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November 1, 2006

X-Men Wanted, Robot Cars and Space Elevators, Smells Like Royalties, and More...



Hey you, crazy freak of nature with the bizarro telekenetic powers ... it's time to break out of the asylum and go earn your riches. Uri Geller has announced the creation of a reality show in which he will seek an up-and-coming "paranormal protege" to follow in his footsteps as a "world-famous celebrity psychic." Geller says the TV show, to be produced in his home country of Israel, will follow the format of American Idol and the winner will be the person with the most "riveting and amazing" performance. In fact, the act doesn't even have to be paranormal in any way, and simply impressing Geller with a cool party trick might be enough to win. "This is not a show where people have to prove to me that they are for real," Geller said. "I just want to be amazed." (Reuters)


If you've been planning to win some money this year with your mad skills as a science geek, you might want to shift your work away from robot-driven cars and move into the field of space elevators. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced last week that a $2 million grand prize which was awarded last year to the winners of a robot race through the Mojave desert will be replaced by three shiny trophies for the winning teams. What a thrill! But there's still a chance to win some money if you can figure out how to build a robot that can climb up a 60,000-mile-long space elevator at a minimum speed of one meter per second. The winning robot will win $150,000. (AP/NewsTarget)


Elvis Presley has finally been knocked off the throne as the world's top-earning dead celebrity. The new champion is Kurt Cobain, who managed to earn $50 million between October 2005 and October 2006 despite being completely dead. Forbes Magazine has compiled the list for the past six years with Presley taking top spot for the first five years. Cobain's win came thanks to Courtney Love selling off 25 percent of Nirvana's song catalog to the music publishing company Primary Wave (and I, for one, am looking forward to hearing Kurt's great tunes in a spaghetti commercial). After Cobain and Presley, the next highest-earning dead folks were Charles Schulz, John Lennon, and Albert Einstein. (


It must be nice to have too much time on your hands. Like whoever it is that has started the Church of Google, at According to these uber-nerds "a convincing argument can be made stating that the search engine Google is the closest mankind has ever come to experiencing an actual Deity. It is the ultimate bridge between people and information." Check out the "PROOF!" page, which claims that Google is omniscient, omnipresent and immortal, answers prayers, remembers all and can do no evil. Proof No. 8 also claims that "there is more evidence for the existence of Google than any other God worshiped today."


Hypocrisy is funniest when it's so obvious you'd need an IQ smaller than your shoe size not to see it. Which makes an article called "Blogs and God's Youth" truly hysterical. In this blog entry, Kevin D. Denee of the Restored Church of God Ambassador Youth site argues that expressing your opinion on blogs leads to evil. At one point in his lengthy post, Denee lays down the law. "Let me emphasize that no one--including adults--should have a blog or personal Web site," he says. You can read his blog at


Scientists have discovered that the queens of bee, ant and wasp colonies that have the most sex with the largest number of males produce the strongest and healthiest colonies. The research found that promiscuous and lengthy sex marathons undertaken by a queen created greater genetic variations in their colony which helps protect them from debilitating diseases. (New Scientist)


A Russian man has claimed to have broken the world record for fasting by going for 50 days without food. After the 50th day, Agasi Vartanyan held a press conference in order to berate reporters for not covering his world record-breaking attempt. "I feel offended because my efforts did not attract much attention," he complained. (AP)

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