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Glam grannies vie for pageant crown in Brooklyn

New York - Pageantry proved ageless on Friday night as a bevy of Brooklyn grandmothers competed in the sixth annual Your Highness Grandmother Beauty contest.

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Participants Galina Ostrowics (L) and Anna Malkina-Shumayev (R) pose after winning "Ms Grandmother" and "Ms Queen Grandmother" at the 2007 "Your Highness Grandmother" pageant in Brooklyn, New York, October 20, 2007.

Magic Wand

J.K. Rowling outs Hogwarts character

"Dumbledore is gay," the author announced to a crowd of fans.

Comment: The HP book series has ended, but, as is their way, the author, publishers and entertainers keep mining the topic, and the fan's interest, for more cash through movies, licensed merchandise, etc. To do that, they seem to have employed a perennial favorite, polarizing topic. Or, it could just be that Dumbledore has always been gay - either way, a fictional character in a fictional world gets much more attention than reality. As usual - the world is burning and millions of people would rather ponder this than pay attention.


New Zealand brewery offers lifetime supply of beer for stolen laptop

A New Zealand brewery is reportedly offering a lifetime supply of beer for the return of a stolen laptop.

Local media said the laptop was stolen from the Croucher Brewing Company in the central North Island city of Rotorua earlier this week.

Owners were desperate to retrieve the computer containing designs, contact details and financial information, the Rotorua Daily Post said.


Australia: Drunk tourist sleeps off croc attack

A tourist who had drunk 12 cans of beers before being attacked by a crocodile while swimming in a Queensland river fell asleep at his campsite before going to hospital for treatment.

Matt Martin was camping in an area of the northeastern state of Queensland known to be inhabited by crocodiles when he drank what he later described as half a slab - or 12 cans of beer.

When he dived into the river at Cow Bay in the topical far north of the state, he landed on a crocodile.

Bad Guys

Proposed (Classified) Bill Will Defend Against Flesh-Eating (Classified) - a parody

Rep. John Haller (R-PA) introduces a bill that will allocate (classified) dollars over the next (classified) years to fight flesh-eating (classified).


China's Great Wall gets first major fashion show

Built centuries ago to keep out the barbarian hoards, China's Great Wall was lit up on Friday with its first ever big-name fashion show.

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A model is assisted off the catwalk while wearing a dress by fashion label Fendi at sunset on the Great Wall of China near Beijing October 19, 2007.


Pope John Paul II 'appears' in bonfire vision

From Mother Theresa in a cinammon bun, to the Virgin Mary on a toasted cheese sandwich - images resembling religious icons are regularly spotted in unlikely places.

Take 2

Bike Hackers Get Whimsical With Two-Wheelers

The Graffiti Research Lab is known for its off-the-wall hacks, but the Mobile Broadcast Unit, or MBU, is the group's most ambitious yet. The $10,000 multimedia tricycle is used to project videos and on-the-fly artwork onto buildings several stories high.



New Star trek movie heads toward warp drive

Major roles filled for 11th Star Trek celluloid outing.

Comment: The word in the Trekkie world is that William Shatner will, also, have a cameo role.

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Couple Make Burglar Clean Up at Gunpoint

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A burglar in Montgomery chose the wrong family to mess with, literally. Adrian and Tiffany McKinnon returned home on Tuesday after a week away to find that thieves had emptied almost everything the family of five owned, Tiffany McKinnon said through tears.