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7 October, 2003

The Next Pope?

Could the next pope be from Nigeria?

As rumors swirl around the Vatican that Pope John Paul II has little time to live, some cardinals are indicating that a Nigerian cardinal may be the next pope. Speculation is rising that the next pope could well be an African, and Nigeria's Cardinal Francis Arinze is the only African cardinal eligible to be elected.

Perhaps we'll be getting email like this:

REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP

FIRST, I MUST SOLICIT YOUR STRICTEST CONFIDENCE IN THIS TRANSACTION. THIS IS BY VIRTUE OF ITS NATURE AS BEING UTTERLY CONFIDENTIAL AND 'TOP SECRET'.

I AM A TOP OFFICIAL IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH WITH FUNDS WHICH ARE PRESENTLY TRAPPED IN NIGERIA. IN ORDER TO COMMENCE THIS BUSINESS WE SOLICIT YOUR ASSISTANCE TO ENABLE US TRANSFER INTO YOUR ACCOUNT THE SAID TRAPPED FUNDS.

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Large-Scale Art

Stan Herd is an artist who uses the earth for his canvas.

For over 20 years the artist Stan Herd has worked the earth using indigenous materials to produce evocative and mystical works. From 160 acre plowed portraits to one quarter acre intimate stone designs, his work has become a platform for discussion of mankind's contemporary relationship to the land.

The image below is a portrait of Will Rogers.

And speaking of art visible from above, Lucy Pringle has a great collection of crop circle photos.

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Degree Confluence Map

The Degree Confluence Project has a world map. Click the map, and see a photo that was taken at that location.

For best results, use the links at the top to view a more specific map.

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New Copyright Crimes

At LawMeme: Top Ten New Copyright Crimes.

These crimes include things like changing radio stations in the car when a commercial comes on, and inviting friends over to watch pay-per-view.

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Create Your Own Tabloid Cover

This is kind of fun: Dirt Magazine. Select photos, add some text, and you've got a customized tabloid cover.

(via The Cartoonist)

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Spiders On Drugs

Take a look at webs spun by spiders on LSD, mescaline, hashish, and caffeine. The spider web shown here was made by a drug-free spider.

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Corrupt Countries

133 countries of the world, ranked by corruption. The CPI 2003 score...

...relates to perceptions of the degree of corruption as seen by business people, academics and risk analysts, and ranges between 10 (highly clean) and 0 (highly corrupt).

The most corrupt country is Bangladesh, followed by Nigeria and Haiti. The least corrupt country is Finland, followed by Iceland and Denmark. The U.S. has a CPI 2000 score of 7.5, and ranks #18 (i.e., relatively non-corrupt).

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Advances In Containers

Multiple-use interlocking modular container from Emium Containers.

Just when it seemed that every container possible had been invented, an innovative concept that changes the essence of packaging has arrived on the scene. It also solves transport and storage problems in unexpected ways.

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87 Billion Dollars

This is interesting: A Little Perspective on $87 billion.

On September 7th, 2003, President Bush announced on national television that he was asking the Congress to grant him an additional $87 billion dollars for the next fiscal year, beginning October 1, to continue the fight on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But $87 billion is an impossibly high number for anyone to visualize. Let's have a look...

(Thanks Dave)

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Bioterror Kits For Sale

From the Guardian: Pentagon offers 'bioterror kit' online.

The Pentagon has been selling surplus laboratory equipment that could be used to make biological or chemical weapons, according to a congressional investigation released yesterday.

Defense officials were called in to answer questions before a congressional inquiry about the sale of the army surplus, which included centrifuges, evaporators, bacteriological incubators, and protective suits to unknown customers in other countries, including Egypt and the Philippines, where terrorist groups have been known to operate.

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Foam Costumes

Halloween is coming up. Can I interest you in a foam costume? Perhaps you'd like to dress up as a cell phone or a tooth.

These are just a few of many costumes available from Marylen Costumes.

(via Everlasting Blort)

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The Underground Internet

From CNN: Song swappers flock to invitation-only Internet.

Just as Prohibition drove drinkers underground in the roaring '20s, the music industry's crackdown is pushing many song swappers away from the open Internet and into what amount to cyberspace speakeasies.

These high-tech Cotton Clubs usually require users to be trusted or at least know someone inside. The files being traded, instead of out in the open, are encrypted -- the 21st century equivalent of hiding bathtub gin under a fake floorboard.

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The California Quarter

As you may know, the U.S. Mint is making a new quarter for each state. Go here and vote for your favorite design for California.

I like this one:

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