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  • DOJ forces online grocer Peapod to make website accessible to disabled

    11/18/2014 1:12:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 17, 2014 | Lydia Wheeler
    The Justice Department reached an agreement Monday with Peapod, a popular Internet grocer, to settle claims that the company’s website discriminated against people with disabilities.The agreement forces Peapod LLC and parent company Ahold USA to update www.peapod.com so assistive technologies like text-to-speech and Braille displays function with the site.The DOJ hailed the action as ensuring that anti-discrimination laws under the Americans with Disabilities Act apply to Internet businesses as well as brick and mortar stores.“This agreement ensures that people with disabilities will have an equal opportunity to independently and conveniently shop online for groceries,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita...
  • Why Did This Union Oppose Higher Pay for Its Members?

    05/19/2014 12:58:07 PM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    Few workers would turn down a raise. Union members, however, can have raises turned down on their behalf. Employees of a Pennsylvania grocery store learned this the hard way. Managers at the Giant Eagle grocery in Edinboro, Pa., wanted to reward hard work. So they boosted the wages of two dozen high-performing employees above their union rates. But United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23 was not pleased. The union argued the pay increases violated their contract, took Giant Eagle to court and forced it to rescind the raises. Why did Local 23 oppose higher pay for its members? Because...
  • Giant inflatable colon to teach about important health issues

    04/18/2014 11:03:13 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 48 replies
    WNDU ^ | 04/18/2014
      Niles, Mich. You can take a tour through an inflatable colon on Friday. It will be on display at Niles High School from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to come check it out. It is an interactive display and students will be on site to educate visitors. The giant colon is being presented by Michiana Hematology Oncology. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women. It is estimated that nearly 127,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone.
  • Giant jellyfish found on Australia beach

    02/06/2014 3:21:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/6/14 | BBC
    Scientists in Australia are working to classify a new species of giant jellyfish that washed up on a beach in Tasmania. A family found the 1.5m (5ft) jellyfish on a beach south of Hobart last month.
  • Big-bang-defying giant of astronomy passes away (article)

    01/02/2014 9:11:49 AM PST · by fishtank · 30 replies
    Creation.com ^ | 12-31-13 | John G. Hartnett
    Big-bang-defying giant of astronomy passes away by John G. Hartnett Published: 31 December 2013 (GMT+10) Halton Arp passed away on Saturday morning 28th December 2013 in Munich, Germany. He will be sorely missed by many but not so much by others because of his challenges to the ruling big bang paradigm. With Geoffrey Burbidge and others, Professor Halton Arp was a thorn in the side of those who held to the standard story line of the big bang. In many papers and several books1 he promoted the idea that quasars are born from the nucleus of active galaxies—parent galaxies. In...
  • Yankee the giant St Bernard lets stray cats snuggle up to him every night

    11/27/2013 8:25:48 AM PST · by Dysart · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11-27-13 | Simon Tomlinson
    They were originally bred to rescue mountaineers trapped in snow storms. So it is perhaps no surprise this giant St Bernard also wants to help the needy, albeit of a rather different kind. For nine-year-old Yankee has been letting dozens of stray cats cuddle up to him when he goes to sleep every night to shelter them from the cold.
  • Giant oarfish found off Catalina Island

    10/16/2013 8:10:26 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 34 replies
    upi ^ | Oct. 15, 2013
    (UPI) -- A snorkeling instructor discovered a dead 18-foot oarfish off the coast of Catalina Island on Sunday. "It just amazed me," said Jeff Chace, director of the Catalina Island Marine Institute, adding that it took about 15 people to carry the leviathan onto shore. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime discovery," he said. The instructor was snorkeling in 15 to 20 feet of water in Tony Bay when she stumbled upon the carcass after seeing a "half-dollar sized eye starring at her from the sandy bottom," Chace said. Chace said it is unclear how the oarfish died because there were no...
  • Giant snails on advance in Florida

