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    Ok..... That's one restaraunt I won't be visiting.
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    Chris, ROTFLMFAO!

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    Rain, sleet, snow and 90th birthday doesn't keep mailman from his job

    Canadian Press Wednesday, February 23, 2005

    STAPLETON, Neb. (AP) - Rain, sleet and snow have not kept Kermit Paxton from making his six-day-a-week journey to deliver mail. His recent 90th birthday didn't stop him either.

    Monday through Saturday, Paxton rises early, gets in his truck and transports mail on his route that's about 115 kilometres long. He's been doing this for the past 27 years.

    The retired rancher said there are some drawbacks to the job he otherwise enjoys. Sometimes the mail is very heavy.

    He also has had a few frightening experiences. Paxton said he turned his van upside down once on icy road conditions, and he did the same thing on ice two or three years ago in his pickup.

    When he is not delivering mail, Paxton spends some time delivering Bibles as a member of Gideons International for more than 30 years.

    Paxton lives a healthy and active life, and said his job has helped him live a lot longer than he expected. He apparently does not figure to retire any time soon. His mail delivery contract runs another two years.

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    Beer Commercial Featuring Shotgun Is Banned
    LONDON (Reuters) - A "threatening" beer advertisement
    depicting a double-barreled shotgun pointed at the viewer was
    banned by Britain's advertising watchdog on Wednesday.
    There were 51 complaints about the advert for Ruddles ale
    which featured a shotgun positioned at the reader from between
    two pub stools, and read: "Excuse me, I believe that's my
    seat."
    Complainants said the advertisement, which appeared in
    newspapers, was offensive and irresponsible because it condoned
    the threatening use of guns.
    The Union Pub Company said the advert was particularly
    offensive to pub landlords.
    Greene King, which produces Ruddles, said the advert was
    part of their "uncompromisingly from the country" campaign,
    which targeted male bitter-drinkers who would recognize the
    humor behind the advertisement.
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    Hint: It's Above South Korea
    TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea has menaced Japan with
    missiles, kidnapped its citizens and stands between it and a
    place in the soccer World Cup finals, but one in four Japanese
    high-school students can't place the country on a map.
    Only 76 percent of high school pupils in a survey by an
    academic body could locate the reclusive communist state,
    despite a daily bombardment of news about it in the Japanese
    media.
    As for Iraq, where Japan has some 550 soldiers in one of
    the country's most controversial overseas deployments and where
    a Japanese was beheaded by kidnappers, over 40 percent of
    university students and high-school pupils couldn't find it.
    "While students are interested in the news, they don't see
    it as important to know where the countries are," said Yumiko
    Takizawa, a geography professor at Teikyo University who ran
    the survey for the Association of Japanese Geographers.
    "Inter-dependence and links between countries are ever more
    important," Takizawa said. "It's clear that an education system
    that teaches a proper knowledge of the world is needed."

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    Naked frolic lands Florida prosecutor in jail
    KEY WEST, Fla. (Reuters) - A drunken Florida
    prosecutor who streaked across a motel parking lot and
    mistakenly jumped into a stranger's car landed in the slammer,
    a state attorney's office spokesman said Wednesday.
    After tossing back a few drinks with colleagues last
    weekend, Monroe County assistant prosecutor Albert "A.J."
    Tasker, 28, stripped off his clothes as a prank and headed
    toward what he thought was a friend's vehicle.
    But Tasker jumped into the back seat of the wrong car,
    where a woman was waiting for her boyfriend. The woman
    screamed, the boyfriend arrived and Key West police arrested
    Tasker.
    "The devil made him do it," said Matt Helmerick, spokesman
    for the Monroe County state attorney in Key West.
    Tasker, who was hired in December, was jailed
    misdemeanor charges of disorderly intoxication and exposure of
    sexual organs. He was released on bond and is on an unpaid
    leave of absence from his job pending an internal
    investigation.
    "It's embarrassing to us, it's embarrassing to him,"
    Helmerick said. "If this guy had been a doctor or a janitor or
    a short-order cook, there would be no news."
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    N.Irish artist plans Titanic iceberg stunt
    BELFAST, Feb 23 (Reuters) - In a bizarre celebration of
    Belfast's industrial heritage, a Northern Ireland artist is
    planning to tow an iceberg to the city that built the Titanic.
    Rita Duffy, who says the iceberg would represent a dramatic
    piece of "performance art" as it slowly melted in Belfast Lough,
    is working on a feasibility study with a local filmmaker before
    seeking funding for the project she hopes will happen in 2008.
    "It can be done," she told Reuters. "We are thinking of
    coming down the old Viking journey from the north of Norway.
    It's totally possible."
    When she was launched from Belfast's Harland and Wolff
    shipyard, the luxury liner RMS Titanic was the largest man-made
    moving object on Earth, hailed as "unsinkable" by her owners
    White Star.
    The ship struck an iceberg off Canada on her maiden voyage
    in April 1912 and sank with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.
    Duffy says she is keeping the finale of her project a
    secret, but believes the iceberg could be a symbol of hope in a
    city scarred by decades of sectarian division.
    "It comes from the story of the Titanic ... some people
    might see it in bad taste and I suppose some might find it
    amusing, but I actually see it as a deeply serious project," she
    added.
    "I like to think this project is going some way to altering
    the damaged psyche of Belfast ... It's about courageously facing
    into that which interrupted our journey."

