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a must for every flood-prone home?

I immediately thought of New Orleans, and wondered whether a device like this would have made a difference: it seems that a schoolgirl in China has invented a device that allows her to walk on water! (Tip o' the hat to Wasted Blog for this one)

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dog saves man's life ... sorta!

this guy in Malaysia threatens to commit suicide... talking him down by reminding him of his family was getting nowhere... uh-huh, I can imagine part of the conversation:
negotiator": "what about your wife and kids?"
suicidal person: "h**l, they are what drove me to this in the first place!!"

So what saves the day? The authorities find the guy's locked car nearby, with the dog in it. So they tell him the dog's dying of suffocation in the car (and wouldn't it be? this is Malaysia! even with windows cracked open for "air circulation" the doggie would have perished fast in the heat, eh?), and the guy has a change of heart, and is finally persuaded to abort his attempt.

Seeing how dysfunctional so many families are, and how uncomplicated & fulfilling relationships with pets usually are, I'm not surprised the dog "won" over the wife & kids!

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time to bring out your dead?

hey, the castle featured in Month Python and the Holy Grail will be the site of a pilgrimage of sorts... now under the stewardship of Historic Scotland, Doune Castle now hosts an annual Monty Python Day (started last year). I think it's still open for 'regular' tourists anyway, btw...

Did you know that this castle appeared several times in the film? It was used as Camelot, the Castle of Guy de Lombard, the Swamp Castle and Castle Anthrax! I'm gonna have to watch the movie all over again, just to satisfy myself that that is indeed the case!!

Maybe we can find out for ourselves the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow... whether african *or* european?! after all, there *will* be about 1,200 coconut shells so that the select 500 attendees can clip-clop along during a screening of the film.

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okay.. it's 2:40 in the morning here... signing off.... g'nite!!!!!!!!

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