News of the Weird: Too-Much-Reality TV
Jan09

News of the Weird: Too-Much-Reality TV

Russian producers are planning the so-far-ultimate survivors’ show — in the Siberian wilderness for nine months with temperatures as low as minus-40-degrees Fahrenheit, with 30 contestants selected after signing liability waivers that protect the show even if someone is raped or murdered. Police may come arrest the perpetrators, but the producers are not responsible for intervening. The show, Game2: Winter, will be telecast live,...

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News of the Weird: Oh-So-Sweet Dreams
Jan03

News of the Weird: Oh-So-Sweet Dreams

The Hastens workshop in Koping, Sweden, liberally using the phrase “master artisans” recently, unveiled its made-to-order $149,900 mattress. Bloomberg News reported in December on Hastens’ use of superior construction materials such as pure steel springs, “slow-growing” pine, multiple layers of flax, horsehair lining (braided by hand, then unwound to ensure extra spring), and cotton covered by flame-retardant wool batting. With a...

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Back Talk: The US Flag and Electoral College
Dec12

Back Talk: The US Flag and Electoral College

US flag represents truths both inspiring and terrible We write to offer a veterans’ viewpoint different from those dominating the events at Hampshire College in Amherst. We are members of chapter 95, Veterans for Peace, an international veterans’ organization whose mission is to build a culture of peace, expose the true costs of war, and heal the wounds of war. Though we wouldn’t burn the flag, we applaud and support the work of...

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News of the Weird: Even Baking Soda is Dangerous
Dec05

News of the Weird: Even Baking Soda is Dangerous

Almost all law enforcement agencies in America use the Scott Reagent field test when they discover powder that looks like cocaine, but the several agencies that have actually conducted tests for false positives say they happen up to half the time. In October, the latest victims — husband-and-wife truck drivers with spotless records and Pentagon clearances — were finally released after 75 days in jail awaiting trial for baking soda...

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This Weekend: Brattleboro’s Annual LEGO Contest
Nov14

This Weekend: Brattleboro’s Annual LEGO Contest

A Piece of Resistance When things fall apart, civility snaps, and a huffing, puffing bully blows our brick houses down, we have to do what our children know to do: wipe our tears, gather it all up block by block, and come to the table to rebuild. That’s the art of  creative, hopeful, American thinking. And, you know, LEGOs. This week, the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center invites master builders of all ages to design and build...

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