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    February 24, 2005 -- Hey, kids, watch out for that mystery meat! Parents of students at the Eaton Elementary School in Washington, D.C., were furious after learning that the principal let animal-welfare workers use the cafeteria to spay 500 cats over the weekend. "The air was thick with the smell of urine," said mother of three Kelley Ellsworth. "I'm shocked that they would cut up a cat in a school cafeteria." Officials had the lunch room fumigated before it reopened yesterday.
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    February 25, 2005 -- File this under Stupid Bank Robber tricks.
    Cops in Chicago say Randy Washington, 24, phoned a talk show on radio station WFIE to brag about how he and five pals had entered a bank, tied up the tellers and fled with a wad of cash. But bank workers heard the call-in, recognized details of the crime and called cops, who traced the call to the man's cellphone and arrested him.
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    Kraft Draws Ire for Road Kill Candy

    Friday, February 25, 2005

    (02-25) 05:28 PST Trenton, N.J. (AP) --


    Animal rights activists are disgusted by a new candy from Kraft Foods Inc. that's shaped like critters run over by cars complete with tire treads.


    The fruity-flavored Trolli Road Kill Gummi Candy in shapes of partly flattened snakes, chickens and squirrels fosters cruelty toward animals, according to the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


    "It sends the wrong message to children, that it's OK to harm animals. And that's the wrong message, especially from a so-called wholesome corporation like Kraft," said society spokesman Matthew Stanton.


    The society is considering petition drives, boycotts and letter-writing campaigns to get the candy pulled from the market, Stanton said.


    After receiving a complaint from the NJSPCA Wednesday, Kraft officials pulled an animated advertisement from Trolli's Web site that featured car headlights and animals. No other decisions on changes have been made, said Kraft spokesman Larry Baumann.


    "If you look across the Gummi category we certainly have many products that are offbeat, and that's what we were doing in this case," Baumann said. "We didn't mean to offend anyone."

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    Yeah, and I decided to smoke cigarettes and chew tobacco after having candy cigarettes, and big league chew...

    Thanks for posting that chef, I caught a bit on the news that Trolli had to pull something, but I didnt hear what.

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    "It sends the wrong message to children, that it's OK to harm animals.
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    I guess they'll go after the "Road Kill Cafe" next....
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    February 26, 2005 -- A Detroit ex-con who did two years in jail for bank fraud wanted to avoid going to court to face penalties for probation violations. So he phoned in bomb threats three times to get out of scheduled court dates, according to the FBI. Vassalo Russell eventually was sentenced to four months in a halfway house for the probation violations but he now faces a possible life sentence for threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction against U.S. government property.
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    Burglars summon police for help when keys to getaway car are stolen

    Canadian Press Friday, February 25, 2005

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - When two Danish burglars realized someone had stolen the keys to their getaway car, they reacted like honest citizens and called the police.

    Police said they were only too happy to help, and arrested them after they confessed to breaking and entering.

    The men, identified only as an 18-year-old and a 20-year-old, broke into a summer cabin late Wednesday near Kaldred, 90 kilometres west of capital Copenhagen.

    As they carried their haul to the car, they were confronted by a passer-by who had witnessed the break-in and insisted that they return the stolen property.

