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Top doc backs picking your nose and eating it

Picking your nose and eating it is one of the best ways to stay healthy, according to a top Austrian doctor. - See for yourself

Shot Down In the Prime of Their Lives

1. My So-Called Life (1994-95, ABC)
Before Dawson's Creek. Before Freaks and Geeks. The teen drama that gave nerdy Brian Krakow a chance and Angela Chase (Claire Danes) a start. This one-season show was a work of art and stands alone as the one real depiction of teenage life that doesn't include unrealistic dialogue and over-the-top steamy situations. No repetitive love triangles. No "add-a-kids" or "very special episodes". I was seriously depressed when ABC cancelled this show, and I know I'm not alone. Luckily, I now own all 19 episodes in a box set. Thank you, Danny.

2. Homefront (1991-93, ABC)
This is actually the first show that came to my mind when Danny suggested this category. At its airtime, I was a freshman in high school--no job, no car, no life….I used to watch Sisters with my mom every Saturday night. So I thought maybe this was why I remembered it fondly. Then I went to jumptheshark and found out other people felt the same. Homefront is listed among their "never jumped" shows. Anyway, this show was a post-WWII drama starring Kyle Chandler (who I thought was really hot). Previously, Chandler was in the (CBS?) Vietnam drama Tour of Duty, which I regularly watched with my dad. We like our TV.

3. Cupid (1998, ABC)
Since I have already discussed this show in my Jeremy Piven post, I will not continue to bore you with my obsession. Let's just say ABC sucks.

4. Andy Richter Controls the Universe (2002-03, Fox)
Rupert Murdock, could you and your minions mess with my mind more, please? This show aired when Danny and I were finishing our college lives in Kirksville, MO. We only got two very fuzzy channels on our 13-inch TV, Fox being the most clear. So the promising commercials for this show sent us into elation--finally, something worth watching! So we watched, we liked, we were sad (they cancelled it). Then, a ray of hope: Fox brought it back. Hooray! For like three episodes. Then, nothing. Poor Andy. Guess you should have stayed with Conan and that obnoxious dog.

5. Win Ben Stein's Money (1997-2001, Comedy Central)
Every day after dinner in the illustrious Centennial Hall cafeteria, my friends and I would watch this hilarious show. Contestants would endure the constant harassment of announcer Jimmy Kimmel as they attempted to beat the "Bueller…Bueller" guy (who turned out to be very smart) in an off-beat trivia game resembling Jeopardy, with categories like "The Poison Ivy League" and "I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha."

He's good enough, he's smart enough . . .

In an effort to try and educate myself before November, I recently read Al Franken's latest book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. It was pretty funny and there were some interesting ideas. Next I want to read something from another perspective. I found a conservative-run site about Franken and his book called, and I also saw an author on the Daily Show talking about his book, Bush Country. I'm hoping that my library will get this soon, because I don't really want to buy it.

Any other recommendations for me, from either side of this debate? I'd also like to read a book like Franken's but more serious and issue focused. Most of his time is spent trying to point out stupid things that people said or did, and not explaining why their ideas don't work.


"Kickball is awesome." --Collin Young

Tivo update

Viacom channels are back on Dish Network, but I don't care, because I'm cancelling it later today. My new Direct TV dish and Tivo is set up and working nicely. I was up late last night learning how to use it, customizing our channel list and just recording random shows. I watched the Daily show while I was playing Gunbound and I could pause it during my turn and do a replay when John Stewart mumbled. This morning Sara recorded Waiting for Guffman. And yes, I did watch the Screensavers last night on Tech TV.

Funny stuff

Click to read the latest installment of Mister Language Person by Dave Barry.

A poem

All that is gold does not glitter,
not all who wander are lost,
the old that are strong do not wither,
deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
a light from the shadows shall spring,
renewed shall be blade that is broken,
the crownless again shall be king.

-Bilbo Baggins

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Happy Friday the 13th

Take triskaidekaphobia, or fear of 13s, and combine it with a Friday, a generally well-regarded day of the week, and you get Paraskevidekatriaphobics, a deep fear of Friday the 13th. (Fear of splatter films of the same name is Jasonvoorhephobia.)

It's Friday the 13th, but not to worry

Cow toupee

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Three livestock exhibitors at last year's Ohio State Fair have been disqualified for allegedly outfitting their Holstein cows with hairpieces.

State Fair inspectors said the three glued or painted hair from another part of the animal or from another animal to create straighter backs on the cows and enhance their appearance in the show ring.

Read more: State Fair Has A Cow About Bovine Hairpieces

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