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  • 'There's no stress': Couple weds at Taco Bell

    Saturday, January 10, 2009 (01-10) 22:21 PST Normal, Ill. (AP)

    Wedding bells meant Taco Bell for Paul and Caragh Brooks.

    Customers inside the fast-food restaurant continued to order tacos and burritos as the couple sat Friday in an orange booth at Taco Bell and exchanged vows.

    "It's appropriate," groom Paul Brooks said. "It's an offbeat relationship."

    Employees displayed hot sauce packets labeled with the words "Will you marry me?" They decorated the restaurant with streamers and balloons.

    The bride wore a $15 hot pink dress and the entire wedding cost about $200. Several dozen guests looked on as the couple's friend, Ryan Green of Normal, administered the vows while wearing a T-shirt. He was ordained online.

    "This is the way to go — there's no stress," said the groom's mother, Kathy Brooks.

    Caragh Brooks, 21, of Australia, met Paul Brooks, 30, on an Internet dating Web site. They already had the same last name.

    The couple wrote back and forth and talked on the phone for nine months before Caragh Brooks moved to the United States.

    "We have the same brain, just in two bodies," Paul Brooks said. "We think alike in virtually every manner. We have the same interests, viewpoints."

    He proposed on New Year's Eve and, because they like to spend time at the local Taco Bell, they decided to wed there.

    "I would never have expected in my life in working here there would be a wedding," restaurant manager Carl Hamlow said.

    Information from: The Pantagraph, www.pantagraph.com
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    • You've got to be kidding!

      I tell you, squirrels are taking over, one way or another!

      Will Squirrel-Flavored Chips Be the Next Hipster Bar Snack?1/9/09 at 5:13 PM

      "The Times wasn’t kidding when it said squirrels were all the rage in England. According to the Telegraph of London, British potato-chip company Walkers has introduced a "Cajun squirrel" trial flavor, one of several that may eventually become permanent. In a promotional video, Martyn Wright, a man who is said to have been “constantly harassed by cheeky squirrels” before he came up with the most blechtacular idea since the PickleSickle, assures that no squirrels are harmed in the making of the chips — which means they may soon be available at your local gourmet store!"

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      • AHAHAHAAA. I did NOT in any way shape or form alter this. It is as it was published in SF Gate. (San Fransico Chronicle)
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        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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        • Originally posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
          AHAHAHAAA. I did NOT in any way shape or form alter this. It is as it was published in SF Gate. (San Fransico Chronicle)
          ROFLUIC

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          • Big coffee drinkers hallucinate more: Study

            AFPJanuary 14, 2009 5:00 AM

            Although researchers found that people who drink large amounts of caffeine may be more prone to hallucinations, the study noted that the tendency to hear voices may not be caused by caffeine, but simply reflect the kind of people who drink lots of coffee.Photograph by: Chris Young, National Post LONDON - People who drink more than seven cups of coffee a day tend to hallucinate more than less caffeine-driven colleagues, according to a study published Wednesday.

            Those with a high caffeine intake are three times more likely to have heard a non-existent person’s voice than those who drink one cup a day, said the research by psychologists at Durham University.

            But the study noted that the tendency to hear voices or have other hallucinations may not be caused by caffeine, but simply reflect the kind of people who drink lots of coffee.

            "This is a first step towards looking at the wider factors associated with hallucinations," said Simon Jones, the PhD student who led the study.

            "Previous research has highlighted a number of important factors, such as childhood trauma. Many such factors are thought to be linked to hallucinations, in part because of their impact on the body’s reaction to stress."

            Co-author Charles Fernyhough stressed that the study did not confirm a causal link between caffeine intake and hallucinations, noting also that three percent of people regularly hear voices in their head.

            "One interpretation may be that those students who were more prone to hallucinations used caffeine to help cope with their experiences," he said.

            "More work is needed to establish whether caffeine consumption, and nutrition in general, has an impact on those kinds of hallucination that cause distress."

            The researchers now plan to study the impact of other forms of food and drink on hallucinations.

            "It’s surprising that there has been so little research into nutrition and hallucinations. In some countries high consumption levels of sugar and saturated fat are linked to poor mental health outcomes," said Jones.

            "Given the link between food and mood, and particularly between caffeine and the body’s response to stress, it seems sensible to examine what a nutritional perspective may add."

