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HOT CHICK Wednesday, July 9
In a bizarre animal beauty contest, in June, the tiny serama chicken pageant was celebrated on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Seramas (which are thought by natives to have aphrodisiac powers) have richly colored plumage and a bearing — …
DEMOCRACY IN ACTION! Wednesday, July 9
Jordan Haskins, 24, is Michigan Republicans' best hope for the open state House seat in Saginaw in November, but he's burdened by a teenage past of being "young and stupid," he told the Saginaw News in June. Haskins has been in prisons in two states …
YOU MISSED A SPOT Wednesday, July 9
The leader of Romania's Orthodox church was shown in June on the church's website performing a traditional blessing of a newly inaugurated facility, in this case the church-owned Trinitas Radio and Television studios. The rooms are big and the walls …
ZOMBIE OKIES Wednesday, July 9
Congressional candidate Tim Murray handily lost June's primary election (82 percent to 5 percent) in Oklahoma's 3rd District to incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas, but he didn't give up. In a rambling letter to KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, Murray accused …
READY? OK! Wednesday, July 9
The county Association of Governments in Phoenix notified Diane "DD" Barker recently that she could continue to address association meetings as a community activist, but was to cease introducing her remarks by performing cartwheels, as she …
LEAST COMPETENT BISHOP Wednesday, July 9
In a May deposition on a priest-child sex abuse lawsuit against the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, then-auxiliary bishop Robert Carlson said he was "not sure" in 1984 if he "knew it was a crime or not" for an adult to engage in …
SPO-DEE-O-DEE DEGREE Wednesday, July 2
California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo has a 350-student "viticulture and enology" program, preparing its majors for an industry critical to the state's economy (and with a venerable international cachet) — but state law …
CUTTING-EDGE SCIENCE Wednesday, July 2
On dairy farms across the country, cows queue up, without prodding, to milk themselves by submitting to $250,000 robots that recently became the industry's salvation. According to an April New York Times item, this advance appears to be "win-win" …
SAY WHAT? Wednesday, July 2
Artist Diemut Strebe made a 3-D-printed re-creation of Vincent van Gogh's famous ear to display in June and July in a Karlsruhe, Germany, museum. He built it partially with genes from a great-great-grand-nephew of van Gogh's, in the same shape, …
Polish Academy of Sciences researchers, writing recently in Zoo Biology, reported witnessing 28 acts of fellatio by two orphaned male bears at a sanctuary in Kuterevo, Croatia — the first-ever report of bear fellatio from 116 hours of scientific …
 
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