    To ensure they couldn't get away, the passer-by took the keys from their car and refused to return them.

    "The two young men then called us and said they needed our help getting their keys back," Chief Supt. Asger Larsen said Thursday.

    He said the two realized that without the keys, they would have to leave their car at the scene, which would put the police on their trail and lead to their arrest anyway.

    "It's a pretty straightforward case for us, since this time, the thieves actually reported the robbery," Larsen said.

    He declined to release the names of the suspects or the passer-by.

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    February 27, 2005 -- For one Cuban man, lightning doesn't just strike twice, it strikes five times. Farmer Jorge Marquez, recently hit by his fifth bolt in 22 years, says he is cursed and that lightning follows him. He said when he is hit he feels "like something very cold enters my body or as if I'm a hot iron being immersed in cold water."
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    LUCKNOW, India, Feb 26 (Reuters) - An Indian teenager from
    one of the country's most backward states appears to have
    fooled governments, the media and even the president into
    believing he had topped the world in a NASA science exam.
    In a country hungry for international recognition,
    17-year-old Saurabh Singh was feted as a national hero after
    announcing he had won NASA's International Scientist Discovery
    examination, which he said he took at Oxford University.
    The Uttar Pradesh state government rewarded him with a
    500,000 rupee ($11,500) prize and more than 100 members of the
    state's upper house each donated a day's salary to him.
    But as he was at the president's official residence
    awaiting an audience during the week, his story unravelled.
    An Indian news portal, rediff.com, contacted NASA, which
    denied any knowledge of the exam.
    "Right now, no one knows where this examination comes
    from," Rediff quoted NASA education official Dwayne Brown
    saying.
    A meeting planned with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was
    hastily called off and the boy returned to his village of
    Narhai, where he is now under police investigation.
    Singh had also said President Abdul Kalam and Indian
    astronaut Kalpana Chawla, who died in the Columbia shuttle
    explosion in 2003, had sat the test. Kalam's office denies
    this.
    Singh insists he met Kalam, although some Indian newspapers
    say the meeting was cancelled as he waited to go in.
    "It was really inspiring," Singh told Reuters by phone.
    "And let me tell you, he saw my certificate and praised me for
    the achievement, while you all are asking all kinds of
    questions and trying to dub me as a fraud."
    The certificate, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters,
    declared "You are the member of NASA" (sic) and is signed by
    Singh and "Chief of NASA, Cin K. Kif" -- NASA's former
    administrator was Sean O'Keefe. It also lists the name of
    Singh's father, common practice in Indian documents.
    Singh says he flew to London on Indian Airlines -- which
    does not fly to the city -- and took a taxi to Oxford
    University and back every day for the exam from January 4-8, a
    round trip of about 230 km (140 miles).
    Singh told Reuters he stayed in a hotel, but told a Hindi
    language newspaper he stayed at Buckingham Palace.
    The Indian school where he says he sat the preliminary exam
    along with 200,000 others does not exist. The Bansal institute,
    where he says he studied mathematics, has never heard of him.
    Singh cannot produce his passport to back his claim. That,
    he says, is with institute director P.K. Bansal.
    "How can we possess his passport when we don't even know
    him?" Saturday's The Indian Express quoted Bansal saying.
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    HONG KONG (AP) - An upscale Hong Kong grocery store is being
    prosecuted after a customer allegedly discovered 575 beetles in a
    jar of cereal he bought, officials and media reports said Saturday.
    The customer, lawyer Philip Dykes, said the breakfast cereal was
    "too organic for my liking," according to the South China Morning
    Post.
    The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has charged the
    Great grocer store with providing "food not of the nature,
    substance or quality demanded by the purchaser," said Emily Mak, a
    department spokeswoman.
    The charge carries a maximum fine of 10,000 Hong Kong dollars
    (US$1,282; euro 968) and up to 3 months' imprisonment, according to
    the Apple Daily newspaper.
    The A.S. Watson Group, which runs the store, has pleaded not
    guilty. The company did not return phone calls from The Associated
    Press to comment on the case.
    The lawyer allegedly found the beetles and 17 larvae in the
    plastic jar, which he bought in 2003, Apple reported.

