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Kidnapper releases nine-year-old boy who annoyed him by endlessly singing off-key (via Raw Story ) On Tuesday, 9-year-old Willie Myrick claimed that he escaped from kidnappers who were holding him for ransom by endlessly singing a gospel song. In what could be called a modern day version of the classic O. Henry story “The Ransom […]

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I thought this was interesting: SOMERVILLE, N.J. — Someone, or some thing, is tickling people, rearranging shoes and otherwise wreaking havoc at the historic Hotel Somerset, a Main Street boarding house and home of the popular McCormick’s Pub. It might sound funny, but residents and the hotel owner said suspected ghosts that have been reported […]

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Naked before God

Hmm. KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana Bookmark It

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This is a man after my own heart: Fargo, ND – Local resident Todd Fox has been detained for “reckless endangerment” and “illegal use of high-powered fire-breathing weaponry” for attacking snow with his flamethrower. Fox reportedly became so fed up with the week-long blowing snow epidemic in his area that he decided to KILL IT […]

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Q&A with Tony Matelli, artist behind Wellesley College’s scantily-clad sleepwalking statue (via boston.com) David L. Ryan, Globe Staff By Jaclyn Reiss, Boston.com Staff A realistic-looking statue of a man sleepwalking in his underwear near the center of Wellesley College created a stir not only among the women on campus, but also news and media outlets […]

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The feast of St. Blaise

All these years, and I still had no idea why St. Blaise’s day is celebrated today by blessing throats. So I looked on Google. It’s because on his way to being beheaded, St. Blaise (an Armenian physician) is said to have healed a kid with a fish bone stuck in his throat. (His own throat […]

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Prose vs. poetry

Russia may be the only country in the world where people take these questions this seriously. Russian stabbed to death for preferring prose to poetry (via AFP) A dispute between two Russians over the respective merits of poetry and prose ended up with one of them, a former teacher, stabbing his friend to death, investigators […]

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Skateboarding toddler

See, I still can’t do this! Bookmark It

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I think about this sometimes. So many people using donor eggs, in-vitro fertilization — so many people who will be biologically related to each other and won’t even know it! Bookmark It

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The Feast of The Epiphany

Where the astrologers showed up to worship the baby Jesus! Sitting here waiting for my epiphany, so far haven’t got one. Guess I’ll take the decorations down instead. Bookmark It

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