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Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Here's how his first post starts:
John Hinckley Jr. tried to kill Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981. It was a Monday. I was informed of this by my third grade teacher (Burna Pribula) after coming inside from morning recess. "I have some news that may shock you," she told the class. "The president has been shot." The room remained silent. We stared at her like tiny, Smurf-obsessed zombies. "This is a terrible situation," Mrs. Pribula continued, "and I realize you might have some questions about this. Does anyone have any questions about this? Anyone?"
We sat in silence.
After 10 seconds, I slowly raised my hand.
"Is the basketball game canceled?"
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
"Happen's Toy Lab is a unique outreach of Happen, Inc. that allows children (ages 6 and up) to create their own toys from our massive selection of “recycled” toy parts. Choose any seven pieces, then fit and attach the parts with the help of our specially-trained assemblers. In less than an hour you will have invented your very own, one-of-a-kind-in-the-whole-wide-world toy!"
Via Veer Blog.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
The article has even more helpful news - - competitor Lornah Kiplagat adds,
"We shall not only be bracing against the athletes, but the weather, too. It would depend on how well an athlete handles the weather."
Via the excellent Vegas Blog.
Entertainer Jack Benny's will specified that one red rose be delivered to his wife every day until her death.
Also, fun: Benny's widow claimed his signature gesture of holding one hand to his face came about from his attempts to conceal scratches she gave him due to his philandering.
Here's the two love birds:
A Long Island woman and her husband are suing a Park Ave. fertility clinic for allegedly inseminating her with the wrong man's sperm.
"While we love Baby Jessica as our own, we are reminded of this terrible mistake each and every time we look at her," the Commack couple said in documents filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. "It is simply impossible to ignore."
Thomas Andrews is white and his wife is Dominican. But Jessica, who was born Oct. 19, 2004, has darker skin than either of them as well as "characteristics more typical of African or African-American descent," the lawsuit states.
Via the NY Daily News.
"In a ruling that underlines the tension between Muslim customs and European laws, the judge, Christa Datz-Winter, noted that the couple came from a Moroccan cultural milieu, in which it is common for husbands to beat their wives. The Koran, she wrote in her decision, sanctions such physical abuse."
Via the NY Times.
"Sparks fly over the multimillion-dollar defense of Brian Nichols, but few people complain about the cost of prosecuting the accused courthouse killer.
In fact, no one even knows the bottom line."
That's how screenwriter Jonah Nolan describes working with Steven Spielberg on a potential science fiction epic titled "Interstellar" for Paramount Pictures.
Some excellent writing courtesy of Dr. Jerome Groopman:
On a spring afternoon several years ago, Evan McKinley was hiking in the woods near Halifax, Nova Scotia, when he felt a sharp pain in his chest. McKinley (a pseudonym) was a forest ranger in his early forties, trim and extremely fit. He had felt discomfort in his chest for several days, but this was more severe: it hurt each time he took a breath. McKinley slowly made his way through the woods to a shed that housed his office, where he sat and waited for the pain to pass. He frequently carried heavy packs on his back and was used to muscle aches, but this pain felt different. He decided to see a doctor.
Read on to learn about why doctors misdiagnose their patients.