Monday, June 25, 2007

Someone tell Grandma to look at the camera.

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Computer hacker spills Harry Potter book details, fake?

The mystery surrounding the end to fictional British boy wizard Harry Potter's saga deepened on Wednesday with a computer hacker posting what he said were key plot details and a publisher warned the details could be fake.

The hacker, who goes by the name "Gabriel," claims to have taken a digital copy of author J.K. Rowling's seventh and final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," by breaking into a computer at London-based Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

For months now, leading up to the book's July 21 release, legions of "Harry Potter" fans have debated whether Rowling killed Harry or one of his best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, in the final book. David Perry, a spokesman for computer security company Trend Micro, said there was a good chance Gabriel's claim could be a hoax. » Full article here

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Photoworthy: photo of sunset over the pacific ocean

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[commercial parody] the iPhone

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Women actually think about sex as much as men, study shows

Bachelors might have sex on their minds more than their single female counterparts, but once in a committed relationship, men and women have similar attitudes toward the act, a new study finds.

The results, published in the April issue of the journal Sex Roles, reveal how sexual stereotypes, in which guys want to go for it and gals tend to resist, don’t hold when romantic feelings come into play.

“Men experience a lot of pressure in our society to have sex with a number of different partners,” said one of the study’s researchers, Paul Perrin, a graduate student in psychology at the University of Florida, “the opposite of what women experience as kind of the gatekeepers of sexuality.”

Past studies, the scientists point out, have shown that compared with women, men are more sexually permissive, endorse casual sex at higher rates and masturbate more often. And even in dreamland, men are from Mars and women from Venus. A recent study showed men were more than twice as likely as women to report dreams about multiple sex partners. » Full article here

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Always give 100% at work.

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Glad there’s instructions on how to use a hat.

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[follow-up] girl's feet cut off on Six Flags ride is having surgery

A teen who lost her feet in an accident at a Kentucky amusement park has undergone surgery, a park spokeswoman said Friday, while two park operators closed similar rides around the country.

The Superman Tower of Power at Louisville's Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom was shut down after Thursday's accident. The girl's feet were completely amputated just below the ankle Thursday afternoon while riding the Superman Tower at Six Flags Kentucky. Her feet were recovered by Six Flags staff and were sent to the hospital with her, McLean said.

During the Tower of Power ride, passengers are hoisted aloft, suspended momentarily, then pulled down, according to the park's Web site. Passengers -- secured with bars and seat belts but with arms and legs free -- drop 154 feet at 54 mph, stopping "just 20 terrifying feet above the pavement," the Web site says. A police dispatcher said a cord wrapped around the girl's feet while she was on the ride.


"The cable went under the car -- and I seen it pull up and hit a lot of people -- and I seen them bring their legs up," he said. » Article here

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Can you tell what's wrong with this photo? Look closely.

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Fashion critic would prefer you not wear your Crocs in public

Wear the damn things while on your boat and in your garden, but please don't go shopping with them on! That's how Robin Givhan feels about this "most annoyingly omnipresent style of summer footwear." » Read the full article here

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