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  • Umm "Bad Day at the Alter"....

    Bride's Joke Breaks Off Wedding Ceremony

    POSTED: 12:14 pm EST January 5, 2007

    VIENNA, Austria -- A bit of bridal humor apparently fell flat at an Austrian wedding ceremony.

    When the bride was asked if she'd take this man to be her wedded husband, she jokingly said "no." She was apparently trying to be funny.

    The official performing the civil ceremony wasn't laughing. The ceremony was immediately canceled, despite the bride's sobs.

    An Austrian newspaper, Oberoesterreichischen Nachrichten, reported that the couple had to wait two and a-half months before another ceremony could be arranged.

    Officials at the city's registry office declined to comment directly, but noted the incident was highly unusual. Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.


    There is a survey too: www.nbc4.com/family/10679613/detail.html
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    'Hogzilla' Caught, Shot In Georgia

    POSTED: 8:39 pm EST January 5, 2007
    UPDATED: 8:55 pm EST January 5, 2007

    FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- An urban legend comes to life and meets its death in northeast Georgia.

    A boar weighing 1,100 pounds was shot and killed in a Fayette County neighborhood.

    Residents said the wild hog had been tearing up their yards for years.

    These so-called "hogzillas" have been spotted and killed in south Georgia in recent years, but the Department of Natural Resources is trying to determine if the pig shot in Fayette County this week is a state record.

    People passing by the Coursey house are amazed by the boar hanging from a tree in the front yard. William Coursey, an avid hunter, shot the pig in a neighbor's yard.

    Coursey said the boar is one of four that had been roaming the neighborhood, uprooting yards for seven years. He said the other three animals may have been killed previously.

    He said he thought it was myth until now. Coursey and his son took the hog to a local weigh station, where it weighed in at 1,100 pounds. It's an estimated 9 feet long.

    The Courseys believe the hefty hog may be the biggest ever, based on statistics they said they found in a local hunting magazine.

    Experts said the large pigs are "feral," meaning they were once domesticated but now run wild. They can be dangerous, and the DNR urges that you call wildlife experts to remove the animals.

    Distributed by Internet Broadcasting.
    Last edited by MalahatTwo7; 01-07-2007, 09:33 AM.
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    • DANG IT! This not having a home computer really SUCKS. Anyhow:

      Woman In Water-Drinking Contest Dies

      POSTED: 10:21 pm EST January 13, 2007
      UPDATED: 9:39 pm EST January 14, 2007

      SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Authorities in Sacramento County, Calif., are looking into the death of a woman who'd competed in a radio station contest.

      A medical examiner said the woman died of water intoxication.

      Jennifer Strange, 28, had taken part in a contest to see how much water she could drink without going to the bathroom.

      Strange was found dead Friday in her suburban Rancho Cordova home hours after taking part in the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest held by Sacramento radio station KDND FM.

      The station had promised a Nintendo Wii video game system for the winner.

      The station's owner said staff members were stunned when they learned of the death.

      It's not yet known how much water Strange consumed.

      Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
      If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

      "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

      "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

      Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

      impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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      • P.O.S. Comes To Mind

        At least thats what I call mine, and it happens to be "trans-gender" too People Get Personal With Their Cars, Poll Shows

        POSTED: 11:19 am EST January 15, 2007
        UPDATED: 12:25 pm EST January 15, 2007

        WASHINGTON -- Cheryl Hoffer leaves the world behind when she climbs into Breezy -- her Volkswagen GTI -- and drives the 31 miles of winding roads through California's Santa Cruz mountains to visit her daughter.

        Survey | Discussion

        Like many in an AP-AOL Autos poll, her car is more than a machine and her relationship with it is intensely personal.

        "I love my car, I like everything about it," said the 61-year-old nurse. The VW has all the sporty features and she came up with the nickname because it has a sunroof.

        "My daughter lives about 31 miles away on one of the most dangerous roads to drive," said Hoffer, who loves navigating the hairpin turns. "It's wonderful."

        Almost four in 10 of those polled said their car has a personality of its own. Two in 10 have a nickname for their car. Most often it is a female nickname; popular choices include variations on Betsy, Nelly, Blue and Baby.

