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Friday, December 25, 2009



Iran Bans Santa

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 04:50 PM PST

Ahmedinejad has declared Santa Claus a "Public Enemy" of Iran. In a statement to the people he said that no violation of Iran's borders would be tolerated.(satire)

Defying Gravity (PIC)

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 04:40 PM PST


Life with Hepatitis C for London's teenage 'It Girl'

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 04:10 PM PST

Recently named London's 'It Girl' by society magazine Vanity Fair, 18-year-old Jazzy de Lisser is said to have it all. She is beautiful and affluent, her best friends include Sting's daughter, Coco Sumner, and she is often compared to another famous British trend-setter, Kate Moss.

Snowy scenes (PICS)

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 04:10 PM PST

Last Monday was December 21st - the Winter Solstice, or the shortest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere). Collected here are a handful of recent photographs of these snowy days for those of us in the north.

Awesome - North Ushba 4694m [pic]

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 04:00 PM PST


Study finds that air pollution doubles pneumonia risk

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 03:40 PM PST

Researchers found that people living in the parts of the city with the highest levels of fine particulates and nitrogen dioxide had more than twice the chance of being hospitalized with pneumonia as people living in cleaner parts of the city. The results held up after the researchers controlled for other risk factors for pneumonia, such as smoking.

Family 'Arrested' in Louisiana, Given Christmas Gifts

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 03:20 PM PST

A South Carolina family passing through Jennings on their way to Texas was pulled over, hauled off to a church, "tried" for not stopping to enjoy local hospitality and "sentenced" to gumbo, presents and a tour. "We do this every year at Christmastime to some unsuspecting out-of-town person," said Gayle Jones, a member of the Jennings Optimist Club.

A tiny miracle: Ray Ray goes home for the holidays

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 03:00 PM PST

The walls of Ray Ray's home nursery were decorated, his draws filled with footed pajamas. But there was no crib, because 5 months into his young and uncommonly vulnerable life, his battery of doctors at Children's Hospital Boston had been unable to tell his parents when he could go home. ... Merry Christmas, Ray Ray. Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad.

Looking at the Holiday Economy (GRAPHIC)

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 02:40 PM PST

In honor of the rush of Christmas shopping most people are trying to cram in this week, let's take a stroll back through the GOOD archives to check out our infographic from last year on the economy of the holidays. For instance, did you know that we buy 35 million Christmas trees every year?

Tough Girl [PIC]

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 02:20 PM PST


Shot by sniper, US Army medic treats himself

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 02:01 PM PST

Multi-National Force - Iraq official web site, BAGHDAD I was probably two feet from my door of my truck when I heard gun fire and it felt like someone just cracked me in the right shoulder blade with a hammer said Spc. Matthew Mortensen, of Olathe, Kan.

Burma to buy Russian MiG planes

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 01:30 PM PST

Russia has signed a contract to deliver 20 MiG-29 fighter planes to Burma, according to Russian media reports.

Dear Non-Jewish Kids: THERE IS NO SANTA

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 01:10 PM PST


Why Apple Can't Kill Cable

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 12:50 PM PST

The hidden intent of the new TV plan

Hot Water Treatment Eliminates Rhizoctonia from Azalea Cutti

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 12:10 PM PST

Rhizoctonia, a fungal disease that can be found in many ornamental plants, can be eliminated in azalea by placing plant cuttings in a hot water treatment, an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist and his university collaborator have found.

Tidings of Comfort

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 11:50 AM PST

Imperfect as it is, the health care reform bill, which will likely become a law, will make America a better country.

APOD: 2009 December 25 - A Graceful Arc

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 11:30 AM PST

A different astronomy and space sciencerelated image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.

The 6 Stupidest Things Ever Done With Historic Treasures

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 11:10 AM PST

Hey, a mummy! We needed a paperweight, right?

50 Of The Biggest Moments Of 2009

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 10:50 AM PST

One word, two meanings. Moment as in momentary, an event or passion that is here, now, quick — then gone. Bush's last press conference, Madoff's comeuppance, a presidential puppy, Tiger's bad lie. Steroid scandals, swine-flu panics, airplane pilots good and bad. Already these fragments have the memorial feeling of snapshots in an old shoe box.

Internet Use Up Dramatically - Is Anyone Surprised?

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 10:30 AM PST

Over the years the average hours spent online increased from 7 hours in 1999 - 2002, to between 8 and 9 hours in 2003 - 2006. In 2007, it increased to 11 hours. Last year (in October after the financial crisis broke and before the presidential election) Internet users were online for 14 hours a week, double what it was from 1999 to 2002.

