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Small earthquake rattles area just across Nebraska border

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 3.5 magnitude earthquake at 8:53 Wednesday night just across the Kansas-Nebraska border, due north from Topeka. The earthquake occurred just over 3 miles beneath the earth's surface, and was felt by more than 90 surrounding residents. The central plains has a ... Continue reading

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The Great Debate: Wall vs. Henry

Own a television or computer? Then you know all about Kentucky freshman John Wall. You've seen him blow past defenders, rattle the rim and deliver a devastating array of moves. You've heard he might be the best point guard of the past five, 10 or 20 years. ... Continue reading

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Twas the Night before…Do what?

'Twas The Night Before Christmas 'Twas the nocturnal segment of the diurnal period preceding the annual Yuletide celebration, and throughout our place of residence, kinetic activity was not in evidence among the possessors of this potential, including that species of domestic rodent known as Mus musculus. Hosiery ... Continue reading

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What do you want for the Christmas [holiday] season?

What do you most wish for in this Christmas [holiday] season? It’s been a particularly hard year for me and mine, 2009. I find myself looking forward with eager anticipation to an event. Anticipation is helping me cope. I think many of us have had a hard ... Continue reading

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Using Credit Cards to SAVE You Money

Use your credit card to SAVE money? Did she really say that? Yes, yes I did. Credit card companies are evil...that I don't dispute. But what happens to you when you use a credit card is no one's fault but your own....and, if you do it correctly, ... Continue reading

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The Great Holiday Rebate Week 2 Contest Winner

We are happy to announce Rene Morain from Lawrence is the lucky winner of the Great Holiday Rebate Contest for week 2. The correct answers to Sunday's entry are: This week Jenn and Julie have been summoned by Santa to help gather holiday gifts at the best ... Continue reading

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The Planet Will Soon Be Dead!!

I have recently written a number of posts on climate change. They do not in any way dispute its existence. They have been targeted at what I consider the consequence of doing too much too fast. Now, I do recognize that the consequences of my opinion may ... Continue reading

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Tool Using Octopus

Octopuses have a reputation as being very smart invertebrates. But check out this coconut collecting octopus reported in Scientific American. http://www.scientificamerican.com/video.cfm?id=57388094001 The original article's abstract is at http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822%2809%2901914-9 What makes this interesting is not just the use of the coconut shells as shelter-hermit crabs do something like ... Continue reading

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Winter tornado risk enhanced by El Niño for southeast U.S.

Late winter preparation for upcoming tornado systems is a part of living in plains. While we deal with snow and ice in the winter, other parts of the country deal with the same threat we face in the spring. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) released a ... Continue reading

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A shocking revelation

Static electricity is the root of all evil. Well, maybe that's overstating it, but it's still rather irritating. The pain that is involved when you take a quick shock from the car handle right on the tip of your fingers can be jolting to say the least. ... Continue reading

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The G77 Says You Americans Owe Us-Pay Up!

I wrote a recent blog questioning why some of us in the United States seem to hold us responsible for a major component of global warming. I regrettable used the word singular and created a furor. My real intent was to raise the issue of why the ... Continue reading

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Stripper Announcement: I’m Going to Paris! And Here’s Who’s Coming With Me…

I can't go to Paris without taking a little bit of Lawrence, Kansas with me. Since I can't take pictures of myself, I'll take pictures of your stuff all over the city and post it in this blog! Here's a list of whose stuff will be coming ... Continue reading

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Chancellor chooses meetings at KU Med over Gill press conference

In stark contrast with her predecessor, Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little opted to attend meetings at KU Medical Center this morning instead of attending a press conference held to introduce new KU football coach Turner Gill. While former Chancellor Robert Hemenway flanked Mark Mangino along with then-athletic ... Continue reading

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Off the Wagon

As a few of you know, I live in Salina and as even fewer of you know, I had signed up for a city wide fitness deal called the Pounds Plunge. It was a 12 week stint of watching what we ate and exercising. There were weekly ... Continue reading

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Fruit on my tenderloins

My sister said last week that even though she'd long-ago given up on cooking pork tenderloins because there is no way to cook one without it coming out like a dry tree branch, The Pioneer Woman's Pork Loin with Cranberry Sauce had made her waver in that ... Continue reading

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Stripper Mini-Blog: Someone Told My Boss About This Blog

I flirted from table to table on Saturday night, feeling extra confident after losing five pounds. Hooray! I was on cloud nine. Customers, happy girls, money everywhere... It was a good night. Circulating the room, the owner of the East Lawrence Ballet was by the vending machine ... Continue reading

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Stripper Blog: Argyle & Pearls or Stilettos &… Law School?

*Wildly Unreasonable Overachieving: A Sure Path to Disease, Social Isolation, and Significant Weight Gain* Subtitle: *Or, Why You Can't Go Down Two Different Paths at Once* “Please don’t give me pig AIDS,” my roommates’ friend said from across our living room. His and three other wide-eyed faces ... Continue reading

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Frozen in a flash

Flash freeze is a term used by the Meteorological Service of Canada, Canada's version of the National Weather Service. This occurs when weather conditions produce a temperature drop resulting in rapid ice formation on road surfaces. On the morning of December 14, 2009, Northeast Kansas experienced such ... Continue reading

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Thank you for voting for The Dead Girls to open for KISS

I just wanted to say a quick than you to everyone out there who voted for my band The Dead Girls to open up for KISS last Thursday at the Sprint Center. The show was absolutely amazing and KISS and their crew were very cool and helpful ... Continue reading

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Meet the world’s smallest snowman

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Dec/14/Screen_shot_2009-12-14_at_9.29.37_AM.png This isn't necessarily about social media, but it's a YouTube video so I'm posting it. Meet the world's smallest snowman, made by the National Physics Laboratory in Great Britain. He is 10 µm across, which is about 1/5th the width of a human hair. He's a ... Continue reading