        When people talk about their strong feelings for their cars and trucks, they mention dependability, time spent maintaining them and the freedom that comes from cruising on the open road.

        Women were more likely than men to attribute personal traits to their cars, more likely than men to give their car a nickname and more likely to see their cars as female.

        For some, the loyalty comes from being able to count on a car such as "Myrtle the Turtle," the trusty Ford Escort of Erin Von Dollen, a 24-year-old college student and bank employee from Storrs, Conn.

        "It's not the best looking car and not the fastest car, but it gets me there," she said. "The electrical system is a little funky. I think of it as temperamental. Sometimes I have to talk to it when it has problems with the cable connected to the battery."

        That intense vehicle loyalty may be linked to the amount of effort an owner has put in keeping the car in good shape.

        Fred Deusch, a retiree from North Providence, R.I., has restored many fine old cars. His current prize auto is a powder-blue 1933 Oldsmobile sports coupe with dark blue fenders -- "The Blue Lady."

        His strong bond with cars goes back decades, when he did some drag racing and worked in the pit in stock car races. Like many people, Deusch loves to get out for a drive.

        Three in 10 think of their car as having a gender, with 23 percent thinking of their cars as female, compared with just 7 percent male.

        Four in five of those polled said they love to drive. Young adults and older people were more likely than those 30-39 to say they enjoy driving. People who make less than $25,000 were more likely than those who make more than $75,000 to say they enjoy driving.

        Also, 62 percent say they can tell something about someone's personality just by the car he or she drives, according to the poll of 1,004 adults taken Dec. 19-21. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

        Andrew Persaud of Pembroke Pines, Fla., said he can tell a lot about someone who drives a practical Toyota, a sporty BMW or an imposing Hummer.

        "If they're driving a Hummer, that's because of everybody else who has one," said Persaud, who drives a Honda Accord.

        For Harlene Smith of Houston, Texas, the cars people drive tell her plenty about them.

        "When I go to play bridge at the country club, people who are well off are driving Lexuses," said the 81-year-old retiree. "But they may just be putting on a good front. I drive an Oldsmobile, but it's paid for and it's mine."

        Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.
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        "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

        "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

        Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

        impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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        • VALLEJO

          Cell phone didn't set man ablaze, probe finds Spontaneous combustion ruled out; cause unknown Matthai Chakko Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writer

          Thursday, January 18, 2007

          Days after saying that a cell phone in a pants pocket set a sleeping man ablaze, Vallejo fire investigators have ruled out the phone.

          Investigators from Nokia, one of the world's largest cell phone manufacturers, flew out to Vallejo, inspected the phone in question made by their company and convinced investigators that the phone didn't spontaneously combust, as fire officials initially said.

          What, exactly, caused the fire remains a mystery.

          Authorities had said the bizarre fire had started in the pants pocket, and the only item they found there during an investigation was a cell phone.

          "There were no matches. There were no lighters. He wasn't smoking. The only source was the phone that was in his pocket,'' Vallejo Fire Department inspector and spokesman Bill Tweedy had said Monday. "I know he didn't spontaneously combust."

          But Tweedy said a visit Wednesday by Nokia's experts changed his conclusion.

          Under Fire Department supervision, Nokia's engineers checked the phone's wiring, tested it for short circuits, inserted the existing battery and hit the power button, said Tweedy, who was present during the test.

          The phone -- a Nokia 2125i -- turned on.

          "The phone didn't short out," Tweedy said. "It didn't overheat. The phone still works even though it's burned ... if the phone had shorted out, it wouldn't have turned on."

          Luis Picaso, 59, remained in critical condition at the burn center at the UC Davis Medical Center on Wednesday evening, Tweedy said.

          Picaso had fallen asleep on a plastic lawn chair in his residential hotel room when he was awakened by flames that spread from his right front pants pocket upward. The fire engulfed more than half his body and left him with second-and third-degree burns.

          Firefighters found Picaso on the floor of the bathroom, where he had dragged himself.

