V.21 No.18 | 5/3/2012
A skeptic’s cosmic quest for a reason to believe in astrology
By Damon Orion
Astrology itself has never made a lick of sense to me. I’ve looked at this thing a million different ways, and I still can’t get my head around the notion that the planets are doing some kind of cosmic dance that eerily mirrors the fact that I just stepped in cat poop. As for the idea that the human personality is linked to the positions of the planets at the moment of a person’s birth ... well, I think I’d have an easier time swallowing a thumbtack milkshake.
V.21 No.13 |
The Daily Word in Earl Scruggs, Starbucks bugs and a billion stars
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Mar 29 2012 10:28 AM ]
Trayvon Martin's parents say video of George Zimmerman the night of the shooting show Zimmerman wasn't seriously injured.
Congressman tries to wear a hoodie on the House floor, gets escorted out.
CEO's saw pay raises last year.
KOB busts Housing Authority director getting her nails done on Fridays while driving the agency's car. She got a raise, too.
Jerome Block Jr. is on probation and out of jail.
Starbucks uses crushed bugs in Strawberries and Creme Frappuccinos.
Video of horses so weak they can't stand in Los Lunas auction house. Commenters say people bring them in that way because they can't take care of them.
If the Supreme Court throws out health reform, will Obama be re-elected?
A picture of a billion stars.
The pope and the Castros did not find common ground.
V.20 No.50 |
The Daily Word in Dear Leaders, political assassinations and President Palin
By Tom Nayder [ Tue Dec 20 2011 11:47 AM ]
China recognizes Kim Jong Un as North Korea's new leader.
Sunni chief denies ordering the deaths of his political enemies.
Sarah Palin thinks it's not too late.
A new casino may be coming to the fairgrounds.
Three local restaurants receive red stickers.
R.I.P. Captain America co-creator Joe Simon.
Should you get a QR-code tattoo?
Keep it cool guys, Jon Bon Jovi is not dead.
This youtube video about the Norwegian butter shortage will change your freaking life.
Keep those brain-eating amoebas out of your neti pot.
V.20 No.47 |
The Daily Word in Herman Cain, Patrice O'Neal and Voltron
By tom nayder [ Wed Nov 30 2011 10:13 AM ]
Police clear Occupy camps in Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
It was fun while it lasted Herman Cain.
Archbishop Sheehan says the Archdiocese will oppose Gov. Martinez's effort to repeal the law allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.
R.I.P. comedian Patrice O'Neal.
Alan Dershowitz solves the Middle East.
Horse meat may soon be coming to a menu near you.
R.I.P. father of RFID technology, Charles Walton.
Watch Felicia Day play with herself, IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK!
Kidnapper sues his former hostages for breach of oral contract.
When did mac and cheese become a black thing?
Guess what happens at the end of this Corvette street racing video.
Amateur astronomer takes picture of a new solar system.
Elderly man returns money he stole from Sears over 60 years ago, with interest. Awwwww.
Ray Bradbury's classic books are finally available as overpriced e-books.
Chris Meloni is in talks to join the cast of True Blood.
Terrible burglars caught on tape in the Northeast Heights.
Elvis Costello tells fans not to buy his expensive box set.
The only known copy of Walt Disney's Hungry Hobos cartoon starring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit goes up for auction next month.
Prepare yourself for the upcoming Voltron renaissance.
V.20 No.46 |
The Daily Word in football, ScarJo and the Vatican
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Nov 17 2011 9:01 AM ]
UNM hires ex-Notre Dame coach Bob Davie to be Lobo football's new boss.
APD fires belly-bumping officers who kicked a suspect in the head on video.
The toast sandwich is two pieces of bread around a slice of toast. It's the 150-year-old brainchild of Victorian food writer Mrs. Beeton.
Art? Or stalking 14-year-old girls?
Avoid penile cancer by abstaining from bestiality.
Sexuality as a force for good.
Mom of Sandusky's adopted son has concerns.
Clothing company folds under Vatican pressure and removes an ad showing the pope kissing an imam.
Google's getting into the music store biz. But there's no Prince. And no Zeppelin.
Katy Perry's Milli Vanilli flute fail.
Norwegians raise a viking ship using viking tools.
Is ScarJo a beard?
Some places in the world remain untouched by Facebook.
V.20 No.42 | 10/20/2011
Very Much Larger Array
By Elise Kaplan [ Thu Oct 13 2011 4:29 PM ]
No matter what you do or don't know about the Very Large Array, you knows it's large. Very large.
