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Who thought I would ever write a post with that title…

From Reuter’s – also know as “Reuters’ Believe it or Not”…

Copperfield is coy about his reasons for the Fountain of Youth claim, but the man best known for entertaining with grand deception insists his archipelago also contains the legendary waters that bestow perpetual youth. Seriously.

David Copperfield Tickets“I’ve discovered a true phenomenon,” he told Reuters in a telephone interview. “You can take dead leaves, they come in contact with the water, they become full of life again. … Bugs or insects that are near death, come in contact with the water, they’ll fly away. It’s an amazing thing, very, very exciting.”

Copperfield, who turns 50 next month, said he had hired biologists and geologists to examine its potential effect on humans but he’s not inviting visitors to swim in or drink from it just yet.

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Don’t ask, don’t tell…

Don’t ask, don’t tell, and definitely don’t sell your gay porn to online porn sites…

Army Charges 7 in Sex-For-Money Web Site

Feb 24, 10:30 PM EST

Associated Press Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Army has charged seven paratroopers from the celebrated 82nd Airborne Division with engaging in sex acts in video shown on a Web site, authorities said Friday.

Three of the soldiers face courts-martial on charges of sodomy, pandering and engaging in sex acts for money, according to a statement released by the military.

Four other soldiers received what the military calls nonjudicial punishments.

The Army has reco

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Star Wars and Lego. If I were a geek, I would probably enjoy this one…

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David Pogue’s Best of 2005

The New York Times today features one of the gazillion end-of-2005-best-of-lists. This one is by David Pogue. I really didn’t see much of interest in the list (memory cards with USB build in, flip phones with buttons on the outside etc.). However, I really liked the first sentence:

10 Greatest Gadget Ideas of the Year – New York Times

ON New Year’s Eve, don’t be surprised to witness more heartfelt celebrating than usual; 2005 was not a year noted for its tidings of good cheer, and plenty of people will be happy to see it go.

I just find myself agreeing with that one.

Somebody please explain this to me. Jeremy Hermanns was on Alask Airlines Flight #536 which experienced de-pressurization at 30k feet. Cold SceneryHe, (and all others on board), survived and wrote a blog post about it. Then he gets flamed for it. Read the comments. They get vicious very quickly. Why?

Here are some of the comments:

So let me get this right. During a mid air emergency you decided to turn on your cell phone and snap pictures that you could sell to the media if you survived? Don’t you think that by doing this you could have caused further problems for everyone around you? Did you also ignore the no smoking light and spark up a cigar?By Vince on 12.28.05 9:42 amSo let me get this straight? You put on an oxygen mask? And then, umm, you made an emergency descent and landed? AND you lived to “blog? about it! Alright!Yawn…By Jeff on 12.28.05 9:15 am

Maybe if you turned your cell phone off like you are supposed to, none of this would have happened. Idiot.By Steve Hays on 12.28.05 8:48 am

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Transit Strike Sex

Blowjob for tranport… no comment:

Transit strike: Give me head.. I’ll drive you where you need to go – m – 29

Reply to:

Date: 2005-12-20, 5:53AM EST

Yeah that’s right.. I’m a blatent opportunist and I’m not shy about it. I’m near Flushing Forest Hills. No me with a pic, your contact info, and your location/destination. * this is in or around Kew Garden Hills * no — it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests 119423120

Transit strike: Give me head.. I’ll drive you where you need to go – m

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A freshmen girl at the University of Western Ontario stripped. Big scandal. Link is not work-safe!

University of Western Ontario Striptease PhotosThe University of Western Ontario is investigating an incident in which a female first-year student performed a full striptease and lap dance in October for several males in a residence bedroom, with graphic photos soon sent out over the Internet.

University Ontario Striptease Pics Gallery

A nother good link (this one without pictures: 

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There have been a bunch of comments on King Kong’s weak opening since Wednesday. While looking on Technorati, it seems bloggers love the movie. Reviews have been excellent. Yet, people didn’t show up in droves as many expected.

What did I do? I didn’t go yet. I am holding out until tomorrow maybe, or next week. Yes, it will be an awesome movie, no doubt. But I don’t feel I need to see it right away. I also didn’t feel the buzz in the last couple if weeks. When talking to friends, nobody was really interested in the movie either. A remake of King Kong. Great. Everybody knows the 30s version, or the 70s version or the second part from the 80s. I has a big monkey and a damsel in distress. Most TV shows have more complicated plots than King Kong these days.

One thing I think is happening is that the movie season this years has just been full of abysmal movies. Pretty much everything sucked. So the masses are wary of King Kong – another blockbuster that might just suck. Reviews were good, but who reads reviews? No the majority that fills the theater for movies such as XXX-2 or Aeon Flux. Think of it as TV. A great lead-in will result in higher ratings for the show immediately following. The lead-in to King Kong has just been crap so far this year.

Word of mouth might make the movie some extra money in the next few weeks. Maybe this can be the movie that turn the opening weekend craze around. Let’s see.

I wonder what the numbers are worldwide. Are they just as bad?

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Via Media Matters – O’Reilly: UConn students, certain websites are “far-left Nazis”

O’REILLY: Most people showed up, and I think there were, like, 1,300 of them, to hear what the woman had to say. These far-left Nazis — and that’s what they are, OK? — came in, not only insulted Ms. Coulter but violated the rights of the people who came to hear what she had to say. This is unacceptable on every level. And it’s unacceptable to do what they do on their websites: to defame, to lie, to do whatever, you know, sleazy thing they can think of to people with whom they disagree.

Just to clear up a few things: there were about 2500 people in the audience, the auditorium seats about 2700 and there were very few empty seats.

Most (I guess 95%) of the audience were students. A very large number had no idea what they were witnessing. UConn students in general are not very political. While entering, I overheard a girl say: “I have to listen to this speaker lady now and then we can have a drink later.” I can’t help but feel that there were a lot of extra credit assignments sitting in the audience.

  Most all of Ann Coulter’s joke went right over the student’s heads. Very little laughter in general. 90 percent of the audience was quiet most of the time, but grew more and more irritated by Coulter as time went on. By the time the music started playing, she had insulted most everybody. At one point, she told those students who disagreed with her to go back to their dorm rooms and masturbate.

Those students who knew who Ann Coulter was beforehand came to witness a freak show – that’s what they got. Nobody has a constitutional right to hear Ann Coulter speak. Her show is meant to provoke. She does not come to present a coherent argument. Her jokes are lame (her first joke bombed badly – I just can’t remember what it was about). It is not even a good comedy show.

And, by the way, she was not invited by the University of Connecticut. She was invited by the College Republicans who secured funding – just like any other organization can – through the Undergraduate Student Government.

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Via TechCrunch » Microsoft Live Local to Launch Thursday

Microsoft will relaunch Virtual Earth tomorrow under, around 9 am PST. This is a continuation of Microsoft’s rebranding campaign to place online consumer services under the brand.

Apparently, this version will also feature close-up pictures of naked sheep.

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