Benefits of Nicotine Discovered
clinical studies have revealed that nicotine might not be all
bad. The research revealed that people on the patch have
a lower chance of developing any of a variety of diseases including
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. There’s also
evidence that nicotine might be beneficial for teenagers with
Attention Deficit Disorder. Future cigarette labeling might include
a little cartoon bird smoking above the words “Brain Smart!”
Feels No Pain
Gabby Gingras has been known to tumble down the stairs and just
dust herself off without shedding tear. That might be unusual
for a toddler but for Gabby it’s par for the course. For
you see Gabby Gingras feels no pain. She was born with a
genetic defect called “Heredity Sensory and Automatic Neuropathy
Type-5.” The anomaly is so rare only a
dozen people on the planet are known to have it. Her difference
came to the attention of her parents when she began teething.
She gnawed and gnawed at her hands and feet until they became
bloody messes. She also scratched at her left eye so much
she might have to have it removed. If she can manage to
keep herself together until adulthood she might have a great future
as a boxer.
Schwarzenegger to Edit Skin Magazine
that he’s more likely to turn out to be another Jesse Ventura
than another Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger has agrees to
serve as executive editor for Muscle and Fitness magazine.
Only about 10% of muscle magazine readers are actually bodybuilding
professionals or fans. The other 90% are repressed homosexuals
and teen-age boys who want to see the girls in thong bikinis.
Society has always found a way to get soft-core porn on the newsstands.
It used to be the swimsuit magazines; in the 50s it was art magazines.
The art magazines were supposedly for professional artists to
use for reference when rendering the figure. From distribution
numbers you would be amazed at how many artists there were back
then. Someone should revamp the idea. Call it something
like Art Students and Teachers Guide.
Korean President Impeached
Korea's National Assembly has voted to impeach president Roh Moohyun.
He is accused of having campaigning for of one particular party
for the parliamentary elections. Tens of thousands of people
came out on the streets to protest the impeachment and show support
for Moohyun. He will be removed from office while the Constitutional
Court hears his case. This just the opposite of America
where the president can be as partisan as he wants but be impeached
for a little marital indiscretion.
are Healthiest and Happiest
experiment involving 100 adults from an Amish community in southern
Ontario showed they are six times as physically active as their
non-Amish counterparts. Only 4% of Amish men are obese as
opposed to 31% in the overall population. The exercise keeps
them healthy despite their high-calorie diet. There seems
to be a lot of advantages to the 19th century lifestyle.
An earlier report found the Amish to be the happiest people in
Raped in Iraq
of Women have reported being raped or otherwise sexually assaulted
turning their tour in Iraq. According to testimony of thirty-eight
women before the Miles Foundation none of the victims were given
adequate medical treatment or counseling. Some of the women
were even charged with adultery of fraternization after they reported
in Drastic Decline
2000 only 43.5 percent of payments were made in cash. By
2005 it could drop as low as 35 percent. By that time credit
cards will finally have usurped paper and coins. Who wants
to use that new funny looking money anyway? And now they’re
going to start messing with the color. The only thing that
seems to be sacred is the one-dollar bill. If the feds tamper
with the classic one, with George Washington and the Masonic symbol
on the back, we might as well give up altogether. We might
as well switch over to the euro. It’s better money.
The dollar has declined 44 percent in value compared to the euro
since Bush took office.
Wolf Accuses Harold Bloom of Sexual Harassment
old feminist icon and author of The Beauty Myth has accused
literary scholar Harold Bloom of “inappropriate touching”
back in 1983. Wolf wrote in New York magazine that
the whole thing was pretty “banal.” After a
diner at a mutual friends house Bloom allegedly made his move.
“The next thing I knew, his heavy, boneless hand was hot
on my thigh.” Wolf then vomited in the kitchen
sink as Bloom grabbed his unfinished bottle of sherry and left
the scene calling her “a deeply troubled girl.”
Admittedly Bloom is no Prince Charming, but to make a girl vomit
hurts a bit worse than fake phone number.
and former student Camille Paglia says, “It really grates
on me that Naomi Wolf, for her entire life has been batting her
eyes and bobbing her boobs in the face of men” and now slanders
a man “who’s in his 70s and has health problems.”
