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New Briefs 09-11-2004

I hate it when I’m right…

  • Did an exploding star change the course of human evolution?
  • Superflu a threat as ducks emerge as the stealth carrier. Except when they go ‘quack’, you can generally spot them then.
  • What’s causing the decline in bird and animal numbers? ‘So long and thanks for all the fish’ perhaps? Also: half of European bird species in danger of extinction.
  • Ruins of Manichean centre found in West Azerbaijan.
  • Concerns over tilting Taj Mahal dismissed. “A bottle of Scotch is all you need to straighten it up,” say archaeologists. Hic.
  • Excavated Civil War submarine had sophisticated design. Not sophisticated enough to stop three crews from dying, but hey – it was 1864, so we’ll give them some latitude.
  • Pompeii pottery may rewrite history.
  • Archaeologist claims 90% of Pakistani and Iranian sites have been looted of their treasures, which are flooding into the London blackmarket.
  • Antarctic forests reveal ancient trees.
  • Forget the electric automobile, what about a car that runs on beef liver and hydrogen peroxide?
  • Independent seismologists question earthquake prediction system. System replies, “42”.
  • US government’s latest supercomputer officially crowned as most powerful numbercruncher on the planet. Imagine what they’ve got that we haven’t been told about…
  • Weapons expert denounces space weapons, calls for treaty instead.
  • New $50 million space prize launched with goal of orbiting space tourists.
  • UK government rejects calls to revolutionise peer-review process for scientific papers.
  • Giant hail found to be killer of more than 200 in Himalayas.
  • China ramps up their human spaceflight efforts. Did someone say ‘race’?
  • The brothers Richardson, of Gonzo Science fame, hold their first UFO conference.
  • 60 firefighters battle blaze involving 450 tonnes of chocolate at English Cadbury factory. Now that’s hot chocolate.
  • NASA studies the original ‘Rain Man’, Kim Peek, to try and figure out how his amazing skills keep improving with age.

Quote of the Day:

The bombs destroyed the area and left behind a 60-foot crater, or as coalition forces prefer to call it: a ‘freedom hole’.

Jon Stewart

  1. Space Weapons
    Not what I wanted to read, so shortly after the re-election of Bush. It would be funny if it was not so serious but what the heck, the following comment from Fark.Com sums it up nicely:

    “Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the US of A. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new paranoias, to seek out irrational threats and create new fears, to boldly waste money where no one has wasted money before”.


  2. freedom hole
    Geeze Greg, a 60 ft crater!
    Is this the sort of bomb the Americans are going to test just up the road from here at Tin Can Bay?
    And uranium tipped as well I believe.
    The way I see it, if anyone wants to test their bombs they can do it in their own country.
    I feel sick,sicker even than I felt after the election.
    Why have they taken our world from us, and parodied it so I don’t know it anymore.
    Who was it wanted Fallujah levelled to the ground? You, Bill?
    Well, it’s almost there, and are we supposed to feel good about it?
    None of those people hurt me or mine; they have no WMD, Saddam is captured…………


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