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Scientist Needs $20,000 To Finish His Timetravel Experiment

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2007-04-13 09:40.
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The Seattle scientist who wants to test a controversial prediction from quantum theory that says light particles can go backward in time is, himself, running out of time.

It's not a wormhole or warp in the space-time continuum. The problem is more mundane -- a black hole in the time-and-money continuum spawned by today's increasingly risk-averse, "performance-based" approach to funding research.

Dreamed up phone number leads man to a woman of his dreams

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2007-04-13 07:09.
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LONDON (Reuters) - A British man has met and married a 22-year-old woman after, by his own account, dreaming of her phone number and then sending her a text message.

David Brown, 24, says he woke up one morning after a night out with friends with a telephone number constantly running through his head. He decided to contact it, sending a message saying "Did I meet you last night?."

Random recipient Michelle Kitson was confused and wary at first but decided to reply and the two began exchanging messages. Eventually they met and fell in love.

"It was really weird but I was absolutely hooked," Kitson told the Daily Mail newspaper. "My mum and dad kept saying 'But he could be an axe murderer', but I knew there was something special about it."

$1 Parking Ticket Paid After 26 Years

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2007-04-12 11:43.
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A $1 parking ticket from 1980 has been paid off, after the offender sent the payment along with a $3 late fee to police without giving a name.

"It's kind of cool that someone took the time to take care of their obligation after 26 years," police Capt. Mike Babe told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a story posted online Monday. "Maybe their conscience got to them."

The signature on the money order used to pay for the ticket is not legible, and the return address reads: "Someone who keeps way too many old papers way too long." The envelope carried a Chicago postmark.

Florida Nudists To Use $2 Bills Exclusively

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2007-04-12 10:57.
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PASCO COUNTY, Fla. -- Nude tourists are ready to dig deep into their pockets to shed more light on how important they are to the Florida economy.

Resorts that cater to nudists are big business in Osceola and Pasco counties. Now, the au natural tourists are stocking up on two dollar bills to prove how important they are to Florida's bottom line.

"We just want to show the merchants that, yes, we're still here and stronger than ever," said Chuck Foster, Caliente Resort.

The nudist resorts bring in more than 100,000 tourists a year. Now they want to flex their economic muscles.

Cabbie Says He Was Stiffed on $8,200

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2007-04-12 10:32.
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - A taxi driver told police he was stiffed on an $8,200 cross-country fare by a female passenger he shuttled from Beverly Hills, Calif. to North Carolina.

The meter in Levon Mikayelyan's taxi cab hit the staggering fare after a 2,600-mile journey that ended at a Holiday Inn in Chapel Hill. Mikayelyan said the rider's family paid him only $800, Chapel Hill police spokeswoman Jane Cousins said Friday.

"We do get reports of people who are not able to pay cab drivers, but certainly not with this amount," Cousins said.

Mikayelyan filed a police report Tuesday but no charges have been filed. Cousins said police were done with the case and referred Mikayelyan to a magistrate judge.


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