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  • A Portrait’s Long Fingers Suggest El Greco

    04/22/2012 12:46:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 12, 2012 | CAROL VOGEL
    Camilla Blaffer calls it her “best find.” A grimy old-master painting of a saint gazing upward, his hands crossed on his chest and a skull perched on a rock in the foreground. A friend of Ms. Blaffer’s bought the canvas, without realizing who painted it, on her behalf about 20 years ago at a small Paris auction. That canvas, along with hundreds of other artworks and decorative objects, languished in a warehouse outside Paris. Some years later Ms. Blaffer asked her friend John T. Spike, an art historian and a scholar in residence at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at...
  • 427.9-pound tuna disqualified from record

    04/21/2012 11:39:03 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 15 replies
    upi. ^ | April 20, 2012
    DANIA BEACH, Fla., -- The International Game Fish Association in Florida said a 427.9-pound yellowfin tuna is not a world record because someone else touched the angler's pole. The organization said the giant fish, caught by Robert Pedigo aboard the Journeyman off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Thursday, is not eligible for the world record because Danny Osuna, a captain working as a deckhand aboard the Journeyman, touched Pedigo's pole while he was struggling with the tuna, reported Friday. IGFA rules state a world record fish must be caught without any help. "We have caught a lot of...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 16, April 20, 2012

    04/20/2012 10:06:22 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 148 replies
    Friday, April 20, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning to my FRiends, fellow gardeners, future gardeners, and lurkers! It is beautiful and sunny today here in NELA. We received 2-1/2 inches of rain earlier in the week and it is still very wet in the yard and garden. I've been keeping busy with my bee yard ... I got called about a swarm day-before-yesterday, about 25 miles south of my house. I still had all of my bee catching equipment in my truck from doing a hive cutout last weekend, so off I went. Below is a photo of the swarm when I got there, and...
  • Sea Creatures' True Beauty Revealed in Winning Underwater Photos

    04/19/2012 9:44:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 19 April 2012 | Jeanna Bryner
    A dashing-red sea slug that seems to be hamming it up for the camera in the U.S. Virgin Islands has come into focus in this year's winning underwater photograph in an annual contest put on by the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. More than 700 images were submitted for this year'sunderwater photography contest, Ximena Olds' photo of the headshield sea slug against a brilliant background of green seagrass taking home the "best overall" award. Olds is a local Key Biscayne, Fla., resident. The photos were judged by a panel of experts that included: photographer and...
  • Cops: Dave Matthews Tribute Band Took Swan Boat, Capsized it in Lake Eola

    04/18/2012 3:27:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 16, 2012 | Amy Pavuk
    Three members of The Dave Matthews Tribute Band were arrested over the weekend on charges that they commandeered a swan boat on Lake Eola and accidentally capsized the watercraft, Orlando police reported Monday. Carlton Neil Newcomb, Ryan Michael Clifford and Derryck Christopher Gleaton were arrested at about 2 a.m. Saturday after officers responded to the lake. A police report said the boat had capsized, and Clifford and Newcomb were trying to get it back upright again. An officer ended up giving the men a rope to secure the boat to another boat, which was tied to the dock. SNIP Each...
  • Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Review

    04/17/2012 5:32:35 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 17 April 2012 | David Gonzales
    In my assessment, the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield appears to be one of the more interesting product announcements to come out of the 2012 NRA convention that was recently held in St. Louis. With this announcement Smith & Wesson has thrown their hat into the ever crowding compact pistol arena.The M&P Shield is a striker fired weapon and is just .95 inches wide by 4.6 inches high and is just 6.1 inches long.It weighs 19oz. and comes chambered in either 9mm or .40 S&W. The feature that grabbed my attention is the thumb safety on the left side of...
  • Rugby Player Says He is Happier Since Stroke 'Turned Him Gay'

    04/17/2012 12:54:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 17 Apr 2012
    A year ago, Chris Birch, 26, was a 19st beer-swilling athlete from the Welsh valleys who loved motorbikes and was engaged to marry his girlfriend at the time. However, after suffering a stroke, he woke up to realise that he was no longer attracted to women. He has since slimmed down, quit his job in a bank to become a hairdresser and is engaged to another man. Reflecting on the dramatic change, Mr Birch, from Caerphilly, told the BBC: “The Chris I knew had gone and a new Chris sort of came along. I came to the realisation that the...
  • Jefferson alderman has vast stash of political buttons

    04/17/2012 11:45:59 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-17-12 | Meg Jones
    Jefferson - Bill Brandel likes Ike, wants Willkie, knows in his heart Goldwater is right and is cool for Coolidge. The Jefferson city alderman and retired schoolteacher has amassed a collection of thousands of campaign buttons and memorabilia sporting slogans that resonated with voters, and some that didn't. His hobby began when he was too young to vote, when his grandmother gave him an "I Like Ike" pin back in the 1950s. Later he worked for Barry Goldwater's failed presidential bid in 1964 and started collecting Goldwater pins - some colored gold emblazoned with the candidate's name in Periodic Table...
  • 'Hunger Games' Success Sparks Interest in Archery

