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The Most Astounding Fact of the Universe...

Little Boys Learn A Lot From Watching 'Star Wars,' And It Isn't All Good

Very interesting take on the effect of movies on boys and girls.

JUST SAY NO!! Police Ask Random Drivers For Saliva, Breath, Blood Samples

video at link

Police Ask Random Drivers For Saliva, Breath, Blood Samples

Participation was voluntary for study, but Texas motorists were confused

The roadblock was part of a three-year study conducted by a private contractor on behalf the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that, using a random sampling, aims to determine how many motorists are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It was unclear from reports whether or not active-duty or off-duty police were conducting the tests, but they were involved in the road block that stopped drivers and diverted them to a parking lot where the tests were conducted. (snip)

"I gestured to the guy in front that I wanted to go straight, but he wouldn't let me, and forced me into a parking spot," motorist Kim Cope tells NBC in Dallas-Fort Worth. "I finally did the Breathalyzer test just because I thought that would be the easiest way to leave."

Friday's roadblock in Fort Worth was part of NHTSA's National Roadside Survey Of Alcohol and Drug Use By Drivers. The survey involved randomly stopping drivers at 300 locations across the country, according to the agency's website.

Drivers are supposed to be paid $10 to $50 for their participation, although Cope said she did not receive any payment.

The Black Bruins (spoken words) Sy Stokes

16 People On Things They Couldnít Believe About America Until They Moved Here


1. Rakib Islam
I am originally from Bangladesh and here are a few things that I find hard to explain to peeps back home.

Fruits and vegetables are way more expensive than meat and poultry.
That, generally speaking, the poor is more obese than the rich.
A lot of couples adopt children, sometimes in spite of having their own, and treat them exactly like their own. (To me, this alone is a marker of a great people)
By and large, people do not carry cash. (snip)

4. Natalia Rekhter
Iím from Russia. Below are a few things I almost always have to explain or discuss with visitors from Russia.

Why individual houses are so large? We always get into discussion that house is not just a shelter, but also a manifestation of oneís financial achievements.
Philanthropy. There is no culture of philanthropy in Russia and many view American philanthropy either as a waste of money or as some intricate plot to get some additional benefits.
People donít walk places. They go everywhere by a car.
There is almost no public transportation except in a few large cities. People actually have to have cars to get places. Cars are necessity, not luxury.
Majority of high and middle schools have sport facilities of very high, almost professional quality.
Many schools have orchestras, bands, theaters of a very high, almost professional quality. Free. (snip)

More at the link

Elephants Shirley and Jenny Reunited After 20 Years. Keep your tissues handy...

Two Hands Four Paws: A paralyzed Doberman learns to walk again


(couldn't find a Youtube for this one... It's wimp.com)

If appreciating and making music are function of the human brain, then what does this

video say about dogs?

edited to add url...

A GREAT strip in Bill Watterson style by Gavin Aung Than (or do what makes you happy.)

On edit: Not Bill Watterson's work after all. Just in his style. See below.

Home burns then fire department charges residents nearly $20,000: Privatization

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