    04/15/2013 9:46:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/15/13 | BBC
    South Florida is battling a growing infestation of the giant African land snail. The snail is considered one of the most destructive invasive species, feeding voraciously on more than 500 plant species. They can also eat through plaster walls, which provides the calcium content they need for their shells. Experts recently gathered at a science meeting in Gainesville to seek the best way of eradicating the snails. According to Denise Feiber, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, more than 1,000 of the snails are being caught each week in Miami-Dade county and 117,000 in total...
  • Giant remote-controlled robot is built in Japan

    11/30/2012 10:47:53 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/29/12 | BBC
    Kogoro Kurata grew up watching futuristic robots in movies and animation, wishing he could bring them to life. Now, his childhood dream has become a reality as he's built a massive robot that he can control. His 4-tonne, 4-metre tall Kuratas robot has a built-in pilot's seat and hand-held controller. It lets him move the robot's massive arms, and make it walk at speeds of up to six miles per hour.
  • Unreal: Giant Obama Mural Painted On Wall Inside Philly Polling Place…

    11/06/2012 8:32:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Twitter ^ | 11/6/12 | Tim Miller
    Unreal: Obama mural inside polling place in Philly. No wonder they are kicking out GOP officials.
  • Florida's giant eyeball mystery solved

    10/15/2012 11:04:05 AM PDT · by ETL · 42 replies
    GrindTV.com ^ | October 15, 2012 | Pete Thomas
    The mystery surrounding an enormous eyeball that was discovered on a Florida beach last Wednesday, prompting many wild theories and educated guesses as to what kind of creature it had belonged to, has been solved. Scientists who examined the colossal blue orb say it most likely came from a swordfish.
  • With giant sign, woman begs: 'Obama, save my home'

    09/22/2012 1:12:39 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 41 replies
    TAMPA (FOX 13) - Angela Agrippa is an emotional wreck. "This home just means everything to us, it's just going to be so hard to walk away," she said. That is her worst nightmare, but it could happen in just four months. Agrippa bought her home back in 1991 for $61,000. She took a couple of home loans out on it over the years. But the sale of a rental property helped her pay off much of those loans years later.
  • Feds Seek Prison Time For Obama "Hope" Artist

    09/05/2012 9:40:41 PM PDT · by Dajjal · 26 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | Sept. 5, 2012 | unknown
    Feds Seek Prison Time For Obama "Hope" Artist Prosecutors want Shepard Fairey sentencing to serve as a warning SEPTEMBER 5--Federal prosecutors want Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the Barack Obama “Hope” poster, to serve time in prison following his misdemeanor conviction for destroying and fabricating documents in connection with a civil lawsuit over the iconic campaign image. In advance of Friday’s scheduled sentencing of Fairey in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the Department of Justice has filed a memorandum arguing that a prison term for the 42-year-old artist would be “appropriate.” However, prosecutors did not specify how long Fairey...
  • Giant Tropical Lake Found On Saturn Moon Titan

    06/13/2012 6:33:23 PM PDT · by edpc · 44 replies
    Space.com via Yahoo News ^ | 13 June 2012 | Charles Q. Choi
    An oasis of liquid methane has unexpectedly been discovered amid the tropical dunes of Saturn's moon Titan, researchers say. This lake in the otherwise dry tropics of Titan hints that subterranean channels of liquid methane might feed it from below, scientists added. Titan has clouds, rain and lakes, like Earth, but these are composed of methane rather than water. However, methane lakes were seen only at Titan's poles until now — its tropics around the equator were apparently home to dune fields instead.
  • Scientists Late to Recognize Human and Giant Mammal Coexistence (article)

    05/30/2012 11:41:28 AM PDT · by fishtank · 32 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 5-30-2012 | Brian Thomas
    "Giant mammals roamed North America during the Ice Age, but were humans among them? A site in Vero Beach on Florida's East coast contains mammoth, mastodon, giant ground sloth—and human fossils. The problem is that humans were not yet supposed to have been there, according to the standard story told to generations of archaeologists. When discovered in the early 1900s, researchers insisted that the Vero Beach human remains washed in long after the large mammals fossilized. But new results, like so many other similar reinvestigations of old sites, show they were made at the same time and that humans lived...
  • Permian Basin In The Middle Of A Historic Boom {West Texas}

