Postings to the B-List.
Subject: B-List: It Fell From The Sky
Date: Thu, 1 July 2004 7:56:36 AM
1. "Meteorite drops in for breakfast"
< http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1238116,00.html >
"The meteorite came through the roof of Phil and Brenda Archer's house in the
Auckland suburb of Ellerslie at 9.30am on Saturday"
2. "Window arrives via air mail"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200312/s1014054.htm >
"A woman in the Perth suburb of City Beach has received an unexpected delivery
when a window from a small plane fell into her backyard"
3. "The sky is falling? Uh, not exactly"
< http://www.post-gazette.com/neigh_north/20021121blueicenp3.asp >
"Cadamore believes the mess came from an airplane. In the airline industry,
it's euphemistically known as blue ice. Most people have far less judicious
names for it. Such waste apparently is caused by leaks in airplane lavatories"
4. "'Sky Goo': Biological fallout from planes?"
< http://www.moonbowmedia.com/ei/texas.htm >
"Unexplained Biologic Material (X-Bios) have been falling out of the sky for at
least 20 years now. The first widely documented event took place in 1985 in
Washington state when a woman's porch was covered with a clearish, gel-like
material that covered her entire porch"
5. "Ice block crashes through roof"
< http://smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/22/1074732534083.html >
"A block of ice weighing up to five kilograms has crashed through the roof of
an Auckland house"
6. "Living near a flight path stinks, NZ woman says"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200309/s946385.htm >
"A New Zealand woman believes her house has been bombed by sewage from a plane
that flew over it"
7. "Pigeon droppings cause roof collapse"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_823252.html >
"She said she ended up with around a year's worth of pigeon droppings on her
8. "Pensioner startled as alligator lands in backyard"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_754545.html >
"The alligator had fallen from a fourth floor flat where it was being kept
secretly as a pet by the tenants"
Subject: B-List: Here Come The Clowns
Date: Fri, 2 July 2004 8:00:06 AM
1. "Clowns miss Livingstone with custard pies"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_742703.html >
"The Mayor of London managed to avoid the group of angry protesters campaigning
against his traffic plan"
2. "20 clowns surprise BART riders and a train becomes a fun house"
< http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/02/07/BAG114REFI1.DTL&q=q >
"Red-nosed activists turn one trip into political theater"
3. "Clowns put on show, rob bus in Mexico City"
< http://www.poe-news.com/stories.php?poeurlid=25534 >
"Two teenagers dressed as clowns climbed aboard a microbus Sunday near Mexico
City's airport, did a song-and-dance routine and then robbed everyone on board"
4. "Clowns robbed guards and joined carnival"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_873249.html >
"Five robbers dressed as clowns stole £100,000 from security guards as they
tried to load a cash machine with money in Mexico"
5. "U.S. takes Greenpeace to court in unusual trial"
< http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0513-09.htm >
Photo caption: "A Greenpeace protester dressed like Ronald McDonald waves
from a police car after he was removed by police after attaching himself
to the gates of the distribution center of fast food giant McDonald's in
Wiri, Auckland, New Zealand"
6. "Clown shortage is no joke"
< http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2004230545,00.html >
"'We are facing a dire shortage of clowns'"
7. "Who's the first Bozo? Clown Hall of Fame switches honor"
< http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2004-05-27-bozos_x.htm >
"the hall was duped to believe Harmon created Bozo and didn't find out the
truth until ABCnews.com columnist and entertainment producer Buck Wolf
reported Harmon was wrongly laying claim to the character"
8. "Clowning around: Event manufactures tons of smiles"
< http://www.newarkadvocate.com/news/stories/20040516/localnews/431951.html >
"Clowns of every hue and species descended on the Square on Saturday to
spread joy and laughter during the ClownTown parade"
Subject: B-List: Modern Trends in Body Art + On-line exhibits of Body Art through History
Date: Mon, 5 July 2004 8:11:38 AM
A. Modern Trends in Body Art
1. "Tattoos are, like, totally boring"
< http://www.newyorkish.com/newyorkish/2004/01/tattoos_are_lik.html >
"A few years ago, you went out and got a tattoo or piercing. Sure, it looked
cool and edgy at the time - but now? ... This much is clear: if you want to
create a little attention in the 21st century, you're going to have to do a
lot better than that"
2. "Report: Local teens branding bodies, running health risks"
< http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/2900131/detail.html >
"She was branded, using a coat hanger, a blowtorch and seconds of pain"
3. "Jewellery that puts a twinkle in your eye"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1083620.htm >
"The latest fashion trend to hit the Netherlands is eyeball jewellery"
4. "Pouty bellybuttons newest fashion trend"
< http://www.ncbuy.com/news/2002-12-24/1005759.html >
"During the so-called 'umbilicoplasty' surgery, doctors put a 'purse-string'
