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ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE Wednesday, December 3, 2014
A November story from Leigh-on-Sea, England, reported a Senegal parrot (apparently feeling restive with its owners on holiday) managed to pick two locks on its cage and fly away. The second lock had been installed as insurance after an earlier …
CRY FOR HELP Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Mr. Jenya Bolotov, 26, a Russian, became an Internet sensation in November (on Facebook, YouTube and several news sites) by releasing photographs showing a seven-year obsession with modifying his face to resemble that of a platypus. He stretched …
After consulting with the FBI, military and state law-enforcement and security agencies, the sheriff of Dickson County, Tennessee, concluded his only option to rescue his departmental records database from malicious malware was to pay a $500 ransom …
HOLEY HAT Wednesday, December 3, 2014
In the U.S.'s fourth reported case, a state issued a driver's license even though the applicant was photographed wearing a colander (as a "religious covering," the only "hats" legally permitted in such photos). Jessica Steinhauser said the motor …
ARIES: November 5-11 Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Shape-shifting is a common fairy tale theme, says cultural historian Marina Warner in her book From the Beast to the Blonde. “A rusty lamp turns into an all-powerful talisman,” for example. “A humble pestle and mortar become the winged vehicle of the fairy enchantress,” or a slovenly beggar in a dirty donkeyskin transforms into a radiant princess. I foresee metaphorically similar events in your life soon. Maybe they’re already underway. Don’t underestimate the magic that is possible.
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The former TV meteorologist-turned-activist on why you should give up meat.
TAURUS: November 5-11 Wednesday, November 5, 2014
The scientific term for what happens when you get a headache from eating too much ice cream too fast is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. Be on guard against such an occurrence in the coming week. Watch out for other phenomena that fit the description of being too-much-and-too-fast-of-a-good-thing. On the other hand, you shouldn’t worry at all about slowly getting just the right amount of a good thing. Enjoy your pleasures with grace and moderation; you’ll be fine.
Kara Pound tests out health and beauty trends so you don’t have to
GEMINI: November 5-11 Wednesday, November 5, 2014
“Pregreening” is a term for what impatient drivers do as they are waiting at a red light. They partly take their foot off the brake, allowing their car to creep forward, to establish some momentum before the light changes to green. I advise you to avoid this type of behavior in the coming week – both literally and metaphorically. Pregreening might make sense by, say, Nov. 15 or 16. But for now, relax and abide.