    12/08/2011 6:19:10 AM PST · by thackney · 27 replies
    CBS 7 News ^ | December 1, 2011 | Robert Guaderrama
    The Permian Basin has hit an all-time high for the number of active oil rigs. What we're seeing right now is the impact of a thriving oil industry, we're in the middle of a historic boom. It seems like we are breaking records left and right. First in retail spending, sales tax revenues and now oil rigs, this is a boom to remember. "It's a good time to live in west Texas," said Morris Burns, Oil and Gas Consultant. More rigs, more oil, more money. The Permian Basin is in the middle of a historic boom. "It's certainty excellent economic...
  • Giant Amoebas Discovered in Deepest Ocean Trench

    10/21/2011 9:39:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 56 replies
    Gigantic amoebas have been found in the Mariana Trench, the deepest region on Earth. During a July 2011 voyage to the Pacific Ocean chasm, researchers with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and National Geographic engineers deployed untethered landers, called dropcams, equipped with digital video and lights to explore the largely mysterious region of the deep sea. The team documented the deepest known existence of xenophyophores, single-celled animals exclusively found in deep-sea environments. Xenophyophores are noteworthy for their size, with individual cells often exceeding 4 inches (10 centimeters), their extreme abundance on the seafloor and their role as...
  • Giant organ brings French sound to NY

    03/28/2011 1:18:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/28/11 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – Here's heavy metal music that won't give you a headache: a French-built organ with more than 6,000 steel pipes that has just started thundering from a New York church. The organ, built by master artisans in France, draws on centuries of French organ tradition, creating an authentic Baroque sound that other makers just can't copy, according to organist Dennis Keene. "It reminds you of Versailles at the king's arrival. We don't have this kind of sounds in the US," Keene enthused. The instrument, comprising a staggering 6,183 pipes in 111 ranks, will be officially inaugurated in...
  • Once upon a time, there lived a Giant

    03/21/2011 8:28:50 AM PDT · by MetropolisReporter · 17 replies
    Reporting on Metropolis ^ | March 21, 2011 | Geri Rutzen
    A story: Once upon a time there lived a giant. The giant had massive strength, determination and ingenuity. The giant worked hard and prospered. He accumulated great wealth. He generously shared his abundance with those in need and those who were suffering.  And he was happy to do it. The giant’s neighbors saw him prosper and they were jealous. They said to the giant that even though the giant had been very generous, they had less than he. He owed it to them to give more. It is only fair, they said. The giant could easily afford to share, so...
  • The world's largest neutrino telescope – made from a giant cube of ice at the South Pole

    01/03/2011 9:44:44 AM PST · by Silentgypsy · 22 replies
    Live Science ^ | 12/20/2010 | Live Science staff
    The world's largest neutrino telescope – made from a giant cube of ice at the South Pole – aimed at detecting subatomic particles traveling near the speed of light has been completed, researchers announced today (Dec. 20). http://www.livescience.com/environment/south-pole-neutrino-observatory-construction-finished-101220.html
  • Video: King Kong's Vuvuzela

    11/04/2010 6:51:48 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 6 replies
    The guys at Hyundai come up with the mother of all vuvuzelas
  • Israel as Fossil-Fuel Giant: How Many Ways Could This Change the Game?

