A. 2004 in Review Recent events have made 2004 a particularly tragic one for many people. Many websites have posted reviews of the past year. Here are a few of the more unusual retrospectives ... 1. "2004 Year-End Google Zeitgeist" <http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist/archive2004.html> <http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist2004/intl-zeitgeist.html> "Search patterns, trends, and surprises according to Google" 2. "Top 10 Net Hoaxes / Urban Legends of 2004" <http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/internet/a/top_10_uls.htm?nl=1> 3. "Film Threat's Frigid 50: The coldest people in Hollywood 2004" <http://www.filmthreat.com/Features.asp?Id=1265> 4. "The biggest movie mistakes from 2004" <http://www.moviemistakes.com/bestof2004.php> 5. "Some unusual statements in the news in 2004" <http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2004/12/22/793896-cp.html> 6. "Least popular baby names for 2004 revealed" <http://www.thevoiceofreason.com/2004/Dec/LeastPopularBabyNames2004.htm> [Don't take this one too seriously] B. December Postings Reprised [Order in the House] * "'Bloody' MPs do as they please" <http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200311/s998308.htm> "The Speaker of South Australia's Parliament has ruled that it is accept- able for MPs to use the word 'bloody' in the House but they still cannot say 'please'." [Cunning Disguises] * "Santas giving away marijuana" <http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1209010.html> "Police in Rio de Janeiro have arrested two drug dealers dressed as Santa" * "Make-believe NATO soldiers rob security van" <http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200412/s1256934.htm> "Thieves masquerading as NATO soldiers have stolen a million euros ($US1.3 million) from a Bosnian security van on the last day of the alliance's peace mission in the country" [Caught Napping] * "Man takes squad car, crashes, sleeps" <http://www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/news/breaking_news/ 10433460.htm> "An armed robbery suspect used the arrest of his partner as a diversion to steal a new patrol car, crash into a ditch, break into a woman's home and then fall asleep on her couch" * "Thief falls asleep after robbery" <http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1218104.html> "A burglar in Argentina fell asleep inside the house he was robbing" [Smelly Stories] * "Lawyers sue over smelly courtrooms" <http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1217059.html> "Romanian authorities are facing a legal challenge from some of the country's top lawyers over courtrooms they say smell like stables" * "Couple 'poisoned' by sofa awarded damages" <http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200412/s1267834.htm> "A Norwegian court has awarded a young couple 356,000 kroner ($US57,700) in damages after the stench of their Italian leather sofa made them physically ill and forced them to move out of their apartment" * "Germany's smelly Xmas cards" <http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1205353.html> "Germany's post office is giving away millions of free scented stickers this year to make Christmas cards smell of honey and fir trees" * "Britney 'stinks'" <http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1205228.html> "Britney Spears caused a real stink when her smelly feet gassed a plane full of people" [Jailbreaks] * "Twins swap identities for jail break" <http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=348571> "Brotherly love was put to the test this week after two 18-year-old identical twins swapped their clothing and traded places so that one could escape jail" [Impromptu Crimefighters] * "Woman fights off intruder with a poker" <http://www.galvnews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=e6792c1f3b748e00> "Authorities said the woman grabbed a fireplace poker and began to strike the man with it. When the man tried to get away from her, she began grabbing his clothes and tearing them off"
Monday, January 3, 2005
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