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Pinch-hit Randoms

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  • While nobody likes to have their travel plans messed up, there are worse places to be "stuck" than a tropical island.

  • High-fives and butt-slaps all around to the folks from NASA and the European Space Agency for getting the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft to Saturn safely. A rocket scientist put this feat into perspective: "It's like teeing off from a moving flatbed truck going 60mph in Los Angeles and making a hole-in-one in New York."

  • Go Lance, Go!

  • Stress is good for you... and bad for you.

  • FDA gives the thumbs up for doctors to use leeches. As a
    medical device. No, really.

  • My friend Jill's weekend vigil worked. Coach K stays with the Blue Devils.

  • Rock-and-roll turned 50 yesterday. In related news, sales of Geritol and Grecian Formula appear to be increasing.

  • The idea of spending $1000 on fireworks sounds absurd until you see the joy on the faces of the kids watching them go off.

  • Monday's stage race in the Tour de France was 122 miles. The riders averaged 28 mph over that distance. And no, it was not mostly downhill.

  • Note to those creating citizenship test questions: It is incorrect to ask a question about a right "granted to" an American citizen. One salient feature of the American political system is citizens hold all rights unto themselves, granting privileges to a government that serves us. This may strike some as nit-picking, but I submit it's a mighty important nit.

  • If you've never had a garden infested with horsetails (called bottle-brush in some areas of the country), count yourself fortunate.

  • Polling data over the next couple of weeks will be important to those watching the Presidential elections now that we know the likely Democratic ticket.

  • In a previous article, I suggested one change a Democratic administration might make in drug approvals would be a requirement to demonstrate superiority over existing meds. Senator Edwards co-sponsored a bill last year to do just that.

  • Congrats to Thor Hushovd. He crashed nine miles before the finish line, but a big effort by he and his teammates made him the first Norwegian to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France.

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