suture around the navel to control the circumference and give it a ridge at
5. Make me look like ...
* "Sci-fi fan gets Spock ears"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1008940.html >
"A sci-fi fan in China has had plastic surgery to give himself ears like Star
Trek's Mr Spock"
* "The real-life Barbie dolls"
< http://www.toxicstories.com/pivot/entry.php?id=115 >
"Cindy Jackson and Miles Kendall have spent about $300,000 transforming them-
selves into copies of the best-selling dolls, undergoing 89 operations -
ranging from jaw implants and chemical peels to liposuction"
* "Belgian has nine ops to look like Jackson"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_761474.html >
* "Man undergoes plastic surgery to look like J-Lo"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_921054.html >
B. On-line exhibits of Body Art through History
1. "Bodies of Culture: A World Tour of Body Modification"
(University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
2. "Body Art" (Australian Museum Online)
< http://www.amonline.net.au/bodyart/ >
3. "Body Art: Marks of Identity" (American Museum of Natural History)
< http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/bodyart/ >
Subject: B-List: Showbiz Animals
Date: Tue, 6 July 2004 7:45:56 AM
1. "Pig to appear in opera"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_960277.html >
"A German pot-bellied pig called Berta has passed an audition to star in an
2. "Saving his bacon"
< http://smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/28/1088392607753.html >
"A dancing pig named Don Rash has gone missing just days before he was due to
record a television advertisement"
3. "Dogs take to the catwalk in Tokyo fashion show"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_789805.html >
"Poodles, dachshunds and Chihuahuas have strutted down the catwalk at a fashion
show organised by a Tokyo department store"
4. "Beauty contest for camels"
< http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2003/11/16/259763-ap.html >
"The beauty competition in the Inner Mongolia region attracted nearly 100
dressed-up camels 'as well as more than 2,000 fans'"
5. "Beauty contest for goats"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1004457.html >
"Dozens of farmers from across the country entered their prize goats in the
event at the village of St. Vincenat in western Croatia"
6. "Dinky the singing dingo is a howling success"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1034156.htm >
"In central Australia, a singing, piano playing dingo is set to stump trivia
lovers around the world"
7. "Dog breath bragging rights"
< http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/06/05/loc_pulfer05.html >
"On the one hand, a Greater Cincinnati resident is about to compete for a
national award. On the other hand, he's competing for the title of Worst Dog
Breath in America"
8. "Show judges dog with a face for politics"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200309/s954370.htm >
"A dog show in the southern highlands of New South Wales is attracting
interest over it's 'politics' category"
9. "Dog soccer drawing card for canine expo"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200304/s842190.htm >
"Dog breeders are hoping to draw bigger crowds to their annual international
fair in Germany next month with canine football matches"
10. "Olympian rats challenge for Xtreme honour"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_844522.html >
"Twenty-one white rats have competed in the 19th annual Xtreme Rat Challenge"
11. "Taking life at a snail's pace in Spain"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200308/s930732.htm >
"Residents in the central northern Spanish village of Tricio were taking life
at a snail's pace on Saturday local time, by organising a race involving 37
of the ponderous and slimy creatures"
(a John West post)
Subject: B-List: New Taste-Bud Treats
Date: Wed, 7 July 2004 8:25:30 AM
1. "Beer ice cream goes on sale"
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/2958702.stm >
"The distinctive taste of Newcastle Brown Ale has become the latest ice cream
flavour from a family-run Northumberland dairy"
2. "Firm sells out of Turkey & Gravy flavour fizzy drink"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_853501.html >
3. "Cheesecake Kit Kat? Give us a break"
< http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/02/19/nkit19.xml >
"Sales of Kit Kat, Britain's most popular chocolate bar, have plummeted so far
that the manufacturer is contemplating lemon cheesecake, liquorice and even
curry flavoured versions"
4. "Bananas are not the only fruit"
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3856021.stm >
"One leading seller is testing the idea of fruit flavoured versions in an
effort to make bananas more appealing"
5. "Chilean firm says new mushroom tastes like meat"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_856202.html >
6. "Fancy a coffee-flavoured steak?"