    10/25/2010 2:14:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/25/10 | Judith Levy
    A preliminary geological survey has indicated that there might be about 26 million barrels of recoverable oil a mile under the sand near two kibbutzim in the northern Negev. That would amount to about $2 billion at current prices. There might be 12 million additional barrels further down. This news comes a day after drilling began on the Leviathan, a record-setting exploratory well in a massive natural-gas field off the coast of Haifa. The area is thought to contain 16 trillion cubic feet of gas, and it might also contain oil.
  • SETI: The Red Giant Factor

    10/04/2010 9:41:09 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 9/29/10 | Paul Gilster
    The ‘slow boat’ to Centauri concept we’ve discussed before in these pages envisions generation ships, vessels that take thousands of years to cross to their destination. And based on current thinking, that’s about the best we could manage with the propulsion systems currently in our inventory. Specifically, a solar sail making a close solar pass (a ‘sundiver’ maneuver) could get us up to 500 or 600 kilometers per second (0.002c), making a 2000-year journey to the nearest star possible. It’s hard to imagine under what circumstances such a mission might be launched.But let’s think long-term, as Greg Matloff (New York...
  • Giant blue whales showing in record numbers

    08/31/2010 1:35:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Breeze ^ | 8/31/10 | Sandy Mazza
    Swells of calorie-rich planktonic krill have attracted more giant blue whales off the Palos Verdes Peninsula than local whale watchers can ever remember. Since last week, onlookers have been treated to a virtual whale playground. As many as 25 giants at once have been spotted from shore in recent days. This is extraordinary, considering that only 2,000 blue whales have been documented in the north Pacific Ocean. The blue whales' massive smooth backs, geyseral blows, and spade-like flukes have rushed the heartbeats of those who have witnessed the largest mammals ever known to A blue whale surfaces and exhales. (Scott...
  • Giant Obamas, 'Thriller' bankers at German carnival (HaPPy Pres__ent's Day!!)

    02/15/2010 9:20:22 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 657+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/15/10 | AFP
    COLOGNE, Germany (AFP) – Huge effigies of US President Barack Obama and bankers made up as zombies from Michael Jackson's famous "Thriller" video starred in Germany's biggest carnival procession here on Monday. More than a million people braved the snow to line the route of the seven-kilometre (four-mile) parade, where revellers traditionally poke fun at current events and enjoy tonnes of sweets hurled from the travelling floats. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's alleged night with a call girl was rewarded with a huge figure showing a beaming premier surrounded by breasts. Obama's controversial Nobel Prize was also the butt of...
  • Giant, leaping Asian carp threaten US Great Lakes

    01/19/2010 5:31:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 1,010+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/19/10 | Mira Oberman
    CHICAGO (AFP) – Huge Asian carp, which act like "aquatic vacuum cleaners" and leap into the air when spooked by motorboats, may have invaded the US Great Lakes despite a massive effort to block them, officials said Tuesday. Researchers analyzing water samples have discovered fragments of Asian carp DNA in Lake Michigan, although there is still no evidence that that fast-breeding fish have breached electric barriers set up along Chicago-area waterways. "Clearly this is not good news," said Major General John Peabody, commanding general of the US Army Corps of Engineers' Great Lakes and Ohio River division. The Corps is...
  • Crysler to build 100,000 Fiat 500 In Mexico

    10/24/2009 4:46:53 PM PDT · by jamese777 · 53 replies · 1,821+ views
    Autoevolution ^ | 10/19/09 | Bogdan Popa
    As part of the Fiat - Chrysler alliance, the Italian carmaker will bring several new models in the United States but the 500 mini car will be the only one to be sold under the Fiat badge. The car is going to be produced by Chrysler in Mexico and, according to people close to the matter, the US-based former bankrupt automaker has already required suppliers to make sure that their parts are enough for around 100,000 Fiat 500. The Fiat 500 produced in Mexico will be sold in the US, Canada and South America, Bloomberg reported, with initial production goals...
  • Giant Pool of Money

    10/19/2009 4:41:41 PM PDT · by MosesKnows · 2 replies · 648+ views
    Public Radio International ^ | October 19, 2009
    The Giant Pool of Money What does the housing crisis have to do with the turmoil on Wall Street? Why did banks make half-million dollar loans to people without jobs or income? And why is everyone talking so much about the 1930s? It all comes back to the Giant Pool of Money I have wanted to hear this or read the transcript every since I first heard portions of it on my car radio. I was driving to Pennsylvania on Interstate 81 with a destination of McConnellsburg to join some friends for a week-end of camping and shooting skeet. I...
  • Sleeping Giant - Descending Into Hell

