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Nielsen reports U.S. T.V. viewership at record high.

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According to TV.com's story, United State/U.S. television/T.V. viewership climbed again last season to a record household average of eight hours, 11 minutes a day, Nielsen Media Research reported on Thursday, challenging perceptions that Americans are watching less than they once did.

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Vending Machines of Japan

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PhotoMann's Vending Machines of Japan collected samplings/photographs of unique vending machines found in Japan. They are everywhere. Estimates suggest there are 5.6 million vending machines which works out to be one for every 20 people in Japan. Sales from vending machines in 2000 totaled $56 billion! The most common are drink and cigarette machines followed by machines with pornography.

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Each human life comes with an EULA that you had to agree to...

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Hmmph, I didn't know we had End User License Agreement (EULA) to live! Tempnexus's Broadband Reports Security forum thread mentioned a funny spoof for every human who was born. According to this EULA, we seems to come with spywares (God spies on us), and can be infected with bad stuff like virus and trojans. Ending EULA means terminating life.

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Worth1000's Doctored Images: Fun with Propaganda 5

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This Worth1000's theme, of doctored images, is using any typical propaganda type image as the basis for a humourous (and well done) doctoring. At the same time, it has to be funny. There are 62 entries total.

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Informative Multimedia Detailing Russia's Struggle With Nazi Germany back in WWII

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POBEDITELI - Soldiers of the Great War is an online multimedia feature that shows the details Russia's struggle with Nazi Germany during World War II (WWII).

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What's in a Name, Katrinas? Names for Hurricanes...

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The New York Times (no registration needed) report that each Katrina is handling the problem in her own way. Others with last year's 281st most popular baby name for a girl are coping with their fateful association with the devastating storm by trying everything from defending their name against those who might make fun of it to questioning the hurricane naming system...

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MMORPG Lingo

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Vanguard OGaming has a list of lingos used in massive multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG).

Seen on » read more

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'Islamic Trojan' disrupts smut surfing

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The Register and CNET News.com report virus writers have created a Trojan horse which tries to disrupt visits the pornographic websites by displaying messages from the Koran.

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A study shows preschoolers, at play, mimic parents' smoking, drinking, etc.

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This WCBS-TV/CBS 2 story reports that preschoolers pretending to shop for a Barbie doll's social evening were more likely to choose cigarettes if their parents smoked, and wine or beer if their parents drank, a study found.

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The Interdictor's Survival of New Orleans Blog With Photographs

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/. mentioned The Interdictor, a DirectNIC crisis manager, who is currently braving (sleeping as I type this story) the madness of post-Katrina New Orleans. Read his detailed LiveJournal about his firsthand experience of the disaster and its aftermath. There are also many photographs (some are disturbing)

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New Orleans Mayor Issues 'Desperate SOS' -- Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

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Yahoo! News reports storm victims were raped and beaten, fights and fires broke out, corpses lay out in the open, and rescue helicopters and law enforcement officers were shot at as flooded-out New Orleans descended into anarchy Thursday. "This is a desperate SOS," the mayor said.

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BBS: The Documentary

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This is mainly for old farts who used bulletin board systems (BBSes) on dial-up modems before the Internet became popular... And who are interested if they weren't there to experience the fun days of BBSes. I decided to check this out even though I knew about it for years. I did not know I could download it for free and legally...

BBS: The Documentary is a fantastic film, by Jason Scott who is a computer historian (and proprietor of the textfiles.com history site). Four years, thousands of miles of travelling, and over 200 interviews later, "BBS: The Documentary", a mini-series of 8 episodes about the history of the BBS, is now available. Totalling five and a half hours, this documentary is actually eight documentaries about different aspects of this important story in the annals of computer history...

There is a DVD version that can be ordered, or downloaded for free and legally (hurray for Creative Commons) with less contents.

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And the song that changed the world is...

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Reuters says Bob Dylan's song "Like a Rolling Stone" topped a poll Friday to find the 100 songs, movies, television/TV shows and books that "changed the world" in the opinion of musicians, actors and industry experts. Other songs are listed as well.

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Web Spins Personal Laundry

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Blue's News mentions a Yahoo! News article on the "Too Much Information" nation.

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MP3 is 10 years old!

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/. reports today (well the other side of Earth) is MP3's 10th birthday.

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National Geographic's Amazing Nature Photographs

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This Web page shows amazing nature photographs from National Geographic.

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"Dunno"

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Chairboy instant messaged/IM'ed me a funny chat conversation about "dunno".

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Is that Jesus' face in Sand Dune?

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Google Sightseeing thinks it spotted Jesus' face in Sand Dune. Or is that fake?

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Earth Calendar -- A daybook of holidays.

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Compfused.com posted Earth Calendar. It is is a daybook of holidays
and celebrations around the world. For example with today's date:

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Saddam guards describe his Doritos habit.

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Our favorite, lazy Jedi/Sith Ulic who refused to post, mentioned this interesting MSNBC story: "Thrust unexpectedly into the role of prison guards for Saddam Hussein, several young American soldiers found the deposed Iraqi leader to be a friendly, talkative "clean freak" who loved Raisin Bran for breakfast, could down a large bag of Doritos in ten minutes and insisted he was still president of Iraq, the men said in an interview published Monday and in comments on NBC's "Today" show.

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