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CULTURAL DIVERSITY Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Various cogs in South Korea's national machinery paused briefly on Nov. 13 so as not to distract the nation's high-school-age kids, as 650,000 of them were sitting for the decisive university entrance exams (which are several levels more important …
LATEST SPIRITUAL MESSAGE Wednesday, December 3, 2014
"Santa Muerte" (Our Lady of the Holy Death) might be described as a cynic's unauthorized byproduct of Roman Catholicism currently festering in drug-cartel-roiled Mexico and Central America and is, according to Vice Media, "the world's fastest …
DIRTY PRIESTS Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Pope Francis ordered an investigation in October of the Italian Riviera diocese of Bishop Mario Oliveri, 70, known for giving "second chances" to wayward priests from across the country. Reports had surfaced that, among Mario's priests was one who …
OMELETS! Wednesday, December 3, 2014
A crash of three tractor-trailers on I-24 near Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Nov. 9 left a pileup of one truck's load of eggs, another's pallets of cheese, and the other's boxes of meat.
AMERICAN SCENE Wednesday, December 3, 2014
"Drunken Trombone-Playing Clown Fires Gun From Garage, Police Say" was the headline of an Oct. 21 story on MLive.com from Grand Traverse County, Michigan, which also reported that the man was wearing camo pants.
ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE Wednesday, December 3, 2014
A November story from Leigh-on-Sea, England, reported a Senegal parrot (apparently feeling restive with its owners on holiday) managed to pick two locks on its cage and fly away. The second lock had been installed as insurance after an earlier …
CRY FOR HELP Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Mr. Jenya Bolotov, 26, a Russian, became an Internet sensation in November (on Facebook, YouTube and several news sites) by releasing photographs showing a seven-year obsession with modifying his face to resemble that of a platypus. He stretched …
LEAST COMPETENT SHERIFF'S EMPLOYEE Wednesday, December 3, 2014
After consulting with the FBI, military and state law-enforcement and security agencies, the sheriff of Dickson County, Tennessee, concluded his only option to rescue his departmental records database from malicious malware was to pay a $500 ransom …
HOLEY HAT Wednesday, December 3, 2014
In the U.S.'s fourth reported case, a state issued a driver's license even though the applicant was photographed wearing a colander (as a "religious covering," the only "hats" legally permitted in such photos). Jessica Steinhauser said the motor …
The short version: Angela caved, and it reveals a lot about how she works