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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?

BP_FireParent's 411 to Gulf Oil Spill
Wired Magazine's Geekdad guide to BP's ongoing oil botch succinctly puts the spill into 5th-grader context, helping your kids (and us) wrap their brains around it: "If you were to fill gallon milk jugs with the oil and put them on a U.S. football field, you’d cover 91 percent of the field. Every day. In less than three days at that rate, enough oil would leak to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. If the leak began on April 22nd, it’s been leaking steadily for about 19 days so far, so that would mean enough oil has leaked to fill nearly seven such pools."
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Kayak_YucatanYucatan Kayak Fishing
Follow two kayak anglers into Mexico's backcountry abyss. "A hundred miles south and a world away from the giant resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen lies a quaint fishing village that is an absolute paradise for the kayak fisherman looking for true adventure. Punta Herrero is at the end of a rough road deep in the Sian Ka’an Reserve on the Costa Maya in Mexico’s fishy Yucatan peninsula."
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BP_FireWired Magazine's Geekdad guide to BP's ongoing oil botch succinctly puts the spill into 5th-grader context, helping your kids (and us) wrap their brains around it: "If you were to fill gallon milk jugs with the oil and put them on a U.S. football field, you’d cover 91 percent of the field. Every day. In less than three days at that rate, enough oil would leak to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.