I picture ’70s-era scientists with wire-frame glasses and high-waisted bellbottoms throwing their hands in the air and proclaiming, “Screw it, I can't think of a name either. Let's just call it the Very Large Array.”
Now these scientists have another shot, with inspiration from a public contest. A decade-long restoration of the astronomical radio observatory facility is nearing completion, and it’s decided to throw out the old moniker for a newer, sleeker version worthy of 21st century technology.
Although the VLA will appear the same, the expanded capabilities will allow scientists to observe previously undetectable cosmic objects. A new radio telescope will be more sensitive and increase resolution and imaging abilities, according to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
Scientists and astronomers from around the world use the VLA to peer into the cosmos and see things such as a star exploding. While the expansion wont be completed until 2012, astronomers have already used new equipment to watch a black hole devouring a star last spring. Yes, they used the word “devouring.”
The total cost of the expansion was $97.99 million and came from the U.S., Canadian and Mexican governments as well as the National Science Foundation. Eight radio-telescope dish antennas will join the 27 existing dishes outside of Socorro.
Name suggestions will be accepted until Dec. 1 and winners will be announced on Jan. 10, 2012.
I'm hoping they go with Something Even Bigger.
The Daily Word in lions, commoners and mixtapes
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Oct 13 2011 12:14 PM ]
UNM students protest Chick-fil-A for donating money to groups that oppose gay rights.
Sarah the lion at the zoo has died.
KOB grills Occupy Albuquerque protesters for solutions.
“We have a permit. It’s called the Constitution.” —Occupy Boston.
Gov. Susana Martinez’ PAC took in thousands during the legislative session, though state law prohibits politicos from doing so directly.
Target promises to sell only sustainable seafood by 2015.
Gawker dubs FOX News article on funny, sexy women possibly the most horrifying thing ever written.
Top headline of the day: Why are these galaxies bending like crazy snakes?
Slutoween is coming!
King of Bhutan marries a commoner. Trendy.
Why some women are not getting married.
V.20 No.5 |
The Daily Word 02.09.11: Beer Marshmallows, Plastic Rice, Chicken Wyngz
By Tom Nayder [ Wed Feb 9 2011 9:01 AM ]
The House fails to extend the Patriot Act.
President Obama is having lunch with the GOP leadership today.
Governor Martinez is blaming NM Gas for the gas shortage.
School bus accident in Mississippi leaves 3 dead, and 60 injured.
Sources say production has begun on Apple's next-generation iPad.
Ever wonder what would it look like if Disney made a Superman cartoon?
I have a feeling this guy is getting fired.
Astrology has been re-affirmed as a trusted science in India.
Why isn't the liberal media covering the boneless wyngz controversy?
CNN admits it has a Fox Problem.
No one knows the reason why all Wells Fargo ATMs went offline this week.
Police find drugs in a man's penis.
Fox News calls Bulletstorm the worst game in the world.
Nerdy website overthinkingit.com analyzes 10 years of Law & Order episode outcomes.
Everything you ever wanted to know about Mike, the Headless Chicken.
Most distant galaxy yet has been discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope.
If I had ever successfully watched an episode of Dr. Who this flowchart may be more interesting.
Have a look at 14 of the most expensive meals in the world.
If you pirated a copy of The Expendables you should think about getting a lawyer.
Beer marshmallows? Beer marshmallows!
Family thinks they're buying a Dora the Explorer DVD, actually gets Bubble Butt Bonanza #17 instead.
400 Super Bowl ticket-holders who were screwed out of their seats are offered a pretty sweet deal.
10 things you you should know before you go furniture shopping.
V.19 No.49 |
The Daily Word 12.15.10: Stealing Organs, Stealing Chips, Stealing Booze
By Tom Nayder [ Wed Dec 15 2010 10:07 AM ]
Kosovo authorities may have harvested organs from prisoners of war.
YAWN! Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is Time's 2010 Person of the Year.
Is it racist to call a fatso fat?
Farmington city council approves a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana producers.
What were Richard Holbrooke's last words?
My new hero steals $1.5 million worth of gambling chips from the Bellagio.
The head of King Henri IV has been identified.
Dead man found in an RV in Deming.
George Clinton apparently no longer thinks sampling is cool.
Albuquerque teens steal car, vodka.
Dead gladiators were thrown out with the trash.
Titanium foam may soon help rebuild your bones.