          Tweedy and other inspectors are still convinced the ignition source came from the pocket. But they don't know what it was.

          "Whatever was there, other than the cell phone, is no longer there," Tweedy said late Wednesday night. "It was obviously a very intense fire because, obviously, the guy had third-degree burns."

          Picaso, who is heavily sedated, has been interviewed by investigators only once since the Saturday night blaze, "but he didn't really know what happened," said Tweedy. "... He might not ever remember what happened, but I do know something lit the pants on fire," Tweedy said. "It wasn't spontaneous combustion. We eliminated everything but an ordinary flame source -- a match, a lighter, any smoking materials."

          Tweedy said the Fire Department called Nokia in because "they offered their electrical engineers to come in and do testing that we can't afford to do."

          The investigation is now over, Tweedy said. The original source of the fire will probably remain a mystery.

          "He could have been smoking a cigarette, the cigarette fell into his pocket, and it started on fire," said Tweedy. "We don't know that. We weren't there."

          E-mail Matthai Chakko Kuruvila at [email protected].
          If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

          "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

          "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

          Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

          impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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          • Antarctic Trekkers Find Lenin Bust

            POSTED: 11:33 pm EST January 21, 2007

            SYDNEY, Australia -- British and Canadian explorers traveled more than 1,000 miles of Antarctic terrain only to find a Soviet surprise.

            What first appeared as a black dot on the horizon turned out to be a bust of Vladimir Lenin, still standing in the ice. The spot was first visited in 1958 by Soviet explorers, who presumably crafted the likeness of the 1917 Russian Revolution powerhouse.

            The "spot" is Antarctica's Pole of Inaccessibility, the farthest point from any ocean and more than 12,000 feet above sea level.

            The team reached the pole after seven weeks of howling winds and subzero temperatures. The expedition said it's the first to reach the geographic center of Antarctica without any mechanical assistance. The explorers traveled on foot and by kite ski, dragging sleds weighing 264 pounds.

            Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.


            I wonder if "kite skiing" will become the New Olympic Sport?
            If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

            "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

            "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

            Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

            impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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            • TOOO FUNNY. However, I do see and understand the implications of what this "could have been". But still a funny story.

              Secret Service Visits Man After Letter To Editor
              Man Says Wrong Man Was Hanged

              POSTED: 3:42 pm EST January 21, 2007

              BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Some might say Dan Tilli's letters to the editor threaten conservative values. The Secret Service briefly worried that the 81-year-old's words threatened President George W. Bush.

              Tilli's letter published in Monday's edition of The Express-Times of Easton earned him a visit from a pair of Secret Service agents.

              The letter referenced the execution of Saddam Hussein and ended with the line, "I still believe they hanged the wrong man." There was no mention of a threat to Bush.

              The government apparently saw that as a potential threat toward the president.

              Tilli said he didn't say who, and that he could have meant Osama bin Laden. He also said the statement wasn't a threat.

              He said he received a phone call from a Secret Service agent Thursday morning, and that he was shocked to find out that the agents were already sitting outside his apartment building.

              "They said, 'We're coming up,'" Tilli told The Express-Times. "They were in the parking lot and they came up in two seconds."

              The agents, who confirmed their visit, grilled Tilli at his Bethlehem apartment for nearly an hour Thursday before deeming him safe.

              Tilli said they asked him questions about his siblings, if he has considered suicide and whether he has traveled to Washington, D.C.

              "I don't even know how to get there," Tilli said. "Atlantic City is the only place I go."

              The agency said it has no further interest in Tilli, but that it had to check him out.

              Tilli told the paper that the agents appeared to relax after he showed them a scrapbook containing more than 200 letters to the editor that he's written over the years, most of which were on political topics. He has written to the paper for more than 20 years.

              "He (the agent) said they are good letters; they are interesting. He said keep writing but just don't make no threats," Tilli said. "They said, 'Don't worry about it. We just had to check.'"

              He said they searched his house for weapons and took photographs of him.

              Secret Service agent Kenneth Beauchamp told the paper that he enjoyed his visit with Tilli.

