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  • A Swedish man was forced to have his penis amputated after waiting more than a year to learn he had cancer.
  • I suppose that’s not a bad way to think about the urban expedition we were on: a taxing, baffling, five-day journey into New York’s underground, the purpose of which, its planners said, was to expose the city’s skeleton, to render visible its invisible marvels. The trip’s conceiver, Erling Kagge, a 47-year-old Norwegian adventurer, had ascended Mount Everest and trekked on foot to both the North and South poles. His partner, Steve Duncan, a 32-year-old student of public history, had logged more than a decade exploring subways, sewers and storm drains. Last month, the two of them forged a new frontier: an extended exploration of the subterranean city, during which they lived inside the subsurface infrastructure, sleeping on the trail, as it were.
  • Duncan, master of the “Undercity” (you can find his photographs at Undercity.org), had arranged a trek with Nordic explorer Erling Kagge. Kagge, who is in his late 40s, has completed the trifecta: He has summitted Everest, hiked the South Pole, and he was the first man to walk alone to the North Pole. He’s killed a charging polar bear with a shot from a handgun. Looking a bit like Thor, Kagge showed up in a cherry-red sweater with a big white furry heart.

    “I’m always asking myself why I can’t remain sitting in my chair,” he said, changing into some webbed long underwear at midnight on a freezing Bronx street corner. “I’m not always waiting for the answer. I think most people underrate the possibilities to fulfill their own dreams. So I think much more is possible in life than people seem to believe. We’re all born explorers.”

    He called the underground hike a trip “through New York’s subconscious.”

  • “As a huge Tarantino fan, I’m excited to have the opportunity to pay tribute with a XXX rendition,” said director General Stone. “It’s important to me to note that while we use the word parody due to the popularity of the term, Reservoir Dogs XXX will be more of an homage or retelling. We cast on acting ability first in order to create a real movie supported by the sex, not dependent on it. Each of the girls is amazing and will deliver a memorable performance.”
  • Craig Venter invents first known synthetic life,”Synthia” just a month after a laser/Swat/Halliburton team blew up the Deepwater HORUS-Zion (Horizon) accident
  • In 1972, Colombian psychiatrist Miguel Echeverry published a book arguing that hippies were not a youth subculture but the expression of a distinct mental illness that should be treated aggressively lest it spread through the population like a contagion.

    I found the book, called Psicopatologia y Existencia del Hippie (Psychopathology and Existence of the Hippy), in my local library and it turns out to be one of the most surprising psychiatry books I have ever read.

  • Need to protect your iPhone from everyday cuts and scrapes? Have a soft spot in your heart for testicles? Just feel like your iPhone needs betesticling?
  • “It was for a whole pack of cigarettes,” says Brizendine, now 47.

    No, it was for a single smoke, corrects Annie Brizendine, the woman who made the trade, took the infant in and later adopted and raised him.

    It was Oct. 17, 1963, when Nancy Keller walked into a mobile home park near Lockheed Air Terminal, now known as Bob Hope Airport, and knocked on the door of the trailer in Space 1.
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    “She was carrying Danny in a little seat. She said, ‘I’m going to trade you a kid for a weed.’ That’s what they called cigarettes back then,” remembers Annie Brizendine.

    Brizendine didn’t smoke, but her sister, who was visiting that day, did. Her sister pulled out a pack of Pall Mall filters and Keller took one and handed over the baby she was carrying.

  • Another day, another racist freakout over non-white superheroes. But unlike the hilariously dishonest racism we saw when the Council of Conservative Citizens called for a boycott of Marvel’s Thor movie on account of a mythical Norse god’s depiction as a black man, a recent round of conservative attacks on Nightrunner — DC’s Muslim Batman of Paris — are prejudicial in a more insidious way. While the CCC put forth a laughably tenuous justification for their outrage, it was with respect to one specific character in one specific context. The argument against Nightrunner, led by conservative blogger Warner Todd Huston, is based on the bigoted belief that a Muslim superhero is by definition an exercise in deceitful political correctness, and that Muslims are natively evil.
  • Convicts in federal jails could get free heroin or needles if a report from a group of MPs is implemented.

    A report from the Commons public safety committee calls for “harm reduction” which could include an expansion of free drugs for inmates in federal prisons.

