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Ones that got away

“Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland? ‘Nessie,’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.”

An excerpt from a Creationist textbook for the International Certificate of Christian Education, which the UK has just granted equivalence to the national standard ‘A-Level’ (TES).

“We are in the midst of a recession and it is vital that people keep their spirits high. This study will help identify the most effective way of putting a smile on someone’s face.”

Richard Wiseman, of the University of Hertfordshire, launches an experiment to cheer up the world (Times).

“Have you ever meant to stop by the grocery store on the way home after a bad day at work, and instead just forgot and went straight home? You do the automatic thing instead of doing what you had planned.”

Rui Costa, of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, comments on his research showing rats revert to habit rather than thinking when they’re stressed (ABC).

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