Friday, November 11, 2005

I love the Internet: instant news, home banking, unlimited pornography, and lots of other fine diversions, guaranteed to keep a person for performing actual remunerative labor as Friday afternoon turns into Friday evening.

Much more interesting than working, for example, are the details about this: "A Farragut [Tennessee] man says he's only the messenger, claiming his personal relationship with god [website's lowercase "g", not mine] has revealed to him, five cities in the United States that will face economic collapse Friday, November 11, 2005." (Click here to find out if it's happened yet. Surely it will make the front page.)

Also from Tennessee, a couple took their sick fox terrier, Buttons, to the vet, who told them it would have to be euthanized. After he'd done it, he even sent the couple a sympathy card. But then came The Resurrection.

In the spirit of the poll that declared the 20th century's greatest invention to be the capsule in the bottle or can of Guinness that gives the beer its trademark head, MSN Encarta presents nine of the most underrated inventions of all time.

The Chicago Sun Times reports on the latest way to tell if you have too damn much money: body sushi, all you can eat, $500 per person.

From the Top 26 Reasons Why the French Are Rioting: "12. Found out escargot is actually snails." And "7. Upset to be seen along with London and school children's underpants."

Curling is a weirdly fascinating sport, with people madly sweeping the ice in front of slow-moving 40-pound stones. It's the kind of sport that naturally makes you ask: What would these people look like naked?

Hmm. In the end, it all comes back to nudity.

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