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The Daily Word in dinosaur erotica, reading along with David Bowie, and yes, the government shutdown

Day 2 of the government shutdown, and it looks like it will only get worse before it gets better.

Especially if you're a kid with difficult-to-treat cancer.

But hey! At least congress will still get paid!

To take your mind off of it, read about several alternate endings that Breaking Bad writers kicked around. Basically, different horrible things happen to different horrible people.

If you're too high-brow for that, you could check your favorite-books list against David Bowie's.

Or maybe read some "dinosaur beast erotica" if that's your thing.

But definitely check out this lake that turns animals into stone.

RIP Tom Clancy, master of the political techno-thriller. I bet Jack Ryan could use his testosterone-powers to get those congressional malingerers back to work.

V.22 No.25 | 6/20/2013

Idiot Box

Extinct Species

“Primeval: New World” on Syfy

By Devin D. O’Leary
Dinosaurs return (but the original cast doesn’t) in “Primeval: New World” on Syfy.

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Science

¡Viva la Science!

When tiny arms became crooked legs

Big Bird is a terrible example to us all, at least when it comes to bird anatomy. Check out those gams and you’ll see why. Like humans, real birds are bipedal, but their legs aren’t straight up and down. Instead, bird legs zigzag in such a way that birds are essentially in a permanent crouch, using their muscles to resist gravity. We humans don’t have to do that―our weight is borne passively on our straighter frames.

But of course, we can’t fly. The crouching posture peculiar to birds, says a recent study published in Nature, has everything to do with their evolution from dinosaur ancestors into animals capable of flight.

Previously, it was believed that the bird stance came about as a way for bird bodies to balance as massive T-Rex-style tails disappeared. Using 3-D digital reconstruction, however, the authors of the study determined that the key change was actually in the size of those adorable dinosaur arms. According to co-author John R. Hutchinson:

The tail is the most obvious change if you look at dinosaur bodies. But as we analyzed, and reanalyzed, and punishingly scrutinized our data, we gradually realized that everyone had forgotten to check what influence the forelimbs had on balance and posture, and that this influence was greater than that of the tail or other parts of the body.

Read more about the evolutionary adaptation that made bird flight possible here.

video games

Webgame Wednesday on Friday! Jurassic Heart

What kind of person mashes up a Japanese dating sim and dinosaurs? A crazy person, obviously. But that shouldn't stop you from checking out Jurassic Heart, a ridiculous, thunder lizard-themed game that has you trying to pick up on high-school-aged dinos. Of course, being a Japanese dating sim, it’s wordy as hell. But this short taste of the genre is good for a chuckle.

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The Daily Word in Obamacare, bath salts and UFOs

The Supreme Court upholds health care reform. Read the decision.

CNN and Fox News biff it.

Lady doesn't return "Twilight" book, spends night in jail.

20 people have died on motorcycles in New Mexico this year and still no helmet law.

Wildfire in Colorado burns hundreds of houses.

Miami face-eater was not on bath salts.

Syria's high court bombed.

One-third of Americans believe in UFOs.

Dinosaurs were maybe not cold-blooded.

Julian Assange is going to turn himself in.

B.J. Novak, temp Ryan on "The Office," is leaving the show.

The agent behind the Fast and Furious gun sting speaks about why it was a good idea.

25 things you didn't know about Full Metal Jacket.

"The Star Wars That I Used to Know."

"Mad Men" are assholes in tie clips.

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The Daily Word in marriage rights, Romney the bully and breastfeeding

Justice Department accuses infamous Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio of trampling civil rights in his district.

President Obama announced his support for full marriage equality, but New Mexicans don’t see it happening anytime soon.

There were Christian same-sex unions in the 10th century, says anthropologist.

Kid fell into the zebra exhibit.

Former APD union boss arrested and charged with domestic violence.

With few protections in the state, some people wind up purchasing land from folks who don’t own it.

Mitt Romney was a bully and a cutter of hair he didn’t like.

A man in his undies stabbed his computer with a samurai sword while police were looking for child porn.

Time magazine’s breastfeeding cover.

What would it be like if pterosaurs walked the Earth right now.

Fancy business types are annoyed by the way Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg dresses.

Fundamentalist Phoenix high school forfeits championship baseball game because the other team had a girl on it.

