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  • Behold the ostrich tamer

    Ostriches are known for running like maniacs (according to the San Diego Zoo, they can hit up to 43 miles per hour). But did you know that when the music is right, they can also strut like Travolta?

    Now you do. A YouTube video featuring a young man playing a tin whistle for an ostrich results in the bird doing a kind of mating dance in front of the bemused musician. At the end of his short rendition of what sounds like the theme to "Lord of the Rings," the pleased-as-punch musician declares, "It loves me!"

    Truer words were never spoken.

  • A California man is offering $10,000 to anyone willing to challenge the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis in court. (ABC News)A California man who believes the literal interpretation of the Bible is real is offering $10,000 to anyone who can successfully debunk claims made in the book of Genesis in front of a judge.

    And for a man wanting to debate the very nature of human existence, Joseph Mastropaolo is taking a decidedly happy-go-lucky approach, saying he hopes the contest will improve future discussions on both sides of the argument.

    "The evolutionists thereafter could read that transcript and make their case a bit stronger on the next one they contend against and we can do the same," Mastropaolo told the Guardian. "We can read the transcript and not have to go through the same process over and over and over again without any let up, without any resolution."

    Mastropaolo’s plan is to put $10,000 of his own money into an escrow account. His debate opponent would be asked to do the same. They would then jointly agree on a judge based on a list of possible candidates. Mastropaolo said that any evidence

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  • Kyle Busch celebrates victory after after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 (Jerry Markland/Getty)Kyle Busch celebrates victory after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400. (Jerry Markland/Getty)

    A petition on WhiteHouse.gov seeks to require members of Congress to wear the logos of their financial supporters on their clothing a la NASCAR drivers.

    So far the petition, which launched March 19, has more than 21,000 signatures. All petitions on WhiteHouse.gov require 100,000 signatures within 30 days to get an official response from the Obama administration.

    The full petition, written by "J.S." of St. Louis a week ago, reads:

    Since most politicians' campaigns are largely funded by wealthy companies and individuals, it would give voters a better sense of who the candidate they are voting for is actually representing if the company's logo, or individual's name, was prominently displayed upon the candidate's clothing at all public appearances and campaign events. Once elected, the candidate would be required to continue to wear those "sponsor's" [sic] names during all official duties and visits to constituents. The size of a logo or name would vary with the size of a donation. For

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