"Rippe's, a local waterfront steak and seafood restaurant, began serving filet
mignon steaks dusted with Starbucks' dark espresso blend a few weeks ago and
now has a runaway hit on its hands"
7. "Restaurant keeps brain sandwiches on menu"
< http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2004/01/16/314348-ap.html >
"Fear of mad cow disease hasn't kept Cecelia Coan from eating her beloved
deep-fried cow-brain sandwiches"
8. "Pork choc on the menu in Ukraine"
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3825221.stm >
"For the equivalent of 1 pound you can now get four small sticks of salo
covered in chocolate at Kiev's poshest Ukrainian restaurant"
9. "Brits' nouveau cuisine: the deep-fried chocolate sandwich"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1074038.htm >
Subject: B-List: Special Numbers For Sale
Date: Fri, 9 July 2004 7:58:20 AM
1. "Mobile number on sale for $19,000"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200406/s1136458.htm >
"A mobile telephone number in Bahrain has become the most expensive in the
history of the local market, on sale for 5,000 dinars (about $AUD19,000)
for no reason other than aesthetics". Example: #9111119
2. "Man buys lucky phone number for $US1.1m"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1086581.htm >
"An online buyer has paid $US1.1 million for a cell phone number on a Chinese
auction site ... the number 135 8585 8585"
3. "China's 'lucky' phone number"
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3163951.stm >
"It may be lucky for some, but is the telephone number 8888 8888 really worth
paying 2.33m yuan ($280,000) for?"
4. "Hong Kong - Peoples auctions lucky phone number"
< http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0NEW/is_1999_Oct_11/ai_56228638 >
"The lucky numbers begin on auction all include the numbers 9xxx 8888. In
numerically-minded Chinese culture, the number 8 signifies 'get rich,' and
four 8's is about as lucky as you can get."
