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  • Han Solo laser thumb (Courtesy of Thumbs & Ammo)

    Stick 'em up. Your thumbs, that is.

    The Thumbs & Ammo website has created a stir thanks to its posting of images from famous movies in which guns have been substituted with literal thumbs-ups.

    Harrison Ford in “Star Wars.” John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in "Pulp Fiction." Sylvester Stallone in "Bullet to the Head." They're all there, but this time, they're sans weapons. What a difference a thumb makes.

    The tagline on the blog reads, “Real tough guys don't need guns, they just need a positive, can-do attitude.”

    The hilarious tweaks to familiar, gun-toting movie stars are getting some interest on the Web—and getting picked up on sites such as Gawker and PetaPixel.

    The creator of the blog, who prefers to remain anonymous, wrote in an email to Yahoo News, “It started as a game for me and my friends. It's fueled by friendly competition to find and make the best/funniest images. I guess it can be enjoyed on a few levels.”

    Readers with an image to add to the site can submit it to the

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  • Family relies on candles during daylight saving time

    After the sun goes down, when most families start turning on the lights, the Robbinses in Orange County, Calif., reach for the matches.

    A KABC report explains how they use the power of candles to light their home during daylight saving time.

    Stacey Robbins said they do it for the positive feelings. "The way people feel when they leave a camping experience is like, 'Ahhh.' It's like they're exhaling a little more deeply and they're sleeping better and they feel more refreshed. And I thought, 'How do I bring that into the conveniences of our home?'"

    The family's solution: Turn off the lights. But not just the lights. No TV, no computers, no video games, nada. They even turn off the circuit breaker (but leave the refrigerator running).

    Mom Stacey enjoys it, Dad Rock (who works in IT and has three phones and is on the computer all day) enjoys it, and even their two young sons, Seth and Caleb, enjoy playing the piano and violin by candlelight.

    The candlelit evenings began as a month-long

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  • The controversial film “Loose Change” built a following over the years with its conspiracy theories about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. On a decidedly less controversial note, Graham Putnam has come up with a conspiracy theory of his own, which he put into a YouTube video entitled “Luke’s Change." The video makes the humorous argument that the Skywalker family from the Star Wars saga actually staged the attack on the Death Star.

    In a decidedly satirical tone, Putnam describes the seven-minute film as, “An examination of some questionable events and circumstances leading up to the destruction of the Death Star, through the eyes of an amateur investigative journalist within the Star Wars galaxy.“

    Other than repeated references to Aldebaran rather than Alderaan, it’s a pretty humorous clip for Star Wars fans, raising such hard-hitting questions as, “What’s the likelihood that a squad of one-man attack ships, like the X-Wing, could penetrate the heavily fortified defense forces

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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. ...

  • Man United boss Van Gaal still hopeful of title charge
    Man United boss Van Gaal still hopeful of title charge

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  • Wenger eyes top four berth as Arsenal hit stride
    Wenger eyes top four berth as Arsenal hit stride

    London (AFP) - Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal are gathering momentum at the right time after they enhanced their prospects of qualifying for the Champions League with a hard-fought 2-1 win at West Ham.

  • Thieves fry Kenya's power grid to cook fast food

    By X.N. Iraki NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The morning scene is increasingly routine for Kenyans. When it's time to start the day, the power is already out. Somewhere nearby, the shell of a wrecked electrical transformer lies on its side underneath the pole where it had been fixed 20 feet off the ground. The culprit is an unusual one: A vandal who is selling the toxic oil, drawn from the transformer, to chefs who use it for ‎frying food in roadside stalls. Five liters of the viscous, PCB-laden liquid sells for $60. It looks like cooking oil, but lasts much longer, users say. ...

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