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Kids hate clowns, research shows

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-01-17 11:58.

BAD news for Coco and Blinko – British children don't like clowns and even older kids are scared of them.

The news that will no doubt have clowns shedding tears was revealed in a poll of youngsters by researchers from the University of Sheffield who examined how to improve the decor of children's wards in hospitals.

The study, reported in the Nursing Standard magazine, found all of the 250 patients aged between four and 16 they quizzed disliked the use of clowns, with even the older ones finding them scary.

The Richest American You'Ve Never Heard About

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-01-17 10:44.

LAS VEGAS — Sheldon G. Adelson, the casino mogul, has seen his personal net worth plummet by more than $15 billion in recent months as Wall Street investors have grown more bearish about the casino companies that are pushing aggressively into Asia.

Corruptonomics - How Corruption Works And How To Fight It Effectively

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2008-01-16 10:03.
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The aid industry faces a dilemma. On the one hand, countries are more likely to grow rich if their citizens are provided with some important basics, such as a legal system that works, or protection from corrupt officials. Such basics might seem the priority for aid money. On the other hand, it is much easier to measure success in simpler projects, such as building roads and laying pipes.

Wesley Snipes Has Not Been Paying Taxes Since 1997. And You'll Be Surprised Why

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-01-14 10:15.
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From 1999 to 2004, the actor Wesley Snipes earned $38 million appearing in more than half a dozen movies, including two sequels to his popular vampire thriller “Blade.”

The taxes he paid in the same period? Zero.

But unlike other celebrities who find themselves on the wrong side of the Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Snipes has a flamboyant explanation: he argues that he is not actually required to pay taxes.

So, What's YOUR Problem?

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2008-01-13 10:50.

1. Depression - a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any objective reason.

2. Alcoholism - a chronic disorder characterized by dependence on alcohol, repeated excessive use of alcoholic beverages, the development of withdrawal symptoms on reducing or ceasing intake, morbidity that may include cirrhosis of the liver, and decreased ability to function socially and vocationally.

Faced with a shrunken jury pool, a judge resorted to some sidewalk justice

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2008-01-12 12:22.
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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - Faced with a shrunken jury pool, a judge resorted to some sidewalk justice in hopes of filling it out. It worked. Judge Harold Eaton, Jr., discouraged when a 34-person pool of would-be jurors for a sex case was reduced to 20 people, sent sheriff's deputies into the street to summon people to join in Wednesday.

Inmate Files Lawsuit Because It Was 'Too Easy' To Escape

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-01-11 11:48.
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A Colorado inmate who's escaped twice from a county jail is suing because he says it was too easy for him to break out.  Scott Anthony Gomez, Jr. said guards at the jail abused him and that's why he attempted to escape. 

Gomez alleges he was seriously injured during an escape attempt in January 2007. He alleges he fell 40 feet while trying to scale down the side of the jail.

'Meanest mom on planet' sells son's car

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-01-10 13:50.
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Jane Hambleton has dubbed herself the "meanest mom on the planet."

After finding alcohol in her son's car, she decided to sell the car and share her 19-year-old's misdeed with everyone -- by placing an ad in the local newspaper.

The ad reads: "OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents who obviously don't love teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for three weeks before snoopy mom who needs to get a life found booze under front seat. $3,700/offer. Call meanest mom on the planet."

Couple Gets Married In A Bank

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-01-10 10:22.
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A bank teller and her fiance were banking on love when they tied the knot at a Bank of America branch. Sharon Paine and Thaigo Goes exchanged vows in the Sabattus Street branch lobby Tuesday as customers went about their business making financial transactions.

For ambiance, a candle was put on top of a copier, a linen tablecloth was draped over a desk and music from rocker Bryan Adams played over a speaker. "We’re having a wedding," branch manager Deanna Kinsey told customers.


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