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A man named Juan comes up to the Mexican border on his bicycle with two large bags over his shoulders.  The guard stops him and asks, "What's in the bags?"

"Sand," answers Juan, to which the guard replies, "We'll just see about that..."

The guard takes the bags, rips them apart, empties them out and finds nothing but sand.  He detains Juan overnight and has the sand analyzed, but discovers that it really is nothing but pure sand.  Finally, the guard releases Juan, puts the sand into new bags, hefts them onto the man's shoulders and lets him cross the border.

The next day, the same thing happens - Juan approaches the border on his bicycle with two bags of sand.  The guard asks him, "What have you got?" and Juan replies, "Sand."  Again the guard does a thorough examination and discovers that the bags contain nothing but sand.  He gives the sand back to Juan, who crosses the border.

This sequence is repeated every day for several months until finally the guard is sitting in a Cantina in Mexico and Juan walks in.

"Hey, Buddy," says the guard to Juan, "I know you're smuggling something...  It's been driving me crazy.  It's all I think about!  I can't sleep.  Just between you and me, what are you smuggling?"

Juan sips his drink and says, "Bicycles."
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Low sodium myth busted. Another funnu thing about this article:
<<"I am not sure the best way to convert this odds ratio into a risk ratio," Yang says, but if he had to guess, the risk would probably be lower than the odds.>>  while risk=odds/(1+odds) and odds=risk/(1-risk). It looks like a good idea to take everything with a grain of salt. It's probably not the pounds, but the sugar and other refined junk carbs that get you.
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Via aldaily.com: "When Hofstadter finally turns to education, his indignation occasionally merges into jeremiad. He outlines how regularly the United States has failed our children's intellectual development.."
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The importance of junk: new map finds genetic regulatory elements account for 80 percent of our DNA.
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/researchers-identify-biochemical-functions-for-most-of-the-human-genome.html
Still some mysteries remain, for example: “Humans are 99.9 percent identical to each other, and you only have one difference in every 300 to 1,000 nucleotides,” Manolis Kellis, an associate professor of computer science at MIT, an associate member of the Broad Institute says. There is something strange with these numbers...
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The Costa Concordia emerges from the sea after 19-hour salvage battle.

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How Many Engineers does it take to Change a Light Bulb?
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Just a matter of building critical mass...
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Brilliant. Leave it to the Danes to get this started. 
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I have developed an elementary approach to calculus, it is summarized in my article "You could simplify calculus" on arxiv.org see my home page and my blog for further details.
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