10/20 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

Why do older men have hair growing in their noses and ears? In the song "Hotel California," what does "colitas" mean? 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.

Find out what George W. Bush would be doing in a sane parallel universe at American Idle.

Califone, Dosh, and Keith Sweat are just a few of the acts playing in town tonight. Check out Chuck Terhark's City Planner at Culture To Go for a complete itinerary.

We remember the first Italian woman to win an Olympic gold medal at Corpus Obscura.

THESE DAYS

The U.S. government has changed the spelling of the Ukrainian capital from "Kiev" to "Kyiv" to better reflect local pronunciation of the ancient city.

The U.S. has adopted a new space policy that rejects future arms-control agreements and claims a right to deny access to space to anyone "hostile to American interests."

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

DeMarco discusses the situations in Somalia, Argentina, and North Korea, as well as other socio-economic and political issues on the international scene at Shining Light in Dark Corners.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS (CONSUMER EDITION)

Tori Amos hawking Kellogg's Just Right breakfast cereal wearing humongous shoulder pads.

Tabasco Pepper Sauce is made from a variety of pepper called Capsicum frutescens, first recorded in 1493 by Dr. Chauca, the physician on Christopher Columbus's voyage. Learn more interesting facts about ordinary products at Wacky Uses.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"He leads in a way that the good Lord tells him is best for our country."

— Marine General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, blaming God for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's job performance


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