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Good Morning, ! Saturday, Nov 17, 2007
The great tragedy of Science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. --- Thomas H. Huxley Those who agree with us may not be right, but we admire their astuteness. --- Cullen Hightower
Peter and Kate were looking at a new living room suite in the furniture store. Peter says to the salesman, "We really like it, but I don't think we can afford it." The salesman says, "You just make a small down payment... then you don't make another payment for six months." Kate turned on him with her hands on her hips and demanded, "Who told you about us!?"
During an award ceremony the wife of Spain's ambassador to Washington asked former Sen. George Mitchell if he could make his speech a bit longer, since the ambassador had still not arrived from the airport. Mitchell replied: "I spent years in the U.S. Senate, Madam. I can speak on any subject for any length of time -- especially on a subject about which I have no particular knowledge."

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Howard County Police officers still write their reports by hand, and the data is entered later into their database. One theft report stated that a farmer had lost 2,025 pigs. Thinking that to be an error, the data entry tech called the farmer directly. "Is it true, Mr. Smith that you lost 2,025 pigs?" she asked. "Yeth," lisped the farmer. Being a Howard County girl herself, the tech entered: "Subject lost 2 sows and 25 pigs." Thanks to Deeli's Bonehead reports: An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to Ryann Jean Stafford, 26, of Meridian, Idaho Burned Bison November 9, 2007 - Meridian, Idaho - AP A southwest Idaho woman accused of setting fire to a mounted bison head at her ex-husband's home faces arson charges. Police arrested Ryann Jean Stafford, 26, Thursday on a charge of third-degree arson, a felony. Investigators said Stafford and her former spouse got into an argument at his home. But after he left the house, police said Stafford began throwing objects and then used a lighter to ignite the mounted head. Another person who lives at the home extinguished the fire. A judge has set bond at $100,000 and Stafford is being held in the Ada County Jail. The maximum penalty for third-degree arson is 10 years in prison.
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From the Tech Support Pits: From: Sophia Re: Laptop Keyboard Dear Webby, Your web site is wonderful. I love it. It's humorous, clean, helpful in technology and inspirational. It lifts up my spirit lots of times. Many times when I felt down, I went to your web site, read some philosophical excerpts, humors, special news here and there, watched some rare photos, read the tech support, I learned something, I felt better. Thank you very much for your great work to create this web site. I have a question regarding my laptop, I hope you could help. Two buttons of my laptop are stop working: the period button and the arrow up button. When I press them, they don't function at all. What can I do to fix this problem? I really hope you could help. Thanks again and have a nice day! Sophia Dear Sophia That would depend a lot on what brand and model laptop you have. If it is still under warranty, they will replace the keyboard free. If it is not, most likely you will have to buy a new keyboard. Usually laptop keyboards are not repairable. Personally, I use regular keyboards with laptops. They are much faster, easier on the hands, and cheap to replace. When buying a keyboard, first measure your carry-on and see how long a keyboard you can fit into it, then buy the biggest that will just fit in. Usually, the wider a keyboard is, the faster and easier it is on your hands. An example I use: The DELL 310-8475 keyboard is 44 cm (17 3/16inches) long and nicely fits into almost any carry-on and many laptop cases. It has a smooth and fast key action and at $15, it is a bargain compared to most laptop keyboard replacements. It is good and sturdy and does not suffer from rough traveling and wild environments. It also handles a hotkey KVM switcher quite nicely. I am using it to switch between two computers by tapping the numlock key twice, instead of moving from one keyboard to the other. Have FUN! DearWebby

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Little Nancy wailed over her doll, crushed by car tires when her mother had backed over it. Finally, her mother had heard enough, "Don't come crying to me. I told you not to leave it on the porch!"

Deeli's Kudos November 16, 2007 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa - AP A cat named Oreo is being credited for nipping a carbon monoxide leak in the bud. Jeanie Probst said her cat began to act strangely since she began using her heater in the past couple of weeks. ''He came out here yelling,'' Probst said. Oreo would run in circles under the vent or jump onto the back of a chair, stare at the register and make loud noises, she said. ''It was one of those scary meows,'' Probst said. Once the heat would go off, Oreo would act normal again. Probst said she and her boyfriend began to realize they were getting headaches and feeling tired. They called MidAmerican Energy, which discovered the furnace was pumping carbon monoxide into their Cedar Rapids apartment, and a technician fixed it. ... e-leak.htm

There was this city doctor who started a practice in the countryside. He once had to go to a farm to attend to a sick farmer who lived there. After a few house calls, he stopped coming to the farm. The puzzled farmer finally phoned him and asked, "What's the matter? Didn't yuh like me er somethin'?" The doctor said, "No, it's your ducks at the entrance. Every time I enter the farm, they verbally insult me!"

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Daily tip from Christmas Pasta Crafts For Kids Turn your kids loose with various sizes and shapes of pasta, a bottle of glue, and some glitter! They can create beautiful snowflakes, angels or more! It works best to glue the projects on small sheets of wax paper so you can peel the wax paper off after the project dries. Glue made from flour and water works fine not just for antique furniture, but also for most kids crafts. It can even be tinted with food coloring. As an added benefit, unlike Crazy Glue it can not be used to glue the obnoxious little sister's hands to the outsides of the toilet bowl. By the way, any pasta art "kit" should also have a few strands of soft cooked spaghetti for line art and "Stained Glass" type pictures. DearWebby Check out ThriftyFun's Blog at also has a newsletter. If you want more than just one tip per day, or if you want to share your tips, then you can subscribe to it here:ThriftyFun Highly recommended ! If you like the list, you can vote for it here:

It is almost impossible for the human mind to comprehend such size and distance. And yet, our galaxy is just the beginning of what is in outer space! There is something even more staggering. It is this: So many galaxies have now been detected that it has been said they "are as common as blades of grass in a meadow." About ten billion galaxies are in the observable universe! But there are many more beyond the range of today's telescopes. Some astronomers estimate that there are 100 billion galaxies in the universe! And each galaxy may contain hundreds of billions of stars! You have no problem grasping that, right? But if I tell you that the paint on the door is not dry yet, you have to touch it to confirm that.

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