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Dan Phiffer: All the water in the world.


Discover Magazine: Japanese Roots.

"Like Arabs and Jews, Koreans and Japanese are joined by blood yet locked in traditional enmity."


Onion Radio News: Exxon Paleontologists Call For Increased U.S. Fossil Production.


USA Today: Gunman kills 6, self in Northern Illinois University campus shooting.

"The first shots were fired just after 3 p.m. during a geology class led by a graduate student."


Joke email from a colleague --

A Physicist On Valentine's Day

Every Friday after work, a physicist goes into a bar, sits in the second-to-last seat, turns to the last seat, which is empty, and asks a girl, who isn't there, if he can buy her a drink. The owner, who is used to the weird local university types, always shrugs but keeps quiet. But when Valentine's Day arrives, and the physicist makes a particularly heart-wrenching plea into empty space, curiosity gets the better of him, and he says, "I apologize for my stupid question, but surely you know there is NEVER a woman sitting in that last stool, man. Why do you persist in offering a drink to an empty space?"

The physicist replies, "Well, according to quantum physics, empty space is never truly empty. Virtual particles come into existence and vanish all the time. You never know when the proper wave function will collapse and a girl might suddenly appear there."

The owner raises his eyebrows. "Really? Interesting. But couldn't you just ask one of the girls who comes here every Friday if you could buy HER a drink? Never know -- she might say yes."

The physicist laughs. "Yeah, right. How likely is THAT to happen?"


Houston Business Journal: Mitchell Foundation starts energy initiative.

"Texas is the largest emitter of global warming pollution in the United States and, if it were a country, would be the seventh-largest emitter in the world, the foundation said."


I should mention something about Bobby Knight's retirement from coaching --

NYT: Knight's Greatest Hits.

> Good riddance!

Another reason to be glad I pay for a subscription to the Wall Street Journal --

WSJ (subscription): For Vietnamese, The Year of the Rat Starts With Lunch.

"Rat may taste like chicken, but with a tiny rat drumstick between your fingers, it's hard to pretend it really is." ...

"And despite a 1998 government ban on cat consumption enacted to control the rat population, felines are also sometimes eaten at some restaurants; on menus, they appear as ‘little tiger.’"

Walter Kessinger

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