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Gnome Liberation Front Strikes Again
On Nov. 1 79 garden gnomes were liberated by the Garden Gnome Liberation Front in France. The gnomes were later found along the bank of a stream "in some underbrush with a banner that read, 'gnome mistreated, gnome liberated.'"

Fake Priests in Japan
The BBC has an article about the growing popularity of using fake priests at Japanese weddings: "The fake Western priests are employed at Western-style weddings to give a performance and add to the atmosphere. These are not legal ceremonies - the couples also have to make a trip to the local registrar." Apparently it's becoming quite a big business. I also wrote about this in Hippo Eats Dwarf, so it's not exactly new news.

New Kidney Turning Man into his Wife
Ian Gammons received a kidney transplant from his wife. Now he claims that the kidney is slowly causing him to adopt her personality traits: "Now the 51-year-old Briton is never happier than when baking scones or "wandering round the shops and looking for bargains", he says. He has even begun to share his wife's love of dogs, an animal he despised before receiving the kidney a year ago."

Uri Geller Claims Remote Viewing Helped US Find Hussein
Of course, we all know how credible Uri Geller is, so when he says something like this it immediately commands our respect. Remember his appearance on the Tonight Show?

New Political Dirty Trick: Robocalls
The GOP is being accused of making robocalls: tape-recorded phone messages that appear to be made by their Democratic rivals. The strategy is to make voters so disgusted by getting all these automated calls, often receiving them late at night, that they'll decide to switch their vote to the candidate not making those calls, i.e. the GOP.
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Posted by The Curator on Tue Nov 07, 2006
""Now the 51-year-old Briton is never happier than when baking scones or "wandering round the shops and looking for bargains", he says. He has even begun to share his wife's love of dogs, an animal he despised before receiving the kidney a year ago." "

Maybe he's just appreciating what he almost lost. (I would assume that without his wife's kidney, he'd have died.)
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Tue Nov 07, 2006  at  11:24 AM
Yeah, Kidney guy seems happy enough. Good thing, or else he always has the option of giving it back.
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Tue Nov 07, 2006  at  05:30 PM
Oh, and FLNJ rulz!
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Tue Nov 07, 2006  at  05:32 PM
It should be pointed out that in many places, the Democrats, as well as the Republicans, really are using Robocalls. In this case, it could be a dirty trick, I suppose, or it could be someone else thinking there working on behalf of the Democratic candidate.
Posted by catwhowalksbyhimself  on  Tue Nov 07, 2006  at  05:37 PM
Not sure if it's reverse psychology or not, but this has been the worst year for me receiving political robot calls. I'm averaging about 4 a day on my home phone, and my wife is receiving about 1 a day on her cell phone. I'm in CA and I've gotten calls from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, and a whole slew of other minor celebrities support the many propositions this year...
Posted by Big Dan  on  Tue Nov 07, 2006  at  05:44 PM
Geller couldn't find his own arse with both hands
Posted by zoo  on  Tue Nov 07, 2006  at  06:51 PM
Robocalls. Yuck. Every time a US election rolls around and I start hearing about the stuff their campaigners come up with, I'm so very very glad that I live in Canada.
Posted by Mentle  in  The Left Coast of Canada  on  Tue Nov 07, 2006  at  08:16 PM
Good News, all ye Democrats -
Casey Scores Upset Over Santorum in Pa.(AP)
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Tue Nov 07, 2006  at  08:46 PM
I got a few RoboCalls last weekend, and on my caller ID, Ted Strickland showed up. I didn't pick up the first few calls, but then my sister did, and she said it was only like 5 seconds long and only identifed Ted Strickland.
Posted by Lynn  in  Akron, OH  on  Wed Nov 08, 2006  at  12:26 PM
A lot of campaign calls are also coming from the 202 area code for D.C. I didn't get any, but then, I also have my house phone hooked up to the fax...and the fax picks up & starts squealing in your ear after 3 rings. smile
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Wed Nov 08, 2006  at  12:44 PM
Robo-calls are nothing new. Please notice that the politicians carefully exempted themselves from the "do not call" law. Spam emails are new, at least for me. Luckily mine were almost always filtered. I got a ton from various candidates and people on both sides of most of the issues on the Arizona ballot. What irked me the most were the "research" polls that were so carefully designed to support the Democrats regardless of how I answered the question. Luckily, my TV went out a couple of months ago and I haven't gotten around to fixing/repairing it yet. I missed all the TV spots.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Sat Nov 11, 2006  at  09:57 AM
I envy you - the tv spots were particularly heavy and obnoxious everywhere this campaign. I was down to watching one hour of local & national news per day on the tv, and must have seen or muted twenty per hour near the end. Now - time to get your tv fixed, it's over till next year.
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Sat Nov 11, 2006  at  04:32 PM
Free the gnomes!!!!
Posted by Nona  in  London  on  Mon Mar 19, 2007  at  08:23 AM
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