Monday, July 12, 2004


Persian Journal
Ashley O'Dell and Rhonda Roland Shearer
Jul 8, 2004, 23:56
On June 27, 2004, the BBC reported on an Iranian woman who gave birth to a frog. Their story originated from the Persian paper Etemaad.

The BBC published a photo of a frog with the caption "Tests are being carried out on the frog."

This photo has since been replaced with a map of Iran due to our complaint.

The pairing of this photo and caption implies that the frog in the photo is the Iranian woman's "frog child." It also implied that tests are being carried out on this very frog. However, we discovered that the frog in the photo is not even native to Iran.

David Dickey of the American Museum of Natural History identified the frog in the BBC photo as a Chinese Gliding Frog, Polypedates dennysi, found only in southern China. He noted that students remembered seeing this species at the museum's current frog exhibition. Dickey called the
frog child story "the worst, most ridiculous example" of bad journalism he had ever seen.

Dickey recommended speaking to the world expert on Chinese frogs, Kraig Adler, Professor of Biology and Vice Provost for Life Sciences at Cornell University.
Dr. Adler told us that the frog child storis "biologically impossible."

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Madcow cometics

WASHINGTON July 9, 2004 — The government told cosmetics makers Friday they can no longer use brain and spinal cord tissue from older cattle in lipstick, hair sprays and other products.


Chandler Al Kuwaiti

NYTimes-On Tuesday, the Queens man who said he was a sultan and called himself Chandler Sabah al Sabah Dantata of Kuwait, will be sentenced in State Supreme Court in Manhattan to up to 15 years in prison for scheming to defraud two women out of more than $100,000. The man, a United States citizen who was born Benjamin Maybanks, told the women that he was a diplomat who could not access his vast fortune because of turbulence in the Middle East. He wondered, could they help him out of a jam? And they did.

Mama Badrya’s Spicy Chai


1 ½ cup half-fat fresh milk
1 ½ cup boiling water
4 tea bags
2 inch cinnamon stick
1 tbsp ground cardamom
1/2 tbsp whole cardamom
1 pinch saffron
1 slice ginger

Pour milk into saucepan, infuse with saffron, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. Simmer on low heat, when it begins to steam, add 2 teabags (without tag) cover and cook on low heat for 2 minutes.
In an insulated pot or thermos, place 2 new teabags inside to thermos and add boiling water, strain the milk into the thermos and let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Add sugar or honey to taste.

Follow the same instructions but without adding the tea bags to the cooking milk, instead add only 2 to the thermos.

Suggestion: Keep warm in Qori (copper teapot) over Diwwa (Arabian grill/trey with coal/wood) dip only freshly home-made Darabeel (Whole Wheat Flour cigars with cinnamon), muffle in woolen Bisht (Arabian wide fitting coat)

Healing properties:

1. Big Mama’s Chai has catalyzed numerous Spiritual quests and guided many lost souls.
2. Fights depression and insures instant deep sleep.
3. Most commonly used to fight flu: by Adding more Ginger and use honey instead of sugar.

Warning: this recipe may cause a temporary but highly addictive euphoric state of satisfaction; stimulate high levels of aromatic pleasure increase metabolism of endorphins and serotonin.

The information contained in this recipe is subject to change without notice.
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Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Jump Jimmy Jump

Pitch invader angry with Figo

LISBON - The Spanish man who invaded the pitch in the final minutes of the Euro 2004 final between Portugal and Greece on Sunday said he was motivated by lingering anger over Portuguese star Luis Figo's transfer from Barcelona to Real Madrid in 2000.

"I did it for fame, but with a cause. Figo is a sell-out," the 29-year-old from Barcelona who goes by the name "Jimmy Jump" said.

The man raced across the pitch at the Stadium of Light here and threw a Barcelona scarf into Figo's face before he hurled him- self against the back of the Portuguese net.

He was carried off the pitch by police and charged with public order offences.

A court in Lisbon on Monday released him without setting bail terms until a trial date is set.

The Spaniard has targeted other high-profile events before, most recently at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Figo has routinely faced protests by Barcelona fans since his $56 million transfer from Barcelona to arch-rivals Real Madrid four years ago. - Sapa-AFP

Jump to his website @

once again, there is something very genuine about this guy...

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Cassini brings home some action-FINALLY!

scientists have found that a methane cloud near Titan's south pole is made of unusually large particles, suggesting something is brewing below.

Monday, July 05, 2004

Al Jazeera

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS.MW) - Al-Jazeera is considering selling its shares to the public, according to a report Sunday.

Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Arab satellite channel gained notoriety outside of the Middle East with its coverage of the most recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

State-sponsored Al-Jazeera came into prominence for its broadcasts of messages believed to come from Osama bin Laden.

"I can confirm that the board of directors has commissioned a study into the viability of turning Al-Jazeera into a private enterprise by inviting investors," Reuters quoted a spokesperson for the state-sponsored Arabic satellite channel as saying. "This could entail a flotation at some stage."

Al-Jazeera's chief news editor, Ahmed El Sheikh, told the German newspaper Handelsblatt that the Qatar-based news channel's shares would be sold on the Doha stock exchange in two to three years, according to Reuters.

El Sheikh also reportedly told the paper that Al-Jazeera was still not profitable but aimed to be so before the IPO.

Al-Jazeera was launched in 1996 and has more than 30 bureaus around the world, according to its Web site.

The channel is planning to extend its coverage, El Sheikh reportedly said, with a documentary channel in the next three to four months, and next year, an English channel and a channel aimed at children.

A spokesperson for Al-Jazeera could not be reached for comment Sunday to confirm the reports.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Insecticide can sparks flat fire

KUWAIT CITY: Two Indian women were killed and another seriously injured when a fire broke out in their fourth floor apartment in Salmiya. Alerted by the Operations Room of the Interior Ministry securitymen from Salmiya Police Station and firemen rushed to the spot and put out the fire. All the furniture in the apartment was gutted. A witness said an insecticide can, which was being used by one of the women, exploded when she accidentally sprayed a TV. The two corpses were referred to Forensics while the injured woman was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Mubarak Hospital.

- By Mansour Sultan; Special to the Arab Times

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Life is a Bento Box

Office Blogging

Songs I must download, maybe you should too..

Title: A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But a Bird
Artist:Cab Calloway
Album:Are You Hep to the Jive?

Title:I Like You
Artist: Rene Marie
Album: How Can I Keep From Singing?
Composer: Marie
label: MaxJazz