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Happy Cinco de Mayo, as today commemorates el Día de la Batalla de Puebla, the victory of the Mexicans over the French in the Battle of Puebla. I am also celebrating a victory today as I have vanquished my cold (man I can shoehorn a segue out of anything), and am enjoying my emergence from my antihistamine haze.

Today's common cold link was an interesting read on the topic... I was particularly fascinated by the hypothesis that not getting many colds might actually be a sign of a malfunctioning immune system, rather than the reverse, which would be the obvious assumption.

Links of the Day: Common Cold. Thanks Enahs.
Trading Places Walking Illusions.
Stories of the Day: Rescuers prep for hybrid car accidents. Thanks Cliff Eyler.
Disney Forbidding Distribution of Film That Criticizes Bush (registration required).
Coke and Pepsi to Face Off in Carb Battle.
Science!: Global warming debate aside, West is heating up.
Babies Born With a Mission.
States act on animal-car crashes.
Image of the Day: VW Bus Ball. Thanks Dan Leadbetter.
Seen at an AICPA Tech Conference. Thanks Ant.
Media of the Day: Badgerphone.
Auction of the Day: From eBay to batter's box, for only $5,601. Thanks Bill Money.
Billy Joel 1967 Citroen Grill from Slam.
Follow-ups: Anti-Vaccination Fever: The Shot Hurt Around the World.
FCC flooded with Oprah complaints and Thanks A/S/LayerAODsk.
Thanks Mike Martinez

59. While We're on the subject of lists.. May 5, 2004, 20:33 MeatForce
"Harper's Index for April 2004
Posted on Wednesday, May 5, 2004.

Number of articles in major U.S. newspapers that have called any White House statement on Iraq a lie : 0 [Harper's research ]

Number of the five tax-cut questions asked the president on Meet the Press last winter that concerned the cuts' inequity : 0 [Meet the Press transcript, 2/8/04 ]

Average amount a Bush Cabinet member will save this year due to cuts in capital-gains and dividend taxes : $42,000 [The Independent (London) ]

Median U.S. household income in 2002 : $42,409 [U.S. Census Bureau (Washington) ]

Number of Angola's seven richest citizens who are government officials and former government officials, respectively : 6, 1 [The Economist (London) ]

Percentage change in Mexico's inflation-adjusted minimum wage since the implementation of NAFTA in 1994 : -21 [Carlos Salas, Universidad AutUnoma Metropolitana (Iztapalapa, Mexico) ]

Last year in which U.S. commercial crude-oil inventories were as low as they were in January : 1975 [Energy Information Administration (Washington) ]

Rank of 2003 among years in which the most HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths occurred worldwide : 1 [Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (Geneva) ]

Percentage discount that Lesotho's prostitutes offered truckers in 2002 who used a condom : 50 [Mopheme/The Survivor (Maseru, Lesotho) ]

Number of Danes who died from heroin or morphine in 2002 for every Dane who died from methadone that year : 1.06 [Institute of Forensic Medicine (Copenhagen) ]

Number of people in France who are injured each year opening oysters : 2,000 [Institut de Veille Sanitaire (Saint-Maurice, France) ]

Hours it took two surgeons to separate conjoined turtles in Arizona last February : 4 [University Animal Hospital (Tempe, Ariz.) ]

Number of the 76 reported attempts by bears to break into New Jersey homes last year that were successful : 53 [New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (Trenton) ]

Estimated percentage of web links for requests to "unsubscribe" from mass emails that fail : 63 [Federal Trade Commission (Washington) ]

Percentage of U.S. voters whose 2004 vote will be cast via a computer system producing no paper record : 29 (see page 83) [Election Data Services (Washington) ]

Number of votes cast in New Hampshire's Republican primary this year for write-in Democratic candidates : 8,092 [Office of the Secretary of State (Concord, N.H.) ]

Number of votes by which George W. Bush won the state in November 2000 : 7,211 [Federal Election Commission (Washington) ]

Percentage of Afghans who have registered to vote : 3 [United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Kabul) ]

Ratio of the number of Afghan men who have registered to the number of women who have done so : 10:3 [United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Kabul) ]

Amount Iraqi parents were paid for naming sons born on Saddam Hussein's birthday after him : $200 [Jack Fairweather (Baghdad) ]

Minimum number of Iraq's Saddam Husseins who have officially changed their names or are in the process of doing so : 300 [Jack Fairweather (Baghdad) ]

