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THESE DAYS

New York's taxi commission recently authorized Swedish mobile-phone equipment maker LM Ericsson to place mobile sensors in the trunks of at least 50 cabs in an attempt to better map dead zones in wireless networks.

Right-wing radio host Hal Turner has called for the assassinations of members of Congress who would vote for bills granting amnesty to illegal aliens.

A Slovakian driver recently crashed into a bus at a Levice intersection while masturbating using a vacuum pump.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Paul Jahn covers local marketing trends, business news, and journalism in the internet age at LocalMN Blog.

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TIME WASTERS

From Wall Street Fighter: The World's Stupidest Tattoos

From Discover magazine: 20 Ways the World Could End

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"The Lord didn't say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that."

— Television evangelist Pat Robertson, relaying a vague 2007 terror prediction from God