Thursday, September 20, 2007

Would you rather surf the internet than have sex?

Surfing the net has become an obsession for many Americans with the majority of U.S. adults feeling they cannot go for a week without going online and one in three giving up friends and sex for the Web.

A survey asked 1,011 American adults how long they would feel OK without going on the Web, to which 15 percent said a just a day or less, 21 percent said a couple of days and another 19 percent said a few days. The poll, released on Wednesday, found the use of cell phones and the Internet were becoming more and more an essential part of life with 48 percent of respondents agreeing they felt something important was missing without Internet access.

More than a quarter of respondents -- or 28 percent -- admitted spending less time socializing face-to-face with peers because of the amount of time they spend online. It also found that 20 percent said they spend less time having sex because they are online. » Continue reading full article here

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Dude's girlfriend locked him out, so he went through the chimney, and gets stuck -- pelted with beer bottles.

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900-pound man removed from home by forklift

Firefighters cut a hole in the side of a house and used a forklift to extricate a 900-pound man from his second-floor bedroom after a visiting nurse became worried about his health. Rescue workers were called in Tuesday by the nurse, who determined the 33-year-old man needed medical help, Fire Chief Tom Cochran said. Cochran said the man had not left his home since 2003.

The man's brother, who lives with him, said he suffers from Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that creates a chronic hunger feeling that can lead to overeating and life-threatening obesity.

Rescue workers brought in a forklift, high enough to raise a platform to a hole cut into the wall of the house. They covered the man with a blue tarp to shield him from onlookers and slid the platform onto a flatbed truck for a trip to Sparrow Hospital. » Article here

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OK, sorta dorky -- but totally funny.

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Dude in BMW does 99 MPH in a 30 MPH zone.

Michael J. Polley insists he wasn't on an afternoon joyride when a cop clocked him going 99 in a 30 mph zone.

The 22-year-old man told a judge Wednesday he was test driving the 1995 black BMW for the car dealership where he worked. The judge, though, didn't buy the excuse. Michael J. Polley was ordered to pay a $500 fine after pleading guilty to the excessive speed.

Police arrested him Aug. 21 for driving more than 40 mph over the limit along Quincy Avenue on the city's west side. They also issued a press release, making Polley a local poster boy for reckless driving. » Article here

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How does this even happen?

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Dude calls 600 times to ask women about their shoes

A man who made more than 600 telephone calls to a shoe store and other businesses to ask women about their shoes and feet must pay a $200 fine. James Lee Fink, 31, placed 119 calls from his cell phone to the Chambersburg, 513 calls to a Holiday Inn, and 17 calls to a Comfort Inn, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Jeff Bopp said Thursday.

The caller would ask the women what kind of shoes they were wearing and whether they would show him their feet if he came into their store.

The man identified himself as Brian Thompson, but State Police used phone records to link the telephone number to Fink, whose last known address was in Martinsburg. » Article here

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Careful, those things are DANGEROUSLY cheesy.

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Students know less after four years of college

Students at many of the country's most prestigious colleges and universities are graduating with less knowledge of American history, government, and economics than they had as incoming freshmen, with Harvard University seniors scoring a "D+" average on a 60-question multiple-choice exam about civic literacy.

According to a report released yesterday by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, the average college senior at the 50 colleges and universities polled did not earn a passing grade.

"At the most expensive colleges, they actually graduate knowing less," the executive director of the Jack Miller Center at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Michael Ratliff, said. "Colleges and universities are not directing students to the courses that would educate them. We want to know whether after getting $300 billion to do their work, universities are actually educating their students."

At universities such as Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Berkeley, seniors scored lower on the test, available here, than freshmen, living proof of the broadening relevancy of the old Harvard adage that the university is a storehouse of knowledge because "the freshmen bring so much and the seniors take away so little." » Continue reading the article here

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Windows wallpaper.

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Oh shit.

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Teen celebrating his GED test grade crashes into building

A 17-year-old Dayton teen, who said he was celebrating passing his GED test, slammed a blue van he was driving into an apartment building Tuesday, police said.

The full length of the vehicle ended up inside an empty apartment, Lt. John Bardun said. But because of the velocity of the van, it hit the structure with such force that the youth avoided a 12-foot plunge into a gap of space between a parking lot and the building.

No one was in the apartment because of a fire a month ago. The teen, who was not identified by name, was cited to court on charges of driving without a license, reckless operation and failure to maintain reasonable control of his vehicle, then released, Bardun said. » Article here

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I've always been kinda freaked out by ball pits.

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Polo... on Segways, seriously...?

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Dude hides sex toys in sausages? WTF?

Staff at a German butcher's shop were shocked to discover a customer had hidden two sex toys in their sausages for transport to Dubai, police said Wednesday.

"It was two latex dildos with a natural look," said a spokesman for police in the southwestern city of Mannheim. After shopping there earlier in the day, the man, who spoke broken English, returned to the butcher's with two large "Schwartenmagen" sausages. He asked a shop assistant to wrap and cool them until he departed for Dubai the next day.

But the assistant noticed the goods had got heavier and alerted police. Officers discovered the man, who was about 50, had removed some of the meat and packed the dildos inside. "He could have used a loaf of bread," the spokesman said. "It's not against the law here. But obviously I can't speculate on what customs in Dubai will have to say about it." » Article here

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