This (via Neatorama) is the sort of thing that happens when people don't read the Times. Flagrant fairy endangerment was reported as far back as November of 2005:
Marcus Salter, head of Genesis Properties,
estimates that the small colony of fairies believed to live beneath a
rock in St Fillans, Perthshire, has cost him £15,000. His first notice
of the residential sensibilities of the netherworld came as his diggers
moved on to a site on the outskirts of the village, which crowns the
easterly shore of Loch Earn.
He said: “A neighbour came over shouting, ‘Don’t move that rock. You’ll kill the fairies’.”
entire project had to be redesigned to accommodate the fairies' living arrangements and the unwillingness of the local
populace to disturb large rocks or standing stones. Clearly, though, too little too late.
The Times reports on the bald-faced duplicity of the Iranians in the apparently premeditated seizure of British sailors:
The Ministry of Defence released the coordinates of the searched vessel
yesterday to prove that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards made an unprovoked
and improper attack in Iraqi waters.
The Iranians also blundered in diplomatic talks by giving the British their
own compass reference for the place where they said the 14 men and one woman
had been seized. When Britain plotted these on a map and pointed out that
the spot was in Iraq’s maritime area, the Iranians came up with a new set of
coordinates, putting the seizure in their own waters.
The speed and cunning shown by the Revolutionary Guards has raised suspicions
that their action was premeditated. A senior military officer described it
Afghan president Hamed Karzai gave a blistering tongue-lashing to the
residents of Helmand on 29 March, accusing them of perpetuating the
violence and insurgency in their province.
"I am not blaming Pakistan and other countries - I blame you, the local
people," he thundered, addressing approximately 2,000 hand-picked
representatives in the central mosque of the provincial capital Lashkar
"You are making problems. You do not want security in your province."
No reports on whether the stern talk resulted in more cooperation, but more cooperation has apparently been forthcoming. Ht Major John
First described in AD 77 by the elder Pliny in his masterpiece, Historia Naturalis,
their name is Latin for ‘shade-foot.’ Also known as Monoscelans or
“monopods,” these humanoids featured in stories told by Medieval
writers such as Thomas de Mandeville, and they regularly appeared in
illustrated religious texts, bestiaries and maps of the world. Their
native region is often stated as Ethiopia, though they’ve been reported
as far off as Libya, and they’re known for their habit of reclining at
midday and using their single huge foot as a parasol against the
blazing sun. As they keep cool in the shade, the sun bakes their soles
into hard, black leather.
Tough soles aren't a drawback, though,
as the Sciopods' feet are subject to a lot of punishment as they hop
around the countryside. Being one-footed doesn’t slow them down,
either. A Sciopod's leg is enormously powerful, and the long hops it
makes can propel it faster than a horse and rider, and almost as fast
as gazelles. That strong leg and hardened foot is useful in combat,
too; a Sciopod’s kick can kill an armored man or break through a brick
Travelers don’t have to worry about being chased down and
kicked to death by these people, though; unlike some of the more savage
humanoids, the Sciopods are entirely non-violent except as a last
resort in self-defense. Not only are they vegetarian, but they don’t
even kill plants. Instead, the Sciopods get all their nourishment from
the aroma of the living fruit-plants they all carry. Should a Sciopod’s
plant die or be taken from him, the powerful but delicate one-legged
man will perish soon after.
Apparently McCain's Myspace site was stealing bandwidth from the person who recently pranked him by putting up a statement in favor of gay marriage. TechCrunch reports via Aardvark:
Someone on Presidential hopeful John McCain’s staff is going to be
in trouble today. They used a well known template to create his Myspace page. The template was designed by Newsvine Founder and CEO Mike Davidson (original template is here).
Davidson gave the template code away to anyone who wanted to use it,
but asked that he be given credit when it was used, and told users to
host their own image files.
McCain’s staff used his template, but didn’t give Davidson credit.
Worse, he says, they use images that are on his server, meaning he has
to pay for the bandwidth used from page views on McCain’s site.