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European Farmers’ Anger Spills Into the Streets of Brussels — view the picture…

European Farmers’ Anger Spills Into the Streets of Brussels — view the picture…

From NYTimes: BRUSSELS — After months of complaints by European dairy farmers angry over low prices, protesters in Brussels on Monday poured milk onto the streets, hurled eggs and other missiles, and started fires that filled the air with black smoke.

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Life Imitating Art — Chuck Palahniuk style…

Life Imitating Art — Chuck Palahniuk style…

From AP: Man sentenced for faking seizures at restaurants A Baltimore man has been sentenced to a year and a half in jail for faking seizures to get out of paying restaurant bills. City prosecutors said 43-year-old Andrew Palmer pleaded guilty last week to one count of theft scheme, and a judge agreed to impose(…)

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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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“Wankin’ Bankers” — How does Ireland, a country of 3 million people, rack up a debt of $115 billion? (NSFW language)

“Wankin’ Bankers” — How does Ireland, a country of 3 million people, rack up a debt of $115 billion? (NSFW language)

Thanks Chris C.

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Mexico’s Island of the Dolls — Creepy stuff…

Mexico’s Island of the Dolls — Creepy stuff…

From Bizarre Magazine: The Island Of The Dolls – located in the vast, bewildering network of canals that lies to the south of Mexico City, between the urban sprawl and the more traditional farmland region called Xochimilco (pronounced so-chee-meel-koh and meaning ‘place of flowers’) – is rich in history and superstition. Created by the hermit(…)

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Bank of America blocks Puppies and Flowers in the “interests of the bank”. Bell ends. (Wiki it).

Bank of America blocks Puppies and Flowers in the “interests of the bank”. Bell ends. (Wiki it).

Thanks C C.

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Two things you don’t expect to find growing in your lungs…

Two things you don’t expect to find growing in your lungs…

a) A Fir Tree b) A Pea Plant Have some ‘puppies and flowers’…

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On the same day the BBC reports that $8.7bn is unaccounted for in Iraq, the house passes an emergency $59bn for Afghanistan. What could possibly go wrong?

On the same day the BBC reports that $8.7bn is unaccounted for in Iraq, the house passes an emergency $59bn for Afghanistan. What could possibly go wrong?

Link to BBC article. Link to CNN’s report.

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Texas cops mistake actual weed for marijuana, spend hours doing yard work

From The Raw Story: Like the old song goes, one of these things is not like the other… However, remind a police officer in Corpus Christi, Texas of those famed Cookie Monster lyrics and they’re likely to give you an annoyed look.That’s because a recently discovered cache of plants, initially pegged by officials speaking to(…)

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Chinese girl, 3, walks tightwire above tigers…

Chinese girl, 3, walks tightwire above tigers…

This may actually be worse than my post last week about the kids re-enacting Scarface. The good news is that “she [will] retire at the age of seven to go to school and eventually planned to go to university”. If she survives that long… A Chinese zoo has been slammed for letting a three-year-old girl(…)

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Century-old whisky found in Antarctic

Century-old whisky found in Antarctic

From MSNBC: WELLINGTON, New Zealand – This Scotch has been on the rocks for a century. Five crates of Scotch whisky and two of brandy have been recovered by a team restoring an Antarctic hut used more than 100 years ago by famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. Ice cracked some of the bottles that had(…)

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A multimillion-pound collection of forged art seized by police has gone on public display for the first time.

A multimillion-pound collection of forged art seized by police has gone on public display for the first time.

From Sky News: Spot the difference: This ‘Lowry’ pastel is one of the top fakes in the display The exhibition, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, features more than 100 fake works from Lowry paintings to Barbara Hepworth sculptures. Experts say the collection, which also includes ‘paintings’ by Thomas Moran and graffiti artist Banksy, would(…)

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Where’s that tiger? Amazing video clip

Where’s that tiger? Amazing video clip

Wild tiger attacks man on elephant in Kazirang. Link to YouTube  Thanks Arbroath

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Feeling grumpy ‘is good for you’ — what a relief…

Feeling grumpy ‘is good for you’ — what a relief…

From The BBC: An Australian psychology expert who has been studying emotions has found being grumpy makes us think more clearly. In contrast to those annoying happy types, miserable people are better at decision-making and less gullible, his experiments showed. While cheerfulness fosters creativity, gloominess breeds attentiveness and careful thinking, Professor Joe Forgas told Australian(…)

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Ad banners on live flies at Frankfurt Book Fair…

Ad banners on live flies at Frankfurt Book Fair…

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The strangely compelling tale of Alice and Kev…

The strangely compelling tale of Alice and Kev…

Welcome to the tale of Alice and Kev. This is an experiment in playing a homeless family in The Sims 3. I created two Sims, moved them in to a place made to look like an abandoned park, removed all of their remaining money, and then attempted to help them survive without taking any job(…)

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Weird Al’s homage to The Doors — “Craigslist”

Weird Al’s homage to The Doors — “Craigslist”

…featuring Ray Manzarek himself on keyboards.

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