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Sign Of The Times

Sign Of The Times

Chuck Shepherd November 21, 2014 0

“Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to Mecca, according to scholars who complained to Arab News in September. What for centuries has been a hallowed journey intended to renew the

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War is Hell

War is Hell

Chuck Shepherd November 10, 2014 0

— The newly inaugurated “Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent” (a project of Osama bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri) failed spectacularly in its maiden mission in September when it attempted to commandeer an American aircraft

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Of Course!

Of Course!

Chuck Shepherd October 16, 2014 0

— Jonathan Thomas, 50, was charged with DUI and disorderly conduct in Washington Township, Ind., after driving through two backyards and getting his vehicle stuck in the second. Police reported that Thomas “showed his

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Seriously???

Seriously???

Chuck Shepherd October 1, 2014 0

German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book world record for most body piercings (453), said he was upset to be denied entrance into United Arab Emirates to do a performance at Dubai’s Fairmont

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FB World

FB World

Chuck Shepherd September 22, 2014 0

Up-and-coming Sicilian mobster Domenico Palazzotto, 28, was outed in August by Italy’s L’Espresso magazine as the owner of a Facebook page that shows off Palazzotto’s muscled, bare-chested body. One concern is that the site

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Dog Potty

Dog Potty

Chuck Shepherd August 20, 2014 0

Enric Girona recently donated his prototype of a pet commode to the town of El Vendrell, Spain. Owners would train their dogs to use the station — a hole in the ground with a

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Too Much $$$

Too Much $$$

Chuck Shepherd August 11, 2014 0

Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle Corp., and the world’s fifth-richest person, according to Forbes magazine, is a big basketball fan. He is reported to have an interest in purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers

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DO YOU EAR IT?

DO YOU EAR IT?

Chuck Shepherd August 7, 2014 0

Artist Diemut Strebe offered his re-creation of the famous ear of Vincent van Gogh for display in June and July in a museum in Karlsruhe, Germany. In part, he built the ear with genes

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MODEST MEAT

MODEST MEAT

Chuck Shepherd March 5, 2014 0

The International New York Times in Kuala Lumpur recently carried a page-one story noting increased worldwide demand for pigs raised in the fresh air rather than in pens. The piece was illustrated by a

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EVERYONE IS ABOVE AVERAGE

EVERYONE IS ABOVE AVERAGE

Chuck Shepherd February 23, 2014 0

Ask Americans how they stand compared to their fellow countrymen, and in survey after survey, the vast majority rank themselves “above average” in such areas as driving skill, sexual prowess and honesty. A recent

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