columbus Dispatch
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Watch a video
of an amazing young man who didn't let a little thing like having no arms stop him from learning to play the piano, magnificently. Read
about Liu Wei and his performance on the tv show 'China's Got Talent" what a resilient and gifted person he is!
Safeguard Guaranty, an insurance company, is now offering divorce insurance
. It starts at $16 a month which will get you $1200 in the event of a split with your significant other. Some people claim that having a prenuptial agreement is like saying you expect to fail. If so, what the heck does this say?
picture from yahoo images
Are you in the market for a chandelier made out of syringes?
What about a punk lamp inspired by Sid Vicious?
If so, visit the Bughouse site.
Some of you may remember that BD, KDP, and I expressed our preferences for the foil we use when making our skull caps. Well, I've been mulling it over and have decided to invite you all to the site that keeps us up to date on foil wear.
to find out the rest.
Poptart cuisine is now available in Times Square. The Poptart Cafe
offers a variety of sweet delights including poptart sushi, three different flavors of poptarts chopped up and rolled into a fruit roll up. Diabetics beware!