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  • News of the Weird: Norway's Battle Against Chaos

    News of the Weird: Norway's Battle Against Chaos
    Norwegian public television (NRK), which introduced the now-legendary continuous, live log-burning show (12 hours long, with “color commentary” on the historical and cultural importance of fire), scheduled a new program for this week in its appeal to serenity (labeled “Slow TV”). On Nov. 1, NRK was to televise live, for five hours, an attempt to break the world record for producing a sweater, from shearing the sheep to spinning the wool and knitting the garment (current record: 4:51, by Australians). (In addition to the log, NRK viewers have been treated to live cams on a salmon-fishing boat and, for five days, on a cruise ship.) Said an NRK journalist, “You would think it's boring television, but we have quite good ratings for these programs.”
  • UNC players spray painted Duke locker room after Thursday win

    The winner of the Duke-North Carolina football game has traditionally spray painted the Victory Bell either dark or light blue immediately after the game. Thursday, though, the Tar Heels were over-exuberant in their celebration after a 45-20 win,...

    Hagel was meant to cut military; Islamic State's rise changed that

    WASHINGTON As the Pentagon absorbed the shock of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's unexpected resignation Monday, another realization set in: Neither Hagel's departure, just like those of his two predecessors, nor the arrival of his successor promises major...

    Neither rain nor snow nor heat sways views on climate science

    Think that people in upstate New York will more strongly believe climate change is upon us after an early November blizzard dumped 7 feet of snow, which then was turned to slush by spring-like temperatures? Think again. Freaky seasons and drastic...

    Would an Obama immigration order be on firm legal ground?

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama is about to flex his muscles on immigration; perhaps, skeptics believe, past the breaking point. As chief of the executive branch, Obama enjoys considerable authority to act on his own in certain areas, including...