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    It Isn't Often You See Breast Cream Used in Public
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - A promotion for breast enhancing cream
    that involved three models having a 15 minute mammary massage
    in public has caused a furor in Thailand, with family groups
    saying it violates traditional values and morality.
    Despite Bangkok's racy reputation as the "anything goes"
    sex capital of southeast Asia, most Thais are uncomfortable
    with public nudity and all newspaper pictures of the
    demonstration had the breasts blurred out.
    "The campaign is just to promote the product without
    considering the damage to society," Ladda Thangsupachai of the
    Cultural Watch Center told the Nation newspaper on Friday.
    "This is taking advantage of society and an irresponsible act."
    Executives of St Herb Co., which makes the "breast
    beautifying" cream, said they laid on the stunt merely to
    counter suggestions their advertising claims were exaggerated.
    The Nation said Ying, one of the models, was embarrassed at
    having to bare herself in front of the cameras, but did believe
    her breasts had become firmer and the gap between them smaller
    as a result of the treatment.
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    Firm's Valentine Cards Spark Lovers' Tiffs
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A pharmaceutical company which sent
    anonymous Valentine's cards to Dutch gynecologists in a
    publicity stunt has been forced to apologize for sparking
    family arguments.
    The doctors and their partners were furious with the
    company -- whose Web site says it mixes "the ingredients for
    health and happiness" -- after the firm sent cards saying "Now
    shall we tell everyone?," De Telegraaf newspaper reported
    Thursday.
    A second card was dispatched to the 800 doctors the next
    day explaining that the first had been a gimmick to promote a
    new product.
    In some cases, the cards caused so much distress that the
    company, Organon, sent apologetic bouquets of flowers, the
    newspaper said.
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    We're Here to Bug You: Video Mocks Police
    HAVANA (Reuters) - "Good Morning, we've come to install
    your microphones," an agent says at the door in the opening
    line of an underground video making the rounds in Cuba.
    "In what part of the house do you usually talk bad about
    the government?" he asks the nervous resident, a driver who
    pilfers gasoline and coffee from the state.
    The spoof of Cuba's feared security police is in hot demand
    among Cubans, for whom black jokes and complaints about
    communist bureaucracy is a major pastime.
    Made privately by well-known figures of Cuba's film
    industry, the 15-minute video is being passed around as a DVD.
    While many Cubans are talking about the video, not all have
    seen it because few Cubans have computers and even fewer DVD
    players.
    Films satirizing the state's inefficiency have been
    tolerated in Cuba since the early days of President Fidel
    Castro's government, in power since a 1959 revolution.
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    Most Single Japanese Women Want to Stay Unmarried
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Most single Japanese women prefer not to
    marry and believe they can live happily alone for the rest of
    their life, a poll showed Friday, casting another shadow on the
    future of a country plagued by a falling birthrate.
    About seven in ten single Japanese women surveyed by the
    conservative Yomiuri newspaper said they would rather stay
    unwed.
    "The result reflects a recent trend among single women who
    no longer attach social stigma to choosing the single life,"
    the daily said.
    Japan's government is struggling to stem a tumbling
    birthrate and keep the population from shrinking.
    The country's fertility rate -- the average number of
    children born to a woman during her lifetime -- fell to 1.29 in
    2003, the lowest in the post-World War II period.
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    Thieves Snatch Diamond Truck at Airport
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Thieves hijacked an armored truck
    carrying diamonds and jewelry from Amsterdam's Schiphol airport
    Friday and escaped with their haul, Dutch airline KLM said.
    A spokesman declined to put a value on the loss.
    The robbers were heavily armed, a source close to the
    investigation said. The empty truck was later recovered.
    "KLM security staff were threatened during the heist but no
    one was injured," an airline spokesman said.
    Police and airport authorities declined further comment.
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    Unbelievable...
    LONDON (Reuters) - A blind man has been arrested in
    Scotland after witnesses reported he sank his teeth into his
    guide dog and kicked her across the road, police said on
    Thursday.
    The incident allegedly occurred outside a busy shopping
    center in the Scottish capital Edinburgh.
    David Todd, 34, is expected to face charges of cruelty to
    animals and breach of the peace.
    A police spokeswoman said the 8-year old dog had been
    handed over to a charity dedicated to guide dogs.
    "When we took her into custody, she had no apparent
    injuries," she added.
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