            The study appears in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

            © Copyright (c) AFP
            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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            • Originally posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
              Co-author Charles Fernyhough stressed that the study did not confirm a causal link between caffeine intake and hallucinations, noting also that three percent of people regularly hear voices in their head.


              The voices in my head tell me to do things....evil things.

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              • Mass. man shot twice in year at same pizza place

                Wednesday, January 14, 2009

                (01-14) 17:34 PST Worcester, Mass. (AP) --

                A 26-year-old Worcester man may want to avoid a certain pizza place — after he was shot in front of the restaurant twice in less than a year. Police said the man, whose name was not immediately released, is expected to survive three gunshot wounds he suffered in front of the Golden Pizza on Tuesday, after surviving another shooting there in April.

                Detective Capt. Edward McGinn told the Telegram & Gazette the man had just gotten a haircut at a barber shop Tuesday when he went across the street and got into a skirmish with a person in front of Golden Pizza.

                McGinn said the man was hospitalized after being shot in the legs and abdomen. The shooter fled.

                In the April 13 incident, police said three people were arrested after the same man was shot multiple times.
                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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                • Now I KNOW that we've all done this at one time or another. Come'on dont lie, fess up!

                  Boy Tongue Tied to Pole

                  Painful lesson could have been learned by watching movie
                  Updated 12:29 PM EST, Thu, Jan 15, 2009

                  In the story of another Indiana boy in the 40s, 9-year-old Ralph "Ralphie" Parker is enthralled by his friend Flick's misfortune.

                  Remember what happened to Flick?

                  In the 1983 film "A Christmas Story," based in the 1940s, Flick, a friend of the young protagonist, Ralphie, gets his tongue stuck to a flag pole when he tries tasting the frozen metal.

                  Who would DO that? Well, apparently, Flick is not alone.

                  In Hammond, Ind., police were called to the scene of a similar crisis Tuesday night. A 10-year-old boy got his tongue stuck on a frozen street light.

                  The Field Elementary School fourth-grader managed to mumble to police that a friend had dared him to lick the fixture, and as the NW Indiana Times reported, "He must have been triple dared."

                  Read more from the NW Indiana Times, where readers' comments will only add to the guilty glee sparked by the story.

                  Cold Weather Dangers

                  In fact, however, the bitter cold is no laughing matter. It can dangerous for even the hardiest of us.

                  Frostbite occurs when tissues freeze, and it can happen when skin is exposed to temperatures below the freezing point.

                  It's recommended that you dress appropriately even if just stepping out for a quick errand. The possibility of getting stuck outside should not be underestimated -- your car breaks down, you get stuck in the snow, the bus doesn't come -- and hypothermia can be deadly.

                  COMMENTS:

                  • Anonymous Today at 10:24 AM In our lawsuit-happy society, it won't be long before light pole manufacturers will be required to put numerous warning labels on each pole about sticking your tongue to it in cold weather. That's provided our school system actually taught the kids to read, which does not seem to happen often.

                  • oh boy Friday, Jan 16 at 2:08 AM How long until this kid's parents sue the studio that produced "A Christmas Story" for several million?

                  • Anonymous Thursday, Jan 15 at 2:11 PM Yes it does. This happen to my niece just a couple of weeks ago, while I they were over my house. She is 11years old. Her little sister triple DOG dare her. The only difference was that she didn't wait for help. She just riped part of her tongue skin off. It was a bloody mess. Wish I had a video. She is fine now, but couldn't taste food for weeks.

                  • Justice Thursday, Jan 15 at 1:53 PM I am sure this happens a lot more than people realize. I remember years ago my mom had done the same thing with her car keys. How often do we put our car keys in our mouth when we are fumbling with other things? I am sure everyone has done that before. So remember when it is this cold you can even freeze your car keys to your tongue if you aren't careful. The solution warm water, don't just rip them off.

                  • Beb35 Thursday, Jan 15 at 12:55 PM No brains - no headaches.

                  • John T Thursday, Jan 15 at 8:05 AM He must have been Triple Dog Dared!

