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  • Dolphins save Doberman Pinscher stranded on sandbar

    03/02/2011 1:31:37 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 174 replies
    My Fox Orlando ^ | 3/2/2011 | Newscore
    A Pennsylvania woman on vacation in Florida took a tip from two dolphins to save a lost Doberman Pinscher that got stranded on a sandbar. When Audrey D'Alessandro and her husband, Sam, walked out of their home on Marco Island, near Naples, Fla., to go fishing, "we saw these two dolphins, and they were splashing and making this big commotion" in a canal behind their vacation home, she said. Although it is not uncommon to see dolphins swimming through the canal on their way to the Gulf of Mexico, Audrey D'Alessandro said that this time, "they were just there, in...
  • FR MASTER PHOTO THREAD OF GULF OIL DISASTER - a community organizer in way over his head

    06/17/2010 3:17:07 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 18 replies · 743+ views
    FReepers, please create a FreeRepublic photo record here of what happens when a community organizer thug is given the most important job in the world. The empty suit, who currently occupies the Oval Office, has no ability whatsoever to lead in a crisis. God help our republic.
  • Bird dog points out loose gator in Ohio

    06/17/2010 12:05:04 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 18 replies · 657+ views
    upi ^ | June 17, 2010
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, - Workers at an Ohio company said a hunting dog spotted a 4-foot alligator near the office and alerted them to its presence. Jeff Tate, who owns Buckeye Caseworks in Columbus, said employee Jeff Colucy was letting his Weimaraner dog , which is trained to spot birds, relieve himself near the building when the canine spotted the reptile, the Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday. "My sales manager was taking his dog out to go to the bathroom, and he went to bring him back in and he was on point -- but not at a bird -- at a...
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Set For J Edgar Hoover Role In Biopic For Eastwood And Grazer

    06/17/2010 1:50:10 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 41 replies · 507+ views
    Deadline.com ^ | 06/17/2010 | NIKKI FINKE AND MIKE FLEMING
    "He going to spread his wings," one of my studio sources tells me now that Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play J Edgar Hoover in the still untitled biopic. Already getting early Oscar buzz for Chris Nolan's Inception, Leo will be directed in the epic FBI drama by Clint Eastwood who's producing with Brian Grazer and Rob Lorenz through Imagine and Malpaso. Scripted by Dustin Lance Black, production begins later this year. The project began at Universal, where Imagine is based, but came together at Warners, where Eastwood's Malpaso has long called home. Imagine had been developing the Dustin Lance...
  • German schoolgirl faces court for drawing rabbit on blackboard

    06/17/2010 6:18:38 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 73 replies · 1,110+ views
    CourierMail ^ | June 17, 2010 | staff reporter
    A GERMAN teacher is suing a student for teasing her about an alleged phobia of rabbits and drawing one on her blackboard. The teacher, named only as Marion V, fled in tears when she saw the chalk drawing at a school in the northern German town of Vechta, De Spiegel reported. Her 16-year-old tormentor had told classmates that Marion V. was terrified of rabbits and would "flip out" is she saw one, according to court documents. The victim, who teaches German and geography, has refused to say whether she is afraid of the animals but is suing the youngster for...
  • Am I the only one seeing very strange FR behavior?

    06/17/2010 7:30:33 AM PDT · by Minn · 44 replies · 1,058+ views
    On the home forum page I see the last comment of each thread, rather than opening of the article. Haven't seen a mention of this anywhere.
  • Famous film of Bigfoot: Big hoax?

    11/21/2008 9:35:31 PM PST · by Son of Bigfoot · 24 replies · 1,261+ views
    A Kalamazoo native's story helps to debunk the myth of Bigfoot tomorrow on TV Land. It was 1967 when costume-maker Philip Morris got an unusual phone call from a guy asking about a gorilla costume. ``We had been advertising our costumes in a lot of trade magazines, so I was used to getting phone calls, but this was different,'' said Morris, whose costume company Morris Costumes in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest in the nation. ``The man on the phone, who said his name was Roger Patterson, wanted to buy a gorilla suit and asked if it looked...
  • Thanking Cat

    03/23/2009 10:49:15 AM PDT · by Revski · 10 replies · 540+ views
    YouTube ^ | 3/23/09 | Revski
    This cat animation is created to encourage good, lovely, admirable, thoughts and thinking!
  • Cat predicts owner's emphysema attacks

    01/17/2009 4:49:20 PM PST · by Daffynition · 24 replies · 757+ views
    AP via KGW.com ^ | January 12, 2009 | staff reporter
    ALBANY, Ore. (AP) -- Charles Bennett is convinced Blackie the cat has a sixth sense -- he knows ahead of time when Bennett will wake up gasping for breath. "I've tested this with him, and so I know it's true," said the 72-year-old retired engineering consultant, who suffers with emphysema. It happens too often to be a coincidence, he says. Bennett doesn't know what the cat hears or senses but often between 3 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. he awakens at his Albany home as the former stray licks his forehead. "The first time he did that I sat up, swung...
  • Once retired, Pelosi can drink to enviable portfolio

    06/16/2010 9:59:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies · 732+ views
    washington times ^ | 6/16/10 | By Jim Abrams ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Boehner has stock in BP, other oil companies When her day job as House speaker ends, Nancy Pelosi might one day retire to her vineyard in Napa Valley. Annual financial disclosure reports released Wednesday show that most congressional leaders have built up nice nest eggs, including investments worth millions, to see them through when they finally give up their hold on political power. Mrs. Pelosi can repair to her vineyard in St. Helena, Calif., valued at between $5 million and $25 million, that she owns with her wealthy real estate-magnate husband, Paul. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could return to...
  • Reptile

