Swearing off swearing: town considers fines for cursing

Well, shut the front door: Mimi Duphily was hanging baskets of pink geraniums on antique street lamps downtown for the Middleborough Beautification and Activities Group when she noticed something else that needed cleaning up—citizens’ mouths. “The cursing has gotten very, very bad. I find it appalling and I won’t tolerate it,” said Ms. Duphily, a [Read More...]

Japanese couple married by a robot

Somehow, I missed this news when it broke last month: Almost everyone stood when the bride walked down the aisle in her white gown, but not the wedding conductor, because she was bolted to her chair. The nuptials at this ceremony were led by “I-Fairy,” a 4-foot tall seated robot with flashing eyes and plastic [Read More...]

The way we were: June 8, 1968

One of many heart-rending images captured by photographer Paul Fusco from a window on RFK’s funeral train.  See the gallery here. And check out the full collection of pictures at Magnum Photos. Were we ever that young and innocent? [Read more...]

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‘Titanic’ theme song even makes Celine Dion feel sick [Read more...]

Don’t start shopping for that retirement home in Florida yet…

…you might have to put it off a few years: American International Group Inc. (AIG) Chief Executive Officer Robert Benmosche saidEurope’s debt crisis shows governments worldwide must accept that people will have to work more years as life expectancies increase. “Retirement ages will have to move to 70, 80 years old,” Benmosche, who turned 68 last week, [Read More...]

We’re in the Monet…

…and it’s right here in New York City. At the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, they’re recreated the gardens that inspired the great French impressionist.  Below, a replica of Monet’s home sits in the middle of a garden display. Read more here. [Read more...]

40 years later

The iconic photo on the right was first published 40 years ago, on 8 June 1972.  On the left is the little girl Kim Phuc today.  Read what happened to her. [Read more...]

Think you don’t need sunscreen? Think again

Just in time for summer: take a look at the shocking full-face picture here, and read the account in the New England Journal of Medicine of the 69-year-old truck driver shown above: Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays transmit through window glass, penetrating the epidermis and upper layers of dermis. Chronic UVA exposure can result in thickening [Read More...]

Where to get your free donuts on National Donut Day

Those intrepid journalists at TIME magazine have performed an invaluable national service by reporting on this vital issue: Today is National Doughnut Day. What, you didn’t know the first Friday in June was National Doughnut Day? Now you do. More importantly, now you can find out which doughnut chains around the country are doling out [Read More...]

Having trouble juggling family, job and ministry?

Then, read this. Sound and sensible advice here—for deacons and anyone who feels like he’s got too many balls in the air… [Read more...]


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