    08/12/2009 10:02:42 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 2 replies · 292+ views
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | June 25, 2009 | Sleeping Giant
    LYRICS Im rigged to fire, and Im set to blow. I cannot live in this state, break down the doors, smash every window, to help the orphans escape. What would Jesus do? I think illuminate. You know whats unbiblical? Thats Jesus sitting in some blackened room. These people live so violated and were concerned with church agendas. Oh My God. Pure religion says I fight this war. The hidden millions in our own backyard, exploited masses. These kids are all alone, waiting for someone. I tell you whats biblical. The Master came to set the captives free, and we...
  • Protection Sought Again For Giant, Spitting Worms

    06/30/2009 8:39:12 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 1,127+ views
    CBS | AP ^ | 6/30/09
    Conservation Groups Again Seek Endangered Species Protection For Giant, Spitting Worm In Wash. (AP) Fans of the giant Palouse earthworm are once again seeking federal protection for the rare, sweet-smelling species that spits at predators. They filed a petition Tuesday with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requesting the worm be protected as an endangered species.
  • Mystery of Giant Ice Circles Resolved

    06/01/2009 6:38:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,201+ views
    LiveScience.com on Yahoo ^ | 6/1/09 | Jeremy Hsu
    Strange circles have once again appeared in the frozen surface of Lake Baikal in Siberia, as spotted by astronauts aboard the International Space Station this April. News reports described the ice rings as a puzzling phenomenon. But experts say they can explain the mystery, and it's not aliens - methane gas rising from the lake floor represents the likely culprit. Methane emissions can create a rising mass of warm water that begins swirling in a circular pattern because of the Coriolis force, or the phenomenon caused by the Earth's rotation that also helps create cyclones. "Once the water mass reaches...
  • Australian Paper Confirms Giant Pig Killed by Farmer

    06/01/2009 11:15:16 AM PDT · by Scythian · 38 replies · 2,399+ views
    This giant feral pig was shot on a Pilbara, Australia, cattle station after it was spotted eating a dead cow.
  • Obama's communist-inspired icon artist, Shepard Fairey

    10/18/2008 8:48:18 AM PDT · by ETL · 46 replies · 4,757+ views
    several sources | several authors
    From Barack Obama's official website: “I wanted to make an art piece of Barack Obama because I thought an iconic portrait of him could symbolize and amplify the importance of his mission. I believe Obama will guide this country to a future where everyone can thrive and I should support him vigorously for the sake of my two young daughters. I have made art opposing the Iraq war for several years, and making art of Obama, who opposed the war from the start, is like making art for peace. I know I have an audience of young art fans and...
  • 2008 Obama Poster Facts (Shepard Fairey: propagandist & fundraiser)

    10/06/2008 7:41:21 PM PDT · by Dajjal · 13 replies · 1,688+ views
    printed flyer (posted to photobucket) ^ | Sept. 2008 (?) | Americans for Visual Literacy
  • Face of Defense: Civilian Remembered for ‘Giant Heart’

    10/03/2008 4:23:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 232+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Tim Hipps
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2008 – Affectionately known as “Big Jim,” James McCrindle had a Paul Bunyan-sized heart when it came time for taking care of soldiers and their families as general manager of the Armed Forces Recreation Center’s “Shades of Green” facility on the Walt Disney World resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Affectionately known as “Big Jim,” Shades of Green general manager James McCrindle had a Paul Bunyan-sized heart when it came time for taking care of soldiers and their families at the Armed Forces Recreation Center. His battle with cancer ended June 1, 2008, at the age...
  • $700 billion theft-oops-bailout

    09/21/2008 2:27:53 PM PDT · by Pfesser · 13 replies · 190+ views
    Robin's mind | 9/21/2008 | Robin Whitaker
    Once upon a time, there was a country called the United States of America. This fairy tale land was founded by giants. But these giants were unlike those mean giants who grind men’s bones to make their bread. These giants respected all men’s bones, no matter how very small they were. In fact, these giants went to war against a wicked King who lived across an ocean, a King who was stealing the money of the little men to pay for things he wanted. When the good giants won the war, the little men were so grateful that they offered...
  • Giant pythons invade southeastern Florida: study

