DLD. August 5, 2008.

With exactly TWO WEEKS left before I move into college, therefore beginning my life (or ending it, in some's opinions), I decided to terrorize AN with a true GNGG DLD. WOO HOO!

August 5 is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 148 days remaining until the end of the year.

Happy Birthday to Carl Crawford, Mark Mulder, Eric Hinske and John Olerud. Oh, and Princess Irene of the Netherlands, too!

U.S. baseball finishes with a win over Canada

Mike Hessman hit two home runs Monday night to lead the Beijing-bound U.S. men's baseball team to a 17-5 win over Canada. The game was called in the seventh inning because of a 10-run lead rule in effect during international play.

Matt LaPorta homered for the third time during the four-game series that the U.S. won, 3-1. Terry Tiffee drove in three runs, and Hessman finished with three RBIs.

The Americans hit 11 home runs during the series and outscored Canada 33-8 during the final three games. Both teams travel to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, where they will change planes and wing their way to the Beijing Games.

Now I see why Rich decided to join us here in America. If only the A's could call for the ten run lead rule, eh? Or maybe just a two run rule. That would save us the other seven innings.

Baseball caps replace Gandhi topi in Congress

The Congress has decided to look young, at least as far as its youth wing is concerned. Therefore, it is out with the Gandhi topi and in with baseball caps.

Jawaharlal Nehru wore it as did his grandson Rajiv Gandhi.

For years, the Congress kept alive Gandhi's legacy by using the Gandhi topi as its trademark headgear. But on Tuesday, the party's mass organisation, the Seva Dal, made the sartorial decision of replacing Gandhi topi with baseball cap.

The members will wear the cap while carrying out relief work. The Gandhi topi will now be worn only on special occasions.

 More than 100,000 rare gorillas found in Congo

An estimated 125,000 Western lowland gorillas are living in a swamp in equatorial Africa, researchers reported Tuesday, double the number of the endangered primates thought to survive worldwide.


The last census on the species, carried out during the 1980s, estimated that there were only 100,000 of the gorillas left worldwide. Since then, the researchers estimated, the numbers had been cut in half.

Acting on a tip from hunters who indicated the presence of gorillas, Rainey said that the researchers trekked on foot through mud for three days to the outskirts of Lac Tele, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the nearest road.

"This is the highest-known density of gorillas that's ever been found," Rainey said.


 Think they can play baseball? I'd take my chances.

German police women get "bullet-proof bras"

Thousands of German police women will receive what media have labelled "bullet-proof bras".

Made of white cotton and featuring the word "Polizei" (Police) along the seam, the bras are meant to better protect police women who wear bullet-proof vests.

Seriously, I would love one of those for college. Who knows with dating in Stockton these days?

Farmer send message to neighbors with car fence

 HOOPER, Utah - A farmer has erected a backyard fence made of three old cars sticking up in the air to send a message to new neighbors that he can do whatever he wants on his property.

"This is just a fun way for me to say, `Hey boys, I'm still here,'" Rhett Davis said. "This is my redneck Stonehenge."

Tourist survives 25-foot slide down Big Sur cliff

A tourist is nursing only cuts and bruises after sliding 250 feet down a cliff on California's coast.

Twenty-year-old Jost Ben of Wilnsdorf, Germany, had been tossing a football with friends Sunday at a traffic pullout perched 400 feet above the Pacific. After a stray toss, he climbed over the edge to retrieve the football.

I have nothing to say to that.


Now, dump away!



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