Statistics And Other Lies

Woman Faked Cancer To Avoid Working

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-05-15 08:19.

ARLINGTON, Wash. -- A former Washington state social worker has been accused of faking brain cancer to avoid work. Theft charges were filed Tuesday against Sandra Dee Martinez, 40, formerly of Mountlake Terrace, who was employed by the Department of Social and Health Services in Arlington.

According to investigators, Martinez presented fake letters that appeared to be from doctors saying she had malignant brain tumors. Prosecutors wrote that she received $21,000 worth of paid leave and took advantage of sick days donated by co-workers last year.

"Minister Of Marijuana" Says It's His Religion To Use Pot

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-05-12 07:48.

A self-proclaimed "minister of marijuana" says pot is his religion and he has every right to use it. Cops disagree and busted him while pulling 100 plants out of his house.

Steven Swalick doesn't use terms like "pot" or even "marijuana." Those terms appeared to upset him during a jailhouse interview. He admitted to using cannabis and even growing it but says it was for his religion. And he wanted only to be addressed as the "Reverend."

Ancient humans started down the path of evolving into two separate species before merging back into a single population

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2008-05-11 09:23.

The genetic split in Africa resulted in distinct populations that lived in isolation for as much as 100,000 years, the scientists say.

This could have been caused by arid conditions driving a wedge between humans in eastern and southern Africa.

Details have been published in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

It would be the longest period for which modern human populations have been isolated from one another.

Court battle over U.S. deep-sea firm's shipwreck haul intensifies, as Spain demands return of $500 million treasure

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-05-09 09:13.
MADRID, Spain - Spain is demanding a U.S. deep-sea exploration firm turn over the entire $500 million treasure it salvaged from a shipwreck, saying Thursday it has determined the vessel is definitely Spanish.

James Goold, a Washington-based lawyer who represents the Spanish government, said the 19th-century shipwreck at the heart of a dispute with Odyssey Marine Exploration is without a doubt the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes — a Spanish frigate sunk by a British warship southwest of Portugal in 1804.

Uncontrollable Muscles in the Face Reveal Lying, New Research Shows

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-05-08 18:48.

Michael White sat on the couch in his living room, sobbing as he grieved for the return of his pregnant wife. Liana was a gentle soul who never hurt anybody, he said through grief so convincing during a television interview that even his mother-in-law believed him.

"He was able to fool us all," Liana's mother said later after White led volunteer searchers to the ditch where he had dumped his wife's naked body and covered her with tree branches.

First-born kids really do have it tougher, new research finds

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-05-06 09:44.

There are two Jones brothers, Joshua and Justin. But when something breaks — like the time a soccer ball crashed through a garage window — it’s usually Joshua who gets the lecture: You’re the oldest, his parents remind him. You need to set an example. Your younger brother is watching.

Now, a new study has confirmed what first-borns like Joshua have always suspected: The oldest kid in the family really does bear the brunt of parental strictness, while the younger brothers and sisters generally coast on through.

Oklahoma City Made It To The 'Hell On Earth' List

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-05-05 08:34.

What does Oklahoma City have in common with the likes of Chernobyl and Baghdad?

Why Do Cats Hang Around Us?

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2008-05-03 10:42.

Your hunch is correct. Your cat decided to live with you, not the other way around. The sad truth is, it may not be a final decision.

But don’t take this feline diffidence personally. It runs in the family. And it goes back a long way — about 12,000 years, actually.

Those are among the inescapable conclusions of a genetic study of the origins of the domestic cat, being published today in the journal Science.

Man Stuck In Machinery Uses Big Toe To Call 911

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2008-05-03 10:30.

Even with his arms stuck in a piece of machinery, one northwest Florida man was able to call 911 using his big toe. Police said the unidentified man was at the DRS Technologies building early Thursday morning when he became trapped in a press-like machine that resembles an elevator. The employee was alone.

He shook his cell phone off his belt, kicked off one shoe and used his toe to dial 911. Rescuers used a thick metal bar to pry the machinery off his arms.

He was airlifted to a Pensacola hospital where his condition was not immediately known.

As They Get Poorer, More And More Americans Sell Their Belongings On Craigslist And Flea Markets

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2008-05-03 10:09.

The for-sale listings on the online hub Craigslist come with plaintive notices, like the one from the teenager in Georgia who said her mother lost her job and pleaded, "Please buy anything you can to help out."

Or the seller in Milwaukee who wrote in one post of needing to pay bills — and put a diamond engagement ring up for bids to do it.

Struggling with mounting debt and rising prices, faced with the toughest economic times since the early 1990s, Americans are selling prized possessions online and at flea markets at alarming rates.

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