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Fireballs: not just for the apocalypse anymore


fireballs.jpgYoung men douse rags in gasoline and hurl fireballs in a blazing night-time inferno. You are watching:

a) Torch-waving villagers chasing Frankenstein’s monster
b) Spartans going after their enemies in the 2006 movie 300
c) An out-of-control 1920s Ku Klux Klan rally
d) An annual church-sponsored festival in El Salvador

Yeah, I got this one wrong, too. But reportedly serious injuries are kept to a minimum, and presumably somebody remembers to tell the small children they shouldn’t try this at home. I still think I’d feel safer with the torch-waving gothic villagers. Lindsay Claiborn reports:

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Give me that Uzi, Susie, it’s my turn!


It’s time again for another installment of our very popular feature, “Truth, or Spoof?” in which readers have to guess whether a story is real news, or very clever satire.

It seems a planned Republican fundraising event in New Hampshire is inviting party members and their families to a Machine Gun Shoot, where they can spend a day trying out automatic weapons such as Uzi submachine guns and M-16 rifles. 

Let’s celebrate Father’s Day! Not so fast, Emma!


Well, they buried Raymond Cornell on Monday, but his daughter Emma wasn’t able to be at the funeral. It’s not that she’s in prison or aboard the Space Shuttle or anything like that. It’s just that she’s a contestant on a TV reality show, and telling her that Dad is dead would have disrupted her shot at stardom.

That’s right. In yet one more sign that Armageddon is quickly approaching, Mr. Cornell’s wish apparently was that Emma not be told, so she wasn’t. There’s even a blog discussion where people can say whether they would have wanted to be told.

New dating show: not just another pretty face


Signs of the coming apocalpyse are increasing. For those keeping track, we recently had a Mr. Potato Head that needed security guards, and then there was the whole O.J. Simpson If I Did It book and TV show thing.

Now, from Amsterdam, comes news of a new reality show: a dating program for the visibly disfigured. A broadcaster is recruiting candidates for its Love at Second Sight show, due to be launched next month. ”Do you have a visible serious handicap and are you looking for a partner?” says an appeal on the Web site.

The photo they didn’t want us to see…


Quick quiz: Which of these are signs of the Apocalypse?

a) pestilence
b) wars
c) floods
d) dressing little bitty dogs in Christmas outfits and playing Mariachi music for them

If you guessed all of the above, you’re correct, although d) is the one people tend to forget about, until it’s too late.fridaydog.jpg

Excuse me, are you vaguely important?


I want to be part of the jet set crowd. I want to be a VIP

– Claudia, a teenager

Wow.  Sort of brings to mind the quote from Leo Bloom, the character in ”The Producers,” who confesses, ”I want everything I’ve ever seen in the movies!”  Welcome to Cannes, where Paris Hilton can be a role model.  If you only read one story today, it should be this one:paris300.jpg 

Socialite and role model Paris Hilton arrives for a screening of U.S. director Brett Ratner’s film ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ at the Cannes Film Festival May 22, 2006.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard