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Breast is still the best, even if it is Dad's...

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According to Times Online's article, a man's nipples are perfectly suited to soothing a crying baby until it can be fed, according to a report on fatherhood. It names the Aka Pygmies, a hunter-gatherer tribe from the northern Congo, as the best fathers. When the mother is not available, the father calms his baby by giving him or her a nipple to suck.

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Beauty and the Geek -- A new reality TV show.

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Spaceman Spiff e-mailed me about a new reality television/TV show called Beauty and the Geek. Its pilot episode was already aired earlier for most of the United States of America/U.S.A., but he said it would be reaired tomorrow night at 9:00 PM PDT (Los Angeles, CA) so check your local listing. I will be recording it with my old VCR! :)

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Brain Region Linked to Metaphor Comprehension

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Scientific American reports metaphors make for colorful sayings, but can be confusing when taken literally. A study of people who are unable to make sense of figures of speech has helped scientists identify a brain region they believe plays a key role in grasping metaphors.

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Worth1000's Doctored Photographs: If Hippies Ruled 3

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This Worth1000 theme shows is what the world would be like if it were ruled by hippies.

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Funny video: How to dance like a white guy...

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Google Video has a funny television (TV)/commercial/advertisement (ad.)/spot spoof/parody on how to dance like a middle aged white man. It is about one minute and 37 seconds long.

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Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Trailer #1 is Online

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After United States' broadcast debut of the "Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" trailer #1 on Saturday, May 7th during ABC's network premiere of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets", on America Online (AOL) Web sites, Disney Channel, four channels across the Starz Entertainment Group network, and Verizon Wireless customers (V CAST wireless multimedia service), Ain't It Cool News posted AOL's link to the QuickTime movie (direct link to download the 56 MB high quality trailer file).

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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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