5. "At Thai auction, 'lucky' licence plates cost as much as cars"
< http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2003/08/11/158593-ap.html >
"Thailand's first auction of 'lucky' licence plates drew about a thousand
bidders Monday, with the high bid - worth about $131,500 Cdn - going for
6. "Lucky Rhode Islanders win low-number plates: State holds license plate lottery"
< http://www.click10.com/automotive/2591961/detail.html >
"More than 3,000 people entered for a chance at 25 plates"
7. "Mayor watches his plate go at auction"
< http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/lv-gov/2004/may/13/516849144.html >
"License plate LV001 was the last to be bid on -- and the most desired --
at the Centennial License Plate Auction, where license plates LV001 through
LV100 were available through silent and live auction to benefit the
celebration of Las Vegas' 100th birthday throughout 2005"
8. "Nobody wants to live at numbers 69 or 666 in Chile"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_835061.html >
Subject: B-List: Creative Court Sentences
Date: Tue, 13 July 2004 9:41:50 PM
1. "Judge sentences lawbreakers to ... tai chi"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200308/s918809.htm >
"Sante Fe judge, Frances Gallegos, says traditional anger management courses
were not working so she allows young, violent offenders to take meditation
classes as part of an alternative sentencing program"
2. "Why a US judge sentenced man to yoga class"
< http://www.despardes.com/lifestyle/jan04/JUDJE-SENTENCES-YOGA-JAN25.htm >
"Judge Larry Standley is known for his creative sentences. In a recent case,
Standley ordered a man convicted of slapping his wife to take a yoga class as
part of his one-year probation"
3. "Boy sentenced to visit library"
< http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/10/09/1065676097021.html >
"A court of appeals in central Turkey has upheld a sentence handed out to a
15-year-old boy that he go to a library three times a week for having stabbed
another boy in the arm three years ago"
4. "Defendant sentenced to read 'To Kill a Mockingbird'"
< http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2003/07/21/141863-ap.html >
"Judge Juan Sanchez gave William Fowlkes, 46, of West Chester, his own copy
of Harper Lee's classic novel and instructed him to read it and write an essay
about how his 'disgusting' behavior relates to the book"
5. "Rap fan forced to listen to Verdi"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_863002.html >
"A US man has been ordered to listen to Verdi's La Traviata after playing
50 Cent's music too loud in his car"
6. "Judge orders speeding teenagers to do 50 press-ups"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_740683.html >
"A District Judge in Kentucky has ordered two teenagers to do 50 press-ups
after they appeared before him on speeding charges"
7. "Judge sentences man to jump out of plane as punishment for crime"
< http://www.wftv.com/news/3034324/detail.html >
"A judge has ordered a former city employee in Buffalo, New York, to jump out
of an airplane for misusing public funds"
Subject: B-List: Animal Intruders
Date: Wed, 14 July 2004 7:47:44 AM
1. "Wild boar spotted in supermarket"
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/gloucestershire/3375611.stm >
"A wild boar is on the loose in a Gloucestershire town after being spotted
wandering into a supermarket"
2. "Goat in bank"
< http://www.kark.com/news/default.asp?mode=shownews&id=911 >
"[H]e broke in, charging the glass doors at the Bank of America on Broadway"
3. "Deer breaks into Conn. beauty salon"
< http://apnews.myway.com/article/20040625/D83E8TIO1.html >
"An intruder at a local business turned out to be as destructive as a bull
in a china shop because it was a deer in a beauty salon"
4. "Bear takes over police station"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_781809.html >
"Police in Belarus locked themselves into a patrol car for hours after a
1,000lb bear took over their police station"
5. "Bear wanders through Japanese hospital - twice"
< http://smh.com.au/articles/2003/10/16/1065917545826.html >
"A hungry 100-kilogram wild bear wandered into a hospital in northern Japan,
terrifying a patient, and then escaped through a glass emergency exit in
panic, only to return later"
6. "Bear and cub breach security at Russian nuclear site"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200308/s929266.htm >
"A female bear and her cub have caused a major security breach after they
walked into a top-secret nuclear research site in southern Russia"
7. "Rooster 'keeps coming back to chicken restaurant'"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1008482.html >
"A rooster in America has found a new home that he keeps returning to - the
foyer of a takeaway chicken restaurant"
8. "Stowaway cat attacks pilot"
< http://www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/printpage/0,5942,8928125,00.html >
"A Bangladeshi pilot needed first aid after a stowaway cat got into the
cockpit of his aircraft and attacked him"
9. "Hunter called as piggish guest found to be terrible boar"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1057490.htm >
"[T]he beast rammed through the bolted front door of an apartment bloc and
stormed up to the sixth floor"
10. "Rats, the bats had taken over the flat"
< http://smh.com.au/articles/2003/08/28/1062050594466.html >
"A Czech woman is looking for a new home after hundreds of bats moved into
her flat while she went on holiday"
11. "Has anyone seen Alfred Hitchcock lately?"
