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  • Tom Cruise in 'Jack Reacher' (Paramount)Tom Cruise in 'Jack Reacher' (Paramount)

    Trailers are supposed to give moviegoers a taste of the full film. And to a large extent, they do the job. Sure, there are exceptions. Sometimes a comedy puts all the good jokes in the trailer or an explosion gets cut from an action film.

    Most of the time, moviegoers don't care. Most of the time. One New Zealand man, identified as J. Congdon, takes his explosions very seriously. The man was apparently so distressed by the fact that the 2012 Tom Cruise thriller "Jack Reacher" did not include an explosion that was featured in the trailer, he complained to his country's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

    The complaint from the movie buff referred to the missing explosion "where the whole cliff comes down" as "the defining part of the ad that made me really want to go see the movie... aside from having Tom Cruise in it."

    Paramount defended itself, citing a "usual and longstanding practice in the film industry that cinema trailers and television advertisements" are made long before the

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  • Where would the characters from "Downton Abbey" fit into the Great British class calculator? (AP)

    The British social class system isn’t what it once was, and most people would say that’s a good thing. Nonetheless, unofficial economic and cultural tiers still exist in the country. To address the ever-evolving stratification in the U.K., the BBC has launched its Great British class calculator.

    The online tool lets people (even Americans) find out where they fit among seven newly designated class labels.

    The two behind the calculator, Mike Savage from the London School of Economics and Fiona Devine from the University of Manchester, had first conducted the Great British Class Survey. They described the resulting calculator on the BBC website:

    “We devised a new way of measuring class, which doesn't define class just by the job that you do, but by the different kinds of economic, cultural and social resources or 'capitals' that people possess,” they wrote of the results.

    To start, the calculator asks some easily quantifiable questions, including how much annual income a person takes

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  • Screaming goat mistaken for man yelling for help

    Not the goat in question (file photo via Thinkstock)Not the goat in question (File photo/Thinkstock)

    A person in Putnam County, Tenn., heard a man screaming for help from somewhere nearby. The sheriff's department was called. Even the dispatcher could hear the screams through the telephone.

    According to the Herald-Citizen, which cites an incident report, Deputies Will Page and Gary Davis were sent to investigate. When they arrived, the two spoke to the person who called in the report. "We could hear what appeared to be a man screaming for help in the direction of a residence on Jackson Passage north of Edwards Lane,” Deputy Page wrote.

    Page went to search for the screamer, but instead of finding a man surrounded by snakes, he found a very vocal goat tied to a fence. The deputies spoke to the goat's owner and then assured the caller that everything was OK.

    Goats can sound a lot like people when they scream, a fact that has been documented in several viral videos. A few months ago, a compilation of goats screaming like terrified humans was all the rage. Folks have even sliced goat

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  • Motor Racing-Schumacher faces "long fight" to recovery, says manager

    PARIS, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Michael Schumacher faces a "long fight" for recovery as the first anniversary of his skiing accident approaches, the former Formula One driver's manager said on Sunday. Her comments cast doubts over a newspaper report that said he was making cognitive progress. "We need a long time. It's going to be a long time and a hard fight," Sabine Kehm told Reuters by telephone. "He is making progress appropriate to the severity of the situation," she added, reiterating a statement she made a month ago. ...

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