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Fight Against Maturity

Don’t mess with us oldtimers, boy.

TimesDispatch.com

Willie Glass must know something the rest of us don’t. Instead of slowing down with age, the 72-year-old Sandston resident keeps picking up speed.

“Gotten faster and faster,” he says.

Glass is one senior citizen no one can accuse of puttering along in the slow lane. The retired welder recently returned from the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah with a new land-speed record in the Model A, Super-Charged Roadster division.

On the first day of competition, he “played it safe” and was clocked at 189 mph. The next day, he tossed caution to the wind and let it all hang out.

“Kind of like flying an airplane,” he said.

The result: an initial pass of 204 mph, followed by an all-time high of 212.9. Officially, the two passes were averaged for a record of 208.5.

The 200-plus run earned Glass a slot in Bonneville’s elite “200 mph club.”

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Murder suspect: Goat turned into corpse—umm, right.

Yahoo! News

A Nigerian murder suspect accused of killing his brother with an axe told police investigators he actually attacked a goat, which was only later magically transformed into his sibling’s corpse, officials said Thursday. The man, whose name wasn’t released, offered police his explanation after his arrest on Tuesday in the death of his brother the previous day at Isseluku village in southern Nigeria.

“He said that the goats were on his farm and he tried to chase them away. When one wouldn’t move, he attacked it with an axe. He said it then turned into his brother,” Police Commissioner Udom Ekpoudom told the Associated Press.

September 15, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Opera fans ‘prefer magic mushrooms’—but only after the fat lady sings

Ananova
magic-mushrooms.jpg More than a quarter of classical music fans have tried cannabis while opera lovers prefer magic mushrooms.

They are among the findings of a new study of music tastes and lifestyles by researchers at the University of Leicester. They discovered that fans of every style of music had taken drugs, with those who preferred DJ-based club music topping the list.

A quarter of classical music buffs have tried cannabis and 12.3 per cent of opera lovers had tried magic mushrooms.

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There’s more at the link.

September 15, 2006 Posted by | People | , | 1 Comment

What if the blue screen of death pops up?

Ananova
A Chinese court has been criticised for using a computer program to help decide prison sentences. The Zichuan District People’s Court has reportedly used the software in more than 1,500 criminal cases.

The program, created by a Beijing-based company, covers about 100 different crimes including robbery, rape, murder and crimes against the state. The judge enters details of a case and the system produces a sentence, reports the South China Morning Post.

The software’s developer, Qin Ye, was quoted as saying: “The software is aimed at ensuring standardised decisions on prison terms. Our programs set standard terms for any subtle distinctions in different cases of the same crime.”

The court’s Chief Judge, Wang Hongmei, said: “The software can avoid abuse of discretionary power of judges as a result of corruption or insufficient training.”

But the move has been criticised by a section of the Chinese media as a farce that highlighted the “laziness of the court”

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