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#41 pluto77189

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 0842 AM

Some guys at a UCONN party I went to way back in the day had a nine foot long python named 'Monty'. They lived down the hall. Monty generally hung out with the beer keg, slithering from party goer to party goer as they topped off (the usual circle of people around the keg providing plenty of people to slither onto). I remember thinking that if someone passed out and no one kept track of the snake that there could be a problem. He was largely docile but tightened up a little too much for comfort around my neck at one point.


Most people that keep constrictors simply are ignorant of the lethality of these animals. Large constrictors, over 6 feet or so, are able to kill much much faster than any venomous species. Zoos, responsible keepers, none of them allow large constrictors to be handled, or have their cages cleaned, by a single person - always two or more.

Many of them have a strict procedure that there be two people present, with a steaknife, just in case the snake needs to be cut off someone's neck.

A large constrictor, if put around someone's neck - NEVER put a snake around your neck on your shoulders - coudl simply decide to tighten up. Doesn't have to be malicious, just has to squeeze, which, is after all, in their nature...

A 6 foot plus snake will cut off the blood flow to your head in seconds. Very dangerous stuff.

Doesnt' take much to make a snake squeeze.
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 1207 PM

Ancient Peru "pyramid" spotted by satellite
New remote-sensing technology reveals "huge structure" beneath surface

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27010998/

A new remote sensing technology has peeled away layers of mud and rock near Peru's Cahuachi desert to reveal an ancient adobe pyramid, Italian researchers announced on Friday at a satellite imagery conference in Rome.
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 1600 PM

The skeleton of a 12,000 year-old Natufian Shaman has been discovered in northern Israel by archaeologists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The burial is described as being accompanied by "exceptional" grave offerings - including 50 complete tortoise shells, the pelvis of a leopard and a human foot.

http://www.sciencebl...foot-17730.html

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 1607 PM

The death in police custody of a man suspected of vandalising Dornoch Cathedral has led to speculation that a curse, said to have been laid in mediaeval times, has struck again.

Gilbert de Moravia, Bishop of Caithness, invoked a solemn curse “upon those who destroy and injure" the fabric of the 13th-century building in his deed declaring the foundation of the cathedral, which was completed in 1239.

When the much-respected warrior-cleric died in 1245, he was interred beneath the floor of the cathedral. He was subsequently made a saint.

Daryl Shearer, a 19-year-old arrested for allegedly vandalising and stealing money from the ancient building on Friday, October 24, died mysteriously in a police cell in Dingwall later the same weekend, while awaiting a court appearance. A post-mortem examination has been carried out. No cause of death has been released.

http://www.pressandj...916148?UserKey=

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 0626 AM

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - With a fox locked onto her arm, an Arizona jogger ran a mile to her car, where she was able to dislodge the animal, throw it into the trunk and drive to a Prescott hospital. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said the fox, which later attacked an animal control officer, tested positive for rabies.
The unidentified Chino Valley resident told deputies she was on a trail Monday at the base of Granite Mountain when the fox attacked, biting her foot. The woman said she grabbed it by the neck when it went for her leg and it latched onto her arm.

Thinking the fox was rabid, she wanted to make sure it didn't get away so she ran to her car, where she was able to pry open its jaws, wrap it in a sweat shirt and toss it into the trunk.

The woman is receiving rabies vaccinations, as is the animal control officer.

http://www.breitbart...;show_article=1

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 0954 AM

I don't know where to even begin on this one. First, this is NOT an Onion parody, Second, I'm amazed that even NPR could write this article with a straight face. To get the full impact, read the article and then scroll down to the picture.
http://www.npr.org/t...toryId=92592545

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If I owned a restaurant, I wouldn't dare hire that girl. I'd fear having no food for the customers.

What she needs is a bicycle. Get to jobs, & lose the lard.
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Posted 08 November 2008 - 0520 AM

[Jedi mind trick]These are not the pigs you're looking for... [/Jedi mind trick]

http://www.msnbc.msn...6491/?GT1=43001
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Posted 08 November 2008 - 0557 AM

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27330030/

Diablo Canyon Power Plant in Avila Beach shuts down one of its reactors Tuesday night and ramped another one down to half power after an influx of marine life affected the units water pumps.
Currently, both nuclear reactors are stable.
Crews have been working all day to clean equipment and restore power.
It is the second time a reactor has been shut down this year. In August, the power plant kept one reactor offline for almost a month after a transformer fire.
A Diablo Canyon marine biologist said he does not know what brought them to the plant but a large number of jelly fish caused the shut down.


