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January 16, 2007

Ramen noodles are not a healthy dietary choice. If you were to eat the entire package, you would get 390 calories, 56 grams of carbohydrates, 14 grams of fat and close to 1,000 grams of sodium.

On the other hand, Momofuku Ando, the Japanese inventor of this mainstay of impoverished college students, recently died at the age of 96.

- Aberdeen (S.D.) American News

People worried about privacy in the age of cell phone cameras, e-mails that never disappear and computer hackers who can steal an identity in a nanosecond got a rude shock with news of a new threat: coins.

Seems like there is no privacy left. Gymnasiums and spas regularly post "no cell phone" signs, guarding not against conversations while working out (which at worst are irritating) but against the cameras that most cell phones now contain.

And now that coin you flip at the start of the game might be recording your comments as well.

The Defense Department is cautioning U.S. contractors against the possibility of Canadian coins that might contain tiny radio transmitters. Such coins were planted on people with classified security clearances three times in late 2005 and early 2006.

Risky for the spies, you say. Suppose the pigeon buys a soft drink?

But a loose coin in a purse or a briefcase wouldn't raise much suspicion.

It gives a whole new meaning to that old conversational gambit, "A penny for your thoughts."

- Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram

Tears slid down the face of the president of America [last week] as he presented the nation's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, to a New Yorker, Jason Dunham, who had been a corporal of the Marines. ... What struck us ... as we watched the ceremony in the East Wing of the White House was the contrast between the posthumous honor for a man who did his duty way beyond its call and the spectacle of the Congress preparing to dig in its heels against an attack on the enemies who slew Mr. Dunham and are swarming against our ally in the democratically elected government of Iraq and, strategically, against our own country and Israel.

- The New York Sun

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