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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Daily Drift

The Daily Drift
Today's horoscope says:
Even though love is important to you, you may be feeling some anti-romance feelings today.
Perhaps a certain cooing couple is getting on your last nerve, or maybe your own romantic adventures have been less than fulfilling lately.
If you want to enjoy some alone time and take a break from hearts and flowers, there's nothing wrong with that!
Even though other people might be feeling lovey-dovey, you don't have to fake schmaltzy sentiment.

Some of our readers today have been in:
 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Florence, Toscana, Italy
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
London, England, United Kingdom
Bamberg, Bayern, Germany
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Cork, Cork, Ireland
Annecy, Rhone-Alpes, France
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan. Malaysia
Johor Baharu, Johor, Malaysia
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
Stoke On Trent, England, United Kingdom

as well as Slovakia, Malta, Bulgaria, Israel, Finland, Austria, Norway, Georgia, Mexico, Peru, Kuwait, Serbia, Bangladesh, Latvia, Greece, Scotland, Hong Kong, Denmark, Wales, Iran, Singapore, Poland, Taiwan, Sweden, Afghanistan, Belgium, Tibet, Croatia, Pakistan, Romania, Paraguay, Sudan, Vietnam, Argentina, Cambodia, Egypt, France, Estonia, Puerto Rico, Maldives, Qatar, Brazil, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Slovenia, China, Iraq, Ecuador, Nigeria, Colombia, Chile, Honduras, Paupa New Guinea, Moldova, Venezuela, Germany, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Czech Republic, Vietnam, Norway, Finland

and in cities across the United States such as Urbandale, Bettendorf, Dubuque, Council Bluffs and more.

Today is:
Today is Wednesday, July 27, the 208th day of 2011.
There are 157 days left in the year.

Today's unusual holiday or celebration is:
Walk On Stilts Day.
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Too bad we'll never be able to say that to repugicans.

Reality is ...


Norway police slammed

Campers struggled to get their panicked pleas heard before officers made the 25-mile journey by car.

Non Sequitur


Markets ignore debt deadlock

There are a few reasons why the stalemate hasn't caused a stock crash.



Costs of debt ceiling standoff

Programs like food stamps and Social Security may be on the line if a compromise isn't made.  

Forgot that one did we?


Graphic shows how the shrub created deficit, not Obama

The repugicans would have you believe that Obama created the debt. 
No one wants to talk about that fact.

Cantor tells teabagger caucus to stop "whining," vote to raise debt ceiling

I guess we'll see just how powerful the teabaggers really are, now that the number two repugican in the House, Eric Cantor, has told them all to stop whining, and support Boehner's bill to raise the debt ceiling.

If Cantor is becoming a teetotaler, and he's supposed to be the hard ass, then the repugican leadership is finally telling the teabaggers to shut up and take a hike.

It'll be interesting to see if the teabaggers accept their new status as legislative pushovers.

The truth be told


Sculptural Houseplants for the Design Enthusiast

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Photo: Nostaw21/Creative Commons
Bringing an array of plants into your house has plenty of benefits -- they can brighten up dark spaces, filter the air to keep you healthy, and give you a deeper appreciation for the beauty of nature.
But if fluffy ferns and roving ivys aren't your style, check out one of these sleek, stylish plants instead: From colorful, spiky bromeliads to tall, subtle snake plants, these greens add an effortless elegance to any room.

'No kids allowed' gains steam

Hotels, movie theaters, restaurants, and even supermarkets are offering child-free options. 

Better tasting bacon

Bacon frying / Fotolia
New regulations from the EU aim to make commercially produced bacon taste a lot better.  

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The seven biggest supermarket scams

Person with shopping trolley / Fotolia
You'll never believe some of the sneaky sales practices supermarkets use to get you to spend more. 

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Healthy Living

When to fire your doctor

Do you wait an hour to see your physician, only to feel like he's rushing you?  

Charity shops – false economy or bargain buys?

Clothes on a rack / Fotolia
We hit the charity shops to see how much we can save and offer top tips for bagging a bargain. 

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Car maintenance that pays off

Little investments of time and money can save you big financial headaches.  

Self-sabotaging habits

Always being late might be a passive-aggressive way of showing resentment.  

Amazing lottery win streak

A North Carolina woman and her mother have snagged millions in random cash since 1991.  

Colleges with top paybacks

Graduates of these schools earn the highest midcareer salaries, a report says.

Cities for young go-getters

You won't find huge metropolises like New York or Los Angeles in the top five.

Postal service eyes closures

The cash-strapped Postal Service is considering closing up to 3,600 local post offices.  

Priciest U.S. home for sale

It may not look like much, but this Wyoming ranch lists for a cool $175 million.

Wizard of Id


Saluda River artifacts going on display

Fans of the Saluda River now have a new place to learn about the area's Native American history.

Japan To Drill Seabed for 'Burning Ice'

burning ice
Japan will seek to extract natural gas from seabed deposits of methane hydrate, also known as "burning ice," in the world's first such offshore experiment

Hotspot Found on Moon's Far Side

Scientists have found evidence of volcanoes on the far side of the moon.

Mysterious Statue Once Featured at Machu Picchu

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The stone statue likely represented the great Inca emperor, Pachacuti, say archaeologists.

Brain shrinkage is uniquely human

Chimpanzee brains do not suffer age-related brain shrinkage as humans do, indicating that old age has evolved to "pay for" our bigger brains.



Tiger Hunting In Maharaja's Rolls Royce

If you’ve ever wanted to own a car that was both stylish and armed to the teeth, then this vintage Rolls Royce might be the car of your dreams. Built to aid an Indian Maharaja in hunting tigers, this classy coup has built in double-barrel shotguns, a rifle stand, Lantaka cannon mounted to the bumper and a trailer mounted machine gun. This classy yet deadly ride is expected to bring in around a million dollars at auction, so this is probably yet another one-of-a-kind automobile that will end up in Jay Leno’s collection.

Crocodiles Can't Chew

Yes, it’s true. Despite their fearsome reputation, crocodiles can’t chew. But that’s not to say they won’t kill you—in fact, death by crocodile is probably more agonizing precisely because they’re unable to masticate.

Mice Are Evolving An Immunity To Poison!

The rodents of the future will eat poison pellets like candy, according to new research conducted on mice found in a German bakery. The baker called in an exterminator to rid his business of the pests and discovered, to his horror, that the little buggers weren’t even fazed by bromadiolone, which is a very concentrated and deadly version of the common rat poison warfarin. This defensive immunity comes from interbreeding with Algerian mice, which had already developed an immunity to the poison. Looks like these unwelcome visitors are determined to stick around, no matter what we throw at them!

Deadly Horse Virus Found in Dog

Authorities fear that the lethal Hendravvirus has jumped species.

Battle over gray wolves

Environmentalists claim Congress exceeded its authority in the endangered species case.

Six Gorillas Orphaned by Poachers Get Airlifted Home

young mountain gorilla photo  
In their few short years of life, six young mountain gorillas from the Congo have experienced humanity at both its worst and at its best. When these threatened animals were just infants, poachers killed their parents and smuggled them across the border into Rwanda, likely to be sold as pets on the illegal wildlife market, or killed for the bushmeat trade. But thanks to a collaborative effort between the two nations and conservation organizations, the endangered gorillas were rescued from the grip of traffickers -- and now they're readying for a return to their native forests.
Article continues: Six Gorillas Orphaned by Poachers Get Airlifted Home

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