This Korean fake girlfriend app will cheer you up, right?
The 60 best new Tumblr blogs of 2010.
Yes, this is a nativity scene made from pork.
Meet Iapetus, our solar system's weirdest moon.
V.19 No.48 |
The Daily Word 12.02.10: The exclamation point edition!
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Dec 2 2010 10:23 AM ]
Lobo Lucy was groped, according to APD.
No condoms for APS students, say emotional parents.
New major at UNM.
Interpol issues an arrest warrant for Dick Cheney. Ex-VP will be charged in a Nigerian bribery case.
Holy matrimony! Same-sex couples can't divorce in Iowa.
Ant-covered Jesus smote.
Usher Molests Inanimate Objects: A Guide
Eminem hoards Grammy nods for his tired b.s.
300 sextillion real stars!
V.19 No.45 | 11/11/2010
The Daily Word 11.10.10: Pissed-off students, the history of style, mysterious gamma ray bubbles, sausage bites
By Laura Marrich [ Wed Nov 10 2010 12:59 PM ]
U.K. students riot in the streets over fee hikes that would triple tuition.
Meanwhile, UNM academics won’t feel next year’s 5 percent budget cut, acting president Paul Roth indicated yesterday.
Not so at CNM. Several vocational programs will be cut in the fall.
Sara Lee will be swallowed by Mexico’s gigante food corporation Grupo Bimbo.
Mustachioed movie critic Gene Shalit is leaving “Today.”
The FDA unveils 36 proposed warning labels for cigarette packaging.
Two “huge, mysterious gamma ray-emitting bubbles” are sitting at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, astronomers say.
Gwyneth Paltrow thinks she’s a country music singer now.
Dunkin’ Donuts rolls out sausage-pancake munchkin thingies.
V.19 No.39 |
The Daily Word 09.30.10: Un-naked Santa Fe, Ochocinco Os, Color Me Badd
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Sep 30 2010 10:51 AM ]
Apartment fire kills a baby.
Albuquerque balloonists missing in Italy.
For all his talk of government spending, Jon Barela's company sure does like those film tax rebates.
A distant, Earth-like planet that may have life.
Canada's throwing out its anti-prostitution laws.
Drivers text anyway.
Tony Curtis died.
Lobo Club won't spend donations to buyout (fire) Locksley.
Chad Ochocinco cereal box accidentally advertises a sex-talk phone number.
Obama likes Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity.
AIG says it's totally going to pay us back.
The men of Color Me Badd tell their story.
It's OK to vote against stuff.
Does gargling salt water help anything?
V.19 No.28 |
The Daily Word 07.21.10: Trillion Dollar War, Deceit Rape, Eye-Rolling Outlaws
By Tom Nayder [ Wed Jul 21 2010 10:10 AM ]
After $1,000,000,000,000 (yes, a trillion dollars) do you feel safe?
Nineteen people arrested at a North Carolina school board meeting after a fight broke out over busing students.
The Senate broke the deadlock on jobless benefits.
Man arrested in Israel for deceit rape.
Most. Massive. Star. Ever.
Crafty serial killer caught in Washington DC.
Why did BP Photoshop its oil spill command center?
Rare Shri Lankan loris photographed for the first time ever.
Who owns Facebook?
Ice-T arrested in New York (not for pimping).
If we outlaw eye-rolling then only criminals will eye-roll.
Woman in Utah with two uteruses is pregnant with two babies.
Check out this security footage of a badass bank heist.
Playboy launches a non-nude website for guys who are afraid of boobs.
Cute animal being cute.
How to win at Rock Paper Scissors.
It looks like a tomato, but it's an apple.
Classic movies improved with a Mel Gibson voiceover.
V.18 No.53 | 12/31/2009
Once in a Blue Moon
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Dec 31 2009 5:45 PM ]
The second full moon to occur in a single month is called a blue moon. Every two or three years, we have one. Well, that’s the modern definition, and it’s actually based on a mistake made in 1946 in a Sky and Telescope article. There’s an older definition. Debate ensues.
The term “blue moon,” used to indicate an impossibility. These days, it more often means something is rare.
It won’t really be blue, though.
Some say this uncommon moon is auspicious (if you make plans under a blue moon, they will transpire, guaranteed). Others fear it’s foreboding (those plans may befall you in savage or unhappy ways). Some people think it’s no big deal at all. Hopefully, these folks are interesting in other ways. (Yeah, you heard me.)
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