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June 2009

China Linked to 70 Percent of World’s Spam

Newswise — Nearly three-quarters of the Web sites advertised in computer spam studied by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Spam Data Mine so far in 2009 are tied to China, according to Gary Warner, UAB’s director of research in computer forensics.… Read the rest

The eyes have it

Yesterday I saw someone I hadn’t seen in years and he had totally grown up – I remember him as this skinny kid with long dreadlocks – now he has filled out and has a short, respectable haircut. But I still recognized him, because of his eyes.… Read the rest


In the 1930s, an unusual 900 year-old skull was found in Mexico. When finally brought to light and studied in the late 1990s, some came to the conclusion that this “Starchild Skull”  is actually an extraterrestrial-human hybrid.

This mystery skull does not fit neatly into any known human skull deformations.… Read the rest

Patriotic Music May Close Minds, Children’s Music May Open Them

Newswise — The words to “Itsy Bitsy Spider” tell a simple story about an arachnid and a spout, but simply recalling the lines could initiate an unintentional attitude.

That’s the focus of research by Kansas State University’s Eduardo Alvarado, sophomore in pre-law, who is looking at the behaviors elicited from the musical lyrics of common songs.… Read the rest


If you ask me what my favorite mode of travel is, without hesitation, I will answer that I’ll go anywhere, anytime by boat or ship.  To date, I’ve taken over 40 cruises in this country, Canada and abroad.  Flat out, I love to sail!… Read the rest


Laughingly, I often say that I have seen everything worth seeing…I swallowed my words when reading an article about The Image Mill.  As a child and a young woman, I spent a lot of time in Quebec City, Canada.  My grandmother and her sister were born there, my step-great grandfather, General Wilson, was commander of the Citadel which has, for centuries, protected the city.… Read the rest


When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.Read the rest

Are Socialists Happier Than Capitalists?

Driven by a decline in satisfaction with work life and family life, overall well-being initially plummeted in countries directly affected by the fall of the Iron Curtain, reveals an important new study.

The research, forthcoming in the August 2009 issue of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, expands our understanding of the correlation between happiness and democracy — and whether economic concerns outweigh political reforms in their impact on subjective well-being.… Read the rest

Just my imagination

I’ve been reading a lot of books lately, and it got me to thinking about how books are such a great escape from everyday reality. When a book is good, it takes you into another world for a while, so much so that you can forget your own life and who you are for a bit.… Read the rest


When I was a little girl, one of the two closets in my bedroom was full of my mother’s evening dresses.  She would tell me about her many trips to Cuba in the 20’s and 30’s, the glamor and the excitement. … Read the rest

Bigfoot Lives!

Ok, I actually don’t know if Bigfoot exists or not, but, like Fox Mulder from the X-Files, “I want to believe.” And I’m not the only one. Even though some Bigfoot sightings have been proven to be hoaxs, people continue to believe and look for the real Bigfoot.… Read the rest

Cirque Berzerk

Thanks to a tip from our intrepid writer Lori, I recently checked out the Cirque Berzerk website, and is it wild!  They inform us:

It’s been called everything from “a circus on acid” to “French burlesque meets Sweeney Todd.” Cirque Berzerk’s unique flavor of adult psychedelic vaudevillian tomfoolery returns to the Los Angeles State Historic Park.… Read the rest