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A Scanner Darkly

Based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly is a mind-bending showcase of drug induced psychosis. Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves) is an undercover police officer tracking down the source of a potent…


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The Virus and Bacteria Hoax

Have you ever seen a picture of Darth Vader, the big dude in black from the Star Wars movies? Sure you have. Scary, isn’t he? But do you really believe Darth Vader exists? Are you…


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Another Bank Loses Your Data

One more entry in Random Notions’ Business At The Speed Of Stupid file. When banks transport money, they usually do so using armored trucks and armed guards. There’s a lookout posted when the stop. They…


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Rogers Drops Services

From Random Notions’ Business At The Speed Of Stupid file. For more than 20 years, Rogers Cable has provided 20 to 30 radio stations over its analog cable service. Customers could hook up their cable…


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Stupid Radio Station Stunts

From Random Notion’s “Business At The Speed Of Stupid” file. A radio station, KDND 107.9 in Sacramento, held a contest they called “Hold Your Wee for a Wii.” The winner, whoever could drink the most…


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The Soap That Wouldn’t Leave

We have in our bathroom a bar of soap we picked up about six months ago from a Holiday Inn in Michigan. Yes, my wife and I are among that sad class of obsessive individuals…


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Lady In The Water

My wife and I just finished watching Lady In The Water, an M. Night Shyamalan movie. This was a film we’ve wanted to see for some time, ever since we saw the first trailers for…


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Scientific Fanaticism

At a recent conference at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, scientists debated the relationship between science and religion. Not surprisingly, most of those in attendance had little use for religion,…


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Pointless Mission Statements

It’s sad how some companies put such emphasis on mission statements that say so little. Consider the following. These are actual mission statements from actual companies, showing how actually lame these businesses are. “We will…


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Celestial Navigation

Can you find Earth 150 million kilometers away? Move your mouse over the image to see it labeled. Have you ever wondered how those folks on the Enterprise found their way around? Imagine it. You’re…


A History Lesson For The Pope

In his first Christmas Eve mass since becoming the leader of the Catholic faith, Pope Benedict XVI had a lot to say about peace. Referring specifically to the Middle East, he said, “We wish to…