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31 October, 2004

A Pound Of Flesh Please

Stupid, or just desperate? Couple fear losing home as debt soars from 5,750 to 384,000 Pounds.

A couple who took out a 5,750 Pound home improvement loan faced losing their house yesterday after their debt spiralled to more than 384,000.

Tony and Michelle Meadows, from Southport, Merseyside, took out the loan in 1989 with an annual percentage rate of 34.9 per cent repayable over 15 years, Liverpool County Court heard.

But within months of signing the loan agreement, the couple began to struggle to make the repayments and their debt escalated to almost 67 times the original amount.

The case hinges on whether the credit agreement the couple signed was "extortionate".

Posted on 31 October, 2004

The Groucho Record Stands

News from Canada: No record set by Groucho wannabes in Nanaimo but charity benefits.

An attempt to break the Guinness World record for the most people wearing Groucho Marx glasses at the same location came up short at a Vancouver Island shopping centre.

The event attracted 876 people, who each paid $5 for their noses and glasses, but another 62 were needed to break the record.

Posted on 31 October, 2004

The Wonders Of Higher Education

Who says you have to be smart to go to college? University To Offer Course On 'American Idol'

Beginning in January, students at UNCC can earn three credits taking the class, "Examining 'American Idol' Through Musical Critique."

Students will watch the show twice a week and study the history of musical styles used in the show including Motown and Broadway. The class will devise a contestant rating system. The final will be a paper explaining who should win and why.

Posted on 31 October, 2004

Hidden Doors

Every haunted house has at least one hidden door. Often disguised as a bookcase, the door leads to a secret room.

Now you can get your very own hidden door -- from the Hidden Door Company.

Posted on 31 October, 2004

Voting Machine Bug

From Snopes: Li'l Mismarker.

A Texas woman who cast her vote for all Democratic candidates discovered her ballot marked for Bush/Cheney.

The machines that produced this anomaly have since been taken out of service, so they will not contribute to further polling confusion on election day. Even while the problem existed, it wasn't the widespread scourge one might have thought it would have been: out of the approximately 70,000 who cast their ballots by 23 October 2004 in that district, election officials received only about 12 calls reporting the problem.

Remember, to trigger that startling effect, voters both had to be attempting to mark a straight ticket and unthinkingly skipping past the referendum item, a double prerequisite that served to severely limit the number of people affected.

Posted on 31 October, 2004

Carve A Pumpkin

Knife not required. Just use your mouse to carve a pumpkin.

Posted on 31 October, 2004

Presidential Pumpkin Heads

From the Pumpkin Lady: Carved (artificial) pumpkins, carved to look like U.S. presidents -- Heads of State.

Posted on 31 October, 2004

White House Ghosts

Gary Walters, Chief Usher at the White House, answers questions about ghosts.

Q. What is the Secret Service protocol should the President ever meet a ghost? Does it involve bulletproof vests or vials of holy water?

A. I refer you to the Secret Service information officer as I'm not aware of the specifics in the security area.

Posted on 31 October, 2004

Sunday Photo Caption Contest #32

Add your humorous caption as a comment.

Posted on 31 October, 2004