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I want this guy at the controls next time I fly

Star Tribune via Yahoo News
An airline pilot from Maplewood won a $25,000 lottery jackpot — two days in a row. Raymond Snouffer Jr. matched the winning numbers 11-14-23-26-31 to win Saturdays Northstar Cash drawing with odds of about 170,000 to 1, Minnesota Lottery officials said. On Sunday, Snouffer stuck with 11 and switched to 3-7-19-28 — and won again.

Lottery officials said such a sequence was so farfetched that the odds against it were “virtually incalculable.”

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Chain saw dentistry

More at ABC News
The next time you dread a trip to the dentist, consider the plight of poor Tusko the elephant. It took veterinarians and a dentist nearly five hours Saturday to remove what was left of an elephant’s infected tusk at the Oregon Zoo, and it took a chain saw, hand saws and a drill that can punch through concrete to do the job.

At least 20 people worked from midmorning to early afternoon to remove the rock-hard ivory, which was extracted in foot-long, bloody slabs. A ring the size of a roll of duct tape remains; veterinarians plan to go after it in about six weeks.

Tusko, who weighs about 13,500 pounds, broke both tusks decades ago. The right tusk was removed when he was young. Years ago, a veterinarian sawed the left tusk off flush with Tusko’s lip, hoping it would heal. But infection persisted.

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Why you shouldn’t drive behind a 747

Link to video

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Each engine on a 747 produces about 58,000 pounds of thrust at full throttle — and there are four of them. This video shows why it isn’t a good plan to drive your car behind a 747 at takeoff throttle. Especially if your car happens to be a 2CV.

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Happy New Year, China!

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A worker arranges inflatable pig balloons, part of Chinese Lunar New Year decorations to celebrate Spring Festival, at a park in Beijing February 17, 2007. China will usher in the “Year of the Pig” on February 18, according to the lunar calendar.

17 Feb 2007 REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV

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