October 3rd, 2007

Santa Clara

Nuns in Nasty Convent Brawl, Pope Steps in!

A CONVENT in southern
Italy is being shut down after a quarrel among its last three remaining nuns ended in blows.

Sisters Annamaria and Gianbattista, reportedly upset about their mother superior's authoritarian ways, scratched her in the face and threw her to the ground at Santa Clara convent near Bari in an incident in July that was kept quiet until now. 

Archbishop Giovanni Battista Pichierri tried to reconcile the nuns but finally decided in late August that they had "clearly lost their religious vocation'' and asked the Vatican for permission to close the convent. Sisters Annamaria and Gianbattista moved to another convent, but Sister Liliana barricaded herself inside, refusing to leave, the reports said.

She suspected Bishop Battista Pichierri of planning to cede the convent to another community. Liliana had been at the convent since its founding in 1963.

Kemo D. 7

Love, Lust or Marriage

How do you know if you're in love, lust, or marriage?


LOVE when your eyes meet across a crowded room
LUST when your tongues meet across a crowded room
MARRIAGE when your belt won't meet around your waist, and you don't care

LOVE when intercourse is called making love
LUST all other times
MARRIAGE what's intercourse?

LOVE when you argue over how many children to have
LUST When you argue over who gets the wet spot
MARRIAGE when you argue over money

LOVE when you share everything you own
LUST when you think twice about giving your partner bus money
MARRIAGE when the bank owns everything

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Nature vs. Nurture

Mysteries of Individuality Unraveled

Is it just coincidence that Bobby Bonds and his son Barry both made baseball history with their all-star power and speed? Or that Francis Ford Coppola and daughter Sofia rose to fame as award-winning film directors?

Coined nature versus nurture, it is one of the great mysteries of the mind, and much research has focused on the relative role of genes and the environment in determining everything from athleticism to personality to a person's predisposition to obesity.


Smart Research


More than a century ago, Sir Francis Galton began studying the role of genes in intelligence. He theorized that parents transferred intelligence to their children, who in turn passed these intelligent-boosting genes down to their offspring.


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The Scientific Legacy of Sputnik

Sputnik's launch stunned the world and changed it, too. It heralded in dramatic fashion a new "space age," created an identity crisis in the
United States, led to the creation of NASA and began a flurried race between the world's two superpowers to place a human on the moon. 

Sputnik touched all walks of life. For politicians, its launch provided a new and powerful way to stir up patriotism. Winning the space race was not only a matter of national security, they said, but of national pride. 


For engineers, the space age represented a new set of daunting technological hurdles to be overcome. The engineers were the group tasked with inventing machines capable of escaping Earth's gravity and reaching the moon, as well as ways to keep humans alive in space and to communicate with them from the ground. 


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Quote of the Day

"My weakness was no greater than theirs. I gave them what they wanted. They gave me what I needed." 

The X-files

Image of the Day

Princess Grace of Monaco

Born in the
United States in 1929, Grace Kelly had enjoyed a short but successful career as a Hollywood film actress in the early 1950s before marrying Prince Rainier (the head of Monaco's ancient Grimaldi dynasty) in April 1956 at the age of 26. On September 13, 1982, while driving with her daughter Stephanie to Monaco from their country home, Princess Grace, then 52, suffered a stroke, causing her Rover P6 to plunge 100 feet down a mountainside. Grace died the next day without regaining consciousness.

Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)