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The good news from 2004...

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2004: The Good News says every year at the end of December, major media outlets compile lists of the year's top stories. Television news stations compile poignant montages of the past 12 months. Inevitably, these images are tragic—images of war, crime and natural disaster set to pensive music, only occasionally interrupted by shots of the team that won the Super Bowl, the World Series, or every four years, pictures from the Olympics. That's to be expected, of course. No news, as they say, is good news. Good news also tends to happen gradually, which makes it less conspicuous. Bad news happens in clumps. It makes itself known. In just a few hours, a hurricane or an earthquake can wipe out thousands of homes and businesses. The prosperity, wealth and rise in standard of living that created those homes and businesses took place over decades, if not hundreds of years. No one reports a new subdivision going up. Everyone's on the scene when a tornado takes one down. At the end of the year, it’s easy to get so caught up with what's going on in Fallujah, the calamitous tsunamis that hit South Asia, or the threat of terrorism, that we overlook the overwhelmingly positive but subtler, more gradual trends lurking beneath the headlines.

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Squirrels Steal Christmas Lights...

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KaT shared an amusing story (another one, but with two video clips) titled "Christmas Goes Nuts in Cincinnati". The tree-dwelling rodents, which aren't part of the zoo's official animal population, steal Christmas light bulbs, reports WLWT-TV. Apparently, the squirrels think the bulbs are nuts and unscrew them from the displays for the zoo's famed Festival of Lights.

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A gingerbread motherboard with CPU and other parts, gingerbread laptop, & a geek-mas tree.

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Blue's News posted a photograph of a gingerbread motherboard with CPU and other parts with details in licorice and chocolates. Also, see the gingerbread Laptop and geek-mas tree.

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JibJab's Santa Claus -- A funny short musical Flash animation

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JibJab has another short, funny, musical Flash animation for Christmas 2004. It is titled Santa Claus.

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Christmas Parties Can Damage Your Health

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This Reuters story is amusing to read, but provide good tips on how Christmas parties can damage one's health. Britain's Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), which joined trade unions on Friday to issue guidelines on how to host a safe and successful office party.

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If Darth Vader was Santa Claus...

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Dr. Fun posted another funny cartoon with Darth Vader as Santa Claus.

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American Picture of the Day: Commercialism Christmas

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Uncle San contains a strong message and is an amusing picture about Christmas, family, and commercialism.

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A Christmas card for smart people...

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Blue posted a funny Foxtrot cartoon strip for smart people.

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Happy Computer Security Day! 18th year!

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Gracie pointed out today is the 18th Computer Security Day. It was started in 1988 to help raise awareness of computer related security issues.Its goal is to remind people to protect their computers and information.

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Turducken -- A chicken in a duck in a turkey!

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UserFriendly posted its link of the day called Turducken. It is a recipe for a chicken in a duck in a turkey! "Say what again?" you asked? It is a recipe for a chicken in a duck in a turkey!! Those photographs make the food not look good.

Here is what the Web site says: "We saw this recipe mentioned in a newspaper and tried it for the first time in 1990. It is so much better than a regular turkey that we have made many more turduckens for Thanksgiving over the years. The juices from the duck and the sausage stuffing really help to add flavor to the turkey."

Happy Thanksgiving, Americans! Please be thankful! :)

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Halloween 2004: Photographs of the Day

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Preeeciioooooous seeds!
Seen in a /. comment for Halloween Pumpkin Carving story.

The list of real life costume winners is on World of Warcraft. Some of them are not bad!

11/1/2004 1:48 PM PDT: Worth1000 has the top 41 entries for Monster ModRen 2 contest -- If the renaissance took place in more recent times, and the models were famous movie monsters/aliens, what would the artwork have looked like?

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