And now for something completely different: 10 bets you will always win

Check this out and amaze your friends at this year’s office Christmas party.   [Read more…]

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Is this what little girls really want? A doll that breast feeds?

My jaw is still hanging open over this:  We’ve got dolls that wet, crawl and talk. We’ve got dolls with perfect hourglass figures. We’ve got dolls with swagger. And we’ve got plenty that come with itty bitty baby bottles. But it’s a breastfeeding doll whose suckling sounds are prompted by sensors sewn into a halter [Read More…]

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This year’s perfect stocking stuffer: world’s smallest dog

Is this terrier the world’s smallest dog? The agency promoting it hopes so. I’m convinced.  Just keep this thing away from Great Danes and Dobermans, who might look at this little guy and think, “Hmm.  Appetizer…” 4 [Read more…]

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Which professions have the most psychopaths?

Glad you asked. Details: First off, psychopath doesn’t just mean someone who cuts you up with a chainsaw — though the majority of people who do things like that are psychopaths. What’s the definition? Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has been variously described as characterized by shallow emotions (in particular reduced fear), stress tolerance, lacking [Read More…]

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Another casualty of Sandy: Halloween

Details: Communities along the East Coast are still reeling from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, and now officials in storm-ravaged areas have postponed Halloween festivities and trick-or-treating. Anticipating a long-term recovery effort, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie promised to reschedule Halloween if conditions do not improve by Wednesday evening. “If conditions are not safe on [Read More…]

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Scaring the sin out of you: the Christian “haunted house” industry

Huffington Post takes a peek inside the Halloween phenomenon and introduces readers to the man behind it. Keenan Roberts didn’t invent the idea of scaring Christian youth into salvation, but he has done more than anyone else to turn it into an industry. For $299—and with the Denver-based pastor’s approval—you can build your own “Hell [Read More…]

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Oy: the growing popularity of “Jews for Tebow”

They’re kvelling.  They even have t-shirts (like the one above). Details: Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has had an ardent following since college, but in one particular case, he has quite a “tribe” behind him. Meet the self-named, self-proclaimed chosen ones for the Jets backup quarterback, the “Jews for Tebow.” The group, started last November after [Read More…]

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“Jesus” among popular passwords in 2012

Not sure what to make of that.  But it does indicate, I suppose, that “Jesus” is The Way—or at least, the way to get your e-mail. Details:  Time to check your password. Password management company SplashData has analyzed millions of passwords released online by hackers to compile its list of the most used passwords of [Read More…]

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Apple: the 21st century religion?

If you caught any of the big launch event yesterday for the new Apple products—including the long-anticipated iPad Mini—you might have felt like you were in church.  That may not be a coincidence. Details from the Christian Science Monitor:  We asked Kirsten Bell, an anthropologist at the University of British Columbia in Canada, to look [Read More…]

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Now it can be told: how they created those realistic raptors in “Jurassic Park”

From Stan Winston comes this fascinating glimpse at how they made those dinosaurs so realistic. It’s not as technically sophisticated as you might think: ultimately, it was mostly a guy in a rubber suit. Check it out, though. It’s surprising, and fascinating. [Read more…]

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