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Friday, 20 May, 2005

Did you know that today is Eliza Doolittle Day? It is also Acension Day, the anniversary of Charles Lindberg's solo flight and Weights and Measures Day. I found a website that gives a list of all the important events for each week.

Tomorrow's events include National Waitstaff Day and the rather curiously titled National Defense Transportation Day. Not to mention the poorly situated National Bike to Work Day and Teacher's Day (in Florida only) - both of which fall on a Saturday this year. I am a bit curious about Sunday's UN International Day for Biological Diversity, wondering what exactly the UN has in mind.

I would also note that Wednesday was Visit Your Relatives Day.

[You all should have stayed another week!]

I guess America is truly evil. We have been blamed for so many of the world's woes, that at this point I'm really not surprised about anything. Until now. Check out the money quote in the last paragraph.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian village was left baffled Thursday after its lake disappeared overnight.

NTV television showed pictures of a giant muddy hole bathed in summer sun, while fishermen from the village of Bolotnikovo looked on disconsolately.

"It is very dangerous. If a person had been in this disaster, he would have had almost no chance of survival. The trees flew downwards, under the ground," said Dmitry Zaitsev, a local Emergencies Ministry official interviewed by the channel.

Officials in Nizhegorodskaya region, on the Volga river east of Moscow, said water in the lake might have been sucked down into an underground water-course or cave system, but some villagers had more sinister explanations.

"I am thinking, well, America has finally got to us," said one old woman, as she sat on the ground outside her house.

Yes, yes, I can just picture President Bush, Don Rumsfeld and Karl Rove in the Oval office, doing their Dr. Evil "Mwah, hah, hah, hah" laugh as they plot their world domination, one Nizhegorodskaya lake at a time.

[I'm just surprised that Newsweek isn't covering this.]

Quote du jour:

"Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake."

-- Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955) US poet, author

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