    05/15/2008 9:54:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 140+ views
    AP on Breitbart.com ^ | 5/15/08 | AP
    Giant pythons capable of swallowing a dog and even an alligator are rapidly making south Florida their home, potentially threatening other southeastern states, a study said. "Pythons are likely to colonize anywhere alligators live, including north Florida, Georgia and Louisiana," said Frank Mazzotti, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences professor, in his two-year study. The pythons thriving in Florida are mostly Burmese pythons from Myanmar that were brought over as pets and then turned loose in the wild. From 2002-2005, 201 of the beasts were caught by state authorities, but in the last two years the number...
  • Face of Defense: Former Giant Cheers Team from Afghanistan

    02/04/2008 3:18:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 75+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Sgt. Jim Wilt, USA
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Feb. 4, 2008 – As millions of Americans gathered around their televisions to watch Super Bowl XLII last night, servicemembers here rolled out of beds, cots or sleeping bags to watch the big game in the early morning hours. The New York Giants and New England Patriots each had plenty of rooters here, but one soldier assigned to Combined Joint Task Force 82 took special pride in the Giants’ stunning 17-14 upset of the previously unbeaten Patriots. Before he joined the Army, Lt. Col. Nate Rivers, CJTF 82’s logistics maintenance chief, played in the National Football...
  • "Skeleton Of Giant" Is Internet Photo Hoax

    12/21/2007 3:02:30 PM PST · by blam · 49 replies · 14,427+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 12-14-2007 | James Owens
    "Skeleton of Giant" Is Internet Photo Hoax James Owen for National Geographic News December 14, 2007 The National Geographic Society has not discovered ancient giant humans, despite rampant reports and pictures. The hoax began with a doctored photo and later found a receptive online audience—thanks perhaps to the image's unintended religious connotations. A digitally altered photograph created in 2002 shows a reclining giant surrounded by a wooden platform—with a shovel-wielding archaeologist thrown in for scale. (Photo Gallery: "Giant Skeletons" Fuel Web Hoax) By 2004 the "discovery" was being blogged and emailed all over the world—"Giant Skeleton Unearthed!"—and it's been enjoying...
  • Islamists Damage Giant Rock Buddha

    10/10/2007 6:30:46 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 764+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-11-2007 | Ben Quinn
    Islamists damage giant rock Buddha By Ben Quinn Last Updated: 2:11am BST 11/10/2007 Islamist radicals in Pakistan have attempted to destroy an ancient carving of Buddha by drilling holes in the rock and filling them with dynamite.The Buddha is thought to date from the seventh century AD The 23ft high image was damaged during the attack, which brought back memories of the Taliban's destruction six years ago of the giant Buddhas at Bamiyan, in neighbouring Afghanistan. The Buddha, in the Swat district of north-west Pakistan, is thought to date from the seventh century AD and was considered the largest in...
  • America Supports You: Software Giant Lends Support to Troops

    10/09/2007 4:24:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 267+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2007 – As part of its continued commitment to honoring troops and their families, software giant Microsoft Corp. announced today that it has become a corporate supporter of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program. The America Supports You program connects citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families serving at home and abroad. “As the demands of service continue to challenge and strain America’s armed forces, domestic efforts to support soldiers and their families grow increasingly important,” said Curt Kolcun, vice president of Microsoft’s Federal Division. “Joining America Supports You is a key part of...
  • Pumped up at the fair: In Topsfield, jumbo-sized pumpkins crush world records [1689 POUNDS!!!]