< http://www.bmoviecentral.com/bmoviecentral/blog/index.php?p=450 >
"The winged pests [pigeons] are not just nesting on the balcony of her
Gloucester flat - they've now started to fly indoors"
12. "Piggy in the middle"
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/funny_old_game/2929769.stm >
"A football match in Austria was brought to a standstill when a piglet ran on
to the pitch"
Subject: B-List: Perfect Formulas
Date: Fri, 16 July 2004 7:27:32 AM
1. "A formula for the perfect movie?"
< http://movies.go.com/news/2003/5/movieformula051303.html >
"According to Clayton, the blueprint for the perfect film is for it to have
30 percent action, 17 percent comedy, 13 percent good versus evil, 12 percent
sex and romance, 10 percent special effects, 10 percent plot, and 8 percent
"Professor explores science of scary films"
< http://edition.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/Movies/10/31/scary.movies.ap/index.html >
"[C]ommunications professor Greg M. Smith says the best scary movies simply set
an ominous mood, spread out the bad stuff and let the audience scare themselves"
2. "A + N x D = perfect family Christmas?"
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3240710.stm >
"Mr Eldridge claims the formula will help families choose the perfect game,
which, in turn, will lead to the perfect stress-free Christmas ...
0.22a + 0.17f + 0.153n + (0.12c - 0.1g) + 0.1s + 0.09e + 0.06d + 0.054l
+ 0.05m + 0.011c = pfg"
3. "Scientists devise perfect joke formula"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_987661.html >
"The mathematical equation for the perfect joke has been revealed by scientists
4. "Scientists have maths formula for perfect beach"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_783469.html >
"Experts from Wales, Turkey and Malta came up with
D=(-2xA12) + (1+A23) + (1xA34) + (2xA45) divided by AT"
5. "'Perfect sandcastle' formula unveiled"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_969918.html >
"It's OW0.125 x s - or one part water to eight parts sand"
6. "Boffins build the perfect snowman"
< http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,5868387%5E13762,00.html >
"After decades of research and development, members of the department have
worked out 10 surefire steps for creating the perfect snowman"
7. "Formula for perfect-tasting strawberries and cream"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_995454.html >
"Experts from Nottingham University found that to get the best flavour from a
portion of seven strawberries - about 210 grams - they should be served with
105 grams of cream"
8. "Using math to find the best movie seat"
< http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040701-035056-9664r.htm >
"A Canadian math professor says give him the numbers and he can tell you
where's the best seat in the movie house, with a little calculus and geometry"
9. "Formula for the Perfect Parallel Park"
< http://exn.ca/Stories/2003/05/07/51.asp >
"Max ((r + w/2)2 + f2, (r + w/2)2 + b2) ? min (4r2, (r + w/2 + k)2)"
10. "Formula for the perfect formula"
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3794419.stm >
"However mundane a task you are trying to perform, whether it's watering the
garden or ironing a shirt, someone somewhere will probably have worked out a
formula for doing it more effectively"
Subject: B-List: Money For Nothing - Error In Your Favour
Date: Mon, 19 July 2004 8:03:18 AM
1. "Oops-Bank hands woman $48.7 million check"
< http://www.odili.net/news/source/2003/aug/8/65.html >
"A Florida woman thought she was getting a certified check for $85 but her
bank mistakenly made it out for more than $48.7 million"
2. "Bank error only buys trouble"
< http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-15/1086880613103820.xml >
"As a result of keystroke blunder at a Grand Rapids bank, Harris was
accidentally credited with an extra $60,000 when he deposited $487.04"
"Harris is on trial in federal court in Kalamazoo. Prosecutors accuse him
of taking advantage of the mistake, burning through $51,000 in one day"
3. "Couple spent £24,550 in six days"
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/3901593.stm >
"A council will fight to retrieve £24,550 it accidentally deposited into a
couple's bank account"
4. "Job centre pays out millions to unemployed woman"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_924386.html >
"The office mistakenly transferred £246 million instead of £24 into her
5. "Woman says taxman won't stop giving her money"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_811103.html >
"The Inland Revenue wants to pay a woman over £5,000 in Family Tax Credit
back-pay, even though she doesn't have children"
6. "Cash machine gives out free cash"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_934577.html >
"Hundreds of shoppers cashed in when a hole-in-the-wall gave out £20 notes
instead of tenners"
7. "Casino tries to fix $1.4 million mistake [free registration]"
< http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/7267642.htm?1c >
"The Sands has sued the Palo Alto man for keeping more than $1.4 million the
casino says it wired to him by mistake"
8. "Melbourne Cup punter wins $2.6m in trifecta error"
< http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/11/13/1068329665392.html >
"A punter collected $2.6 million after a TAB operator incorrectly entered
his trifecta bet on the Melbourne Cup"
Subject: B-List: It's Never Too Late To Start ...