South Korea accuses North Korea of jamming GPS signals for civilian flights.

This dog is ready to play.

Double-face white shark coffee table.

Hack your triggers.

Humpback whales defend baby gray whale from orcas.

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The Daily Word in Google glasses, Pussy Riot and feathered dinos

Biologist to argue for year-round cougar hunting in N.M.

Augmented reality glasses.

Heinrich v. Balderas on the drug war and Mexico.

Death Star v. Borg Cube.

Los Alamos National Lab put all of its environmental monitoring info into a public database.

Sky News says it hacked into people’s emails.

No police at Lobo Village, just private security.

The best of rappers on game shows.

The real reason gas costs so much.

Amnesty International says Russia shouldn’t continue to jail Pussy Riot—a female punk rock performance troupe.

Federal judge rules that it’s discriminatory to deny insurance benefits to same-sex couples.

Snakehead is one nasty looking fish.

These great big dinos used to have feathers. Cute.

Is brain food for real?

Toys you used to have that are worth a lot of money now.

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The Daily Word in Mitt's taxes, State of the State and recall in Wisconsin

It's all good guys, Mitt Romney probably pays 15% in taxes.

State House Speaker Ben Lujan has lung cancer and will not seek re-election.

Someone threw a smokebomb at the White House.

Why are your favorite websites dark today?

Governor Martinez emphasizes education and tax cuts in the State of the State address.

LAPD is treating the human head found in a bag near the Hollywood sign as a possible homicide.

Listen to this audio recording between the captain of the Costa Concordia and the Coast Guard. Then watch this night vision video of the ships evacuation.

Over a million signatures collected in Wisconsin to recall its Republican governor.

Los Angeles City Council approves measure requiring porn actors to wear condoms.

Joe Paterno has never heard of "rape and a man" before.

The FDA says black licorice can be bad for your health. And it's gross.

Cheer up liberals.

The Palestinian Muppets need to have a telethon.

If dinosaurs were alive today, what would they look like?

A lost animated version of The Hobbit by Gene Deitch has been rediscovered.

This Angry Brides game sounds about right.

Hello, is it me you're looking for?

MEGA PARTY!

8 things the Internet ruined.

Happy Birthday Danny Kaye!!!

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The Daily Word: 8.5.11

Facebook, assaulting Philly buses, kidnapping babies, and weasels planning for the future

Rio Rancho bank robber still on the loose.

Gunmen shoot up Phillu bus.

Mark Zuckerberg's sister leaves Facebook.

Officials kidnap babies in China.

Head of India's Congress Party had surgery in the United States.

Juno to Jupiter!

Perhaps Obama didn't lose to GOP.

A seven-year-old kid's prehistoric blog.

Mac vs. PC.

South American weasel-like animals plan for the future.

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The Daily Word: Weinergate, Motorboating A Reporter, Breaking Bad Season 4 Trailer

Weinergate continues to gain steam after Rep. Weiner's angry exchange with reporters.

Albuquerque middle school student dies from head injury he suffered on campus.

Sarah Palin met Donald Trump in New York for a crazy person pizza summit.

Los Lunas pastor arrested and charged with sexual assault.

F-16s scrambled after midflight fight.

E. Coli tainted cucumbers spread across Europe.

ACLU fights to get porn into South Carolina prisons.

Attorney General Eric Holder orders HBO to make at least one more season of The Wire.

ZOMG! Breaking Bad season 4 trailer!

Miami Heat win the first game of the NBA Finals.

Good news: those rumored Blake Lively nude photos are fake.

The world’s oldest mathematical object.

Reactions from people who don't know what The Onion is.

New spiny-headed Cambrian anomalocaridid revealed by scientists.

Rampage Jackson tries to motorboat a reporter during a post-fight interview.

Interrupting old man is my new hero.

DC Comics hits the reset button.

Rapper Sean Kingston is in stable condition after jet-ski accident.

The 13 best lawyers in comic books.

In praise of that guy who was always screaming on old comic book covers.

First 3 minutes of True Blood season 4!

Happy Birthday René Auberjonois!!!

V.20 No.19 | 5/12/2011

Feature

7 Ancient Wonders

Stories as old as the hills

Ghost Ranch, Bandelier, Sandia Man, Acoma, Chaco, Aztec Ruins and Quarai Ruins

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