    10/01/2007 3:31:07 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 10 replies · 401+ views
    Salem News ^ | Monday, October 1, 2007 | Cate Lecuyer
    Giant-pumpkin growers at the Topsfield Fair broke the world record this weekend for heaviest pumpkin - twice. For just a moment, Bill Rodonis, of Litchfield, N.H., held the title with a 1,566-pound pumpkin. Then Joe Jutras, of Scituate, R.I., crushed it with a pumpkin weighing 1,689 pounds. Both men beat last year's record of 1,502 pounds, but only Jutras will make it in the Guinness Book of Records. "To be that much over the world record from last year is incredible," Jutras said. He also received a $3,500 check for first place and he will probably make double that amount...
  • Giant Bones Challenged 18th-Century Intellectuals

    09/29/2007 5:27:14 PM PDT · by blam · 31 replies · 504+ views
    Cincy Post ^ | Dan Hurley
    Giant bones challenged 18th-century intellectuals By Dan Hurley Post columnist Today, the valley is dry, dusty and unremarkable, but 250 years ago it was one of the most fascinating spots ever discovered in the North America. From the very first time in 1739 that local Indians led a contingent of French explorers to the salt licks near the Ohio River in what is today Boone County, Ky., the spot raised intellectually troubling questions. European and American scientists understood the importance of salt licks and why thousands of modern buffalo, deer and elk beat broad paths to the marshy lick, but...
  • Giant Lego man found in Dutch sea

    08/08/2007 8:33:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 552+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/8/07 | Reuters
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A giant, smiling Lego man was fished out of the sea in the Dutch resort of Zandvoort on Tuesday. Workers at a drinks stall rescued the 2.5-metre (8-foot) tall model with a yellow head and blue torso. "We saw something bobbing about in the sea and we decided to take it out of the water," said a stall worker. "It was a life-sized Lego toy." A woman nearby added: "I saw the Lego toy floating towards the beach from the direction of England." The toy was later placed in front of the drinks stall.
  • Found: the giant lion-eating chimps of the magic forest

    07/14/2007 2:51:58 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 60 replies · 2,570+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 7/14/07 | James Randerson
    Deep in the Congolese jungle is a band of apes that, according to local legend, kill lions, catch fish and even howl at the moon. Local hunters speak of massive creatures that seem to be some sort of hybrid between a chimp and a gorilla. Their location at the centre of one of the bloodiest conflicts on the planet, the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has meant that the mystery apes have been little studied by western scientists. Reaching the region means negotiating the shifting fortunes of warring rebel factions, and the heart of the animals' range...
  • Giant Volcanic Plume Bursts From Jupiter Moon [Io]

    05/07/2007 12:00:55 PM PDT · by bedolido · 7 replies · 350+ views
    news.nationalgeographic.com ^ | 5-2-2007 | Blake de Pastino
    May 2, 2007—Jupiter's most turbulent moon, Io, is renowned among scientists for its flashy volcanic displays. But even experts were surprised when they saw this plume of gas vaulting nearly 200 miles (320 kilometers) over the moon's north pole. The giant frozen jet—about as tall as the state of New Hampshire is long—spewed from a volcano known as Tvashtar in February, just as NASA's New Horizons spacecraft was cruising by on its way to Pluto. The passing craft captured several images of the event, providing an unprecedented view of volcanism on Io, the most geologically active body in the solar...
  • Gay's too gay for phone giant [female named 'Gay' inappropriate for business-like communication]

    04/30/2007 9:15:21 AM PDT · by bedolido · 91 replies · 1,928+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 04-30-2007 | staff writer
    A WOMAN'S email to the help desk of Telecom New Zealand was rejected by a computer system because her name was Gay and "inappropriate for business-like communication". Gay Hamilton, from the northern South Island town of Nelson, said while she was actually gay, she was concerned that the country's biggest public company was spending its time and resources on trifling issues, the Herald on Sunday reported. "If they do have to put content filters on, then maybe they should ensure that it only gets genuinely abusive words," she said.
  • Man saves teen who fell onto subway tracks in NYC

    01/02/2007 3:57:13 PM PST · by luv2ski · 94 replies · 4,087+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/02/2007 | AP
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    11/16/2006 2:34:13 PM PST · by Risha · 19 replies · 765+ views
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