Date: Wed, 21 July 2004 8:29:57 AM
1. "93-year-old bachelor finally marries"
< http://news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9949887^13762,00.html >
"After years of waiting for the right woman, a 93-year-old bachelor in remote
north-eastern India pronounced himself a happy man this week after wedding
his 63-year-old landlady"
2. "94-year-old peer passes driving test"
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3084177.stm >
"At 94-years-old, Lord Renton has become one of the oldest people in Britain
to pass the driving test for the first time"
3. "Kenyan grandad joins primary school at 84"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1024980.htm >
"An 84-year-old Kenyan grandfather has joined primary school to learn to read
after the government introduced free primary education last year"
4. "Man, 87, takes on university degree"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1025017.html >
"An 87-year-old man is starting a degree in Ecological and Environment
Protection at a university in Romania"
5. "Woman earns diploma at age 90"
< http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2004/05/26/473320-ap.html >
"So after outliving three husbands and letting seven decades pass since her
last high school class, Babson decided a few years ago it was time to go back
6. "Pensioner, 91, called up for army"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_853111.html >
"Army spokesman Colonel Alexander Barthou said the letter had been supposed
to go to an 18-year-old, also from Bad Ischl, with the same name"
7. "Grandmother trading baking cookies for combat"
< http://www.politicalpuzzle.org/archives/000234.php >
"56-year-old reservist being called to active duty for first time"
8. "101-year-old man parachutes into record books"
< http://www.wftv.com/news/3424706/detail.html >
"A 101-year-old man is believed to be the world's oldest skydiver after he
accepted a dare from friends and jumped out of an airplane Wednesday at
nearly 10,000 feet"
Subject: B-List: Not the Nine O'Clock News II
Date: Fri, 23 July 2004 8:41:31 AM
1. "Klansman turns pink; Queer Eye for the KKK Guy?"
< http://www.glossynews.com/artman/publish/kkk-746.shtml >
"'They say it happened because I didn't separate my whites from my coloreds,'
said Arnie. 'That just goes to show you segregation is the way of the Lord.
In laundry and also in life.'"
2. "Atkins diet fanatics assault Cookie Monster"
< http://www.thefakenews.com/cookiemonster61604.html >
"The relative calm of Sesame Street has been shattered as carb-loving Cookie
Monster has been attacked three times this month by devoted converts to the
3. "USPS sues internet users"
< http://bbspot.com/News/2003/10/usps.html >
"The United States Postal Service surprised citizens and lawmakers today by
filing thousands of lawsuits against netizens with active e-mail addresses.
Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the use of e-mail violates the
government-approved monopoly the USPS currently enjoys"
4. "Dell patents 'Reboot and See If That Fixes It' technical support process"
< http://bbspot.com/News/2003/08/dell_tech_support.html >
"Dell explained that this patent gives them an edge over competitors who
will have to find another way to help customers, or be forced to pay Dell
5. "48-hour Internet outage plunges nation into productivity"
< http://dotnetjunkies.com/WebLog/darrell.norton/archive/2003/10/01/1972.aspx >
"An Internet worm that disabled networks across the U.S. Monday and Tuesday
temporarily thrust the nation into its most severe maelstrom of productivity
6. "U.S. to invade Luxembourg"
< http://www.keepmedia.com/ShowItemDetails.do?item_id=321306&extID=10026 >
"'We've tolerated the insults of that pipsqueak country for too long,' Bush
reportedly told the Joint Chiefs of Staff at a top-secret White House meeting.
'It's time to send in the 101st Airborne.'"
7. "In surprise move, AARP backs Logan's run-style euthanasia program"
< http://brokennewz.com/displaystory.asp_Q_storyid_E_649loganaarp >
"Drawing ire from traditional Democratic allies and members of their own
constituency, leaders of the AARP endorsed a plan being debated in the Senate
to have every American citizen fitted with an age-determining crystal, the kind
used in the 1976 sci-fi cult classic Logan's Run"
8. "Top 11 unlikely tech headlines"
< http://bbspot.com/News/2004/07/top_11_unlikely_headlines.html >
Subject: B-List: Some Things That Are Good For You
Date: Mon, 26 July 2004 7:45:33 AM
1. Playing games
a. "Video games 'good for you'"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_785687.html >
"The study found that 'shoot-em-up' style games that feature enemies that
pop out of nowhere sharply improve attention skills"
b. "Video game skills may give edge in life"
< http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/06/1083635268977.html >
"Researchers are finding players can make sharper soldiers, drivers and
c. "Games at work may be good for you"
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3247595.stm >
"Playing simple computer games at the office could improve productivity
and job satisfaction"
2. "Even fake laughter is good medicine"
< http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/03/31/1048962698891.html >
"'Forced laughter is a powerful, readily available and cost-free way for
many adults to regularly boost their mood and psychological wellbeing'"
3. "Scientists say singing boosts immune system"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1027519.htm >
"They found that concentrations of immunoglobin A - proteins in the immune
system which function as antibodies - and hydrocortisone, an anti-stress
hormone, increased significantly during the rehearsal"
4. "Sleep may help restore memories"
< http://www.rednova.com/news/stories/2/2003/10/08/story006.html >
"[S]leep can rescue memories in a biological process of storing and
consolidating them deep in the brain's complex circuitry"
5. "Mediterranean diet 'extends life'"
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3173077.stm >
"Drinking red wine and cooking with olive oil may help us to live longer,
a. "Cup of cocoa may keep doctor away"
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3248455.stm >
"This latest study suggests cocoa may be richer in antioxidants than better
known 'healthy' drinks like tea and red wine"
b. "Dark chocolate boosts antioxidant levels"
< http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99994101 >
"Eating chocolate can boost the level of heart-protecting antioxidants in the
blood, but consuming milk at the same time cancels the potential health
7. "Caffeine may protect muscles from exercise pain"
< http://www.local6.com/health/2485866/detail.html >
"University of Georgia researchers found that caffeine reduced thigh muscle
pain during cycling exercise"
8. "Going for a pint could be good for the mind"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_835858.html >
"Researchers from University College, London, found that while a drink with
your friends may be bad for your waistline, it could be good for your mind"
9. "Guinness 'can reduce risk of heart attacks'"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_838120.html >
"The researchers say it works as well as aspirin in preventing blood clots
that can lead to heart attacks"
10. "Cinnamon spice produces healthier blood"
< http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99994413 >
"Just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day significantly reduces blood sugar
levels in diabetics"
Subject: B-List: DHTML Lemmings
Date: Tue, 27 July 2004 7:47:42 AM
< http://184.108.40.206/games/lemmings/index.html >
Try it before it disappears for copyright reasons. Read the latest regarding
< http://www.xs4all.nl/~crisp/lemmings/lemmings.html> >
The developer is redoing it using pumpkin-heads instead of lemmings.
