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Newsquirks

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Aug 15,2007 - Curses, Foiled Again Antoine Robinson, 19, pulled up at a home in Beaufort, S.C., and began shooting at brothers Rodmond Singleton, 24, and Titus Singleton, 18. The Singletons, who told police they were just heading out for some target shooting, grabbed...

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Freewill Astrology

By Rob Brezsny
POSTED // Aug 15,2007 - ARIES (March 21-April 19) “Dear Rob: Have your apprentices been composing your column lately? Or have you outsourced the writing to Vedic fortune-tellers in Calcutta? The horoscopes just don’t sound like you. They’re, I don’t...

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The Straight Dope

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 15,2007 - Dryers BlowWhen drying my hands in a public bathroom, I frequently have the choice of an electric hot-air dryer or paper towels. Since the label on the hot-air dryer proclaims it is environmentally friendly and reduces paper towel waste, I generally use...

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Ask a Mexican

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Aug 15,2007 - Dear Mexican: I had a heated discussion in my van pool with a couple of gringos where they made a comment that immigration (both legal and illegal) needs to stop. I replied jokingly, “Then who will take our orders at McDonald’s or work in...

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Newsquirks

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Aug 8,2007 - Curses, Foiled Again Police easily identified Joel Zsebenazy as the person who stole a carton of cigarettes from a drug store in Buffalo, N.Y. Zsebenazy asked the clerk for the cigarettes, then handed her his driver license to prove his age. While the...

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The Straight Dope

Survival of the Optimists

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 8,2007 - We’re often told that people with some serious illness are “fighters” and that helps them survive or, conversely, that some people “give up” or the like. My question is, are such phenomena scientifically validated? Is willpower...

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Freewill Astrology

By Rob Brezsny
POSTED // Aug 8,2007 - ARIES (March 21-April 19) “The face is the most erotic part of the body,” says fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. Try out that perspective for a while, Aries. Your assignment in the coming week is to enjoy getting excited by faces that captivate...

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Ask a Mexican

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Aug 8,2007 - Dear Mexican: I’ve run into a problem with my wife. I’d like to proudly display our last name on the back window of the family car, but she won’t allow it. How can I convince her that’s it’s a longstanding and honored Mexican...

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The Straight Dope: It’s a Gas

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 31,2007 - I was watching an episode of Nature on PBS about sea turtles, and at one point the narrator mentioned vast deposits of methane at the bottom of the ocean in solid form. Then he gave some vague warning that the warming oceans may unleash all this methane...

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Ask a Mexican

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Jul 31,2007 - Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans say “¡Ojalá Dios quiere!”? Ojalá refers to Allah the Muslim god, and Dios is the Christian god. Do Mexicans want to cover their bases and get a double blessing, or maybe they can’t they...
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