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10:00 AM -- Reuters reports on a contest Red Panda can't help but get behind:
    Anyone wanting to throw away their mobile phone can do it in style and may even win a medal -- at the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship, Finland's latest contribution to offbeat athleticism.

That might be more or less productive than this. Jury's still out on that one.

Lest you think that destruction is a game only Finns can play, a Washington commuter got to blow up a Potomac River bridge:

    Seconds after Ruefly pushed down the ceremonial plunger at 12:34 a.m., a cascade of flashes lit the underside of the bridge and thunderclaps rolled across the river. The steel girders of the old span collapsed in a cloud of dust as spectators on a nearby overpass cheered.

    Ruefly, of Accokeek, Maryland, has had to contend with the Wilson Bridge every working day for the past 30 years. His hip was crushed in an accident on the bridge in 1999.

    Asked if he had thought about blowing up the bridge before, Ruefly said, "Hasn't everybody in Washington, D.C.?"

Just don't mention such thoughts next time you're in an airport or they'll take away your shampoo.

On a more uplifting note, Albanians are doing their best to stave off dying until more space can open up in their graveyards:

    Tirana municipality has shut down one of the city's two cemeteries and said the other has space for only one more week. It blames the government for holding up the expropriation of nearby land that would add space for two years' worth of graves...

    Most Albanians see black humor in the situation.

    "Could you spare some space for me?" an old lady asks the gravediggers in one popular joke. "Of course, just don't be too late," they answer.

Albanian wit. Does it get any better?

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sfwriter 12/5/2012 | 3:42:37 AM
re: Breaking News "On a more uplifting note, Albanians are doing their best to stave off dying until more space can open up in their graveyards."

San Francisco ran out of space in its graveyards decades ago. By 1940 land values in the city had become so high that most occupants of SF cemeteries were transferred posthumously to Colma, a nearby city. As a result, Colma has the dubious distinction of having more dead people than live ones.

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