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I've got mail

— What I clicked when I went through my backlog of mail this morning:

Will,
This is a very bizarre and shady story.
Take care,
G. Wrinkle

Will replies: G, that is the story that keeps on giving. Every sentence is more bizarre than the previous. I couldn't even recommend it as inspiration for creative writing because I don't think there's anything left to add. Amazing.

Rich points out a site that would have been good with yesterday's item about being a little too enthusiastic about the promise of stem cells.  This company wants you to store your menstrual blood. NOTE: Flash video/audio plays automatically when the page loads.

Rich also sent this one about a guy who refused to show his receipt to the security guard at the exit of a Circuit City and ends up calling the police and getting himself arrested. At first I was sure he was just a jerk but by the end of the story I understood his point.

Jan sends this snowflake maker.

I am sure you get lots of email from people who read your column, but I thought it would be great since you posted so much about the Virginia Tech tragedy to see/share this.
Thanks.

Eric sent this collection of lightning porn.

Will,
This Free Rice website will donate 10 grains of rice through the UN to help end world hunger for every vocab word you get correct. I found the link through the bbc.com news site.  I think it may be worth a mention.
Gillian

Will replies: Gillian, when this came out the link spread like wildfire but I resisted because I can't shake that scammy feeling. I looked around and I see a lot of other people who got the same feeling but also couldn't find any facts to justify the feeling. I think what bothers me is that grain isn't purchased by the grain, so to say that you've donated ten grains is already working from a dishonest premise. I'm even suspicious of the word game, it feels like busywork. Am I contributing to some kind of user generated dictionary? Anyway, like I said, I don't find any facts to support my feeling so I'll just shut up and share the link. Thanks. :)

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