    04/16/2012 11:00:38 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    Chicago - Everyone expected the "Hunger Games" would rule the box office. But one unexpected side effect of the hit movie and book series is that archery is now hotter than ever. Archery clubs and ranges across the country are seeing a huge boost in interest right now.
  • Solar Power (vanity)

    04/16/2012 1:54:30 AM PDT · by killermosquito · 9 replies
    killermosquito ^ | 4/16/2012 | killermosquito
    With the price of solar panels dropping I have to wonder if I should investigate since I live in sunny eastern North Carolina.
  • Why Dean Martin's Still so Cool

    04/14/2012 2:45:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    WPTZ ^ | Bob Greene
    A few years ago a group of us were having dinner at a steakhouse, and among the people at the table were the terrific sports columnist Mike Downey and his wife, Gail Martin. The manager of the place came over to say hello; introductions were made. At one point in the evening I was making my way to the men's room and ran into the manager again. I said to him, "That Gail Martin you met? I think you're probably familiar with her late father." "Who was her dad?" the man said. "His first name was Dean," I said. Within...
  • FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread (April 14, 2012)

    04/14/2012 4:12:40 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 46 replies
    FreeRepublic Cooks | April 14, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the 19th installment of the FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread for 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or seven- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. (All 2011 FReeper Recipes are on my profile page as an Online Cookbook Thread Link)
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 15, April 13, 2012

    04/13/2012 8:19:42 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 130 replies
    Happy Friday the 13th, and good morning fellow gardeners and FRiends! I hope that you are enjoying weather as beautiful as what we are experiencing here in NE Louisiana. Nights and mornings are cool and breezy, and the days very warm.I've planted 1.6 acres of bi-color sweet corn. We checked the seed the next day and it had already sprouted, and was pegged the following day. Perfect conditions!Looking forward to hearing what's going on in your neck o' the woods. The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds....
  • (Vanity) See 'The Avengers' Red Carpet Show / Interviews

    04/11/2012 8:36:13 PM PDT · by Sneakyuser · 17 replies
    L.A.Times ^ | 4/11/2012
    See the red carpet arrivals and interviews from the world premiere of “The Avengers” at El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. ‘The Avengers’- See Robert Downey Jr., Joss Whedon live at premiere “The Avengers” stars assembled on the red carpet Wednesday night for the film’s Hollywood premiere. Didn’t get the call from Nick Fury? You can watch the event live right here (and the entire video later).
  • Fanfare for the Comma Man

    04/10/2012 2:00:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 9, 2012 | Ben Yagoda
    Is it safe to talk about punctuation again? Eight years ago, Lynne Truss’s best-selling “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” took, in the words of her subtitle, a “Zero Tolerance Approach” to the subject. Although Truss’s focus on errors drew the ire, if not the fire, of grammarians, linguists and other “descriptivists,” her book was, for the most part, harmless and legitimate. Still, it overlooked a lot. Maybe more than any other element of writing, punctuation combines rules with issues of sound, preference and personal style. And as Truss didn’t adequately acknowledge, even the rules change over time. The two big players...

    04/09/2012 4:03:45 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies
    self | April 9, 2012 | swampsniper
    I'm gradually getting some work done, my short naps are using up a lot of time lately.
  • Fan returns double-eagle ball

    04/08/2012 7:52:43 PM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 31 replies
    ESPN ^ | 4/8/2012 | Gene Wojciechowski
    AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The golf ball sat at the bottom of the left pocket of Wayne Mitchell's green cargo shorts. "I've got a zip on it," Mitchell said of the zipper pulled tight across the pants leg. He might have considered a safety deposit box. Mitchell owned -- for a few hours, at least -- one of the most famous golf balls in Masters history. He got it Sunday afternoon after Louis Oosthuizen double-eagled the par-5 2nd hole, pulled the Titleist from the cup and, incredibly, underhand-tossed it toward the patrons seated behind the green. It landed in the hands...

    04/08/2012 11:26:20 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 31 replies
    self | April 8, 2012 | swampsniper
    Daughter Mary and I made a quick run through the gator farm rookery. It's still winding up but when it gets hotter I won't be able to handle it. I got enough for several posts, these are all I had the energy to process today, gonna take a nap now.This was the first outing for my Sony since it got back from the repair shop. No problems so far!
  • Holy Ant Hill Batman.....

    04/08/2012 7:54:27 AM PDT · by Doogle · 37 replies ^ |
    You know those ants outside between that crack in the concrete 10 tons of cement?
  • FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread (Happy Easter)

    04/07/2012 6:43:36 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 28 replies
    FreeRepublic Cooks | April 7, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the 18th installment of the FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread for 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or seven- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. (All 2011 FReeper Recipes are on my profile page as an Online Cookbook Thread Link)