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The Man With the Golden Mop

Can't Possibly Be True

Work of a Researcher

Suspicions Confirmed

Schools' standardized tests are often criticized as harmfully rigid, and in the latest version of the Texas Education Agency's STAAR test, poet Sara Holbrook said she flubbed the "correct" answer for "author motivation"—in two of her own poems that were on the test.

The Passing Parade

Dispel the bad karma (for their own safety) and thus sacrificed a black goat on the tarmac at Islamabad airport next to an ATR-42 aircraft (the same model that crashed)

Leading Economic Indicator

The salary the Golden State Warriors pays to basketball whiz Stephen Curry might be a bargain at $12 million a year, but the economics is weirder about the prices Curry's fans pay on the street for one of his used mouthguards retrieved from the arena floor after a game.

Roundup From the World’s Press

Too-Much-Reality TV
Police may come arrest the perpetrators, but the producers are not responsible for intervening.

Oh-So-Sweet Dreams

The Hastens workshop in Koping, Sweden, liberally using the phrase "master artisans" recently, unveiled its made-to-order $149,900 mattress.

Holes Against Humanity

The rebellion against the absurdities of Black Friday this year by the organization Cards Against Humanity came in the form of raising money to dig a pointless hole in the ground.

Fellatio Modification

Complaining that textbooks on mouths tragically under-regard their value in sex, former dentist Ku created (the ordinary way) a custom retainer for the client's mouth, but then added rubber "bumps" and "cones" and "ribs" and "ripples" that might be pleasing to a partner.

Ecret-Say Ode-Kay

In a phone-tapped conversation played in court, one of the men on trial was overheard cunningly telling a henchman that a colleague had been "caught with the un-gay in the ar-kay."

Even Baking Soda Is Dangerous

Why do police love the test? It costs $2. The truck drivers had to struggle to get their truck back and are still fighting to be re-cleared to drive military explosives.

Future of Travel

Australian aviator David Mayman has promised investors that his personal jet packs will hit the market by mid-2017.

Democracy in Action

A 35-year-old man was detained by police in Vancouver, British Columbia, after a home break-in in which the intruder took off his clothes, grabbed some eggs and began preparing a meal.

The Nanny State

New York City officially began licensing professional fire eaters earlier this year

Can't Possibly Be True

Beijing News disclosed in October, in a report carried by CNN, that a sturdy steel ladder was being built to aid the 400 villagers after breathtaking photographs of them making the treacherous commute surfaced on the internet earlier this year.

Religion Adapts to Technology

He had "resurrected" a diabetic woman, 40 minutes after her death, by sending the lady a text message through Facebook

Pot for Pets

Dogs and cats are struck with maladies similar to those that humans report in cannabis success stories: seizures, inflammation, anxiety, arthritis and other pain


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