              "He was an interesting man to talk to," Beauchamp said. "He seemed like a very nice gentleman."

              It wasn't Tilli's first visit from authorities concerned about his writing. He said two FBI agents visited his home last year. He said they were apparently worried about a letter he wrote advocating a civil war to unseat Bush.

              "It was a little surprising on this one because I didn't think the letter was that bad," Tilli said.

              Tilli told that paper that he plans to follow the agents' advice and continue writing letters.

              "I'm glad they came because it makes me feel that people are interested in what I'm doing," Tilli said. "Some guys, they save cards. I write letters."

              Distributed by Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc. The Associated Press contributed to this report.


              Grandpa Simpson, anyone?
              If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

              "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

              "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

              Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

              impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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              • Hunters' Wifes Beware

                Hunter's Wife Finds Shot Duck Alive In Fridge

                POSTED: 6:47 pm EST January 20, 2007

                TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Neither gunfire nor two days in a refrigerator could slay this duck.

                Wildlife officials in Tallahassee said a feathered Lazarus had been shot by a hunter and put into his refrigerator for two days. That's when the hunter's wife opened the door and the duck lifted his head, giving her a scare.

                Laina Whipple, a receptionist at the animal hospital, said the man's wife "was going to check on the refrigerator because it hadn't been working right and when she opened the door, it looked up at her. She freaked out and told the daughter to take it to the hospital right then and there."

                The hospital's staff had the daughter take the 1-pound female ring-neck to Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, where it has been treated since Tuesday for wounds to its wing and leg.

                Sanctuary veterinarian David Hale said it has about a 75 percent chance of survival, but probably won't ever be well enough to be released back into the wild.

                Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
                If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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                • Here's a "Feel-Good" story of a type we don't see too often:

                  Homeless Men Save Man Who Fell Into Water
                  Man Kept From Drowning Until Help Arrives

                  POSTED: 6:43 am EST January 24, 2007
                  UPDATED: 6:47 am EST January 24, 2007

                  WASHINGTON -- From his hospital bed, Al Slaughter told NBC4 reporter Miguel Almaguer he could have died two days ago.

                  Slaughter was walking to his houseboat at the Washington Marina Monday night when he slipped on a patch of ice and slid right into the water.

                  No one was around and Slaughter said he couldn't pull himself out.

                  Barely able to move, Slaughter saw three homeless men and called for help. One of the men scaled a 7-foot fence and came to Slaughter's aide, but he couldn't pull him out but he kept him from drowning.

                  "He was telling me, 'you just keep holding on, I got you, you just keep holding on. We got help coming. You're going to live, you're not going to die,'" Slaughter said.

                  With a firm grip, the Good Samaritan kept Slaughter's head above water while the other two men ran to get help. When harbor police arrived, Slaughter had been in the 38-degree water more than 20 minutes and was in and out of consciousness.

                  D.C. police Lt. Paul Niepling told NBC4 "Had he not been saved by that person who came up and held onto his arm, it's very possible the outcome would have been very different and he would not have survived."

                  Recovering from severe hypothermia, Slaughter knows those who have the least helped the most when his life was on the line. Now he wants to shake the hand that kept him alive.

                  "I do want just to see him, to say thanks and shake his hand," he said.

                  Slaughter said he has learned the name of the man who helped save his life, Lloyd Lipscomb. The D.C. police harbor branch are trying to reunite the two men.

                  Copyright 2007 by nbc4.com.
                  If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                  "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                  "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                  Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                  impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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                  • Uummm.... Ok.... I Guess...

                    Family Can Use Dead Soldier's Sperm

                    POSTED: 1:32 am EST January 30, 2007
                    UPDATED: 1:52 am EST January 30, 2007

                    JERUSALEM -- In a precedent-setting decision, an Israeli court has ruled that a dead soldier's family can have his sperm impregnated into the body of a woman he never met.

                    Keivan Cohen, 20, was shot dead in 2002 by a Palestinian sniper in the Gaza Strip. He was single and left no will. But at the urging of his parents, a sample of his sperm was taken two hours after his death and has been stored in a hospital since.

