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Friday, September 2, 2011

The Daily Drift

The Daily Drift
Today's horoscope says:
The good news for today is that you have a totally accurate idea of what you are dealing with -- and what you will have to start dealing with. 
There is no need to doubt the thoughts that are flying around in your head right now, even if other people are telling you that you're being dramatic (or paranoid). 
That's not true at all -- you are right on target and are right about your suspicions. 
Act on your convictions and be aggressive in what you want to accomplish.

Some of our readers today have been in: 
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
London, England, United Kingdom
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

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 Logan, Donna, Clyde, Bath and more.

Today is:
Today is Friday, September 2, the 245th day of 2011.
There are 120 days left in the year.

Today's unusual holidays or celebrations are:
Bison-ten Yell Day
National Lazy Mom's Day.
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Non Sequitur


Far-Out Friday


Life advice

Peter griffitnThis is life so go and have a ball. Because the world don’t move to the beat of just one drum. What might be right for you may not be right for some. You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have … my opening statement. Sit, Ubu, sit. Good dog.
    ~ Peter Griffin, Family Guy

Aging eyes linked to insomnia

A natural yellowing of the eye lens that absorbs blue light has been linked to sleep disorders, and as the discoloration gets worse with age, so do the sleepless nights, a new study has found.

Strokes rising among teens, young adults

The number of people aged 15 to 44 hospitalized for stroke jumped by more than third between 1995 and 2008, say researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tom the Dancing Bug


CIA secrets revealed by suit

A billing dispute reveals details of shadowy flights whisking suspected terrorists to black sites.  

Should teachers get $60,000?

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wants to pay educators more like engineers.  

Coolest U.S. small towns

This West Virginia hamlet is home to one of only four Carnegie Halls in the world.  

Creativity Not as Well Received as We Think

Creativity Not as Well Received as We Think
Because creative ideas are also new, they give rise to discomfort for others who depend on tried-and-true ways of doing things.  

How to get past voicemail

These secret tricks can connect you to an actual human when calling customer service.

Man drives burning car into gas station, amazingly nobody dies

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In Hamilton County, Tennessee, a gentleman noticed that his Cadillac was smoking so he pulled into a gas station. He lifted the hood to reveal flames on the engine which in turn caught the adjacent gas pump on fire. Fortunately, the man, and his five children, moved quickly away from the burning vehicle and a station employee hit the "emergency stop" button to block gas and electricity from reaching the pump.


A man drove all night long. Upon arriving in a small community, he decided to stop in the local park and catch some shuteye.
Just as he dozed off, there was a knock on the window. Outside the car, the man saw a jogger. “Excuse me, can you give me the time?”
“Yeah, sure. It’s 6:27.”
The man settled back and was almost asleep when there was another knock on the window. Another jogger.
“I’m sorry to disturb you. Do you have the time?”
“Yeah. It’s 6:34.”
The man rolled up the window and realized this could go on indefinitely. So he made a sign that read: “I DO NOT KNOW THE TIME”. He stuck the sign in the window and again nestled himself back in the seat. Then… yet another tap on the window. The man looked and sure enough, another jogger.
He disgustedly rolled down the window and said, “Yeah, what is it?”
The jogger replied, “It’s 6:42.”

Tipping point for space junk

Earth's orbit is now so dirty that officials might have to clean it with unique tech tricks.

Shocking break off glacier

Scientists are shocked to see a block of ice four times the size of Manhattan has split off near Greenland. 



Man faces 75 years for recording police

42-year-old Michael Allison of Illinois could spend the rest of his life in prison for recording police in public. He faces five counts of eavesdropping, a class one felony. Of course, the police are allowed to video people in public with impunity.
The Illinois Assistant Attorney General has joined the case and told the judge that citizens do not have the constitutional right to record police.
Law enforcement officials need to get a clue! They are being watched and recorded and if they commit a crime they will do the time!

Libya must deal with Lockerbie bomber

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told Libyan opposition leaders Thursday that they must deal with the case of the only person convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and that the U.S. will be watching closely how they handle it.

Man in court after reporting theft of cannabis plants from home

A man is facing jail after he reported the theft of cannabis plants from his own home. Police were called to David Williamson's home to investigate reports that he had been assaulted and robbed. But Williamson made a hash of things by volunteering that the stolen property was two of his prized cannabis plants. Officers then got a warrant to search the 34-year-old's Edinburgh home and discovered a further 20 plants.

The robbery victim was then arrested and taken to a police cell, Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard. Williamson admitted producing a controlled drug at his Sighthill home in May this year. Fiscal depute Dev Kapadia said the circumstances leading to Williamson's arrest were "rather bizarre". He added: "The police had received an anonymous call reporting a disturbance. And when they arrived at the scene Williamson talked to the police. He said he had been the subject of an assault and robbery and some cannabis plants had been stolen from him.

