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Former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham, recently convicted for taking bribes, will still receive his annual $36,000 pension while in prison for the next eight years. - North County Times, 12/14/05

195 deceased people's ashes will be shot into space in rockets in the spring of 2006, including James Doohan, who played Scotty on Star Trek. - Time Magazine, 3/6/06

Benito Middle School student Jasmine Roberts won the science fair with a project that compared the ice used in drinks with the water from toilet bowls in the fast-food restaurants. Seventy percent of the time, the ice had more bacteria than the toilet water. - MSNBC, 2/26/06

Brittany Schneiders, a 12 year old honor-roll student, has been charged with battery for "kicking the ball a little too hard" in a wall ball (similar to dodgeball) game at Hermosa Elementary School. - Ontario (CA) Daily Bulletin, 3/2/06

A Hungarian skater fell through the ice of a frozen pond and was discovered by passers-by 10 minutes later clinging to the edge of the ice with her teeth as frostbite rendered her hands useless. - The Week Magazine, 2/17/06

One of the jurors in the Enron trial became "overwhelmed" by the heavy cologne of Daniel Petrocelli, the lawyer for Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling. - MSNBC, 2/17/06

A soldier wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq was forced to pay for his body armor, which was discarded because it was covered in blood. William Rebrook, 25, told Army officials in Fort Hood, Texas, that the last time he saw the armor it was being peeled off his twitching body. But the Army said it had no record of that, and Rebrook had to borrow $700 from friends. “It was like, thank you for your service, now here’s the bill for $700,” said Rebrook, who has lost the full use of his right arm. - The Week Magazine, 2/10/06

An exhausted Saudi baggage handler took a nap in an airliner’s unpressurized and unheated cargo hold and woke up with the plane bound for Turkey. Muhammed Mursi was hospitalized for pneumonia after he spent the three-hour flight banging frantically on the passenger cabin’s floor. - The Week Magazine, 2/10/06

Multimillionaire David Pizer has made arrangements to have his body frozen in liquid nitrogen as soon as possible after he dies. He hopes to be revived sometime in the future when medicine has advanced far beyond where it stands today. Because Mr. Pizer doesn't wish to return a pauper, he's taken an additional step: He's left his money to himself. - Wall Street Journal, 1/21/06

The woman who had the first full face transplant has started to use her lips to take up smoking again. - San Diego Union, 1/19/06

A 20-year-old California Institute of Technology student set a new world's record for solving a Rubik's Cube puzzle. It took Leyan Lo 11.13 seconds. - MSNBC, 1/15/06

A 41 year old woman recently married a dolphin in Israel. - MSNBC, 1/3/06

Yoshiro Nakamatsu, a Japanese inventor, has been photographing and analyzing every meal he has eaten for more than 34 years. -, 10/8/06

John Mainstone of the University of Queensland continues to monitor an experiment that began in the year 1927, in which a glob of congealed black tar has been slowly dripping through a funnel at a rate of around one drop every nine years. - The Guardian, 10/7/05

A mugger who robbed a couple at a South African zoo tried to hide from his pursuers in the tiger enclosure, where he was promptly mauled to death. - CBS News, 12/21/05

In 1955, a 9-year-old girl from South Dakota was riding her pony when a tornado appeared, carried her over a hill, and safely set her down 1,000 feet away. - Entertainment Weekly, 1/13/06

Between 1942 and 1977, Park Ranger Roy Sullivan was struck by lightning seven times. - Entertainment Weekly, 1/13/06

Navy wife Suzy Walker bought a sailor mannequin as a substitute for her husband who is at sea aboard the USS West Virginia. She eats dinner with the mannequin and takes it on shopping trips. - MSNBC, 12/14/05

63 days after the earthquake in Pakistan, a survivor was rescued from the rubble. - Yahoo! News, 12/14/05

A man who was struck in the head by a subway train three years ago (as he impatiently peered into the tunnel) has been struck in the head by a subway train as he impatiently peered into the tunnel. - Akron Beacon Journal, 12/7/05
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