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29 July 2008

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RANDOM STUFF

–A former astronaut claims aliens really do exist.

–Dateline Austria: Hail in the Pooper.

–This is just weird.

“My knife is bigger than your knife”

–This is scary stuff. Time to start using a Bluetooth headphone.

–Want to boost the Amazon rating on a pre-1961 book? Get that book in Don Draper’s hands.

–If you’re a bridesmaid at an upcoming wedding, I have a question for you. What would make an ideal bridesmaid gift? Expensive piece of jewelry? Weekend getaway? How about a MANDATORY BOOBJOB?!

But for every accommodating pal, there’s another who feels going under the knife is beyond the duty of bridesmaid. Becky Lee, 39, a Manhattan photographer, declined when a friend asked her — and five other attendants — to have their breasts enhanced. “We’re all Asian and didn’t have a whole lot of cleavage, and she found a doctor in L.A. who was willing to do four for the price of two,” said Ms. Lee, who wore a push-up bra instead.

(Use bugmenot.com for a new password if that New York Times login doesn’t work. This is a must-read.)

WHIMSY

–This’ll put a smile on your face.

POLITICS

–Based on this sample size of two, it seems clear that Johns love Obama.

–I’m guessing the words, “You want a piece of me, old man?” never actually came up. Looks like Oliver Stone’s upcoming biopic about W could be fun, though.

McCain’s impressive list of flip-flops.

I’m an Obama supporter, and I have to acknowledge that it would take a while to compile all of the Illinois Senator’s flip-flops too. Apparently flip-flops have become as acceptable for presidential candidates as they are college freshmen stumbling to a 9 a.m. Intro Psych class.

–The Bush White House’s track record of malfeasance, with the help of some pretty colors.

–I love crazy people.

–I mean I like 24 and all, and Kiefer’s dad is probably the world’s most famous Expos fan, but…really?!

–Good stuff as always from Glenn Greenwald.

BASEBALL

–Peter Gammons not only throws Manny under the bus. He backs over him, repeatedly. Felix-Joba-itis!

–The recent Barry Bonds to the Yankees rumors brought me back to this increasingly prophetic old gem from The Onion.

–Great story on Seattle Mariners play-by-play man Dave Niehaus and his visit to Cooperstown with his wife for his Hall of Fame induction weekend. Niehaus has been the Mariners play-by-play since Day 1 of the franchise, coining some memorable catch phrases along the way (Most famously: “Get out the rye bread and mustard, Grandma, it is grand salami time!”).

Congrats to the Goose!

–Of course this just means it’s time to crank up the Tim Raines for Hall of Fame campaign again.

FOOD

–The Economist argues that there is an upside for humanity in the rise of food prices.

FOOTBALL

–A surprisingly large number of my sports-loving friends don’t like football. Many of those friends don’t gamble on the sport, play fantasy or have a big allegiance to one team, by far the three biggest reasons for liking the sport (sorry, it just doesn’t measure up to baseball, basketball or countless other sports on aesthetic merits alone). I’ll say this, though: If the A11 Offense ever takes off, it would change the minds of a lot of haters.

LINK(S) OF THE DAY

We’ll call it a tie between “Nitram Odarp” and “Oh, No Questions Asked”.

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