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“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.”

Western Union internal memo, 1876.

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Perhaps a few more hours of instruction would be good

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His Royal Beautifulness

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He drools. His teeth stick out. His hobbies include begging and attacking noisy appliances. And now, he is a beauty contest winner. Three-year-old Riggs won the “Beautiful Bulldog” contest Monday, beating a 50-dog field that included the likes of Sir Grizwald Snorzalot, Napoleon Underbite and Crazy Legs Da Moose.

The contest is held annually to draw attention to the Drake Relays, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious track and field events. The relays will attract nearly 8,000 athletes for the 98th running this year.

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There’s a lot of old timers in the Miami area. Here’s one example

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Officials said ancient human remains from an extinct American Indian tribe have been unearthed near a downtown Miami condominium construction site.According to the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, fragmented bones belonging to five or six members of the extinct Tequesta tribe or its ancestors were found in recent weeks at the Brickell Avenue site.

Officials said the fragments were surrounded by pottery shards, animal bones and an arrowhead, most of which appear to be 2,000 to 3,500 years old.

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Inspector Cleauso?

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…Rachel and Jon Palmer were stunned when the cop knocked on their door and told them they were suspected of stealing [a missing shuttlecock], reports The Sun.The drama started when two 13-year-old girls lost the shuttlecock while playing in their garden in Soham, Cambridgeshire.

They asked neighbour Rachel, 25, to look for it and she searched her own garden without success.

She said: “I told them if I stumbled across it I’d throw it over the fence to them. Later on they came back and asked Jon if it was in the garden. He had another look and he couldn’t find it either. But at 8pm that night a police officer knocked on the door, which woke up the children.”

Rachel added: “When I saw a policeman standing there I was terrified something awful had happened. When he told me he was investigating a missing shuttlecock I thought Jeremy Beadle would jump out from behind him. He said he’d been told I was refusing to give back a shuttlecock. I couldn’t believe what he was saying. He was quite off-hand. In the end Jon asked him to leave and he did.”

A Cambridgeshire police spokeswoman said: “We did receive a call in relation to this incident but no formal complaint was made. The officer in question has been spoken to.”

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It’s a shame this needs to be done

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The Citadel will break with tradition and install locks on all cadet rooms amid concerns about safety in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings.Male cadets at the state military college have no locks on their barracks doors. Female cadets can lock their doors from the inside. The tradition had evolved in keeping with the spareness of military life and with the school’s honor code, which mandates that cadets do not steal.

Now, all cadets will get keys to lock their doors from the outside by next semester. Installing the locks will cost about $125,000.

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Fore!

Plane lands at golf club
James Thornhill landed in the rough on the 10th hole at Portsmouth Country Club Saturday after his single-engine plane lost power, and played through to the 18th green before coming to a stop.Neither he, his wife nor any of the golfers on the course were injured in what assistant country club manager Susan Antequera called the “most bizarre” opening day in the Greenland club’s history.

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