Culture: November 2005 Archives

Only in America

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Punkin Chunkin.

Every year since 1986, near Millsboro, the Punkin Chunkin has been held. Last week, 100 teams vied to see whose machine could toss an 8-10lb (3.6-4.6kg) pumpkin farthest. There were various categories: air cannons, trebuchets, pedal-powered doohickeys. No explosives are allowed—a galling rule to some contestants. But the biggest air cannons, with barrels up to 150 feet (46 metres) long, can shoot their fruit projectiles most of a mile, making each one what one spectator called “one heck of a peashooter”.

Best analysis: "Dorothy Blades... thinks men crave the sense of power that only blasting a pumpkin into orbit in front of a large crowd can provide. 'Plus it's a drinkathon,' she adds."

Update: NPR has an audio piece with photos here.

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Pumping your body full of hormones is a bad idea

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It turns out the birth control path is killing women three times faster than the pill.

Citing federal death and injury reports, the AP also found that about a dozen women, most in their late teens and early 20s, died in 2004 from blood clots believed to be related to the birth-control patch, and dozens more survived strokes and other clot-related problems.

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That Good Ol' American Can-Do Entreprenurial Spirit

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Students in world's fattest country create junk food black-market to get around school bans.

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For all (????) my South Dakota readers

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If you have children in the public schools, you need to go here.

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