Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Cheerleading Injuries More Than Double

File under: More Hopeless Knowledge.

Research indicates cheerleading injuries more than doubled from 1990 through 2002, while participation grew just 18 percent over the same period.

"Cheerleading is not what it used to be. It's no longer standing on the sidelines looking cute in a skirt," said Erin Brooks ..... The rise in injuries is probably because the stunts are increasingly difficult, the researchers said. Cheerleading has "evolved from a school-spirit activity into an activity demanding high levels of gymnastics skill and athleticism," the study said. It's not just standing on sidelines with pompoms going, `Rah, rah, rah' said Dr. Barry Boden .....

Two-Headed Snake for Sale for $150,000

ST. LOUIS - For sale: One snake. Albino. Has two heads. Asking $150,000 or best offer. The World Aquarium in St. Louis has been home to We, a one-of-a-kind two-headed albino rat snake, since 1999. President Leonard Sonnenschein has decided to sell the reptile, and bidding on eBay will start at $150,000.

Van Wallach of Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology said: "We expect the sale of We to be on the same level of demand as a priceless art object." The snake has female genitalia, though aquarium president Sonnenschein believes one head is male and the other female.

Support for Bush drops among US military: poll.

WASHINGTON - Agence France-Presse (AFP) - In its annual survey of the views of military personnel, the the magazine group Military Times reported on its website that support for Bush's overall policies dropped over the past year to 60 percent from 71 percent.

While still significantly more supportive of the president than the broad US population, the fall in support by military personnel tracks a similar decline in the president's popularity among the general public.

In other news ..... France is still a sh*thole.

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United Nations Take a Tough Stand on Iran.

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Tuesday it would not approve 2006 caviar export quotas for the Caspian Sea basin, where most of the delicacy is produced, until it had more information on stock levels and illegal sales. The decision, in effect an export ban, covers foreign sales from Azerbaijan, Russia, Iran and Kazakhstan.


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