Sledding Kid Faceplants Hard on Ice

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 10:10 AM PST

Sledding fails are one of the seasons greatest joys. Somebody should tell this kid that the 90s called and they want their neon jumpsuit back.

Scientists 'decode' memory making

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 09:50 AM PST

US scientists believe they have uncovered one of the mechanisms that enables the brain to form memories. Synapses - where brain cells connect with each other - have long been known to be the key site of information exchange and storage in the brain.

A Christmas Carol: The Best & Worst Versions [w/ VIDs]

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 09:30 AM PST

There's no use trying to hide it -- we're a sucker for A Christmas Carol. Any version of it can grab our attention; we've read the original countless times; the magic is always there. So on Christmas Eve, as you settle down to see whether you'll be visited by three spirits, let's take a look at the best and worst versions of "A Christmas Carol".

Mind-Game Movies Mark ’00s Cinema of Paranoia

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 09:10 AM PST

The decade defined first and foremost by 9/11 yielded a bitter, brilliant Cinema of Paranoia. A new breed of brooding, believable superheroes inhabited worlds ripped from the pages of comic books — worlds that seemed more believable on the strength of exponential advances in increasingly photorealistic CGI.

Seriously Ridiculous Skills-Tricks with a Tape Measure [VID]

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 08:50 AM PST

Not sure what value to building a house this contractor's tape measure tricks have but -- as far as tape measure tricks go -- they're awesome.

Oldie But Goodie: Troops (Cops/Star Wars)

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 08:50 AM PST

COPS gone Star Wars...

Carter Offers Olive Branch To Jews On Israel

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 08:50 AM PST

Former President Jimmy Carter apologized for any words or deeds that may have upset the Jewish community in an open letter meant to improve an often-tense relationship.

Iraqi bomb blasts leave 23 dead

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 08:30 AM PST

At least 23 people are killed and scores are wounded in a series of bomb blasts in Iraq, some targeting Shia Muslims.

That's unbelievable! That's impossible! That's---NO WAY!!!

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 07:59 AM PST

Photo taken in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Sorry Fans, Mr. T Will Not Appear In The A-Team Remake

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 07:58 AM PST

I'm disappointed as well. Was hoping to see the original B.A. throw some punk through a sugar glass window one last time.

Boy Reunited With U.S. Dad After 5-Year Court Battle

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 07:10 AM PST

A Brazilian family has delivered a 9-year-old boy to his American father in Brazil. The boy was brought into the U.S. consulate Thursday by his maternal grandmother and his stepfather, making it into the compound's front door as scores of reporters and cameramen tried to get close.

The Best 30 Games of the Decade

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 06:50 AM PST

The DAMNLAG Team has decided to take you down memory lane, and rank the best thirty gaming experience to come from this great gaming decade.

"Reason" Editor Suggests His Own Magazine Is Lying About HC

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 06:38 AM PST

Health care reform opponents on the right have been a beacon of intellectual dishonesty.

Otters Cause Flight Delay In Houston

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 06:30 AM PST

Two otters are responsible for causing a one hour and 20 minute delay for a Continental Airlines flight that was heading from Houston to Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday. Yes, Otters.

xkcd: Christmas and Birthday!

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 06:26 AM PST

I know this feeling (mine is near). :(

BBC Science news highlights of 2009 (w/VIDS)

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 05:40 AM PST

It was the year we learned of a spectacular smash-up in space, and scientists working on the world's biggest physics experiment delighted at collisions of an entirely different sort. The BBC's science reporter Paul Rincon looks back at the twists and turns of a year in science and the environment.

Is Kim Kardashian worth $10,000 per tweet?

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 05:00 AM PST

Some might question her apparent celebrity status, however Kim Kardashian certainly seems to have acquired some pulling power. According to a report out this week, the U.S. socialite allegedly commands up to $10,000 for every tweet she posts on her Twitter account as part of her contract with in-stream advertising company Ad.ly.

House Rep. stole voter data before defecting to GOP: Dems

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 04:56 AM PST

A US House representative from Alabama took voter registration information from Democratic Party offices before defecting to the GOP, the Alabama branch of the Democratic Party says.

Challenge to all Hackers: Miracle on Thirty-Hack Street

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 04:55 AM PST

If you can hack, see if you can crack this. Christmas challenge Miracle on Thirty-Hack Street is in part from the classic 1947 movie, Miracle on 34th Street. Yet it has a modern-day twist. In this tale, you'll analyze some Facebook accounts to see if you can draw out the secrets needed to decrypt a file...

The sexiest Video Game babes of 2009

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 04:55 AM PST

Where we throw caution to the wind and post 56 pictures of sexy game-related babes

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