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Saudi Arabian man has the best reaction to seeing snow for the first time

It's hard to guess how people will react to encountering new, strange and foreign things.

We already saw this year a toddler cross paths with ice for the first time, and now this Saudi Arabian man's reaction to encountering never-before-seen snow just proves that this truly is the most wonderful time of the year.


Press release: The New Age goes into retirement

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People all over the world are reacting with shock, disbelief and also relief at last week's announcement that the New Age has decided to go into retirement.

"Was it something we did?" sobbed Rainbowchild Dewdrop Flower into her organic coconut milk chai, outside her tipi here in Nevada County, California. "Did we not chant fervently enough? Were our prayer flags not plentiful enough? Were our affirmations too predictable and clichéd?"

In fact, the New Age came of age in the late '60s, and, just like many other baby boomers, is ready to collect Social Security and to retire to Key West, Florida. The New Age has just gotten old, that's all. Ol' New Age plans to live out the rest of its years hanging out in all-you-can-eat steak and shrimp bars, and drinking margaritas during Happy Hour. "I've been in this gig way too long, bro," said New Age recently to a close confidante. "Heck, even my inner child is married with kids and a dog and shit now. I tell ya, I've eaten enough tofu and sprouts, and worn enough tie-dye for one life time. I deserve to live out the rest of my days in peace. Nah, forget peace. I'm ready to be loud and gross."

So how does the announcement of New Age's retirement affect the average recovering hippie, like you or me?

Here is a handy quick-tip guide to how last week's announcement might affect your daily routine.
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This Playboy model is auctioning off her virginity...again

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Cuz that whole thing worked out so well the first time.

Last year, Brazilian Playboy model Catarina Migliorini briefly caught the media's attention with the news that she planned to sell her virginity to the highest bidder. She ended up getting $780,000 to lose her virginity to a millionaire from Japan, but apparently the arrangement fell through when Migliorini met him and realized he looked nothing like his picture. (The dangers of online dating!)
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Gold on airplanes: Over a million bucks found for second time in month

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Of all the strange and unexpected things people brace themselves to find in airplane bathrooms, over a million dollars in gold isn't one of them. But for the second time in a month, an airline cleaning crew found stashes of gold hidden by plane toilets.

This is the best thing to happen to airplane bathrooms since the invention of the mile-high club.

Power to the people: One man against the police

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Jon Stewart decimates Megyn Kelly

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Cable TV host Megyn Kelly is under fire for claiming on-air this week that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white. And now the controversy has even led to an attack by "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart.

"For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white," she said, later noting the same of Jesus' pigmentation. "Jesus was a white man, too. It's like we have, he's a historical figure that's a verifiable fact, as is Santa, I just want kids to know that."

There has been no shortage of critique and controversy following her characterizations of the revered figures, with Stewart, among others, lambasting Kelly and calling her contentions factually inaccurate.

"Little surprised to see Megyn Kelly going full Christmas nog," Stewart said on his show Thursday night.

He added, "And who are you actually talking to? Children who are sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 o'clock at night, yet innocent enough to still believe Santa Claus is real - yet racist enough to be freaked out if he isn't white?"

Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past

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According to our computer models, this wasn't supposed to happen: Snow falls on decorations in Oxford Street as shoppers do last-minute Christmas shopping in Central London
Britain's winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.

Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain's culture, as warmer winters - which scientists are attributing to global climate change - produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.

The first two months of 2000 were virtually free of significant snowfall in much of lowland Britain, and December brought only moderate snowfall in the South-east. It is the continuation of a trend that has been increasingly visible in the past 15 years: in the south of England, for instance, from 1970 to 1995 snow and sleet fell for an average of 3.7 days, while from 1988 to 1995 the average was 0.7 days. London's last substantial snowfall was in February 1991.

Dog helps save owner who was hit by car in Dorchester

A dog helped save her owner who was badly injured in a car crash just days before Thanksgiving.

John Miles was walking his dog Lucy on Neponset Street in Dorchester, as he does every day, when both of them were hit by a car.

John blacked out and doesn't remember what happened. Lucy, a husky-beagle mix, who was also injured, limped to a nearby dentist's office and barked until help arrived. She limped back and stayed by John's side until emergency crews arrived.

"I'm very happy that Lucy did what she did," Miles said. "Makes me feel wonderful because if a dog as good as her can get recognition for doing something above and beyond good for her."

John had no identification on him, so first responders used Lucy's ID tags to determine who they were.
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Search continues for stolen truck with $120,000 worth of Hershey's

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The search is on for a truck stolen in Volusia county that was carrying $120,000 worth of Hershey's chocolate.

Grisly remains of 15 hobbits discovered in Peter Jackson's attic

Police say the Oscar-winning film director routinely tortured the halflings before murdering them.
In an appalling incident that has sent shockwaves through the surrounding community, authorities confirmed Thursday that the decayed, dismembered remains of 15 missing hobbits were found in the attic of highly acclaimed film director Peter Jackson.

Jackson, 52, was reportedly taken into police custody immediately and is now awaiting charges.

"At this time, we can confirm that 15 halflings between the ages of 25 and eleventy-one were discovered inside the home of Peter Jackson at approximately 4 p.m. this afternoon," said Wellington Police District Commander Stephen Jones, adding that authorities were initially called when Jackson's neighbors complained of "a rotting odor" emanating from his home, after which officers conducted a comprehensive search of the property. "We eventually found a hidden hatch on the perpetrator's ceiling, which was held shut by three heavy-duty locks. Once we opened the door, we came across the victims, already deceased, all of whom had the hair ripped out from the tops of their feet."

While stressing that autopsies are still pending, Jones told reporters the hobbits appeared to have been gagged, beaten, and routinely starved, often receiving only one breakfast per day. The bodies were reportedly completely emaciated, while several were missing entire rows of teeth and covered in abrasions consistent with Hithlain rope burns.