                    When the family tried to gain access to the sperm, however, the hospital refused, on the ground that only a spouse could make such a request. Arguing that their son yearned to raise a family, his parents challenged that decision in court. And on Jan. 15, after a four-year legal battle, a Tel Aviv court granted the family's wish and ruled that the sperm could be injected into a woman selected by Cohen's family.

                    The ruling also ordered the Ministry of Interior to register any children born as a result of the insemination as children of the deceased.

                    "On the one hand I'm terribly sad that I don't have my boy; it's a terrible loss," Rachel Cohen said in an interview in Monday's Chicago Tribune. "But I'm also happy that I succeeded in carrying out my son's will."

                    Cohen did not return phone calls from The Associated Press.

                    Irit Rosenblum, a family rights advocate who represented the Cohen family, said the ruling was significant because it set a precedent for those seeking to continue bloodlines after death.

                    At the trial, Rosenblum presented testimony, including video recordings, in which Cohen expressed his desire to have children.

                    "He always said he wanted children," she told The Associated Press. "But there were no regulations in the law that deals with using sperm from dead people."

                    Rosenblum said soldiers increasingly have been leaving sperm samples, or explicit instructions on post-mortem extraction, before heading to battle.

                    She said she knew of more than 100 cases of Israeli soldiers who, before last summer's war with Lebanese guerillas, asked to have their sperm saved if they were killed. American soldiers have also begun donating sperm before heading to Iraq, she said.

                    "I think it is a human revolution," Rosenblum said. "Ten years ago, who would believe that a human being can continue after he has died. I think it is great for humanity."

                    Rosenblum said the woman who is to act as surrogate mother has requested to remain anonymous.

                    "She's like family to us," Rachel Cohen told the Tribune. "Cruel and good fate brought us together."

                    Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.
                    If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                    "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                    "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                    Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                    impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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                    • This thread has been impregnated with Malahat's sperm as he seems to be the primary source of information her. Actually Malahat what are your plans for your genes after you retire?

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                      • Originally posted by lvwrench View Post
                        This thread has been impregnated with Malahat's sperm as he seems to be the primary source of information her. Actually Malahat what are your plans for your genes after you retire?
                        since I have already "strived to create" with two sons...... the only genes I am concerned with now are how well I fit into a pair 34 inch 501's. LOL {didnt much like being in 36's looking at 38's.... }
                        If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                        "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                        "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                        Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                        impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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                        • This Should Wet Your Willy

                          Md. Officials Attend Conference On Deer-Related Vehicle Deaths
                          Conference Will Look At Novel Ways To Reduce Crashes

                          POSTED: 9:42 am EST January 30, 2007
                          UPDATED: 10:11 am EST January 30, 2007

                          ARDEN HILLS, Minn. -- Perhaps wolf urine could make highways safer.

                          Representatives from Maryland are attending a two-day conference on deer-related vehicle deaths that will look at, among other things, whether deer can be scared off with real or synthetic urine from predators such as wolves, coyotes and bears.

                          Maryland is one of eight states that are pooling their money and brain power to reduce the hazard, which kills about 200 people nationwide each year.

                          "I think it's a problem in every state but Hawaii," said Bob Weinholzer, programs administrator for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

                          Weinholzer said such crashes cost the nation's drivers about $1.4 billion annually in property damage, death and injuries.

                          That's why he planned to propose the predator urine research project to fellow transportation officials from states that make up the newly formed Deer-Vehicle Crash Information Research Center. Representatives from Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin were also expected to attend the two-day meeting, which runs through Wednesday.

                          The participants will propose and vote on research projects to fund with their combined $280,000. Weinholzer said sharing costs is the only way most states can afford long-term thorough research.

                          "You get a better, bigger research project done and more professionally," said Steve Gent, traffic and safety engineer for the Iowa Department of Transportation.

                          While deer-vehicle crashes usually aren't very serious -- they usually result in damage to cars rather than injuries to humans -- the numbers are growing in some states as their deer populations grow.

                          "There are no good, easy solutions from a transportation perspective," Gent said. "Pretty much all research shows that two things work: one is to reduce the size of the deer herd, which is very controversial. The other is to put up a deer fence. All you do is move the problem."