    06/16/2010 6:56:56 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 55 replies · 657+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 6/16/2010 | Moneyrunner
    Obama’s speech on Tuesday night was widely disparaged, even by his fan base in the media, MSNBC , where thrills typically run down their legs when he speaks. But the speech is a vivid illustration of Obama’s personality. He’s cold, reptilian. The fact is that he doesn’t give damn about people. He’s in love with idea, concepts, and goals. The people who get hurt as he hurdles in the pursuit of his objectives are collateral damage. They’re expendable, in Lenin’s famous phrase, the eggs you break to make an omelet. The oil gushing into the Gulf from the broken BP...
  • Police seize 100,000 anti-Vladimir Putin books

    06/17/2010 12:32:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 398+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 06/16/10
    Police seize 100,000 anti-Vladimir Putin books Russian police seized 100,000 copies of a book critical of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that activists planned to hand out at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum. Published: 6:22PM BST 16 Jun 2010 Copies of 'Putin. The Results. 10 Years on', written by opposition politicians Boris Nemtsov and Vladimir Milov were "intended for participants of the forum", starting Thursday, according to Olga Kurnosova, head of the city's branch of the opposition United Civic Front, said. The reasons for the seizure "are not very clear", she said. The book, which has a total print-run of...
  • Bald Head Island bones from 19th Century; possibly slaves

    06/16/2010 5:05:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies · 336+ views
    Charlotte NC News 14 ^ | Friday, June 11, 2010 | Julie Fertig
    Archeologists from the Office of State Archeology in Fort Fisher believe remains discovered on Bald Head Island in February belong to three slaves from the Civil War era. Renovations on a golf course turned up the human remains. Initially, archeologists thought they could belong to Confederate soldiers. "The buttons are perfect matches for Civil War period and they were found right in the middle of what was Fort Holmes during the Civil War," explained Nathan Henry, a state archeologist who studies historic artifacts. After carefully examining the artifacts found alongside the remains, Henry determined soldiers would have had more decorated...
  • Proposed cat leash law in Vt. sparks hissing match

    06/16/2010 3:39:53 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 32 replies · 488+ views
    Jun 16 | DAVE GRAM
    BARRE, Vt. (AP) -- A clause in a city law that requires cats to be on leashes has sparked a hissing match among fans of free-roaming felines....
  • Mass. researcher says he has ID'd 7 MIAs from WWII [retired Marine Corps gunnery sergeant]

    06/16/2010 9:18:54 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 2 replies · 236+ views
    hosted ^ | Jun 16 | DAVID DISHNEAU
    SUITLAND, Md. (AP) -- A private researcher who has labored for years to identify the remains of U.S. service members declared missing in action during World War II says he has matched seven MIAs with the remains of unknowns and he expects to match as many as 19 more within a week......
  • Air Force test-launches missile from California

    06/16/2010 9:39:25 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 16 replies · 323+ views
    hosted ^ | Jun 16
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- The Air Force has test-launched a Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from California. The ICBM lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:01 a.m. Wednesday.....
  • Strange Carvings Discovered In Amazon Jungle Using Google Earth

    06/16/2010 3:39:07 AM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 34 replies · 1,315+ views
    http://www.treasurehuntingnews.com/archaeology/strange-carvings-discovered-in-amazon-jungle-using-go | January 2, 2010 | in Archaeology, Research
    Signs of what could be a previously unknown ancient civilisation are emerging from beneath the felled trees of the Amazon. Some 260 giant avenues, ditches and enclosures have been spotted from the air in a region straddling Brazil’s border with Bolivia. The traditional view is that before the arrival of the Spanish and Portuguese in the 15th century there were no complex societies in the Amazon basin – in contrast to the Andes further west where the Incas built their cities. Now deforestation, increased air travel and google Earth are telling a different story. “It’s never-ending,” says Denise Schaan of...
  • US mulls less jail-like immigrant facilities

    06/16/2010 10:45:07 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 22 replies · 559+ views
    hosted ^ | Jun 16 | MICHELLE ROBERTS
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- In an agreement U.S. immigration officials hope will begin to reshape the entire 30,000-bed detention system, some asylum-seekers and immigrants awaiting deportation proceedings could soon be held in facilities where they can wear their own clothes, participate in movie and bingo nights, eat continental breakfasts, and celebrate holidays with visiting family members.....
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - guttersnipe

    06/16/2010 6:04:19 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 127 replies · 562+ views
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". guttersnipe • \GUTT-er-snype\ • noun 1: a homeless vagabond and especially an outcast boy or girl in the streets of a city 2: a person of the lowest moral or economic station * * Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence. Example sentence: "Class is the great British reality, and the more books I wrote the more [Evelyn Waugh] termed me an unregenerable guttersnipe." (Anthony Burgess, The Wilson Quarterly, Spring 1991) Did...
  • Whale poop fights global warming

    06/15/2010 9:13:58 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies · 271+ views
    news.ninemsn.com.au ^ | June 16, 2010
    Southern Ocean sperm whales are an unexpected ally in the fight against global warming, removing the equivalent carbon emissions from 40,000 cars each year in their faeces, a study shows. The cetaceans have been previously seen as climate culprits because they breathe out carbon dioxide (CO2), the most common greenhouse gas. But this is only a part of the picture, according to the paper, published in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. In a heroic calculation, Australian biologists estimated that about 12,000 sperm whales in the Southern Ocean each defecate around 50 tonnes of iron into the...