When I heard yesterday that someone had hijacked a small plane in Germany and was threatening to crash it into a building, I figured whoever did it had a couple of screws loose. Having now read the details, I'd say that's a big YES:
The man, identified by police as a 31-year-old German, circled in a motorized glider for about two hours Sunday among the German banking capital's tallest buildings, saying he wanted to draw attention to Judith Resnik, a U.S. astronaut killed in the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle in 1986.
Hmmm. Nothing says "FAN" like a hijacked plane. In Germany.
*NEWS FLASH* (Via CNN.com)
NEW YORK, New York (CNN) -- The science journalist who organized a team to evaluate claims of the birth of the first human clone has suspended his review and now says the announcement by Clonaid, a company tied to an unconventional religious sect, could be "part of an elaborate hoax."
"The team of scientists has had no access to the alleged family and, therefore, cannot verify firsthand the claim that a human baby has been cloned," said Michael Guillen in a written statement Monday. "It's still entirely possible Clonaid's announcement is part of an elaborate hoax intended to bring publicity to the Raelian movement."
[Just give me a minute to scrape my jaw off the floor - what a shock.]
Chinese Zodiac Light - Part Three:
Year of the Boar
Years: 1923 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995
People born in the Year of the Boar are honest and tolerant and make good friends, but tend to expect the same from everyone else, and more often than not they end up disappointed, surly and lashing out at all those around them. They study a great deal and are generally well informed. Boar people are quick tempered, yet they hate arguments and quarreling. They are kind to their loved ones. No matter how bad problems seem to be, Boar people try to work them out, through any means possible, even if it involves public humiliation on a grand scale for others. They thrive in the arts as entertainers, carnies and used car salespeople. They are, of course, jealous of the Rabbit, as are all the animals. Nice fetlocks, although that is often overshadowed by their seething, irrational hatred of the Tiger. The Boar has been known to skulk after the Tiger, muttering "Kill, kill" under its breath.
Year of the Rat
Years: 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996
Though the Western rat is reviled as little more than a bottom-dwelling disease carrier, this animal is viewed much differently in the East. The Eastern rat is revered for its quick wits and its ability to accrue and hold on to items of value; rats are considered a symbol of good luck and wealth in both China and Japan. Unfortunately, we're not in China or Japan, so basically you Rats have a huge PR problem. The Rat is hard working and thrifty, sometimes even stingy, but Rats also like to spend money on themselves. The opposite sex finds them attractive, and in love, the Rat is very generous. Rats are usually timid, but can be quick to anger, and then, boy, watch out. "Angry Rat, angry Rat," the cry goes out! Well, no, actually that's usually when the exterminator is called, so an Anger Management Workshop is probably a good call. They are supposed to make good writers, critics, actuaries, and the occasional gangster.
[Onward and downward . . . ]
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Quote du jour:
"Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig."
-- Paul Dickson (1920 - 1966) US actor
"A rat is not born a rabbit."
-- Nigerian Proverb
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