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They'll get my ray gun when they pry my cold, dead, eighteen-fingered hand off of it!

--Bill Hicks

26 November 2003

I quite like this very readable geological history of Long Island.

Long Island Sound is only about 11,000 years old -- born yesterday, by the standards of geology. But it runs deep into the distant past. In fact, experts say, were it not for a river that formed tens of millions of years earlier when dinosaurs were still roaming the area, the Sound probably wouldn't exist today and Long Island would be part of Connecticut.

The signs of the Sound's varied history are everywhere, if you know where to look. Under its muddy bottom are beach ridges that radiate from the waterway's center like bathtub rings and mark its gradual expansion as sea level has risen. Embedded in its shoreline cliffs are dark-colored ribbons of clay from a now-vanished freshwater lake. Buried deep in its sediments are the shells of animals that thrived when the Sound was a valley laced with streams, and deeper still are the shadowy vestiges of the ancient river channels that first carved the valley in the time of the dinosaurs.

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Death to all who oppose--oh, look! A bunny!
25 November 2003

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has done some research into Bellini's Feast of the Gods.

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This machine produces raw, untreated, primordial comedy.

--The University of the Bleeding Obvious

24 November 2003

Nobody believed me when I mentioned this Boston Globe review of the movie The Cat in the Hat, which stated, "If the producers had dug up Ted Geisel's body and hung it from a tree, they couldn't have desecrated the man more." The link is offered as proof.

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This movie needs more punching!

--Nick Nunziata
Lewis Cox III

22 November 2003

Meet the world's unhappiest dinosaur:

On October 23, a team of paleontologists and pathologists announced that they had discovered a massive, possibly lethal brain tumor in the fossilized skull of a Gorgosaurus, a 25-foot-long relative of Tyrannosaurus rex that lived 72 million years ago.

The tumor, possibly an unusual type of bone-forming cancer called an extraskeletal osteosarcoma, filled nearly the entire area formerly occupied by the cerebellum and brainstem and probably impaired the cerebrum, the part of the brain that controls thought and memory. “As the tumor grew, the dinosaur—a female perhaps three years old— would have forgotten where she left her last kill, and then she would have forgotten to go to the bathroom,” says paleontologist Peter Larson...

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Hermanos! The Devil has built a robot!

--El Numero Cinco, Angel

21 November 2003

It's been a while since I last pointed you towards A Miracle of Science. A lot has happened since then: See also pages 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, and 148.

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Welcome to the future: grow a tree - which was common on the supercontinent of Gondwana during the Mesozoic Era, and which once was believed to have been extinct for two million years - in your back yard.
Jessica Gothie

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Science can discover anything, even the airspeed of an unladen swallow.
Fred Coppersmith

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Ever wonder about the airworthiness of the USS Enterprise?
Craig Powell

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We're back, with a slightly redesigned page layout. Did ya miss me?

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