Monthly bonus an Indian chief of police is paying his officers who grow mustaches, which, he believes, command respect : 66c [The Asian Age (New Delhi) ]

Number of countries whose technologies are suspected of having contributed to Pakistan's nuclear program : 6 [Guarav Kampani, Center for Nonproliferation Studies (Monterey, Calif.) ]

Number of countries that have received Pakistani nuclear technology : 4 [Guarav Kampani, Center for Nonproliferation Studies (Monterey, Calif.) ]

Estimated number of years that guards at the top U.S. nuclear storehouse have cheated during anti-terrorism drills : 20 [U.S. Department of Energy ]

Year in which Citigroup formed a company called Buconero, Italian for "black hole," to help Parmalat conceal debt : 1999 [Division of Corporations (Dover, Del.) ]

Factor by which a blimp being developed for the U.S. government by Lockheed Martin exceeds the size of Goodyear's : 25 [Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, Md.) ]

Number of plaques bearing biblical verses that the Park Service reinstalled at the Grand Canyon last year : 3 (see page 27) [Grand Canyon National Park (Ariz.) ]

Number of states that do not use the word "evolution" in their science curricula : 5 [National Center for Science Education (Oakland) ]

Number of states in which felons who have completed their sentence are not allowed to vote : 11 [The Sentencing Project (Washington) ]

Factor by which Florida's white defendants are more likely than blacks to get a plea bargain blocking felony conviction : 1.5 [The Miami Herald (Miami) ]

Median income of black U.S. families as a percentage of white families' in 1968 and 2002, respectively : 60, 58 [United for a Fair Economy (Boston) ]

Number of cents a U.S. woman earned for every dollar that a U.S. man did in 1983 and 2000, respectively : 80.4, 79.7 [General Accounting Office (Washington) ]

Factor by which the average pay of a pro baseball player and a Fortune 500 CEO, respectively, have increased since 1973 : 16, 4 [BusinessWeek (N.Y.C.)/Major League Baseball Players Association (N.Y.C.) ]

Maximum fine in Baltimore for dancing or not standing during the singing of the national anthem : $100 [Department of Legislative Reference (Baltimore) ]

Amount spent worldwide on mobile-phone ring tones, expressed as a percentage of the global music market : 10 [ARC Group (London) ]

Number of MP3 players designed to be clipped inside an AK-47's ammunition chamber sold worldwide last year : 10,000 [ (London) ]

Percentage of U.S. elementary schools that eliminated recess between 1977 and 1997 : 40 [The American Association for the Child's Right to Play (Hempstead, N.Y.) ]

Number of snowballs a New York City man sold on the street one day last December : 10 [New York Daily News (N.Y.C.) ]

Profits he reaped : $9.50"
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This comment was edited on May 5, 20:43.
I'm not even angry. I'm being so sincere right now, even though you broke my heart and killed me.
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  3. May 5, 10:54  Re: So was it the Cold-Eeze?  Blue 
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  11. May 5, 11:56 Disney complicity
  12. May 5, 12:04 Take a minute Bronco
  13. May 5, 12:25  Re: Take a minute WebDemon
  14. May 5, 12:26  Re: Take a minute Fillem
  21. May 5, 13:20   Re: Take a minute Fingers M
  26. May 5, 13:40    Re: Take a minute ExcessDan
  15. May 5, 12:47  Moore is a bigot WaltC
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  28. May 5, 13:50   Re: Moore is a bigot SmyTTor
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  45. May 5, 16:40      Re: Moore is a bigot Halsy
  47. May 5, 17:34    Re: Moore is a bigot The Truth
  16. May 5, 12:54  Re: Take a minute Zathrus
  20. May 5, 13:18  Re: Take a minute Enahs
  58. May 5, 20:21   Re: Take a minute MeatForce
>> 59. May 5, 20:33    While We're on the subject of lists.. MeatForce
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  17. May 5, 12:55 The good, the bad, and the ugly Flo
  23. May 5, 13:32  Re: The good, the bad, and the ugly Fillem
  27. May 5, 13:42  Re: The good, the bad, and the ugly  Blue 
  32. May 5, 14:47   Re: The good, the bad, and the ugly Halsy
  19. May 5, 13:16 OT banddirector
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  22. May 5, 13:22 No subject OsinO
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  50. May 5, 19:16 Cold Noses unaloony
  57. May 5, 20:13  Re: Cold Noses Enahs
  51. May 5, 19:40 Stats Wiwi Jumbo
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