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Great news! They’re stealing our books!

Great news! They’re stealing our books!

Clip: FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The Frankfurt Book Fair has an indicator to help publishers gauge public interest in the new offerings presented at the annual exhibition — the unofficial "most stolen book" index. Bild am Sonntag and Germany's ZDF television have come up with lists of titles most stolen from 15 leading German publishers' stands(…)

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China frees 3 Canadian activists after Tibet protest

China frees 3 Canadian activists after Tibet protest

Very little coverage of this story in the US Media. Link to YouTube clip of a story CTV ran on the banner unfurling From CBC article:  Three Canadians arrested by Chinese police following a protest at the Great Wall against China's presence in Tibet have been released. The British Columbian activists — Lhadon Tethong, Sam(…)

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After one year, the code atop of an Adobe® building is cracked

After one year, the code atop of an Adobe® building is cracked

Adobe, very clever (as usual) and witty to boot.  From the SJMercury news: The code is cracked. And for anyone who thought a simple message was being transmitted by the rotating disks atop the Adobe tower in downtown San Jose, boy, were you wrong. The message of San Jose Semaphore is the entire text of(…)

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Restaurant sorry over F word bill

Restaurant sorry over F word bill

From BBC: A restaurant owner has apologised after diners had their very own F word experience – without Gordon Ramsay. Ten friends found the abusive and sexually-explicit message on their bill at Joe Delucci's Italian restaurant in Bird Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. Link

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Happy Birthday Scrabble.

Happy Birthday Scrabble.

It is 60 years ago tomorrow that Scrabble was registered as a trade mark by Alfred Mosher Butts, an architect from New York state, and his businessman friend James Brunot. Scrabble AD by PES: Link to The Independent's article on the inventor and origins of Scrabble  

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William Safire’s ‘Finest’ Unspoken Speech

William Safire’s ‘Finest’ Unspoken Speech

From Gawker: Columnist and presidential speechwriter Bill Safire was one of only three non-disloyal Jews President Nixon could name. Here is the speech he drafted for Nixon to read in case the Apollo 11 Astronauts became stranded on the moon! It is a wonderful piece of alternate universe American history, in which President Nixon had(…)

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French Rugby World Cup 2007 survival guide

French Rugby World Cup 2007 survival guide

Contains supposedly useful phrases, however "Who's your father referee?" (scroll down to #44) and "Scottish kiss" seem to be missing. From book: – 'Le coup d’envoi est à 15 heures' The kick-off is at 3pm – 'Où en est le match?' What’s the score? – 'On prend une bière?' How about a beer? – 'C’est(…)

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Les’ bizarre record

Les’ bizarre record

He spent 15 years, from 1983 to 1998, typing out all of the numbers from one to one million (in letters not numerals), simply because he “wanted something to do.” Link

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ABC3D — Excellent pop-up book of the alphabet

ABC3D — Excellent pop-up book of the alphabet

From the lenticular cover that changes with the angle of your hands, all the way to the Z, ABC3D is as much a work of art as it is a pop-up book. Each of the 26 dimensional letters move and change before your eyes. C turns into D with a snap. M stands at attention.(…)

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In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic…

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic…

named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances(…)

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Happy 40th Monty Python

Happy 40th Monty Python

Monty Python was first aired on British television screens on October 5 1969. Famous for the ministry of silly walks and the dead parrot sketch, the legacy of the series lives on.

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Author King ‘mistaken for vandal’

Author King ‘mistaken for vandal’

From BBC article: Author Stephen King was mistaken for a vandal when he started signing books during an unannounced visit to a shop in Australia, according to local media. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said staff at the Alice Springs book store did not initially realise the writer was autographing his own novels. Bookshop manager Bev(…)

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Read Print online

Read Print online

This is pretty amazing, among the authors whose works are available here: Alcott, Louisa May Alighieri, Dante Andersen, Hans Christian Austen, Jane Balzac, Honore de Barrie, James M. Bierce, Ambrose Blake, William Bronte, Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Anne Bulfinch, Thomas Burnett, Francis Hodgson Burroughs, Edgar Rice Byron, Lord George Gordon Carroll, Lewis Cervantes, Miguel de(…)

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Six word stories and one sentence stories.

Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words ("For sale: baby shoes, never worn.") and is said to have called it his best work. Wired Magazine asked sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers from the realms of books, TV, movies, and games to take a shot themselves. Computer, did we bring batteries? Computer? – Eileen(…)

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The Great Iraq Swindle

The Great Iraq Swindle

From Rolling Stone Magazine:  How is it done? How do you screw the taxpayer for millions, get away with it and then ride off into the sunset with one middle finger extended, the other wrapped around a chilled martini? Ask Earnest O. Robbins — he knows all about being a successful contractor in Iraq. You(…)

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Translation Party…

Translation Party…

Enter a phrase into Translation Party and it will translate it into Japanese, then back to english until it reaches its equilibrium.

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1943 Guide to Hiring Women

1943 Guide to Hiring Women

This is pretty ridiculous, but below is the transcript: “Eleven Tips on Getting More Efficiency Out of Women Employees: There’s no longer any question whether transit companies should hire women for jobs formerly held by men. The draft and manpower shortage has settled that point. The important things now are to select the most efficient(…)

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Ye Olde Official Shakespearean Insult Kit

“Be not deaf cockered dismal dreaming clotpole!” Link to generator

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Michael Gilette James Bond Book Covers

Michael Gilette James Bond Book Covers

    Link to Michael Gilette's website. Read about Ian Fleming. 

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