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The Length Of Your Fingers Can Predict SAT Performance, Scientists Say

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2007-05-24 07:42.

A quick look at the lengths of children's index and ring fingers can be used to predict how well students will perform on SATs, new research claims.

Kids with longer ring fingers compared to index fingers are likely to have higher math scores than literacy or verbal scores on the college entrance exam, while children with the reverse finger-length ratio are likely to have higher reading and writing, or verbal, scores versus math scores.

45% Of Americans Let Vacation Days Slip

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2007-05-23 10:57.
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Almost half of American workers did not take all of their vacation days last year, even though many reported being "burned out" by their jobs, according to a survey conducted by Yahoo Hot Jobs.

The online recruiter said 45 percent of the 1,800 respondents did not use all of their days off for 2006, while 39 percent said they were too exhausted to take a "real" vacation.

Guess What Happens To Your Phone Bill When You Send 6,807 Text Messages In One Month

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2007-05-22 11:16.
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Sofia Rubenstein, 17, got in trouble the way a lot of teens do these days.

Her incessant text-messaging racked up a huge phone bill on the family's wireless plan.

"It's whatever pops into my head. There's no stopping it," she said. "Sometimes I'll be on the phone with someone and I get texted, and then I'm having two conversations at once."

Racers Take Wrong Turn, Run 3 Extra Miles

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2007-05-22 09:12.
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A controversy surrounds the finish to the 10K run during the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. A wrong turn sent about 200 runners in the 10K race the wrong way Sunday. So instead of running 6 miles, they ran 9 miles. That means the person who won the race may not be the real winner.

BP Station Clerk Finds $10 Bill, Buys $1M Winner Lotto Ticket

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2007-05-20 08:10.
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Kristina Schneider tried to persuade a customer at the BP station where she works to buy the last ticket on a roll of the Magnificent Millions lottery game.

"I always joke that the last ticket is the winning one, but he said he only had enough money for three tickets," Schneider said.

This time, her advice was no joke.

The single mother — with nine maxed out credit cards and $8,500 in debt for her associate's degree — bought what turned out to be a $1 million winning ticket with a $10 bill she found in the store Friday.

Fla. Lottery Says Man's $500,000 Scratch-Off Ticket Appears To Be Misprint Rather Than Winner

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2007-05-18 06:34.
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The Florida Lottery is refusing to pay a $500,000 prize until it can inspect the $20 scratch-off ticket, which officials said Thursday appears to be a misprint.

Joe Curcio, 56, says he got the ticket at a service plaza Sunday on Florida's Turnpike.

The Gold Rush ticket has the numeral 1 on the top row and a numeral 1 above the $500,000 scratch-off piece, making the ticket appear to be a winner. But when Curcio had it scanned, the ticket's bar code indicated it wasn't.

10 Dumb But Very Profitable Internet Business Ideas

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2007-05-17 08:36.
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1. Million Dollar Homepage

1000000 pixels, charge a dollar per pixel – that’s perhaps the dumbest idea for online business anyone could have possible come up with. Still, Alex Tew, a 21-year-old who came up with the idea, is now a millionaire.

2. PickyDomains

European Soccer Star Names Have Been Used To Promote Vibrators

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2007-05-16 08:47.
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A German sex toy firm is to pay German football stars Michael Ballack and Oliver Kahn 50,000 euros each after it used their names to sell vibrators.

The stars sued the firm Beate Uhse because it sold special World Cup vibrators called "Michael B" and "Olli K" last year without their permission.

The damages - £34,000 ($67,000) for each player - were awarded in Hamburg.

Ballack is a Chelsea midfielder, while Kahn is the Bayern Munich goalkeeper.

Watch An Ad, Get A Drink Free

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2007-05-15 09:08.
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THIRSTY Japanese will soon be able to drink coffee or other drinks at a low price or even for free - as long as they watch a 30-second ad on the vending machine.

Vending machine operator Apex Corp will start a service next month to turn its machines into a new medium for advertisers, who will pick up the partial or full cost of the non-alcoholic drinks.

Apex runs 35,000 vending machines across Japan that serve drinks in paper cups, generally priced at 70 to 120 yen (60 cents to one dollar) a cup.

Bar And Grill Offers $5 All-You-Can-Eat Deep Fried Testicles Special

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2007-05-14 10:18.
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Around here, it may be tough to pass up anything deep-fried.

Wisconsinites have deep-fried cheese curds, candy bars and Twinkies. They now have deep-fried livestock testicles, too.

More than 300 people paid $5 for all-you-can-eat goat, lamb and bull testicles Saturday at the ninth annual Testicle Festival at Mama's Place Bar and Grill in Elderon in central Wisconsin.

"Once you get over the mental (aspect) of what you're eating, it's just like eating any other food, and it tastes good," Buster Hoffman said.


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