Is Reading On The Bowl Bad For You?

“From the moment Ron Shaoul took it upon himself to investigate the practice of reading on the toilet, scouring medical literature and turning up nothing of note as to its public health consequences, the situation became clear that here, on his hands, was a big job. Shaoul’s curiosity was driven by his work as a doctor specialising in paediatric gastroenterology. He mustered some colleagues, drew up a questionnaire and had hundreds of people of all shapes and sizes complete it. What resulted was perhaps the most scientific attempt yet to shine light on a habit that rustles unseen behind closed doors. Shaoul, who published his study in 2009, lamented that toilet reading was woefully neglected by scientists, considering the habit probably dated back to the emergence of printed books. Writers, on the other hand, have shown no such aversion. For some, their authority on the matter has bordered on the connoisseur.” w/ photo

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Sherlock Holmes Spoof Trailer

“When adult actor ‘Lord Blackwood’ suddenly starts killing people, Sherlock Holmes has to stop him before it’s too late.” — PistolShrimps

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The Spielberg Face

“With his two new movies War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin, Steven Spielberg commands our attention once again. We’ve taken the occasion to produce the following video essay exploring what may be the most singular visual element to his films: the face.”

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Thief Goes To New Low To Steal Copper

Someone is going to new lows to steal copper. Literally. Austin Energy officials said someone with sophisticated equipment is getting underneath manhole covers and taking thousands of feet of copper wire. ‘We know of eight instances since mid-October,” said spokesman Carlos Cordova. Cordova said many of those instances have happened in the downtown area and likely are occurring late at night. ‘You have to have the proper equipment to do this,” said Cordova. ‘This is sophisticated group of individuals.’ The damage and repairs are estimated at $900,000.” w/ photo + video

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