                  Beb35 Thursday, Jan 15 at 12:55 PM No brains - no headaches.
                  EHEHEHHEEHEEHEEE.
                  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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                  • I think today will be a day of NOT reading the online news. I just had a look at the Victoria Times Colonist and it had several headlines related to the "ceremonies" set up for today. Also had a short read of the NBC4 news late last night. Under "Local News" - B.H.O, under "US and National News" - B.H.O., under "World News" - B.H.O. All the articles were the same, didn't matter which heading you looked at. Not bad press for "One Guy" eh? Bunch o B.S. if you ask me, but then, who's asking right?

                    For you folks in and around the DC area, keep yer heads down and yer ears open. Hopefully it'll be a relatively quiet shift day for y'all. Not sure if I can say I'm happy to be missing it or not.
                    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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                    • Tot blows whistle on grow-op

                      Canwest News ServiceJanuary 21, 2009

                      An 11-month-old B.C. boy playing with a telephone inadvertently placed a 9-1-1 call that led Mounties to a marijuana grow-op in his home. The man tried to explain to police that his young son didn't know how to dial a call, but they saw the toddler playing with a telephone. A 29-year-old White Rock man is facing charges of mischief and production of a controlled substance.

                      © Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist
                      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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                      • Hhahahahaaaaa

                        Police on trail of escaped cow three days after it fled auction

                        By Matthew Claxton, Canwest News ServiceJanuary 22, 2009 1:12 AM

                        When last seen four days ago, the fugitive was tired, spooked, and drooling.

                        The escapee is described as beefy, black, weighing several hundred kilograms and about 11/2 years old.

                        She's also a cow.

                        The heifer continued to elude police and animal control officers in Langley yesterday, making it the bovine's third day of freedom.

                        Sean Baker, director of the Langley Animal Shelter, said there had been no reported sightings of the animal since Monday, when it escaped from an auction. It fled south past the airport, and with police cars in pursuit, dashed up a hill on the Fraser Highway. From there, it disappeared into bush.

                        Six RCMP officers, along with members of the Langley Township bylaw enforcement department, and animal control were in pursuit.

                        "People, I think, underestimate cattle," said Baker.

                        However, those who chased the cow across several kilometres of road and rough terrain weren't underestimating cattle anymore.

                        They lost the animal in a maze of bramble-choked backyards. A group of officers followed its tracks east until it apparently emerged from the bush near a butcher shop, then hoofed it across the street into a dense stand of woods.

                        Baker noted that cattle are strong, fast, and have high endurance.

                        © Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist
                        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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                        • Now the evil little bustards are on fire!

                          http://cms.firehouse.com/content/art...2&sectionID=46

                          If anyone wonders why I hunt squirrels,it is to prevent fires.

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                          • I got the joke. Oh well, I guess.

                            Photo of former Vancouver police chief's controversial prank made public

                            Vancouver Sun January 23, 2009

                            The Vancouver police department, responding to an Freedom of Information Request, released a photo Thursday of a bullet-riddled shooting target that former chief Jamie Graham used during a controversial prank.

                            On June 30 2006, Graham left the shooting-range target on the desk of then-city hall manger Judy Rogers, with a hand-written note: "A bad day at the range is better than the best day at work."

                            Rogers was offended by the target and went to Mayor Sam Sullivan with her concerns. Graham apologized for his actions.

                            The police board said it was satisfied with Graham's apology, and the public complaints commission determined no formal investigation was required.

                            Graham later retired and is now the Victoria police chief.

                            © Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun
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                            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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                            • Coulda gone to the Happiest Place on Earth,aka Bass Pro Shops.They sell the stuff by the bottle.
                              One thing about fox urine that cat urine shares is that you can NOT get the stuff out of clothing,carpet or upholstery.
                              I will neither confirm nor deny spraying fox urine through a window screen with a needleless hypodermic needle in retaliation for my downstairs neighbor hitting on my then 13 year old stepdaughter.I wanted to do something else but my wife hid the gun cabinet keys.

                              Originally posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
                              Ummm... how did he collect the stuff in the first place?

                              Man sprays 'toilet-papering' teens with fox urine

                              Friday, December 12, 2008 (12-12) 12:23 PST Willmar, Minn. (AP)

                              A 50-year-old man told authorities he was fed up with teens toilet-papering his house during homecoming week. This year, he decided to defend his property — with a squirt gun filled with fox urine.

