Friday, July 29, 2005

Astronomers have found a large planetary object in the Solar System's outer reaches. It is being hailed as 'a great discovery'.
Details of the object are still sketchy. It never comes closer to the Sun than Neptune and spends most of its time much further out than Pluto.


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There are actually three new large Kuiper Belt objects. Much confusion among them in the media:

1. 2003 UB313
distance 97 AU
twice as big as Pluto (diameter)
orbit inclined at 44 degrees
period 557 years

2. 2005 EL61
distance 51 AU
0.70 as big as Pluto (diameter) but elongated
0.32 the mass of Pluto - they know the mass of this one because it has a tiny satellite
orbit inclined at 28 degrees
period 285 years

3. 2005 FY9
distance 52 AU
slighty less than the diameter of Pluto
orbit inclined at 29 degrees
period 308 years

The last one hasn't figured prominently in the media.

No doubt many more will be discovered at which point it's "ho hum" YAKBO.

 

The Department of Defense has always had a lot of pork in their budget, but this is ridiculous.


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Spanish flamenco star jailed for 16 months for hit-and-run manslaughter. His sentence was reduced because after the hit, his run "was so light on his feet."


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Osama bin Laden Cocaine Poisoning Plot Foiled: President Bush Reassures Jittery Public of the Safety of America's Cocaine Supply (WHITEHOUSE.ORG)


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Weekly World News: "HOW TO TELL PEOPLE THEY'RE FAT WITHOUT HURTING THEIR FEELINGS" ... Sure, these will work:
  • Make the porker laugh by calling him or her a funny name like el tubbo, fatty, lard butt, jelly belly, fat girl or fat pig before you turn serious. Then when you say, "Seriously, Doreen, you really are disgusting," the sting of the truth won't hurt a bit.


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Name Your Child According To Your Profession


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Wigwam Village???


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The guy who wrote Chariots of the Gods has created a theme park in Switzerland: Mystery Park
  • "The most unique theme park in the world! People should learn the meaning of astonishment." - Erich von Däniken
  • "At least one person should learn the meaning of unique." - Onkel von Skupi


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Soon to be a major pain for retailers and consumers: "20th Century Fox said Friday that it will release movies and TV programs on Blu-ray Disc when the format debuts in the U.S., giving the Sony-backed high-definition technology a huge boost in its battle with rival format HD DVD. In addition to Fox, Sony Pictures and Disney have endorsed Blu-ray, while Warner Bros., Paramount and NBC/Universal back HD DVD."


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GALLUP: Bush Approval at 44% - Lowest measurement of his presidency


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The really big beer ad


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Conan O'Brien's latest quotables
  • "Willie Nelson has written an advice book. Willie's first piece of advice: use chapter one to roll a joint."
  • "In Iraq, the U.S. Military wants to disperse angry rioters by using a new weapon called a 'microwave beam.' Officials say that the microwave beams work perfectly, the trouble is getting the rioters to stand on a slowly revolving plate."
  • "Yesterday President Bush had breakfast with Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts. Afterwards, Bush said he's never seen a better-qualified candidate for the Supreme Court, while Roberts said he's never seen a grown man eat Count Chocula."



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April Winchell's Blog is pretty good reading. Lots of celebrity ridicule
  • "Let me tell you something about Alanis Morrisette. If you saw her walking down the street, you would never, ever, in a million years think that it was her. In person, she looks like someone's mom, or a realtor getting ready to show a house in Arcadia. And to my great joy, she has a big can. I always love it when I see famous people and they're human. I saw Alicia Keyes at Mr. Chow once, and she had quite the keister. And Shannen Doherty, who I saw in Barney's, has a big old ass. Skinny as hell everywhere else, but lots of junk. She looks like a crack whore wearing 8 pairs of underpants."
  • Note: not that it matters, but April's dad is the late Tigger.



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Extreme hardship department: Paris Hilton had to get a new engagement ring - the first one was too heavy.


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Julia Roberts will make her Broadway debut in a revival of the drama Three Days of Rain.


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No surprises here, but all the facts (.pdf format) Milwaukee is the top beer drinkin' market, Salt Lake City dead last. Except for Salt Lake, the weakest beer markets are in the Middle Atlantic area from West Virginia down to South Carolina.


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