8/11 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

Is there a pill that can turn water into gasoline? Does suppressing the urge to toot endanger one's health? You've got the questions, and Cecil Adams is the man with the answers, as we welcome The Straight Dope to City Pages every Friday.

Jim Walsh muses on life, death, and The Gilmore Girls at the Walsh Files.

G.R. Anderson Jr. gladly eats his own words regarding Justin Morneau at Balls!

Corey Anderson has his Friday Random Ten at American Idle. Be sure to add yours in the comments.

THESE DAYS

An international panel has unanimously recommended that Pluto retain its title as a planet, and it may be joined by other undersized objects that revolve around the sun.

Army and Air National Guard soldiers expecting to be rewarded with tuition waivers for their war duty under Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's "Welcome Home" bill were shafted by the Legislature as it ended its formal session without approving money for the waivers.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer has received an Achilles' tendon from the victim of a drunken driver.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Barrett Chase is a thirty-something mail processor and cartoonist from Duluth who blogs on vending machines, high school hairstyles, and Netflix woes at The Product.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Poems and songs about sewers [via Incoming Signals]

Classic Letterman: Chris Elliott spoofing William Shatner's spoken-word version of Rocketman

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"It has been suggested that it is linked to pre-Christian celebrations of a fruitful harvest and that the male goat or 'Puck' was a pagan symbol of fertility, like the pagan god Pan."

-- Jean Kearney, a spokeswoman for the Puck Fair, during which a wild male mountain goat is caught in the foothills of Carrauntoohill, Ireland's highest mountain, crowned King of Ireland, and paraded through the country town of Killorglin

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