That happened to one of our powerplants years ago (maybe a decade already or almost). Caused one of the worst blackouts in living memory. IIRC, power was out for more than 12 hours. Reason: jellyfish clogged one of the cooling exhausts or something like that of a powerplant situated near the sea. Caused the plant to overheat or something like that, causing it to shutdown and with it the entire Luzon powergrid.
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Posted 09 November 2008 - 1142 AM

Ah yes, time for the annual Ultimate Fighting Monks Brawl in Jerusalem;

http://www.cnn.com/2...onks/index.html
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Posted 09 November 2008 - 1156 AM

What a load of bull: http://news.bbc.co.u...and/7715364.stm
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Posted 10 November 2008 - 0301 AM

OSLO (Reuters) - Many octopuses :blink: evolved from a common ancestor that lived off Antarctica :blink: more than 30 million years ago, according to a "Census of Marine Life" that is seeking to map the oceans from microbes to whales.

http://www.reuters.c...E4A82GL20081109


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TZIBICHEN CENOTE, Mexico (Nov. 9) - Legend says the afterlife for ancient Mayas was a terrifying obstacle course in which the dead had to traverse rivers of blood, and chambers full of sharp knives, bats and jaguars.
Now a Mexican archaeologist using long-forgotten testimony from the Spanish Inquisition says a series of caves he has explored may be the place where the Maya actually tried to depict this highway through hell.

http://ap.google.com...Fcp3UgD94BHVEO0
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Posted 10 November 2008 - 0838 AM

Ah yes, time for the annual Ultimate Fighting Monks Brawl in Jerusalem;

http://www.cnn.com/2...onks/index.html

Huh, oddly enough they were fighting for the same imaginary friend this time.
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Posted 10 November 2008 - 0937 AM

http://gizmodo.com/5...attacks-crashes
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Posted 10 November 2008 - 1159 AM

A new twist in military history and wargaming. <_<

Bangkok protesters adopt witchcraft to topple Thai government
Anti-government protesters in Bangkok have resorted to sorcery and black magic in their campaign to topple the elected administration.
http://www.telegraph...government.html
By Thomas Bell in Bangkok
Last Updated: 11:26AM GMT 10 Nov 2008

Many Thais are shocked by some highly controversial magical practices.

Sondhi Limthongkul, one of the leaders of the group which is illegally occupying the seat of Thai government, claimed in a recent televised speech that a wicked wizard has blocked the protective power of some of Bangkok's holiest sites.

Mr Sondhi and his so called People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) claim that they are protecting Thailand and its monarchy from allegedly corrupt democratic politicians.

The technique Mr Sonhi used to break the alleged spell sounds extreme.

He described how his own magicians removed six imaginary nails that had been placed around a towering royal statue in the city centre to block its power.

"I must thank the women of the PAD," he continued, "because after [the imaginary nails] were pulled out, to ensure they could not be replaced, they took sanitary napkins from menstruating women and placed them over the six points. :blink:
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Posted 10 November 2008 - 1326 PM

WITCHCRAFT-RELATED crime in the Eastern Cape is an under- researched area of study, according to a PhD candidate at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), whose research includes issues like the police investigation of witchcraft cases.
http://www.weekendpo...14_08112008.htm

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Pupils stone officials reinstating witchcraft-accused principal
07 Nov 2008
Sphumelele Mngoma

MATRICULANTS at a Newcastle school will have to write examinations at the Amajuba Education District Office hall for the remainder of their exams, to ensure that there are no further disruptions following a violent outbreak at the school on Tuesday, the Education Department has said.

Pupils threw stones at department officials who were there to reinstate a displaced principal accused of witchcraft. Three departmental officials were hurt and the school was shut down by department heads.
http://www.witness.c...n...[_id]=15842

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Military believe judge was ‘bewitched’
Prega Govender Published:Nov 08, 2008

A Senior military judge has escaped prosecution for attempting suicide because some of the SA National Defence Force’s top brass allegedly believed her claim that she had been bewitched.

The defence force’s first black female judge, Colonel Phildah Nomoyi, 41, doused herself with petrol and set herself alight in her garage in June.

Now Thaba Tshwane — the military complex in Pretoria that is home to thousands of personnel from privates to generals — is buzzing with gossip about how Nomoyi escaped being booted from the force.

http://www.thetimes.....aspx?id=880386
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#56 Ivanhoe

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 0654 AM

All your blacks are belong to us?

http://www.physorg.c...s144518596.html

The investigators found that African-Americans in Canada were significantly less likely than Caucasians to receive a kidney transplant, either from deceased or living donors. This situation mimics that seen in the United States. However, unlike African-Americans in the United States, African-American Canadians who underwent a kidney transplant experienced no significant health differences compared with Caucasians after their procedure. Their transplanted kidneys survived just as long as kidneys transplanted into Caucasians, and African-American Canadians actually survived longer following the surgery compared with Caucasians.


"African-American Canadians"? Would that make Geoff, for example, an Anglo-American Canadian? Am I an Anglo-American American? Thalia would then be a Mexican-American Mexican...
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#57 DougRichards

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 0735 AM

All your blacks are belong to us?

http://www.physorg.c...s144518596.html
"African-American Canadians"? Would that make Geoff, for example, an Anglo-American Canadian? Am I an Anglo-American American? Thalia would then be a Mexican-American Mexican...