                              He says he sprayed the kids with a mixture of one-third fox urine and two-thirds water because "it stinks, but it doesn't hurt anything."

                              Information from: West Central Tribune, www.wctrib.com

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                              • NC campus cops arrest student in snowball melee

                                Thursday, January 22, 2009 (01-22) 13:09 PST Greenville, N.C. (AP)

                                Authorities at a North Carolina college say a huge snowball fight got out of control, forcing campus police to use pepper spray on some students to contain the rowdy crowd.

                                Police were called to a dormitory at East Carolina University three times Tuesday as hundreds of students pelted each other with snow, The Daily Reflector of Greenville reported. The college is in a part of the state which doesn't get snow often, but a rare storm dropped several inches on campus that day.

                                Police said some students were getting too aggressive and an officer used pepper spray on a group that rushed officers trying to make an arrest.

                                Junior Brandon Davis said "it all started in good nature, but then people were throwing them as hard as they could at each other." Junior Matt Lunchick said an officer chased and arrested a student after being hit in the back with a snowball.
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                                Scientists solve `The Italian Job' cliffhanger

                                By RAPHAEL G. SATTER, Associated Press Writer

                                Friday, January 23, 2009 (01-23) 08:17 PST LONDON, United Kingdom (AP)

                                Some of the Britain's brightest minds have resolved one of the country's biggest cinematic cliffhangers: How the robbers could have got away with the gold at the end of "The Italian Job."

                                The 1969 heist film ends with the robbers' gold-laden bus teetering over the edge of an Alpine road, with their loot — and their lives — in doubt.

                                On Friday the Royal Society of Chemistry offered fans a little closure, announcing the winner of a competition to find a scientific solution to their predicament.

                                "Like many people, I watched the film from when I was a young boy," said John Godwin, the winner. "It's one of those classic British films, with great actors — Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill — and a great car chase, and at the end of the day they've done all the hard work and it seemed a waste to leave them hanging on that mountainside."

                                "The Italian Job" follows Charlie Croker, played by Caine, as he assembles a crack team of likable crooks to pull off a complex plan to steal a stash of gold in the Italian city of Turin. The ensuing car chase — which cuts across the rooftop test track of Fiat's Lingotto building and down the steps of Turin's Gran Madre di Dio church — ranks among the most gripping in movie history.

                                But things end badly when the gang's getaway bus slides halfway off a mountain road on its way to Switzerland. The bus seesaws precariously, with the men gathered at the front and the gold weighing down the back, which is hanging over the cliff. A wrong move could send the bus tumbling into the chasm below, but Croker says: "Hang on a minute lads — I've got a great idea." Then the credits roll.

                                Royal Society of Chemistry Chief Executive Richard Pike said the competition to find an ending to the movie that preserves both the gold and the men was aimed at "promoting science and chemistry to a wider audience in an entertaining way," adding that some 2,000 people had tried their hand at extricating Croker's gang. Some of the more novel solutions including burning the asphalt to glue the bus to the road or dissolving the gold with acid, he said.

                                Godwin said his fix took him an afternoon to work out:

                                _Break the windows at the back to reduce weight.

                                _Break two windows at the front, hold one gang member upside down out of the window to deflate the front tires and stabilize the vehicle.

                                _Drain the rear fuel tank through an access panel at the bottom of the bus.

                                _Gang members leave one by one from the front, collecting stones to replace their weight.

                                _Keep adding stones until someone can safely go to the rear to retrieve the gold.

                                Godwin said gathering the data he needed for his equations, like the fuel efficiency of a 1964 Bedford VAL14, the weight of a window or the price of gold in 1968 — needed to establish the weight of the haul — was fairly easy. "The Internet's a great place," he said.

                                He isn't the first to suggest a solution.

                                Caine himself proposed a much simpler idea in a British Broadcasting Corp. documentary six years ago — albeit one that leaves the hapless gang short of their precious haul.

                                "The next thing that happens is you turn the engine on," Caine said. "You all sit exactly where you are till all the petrol has run out, which changes the equilibrium. We all jump out and the gold goes over the cliff."

                                On the Net:

                                Contest submissions and diagrams:

                                prospect.rsc.org/blogs/rsc/in-pictures-italian-job-entries
                                Last edited by MalahatTwo7; 01-23-2009, 02:18 PM.
                                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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