Feb 2, 2008

Scorpion venom offers improved cancer surgery

An article from Britain in the Independent claims that a substance derived from scorpion venom could be the key to more effective treatment for a wide range of cancers.

Turned into a "paint" which can distinguish even a small number of cancerous cells from healthy tissue, the venom would vastly improve surgeons' accuracy when removing tumors.


Bumper sticker mania

All men are animals

some just make better pets

Jan 31, 2008

Charts showing fat in fast food: where did you eat today?

There is a chart at the link below comparing fat, calories, etc. in French fries. The chart compares the french fries by restaurant.

The tables are sortable. Clicking a category (calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, etc.) will sort the data in that column from lowest to highest. Clicking it again will sort it from highest to lowest.

One thing to consider is serving size. For instance, Sonic has the least amount of fat. However, the serving size is the smallest which skews the comparison chart.

The chart is useful only when considering serving size.

Two columns to pay close attention to are the saturated fat column and the trans fat column.

What all this really does is to remind us to avoid eating at fast food restaurants as much as possible.


Jan 30, 2008

Guinevere and Lancelot

If you like ‘em punny, this is for you:

Guinevere and Lancelot had a huge argument. Eventually, they reached an impasse.

Guinevere told Lancelot that she never wanted to see him again. Heartbroken, Lancelot headed to the local tavern.

Eventually, Guinever calmed down and went out to find him.

Spotting Lancelot’s horse outside the tavern, she went inside. A man who was leaving recognized her.

He asked, “What’s a knight’s girl like you doing in a place like this?”

NY Post scathingly denounces Hillary - endorses Obama

The New York Post endorses Barack Obama - sort of.

The endorsement of Obama is almost an afterthought as most of the page is a scathing denouncement of Hillary Clinton. A portion of anti-Hillary tirade follows - the rest can be found at the link below:

Democrats in 22 states across America go to the polls next Tuesday to pick between two presidential prospects: Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

We urge them to choose Obama - an untried candidate, to be sure, but preferable to the junior senator from New York.

Obama represents a fresh start.

His opponent, and her husband, stand for déjà vu all over again - a return to the opportunistic, scandal-scarred, morally muddled years of the almost infinitely self-indulgent Clinton co-presidency.

Does America really want to go through all that once again?

It will - if Sen. Clinton becomes president.
Bill Clinton's thuggishly self-centered campaign antics conjure so many bad, sad memories that it's hard to know where to begin.

Suffice it to say that his Peck's-Bad-Boy smirk - the Clinton trademark - wore thin a very long time ago.

Far more to the point, Sen. Clinton could have reined him in at any time. But she chose not to - which tells the nation all it needs to know about what a Clinton II presidency would be like.

Tell us what you really think Mr. Murdock. Don’t hold back.


Jan 29, 2008

Wisconsin wants to shed cheesy image

The state of Wisconsin is serious about shedding the cheesehead stereotype.

America's Dairyland wants you to know it's not just full of cheeseheads.

Problem is, it is hard to alter a stereotype that has been around for so long.

To start with, it will be an uphill battle just to clear the cheesehead hats from Lambeau Field during Packers home games. Packer fans wearing their cheeseheads are seen on TV by millions of fans every year.

It will be a slow process to remove the stereotype whatever method they use.


The Washington pork barrel king of all time

When it comes to congressional pork, this Byrd really brings home the bacon!

The Democrat from West Virginia tops tham all for spending tax dollars on his own pet projects.

At age 90, Sen. Robert Byrd (pictured) of West Virginia has been in the Senate longer than anybody else.

And he's spent much of that time as head of the most powerful spending committee, with extraordinary control over earmarks - grants of your tax dollars without the normal public review.

Byrd was the first senator to rack up a total of $1 billion in earmarks for his home state.

That was in 1999. Today he's past the $3 billion mark.

And though tradition frowns on sitting members of Congress funding projects in their own name, they don't seem to have a problem with it in Byrd Country. West Virginia is full of ventures paid for with your tax dollars but named after him.

You can take the Robert C. Byrd Highway to the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam, explore space through the Robert C. Byrd Telescope, and work at the Robert C. Byrd Hilltop Office Complex.

In all, we found more than 40 projects bearing the Byrd name. Many of them sound perfectly reasonable, but the problem is other needy communities never get a crack at the money.

The worst part is the money was not his to spend.


For sale: 4 bedrooms, 3 bath, 1 scandal

So much for curb appeal.

When a house's reputation is tainted, selling can be tough.

A stylish new house sits on South Tampa's Vasconia Street, for sale or rent.

But yellow crime-scene tape rings the front yard. A chunk of the stairway apparently has been cut away. Pieces of the slab are stacked in the garage. The foyer has a foxhole.

And a murder victim may be buried under it all.

For now, the 3,200-square foot home at 3908 W Vasconia isn't exactly open for showing.


Give me the cash. No, wait. Let me think

The story of a conflicted bank robber in Lynchburg, Virginia.

A 72-year-old man entered Carter Bank and Trust armed with a gun and told the branch manager, "give me all your money."

He then changed his mind, handed the money back and told the teller to call the police. He also tried to give her his gun.


Jan 28, 2008

‘Green Eggs and Ham’ ruling by rhyming judge

A U.S. District Court Judge received a hard-boiled egg in the mail from an inmate who was protesting his prison diet.

Judge James Muirhead reached for Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" for inspiration after getting the egg from inmate Charles Jay Wolff.

The judge wrote:

I do not like eggs in the file
I do not like them in any style.
I will not take them fried or boiled.
I will not take them poached or broiled.
I will not take them soft or scrambled
Despite an argument well-rambled.

The judge then ordered the egg destroyed saying:

No fan I am
Of the egg at hand.
Destroy that egg!
Today! Today! Today I say!
Without delay!"

Dr. Seuss would have been proud.