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Your Tax Dollars At Work: Fake Articles In Iraqi Newspapers

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[Newspapers]
[So-They-Say]
The U.S. military plans to continue paying Iraqi newspapers to publish articles favorable to the United States after an inquiry found no fault with the controversial practice, the top U.S. general in Iraq said Friday.

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MENSA Members Invent New Words

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[Humor]
[So-They-Say]
The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing of one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year's {2005} winners:

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

See the rest...

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Engineer Claims Alphabetical Keyboard More Efficient

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[So-They-Say]
[Faulty Products]
John Parkinson, 62-year-old electrical engineer is showing off a new, rival keyboard design next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. After years of hunt-and-peck typing, he's convinced that his new alphabetically-arranged keyboard is an improvement over the traditional QWERTY design.

Imagine the possibilities: now you can type as smoothly on your desktop as you do on your cell phone!

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Here Comes The Science: How Lightsabers Work

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[So-They-Say]
[Viral Marketing]
The web site Howstuffworks.com used to be a pretty neat site, until like traditional media they decided to completely eradicate the line between editorial and advertising. In the wake of the next Star Wars movie, they've taken to publishing articles such as How Stuff Works: a Lightsaber. Ok, I can appreciate the humor of the article, but I still think there's something wrong about a science-oriented site tainting their content with viral marketing propaganda.

Is there anything left that hasn't been branded by the team of Star Wars marketing whores?

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Destroying the Earth Isn't As Easy As You Think.. Or Is It?

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[Environment]
[So-They-Say]
If you were an evil scientific genius, what would be the best way to destroy the earth? Time travel? A microscopic black hole? Matter-antimatter reaction?

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Scientists Use HIV Virus to Attack Cancer

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[Eureka!]
[So-They-Say]
Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles have tweaked HIV to create a gene therapy that attacks cancer tumors in mice. How can they tell? Well they also attached Fire-fly proteins and then watched the glowing virus do its work. What's that sound you say? It's a thousand hollywood writers folding this into upcoming plots of CSI, JAG, ER and Third Watch episodes.

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Western Journalists in Iraq: "Hotel Reporters"

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[News Media]
[So-They-Say]
If you're an average person around the world who seeks out various sources for your news and information, in all likelihood, you may know more about Iraq than the western journalists who are there trying to cover the war. It's so dangerous in the area, that most reporters are confined to their hotel, relaying x-hand accounts of events, or even if they manage to get outside, the typical way is via military escort, at which point they're taken to scenes set up specifically for them. Don't expect much from these "Hotel Reporters" unless you're looking for details on the amenities at the Fallujah Hilton.

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British Surfer Claims that He Rode the Tsunami

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[So-They-Say]
You say horrific tragedy that kills vast numbers of people...he says "Hang ten!"

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Uri Geller claims John Lennon saw aliens

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[So-They-Say]
[Psychic Dorks]
John Lennon once had an encounter with aliens, according to phychic Uri Geller.

The legendary Beatle, who was murdered in 1980, told Uri he was visited by extra-terrestrials when he was in bed with wife Yoko Ono in 1975.

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Scientist says soon people may live to be 1,000 years old

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[So-They-Say]
Life expectancy is increasing in the developed world. But Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey believes it will soon extend dramatically to 1,000. He believes that the person who may live to 1,000 may be 60 years old right now. Great. Now all those "In my day.." jokes won't seem so exaggerated.

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