A Short Post From a Sucked-Dry News Hole During Obamaweek

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

The sophistication and complexity of dung beetles
Observing dung beetles in Peru, researchers from Princeton Univ. realized that some of them are predators, eating live millipedes. This was characterized (in the journal Biology Letters) as unexpected behavior. [Ed.: Alternative, non-Intelligent Design explanation: Sooner or later, it occurred to some of the brighter dung beetles, "Sh*t! We've been eating sh*t! WTF?] Daily Telegraph (London)
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News that sounds like a joke
The wife of former French president Chirac revealed that her husband had been bitten by their tiny Maltese . . whose name is Sumo . . because Chirac loves sumo wrestling. (Bonus: Sumo has been under treatment for depression.) Agence France-Presse via Yahoo
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Your Daily Loser
Walter Tessier, Amsterdam, N.Y., has apparently committed one of the pettiest petit larcenies of all time: taking a $10.99 lobster back to the Price Chopper store, claiming it that it had gone bad on him, and accepting crab meat in exchange, and then Price Chopper realizing that the lobster had already been eaten but its shell carefully reconstructed, like a Revell kit. Albany Times Union
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Your Daily Jury Duty
["In America, a person is presumed innocent until the mug shot is released"]
Robert Blue, 53, Las Vegas, could be a great father just a little too concerned about his teenage girl's health problems, or he could have issues, like chaining her to the bed to keep her out of the refrigerator so she could drop 25 lbs. to get to her ideal weight for mixed martial-arts competition. KVVU-TV (Las Vegas)
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Today's Newsrangers: Sandy Pearlman, John Kearney
     Posted By: Chuck - Thu Jan 22, 2009

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