Here's my favorite bit from the latest edition of Harper's Weekly:
Arkansas state Senator Kim Hendren [left] apologized
for calling New York Senator Chuck Schumer "that Jew" at a
county Republican meeting. "I was attempting to explain
that, unlike Senator Schumer, I believe in traditional
values, like we used to see on The Andy Griffith Show,"
explained Hendron. "I made the mistake of referring to
Senator Schumer as 'that Jew' and I should not have put it
that way, as this took away from what I was trying to say."
Venetia Phair, nee Burney, who as an 11-year-old girl in
1930 named the newly discovered planet Pluto, died at age
90. "In the year 4,000 A.D., when Pluto is hollowed out and
millions of people are living inside," said an amateur
astronomer, "the name of Venetia Burney may be the only
thing that Great Britain is remembered for."
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Why buy one of those expensive and confusing universal remotes, clogged with enough buttons to launch a space shuttle, when you could accomplish the same electronic control right on your favorite mobile device? The Blumoo Universal Remote, now just $52.99 in the Boing Boing Store, harnesses the audio power of all your household equipment right […]
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