    “We didn’t get into specifics,” said Liberal public safety critic Mark Holland when asked if his party would support needle exchanges or safe injection sites in prisons. “We’re simply saying to the government they have to do more.”

    “We have a huge problem with infectious disease in our prisons,” Holland said.

  • Two San Francisco residents who caught graffiti vandals red-handed will receive $250 rewards from the Department of Public Works.

    In the first case, on March 11, the resident spotted vandals tagging a wall near Mission and 18th streets and called 911. He trailed the vandals along Mission Street and identified a suspect to police officers, who made the arrest and gathered photo evidence.

    Good Samaritans can get hundreds of dollars for helping to catch graffiti vandals.

    Department of Public Works

    Good Samaritans can get hundreds of dollars for helping to catch graffiti vandals.

    A second check went to a resident who reported a vandal spray-painting the trailer of a truck on March 21 near Fulton Street and 44th Avenue. The vandal dropped the can and ran but police took him into custody.

  • George Dusenbury, commissioner of parks and recreation, which is leading the effort says, “It’s not a graffiti czar. As a city, we’re working toward goals of eliminating graffiti.”

    So wait, how does Dusenbury define “graffiti”? “If you don’t have permission to do it, it’s graffiti. We know there are a lot of people who want to express themselves, while also recognizing there are people who don’t want paint on their buildings. We’re not trying to go after art. Our Office of Cultural Affairs has done a good job of recognizing the artistic component of what others consider graffiti.”

    One other thing: The city is giving the OCA until Jan. 17 to come up with a comprehensive (though not guaranteed) list of “legitimate” art that should be spared. That’s about three weeks — over the holidays — to carry out an inventory of thousands of works across the city. By our estimation, it could take more like three months to do the process justice.

  • TOXIC WASTES from A to Z is a parody of children’s alphabet learning aids which runs alphabetically through a list of toxic pollutants. Employing colorful designs and patterns in a deceptively simple lighthearted manner, engaging the attention of the viewer. 2min12sec. color 8-bit
  • On Bailando por un Sueño, the Argentinian equivalent of Dancing with the Stars, stripping the dancer, baring her breasts, licking them, and finger her nether regions are apparently not against the rules. How can we import this show?
  • Arrested this week for allegedly masturbating while seated next to a teenage girl on an airplane flight, the 50-year-old suspect told police that he was actually massaging and itching himself because he had spilled Tabasco sauce on his penis.
  • The Navy said Sunday it will investigate “clearly inappropriate” videos broadcast to the crew of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in which a top officer of the ship used gay slurs, mimicked masturbation and opened the shower curtain on women pretending to bathe together.
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  • One by one they have revealed what life was like behind the glittering façade of the Playboy Mansion. According to them, it disguises a grubby world where some girls feel they are no ­better than prostitutes, paid pocket money by an octogenarian obsessive who funds plastic ­surgery to turn them into his physical ideal, and yet must still take huge amounts of Viagra to manage sex with them.
  • A group of New York City Sanitation supervisors is under investigation for allegedly buying booze and chilling in their cozy department car for hours Monday night after the blizzard stranded a bus and three snowplows blocks away.

    The city’s Department of Investigation is probing the incident after witnesses said four snow blowers blew off their duties to get blitzed, buying two six-packs of beer from a Brooklyn bodega. The workers then walked five blocks to their car, which was in 20 inches of snow in the middle of 18th at McDonald avenues near the F train entrance, passing the stuck bus and idle plows on 18th Avenue between Third and Fourth streets.

    The four remained in the idling sedan until morning — then told their bosses they could do nothing about the blizzard because they had run out of gas, one witness said.

  • “For me it’s something really special. I was eating at the Halal Subway sandwich shop on Normanton Road and this tomato slice fell out from my sandwich.

    “I noticed Arabic writing that appeared to be from within the tomato, constructed from its veins or venation – the botanical term for plant veins.

  • Survival Under an Atomic Attack, produced by Castle Films for the United States government in 1951, is one of the first official, post-war civil defense educational films issued. It, along with Duck and Cover and seven other movies ordered by the Federal Civil Defense Administration (FCDA) that same year, sought to sell the public on the notion of safety-through-preparedness. The common feature shared by all nine of these early Cold War films is a naïve and unwarranted optimism. There were, of course, many other civil defense movies that followed over the course of America’s long struggle with the Soviet Union.

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