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Alcohol consumption by country

Alcohol consumption by country

LUXEMBOURG glugs more than 15.5 litres of alcohol per person in a year, more than any other country. One explanation is that the duty on alcohol is relatively cheap in the tiny nation, encouraging booze tourism from its more heavily taxed neighbours. No such explanation for the Irish, however, who quaff 13.7 litres a year,(…)

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House protects public broadcasting funding

House protects public broadcasting funding

Photo: KimTheWolf From CNN: The House on Wednesday evening overwhelmingly rejected President Bush's plan to eliminate the $420 million federal subsidy for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The 357-72 vote demonstrated the enduring political strength of public broadcasting. The outcome was never in doubt, unlike a fight two years ago when Republicans tried but failed(…)

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Space Colony Art from the 1970s

Space Colony Art from the 1970s

Cylindrical Colonies (Interior view)   Bernal Spheres (Colony construction crew at work) A couple of space colony summer studies were conducted at NASA Ames in the 1970s. Colonies housing about 10,000 people were designed. A number of artistic renderings of the concepts were made. These have been converted to jpegs and are available as thumbnails,(…)

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BurritoEater.com — One guy eats at and revues San Francisco burrito shops. 502 to date

BurritoEater.com — One guy eats at and revues San Francisco burrito shops. 502 to date

Burritoeater.com aims to be the Web’s most complete source of information on San Francisco taquerias – where they’re located, what they look like, if they’re open late, whether they serve breakfast, what the SF Department of Public Health says about them, which ones double as cell phone retailers, etc. etc. And while we realize that(…)

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Solved: the mystery of why Stradivarius violins are best

Solved: the mystery of why Stradivarius violins are best

From The Independant: They are said to produce unparalleled sound quality. Until now, however, no one has been able to explain why 300-year-old Stradivarius violins have never been matched in terms of musical expressiveness and projection. A study has found that the secret may be explained by the consistent density of the two wooden panels(…)

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Italy seizes $135B of US bonds from two Japanese nationals

Italy seizes $135B of US bonds from two Japanese nationals

From International Business Times: Two Japanese citizens carrying $134 billion worth of U.S. bonds were detained last week by Italy’s financial police at Chiasso (40km from Milan) on the border between Italy and Switzerland, an Italian daily said Wednesday. According to the report, they include 249 U.S. Treasury bonds each worth $500 million, plus 10(…)

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Frank Zappa Day Declared

Frank Zappa Day Declared

Zappa, another brilliant unsung American talent, good for Baltimore I say. Thursday, August 9th is Frank Zappa Day in Baltimore, MD, as proclaimed by Mayor Sheila Dixon. Frank Zappa was born in Baltimore in 1940 and, coincidentally, wrote and recorded a song entitled “What's New In Baltimore?” Dweezil Zappa, his son, is bringing the ongoing(…)

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Maverick’s surf contest is on for Saturday 01-12-08

Maverick’s surf contest is on for Saturday 01-12-08

HALF MOON BAY – Many of the world's best and bravest surfers are heading toward Half Moon Bay as organizers of the legendary Maverick's Surf Contest have scheduled the big-wave event for Saturday. Surfers were given the word this morning, said brothers and surf partners Tyler and Russell Smith of Santa Cruz. Organizers have been(…)

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