Subject: B-List: Sorry To Barge In (Not)
Date: Thu, 29 July 2004 8:06:17 AM
1. "Impatient husband crashes car into store"
< http://www.local10.com/news/3405054/detail.html >
"Police say impatience may have led an elderly man to crash his car through
the front of a store in southwest Miami"
2. "Man crashes into restaurant"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_977450.html >
"A German man crashed his car into a Greek restaurant - then sat down to
have his meal there"
3. "Man discovers car in bedroom"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1120610.htm >
"A Devonport man was greeted with an unexpected sight returning home from
work early this morning with an abandoned car parked in his bedroom"
4. "It's 'The Sixth Fence'"
< http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/137600p-122308c.html >
"A careening car smashed into his Queens home yesterday - for the sixth time
in the last two decades"
5. "Car crashes into roof of Marlborough home"
< http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=72435 >
"'I came (around) the house to the street, I saw nothing until I turned
around,' said Penney. 'Then I saw a car in the middle of my roof.'"
6. "Cement truck lands in Raleigh front yard"
< http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/news/062204_NW_cementtruck.html >
"They heard a loud boom, opened the front door and saw something unusual in
their front yard"
7. "Japanese tourists hurt as bus shears roof on bridge"
< http://www.japantimes.com/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20040617a4.htm >
"The bus was too tall for the bridge"
8. "Man crashes SUV into Fort Lauderdale Airport"
< http://www.local10.com/news/3492009/detail.html >
"investigators didn't know why he drove his 1998 Lincoln Navigator into the
Terminal 3 building shortly before 10 a.m."
Subject: B-List: Pocket Calculator Show + July Postings Reprised
Date: Fri, 30 July 2004 8:10:21 AM
1. Pocket Calculator Show
< http://pocketcalculatorshow.com/ >
Purpose: "to collect and celebrate personal memories of all integrated circuit-
based consumer products from the electronics revolution of the 1970s and 1980s"
* Nerd Watch
< http://pocketcalculatorshow.com/nerdwatch/ >
< http://pocketcalculatorshow.com/boombox/ >
< http://pocketcalculatorshow.com/walkman/ >
< http://pocketcalculatorshow.com/calculator/ >
* Magical Gadget (unusual items/novelties)
< http://pocketcalculatorshow.com/magicalgadget/ >
2. July Postings Reprised
[New Taste-Bud Treats]
* "Horse flavoured ice cream?"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1031371.html >
"Garlic, potato and lettuce, and cactus and seaweed along with raw horse-flesh
are now available in Japan's shops"
* "Two cows recaptured after wandering through beer tent at NS lobster festival"
< http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2004/07/26/557975-cp.html >
* "Wild boar killed after wandering near South Korean presidential office"
< http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2004/07/12/536306-ap.html >
"A wild boar that appeared near South Korea's presidential office complex led
about 90 people on a 12-hour chase through the capital before it was downed
by tranquillizer darts"
[Money For Nothing - Error In Your Favour]
* "Swiss man is made millionaire by mistake"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1036747.html >
"A Swiss man was made a millionaire overnight after public finance officials
transferred more than £2.5m to his account by mistake"
[Some Things That Are Good For You]
* "Coffee is 'health drink' says Italian"
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3540729.stm >
* "A choc a day can keep your baby's stress away"
< http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=79&art_id=vn20040408080421670C206315 >
"The babies born to women who had been eating chocolate daily during pregnancy
were more active and 'positively reactive'"
[Sorry To Barge In (Not)]
* "Vandals crash bulldozer into Gibbs High School classroom"
< http://www.wtsp.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=9220 >
"Police say four teens broke into a construction area and cranked up a bulldozer
Saturday night. It smashed into a portable building causing extreme damage"