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The Daily Word in superstition, general strikes and goats that are stoked

Does today trigger your paraskavedekatriaphobia?

Formal challenge lodged against Mexican presidential election results.

The state's lending authority may have faked its 2011 audit.

Martin Heinrich has a lead against Heather Wilson in recent polls.

Workers ratchet up protests in Spain.

What it feels like to survive an avalanche.

Irish "anarchy," i.e., religious riots.

Kofi Annan condemns Syria after new reports of atrocities.

Iran could have nukes within 2 years, says British intelligence agency chief.

U.S. funded ally in sub-Saharan Africa plays a part in destabilization of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Silvio Berlusconi, redux?

Here's your "Weird Renaissance Boob holder." You're welcome.

"I like surfing, so I figured the goats would like surfing."

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The Daily Word in making fake puke, political cartoonist beatings and hurricane Irene

Also, Japan's prime minister quit.

Japan's prime minister quits.

Is the US West coast next for a massive tsunami? This geographer thinks so.

A history of gays in the military and some moving firsthand stories.

The fake puke industry. Didn't know there was one? Read this.

Mexican police launch drug raids from inside US borders.

In some African countries mosquitoes and malaria rates are falling mysteriously.

Syrian political cartoonist is badly beaten and left on the roadside.

Learn about Ireland's history through 100 important objects.

C.I.A. demands cuts in memoir by former F.B.I. agent, bringing up questions about who gets to tell the 9/11 story.

C'mon Irene—hurricane threatens toward New York as the city battens down.

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Don't Get Gloomy, Get Bloomy!

Forget St. Patrick's Day, Bloomsday is a real Irish holiday.

All over Dublin (and everywhere else James Joyce is worshipped), celebrants relive the events of Leopold Bloom's life. (For those not in the know, Bloom is the fellow around whom Ulysses revolves.)

Now, I'll admit. I haven't read Ulysses but I have listened in on an out-loud reading of Finnegans Wake, a nonsensical trip through language. It's lovely and reading it alone is absolutely out of the question.

So, today, celebrate literature. Grab that Joyce you've been meaning to read off the shelf, take it into public and start reading! Bonus points if you do it dressed in tweed.

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The Daily Word 04.30.10: Vietnam War, Arizona, Frau Blucher

Giant oil slick has reached the Gulf Coast. No more offshore drilling for now.

The latest in lawsuits and boycotts directed at Arizona's pinche immigration law.

It's the 35th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. In Vietnam, they're marking it. Not so much in U.S., and that's a shame. Here are some images from the conflict.

Here's what the crazy wind did yesterday.

It's No Phone Day. Don't drive and mess around with your phone, jerks.

British stage play about Enron, called Enron, features raptors, Star Wars, song.

Fire in Boston subway.

This is how restaurants get you to leave.

Signs of Ireland's burst bubble: one in five homes is unoccupied.

It's Cloris Leachman's birthday! Yes!

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