Life Imitates Python

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An indignant Israeli is suing a pet shop that he says sold him a dying parrot, reports the Ma’ariv newspaper. Itzik Simowitz of the southern city of Beersheba contends the shop cheated him because the Galerita-type cockatoo not only failed to utter a word when he got it home, but was also extremely ill. Mr. Simowitz adds that the shop … Read More

TV in the 1930’s

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This (RealMedia file) is a fragment of a very early television broadcast from the early 1930s which had been recorded off the air waves by amateur enthusiast using a home gramophone recording system.  It is popular British singer Betty Bolton.  What’s she singing?  Who knows — the sound has been lost.

This Girl Is Sad

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The picture doesn’t do her justice. And what’s worse, she’s having a hard 2005 so far. So . . . everyone who is reading this . . . please give a nanosecond of good vibes out to her, and maybe — collectively — the thoughts of everyone will manifest themselves into a ray of sunshine that will turn her 2005 … Read More

Drunk Flight Crew Members Beat Passenger

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If you are not worried about Syrian musicians on your flight, then maybe you should worry about swarthy flight attendents. That’s right — the friendly skies have just got . . . uh . . . stupider. MOSCOW – Drunken passengers often give air crews trouble, but Russia’s leading airline on Tuesday reported an "unprecedented" reversal: A passenger was assaulted … Read More

Hawking Flip-Flops About Universe

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After almost 30 years of arguing that a black hole swallows up everything that falls into it, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking backpedaled Thursday. Source. Does this mean we can all get rid of "A Brief History of Time" which none of us ever read anyway? P.S. On second reading, it occurs to me that "backpedaled" might not have been the best … Read More

Way To Go, Kid!

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Frankly, I think anyone who can spell "autochthonous" deserves far more than $18,000. He deserves a Congressional Medal of Honor or something. And now I am stuck trying to think of any other English word which has "-chth-" in it (in a row, of course). Anyone?


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As reported here: A German couple who went to a fertility clinic after eight years of marriage have found out why they are still childless – they weren’t having sex. The University Clinic of Lubek said they had never heard of a case like it after examining the couple who went to see them last month for fertility tests. Doctors … Read More

The New Culture War

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Let’s take stock, shall we? Uproar about breasts on TV, films which are (arguably) anti-Semitic, Howard Stern being fired because his boss has a new "decency" policy, and debate about whether or not straight people should have to sit still while gays sanctify their lifelong devotion to one another. Not too long ago, I made a comment to the effect … Read More