"Police officers then took the view that there may be some production ongoing and obtained a warrant." Mr Kapadia said 20 plants, some seedlings and cultivating equipment were recovered in his home. His lawyer offered no explanation for Williamson's unprompted confession to the police who went to his home. But he revealed his client, who suffers from Hepatitis C, was an authority on cannabis.

He said: "During the course of the interview with police my client demonstrated a remarkably detailed knowledge of cannabis - the different strains and the different purposes to which it could be put. Mr Williamson discovered that if he grew a particular strain he could suppress the Hepatitis C. His position is that when he is given the opportunity to do so he is hoping to live ln Holland, where all these activities are lawful and where he can treat himself without breaking the law." Sheriff Isabella McColl deferred sentence for reports until next month.

Ned Kelly has been found

Authorities identify the headless remains of notorious bandit Ned Kelly after more than 130 years.

Awesome Pictures


Five top online degrees

Completing one of these five bachelor's programs can help you change direction.  

Bitchy coworker?

Bitchy coworker? Here's how to cope
Here's how to cope 
Some mean girls grow up after high school. Others end up working in your office. A new study shows that awful coworkers can impact your personal life as well as your job. Here are five ways to handle even the most contemptuous situation.

Workplace eating offenses

Watch your co-workers for clues, like holding their noses or wearing headphones.  

FEMA Looks to Waffle House for Data

Craig Fugate, the current head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), knows a few things about how to assess damage in a disaster area. There’s hard data, and then there’s a sense of how things are, developed by experience.
First, there is the well-known Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale. Then there is what he calls the “Waffle House Index.”
Green means the restaurant is serving a full menu, a signal that damage in an area is limited and the lights are on. Yellow means a limited menu, indicating power from a generator, at best, and low food supplies. Red means the restaurant is closed, a sign of severe damage in the area or unsafe conditions.
“If you get there and the Waffle House is closed?” FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate has said. “That’s really bad. That’s where you go to work.”
There are 1,600 Waffle House outlets across the USA, and the franchise policy is to try their best to feed customers even when conditions are difficult.

The London Beer Flood and other food disasters

On October 17, 1814 at the Meux family brewery in Tottenham Court, London, a massive vat of beer cracked open, spilling 3,500 barrels of beer and killing eight people. Smithsonian's Food & Think blog sums up the "London Beer Flood" and several other "Deadly Disasters Caused By Food." Here's another:
 4101 4945271178 901F0D49B0 ZBoston Molasses Disaster: In Boston’s North End, near the city’s financial district and working class Italian neighborhoods, there stood a molasses tank owned by the Purity Distilling Company. Built in 1915, the vat was capable of holding some 2.5 million gallons; however, by 1919, locals were complaining that it was leaking, and on the afternoon of January 15, it exploded. Flying metal knocked out the supports of nearby elevated train tracks and a 15-foot-high wave of molasses crashed through the streets at some 35 miles per hour, knocking down and enveloping people in its path. Parts of Boston were standing in two to three feet of molasses and the disaster left 21 dead and 150 injured.

Least healthy restaurant meals

One chain's pasta takes the fat-offender crown with 2,300 calories and 103 fat grams.  

Easy Southern picnic recipes

This simple, old-fashioned macaroni salad has just 190 calories and 7 grams of fat.  

Woman finds 'alien baby' in her garden

In the Zone ... the Twilight Zone

A Swedish man has been charged with firing gunshots into the night sky in what he told police was an attempt to thwart an alien invasion, The Local Sweden reported Thursday.

Daily Comic Relief


Bizarre News

Oregon girl finds an actual skeleton in a closet
A teenager in Scio was helping clean out closets in an old lodge recently when she made an eerie discovery: a casket with a set of human bones inside.

Future Past


Marines vs. Ancient Romans

After someone wondered whether a single Marine regiment could take on the Roman Empire, redditor Prufrock451 took up the challenge the best way possible: with flash fiction.

Archeological News

Homo erectus shaped stone axes 300,000 years earlier than previously believed
A new study suggests that Homo erectus, a precursor to modern humans, was using advanced toolmaking methods in East Africa 1.8 million years ago, at least 300,000 years earlier than previously thought.



Paleontological News

An early woolly rhinoceros from Tibet which used its horn as a snow shovel could rewrite theories about the evolution of giant Ice Age mammals.

Shaggy, Shovel-Headed Rhino Evolved in Tibet
The newly identified rhino, dating to 3.7 million years ago, shows many Ice Age animals first adapted to the cold in Tibet.  

Alaska woman punches bear in snout to save dog

A Juneau, Alaska, woman says she knows it was stupid to punch a black bear in the snout to save her dog.

Animal Pictures