Wednesday, May 18, 2005









"I am a man of few words, but many riddles."


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'Riddler' Frank Gorshin dies at 72


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It's obscure fetish time: Pipi - dedicated to women peeing outdoors.


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Class Dissection Of Live Dog Outrages Parents, Students


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Combination sexual cushion and doll.


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31 Really Bad Masturbation Techniques


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Streaking Skaters In Trouble For Stunt. "Two Waterville, Maine, teenagers are in hot water after one was arrested on suspicion of skateboarding nude through the center of town as his friend videotaped the stunt."


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Free Computer Tutorials and Lessons


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Playstation 3 - Madden 2006 ad


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Sin City 2 is greenlighted


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GALLUP: Frequency of church attendance is strongly related to the likelihood of party affiliation
  • The more frequently one attends church, the more likely one is to have a party affiliation. People who never attend church are most likely to be independent. That doesn't surprise me, since party membership is just another form of faith, and a party is sort of an ersatz religion. The entire correlation simply proves to me that that people more likely to be skeptical are more likely to be skeptical, which seems obvious enough.
  • But here is the meat of the survey: the frequency of Church attendance has little or nothing to do with being a Democrat. When people are grouped into five categories by the frequency of Church attendance, Democrats comprise about a third of every group. The trade-off occurs in the other two-thirds, between Republicans and independents, with independents disappearing as churchgoing frequency increases. Thus, as people become more skeptical, they are no less likely to be Democrats, but are far less likely to be Republicans.








... RepublicansIndependents
Once a week 4525
Almost every week 4027
Once a month 3231
Seldom 2934
Never 2243


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"Evolution cannot explain female orgasm" Yawn. Call me when you find an article that CAN explain female orgasms.


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iowahawk: Newsweek Lutefisk Story Sparks Fury Across Volatile Midwest


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Happy 75th anniversary to an American institution - and it's not the Cher farewell tour.


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Part Three of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, as reviewed by The Filthy Critic's nephew.


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Obvious finding of the day: Colgate has found it can't sell enough toothpaste to support a factory in the UK.


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University Of Iowa Offers Porn Class. Maybe it's time for me to return to academia. You have to love the unintentional porno joke in the story: " ... all 20 student slots have been filled"


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The trailer for The Da Vinci Code. No, you're not going nuts. They haven't shot a frame of footage yet, but they have a trailer. (Hint, choose large rather than full screen, assuming you want to avoid the iTunes download.)


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Kudzu Covered Houses


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Investigator Confirms Discovery of Nessie's Tooth
  • It was found in the ribcage of a half-eaten deer carcass near Loch Ness.
  • Unfortunately, the tooth is now missing, so it will be impossible to prove whether it is actually part of the deer's antlers.
  • "We could be on the cusp of a great discovery and the fact that local authorities in the Scottish Highlands are refusing to cooperate with this investigation is reprehensible"


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It's an antler! Teeth have smooth roots. Antlers arise from rough highly vascularized growth plates.

 


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That's what I think as well, but I didn't specifically write that comment because I couldn't tell if the story was written with tongue completely in cheek. After all, they had already addressed the antler issue before it was raised, and the amazing disappearing tooth seemed too convenient.
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Two trailers and a featurette from Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit


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Weekly World News: Inventor creates fart-muffling cushion


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Astronomy pic o' the Day, May 18 - Three Kilometers Above Titan


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The Weekend Warrior predicts the upcoming weekend's box office.
  • Even I might be able to predict the winner this week, given the facts that (1) it's the only wide release (2) it winds up the Star Wars saga.
  • The only matter to resolve is "How high can it go?". The Warrior says $93 million.
  • If he is correct, Sith would be in the top five of all time, but still far short of the record - $114 million and change - held by the first Spider Man movie, which also opened in May.
  • We are only four years into the new millennium, but the pre-2000 record of $72 million seems like a quaint and dimly-remembered relic from a lost chapter in history. It's sorta like trying to remember the double feature, or a good movie starring Ben Affleck. That old record has already been bested twelve times in the new century.
  • Amazingly, Sith's screen count of 3661 is far short of Shrek 2's record (4163). Sith's number isn't even the highest of the year, which would be 3776 for Robots.


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This week's movies: Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist. Huh? A prequel to the Exorcist starring Stellan Skarsgård as Father Merrin? Didn't we already see that? Sorta, but no. I don't know if the movie is any good, but the story behind it is great.
  • The Village Voice described it as follows: "In 100 years of movie business goldbricking, impulse production, and high-flying market pursuit, we've never seen anything quite like this: a movie—a prequel and the fourth entry in a decades-old horror franchise—made twice, the two variations on a theme released nine months apart, constructed by two different directors from two disparate screenplays and with minor cast overlap. In a nutshell, astringent moralist Paul Schrader shot, cut, and delivered his Exorcist film—detailing the African backstory of Father Merrin in the years after WW II—to Morgan Creek prez James Robinson, who was reportedly put off by the shortfall in monster F/X and by the surplus of ethical debate. He canned it, fired Schrader, hired Renny Harlin to reshoot, and voilà."
  • Everyone said Shrader's version would end up as an extra feature on the DVD. That was not the case. Instead, hardcore fans are now getting a chance to see it in theaters.


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This week's movies: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - 84% positive reviews. When will they stop releasing these obscure films that nobody ever heard of?


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"Quotables" from Late Night with Conan O'Brien
  • Example: "Starbucks announced today that it will not sell Bruce Springsteen's new album, 'Devils and Dust,' because one of the songs is too graphic. Starbucks said, 'We don't want people listening to a song about getting screwed while they're paying nine dollars for a cup of coffee.'"


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Conan introduces some new spring characters.


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Conan O'Brien goes birdwatching in Central Park


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Conan introduces the hot new action figures of Star Wars Fans


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Conan adds a hunky newcomer to boost ratings.


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Spears and Husband Do Letterman's Top 10 List. The couple's Top 10 reasons to check out their new show are ...


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Some 30 Nobel Laureates and other great minds gather for a problem-solving session. You are going to think I made this up, but the list of invitees, supposedly the roster of the world's greatest thinkers, includes Richard Gere.


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Maverick zillionaire Mark Cuban argues that the RIAA's damage suits should be limited to five bucks per month.


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Security Fix: "Before You Fire the Company Geek..."


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BBC announces content download available in pilot market


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