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Archive for February 8th, 2006

Who’s on first at the New York Times

Posted by glasscastle on 8th February 2006

An amazing demonstration of the utility of the meta-data recently added to the New York Times web site, allowing articles to be cross-indexed by related topics and articles.

from Aaronland

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McDonalds Finds 33% More Trans-Fat in Fries

Posted by glasscastle on 8th February 2006

New tests find that McDonald’s French fries contain higher levels
of trans fats than previously disclosed. The new tests found 8 grams
of trans fats in a large servinig of fries — one-third more than McDonald’s

Trans fats contribute to harmful cholesterol buildup and heart disease.
Official U.S. government dietary guidelines recommend next to zero consumption
of trans fats.

from Consumer Affairs

Makes ya wonder what else they got in there they ain’t telling us

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European Cats are Different

Posted by glasscastle on 8th February 2006

People display their cats during an international feline beauty contest
in Brussels February 5, 2006. The contest took place with an exhibition
of the cutest cats from all over Europe.


Europeans are different. We don’t need Marcel Proust, Federico Fellini
and Jerry Lewis to tell us that. Besides a reputation for wimpiness in
the War on Terror and lax personal hygiene, they speak funny languages.
And obviously, their
idea of feline perfection is light years from our own. What would
Fluffy say?

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Wretched Beasts – But Cute!

Posted by glasscastle on 8th February 2006

(Reuters) – Stuck for romantic inspiration with Valentine’s Day just
a week away? Then consider llamas.

A charity with the slogan "get calmer with a llama" is offering
romantic country strolls for the lovelorn, leading a llama together around
the picturesque Lake District in northwestern England.

"Chatting over a llama is certainly a novel way to meet people in
a relaxed environment, and participants can enjoy a romantic picnic afterwards

carried by the ever obliging llamas in their backpacks," said owner
Mary Walker.

Walker, whose Lakeland Llamas charity helps the disabled, is keen to assure
lonely hearts that contrary to their bad press, the South American relatives
of the camel do not habitually spit at or bite people but are in fact friendly
and docile.

Anyone interested can click on

from Reuters

Bad press, my ass. What an absolute crock! Anyone who has ever spent any time around
llamas or alpacas know that they are nasty, obnoxious creatures, given
to biting,
kicking and spitting. Absolutely unsuitable for companionship by any
but the most desperate or antisocial individuals. A romantic walk with
a llama usually involves being jerked around, head butted, bitten and
spit on.

In addition, these Andean cameloids evolved at altitudes of between
2 and 3 miles high (10,000 and 15,000 feet above sea level) and down
near sea level they are susceptible to a variety of parasites and diseases
which make their famous hair useless and their care expensive and problematic.

"Get Calma with a Llama"? More like "Get Trauma with a Llama"

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Banned in France and Denmark – Sex Soda Here

Posted by glasscastle on 8th February 2006

‘Banned’ Aphrodisiac Soda To Be Sold In Stores
Makers Claim Cherry Soda Will Arouse Drinkers

A new soda promising to sexually arouse the person drinking it will soon
be available in stores nationwide, according to a Local 6 News report.

The drink, called Turn On, is made with guarana, ginseng and caffeine.

The soda was banned in France and Denmark, but makers insist it is safe and works
as an aphrodisiac.

People who have tested the soda said it tastes like cherry soda.

"We watched a film and then afterwards I felt like my senses were more like
on, like I could feel more, I felt more on my skin," a tester said.

Doctors have already warned that the drink is not for everyone. Children, pregnant
women and people with high blood pressure and diabetes should avoid the drink,
according to the report.

A warning label on the can claims, "This beverage will arouse you."

Turn On is sold online for $3.50 a can and will soon be available in stores,
the report said.

from Local
(Central Florida)

Turn-on Soda web site

Whooo-Eeee! Gotta order us a case of these babies for the old Love
Shack before those damn Republicn bible-thumpers get them banned here
too. Just as soon as we finish downloading "100 Secret Sex Techniques
to Drive Women Wild"…..

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