Email in 1977
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Started, the Clone Wars have: The first test-tube baby created from an egg matured in the laboratory and then frozen has been born in Canada, in a breakthrough offering hope to women with cancer and others unsuited to normal IVF treatment. The baby is doing well and another three women are pregnant by the same method, researchers told a medical meeting in Lyon, France, on Monday.

The Evil Prairie Dog: I cannot tell you why this five-second YouTube video is funny. But I have watched it a dozen times and, to quote BeetleJuice, “It keeps getting funnier every time I see it.” (if you can’t stand it any more, here is the original source.)

Actually, there’s one born every 0.3456 seconds: A half-million iPhones were sold the first weekend.

So who’s looking at her lips?: Nina Conti is not just another pretty female ventriloquist. (Her father is Tom Conti, who appeared in, I think, every third movie filmed in the eighties.)

Next they’ll be telling us a two-by-four isn’t 2″ by 4″: Large sub sandwiches are the “must have” food of many super bowl parties. It’s a no-brainer right, since most party sub sandwiches are sold in 3 foot sections, that’s what you’d expect. But, overall, 7 of the 9 subs measured were short and none were exact.

Well, she apologized, so that makes it all right: Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams apologized Thursday for saying she could kill President Bush, remarks that drew scorn from Bush loyalists and shook up the International Women’s Peace Conference in Dallas. Questioned about her speech Thursday morning, Ms. Williams initially denied making the comment but reversed course after organizers confirmed the quote. In a speech before 1,000 people Wednesday, Ms. Williams said that violence is a choice and the push for peace takes hard work and commitment. “Right now, I could kill George Bush,” she said. “No, I don’t mean that. How could you nonviolently kill somebody? I would love to be able to do that.” As she made her point, she chuckled and some members of the audience laughed.

Do libraries cost publishers sales? From If Public Libraries Didn’t Exist, Could You Start One Today? “Among writers, there is a very common lament: someone comes up to you at a book signing and says, ‘Oh, I loved your book so much, I got it from the library and then told all my friends to go to the library too!’ And the writer thinks, ‘Gee, thanks, but why didn’t you buy it?'”

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