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Beast's real mark devalued to '616'?

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FiringSquad mentions Canada.com's National Post article on a recently deciphered ancient biblical text. It revealed that 666 is not the fabled Number of the Beast after all.

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World of Warcraft's version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears

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European World of Warcraft shows its own version of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears (a popular fairy tale) with this screen shot. It shows Goldilocks, the elf, sleeping on a bear's bed. And boy, that bear isn't happy. :)

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Worth1000's Doctored Images: Celebrity Time Travel 9

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Worth1000's current doctored images theme is on what if celebrities lived in different time periods and settings? There are 122 entries!

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Dialect survey results (including maps).

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An anonymous poster, in a /. poll comments section, mentioned Dialect Survey. It contains results to a series of questions, including rhyming word pairs and vocabulary words, to explore words and sounds in the English language. There were no right or wrong answers; by answering each question with what people really say and not what they think is "right". It shows an accurate picture of how English is used in the community. This maps and result page was the interesting one to look at.

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In Japan's Train Crash, Time Obsession May Be Culprit

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This New York Times article (no registration required) says anywhere else in the world, a train running 90 seconds late would perhaps be considered on time. But in Japan, 90 seconds would foil commuters who depend on trains' connecting to one another with balletic precision, often with only a couple of minutes to spare...

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How the Vatican verifies a Pope is dead.

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With the on-going news with John Paul II's life nearing the end (I hope not), Stuff reports the Vatican has a clearly established procedure for verifying the death of a pope.

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Do you believe in Jesus Christ?

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Spamusement! -- Poorly-drawn cartoons inspired by actual spam subject lines.

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Spamusement! contains poorly-drawn cartoons (nothing dirty) inspired by actual e-mail spam subject lines!

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30% of couples in the Philippines are unaware that having sex can result in babies.

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This Yahoo! News article as many as 30 percent of couples, in the Philippines, are unaware that having sex can result in babies, Health Secretary Manuel Dayrit said. "They do not know how pregnancy happens," even though some of them have had numerous children already, Dayrit remarked.

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If the Gods had instant messaging (IM)...

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If the Gods had instant messaging, then they would do this. Yikes!

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Crash test dummies inventor dies.

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CNN.com reports that Samuel W. Alderson, the inventor of crash test dummies that are used to make cars, parachutes and other devices safer, has passed away at the age of 90 (2/11/2005). He grew up tinkering in his father's custom sheet-metal shop, worked on various military technology and by 1952 had formed Alderson Research Labs. The company made anthropomorphic dummies for use by the military and NASA in testing ejection seats and parachutes. The dummies were built to approximate the weight and density of humans and hold data-gathering instruments.

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Budding Jordan cyber love ends in divorce.

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Blue's News posted an amusing and yet sad Yahoo! News story about a budding romance between a Jordanian man and woman turned into an ugly public divorce when the couple found out that they were in fact man and wife, state media reported.

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Pope John Paul II Loses Battle With Peace-Symbol Doves

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Yahoo News report a funny story, with photographs, about Pope John Paul II shooed a dove (a symbol of peace) out his apartment window on Sunday. He chuckled with children, who watched in delight, as the bird flew back into his room overlooking St. Peter's Square.

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Religions in World of Warcraft?

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/. and Landover Baptist Church say Christian game enthusiasts around the U.S.A. are turning the world of Azeroth inside the new video game, "World of Warcraft" into a mission field, where virtual battles are fought and real souls are won to the Lord Jesus Christ.

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What if the Mac really was a cult?

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FARK.com's theme of doctored images is on "What if the Mac really was a cult?".

Some of these images are funny. Seen on Blue's News.

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A man tries to convert lions into Christianity

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OK, this is just bizarre and crazy. According to Yahoo! News story, a man leaped into a lion's den at the Taipei Zoo on Wednesday to try to convert the king of beasts to Christianity but was bitten in the leg for his efforts.

Sheesh. Try converting humans. :P

11/3/2004 4:29 PM PST: More photographs can be found here.

11/3/2004 7:00 PM PST: And here.

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