Archive for February, 2007

Teacher Cuts Off a Young Student’s Tongue

This is the most horrifying thing that I have read in quite a while: an Italian teacher who got fed up with a rambunctious seven-year-old student took a pair of scissors and cut off his tongue!

Fortunately, the boy’s tongue was able to be stitched back (it is unknown how well it functions), but the poor child is severely traumatized. According to the parents, he has nightmares and is terrified of sharp objects. It may take a long time for him to recover psychologically from this (if ever).

And get this: the female teacher, who was actually a substitute, claims that it was an accident! How do you accidentally cut off someone’s tongue?

The school where the incident took place has suspended the woman, and an investigation is underway.

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U.S. Officials Will Meet with Iran and Syria

American officials have announced that they plan on holding discussions with Iraq and its neighboring countries, including Syria and Iran. The international meetings, scheduled to take place over the next two months, will be the highest-level contact that U.S. and Iranian authorities have had in over two years.

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Roger Federer Breaks Connors’s World No. 1 Streak

At 161 weeks, tennis champ extraordinaire Roger Federer now holds the record for longest consecutive time spent as number one in the ATP rankings, which have existed since 1973. On Monday, Federer passed the previous record set by Jimmy Connors between 1974 and 1977. Besides Federer and Connors, the only other two men to spend more than a hundred weeks at number one are Ivan Lendl (157) and Pete Sampras (102).

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A Bomb Detonates outside a Base in Afghanistan during Cheney’s Visit

A suicide bomber has killed nineteen people and wounded eleven outside Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney was visiting the air base at the time of the explosion but was safe inside. A Taliban spokesman claims that the attacker was attempting to get to the Vice President.

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The $2.35 Million Baseball Card of Honus Wagner

A 1909 tobacco card of baseball great Johannes Peter “Honus” Wagner has been sold for an incredible $2.35 million. The card, once owned by hockey player Wayne Gretzky, is one of only about sixty in existence that features “The Flying Dutchman.”

Wagner, who played as a shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was one of the first players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and is considered one of the greatest players in the history of the sport.

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Al Sharpton’s Ancestor May Have Been a Slave of Strom Thurmond’s Relative

The Reverend Al Sharpton wants a DNA test performed to determine if he is in fact a descendant of a slave that had been owned by a member of Strom Thurmond’s family.

A short while back, Sharpton was asked if he wanted his genealogy traced by professional genealogists from Ancestry.com. He agreed to it, and they discovered that Coleman Sharpton, believed to be the reverend’s great-grandfather, had been a slave owned by Julia Thurmond, whose grandfather was the great-great-grandfather of the late senator from South Carolina (a little confusing, I know).

This connection between the families of Sharpton and Thurmond is interesting in its own right, but more so because Thurmond ran for President as a segregationist in 1948, and Sharpton ran for President in 2004 on a civil rights platform.

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“An Inconvient Truth” Receives the Best Documentary Oscar

At the 79th Academy Awards ceremony, Al Gore’s movie An Inconvenient Truth won Oscars for both best documentary and best song (“I Need to Wake Up” by Melissa Etheridge).

The former Vice President’s film about “the overriding world challenge of our time” (that would be global warming according to Gore, not poverty, terrorism, human trafficking, or any of the other issues which one might think are more deserving of that moniker) has convinced millions of people of the imminent destruction of the planet at the hands of evil carbon dioxide-producing humans. Alas, few people have been spurred to actually do anything about it.

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