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Car fans probably already know about Danny Botkin, the man so obsessed with DeLoreans he owns pretty much all there is to own of them. But they probably don't know He's planning to return the car to limited production. I saw a story segment on this guy a few years ago (Discovery channel I think), with him proudly displaying row upon row of DeLorean spares he'd purchased from the defunct company. It's nice to hear about him using them to bring the car completely back.
One of the best features of a well-designed program is it often allows users to do things the designers didn't originally intend. Like using Google Earth as a kind of sleuthing tool. I'm really interested in what the hell a Mirage III is doing in the parking lot of (what appears to be) an office building in a suburb of Paris. I wonder if they take orders?
Zimbabwe is to start circulating a new 200,000 Zimbabwe dollar note, in a bid to tackle the country's inflation, the highest in the world.  
 
The new note, issued by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe from Wednesday, can buy 1kg (2.2lb) of sugar.
Left-handed gene found
British researchers believe they have discovered a gene for left-handedness.  
 
The scientists, led by a team from Oxford University, have found that the gene LRRTM1 increases the chance of being left handed, but also may slightly increase the risk of developing schizophrenia.
Illegal music downloads rise
The number of people illegally downloading music is increasing, according to a report by Entertainment Media Research.  
 
In its fourth annual Digital Music Survey, the music research consultancy found that just under half of the 1,700 people it questioned were illegally downloading music tracks.
THE US President, George Bush, and Britain's new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, have emphasised that their nations are united by shared values and a deep commitment to defeat global terrorism.  
 
But Mr Brown also telegraphed his differences with Mr Bush over the issue, choosing to define the struggle as a fight against crime, instead of a "war on terrorism", and calling Afghanistan, not Iraq, the front line.
What is the devil's work?
eating souls
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The freaky origins of Christian rock.
Next time you see some young folks flexing their subcultural muscle, take a closer look. Along with the baggy hoodies or the four-fin surfboards, you might catch a telltale sign of the Risen Lord: an ixthus fish tattoo or a T-shirt that looks like the wrapper for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups but says, "Jesus: Sweet Savior."  
 
Traditionally, American fundamentalists resisted secular youth scenes and their sock hopping, sinful ways, but contemporary Christians believe that resistance is futile. Evangelist ministries and young believers have opted to enjoy pop culture's manic energy and style while splicing in inspiring messages and strict rules of moral conduct.
First appearing in cartoonist Elzie Segar's "Thimble Theater" comic strip in 1929, Popeye the Sailor made his debut on movie screens four years later. By the end of the '30s, he was more popular than Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse, according to a poll of theater managers at the time.  
 
Popeye's success was due, to a large degree, to the inventiveness of the Fleischer Studio, then the animation house of choice for Paramount Pictures. The New York-based studio, headed by animation innovator Max Fleischer and his younger brother, Dave, brought a quirkiness and eccentricity to the world of animation not seen in the work of its West Coast-based competitor, Disney.  
 
It is their Popeye cartoons, released by Paramount from 1933 to 1942, that established the character, and they will finally be available on DVD on Tuesday for the first time. Warner Home Video's "Popeye the Sailor 1933-1938, Volume 1," completely restored from the original black-and-white camera negatives, includes featurettes on the Fleischers' work and the characters and actors who appeared in the films, as well as rarely seen early silent animation works...
 
 
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Years ago when Seinfeld was a new television show, Jerry Seinfeld was still a touring comic. At the time, I was hanging around clubs doing open mic nights and trying to learn the ropes. One night I was in the club where Seinfeld was working, and before he went on stage, I saw my chance. I had to ask Seinfeld if he had any tips for a young comic. What he told me was something that would benefit me a lifetime...  
 
He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day. But his advice was better than that. He had a gem of a leverage technique he used on himself and you can use it to motivate yourself - even when you don't feel like it...
 
 
By Brad Isaac.
A Republican-backed ballot proposal could split left-leaning California between the Democratic and GOP nominees, tilting the 2008 presidential election in favor of the Republicans.  
California awards its cache of 55 electoral votes to the statewide winner in presidential elections — the largest single prize in the nation. But a prominent Republican lawyer wants to put a proposal on the ballot that would award the statewide winner only two electoral votes.  
The rest would be distributed to the winning candidate in each of the state's congressional districts. In effect, that would create 53 races, each with one electoral vote up for grabs.  
California has voted Democratic in the last four presidential elections. But the change — if it qualifies for one of two primary ballots next year and is approved by voters — would mean that a Republican would be positioned the following November to snatch 20 or more electoral votes in GOP-leaning districts.  
That's a number equal to winning Ohio.  
Democratic consultant Chris Lehane called the plan "an effort to rig the system in order to fix the election."  
 
"If this change is made, it will virtually guarantee that a Republican wins the White House in 2008," Lehane said in an e-mail.  
As far as sex goes...
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Thieves stole copper pipe from the state's largest food bank over the weekend, knocking out the freezer and cool rooms and potentially costing the agency a half-million dollars in perishable food and repair costs.  
 
The precise loss to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana wasn't known late Monday because workers were frantically trying to make repairs to minimize the loss of frozen foods, destined for hundreds of thousands of Central Indiana's neediest residents.  
 
By the time the thefts were discovered, 2,544 pounds of cheese already had risen above safe temperatures and had to be destroyed...  
 
Among the items lost: 3,482 cases of dairy products, 1,860 cases of half-pints of milk and 48,743 cases of produce. In all, 54,892 cases of frozen foods were in jeopardy...
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