                          That's why Weinholzer says predator urine might be useful. The urine would be placed in canisters set far from the roadway in the hope that the smell will trigger an instinct in deer to flee.

                          Deer in Iowa probably don't naturally come across wolf urine -- or bear urine, for that matter -- Weinholzer acknowledged. But researchers hope to learn if a predator's urine will set off an instinctive reaction anyway.

                          Gent said it's worth a try.

                          "It's all for the common good," he said.

                          According to MnDOT, two people were killed in 4,176 deer-vehicle crashes reported in Minnesota in 2005, the last year for which figures were available.

                          MnDOT will conduct its own, separate study starting next month near Camden State Park in southwestern Minnesota. A laser triggering system will be set up near Highway 23. When large animals break the beams, the system will activate flashing lights atop deer crossing signs for about a minute, warning drivers to slow down.

                          Some 40 to 80 deer are killed by vehicles on that stretch of road annually, Weinholzer said.

                          "Slowing down is the biggest key," he said. "You could never stop all deer crashes."

                          Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.
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                          "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                          "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                          Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                          impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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                          • You Ohio Guys

                            I dunno....

                            Naked Student Hit By Taser Jolt In School Cafeteria

                            POSTED: 11:03 am EST January 30, 2007
                            UPDATED: 11:25 am EST January 30, 2007

                            WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- Police in Westerville say an 18-year-old high school student ran naked and screaming into his school cafeteria Monday.

                            An officer monitoring the lunch period at Westerville North High School used his taser twice to stun the student, Taylor Killian.

                            Police in the Columbus suburb said Killian was yelling and flailing his arms. He had rubbed his body with oil to keep from being caught.

                            Other students screamed and ran away, but Killian kept running toward a group huddled in the corner until the second time he was shocked.

                            Killian is charged with inducing panic, public indecency, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He will be taken to the Delaware County jail after booking. Police said he's being cooperative at the station.

                            Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.
                            If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                            "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                            "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                            Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                            impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                            IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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                            • malahat I thinkl you have answered the question of keeping the dder off the road by having the naked student run through the highways to scare the deer off. Either that or have Kiwi send some Penguin poop to do the job.

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                              • This one was almost too much even for me...

                                Japanese Official Calls Women 'Birth-Giving Machines'

                                POSTED: 9:45 am EST January 28, 2007

                                TOKYO -- Japan's health minister described women as "birth-giving machines" in a speech on the falling birthrate, drawing criticism despite an immediate apology.

                                "The number of women between the ages of 15 and 50 is fixed. The number of birth-giving machines (and) devices is fixed, so all we can ask is that they do their best per head," Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Hakuo Yanagisawa said in a speech Saturday, the Asahi and Mainichi newspapers reported.

                                Yanagisawa reportedly apologized even as he made the remarks, and later told Kyodo News agency the language he used was "too uncivil."

                                But Democratic Party leader Yukio Hatoyama was unmoved by his expression of regret.

                                "It was extremely rude to women. Having children or not having children is naturally a matter that women and households are free (to decide themselves)," Hatoyama told reporters Sunday.

                                Japan's population of 127 million contracted for the first time on record in 2005, mostly because of a drop in the birthrate, raising the prospect of severe labor shortages and difficulties in paying health bills and pensions for large numbers of elderly.

                                The country's birthrate was 1.26 babies per woman in her lifetime in 2005, a record low, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said his government wants to develop measures to encourage more couples to have children.

                                A proposal adopted in June calls for increasing child care, promoting greater gender equality, and encouraging companies to be more flexible in allowing staff time to take care of family responsibilities.

                                But the high cost of raising children, as well as the lingering notion that women should quit their jobs after giving birth, has meant many opt to have few or no children.

                                Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.


                                "The number of women between the ages of 15 and 50 is fixed. The number of birth-giving machines (and) devices is fixed, so all we can ask is that they do their best per head,"
                                I wonder: did he duck and run after saying this to the crowd?
                                If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                                "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                                "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                                Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                                impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                                IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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