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August 8th, 2007

'Cause I felt like being silly...

Inspired by stories in today's Chicago Sun-Times:

Do you have a flag?

Russia defends North Pole flag-planting
Scientist says he 'doesn't give a damn' what foreigners think of the decision
(AP story - link to MSNBC version because there's a photo of the flag in question--!)

MOSCOW - The United States and Canada have scoffed at a Russian submarine expedition that planted a Russian flag on the seabed under the North Pole. Coming home to a hero's welcome Tuesday, the famous polar scientist who led the risky voyage did not mince words in responding.

"I don't give a damn what all these foreign politicians there are saying about this," Artur Chilingarov told a throng of well-wishers. "If someone doesn't like this, let them go down themselves ... and then try to put something there. Russia must win. Russia has what it takes to win. The Arctic has always been Russian."
(rest of story)


Do you have a bag?

Bad planning (QT column by Zay N. Smith)

Modern Education + the Criminal Mind =

A bank robber put on a disguise of a hooded sweatshirt, dark glasses and winter gloves, walked into a bank in New Hudson, Mich., and held up a prepared card saying "Give me your money," at which point the teller asked for a bag to put the money in, at which point the robber, having no bag, ran back out of the bank, police said.


This is not a gag!

No-pressure cooking

'IRON CHEF' CLASSES | Companies fuel healthy competition during social events

BY LYNNE MAREK
(read the story!)


FYI - Iron Chef TV Show entry at Wikipedia

Bespoke Cuisine cooking parties information

Do you have a flag? - Eddie Izzard routine
Pencil removed from German's head
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6933721.stm
A woman in Germany who has spent 55 years with part of a pencil inside her head has finally had it removed.

A computer tomography image of the pencil in Mrs Wegner's brain

Margret Wegner fell over carrying the pencil when she was four. It punctured her cheek and part of it went into her brain, above the right eye.

The 59-year-old has suffered headaches and nosebleeds for most of her life.

Surgeons in Berlin were able to remove most of the pencil in a two-hour operation, but a 2cm section was so embedded it was impossible to remove.

Professor Hans Behrbohm, a specialist in endoscopic sinus surgery at the Berlin-Weissensee clinic, carried out the operation and said Mrs Wegner was now mobile and not experiencing any pain.

"The central part of the foreign body was encapsulated in soft tissue and was not causing the patient any harm, so it was safe to leave it," he told the BBC News website.

"This was a difficult area to operate on but modern medical techniques meant it was a calculated danger.

"She no longer has a headache and will be able to smell again. Her olfactory senses had been blocked by polyps."

The pencil measured 8cm (3.1 inches) long, and had narrowly missed damaging an optical nerve. At the time of the accident doctors said it would be too dangerous to operate because it was so close to the brain.

Dr Behrbohm said he was able to carry out the procedure using a 3D reconstruction of Mrs Wegner's interior skull, and an endoscopic surgical system which allowed him to open the frontal sinus, which had suffered serious inflammation.

Mrs Wegner's husband, Ulli Wegner, a boxing coach, praised his wife's bravery and said she is making a good recovery.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/europe/6933721.stm

Published: 2007/08/06 17:40:49 GMT

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