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Free Will Astrology

By Rob Brezsny
POSTED // Oct 3,2007 - ARIES (March 21-April 19) Vegan Erotica is a company that sells S&M bondage gear suitable for vegans. Its whips, harnesses, collars, cuffs and restraints are made of fake leather. So it’s now possible for you to conduct puckish experiments...

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The Straight Dope: Varied Treasure

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Oct 3,2007 - Everyone is familiar with the idea of buried pirate treasure, and maps where “X marks the spot.” But is there any evidence of such a practice? Were there ever any pirate treasure maps as described?  —Jimmy Breck-McKye, South Yorkshire,...

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Ask a Mexican

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Oct 3,2007 - Dear Mexican: I’m a minority, and I know we can be overly sensitive sometimes, but I just can’t stand Carlos Mencia. Not only are his jokes asinine, but I feel they are actually racist. Whereas Dave Chappelle tried to make fun of society’s...

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Newsquirks

By Rob Brezsny
POSTED // Sep 26,2007 - Curses, Foiled Again Acting on a tip, authorities investigating a bank robbery in Nassau County, Fla., questioned Barbara S. Joyner, 59. Inside her purse, they found several holdup notes written on a notepad with markings similar to those on the note...

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The Straight Dope: Puffing Polonium

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 26,2007 - Since Alexander Litvinenko’s death there’s been a lot of talk about polonium-210, the radioactive material that killed him. This brought to light another issue seldom discussed in the media—that tobacco contains high levels of the stuff,...

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Free Will Astrology

By Rob Brezsny
POSTED // Sep 26,2007 - ARIES (March 21-April 19) Your first assignment is to practice feeling that everywhere you go you are standing on holy ground. Capitalize that phrase in your imagination—“I AM STANDING ON HOLY GROUND”—as you move through the world....

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Ask a Mexican

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Sep 26,2007 - After the great migration of Jews to this nation, a question was posed: “How long does it take a Jew to go from being a street sweeper to becoming a corporate attorney?” The answer given was, “One generation.” Not so for Mexicans....

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Newsquirks

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Sep 19,2007 - Curses, Foiled Again A man with a shotgun entered a convenience store in Albany, N.Y., and set the gun down on the counter so he could use both hands to stuff money from the register into his pockets. A surveillance video shows clerk Hafiz Alam grabbing...

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Free Will Astrology

By Rob Brezsny
POSTED // Sep 19,2007 - ARIES (March 21-April 19) In the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego, mamihlapinatapai is a word meaning “gazing into each other’s eyes, each hoping that the other will initiate something that both desire but which neither one wants to start.”...

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The Straight Dope: Villages of the Dammed

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 19,2007 - Major plot points in two somewhat recent movies have involved the evacuation of a town due to it being intentionally flooded by a new dam. Has this ever happened in real life? Are there submerged towns scattered about this great land containing untold...
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