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Bodybuilders flee drug testers, event canceled

From the Associated Press via Suzanne Abbot:

Ready to flex their pecs and strike a pose, bodybuilders at the Belgian championships scattered when doping officials showed up.

After a spate of positive doping tests in recent years in Belgium, the event had been moved across the Dutch border to Vlissingen for the weekend competition.

"They must have felt safe out there," doping official Hans Cooman told the Associated Press on Monday.

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Taze Your Child to Work Day

From The Daily Mail:

Prison officer Walter Schmidt wanted to give his colleagues' children a taste of what their mums and dads get up to at work while showing them around a Florida jail.

So to make the youngsters' experience all the more realistic as they toured Franklin Correctional Institution during the lock-up's 'Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day', he decided to zap them with his 50,000-volt stun gun.

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Churchgoers More Likely to Back Torture

From CNN via The Huffington Post:

The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new survey.

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Chrysler Financial Accused of Turning Down Government Loan to Avoid Executive Bonus Restrictions

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Anti-same-sex marriage ad and spoof

The so-called National Organization for Marriage issued a strange ad against legalizing same-sex marriage:

Nurse laid off during surgery

From the Journal-Sentinal, via Consumerist:

When Dean Health System in Madison, Wisconsin announced last week that it "planned to 'immediately' lay off 90 employees," it wasn't kidding around. One of them was a nurse who was pulled out of surgery to be told the news.

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JumpSnap: the ropeless jump rope

Man holding gizmos in each hand
Why exercise with a jump rope when the $39.95 JumpSnap ropeless jump rope system "is just as effective as a jump rope"? It even has an on-board computer that "makes a snap sound just like a rope". For more information, see the unintentionally entertaining video. (Thanks, Andrea.)

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Class Action Lawyer Paid in Gift Cards

Anyone who has ever received a useless class action settlement will appreciate this story from the California Civil Justice Blog:

A southern California attorney who brought a class action against a clothes retailer will be paid $125,000 for his legal services -- in gift cards.

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Pro-Life Group Protests Krispy Kreme "Pro-Abortion" Doughnuts

In honor of Barack Obama's inauguration, doughnut purveyor Krispy Kreme announced:

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) is honoring American's sense of pride and freedom of choice on Inauguration Day, by offering a free doughnut of choice to every customer on this historic day, Jan. 20. By doing so, participating Krispy Kreme stores nationwide are making an oath to tasty goodies -- just another reminder of how oh-so-sweet 'free' can be.

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Interesting juxtaposition

Photo of Rod Blagojevich next to rat extermination sign

My sister Andrea spotted this photo of disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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