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THESE DAYS

A study of humans and chimpanzees has provided new evidence to support the theory that our ancestors evolved to walk upright for the simple reason that doing so saves energy.

Years before the war began, Pentagon officials knew of the effectiveness of a type of vehicle that better shielded troops from bombs that have killed 1,500 soldiers and Marines. But military officials repeatedly balked at appeals—from commanders on the battlefield and from the Pentagon's own staff—to provide the lifesaving Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Teresa Boardman blogs about condo rules, house prices by neighborhood, and absorption rates in the capital city at St. Paul Real Estate.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

From John D. Rockefeller to James C. Flood: The Wealthiest Americans Ever

Super-cheesy corporate music video from Apple circa 1984 (Irene Cara, call your lawyer)

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"This is bizarre, but this apparently was a normal occurrence."

— Edgewater (Fla.) Police Detective Heather Brady, on Edgewater city councilwoman Debra Rogers and her husband, Daniel Rogers, attempting to exorcise the demons out of their daughter by pouring olive oil on her while they held her hands behind her back. Police have recommended the State Attorney's Office file charges of battery and false imprisonment against the couple.


"Dolphins are easily excited when they sense people making love. They get jealous and bang their noses against the window."

— US Submarines president Bruce Jones, discussing the use of small, private submarines to indulge in deep-sea sex and the dolphins such action attracts


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