Bloom is threatening a defamation suit against Wolf.
Elizabeth Kills Pheasant with Cane
77 year-old Queen was recently caught on tape beating a beating
a bird to death. The incident took place during a hunting
outing. When a retriever brought Her Majesty the live pheasant
she began smacking and crushing it with her cane. The film
shows her killing the bird slowly, having to make several attempts.
Detecting Plants Created
scientists have modified a thale cress plant to change color when
its roots detect a landmine. The groundcover changes from
green to red when it picks up the slightest trace of nitrogen
dioxide, an element used in explosives. The developers claim
that the plant should prove cheaper and safer than the mine-detecting
methods used today. There are estimated to be over 100 million
unexploded land mines around the world.
Returns to Alaskan Town
hasn’t has had panties, briefs or even boxers since the
early 1990s. That was when the three stores that carry such
goods shut down. It was a twenty-mile round trip to the
next town and sometimes that Alaskan weather made travel almost
impossible. The little supermarket that is opening in Palmer
will have a sushi bar, a sit-down delicatessen and yes underwear.
Unfortunately if you want to wear boxers you still have to look
Bears Turn Green
polar bears in the Singapore zoo have turned green. The
normally bright white coats of Sheba and her 13-year-old son,
Inuka, turned emerald colored from algae growing on their fur.
The animals have been bleached and most of the harmless algae
has been removed.
Shows Most Back Treatment Worthless
may turn out that the best back treatment might be to do nothing
at all. Over 70% of adults suffer from back pain at some
time in their lives and medical treatment has rarely proven to
be more effective than placebos or the passage of time.
One study of patients with disk abnormalities who underwent surgery,
physical therapy and chiropractic procedures fared no better than
patients who sought no medical help.
is still paying hardily for the 1989 Valdez accident off
the coast of Alaska. They’ve already paid for the
cleanup, donated $25 to non-profits, shelled out $100 million
in restitutions and promised another $900 million more.
Surprisingly the Valdez oil spill is only the 54th
largest. The biggest spills where when Saddam Hussein deliberately
released over 40.5 billion gallons of oil into the Persian Gulf.
That’s 3,750 times that of the Valdez spill.
Also experts are claiming that over-aggressive clean up in Prince
William Sound has left the area worse off than Saddam’s
gulf. It turns out nature has done a better job of solving
the problem than man.
ten moral behaviors evaluated the following statistics represent
what percentage of Americans that consider them “morally
acceptable:” Gambling (61%), co-habitation (60%), sexual
fantasies (59%), abortion (45%), having sexual relations with
someone other than your spouse (42%), pornography (38%), profanity
(36%), drunkenness (35%), homosexuality (30%), and non-prescription
drug usage (17%). Of the seven faith groups studied Evangelicals
were the most likely to find the behaviors unacceptable.
Women are also more likely than men to condemn the actions.
Judge to Resign
Richard May, a Briton presiding over Slobodan Milosevic’s
trial at he Hague, has announced he will retire at the end of
May. When this happens Milosevic lawyers can move that the
entire trial, which has already been delayed a number of time,
begin all over again. If the motion is denied Milosevic
will have grounds for appeal. The Serbian dictator is accused
of crimes against humanity involving ordering civilians to be
Games Show Astounding Profits
Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, computer animation has turned video games
into works of art. Like movies video games take a team to
produce and also like movies most are mediocre at best and a handful
are masterpieces. According to Joyce Slaton in SF Weekly,
“video games now surpass films and television in
Murders in Honduras
resent series of horrific murders have been intended as a warning
to Honduran President Ricardo Maduro. The latest victim
was discovered with his eyes gorged out, his nose and ears cut
off and his heart removed. A note was pinned to the victim
demanding the president ease up on his crackdown of the nations
youth gangs. A note left on another victim claimed that
the next murders would be of journalists and policemen.
Manhole Covers Deadly
manhole covers, service-box lids and lamppost in New York City
have been discovered to be surging with live electricity.
Utility officials have divulged that some are capable of giving
a human a fatal shock.