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NJ Students Punished for Penny Payments

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-03-03 12:08.
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READINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Sometimes a penny for your thoughts isn't a good thing. Readington Township school officials gave 29 students detention after they used pennies to pay for their $2 lunches.

Superintendent Jorden Schiff says it started out as a prank. But as the eighth-graders began to get in trouble for taking up so much time, it turned into a protest about Thursday's shortened lunch period.

Schiff said the students were punished for holding up their peers and disrespecting lunch aides.

Why So Few People Saw The Housing Bubble Coming.

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2008-03-02 11:01.
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ONE great puzzle about the recent housing bubble is why even most experts didn’t recognize the bubble as it was forming.

13 Stupid Ideas That Made Millions of Dollars

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2008-03-02 09:36.

Want to make it big as an entrepreneur? Check out these recent odd and quirky business ideas. P.S. These ideas could not have been too “dumb” as they have all made millions of dollars for the entrepreneurs who started them.

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Counterfeiters Learn How To Make Fake Ferrari's

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-02-29 13:33.

ROME (Reuters) - Italians are used to buying bogus Gucci bags or Rolex watches to look stylish but police found a new height of craftsmanship and cunning when they broke up a ring selling fake Ferrari cars for a fraction of the real price.

Blind Irishman sees with the aid of son's tooth in his eye

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-02-29 10:05.

DUBLIN (AFP) - An Irishman blinded by an explosion two years ago has had his sight restored after doctors inserted his son's tooth in his eye, he said on Wednesday.

Bob McNichol, 57, from County Mayo in the west of the country, lost his sight in a freak accident when red-hot liquid aluminium exploded at a re-cycling business in November 2005.

"I thought that I was going to be blind for the rest of my life," McNichol told RTE state radio.

Why Do Universities Charge You Over $100K During Your Course Of Studies, Yet Make You Go Through Application Process?

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-02-28 10:46.

"Dad, they want me to write an essay on 'What would be the title of my autobiography and why," Henry announced on the previous day.

"What a goofy idea…" his father replied helpfully, "Seventeen year olds don't write autobiographies because they don't have anything to say. They haven't done anything yet. Maybe it should be something like 'Blank Slate' or 'Empty Vessel' or something like that."

Oakland trade school teaches people how to grow pot

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2008-02-27 10:12.
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OAKLAND, Calif.  — You know you're in a different kind of college when a teaching assistant sets five marijuana plants down in the middle of a lab and no one blinks a bloodshot eye.

Welcome to Oaksterdam University, a new trade school where higher education takes on a whole new meaning.

Vengeful bride sues runaway groom

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-02-26 12:50.
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A filipina bride is suing her former fiance after he ran off with another woman before the wedding ceremony had even finished.

The couple had nearly finished saying their vows when a woman appeared at the back of the church and shouted that the wedding should stop, the Philippine Star newspaper reported today.

The groom - who had been about to say "I do'' - hesitated before walking to the woman and hugging her, and the pair fled in a taxi, the newspaper added.

Britney Spear May Lose All Her Fortune, Estimated At $125 Million

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-02-25 13:29.

LOS ANGELES — Britney Spears’s klieg-lighted meltdown sent her to the psychiatric ward twice, and left her long-divorced parents, her brother, and a SWAT team of lawyers and accountants grappling with how to protect her from predatory hangers-on, from the paparazzi who dog her every move and from her own erratic behavior.


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