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24 December, 2004

Adopt A Rat

If you live in San Francisco, consider adopting a rat: Shelter seeking good homes for maligned rodents.

It's a lucky thing for two rats that they nuzzled the nose of a most kind-hearted woman Tuesday in San Francisco. Because they did so, the happy rats will be spending Christmas in their new home and watching TV, instead of cooling their little paws at the animal shelter.

That makes 168 rats down, 38 to go.

(via Dave Barry's Blog)

Posted on 24 December, 2004

Ozzy Speaks

Listen to a special Christmas message from Ozzy Osbourne.

Posted on 24 December, 2004

Make Some Snow

Ever thought about getting your very own snow maker? Now available: The SG4-LED.

The SG4-LED snow maker was designed for home or small business snow making and will allow you to make astonishing amounts of snow at home. There is nothing like watching your kids faces light up as they see the real snow pumping out of the SG4 snow gun.

Posted on 24 December, 2004

Freedom Of Information

In the UK, a new Freedom of Information Act takes effect at the beginning of 2005. To prepare, government officials are keeping real busy. From The Independent: Shredded: Hundreds of thousands of government documents.

Hundreds of thousands of secret Whitehall files are being shredded before the public gains the right to see them under the Freedom of Information Act on 1 January.

Figures obtained by The Independent show a dramatic escalation in the destruction of confidential papers before the new rights of access come into force. Whitehall departments, including the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), have almost doubled the number of files they have destroyed since the Freedom of Information Act became law.

(via Memory Blog)

Posted on 24 December, 2004

Britney Stinks

Important Britney news from Russia Makes It Funny: Britney Spears' Shoes Stink.

Everything was absolutely fine in the beginning. The problem came up later, in the middle of the flight, when passengers felt numbness in their legs and arms. A horrible odor, comparable to stagnant marsh gases, appeared in air. Panic gripped the passengers, who were sitting close to the source of the stench. Some of them asked air hostesses for help - they begged them to remove the object, which was emitting the unbearable evaporation.

The disturbing object was found immediately. The smell was coming from a pair of shoes, which were left in the center of the liner's saloon. As it turned out later, the shoes belonged to America's pop princess Britney Spears.

Posted on 24 December, 2004

From Pravda

Every once in a while, I check out the English language edition of Pravda.

�Here's a recent headline that caught my attention: Meteor showers to devastate planet Earth.

A few excerpts:

As a rule, meteorites do not fall down on inhabited localities. They prefer to hit seas, lakes, fields and even the Antarctic.

Experts do not know why incidents with meteorites have become so frequent nowadays. One of the versions says that someone in deep black space deliberately bombards the Earth with meteorites.

Posted on 24 December, 2004

Bush As Dylan?

Is just me, or is George W. Bushing looking more and more like Bob Dylan every day?

The official caption:

President Bush� walks on the grounds of the White House, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004 before heading out for a bike ride. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh).

(Thanks Curtis)

Posted on 24 December, 2004

Christmas Google Fight

The Google Fight is over. By a margin of more than 2:1, "i love christmas" beat "i hate chrstmas."

Posted on 24 December, 2004

Bushism

Another Bushism:

"Any time of the year it's a time of sorrow and sadness when we lose a loss of life."

Hmmmm... if you lose a loss of life, does that mean the dead body comes alive?

Posted on 24 December, 2004

Excel Mouse Chart

Did you know that Excel can create a Mouse Chart?

Posted on 24 December, 2004

Movie Mistakes

Movie Mistakes: A list of the 2004 movies that had the most mistakes.

Posted on 24 December, 2004

Chair Burning

At Neopoleon.com: A book burning in Portland.

My sister: I feel like having a fire.

My father: Yeah. But the wood's downstairs, and I don't feel like going downstairs.

My sister: Why don't we burn the chair in the corner?

They did just that, and have photos to prove it.

Posted on 24 December, 2004

Pretty People

At zefrank.com: We're All So Pretty.

Take a picture of yourself imitating a model in a magazine or a billboard. Make sure both you and the model appear in the pic.

Posted on 24 December, 2004

Buy The Earth

For sale on eBay: The Earth.

Please note: The Earth comes pre-populated with plants, animals, and humans. Buyer agrees to not harm any existing creature. Buyer purchases all non-living entities upon The Earth not owned by anyone else. Living creatures are not for sale and retain their own identity, freedom, and ownership of their personal belongings and property.

Free shipping!

Posted on 24 December, 2004

The Hi-Tech Pope

From Reuters: Pope John Paul Hits the Little Screen.

Trendy, high-tech Roman Catholics won't have to sit at home this Christmas to watch Pope John Paul's Christmas Midnight Mass on television.

They can watch the whole thing from wherever they are on the latest generation of cell phones.

Next thing you know, J.P. will be doing podcasts.

Posted on 24 December, 2004

The Human Basketball

A short video: Cheerleader Toss. What to do when you're on a basketball court and you don't have a basketball: Throw a cheerleader through the hoop.

It looks real, but it's got to be fake.

(via The Museum of Hoaxes)

Posted on 24 December, 2004