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Updates On Dead Stuff From Loooong Ago

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Well I’m glad that’s all straightened out.

Malaria and a broken leg, not murder, probably led to the demise of Egypt’s famed boy king. New testing also shows that he had a cleft palate, clubfoot and degenerative bone disease.

Archaeologists have weaved elaborate tales of intrigue and deceit about the death at age 19 of Egypt’s fabled boy king Tutankhamen, with theories that include poisoning by his regent, Aye, and a blow to the head by thugs hired by Aye, but new research indicates his cause of death was probably more mundane — complications from a broken leg and malaria.

Using a new approach for analyzing mummies called molecular Egyptology, an international team of researchers found DNA traces of malaria parasites in the boy-king’s brain, suggesting an infection was a major factor in his death.

Examination of Tut’s body and his genes confirmed that he suffered from a cleft palate and clubfoot, and showed he had a degenerative bone condition called Kohler disease II.

But he did not suffer from Marfan syndrome or other diseases that would have feminized his appearance, as many researchers have speculated from observing busts from the period.

Then again, I’m one to talk. I’ve always had a thing for dinosaurs.

And while the point of emphasis in this story is about some frog, I want to know more about the vegetarian pug-nosed crocodile.

Now appearing in the lobby of Stony Brook University Medical Center: a frog that lived in the era of the dinosaurs and is as big as a beach ball. Scientists believe it to be the largest frog ever.

The immense frog is part of a permanent exhibition that also features reconstructions of a vegetarian pug-nosed crocodile and a small meat-eating dinosaur.

“This was undoubtedly the heaviest frog ever, we estimate about 10 pounds,” said David Krause, the Stony Brook University paleontologist who unearthed the fossils of the frog and the other creatures in Madagascar. “It probably ate any available prey — lizards and snakes and mammals. It was large enough to maybe even eat hatchling dinosaurs.”

The frog’s scientific name is Beelzebufo ampinga, which means “armored devil toad.”

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February 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm

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King Of The Breakfast Menu — Not

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Because nothing says “class” like a Burger King breakfast.

Burger King plans to upgrade its coffee as it tries to overhaul its breakfast menu and boost its slumping business.

The nation’s No. 2 burger chain will add Starbucks Corp.’s Seattle’s Best Coffee to all its U.S. restaurants in a phased rollout that begins this summer, executives said Tuesday.

You know, I’ve worked fast-food. I’ve eaten fast-food breakfasts. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Burger King has some of the most foul breakfast concoctions ever made. I know they’re all disgusting, but after working one morning shift with the King I was more than happy to switch over to the lunch menu. It really wasn’t one specific thing that made me want to gag, although seeing the egg-stuff coming out of a squeeze bottle and splatter on the cooking surface is a definite contender.

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February 16, 2010 at 9:23 pm

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Utah Is Too Cool For School

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Sad thing is my first thought was, “Well students don’t do anything senior year anyway.”

Utah is considering battling its $700 million budget gap, and wiping out senioritis in the bargain, by eliminating the entire last year of high school. GOP state Sen. Chris Buttars’ proposal to eliminate 12th grade altogether could save the state up to $60 million. The plan is supported by those who argue students goof off their last year, and that it’s not needed for college. But the proposal is facing stiff opposition from parents, teachers and students.

Of course, that means the new “itis” would be “Junioritis.” And frankly my favorite year of high school was my junior year. That’s the year you’re old enough to drive (or some of your friends are old enough) and you don’t have to worry about hearing all the b.s. adults will tell you about, “boy it’s sure different once you’re out of high school.” I guess one could say junior year is stressful because of SAT’s and all that, but that’s only if you actually cared about those RACIST~! scores.

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February 16, 2010 at 9:17 pm

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The Latest Sports Figure Tied To A Performance-Enhancing Drug

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Well, the Extenze executives sure picked the right spokesperson for their product.

Jimmy Johnson.

Need I say more?

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February 16, 2010 at 9:03 pm

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A Real Ice-Breaker

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So today featured more snow. Not much, but enough to cause me to add 30 extra minutes to the usual 45-minute commute. (Mrs. kkk is out sick, which means a shorter work commute. Or so I thought.) For God’s sake, people, we just got 20+ inches of this white stuff. Now we get another inch or two and suddenly it’s panic time. Gag.

So after the fun commute to and from work, it was time to shovel the driveway and take out the trash. I must say that one of the odder pleasures I receive involve removing icicles from the house. It’s like I’m knocking Father Nature’s teeth out in thanks for this shit-tastic weather. I’d put this feeling above popping those plastic bubble wraps one seems to spend more time playing with than the actual product this insulation was protecting.

I would say Mother Nature, but then I’m afraid the feminazis might claim gender abuse or something.

One final thing to report on today: I almost shed a tear after several cars in front and behind me refused access to a line-jumper. Gridlocked motorists of the Parkway East unite. Almost made up for the 75-minute commute. Almost. Well, actually, it didn’t make up for it at all…

But seriously, I HATE these people. I get it. You’re in a hurry. You think all of us want to be sitting in our vehicles going 0 mph? The problem is there’s always some willy-nilly who relents and lets this highway bully in, which is the first step toward anarchy. However, that asshole had to be sitting there with his blinker on for a good several minutes as each of us kept bumper-to-bumper. He eventually got in, but it was due to a motorist at least four vehicles behind me. Congrats to my fellow motorists on a job well done.

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February 16, 2010 at 8:56 pm

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