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The Daily Word in a very personal End of the World, a broken carcass eater and antiquing in "the Burq"

The Dallas Morning News has an article about antiquing in Albuquerque, or "The Burq" as locals apparently call it. (Hat tip to Duke City Fix for spotting this.)

Give the man a hand and a leg up. Because his severed hand was grafted to his ankle for safe keeping until it could be reattached, and therefore puns are in order.

It may not quite be Mission Impossible, but the secret bidding war to repatriate long-lost Hopi artifacts to the tribe was still pretty cool.

The End of the World has finally come for Doomsday prophet Harold Camping.

Stores like Toys R Us are going to stay open for nearly 100 straight hours in the run up to Christmas. So you can get your toy shopping done at 3am on Sunday night if you're the creepiest person on the planet.

New Mexico Agriculture Department's huge, two-story tall "animal carcass grinder/digester" is still not working. And thank God, I say, because that sounds terrifying.

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The Daily Word in black Santa, garbage fruit and ruined dog breeds

Nope, UNM didn't blow up yesterday.

There's a downside to putting your church on wheels: somebody might steal it.

Britain has a special holiday gift for China: £45 million worth of pig semen.

How to be a reverse racist, an instructional video.

Meet the durian, the spiky king of fruits which smells like delicious, delicious garbage.

Eight examples of how purebred dogs have been ruined.

It turns out that asking questions like "If Santa Claus is a black man, wouldn't all the presents be stolen?" doesn't really help the cause of diversity.

V.19 No.47 | 11/25/2010
Josh Slotnick surveys his family farm outside Missoula, Mont. New legislation could require small growers like him to build cost-prohibitive industrial facilities.
Ari LeVaux

Food for Thought

Farm vs. Factory

Congress will soon vote on the most significant piece of food legislation ever passed. Here's some of what's at stake.

Produce, milk, meat, eggs, nuts and all manner of processed foods have made people sick in recent years, and Congress has been understandably itching to cook up a big pot of food-safety legislation. The result, Senate Bill 510, is likely headed for a vote soon in the lame-duck session.

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V.19 No.30 | 7/29/2010
Tour organizer Jennifer Dwyer’s backyard is wind-powered.

Mina's Dish

Urban Gardens Flourish in the Duke City

2010 Coop and Garden Tour July 31 through Aug. 1

Jennifer Dwyer launched the Albuquerque Chicken Coop Tour two years ago. Her idea was to connect people who raised chickens with people who wanted to know how to do it themselves. That first year, a handful of curious people visited around a half-dozen locations. By 2009 some of the visitors had become chicken ranchers, and new visitors numbered nearly a hundred.

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V.19 No.29 | 7/22/2010
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

Crop Art

Reviving an ancient farming tradition starts at home

Sarah Montgomery holds an ear of corn in each hand.

"These look like two ears of white corn to most people," she says. "But they're totally different."

Montgomery is the founder and director of The Garden’s Edge, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable agriculture within the state and in Guatemala. A central piece of that puzzle is preserving an ancient farming technique that's endangered: seed saving.

The corn in her left hand is Hopi, she explains, a dry land variety from New Mexico. "Farmers plant it far underground to get the moisture, and the seed is adapted to getting rained on only a few times a year." The other ear is Guatemalan. It's the Hopi corn's opposite, she explains, which is eager to soak up tropical rains and moisture. "Each one is adapted to its particular bioregion."

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V.16 No.34 | 8/23/2007

Culture Shock

Flying Femmes

Hanging from an aerial hoop performing slow feats of strength and flexibility wasn't enough for Contraband Velour. Doing it in three-inch heels (though most hoop artists won't wear shoes) wasn't enough either. Velour, aka Connie Wind, will perform blindfolded Friday, Aug. 24, during the Femme-O-Lition Derby at the KiMo Theatre.

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