The Village Voice: Sports: Nil and Void by Allen Barra
Here’s a good line:
I have no idea what the most popular sport is in Muslim countries; my guess is that baseball will catch on quicker in the Islamic world than soccer if only because their arms are in such great shape from throwing stones at U.S. embassies.
(Via Travelling Shoes, Anti-World Cup HQ.)
Blount man a Maytag-collecting fanatic
Well, I guess everyone needs a hobby. But this one?
Russian airmen back El Al pilot’s claim of missile flash
A missile was fired at an El Al plane in the Ukraine on July 4. I’m sure it’s all just a big coincidence.
`Frankenfish’ in Maryland pond horrifies anglers and environmentalists
Not only can it walk on its extended fins, it can live out of water for three days.
Run for the hills! Maybe it can’t climb!
USATODAY.com – Census: Fewer people do without indoor plumbing
Where do they dateline this story? “MOUNT WILLING, ALA”. They could go anywhere, but apparently when you think “No indoor plumbing” you think “Alabama”. (Me, I think “Mississippi“.) I should start a letter campaign or something for this slur on my state, which wasn’t even in the top ten for percentage of residents without indoor plumbing. (But Mississippi was.) Alaska had by far the highest percentage, but I can see why they didn’t want to go there. But why pick on Alabama?
AP Wire | 07/05/2002 | Fire ants adapt to cold weather
Well, that’s just great. Poison doesn’t kill them. They don’t have any natural enemies. And now it turns out they won’t freeze to death. We should probably just turn the entire South over to them right now.
Yahoo! News – George Michael Says He’s Not Anti-U.S.
I’d say that he said that because it wouldn’t sell well here, but he doesn’t have a US record deal, because he’s a has-been former pretty boy.
Laurence Simon — whose vented-up-ventings have burst out as well and are as usual excellent — wonders what the Egyptian Jihad could hold against other airlines. But this wasn’t a terrorist act, of course.
US authorities try to determine airport gunman’s motive
Oh, I don’t think it should be that difficult… Hey, I’m against racial profiling on principle. But when you have — I say again — an Egyptian guy who decides that as a birthday present to America and himself to go to the airport and start shooting Jews, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to make the assumption that this isn’t someone who’s upset about a bad relationship.