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How Much Does It Cost To Be Batman?

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Category: Entertainment

From www.centives.net

The total bill? $2.8 million to show the criminal scum that the city doesn’t belong to them. However, if you decide that you’re willing to take the risk and order just one graphite helmet rather than 10,000, you can strike terror in the hearts of criminals for just $806,386.

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Super Silent Owl Drone

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Category: Military

From www.wired.com

For spy tools, drones are pretty easy to spot. And hear, because they’re as loud as a gut-busting rock concert. But now the intelligence community’s research division, Iarpa, plans to start designing a silent drone inspired by quiet, creeping, flying owls.

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What Romney Is Hiding By Refusing To Release His Tax Returns

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Category: America

From www.businessinsider.com

This structuring, which (let′s be honest) is done primarily to avoid paying taxes, will look bad to most Americans, who will know instinctively that it′s done to avoid paying taxes and that it′s not something they will ever be able to afford to do--and, therefore, will seem unfair.

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The Strongest Man in History?

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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Category: Sports

From www.newyorker.com

When Shaw set down the dumbbell and walked away, Sorin ran over to find him in the crowd. “His eyes were huge,” Shaw recalls. “He said, ‘Can you do that again?’ And I said, ‘Of course I can.

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Is Mitt Romney Going to Go the Way of Thomas Dewey in ′48?

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Category: Politics

From hnn.us

In 1948 Thomas E. Dewey thought he had a good opportunity to run a well-managed but cautious campaign. Dewey had seen evidence of the public’s discontent in the 1946 congressional races, which produced big gains for the GOP.

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Grading Cocoa: Sweet Work if You Can Get It

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Category: Business

From finance.yahoo.com

Although a small percentage of the world′s cocoa is purchased through exchanges, ICE says it must ensure that the beans are of commercial-grade quality because traders who buy cocoa futures sometimes ask to receive the actual beans to fulfill the contracts.

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Wounds and Scars - Guernica

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Category: America

From www.guernicamag.com

On August 26, 2011, 68-year-old Vernon Traversie was admitted to the Rapid City Regional Hospital in South Dakota for emergency double bypass surgery. After his operation, Traversie, who is blind, discovered that he had been brutally mutilated while under anesthesia.

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Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond?

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.theatlantic.com

The diamond invention—the creation of the idea that diamonds are rare and valuable, and are essential signs of esteem—is a relatively recent development in the history of the diamond trade. Until the late nineteenth century, diamonds were found only in a few riverbeds in India and in the jungles of Brazil, and the entire world production of gem diamonds amounted to a few pounds a year.

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It′s as if women never even got the vote

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Category: Society

From www.lrb.co.uk

The first thing to say about this decade’s multi-million-selling contributor to the art of terrible writing about sex is that she will not easily be mistaken for Andrea Dworkin. It’s not that Fifty Shades of Grey and E.

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Letters of Note: Regarding your dam complaint

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Category: America

From www.lettersofnote.com

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.

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Pistorius: a hero, yes, but not an Olympian

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Category: Sports

From www.spiked-online.com

Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee athlete who runs on prosthetic carbon fibre blades, should be given every word of praise going and celebrated as an outstanding example of human resilience and prowess.

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