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V.23 No.37 | 9/11/2014

news

The Daily Word in Olive Garden, Chick-Fil-A and the destruction of the universe.

The Daily Word

I suspect I’ve been fighting the new unidentified respiratory virus for two weeks as of tomorrow.

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson comes clean with a racist email.

Stephen Hawking says the God particle could destroy the entire universe.

Behold the viking ring fortress.

Put a coin in dry ice.

Olive Garden offers you endless noodles for seven weeks.

The founder of Chick-Fil-A died.

Kate Middleton is pregnant again.

Will Bernalillo County commissioners put pot on the ballot?

The return of “Cops” makes some people angry.

The Grim Reaper spoke to KRQE.

Happy birthday, Aimee Mann.

V.22 No.44 | 10/31/2013

news

The Daily Word in Box Cutters, Boomerangs and Babies

The Daily Word

A math teacher was murdered with a box cutter.

Somebody put a dead baby on a conveyor belt at a recycling plant.

Hillary was heckled.

Iran could have the bomb in a month.

Brett Favre has memory problems at 44.

Drop it like it’s hot.

Music eases pain, according to a survey of people who like Elton John songs.

And what about boomerangs? How do they work?

Dude.

The discovered a cool Viking site in Scotland.

Don’t be hanging with your baby at a reggae concert. Mon.

Police seek the costumed Garcia’s robber.

And now for some important tax tips.

V.22 No.24 | 6/13/2013
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Science

Those Vikings Sure Got Around

¡Viva la Science!

Jasper fragment used for starting fires, found 33 feet from a North American Viking structure
Kevin Smith
Jasper fragment used for starting fires, found 33 feet from a North American Viking structure
The remains of an 11th-century Norse settlement found at L’Anse aux Meadows (on the northern tip of Newfoundland) are evidence of the first European presence in North America. That’s really cool, but it’s not news—the remains were found over a half century ago.

What’s news is that an American researcher from Brown University may have figured out a way to reconstruct a possible voyage undertaken by some of the people who lived there.

Keep in mind that the outpost at L’Anse aux Meadows, consisting of some timber-framed turf buildings, was only occupied for a maximum of 25 years. (And it might’ve been used for a mere two years—scientists just aren’t sure.) So hard evidence is pretty difficult to come by.

What Kevin Smith (the deputy director and chief curator of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, not the Clerks guy) found was that jasper fire starters found near one of the halls at L’Anse aux Meadows most likely came from Notre Dame Bay, 143 miles south of the settlement.

That suggests that Norse explorers left the outpost, went south, and arrived in an area of Newfoundland that’s known to have been heavily populated by the ancestors of the Beothuk people. If they did undertake such a voyage, it’s extremely likely that contact occurred between the indigenous people and the Vikings.

Of course, with so little evidence to go on, the story is largely speculation. It’s not known whether it happened at all, or, if it did, whether it was the very first contact between Europeans and North Americans, or simply a very early example of it. But it’s a lead that gives researchers another clue into the world as it was a millennium ago.

Sources: LiveScience and CBC News

V.22 No.11 | 3/14/2013
“Vikings” on History

Idiot Box

Whatever Floats Your Boat

“Vikings” on History Channel

History Channel, having exhausted the possibilities of Nazi-based documentaries, long ago turned its attention to reality television—both faintly historical (“American Pickers”) and not-at-all-historical (“Big Rig Bounty Hunters”). Sadly, they missed the window of opportunity on a Nazi hunter reality show. (Tracking down 90-year-old mass murderers sounds kinda depressing.) Now, the network is giving fiction a try with its first scripted, episodic series, “Vikings.”
V.21 No.15 |

NEWS

The Daily Word: Intelligent Space Dinosaurs; Keith Moon invited to the Olympics; The Mole Show; Viking movies

The Daily Word

Slow news day: Bernalillo County text-alert controversy.

Chemist wraps up scientific journal article with speculation about "intelligent space dinosaurs."

Santa Fe Trail bridge may be preserved.

London Olympics invited Keith Moon to play the closing ceremonies....

Most awesome five year old drummer EVER.

Watch The Residents perform "The Mole Show" in 1983.

Pin-ups and the pictures they were based on.

Picture of Johnny Depp as Tonto.

And now for something more offensive: I'm An Indian Too.

List of Viking movies and their historicity.

U.S. Secret Service agents behaving badly in Colombia; meanwhile, Obama says "drug legalization is not the answer to the drug war."

New York Times article about a family of city-dwelling red-tailed hawks, with "hawk-cam!"

Pictures of animals giving you a hard time.

On this day in 1912 the Titanic sank.

V.20 No.46 |

news

The Daily Word in football, ScarJo and the Vatican

The Daily Word

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.

Occupy Wall Street embarks on a nonviolent solidarity action, and has trouble with police in New York.

Art? Or stalking 14-year-old girls?

Avoid penile cancer by abstaining from bestiality.

Sexuality as a force for good.

The New Mexico Independent is done done. Almost exactly a year ago, the company got rid of its news team and hired part-time bloggers.

Mom of Sandusky's adopted son has concerns.

Clothing company folds under Vatican pressure and removes an ad showing the pope kissing an imam.

Politicians fumbling Spanish.

The people don't like Congress much these days. Know what that means? It's third-party time.

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.

Life on Europa.

V.19 No.46 | 11/18/2010

news

The Daily Word 11.29.10: Nielsen and Kirchner die, Johson and Finnegan fight, Picasso art, scientist bombs and Wikileaks.

The Daily Word

Leslie Nielsen died. So did director Irvin Kershner.

Watch the Johnson / Finnegan football fight.

There were bomb attacks on two Iranian nuclear scientists.

A French electrician has come forward with 271 never-before-seen works by Picasso.

Maybe the vikings visited the new world and brought back a beautiful native bride.

Wikileaks strikes again. Hard.

Michael Brea: Demon Hunter.

A deadly otter attacked a college kid.

Angeles Duran owns the sun. She is not stupid. She knows the law.

Spiderman on Broadway: the cure for liking Spiderman.

Dr. Laura has taken her racist rants to satellite radio.

Cyber Monday” is a term that was first kicked around in 2005.

Experts maintain the biggest enchilada now lives in Mexico, though it’s not necessarily the most delicious.

The perfect Albuquerque crime involving a Toys 'R' Us and a garbage bag goes hideously wrong.

54 people's lives were ruined in a joint effort between APD and themselves.

Johnny Mango talks about renaming.

Happy birthday, C. S. Lewis. Here, he explains the wardrobe with a nice chianti.

V.19 No.43 | 10/28/2010

news

The Daily Word 10.25.10. Dried blood, hiccups and cholera.

The Daily Word

Google admits it stole your passwords.

Cholera hits Haiti.

The Hiccup Girl is charged with murder.

The Packers beat the Vikings.

Louis XVI’s dried blood is inside a fancy gourd.

There’s a new Chaka-like bigfoot photo. There’s also a bigfoot video some kids took from a balcony.

I was a teenage al Qaeda guy.”

Randy Quaid is afraid he’s going to be murdered.

A one-handed model is all the rage in Europe.

Celine Dion had twins.

Bees smart.

An Albuquerque drug deal gone bad.

You can fly from Hobbs to Houston. So figure out how to get to Hobbs, my friend, and… next stop, Houston. Then next stop, back. Then back to Houston.

Do you hate the Lead and Coal Project?

Masshole didn’t know what an atlatl was.

Happy birthday, Minnie Pearl.

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