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  1. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta General Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    Giant boulder breaks loose, crushing cars, home in Ohio

    If you're having a rough day you might take some consolation from this: at least your cars and home weren't hit by a rogue boulder.

    That's what happened Tuesday night to a family in Athens, Ohio, when the boulder -- about 25 feet in diameter -- broke free from a hillside and gravity took over. The boulder knocked down phone, power and cable lines as it rolled, and only stopped after crushing the cars and tearing off part of the family's home, AthensOhioToday.com reported.

    Luckily, no one in the family was hurt, as they all were in another part of the home. The family members were not identified but officials said they and a neighboring family were evacuated until crews can assess the home and nearby hillside.

    A witness recalled seeing sparks fly as the boulder took out power lines.

    "At first I thought it was thunder," Mary Diles said of the rumbling sound. "Then I saw sparks and thought it was firecrackers."

    The boulder even severed a waterline underneath the neighborhood's street.

    As for what led to the boulder's destructive journey, Andy Stone, the city's public works chief, said it looks like a combination of tree roots and heavy rain allowed the rock to break free.

    Removing the boulder from the cars and house, he added, will require breaking it up into smaller pieces.
     
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    ‘Cooking With Poo’ named oddest book title of year
    A Thai cookbook is the latest winner of an award that celebrates the sublimely silly
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    In the annals of literary history, there have been myriad tomes that, despite the stern-faced sincerity of their composition, boast titles that bring out the prurient grade-schooler in each of us.

    Who here hasn’t tittered quietly in an otherwise silent bookshop when spotting titles like Peter Occhiogrosso’s 1987 rumination on the fundamental themes of the world’s religions, “The Joy of Sects”? Or P. McSweeny’s indispensable nutrition guide from 2007, “Cheese Problems Solved”? Whether intentionally silly or oblivious to their inherent absurdity, chuckle-worthy book titles are all around us.

    As reported in the U.K.’s Guardian, an award for offbeat book titles was initiated at the Frankfurt book fair in 1978. Organized by Bookseller magazine, the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year has spent the last 34 years celebrating the silly.

    This year, following in the grand tradition of previous winners like “Bombproof Your Horse” and “The Second International Workshop on Nude Mice” (these are actual books, folks), the winner is “Cooking with Poo” by Saiyuud Diwong. While you let that title sink in, it should be noted that this 114-page Thai cookbook, published by Urban Neighbours of Hope, isn’t actually a guide to scatological cuisine, but rather a comprehensive handbook for cooking with crab (“poo” is Thai for crab, as well as the author’s arguably unfortunate nickname).

    Still: Tee hee.

    “Cooking with Poo” was far from a shoo-in, however. It was up against some equally giggle-inducing titles such as “The Great Singapore Penis Panic and the Future of America Mass Hysteria” by Scott D. Mendelson (Createspace), “Mr. Andoh’s Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935” by Stephen Curry and Takayoshi Andoh (Royd Press), and what promises to be a riveting page-turner: “A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: Volume Two” by Peter Gosson (Amberley).
     
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    April fool's day joke so in demand it becomes a fundraiser:

    AdBlock: Inturdusing CatBlock
     
  6. Hook

    Hook Helga in Disguise!

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    Is this completely April fools or is Catblock only for Chrome and Safari? I certainly have no such option on Firefox (and, as much as I love the idea, I'm not about to switch browsers for it). ;)
     
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    I think the response is real to a product option meant to be a temporary joke. Don't really know about browser options. I don't use adblock, just flashblock.
     
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    'Killer' swan attacks Illinois caretaker until he drowns

    Swans have a seemingly placid demeanor, and their monogamous mating habits have long made them a symbol of lasting love. But the creatures -- generally snowy white, with long graceful necks and a black "mask" around their eyes -- are territorial and can be quite aggressive when threatened. This aggression makes them good at driving off geese; it can also lead to tragedy.

    Anthony Hensley was a 37-year-old married father of two who worked for a company that uses dogs and swans to shoo pesky geese from properties in the area. Hensley had taken to a kayak Sunday morning to check on the swans in a Des Plaines-area pond when one of the larger birds turned on him, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

    Cook County sheriff’s investigators believe Hensley either got too close to the swan or the swan’s nesting area, the Sun-Times said. Hensley rolled off his kayak and landed in the water, and the swan kept up its relentless attack.

    The Sun-Times reports that the swan continued to pursue Hensley as he tried to swim to shore. Hensley was submerged when emergency workers arrived, and an autopsy found that he died from drowning near the Bay Colony condominiums in unincorporated Des Plaines.

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    Kindergartner throws tantrum at school, is handcuffed by police

    The news coming out of Georgia today revolves around a 6-year-old kindergartner who threw such a violent tantrum that school officials called police, who handcuffed her for her own safety.

    But the real story is this: Many people are siding with police.

    "I agree with the school, let the police cuff her. If anyone at the school would have touched her the parents would have sued and said how wrong they were," said one commenter at WMAZ-TV in Georgia, where coverage of the story is leading to a lively discussion on parenting skills.

    Some commenters said they're outraged at the notion of a kindergartner in handcuffs, but many others are lining up behind the commenter who said the girl was plenty old enough to know right from wrong: "This child needs to know there are consequences to your actions."

    Here's what happened, according to WMAZ:

    Officials at Creekside Elementary School in Milledgeville, located in central Georgia, called police on Friday to report that pupil Salecia Johnson was out of control. They said they had first tried to call her mother, but couldn't reach her.

    School officials told WMAZ that they feared the child was a danger to herself and others. She was crying, tearing items off the wall, biting a door knob, trying to break a glass frame and jumping on top of a paper shredder. At one point, she reportedly knocked over a shelf, injuring the school principal, according to the Associated Press.

    When police arrived, they tried to calm the girl, but she began acting out again -- and was handcuffed. Milledgeville Police Chief Dray Swicord defended that decision.

    "Our policy is that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol vehicle is to be handcuffed in the back. There is no age discrimination on that rule," Swicord told WMAZ.

    The child was handcuffed and taken to the police station until her parents could retrieve her, outraging her relatives.

    "A 6-year-old in kindergarten. They don't have no business calling the police and handcuffing my child," Earnest Johnson, the girl's father, told WMAZ. The child's mother said the girl suffers "mood swings" but that was still no reason for authorities to treat her so harshly.

    "She might have misbehaved, but I don't think she misbehaved to the point where she should have been handcuffed and taken downtown to the police department," the girl's aunt, Candace Ruff, told the TV station.

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    I'm sure he didn't planet but...

    Pilot sends plane into dive after mistaking Venus for oncoming plane - CNN.com

    (CNN) -- It's happened to most of us. We suddenly wake up and find ourselves disoriented, wondering where we are, and possibly mistaking a light in the distance for something completely different. Usually it's no big deal -- you shake it off, wake up and move on.

    If you happen to be pilot on a trans-Atlantic flight, the consequences can be much more serious -- like mistaking the planet Venus for another plane and sending the plane you're piloting into a dive that slammed passengers into the ceiling and back to the floor.
     
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