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Dolphins-studyThe Onion—According to a paper published last week in the journal Science, when presented with photos of music, TV, and film personalities, dolphins failed on every occasion to mock the well-known public figures, missing countless opportunities to take mean-spirited potshots at their hair,

michael_keaton_batmanKeaton Talks Conch Penis and Pirates on Letterman
Conch penis, anyone? And does Michael's fishing buddy Tom Brokaw have a beef with Dave?
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David_BlaineDavid Blaine is Sharkbait
Magician David Blaine chartered a sailboat with menswear designer Adam Kimmel and marine photographer and filmmaker Bob Talbot to perform yet another feat of endurance, bravery, and, some might argue, complete insanity. The reason for the expedition was simple enough: Blaine was planning to swim in open water with roughly 20 great white sharks. He lowered himself into the water with no body armor—save for a tuxedo. As he descended beneath the surface, the sharks began to circle him. At one point he touched a passing fin; at another, he seemed to be smoking a cigar underwater while a great white inched behind him.
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Sacramento_RivSac Season: "Lacks Logic"
Last fall, the number of chinook salmon that returned to the Sacramento River was the lowest in history. Yet ocean fisherman have received the go-ahead to drop lines this spring and summer—in spite of bans the past two years and fish-tally estimates that critics say are impossible. For Mike Bogue, a river-fishing guide in Redding and former president of the NorCal Fishing Guides and Sportsmen’s Association, the decision lacks logic. He reminds that fishing is still bad and last year was the worst run ever. “I’m just not sure where those 245,000 fish they’ve predicted are going to come from,” Bogue said.
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michael_keaton_batmanConch penis, anyone? And does Michael's fishing buddy Tom Brokaw have a beef with Dave?
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David_BlaineMagician David Blaine chartered a sailboat with menswear designer Adam Kimmel and marine photographer and filmmaker Bob Talbot to perform yet another feat of endurance, bravery, and, some might argue, complete insanity. The reason for the expedition was simple enough: Blaine was planning to swim in open water with roughly 20 great white sharks. He lowered himself into the water with no body armor—save for a tuxedo. As he descended beneath the surface, the sharks began to circle him.

Sacramento_RivLast fall, the number of chinook salmon that returned to the Sacramento River was the lowest in history. Yet ocean fisherman have received the go-ahead to drop lines this spring and summer—in spite of bans the past two years and fish-tally estimates that critics say are impossible. For Mike Bogue, a river-fishing guide in Redding and former president of the NorCal Fishing Guides and Sportsmen’s Association, the decision lacks logic.

david_james_duncanThe River Why Watch It?
David James Duncan, author of acclaimed novel The River Why, won't be watching the silverscreen version currently touring film festivals across the country. In a statement on his blog, Duncan, who fought the filmmakers in court for several years for film rights (settled in 2008), says: "So, to the filmmakers—and the betrayers, too: peace. And to anyone who wants to see The Marin County River Why, proceed at your own risk. But, for me personally, I see no reason to add what trusted friends tell me is a heap of canned Cool Whip to what has already been a fine piece of homemade pie. So I won’t be seeing you at the movies."
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grizzly-bearBackcountry Sex... A Bear's POV
Backpacker.com—Q: This is a little embarrassing, but I really want to know. I've heard rumors that, uh, having sex in the wilderness can actually attract you to my campsite. Is this true? And are there any precautions we can take to reduce the risk of a decidedly unromantic visit from you, or is abstinence the only defense?—Naughty by Nature
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david_james_duncanDavid James Duncan, author of acclaimed novel The River Why, won't be watching the silverscreen version currently touring film festivals across the country. In a statement on his blog, Duncan, who fought the filmmakers in court for several years for film rights (settled in 2008), says: "So, to the filmmakers—and the betrayers, too: peace. And to anyone who wants to see The Marin County River Why, proceed at your own risk.

grizzly-bearBackpacker.com—Q: This is a little embarrassing, but I really want to know. I've heard rumors that, uh, having sex in the wilderness can actually attract you to my campsite. Is this true?