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SLEEP WHEN YOU'RE DEAD • STILL NO MOVING SIDEWALKS • WHISTLEBLOWERS WANTED • ANOTHER VICTIM OF GOD'S SENSE OF IRONY • LIONS 2, GOD 0 • CORNER OF ALEXANDER ST. AND ALEXANDER AVE. • I-READ-IT-ON-TH

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SLEEP WHEN YOU'RE DEAD

A chance discovery at a hospital in the United Kingdom has found that sleeping pills can sometimes wake patients from a coma. So far, the strange effect has been documented on three semi-comatose patients who have become conscious for several hours at a time after being given a common sleeping drug called zolpidem. The drug has allowed the patients to wake up and talk to their friends and family for a few hours before the effect of the drug wears off. "The effect is amazing to say the least," said Dr. Ralf Clauss, who accidentally made the discovery when he tried to calm down a vegetative patient who was experiencing restless movements, but was shocked when the patient woke up 15 minutes after the drug was administered. A drug company in London is now working on creating a version of the drug specifically for the purpose of waking semi-comatose patients after which clinical trials will begin. The doctors hope that a slow-release formula could be created that would allow patients to remain permanently aware. (Nature.com)

STILL NO MOVING SIDEWALKS

Check out Techeblog.com for a cool Web site called "The Top 10 Strangest Gadgets of the Future." Among all the hi-tech virtual über-geek wizardry displayed on this site are a few of my favorites, which enhance the simple pleasures of life. For example, number five is a toaster made of heating glass in order to allow you to see your bread getting toasted inside; number four is a self-cooling beer can that can turn a tepid can of warm beer into a refreshingly frosty beverage in only three minutes; and at number one, the strangest gadget of the future will be the "On Target Video Game Urinal," which will allow you to dispose of that chilled beer in the best possible way ...

WHISTLEBLOWERS WANTED

One of the best sources of alternative information is from the NewsTarget network of Web sites (NewsTarget.com, CounterThink.org, TechnologyNews.info, TruthPublishing.com), which recently put out a call for whistleblowers to help expose the corruption and criminal activities of the medical system. If you work for a drug company, federal regulator, health insurance company, hospital, junk food manufacturer or any other organization related to health, Truth Publishing will be reviewing and compiling legitimate documents and recordings and release them in the near future for the public record. According to the Web site, "conventional medicine is about to have an Enron moment, and whistleblowers have a rare opportunity right now to help expose the fraud of drug companies, the FDA and the entire disease mongering system known as conventional medicine." Get more details at NewsTarget.com/019395.html.

ANOTHER VICTIM OF GOD'S SENSE OF IRONY

A few weeks ago we heard the sad tale of five children who were killed by lightning while praying at a large metal cross in the town of Santa Maria del Rio, Mexico. This week a woman in Alabama barely escaped with her life after she was hit by lightning while she was praying to "God" to keep her children safe during a very strong thunderstorm. (wsbt.com)

LIONS 2, GOD 0

More proof that it's a big universe and God doesn't have time for your little shenanigans: A Russian man climbed into the lion's enclosure at the Kiev zoo shouting, "God will save me, if he exists." According to zoo officials, "a lioness went straight for him, knocked him down and severed his carotid artery." This story is strangely similar to one from two years ago when a man at the Taipei Zoo in China climbed into the lion's den and tried to convert the animals to Christianity. At least God was kind enough to spare that man's life. As they say, don't try this at home. (Reuters)

CORNER OF ALEXANDER ST. AND ALEXANDER AVE.

The multi-millionaire who has been dubbed "Britain's Vainest Man" has bought an entire town in Bulgaria and plans to name it after himself. Scott Alexander, 31, bought the coastal resort town for around $5.5 million and plans to build hotels, apartments and casinos on the property. "I've decided to call it Alexander," he said. "The Bulgarian name is difficult to pronounce." (The Independent)

I-READ-IT-ON-THE-INTERNET-SO-IT-MUST-BE-TRUE FACT OF THE WEEK

Overzealous nose-picking can rupture the nasal membrane and create a blood clot in the brain, which can lead to death.

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