Monday, February 12, 2007

Scientists to save 5,000-year-old embrace - Yahoo! News

Scientists to save 5,000-year-old embrace - Yahoo! News: "In a
Valentine's Day gift to the country, scientists said they are determined to remove and preserve together the remains of a couple buried 5,000 to 6,000 years ago, their arms still wrapped around each other in an enduring embrace."


Yesterday I watched an X-File rerun entitled Field Trip, which included an overhead shot of two skeletons in an embrace -- an image that was very nearly identical to the photo in this Reuters news story.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

In Space, No One Can Hear You Go Completely Bat-Shit Crazy

And in a story about the Right Stuff gone terribly, terribly wrong:

Astronaut in bizarre kidnap plot in Florida court - Yahoo! News: "Police allege Nowak drove 950 miles from Houston to Orlando -- wearing adult diapers so she would not have to stop to urinate -- and disguised herself in a dark wig, glasses and trench coat to confront her rival, Colleen Shipman, who according to media reports is a captain in the U.S. Air Force."

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Molly Ivins dies of cancer at 62 - Yahoo! News

Molly Ivins dies of cancer at 62 - Yahoo! News: "'Naturally, when it comes to voting, we in Texas are accustomed to discerning that fine hair's-breadth worth of difference that makes one hopeless dipstick slightly less awful than the other. But it does raise the question: Why bother?' she wrote in a 2002 column about a California political race."

I love Molly Ivins' political writing. She was a loud, brassy, unabashedly liberal voice, a thoughtful, perceptive thorn in the side of pomposity. She was the Anti-Coulter. She will be missed.