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Just read the following:

"Professor Leonard Storl[ie]n, from the Department of Biomedical Science at Wollongong University, was the one who accidentally discovered the weight loss benefits of fidgetting. He was measuring the total metabolic rates of humans. He used a device called a whole-room calorimeter. It's just a small, sealed, room. Because it was sealed, he could measure the total amount of oxygen his volunteers used, and how much carbon dioxide they made. From this, he could work out how much energy his volunteers needed just to keep alive, and how much extra they burnt up in moving around and fidgetting.

He found that this extra energy component varied from 200 calories per day (for somebody who just sat around) to 1,200 calories (for a dedicated fidgetter). This 1,000 calories is an amazing large amount. According to Professor Storl[ie]n, "A person would normally run 10 kilometres just to get rid of 300 calories". So 1,000 calories is equivalent to a 33 kilometre run. In other words, your dedicated fidgetter, twiddling their thumbs, and bobbing up-and-down, and crossing-and-uncrossing their legs, can burn up as much energy as you would need to run 33 kilometres!" [Source]

Hard to believe. But I've seen people who should give it a try.

"The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building."
Indiana University architect Robert E. Meadows reveals: "Five feet below the Bloomington campus is a 330-million-year old, 94-foot-thick layer of limestone. When the library was constructed, the upper layer of this rock was found to be harder than expected. Rather than blast, we raised the lowest level of the building a number of feet." ;-D

"Everything that can be invented, has been invented," announced Charles H. Duell, commissioner of the U.S. Patents Office, in 1899. Time Magazine, Forward Thinking, October 3, 2004
Nonsense. According to Samuel Sass:
It's easy enough to prove that Duell was not the "dim-witted official" so glibly referred to. One need only examine his 1899 report, a document of only a few pages, available in any depository library. Far from suggesting to the president that he abolish the Patent Office, Duell quotes the following from McKinley's annual message: "Our future progress and prosperity depend upon our ability to equal, if not surpass, other nations in the enlargement and advance of science, industry and commerce. To invention we must turn as one of the most powerful aids to the accomplishment of such a result." Duell then adds, "May not our inventors hopefully look to the Fifty-sixth Congress for aid and effectual encouragement in improving the American patent system?" Surely these words are not those of some kind of idiot who believes that everything has already been invented. Other information in that report also definitely refutes any such notion. Duell presents statistics showing the growth in the number of patents from 435 in 1837 to 25,527 in 1899. In the one year between 1898 and 1899 there was an increase of about 3,000. It's hardly likely that he would expect a sudden and abrupt ending to patent applications.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican Air Force has released footage of what a UFO expert said were 11 invisible unidentified flying objects picked up by an infrared camera as they whizzed around a surveillance plane. A long-time believer in flying saucers, journalist Jaime Maussan told a news conference on Tuesday the objects were real and seemed "intelligent" after they at one point changed direction and surrounded the plane chasing them.
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Mexican Air Force pilots film unidentified objects (CNN) | Mexican Air Force Films UFOs (Wired) |Mexico Air Force video creates UFO stir (abc) | Mexican air force captures invisible 'UFOs' on film (The Independent).

Científicos descalifican los videos de ovnis en México (La Opiníon): "Si no conocemos o no podemos explicar un fenómeno meteorológico, es poco inteligente atribuir su origen a extraterrestres;..." (~ When we can't explain a meteorological phenomenon, it wouldn't make much sense to ascribe its origin to aliens).

Thank you.

Addendum: Various Comments:

Mexican Airforce Capitan Jose Pedro Valdez Joaquin Gomez de Salazar: "Yjes. We half seen tthem in thi sky. No. I was not drinking mi tequila at that time senor. I stopped 2 hours before taking off on mi plane. These are real aliens I tell you cabron!"

President of Mexico Vicente Fox: "[The aliens] are real. However, we can't help take care of them, so I ask President Bush to extend the temporary work permits not only to include the illegal aliens in their country coming from Mexico, but also to allow these aliens from outer space to work legally in their country as well."

US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: "The UFO's don't surprise me at all. What surprises me, however, is that Mexico actually has an air force. I had no idea!"

Nuclear science researcher Julio Herrera: "The blobs of light may have been nothing more than ball lightning -- glowing spheres that are little understood but often sighted near the ground during thunderstorms."

wirtschaftsblunder
Even more apt if your native language is German. Then it could happen that you read "Wirtschaftsplunder" instead of Wirtschaftsblunder.

Plunder, m. lumber, litter, old clothes or rags, trash, rubbish, junk; (coll.) der ganze -, the whole bag of tricks, the whole boiling or shoot.

The first thing we do, let's kill all the Sozialdemokraten.
Michael Stastny, Sustainable Economic Growth - Preliminaries

According to this article at The Register, Microsoft's recent "critical update" of the Bookshelf Symbol 7 font not only erased the two swastika characters, it also deleted the Jewish Star character from the font.

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What does it mean? Well, The Register leaves it to the black helicopter brigade to construct a conspiracy theory around this one.

Stolen form J-Walk Blog

Was könnte einem nicht alles beim Wort "hurniglen" einfallen? In der Tat hat diese Wort, das z.B. im Vorarlberger Raum gebraucht wird, nichts mit dem Igel zu tun. Die unpersönlich gebrauchte Wendung "es hurniglet mich" bedeutet "ich verspüre einen prickelnden Kälteschmerz" (in den Finger- oder Zehenspitzen). Es besteht wohl eine Verbindung zu "Hornung", dem germanischen Ausdruck für den ([sau]kalten) "Februar".

Quelle: Leo Jutz: "Vorarlbergisches Wörterbuch mit Einschluß des Fürstentums Liechtenstein", 1. Bd., Wien 1955 (1960), Sp. 1467.