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Saddam’s ghost in Baghdad public areas?

IndiaDaily
In a most bizarre stories ever heard, some people in Baghdad are claiming that they are seeing Saddam’s ghost in Baghdad public areas. Sources say, this may be a plot by the Baathists to keep Saddam ‘alive’ among the Sunni communities.

Some claim he is seen in restaurants, markets and so on. It is possible many Saddam look-alikes are now more prominent and people are mistaking these look-alikes as possible Saddam. It is also possible that Saddam was such a threat that people just cannot believe he is dead and not coming back.

None of these possible ghost sightings are confirmed by any reliable sources or Iraqi authorities.

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(Sniff!) Stick ’em up! (Sniff!)

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A man is in police custody in Sacramento, Calif., after his attempt to rob a bank was foiled by his own runny nose.

Sudan Provost, 40, entered a bank in downtown Sacramento Friday afternoon and announced in a low voice that he was there to rob it — but apparently, nobody heard him, the Sacramento Bee reported. Provost then walked up to a teller’s window, indicated he was armed and asked for a tissue. After his tissue request was denied, Provost reportedly walked to a nearby pharmacy, the newspaper said.

When he returned to the bank a few minutes later, police were there reviewing the security camera footage of his earlier visit. He was arrested immediately on suspicion of attempted robbery, the Bee reported.

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Don’t do it

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“Happy New Year”

Thats the subject line on a new malicious e-mail making the rounds. The sender wants you to click on the attached postcard. The file name is postcard.exe or postcard.zip.

Don’t do it. Don’t open that attachment, even if you recognize the e-mail address. It contains harmful software that will worm its way on to your computer without your knowledge or permission.

Once your computer is infected, it will start cranking out mass mailings to everyone on your address list. In other words, youll become a spammer, sending out Happy New Year postcards designed to infect other peoples computers.

This Happy New Year worm is really making the rounds. By one count, 18,000 of these malicious e-mails are being sent out every hour.

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Recent snow is not Denver’s first

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More old pictures at this link

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Parrot’s oratory stuns scientists

Lots More at BBC NEWS
parrotniki2.jpgThe finding of a parrot with an almost unparalleled power to communicate with people has brought scientists up short. The bird, a captive African grey called N’kisi, has a vocabulary of 950 words, and shows signs of a sense of humour.

He invents his own words and phrases if he is confronted with novel ideas with which his existing repertoire cannot cope – just as a human child would do.

N’kisi’s remarkable abilities feature in the latest BBC Wildlife Magazine [and he} is believed to be one of the most advanced users of human language in the animal world.

About 100 words are needed for half of all reading in English, so if N’kisi could read he would be able to cope with a wide range of material.

He uses words in context, with past, present and future tenses, and is often inventive.

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Helpful [but not bright] drunk

Reuters via Yahoo News
German police arrested a man for drunk driving after he mistook a police spot check for a breakdown and stopped to help. Officers inspecting a car by the roadside suspected the 37-year-old passing motorist was under the influence of alcohol when he lurched from his vehicle to offer assistance, police in the northwestern town of Bremen said on Friday.

“Obviously his optical assessment of the situation as he drove past was that this was a vehicle breakdown,” the police said in a statement.

The man was arrested and banned from driving.

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Wonder if their bans work as well as ours.

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