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Monday, June 7, 2010

For those times when you can't find a corkscrew...

How to open a bottle of wine with your shoe.

Police astonished by rectal capacity of prison smuggler

Andrew Sullivan and Josh Apatow on Gore's marriage breakup

"It is well known in Washington he is the most hung politician around," Sullivan added.

Apatow offered his theory why the Gore separated with his wife earlier in the week - that something happened on a college campus giving a speech.

"He's doing his speeches, he performing at ‘colleges,'" Apatow said. "Isn't that what we all did at some point? A lot of college speeches about the environment. He wants to use it, Bill."

Obama knew from the beginning that oil leak would likely last months

"Carol Browner, director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, told Obama in late April that the blowout would likely lead to an unprecedented environmental disaster, a senior White House aide told The Daily Beast. Browner warned that capping a well at such depths had never been done before, and that they ought to expect an oil spill that would continue until a relief well was drilled in August, the aide said. (Browner’s office did not immediately reply to a request for comment).

That bleak prognosis, delivered so early on, has infused Obama’s senior team with a sense of fatalism about the spill from the start. Little that has happened since has changed their mindset. Now six weeks later, the president’s top advisers expect the oil spill – and the negative stories – to continue through August."

Founder of Ground Zero mosque part of group that helped fund Gaza flotilla

Want your kids to do better in school? Become a lesbian.

The authors found that children raised by lesbian mothers — whether the mother was partnered or single — scored very similarly to children raised by heterosexual parents on measures of development and social behavior. These findings were expected, the authors said; however, they were surprised to discover that children in lesbian homes scored higher than kids in straight families on some psychological measures of self-esteem and confidence, did better academically and were less likely to have behavioral problems, such as rule-breaking and aggression.

UK civil servants feared inquiry into 7/7 bombings would focus negatively on Muslims

The warning was delivered in a briefing paper to Charles Clarke, the then-home secretary, as he considered whether or not to launch an inquiry into the 2005 bombings, in which 52 innocent people were killed. 

In the paper, Sir John Gieve, the Home Office permanent secretary, said that upsetting Muslims would be a "potential cost" of ministers agreeing to demands for a full inquiry.