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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.”
  • Most U.S. kids don't live in 'traditional' homes, and that's OK

    Most U.S. kids don't live in 'traditional' homes, and that's OK
    Less than half of American kids live in a "traditional" home, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of 2013 American Community Survey data. Forty-six percent of children younger than 18 live with two heterosexual parents in their first...

    Ann McFeatters: Politicians say the darndest things!

    Note use of expletive in this story. WASHINGTON � Pols say the darndest things! We have culled from masses of malapropisms, silly statements, dumb observations and, sadly, few words of wisdoms from our national leaders in 2014. Hope it gives...

    Rice, Cosby flaps empower women to speak against abuse

    "Blame the victim" is the standard default response in our country for rape and domestic-abuse cases. She dressed inappropriately. The sex was consensual, and she just got upset the morning after. He or she provoked matters, and it escalated into a...

    Investing winners feel cocky at end of 2014

    For investors in 2014, it was hard not to feel like winners. The S&P 500 is up 10 percent on the year, and existing-home sales just enjoyed a 32nd month of year-over-year price gains, according to the National Association of Realtors. It's almost fair to...