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Choose Your Weapons

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - I went to lunch with some friends on Sunday. There’s one girl who thinks she knows everything and is always peppering us with stories and factoids to show off. Sunday she throws this nugget out: In domestic killings, the No. 1 weapon used is not...

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Newsquirks

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - When a sheriff’s deputy in Harris County, Texas, tried to pull over a Ford Aerostar van for a traffic violation, the van sped away. After leading the deputy on a 25-minute chase at speeds up to 80 mph, the van pulled over at a gas station in Houston....

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Fennel of Love

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - According to the History Channel’s The History of Sex, the ancient Romans ate a specific plant for birth control purposes. It was described as being enormously effective, to the extent that it was extinct by the fall of the empire. I’m sure...

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Newsquirks

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Police investigating a series of auto thefts in a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, identified Shylo Kujawski as their prime suspect because he has “Grand Theft Auto” tattooed prominently on his back. They arrested him after setting up...

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Cheap Drunks

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Recently, a safety poster at work published the following information: “Myth: People who abstain from alcohol are alcohol-free, and can’t be arrested for DUI. Fact: False. People continuously produce alcohol inside their own bodies, a process...

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Newsquirks

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - When a cabdriver reported that a man robbed him after being dropped off in Severn, Md., he added that the crook left behind a coin purse containing his driver’s license, Social Security card and a paycheck made out to William Ludlow, 30. Twelve...

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The Hateful Dead

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - What happens if a werewolf bites a vampire? Or vice-versa? 'Rob and Shane, via e-mail If you assume a vampire has the same caloric/nutritional requirements as us mortals, how much blood would they have to suck each day? 'Robin, via e-mail If you...

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Newsquirks

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Curses, Foiled AgainnBritish police arrested three men who robbed an armored car in Liverpool after a group of schoolchildren helped identify them by memorizing the getaway car’s license plates. A passer-by who spotted the car feared she would forget...

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Honorable Discharge

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Are titanium batteries really better than alkaline? Or is this some sort of new marketing ploy?      'Beth Hanes, via e-mailnnI’ve been pointing those who claim “battery memory” as truth towards your archive...

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Newsquirks

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Curses, Foiled AgainnPolice in Clark County, Ore., reported receiving a call from a motorist who said he noticed smoke coming from a public utility district regulator station, stopped and spotted a man on fire inside the fenced area. Police and fire fighters...
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