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Akmed the Dead Terrorist

Definitely Terror Suspect of the year for 2007. I started laughing uncontrollably about five minutes in. (Thanks Lud!)

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MSF releases tenth annual 'Top Ten' most underreported humanitarian stories of 2007

The countries and contexts highlighted by MSF on this year’s list accounted for just 18 minutes of coverage on the three major U.S. television networks’ nightly newscasts from January through November 2007.

Reuters AlertNet – MSF releases tenth annual ‘Top Ten’ most underreported humanitarian stories of 2007


Confetti to carry messages at Times Square New Year's Eve bash

And for the first time the famous ball will be illumined by energy-saving lightbulbs.

NEW YORK – The wishes of people from around the world will literally rain down on revelers in Times Square at this New Year’s Eve celebration when the confetti is dropped.
For the first time, anyone can write their wishes for the New Year on the multicolored confetti by visiting the Times Square Information Center or by typing a message on a “virtual wishing wall” online.
Those message-carrying pieces will then be mixed in with the rest of the confetti, organizers said.

Confetti to carry messages at Times Square New Year’s Eve bash —

Oddities stranger than LOST

Mystery container found on beach

Experts are trying to identify a huge metal container that has been washed up on a beach in the Western Isles.
The tank, which is 27m high, has no markings and is thought to have fallen from a ship before being washed up on the west of Benbecula.
It was discovered by a dog walker on Poll Na Crann beach – known locally as Stinky Bay – near Griminish.

BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Highlands and Islands | Mystery container found on beach

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Why we should eat insects instead of meat

The article even includes recipes.

Cricket pies, fried grasshoppers and mealworm quiche: Welcome to the new culinary delights. Or so hopes Arnold van Huis, an entomology professor in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Van Huis is working to bring a range of entomological appetizers to the market.
Why should we eat insects?
Arnold van Huis: “While the world population is growing and our global wealth is advancing, meat consumption is rising dramatically. Currently, 70 percent of farmland is being used for meat production. If this trend continues, it will prove unsustainable. Moreover, livestock is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, including methane and nitrous oxide. Insects have a much lower environmental burden, while their nutritional value measures up to chicken or beef.”
Don’t they taste awful?
“That depends on how you prepare the dish. I’m not so wild about cakes made using crushed flies from East Africa—a couple of which I have at home—but sautéed crickets in a warm chocolate dip make a great snack.”

Ode Magazine : “We should start eating insects”

Art and Beauty

My new favorite site…today features include shopdropping and micronations…

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Famous people born on December 27th

1571 – Johannes Kepler, German astronomer (d. 1630)
1654 – Jacob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (d. 1705)
1717 – Pope Pius VI (d. 1799)
1822 – Louis Pasteur, French scientist (d. 1895)
1901 – Marlene Dietrich, German actress and singer (d. 1992)
1915 – William Masters, American gynecologist (d. 2001)
1943 – Cokie Roberts, American journalist
1948 – Gérard Depardieu, French actor
1951 – Ernesto Zedillo, President of Mexico
1969 – Sarah Vowell, American author and journalist
1971 – Chyna, American professional wrestler
1971 – Christopher Damitio; Global author, vagabond, and mad scientist
1974 – Masi Oka, Japanese-American actor
1981 – Emilie de Ravin, Australian actress

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Largest diamond in Univervse Found

Put that on your OC Housewife !

Astronomers discovered the largest diamond of all times in space. The weight of the precious stone reportedly makes up ten billion trillion trillion carats or five million trillion trillion pounds).
The space diamond is virtually an enormous chunk of crystallized carbon, 4,000 kilometers in diameter. The stone is located at a distance of 50 light years from Earth, in the Constellation Centaurus.
Scientists believe that the diamond is the heart of an extinct star that used to shine like the Sun. Astronomers have already dubbed the space diamond as Lucy in a tribute to the Beatles song ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.’
“You would need a jeweler’s loupe the size of the Sun to grade this diamond!” says astronomer Travis Metcalfe (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), who leads a team of researchers that discovered the giant gem.
The cosmic stone completely outclasses all diamonds that have ever been found on Earth. The largest diamond weighing 546 carats was found in South African Republic. The diamond, The Star of Africa, resides in the Crown Jewels of England. The Star of Africa was cut from the largest diamond ever found on Earth, a 3,100-carat gem.
Lucy, also known as BPM 37093, is actually a crystallized white dwarf. A white dwarf is the hot core of a star, left over after the star uses up its nuclear fuel and dies. It is made mostly of carbon and is coated by a thin layer of hydrogen and helium gases.
The white dwarf is not only radiant but also harmonious. It rings like a gigantic gong, undergoing constant pulsations. “By measuring those pulsations, we were able to study the hidden interior of the white dwarf, just like seismograph measurements of earthquakes allow geologists to study the interior of the Earth. We figured out that the carbon interior of this white dwarf has solidified to form the galaxy’s largest diamond,” says Metcalfe.
Astronomers say that our Sun will die in five billion years and become a white dwarf too. About two billion years after it will turn into a similar diamond that will continue to sparkle in the center of the solar system forever.


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Cards from heaven have dead man talking

That’s great. I just wish the barber would have kept her mouth shut.

ASHLAND, Ore. – Even in death, Chet Fitch is a card. Fitch, known for his sense of humor, died in October at age 88 but gave his friends and family a start recently: Christmas cards, 34 of them, began arriving — written in his hand with a return address of “Heaven.”
The greeting read: “I asked Big Guy if I could sneak back and send some cards. At first he said no; but at my insistence he finally said, ‘Oh well, what the heaven, go ahead but don’t (tarry) there.’ Wish I could tell you about things here but words cannot explain.
“Better get back as Big Guy said he stretched a point to let me in the first time, so I had better not press my luck. I’ll probably be seeing you (some sooner than you think). Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Chet Fitch”
A friend for nearly 25 years, Debbie Hansen Bernard said, “All I could think was, ‘You little stinker.'”
“It was amazing,” she said. “Just so Chet, always wanting to get the last laugh.”
The mailing was a joke Fitch worked on for two decades with his barber, Patty Dean, 57. She told the Ashland Daily Tidings this week that he kept updating the mailing list and giving her extra money when postal rates went up. This fall, she said, Fitch looked up to her from the chair.
“You must be getting tired of waiting to mail those cards,” he told her. “I think you’ll probably be able to mail them this year.”
He died a week later.