I have met "African-American Canadians" who now live in Australia.

So

African-American-Canadian Australians?

And just how many 'caucasians' have an ancestor from the Caucases?

Edited by DougRichards, 11 November 2008 - 0737 AM.

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 1259 PM

SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt's chief archeologist has announced the discovery of a 4,300-year-old pyramid in Saqqara, the sprawling necropolis and burial site of the rulers of ancient Memphis.

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http://www.jpost.com.....icle/ShowFull
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 0256 AM

Bow down to the 75th anniversary of possibly the most important idiocy of all ;

http://news.bbc.co.u...000/7722702.stm


Nessie mystery turns 75


(pictures missed out - follow link to see them)


More than 1,000 people claim to have seen the Loch Ness monster since it was first photographed 75 years ago.

References to a monster in Loch Ness date back to St Columba's biography in 565 AD.

But the myth only took its modern form when reports of a strange object and then a series of mysterious photographs appeared in press during the 1930s.

Adrian Shine, from the Loch Ness and Morar Project, has led many scientific studies into the depths of Loch Ness but has not found any evidence of a monster.

Below are his pointers to understanding the iconic images of the Loch Ness monster.

THE FIRST




It was this picture, snapped by Hugh Grey on 12 November 1933, that is credited as being the first photographic evidence of the Loch Ness monster. It appeared on the front cover of the Scottish Daily Record on 8 December that year, under the headline "Monster photograph of the mysterious Loch Ness object".

It is the first picture and bears that distinction, but it is also the least easy to interpret.

It has been suggested that it is a double negative, perhaps of a Labrador dog with a stick in its mouth, but it could be anything.



THE NECK



The "surgeon's photographs," of the Loch Ness monster have come to define the image of Nessie, and for many years no conclusive proof could be found that they were fakes. The photographs were supposed to have been taken by gynaecologist Colonel Robert Kenneth Wilson and were published in the Daily Mail on 21 April 1934.

This is the image in most people's minds, but it is a fake.

Firstly, if you look at the water texture you can tell the waves are very small, not to scale with the size of the monster.

Secondly, it was owned up to by Christian Spurling, one of the hoaxers, in 1994. He was asked to make a model to go on top of a toy submarine by Marmaduke Wetherell, who with a small group of collaborators planned the hoax to get back at the Daily Mail, who had fired and publicly humiliated him for a previous hoax.

It is such a beautiful picture and may well have found its inspiration in the Brontosaurus in King Kong. It led to the expectation that the Loch Ness monster would have a long neck.



THE HUMPS



Lachlan Stuart's photograph taken on 14 July 1951 was of a different kind of Loch Ness monster, with a long thin body arching out of the water.

The remnants of this hoax were witnessed by local author Richard Faire. He spoke to Lachlan Stuart the next day, who confessed that he had constructed the image from hay bails and tarpaulin. Researchers later recreated the image and found the water where the monster was seen was in reality very shallow.

This didn't stop people from speculating as to how the creature could contort its back in such a way.



THE CASTLE



Respectable bank manager Peter MacNab took this Nessie photograph on 29 July 1955.

This is a huge object. If it were an animal it would be more than 60ft (18m) long, which is colossal. If you think of the amount that would be under the water, it would be a creature of the most improbable proportions.

It could possibly be a portion of a boat wake and if you look behind it you may see a faint line in the water. There may have been some retouching, but the photographer never admitted to a hoax.

Given the improbability of an object of that size, you have to seek alternative hypotheses, but there is no definitive proof that the image is a fake.



THE END

Picture of The Loch Ness monster's flipper taken underwater in 1975

With the advent of colour photography and a total lack of definitive proof, classic photographs like these stopped appearing after the 1950s.

A rigorous 10-year project to watch the surface of the loch in the 1960s turned up no evidence whatsoever of the mysterious monster.

Instead, the search went underwater, with sonar sounds and submarine exploration of the loch's dark depths.

"In hindsight, you can see that the classic pictures are different to each other, hence unlikely to be real pictures of one animal," says Adrian Shine.

"You may not believe that Loch Ness is Jurassic Park, but that doesn't mean that there isn't something in Loch Ness that is yet to be explained."
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 0306 AM

Bow down to the 75th anniversary of possibly the most important idiocy of all ;


Hey hey, easy with the use of the word "idiocy." Our resident Nessie and her loyal servant (who happens to be an M1 TC) will not like that.

Her Most Royally Exalted Majestic Cuddliness, Special Agent Chief Paratrooper General Field Marshal Lord High Empress Nessie the Great Green Cute Crumpy, Leader of the Nessies, Protector of Bounciness, Traveller of the World, Friend to Little Nick, Mentor to Cuddly Tank, Patron of Cuddly Battleship (and may I add, veteran of OIF)

Her most loyal servant

Edited by TomasCTT, 12 November 2008 - 0310 AM.

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