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Ukraine: Statue of runaway crocodile put up in Azov Sea city

Donetsk, Ukraine - A statue of a crocodile which ran away from its tamer during a show on the Azov Sea beach and lived for several months on the loose has been erected at the Ukrainian sea port of Mariupol.

Comment: See here for details of Godzi's sad demise.


Lonely Planet writer says he made up part of books

MELBOURNE - An author for the Lonely Planet travel guidebook series has claimed that he plagiarized and made up large sections of his books, an Australian newspaper reported on Sunday.


Reagan Diaries - George W


Beneath the photo from the Reagan Diaries is an actual quote that Reagan wrote about George "W" in his diaries, recently edited by author Doug Brinkley and published by Harper Collins:


Satire: Area Man Makes It Through Day

Area Man
©2008 The Onion
Blume summons the strength to brush his teeth.

SCHAUMBURG, IL - Despite an overwhelming, seemingly endless barrage of frustrations, area systems analyst Adam Blume made it through the entire day Tuesday, overcoming the odds against him in a Herculean display of courage, perseverance, and the indomitable human spirit.


Graffiti artist Banksy pulls off most audacious stunt to date - despite being watched by CCTV

Banksy pulled off an audacious stunt to produce what is believed to be his biggest work yet in central London.

The secretive graffiti artist managed to erect three storeys of scaffolding behind a security fence despite being watched by a CCTV camera.

Then, during darkness and hidden behind a sheet of polythene, he painted this comment on 'Big Brother' society.

'One nation under CCTV': CCTV (pictured top right) failed to catch Banksy

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Visual Exercise: Are you perceptive?

The art of misdirection

Perception is limited - always.

The challenge is not to perceive everything, it's to perceive what's important.

The primary tool of the propaganda system (also known as "the news media") is misdirection, having you pay attention to the wrong things.

One of the missions of Brasscheck TV is to provide you with key background information so that when you consume official propaganda (also know as "new reports") you realize there's more going on than what the news commentators are directing your attention towards.

This video is a fun demonstration of how this works in practice.

Send it to your friends. They'll love it.


Farmer used live missile as anvil

Romanian firefighters were shocked after a farmer was spotted using an unexploded missile as an anvil.

The 122mm calibre missile, discovered by the man in his garden in Puieni village, Giurgiu county,a few months ago, had been used for sharpening hoes and scythes.


Cabinet for girl who wanted 'Cab, innit?'

A teenager reportedly ended up with a cabinet instead of a taxi because she asked directory inquiries for a "cab, innit".

According to The Sun, the Londoner, 19, wanted a taxi to take her to Bristol airport, and first used the Cockney rhyming slang "Joe Baxi".

When the operator told her she couldn't find anyone by that name, the teen replied: "It ain't a person, it's a cab, innit."


Real life Garfield

real garfield
©Olycom SPA / Rex Features

A two-and-a-half stone cat has been hailed a real life Garfield in Italy.

Orazio looks like not only the cat that got the cream but who ate the whole cow too.

Just like lasagne loving Garfield, this fat cat grew to such a gargantuan size by guzzling all the food treats that his native Italy can provide.


Man Finds $140,000, Turns It In To Cops

It was a tempting sight for struggling landscaper Eli Estrada: a bag filled with $140,000 on a Cerritos street.

There was his credit card debt, upcoming wedding and making ends meet with his artificial grass and landscaping business.

But turning it over to Long Beach police last month was the right thing to do, he said.