Mail with my name on it always makes me smile, but credit card solicitations are a whole other story. Opting out of these offers has brought the number to a fraction of what it used to be, so I would advise Gary Silbar of Highland Park, Illinois to do the same. In an experiment that would test anyone’s nerves, Gary saved every offer sent to his family for one year, and the grand total came to an unbelievable 445.

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Judy Walker of Oviedo holds Tanker, a four-week-old puppy, on Wednesday, January 14, 2009. He was born missing his front two legs, abandoned in a box with his siblings along a road and later taken to Pet Rescue by Judy.

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The University of California, Berkeley succeeded in the experiment of controlling a live rhinoceros beetle by radio and disclosed the video of the experiment at the MEMS 2009 academic conference taking place in Sorrento, Italy.

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Sure, the RIAA has given up on lawsuits, but it’s got an even better trick: ISPs will do their dirty work for them. Not surprisingly, AT&T and Comcast stepped right up, says CNET.

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Even if by some miracle the nations of the world could bring carbon dioxide levels back to those of the pre-industrial era, it would still take 1,000 years or longer for the climate changes already triggered to be reversed, scientists said Monday.

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Take a man. Add eye work (unisex glasses if eye wear is needed) and BOTOX. Mix in a bad haircut or unfashionably long hair–if possible a dye job. A little doughy-ness doesn’t hurt, either. Have a weakness for turtlenecks and by all means fight aging like it’s a battle you can win if you try just a little harder, and there you have it: The winning formula to become a man who looks like an old lesbian.

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WASHINGTON — The number of people receiving unemployment benefits has reached an all-time record, the government said Thursday, and more layoffs are spreading throughout the economy.

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Huge crowds have taken to the streets in France to protest over the handling of the economic crisis, causing disruption to rail and air services.

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The head of France’s biggest union said a million workers had rallied to demand action to protect jobs and wages. But despite the show of public support, the strike appeared to be falling short of the paralysis forecast by unions.

Last summer, Mr Sarkozy boasted that these days when there is a strike in France, nobody notices, says the BBC’s Emma-Jane Kirby in Paris. But this time, our correspondent adds, the strike will hit hard. Many people are angry French banks were given a multi-billion euro bail-out while floundering industries and businesses were offered far less help. With unemployment looking likely to hit 10% by next year, the French are now looking for assurances from their president that he will drop his programme of cost cutting reforms and instead turn his attention to relaunching the ailing economy, our correspondent says.

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In years past, the Super Bowl was so much more than a game. It was an outright orgy of football, glitz and gluttony, a celebration of excess where too much was never enough. The No. 1 sporting event in America is still a big deal. Nearly 100 million of us will tune in Sunday night when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Arizona Cardinals.

Used to be everywhere you looked around a Super Bowl town, all you could see was advertising. There were commercial booths at every turn. The headquarters hotel and media center looked like giant trade shows. Now you can look pretty much everywhere and actually see things. Such as empty tables at local restaurants and vacant hotel rooms downtown.

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