EDITION #1305
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We're not new News, we're News Thats Used

Tomorrow is Wednesday February 19, 2020
This is day 49 of 2020

Used News Old News

Saturday February 25, 2017

A good news newspaper called Good News was founded because its American proprietors believed people were tired of reading bad news. The bi-weekly paper refused to publish any bad news and only printed the good. After just 16 months in operation the paper closed down. But it stuck to its guns of publishing only good news to the bitter end and refused to announce its own failure - this would have been contrary to its policy to include no news ...


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Did You Know

  • Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day!
  • Aluminum use to be more valuable than gold!
  • Dogs and cats consume over $11 billion worth of pet food a year!
  • Bamboo plants can grow up to 36 inches in a day.
  • 40% of all indigestion remedies sold in the world are bought by Americans.

Used News Crime Beat

Thursday February 23, 2017

Dancing in public is now legal throughout Henryetta, Oklahoma. City leaders voted Tuesday to abolish an ordinance on dancing. The dance ordinance, with a penalty of $25, prohibited dance halls within 500 feet of a church or public school.

In February, resident Joni Insabella decided to host a dance above her store, which is within 500 feet of a church. The city's Chamber of Commerce posted about the event and called Insabella a rule breaker on Facebook and accused her of getting special treatment, because of her husband, who's the city's attorney.

"We wanted just a good, clean, fun event. As I said, we know we're in the Bible Belt. We weren't having alcohol or anything. We just wanted it to be fun for the community," Insabella ...


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  • At the end of a flight: "Our flight attendants are now walking through the aisles with trash receptacles for any garbage you might have or anything else that you might wanna give us!"

  • Filed Under: → Aviation

  • In the defense of our nation, a president must be a clear-eyed realist. There are limits to the smiles and scowls of diplomacy. Armies and missiles are not stopped by stiff notes of condemnation. They are held in check by strength and purpose and the promise of swift punishment.

    - George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States

  • Filed Under: → Politics


  • If 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the doors?

  • Why does an inspiring sight like a sunrise always have to take place at such an inconvenient time?

  • Why are there interstates in Hawaii?

  • Do fish get thirsty?

  • If you tell a joke in the forest, and nobody laughs, was it still a joke?

  • Why are there flotation devices under plane seats instead of parachutes?

  • If you are driving at the speed of light and you turn on your head-lights, what happens?

  • If a fly has no wings would you call him a walk?

View More: → Good Questions


  • 1st use of a rocket to deliver mail was made in Austria.

    Monday February 2, 1931

  • Filed Under: → Travel Section


  • Congress passes the 1st Timberland Protection Act.

    Tuesday February 25, 1879

  • Filed Under: → Politics


  • Element 103, Lawrencium, 1st produced in Berkeley, California, is considered an actinide metal and is radioactive.

    Tuesday February 14, 1961

  • Filed Under: → Science


  • 1st Auto Insurance policy in the United States issued, by Travelers Insurance Company.

    Tuesday February 1, 1898

  • Filed Under: → Travel Section


  • 1st time, the U.S. Senate overrides Presidential Veto - President Tyler.

    Monday March 3, 1845

  • Filed Under: → World Firsts


Used News Old News

An Indian who was officially dead for 18 years and the scientists who invented Murphy's law were among the winners of the IgNobel Awards.

The awards are a spoof on the Nobel Prizes, celebrated annually in Boston to honor achievements that "cannot or should not be reproduced." They are presented by science humor magazine 'Annals of Improbable Research' and several groups at Harvard and Radcliffe universities.

This year's peace laureate is Lal Bihari, a shopkeeper from Uttar Pradesh in India. Government documents list Bihari, who lives in Azamgarh, 130 miles southeast of Lucknow, as being dead since 1976. The IgNobel committee awarded him the prize "for a triple accomplishment: First, for leading an active life even though he has been declared legally dead; second, for ...

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  • If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster. - Isaac Asimov Professor of Biochemistry

    Filed Under: → Science


  • Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
    - Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, circa 1949

    Filed Under: → Irony


  • There is a single light of science and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere. - Isaac Asimov Professor of Biochemistry

    Filed Under: → Science


  • All Aboard!
    - by Abel Seamann
  • Telephone Problems
    - by Ron Number
  • Parachute Jumping
    - by Hugo Furst
  • The Embarrassing Moment
    - by Lucy Lastic
  • Droopy Drawers
    - by Lucy Lastic
  • Taming Wild Cats
    - by Claude Face
  • They're Arriving Now
    - by Hia Dei Kum

Jokes Wildlife

This elderly lady, recently widowed, decides to see if a pet will ease her loneliness and goes to the pet store. She decides against puppies, kitties, etc., and is about to leave the store when she hears a voice saying, "My, do you look lovely this afternoon, madam." She turns around quickly to see who has spoken, but there is no one. All she sees is a big green parrot, resting on his perch in his cage. "Did you say that?" she asks."Why, yes, I did!" he replies. "And may I add that dress is a very nice color for you."

The lady suddenly realizes how nice it would be to not only have a talking parrot, but one that paid such nice compliments. So she ...


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Used News Crime Beat

Sunday September 21, 2003

India's version of Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry, the zero tolerance Bombay policeman who dispenses justice from the barrel of a gun, has killed 105 suspects and shows no signs of stopping. While Inspector Pradeep Sharma's methods are questioned by human rights groups, he remains unrepentant. In fact he insists in language that might have come straight out of a Clint Eastwood movie that he acts in self-defense. "These criminals are filth. My mission is to cleanse the city of this filth and it's working," he said. "If they're armed and resist arrest, then I have to shoot in self-defense. "Why this concern for them? If they're walking about with AK-47's, you can be sure they're not going to the temple or going shopping."

Sharma's campaign began 13 years ago after he joined Bombay's newly formed Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU). Now at 41, he is officially credited as the policeman with the most "kills" in India. He is known to journalists as "the terminator." He receives letters of support every day that far outnumber the complaints about the so-called "encounters" in which the suspects die. "I'm just a God-fearing man doing my job, which is eliminating crime in this city, not terminating ...


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Used News Old News

Thursday March 6, 2008

Doctors delivered a stark ultimatum to a 39-year-old Englishman, who grew to a colossal 60 stone (840 lbs). Colin Corfield's battle for survival was the subject of a poignant and moving ITV television documentary.

The Runcorn pub landlord in Cheshire was warned two years ago that his own body fat could suffocate him. So he decided to take drastic action and have risky gastric surgery. It has proved such a success that he has now shrunk to 16 stone! In the TV program screened in December 2007 he said life was "fantastic" and he was looking forward to his first real Christmas in decades. "I won't be stuck in a corner watching everyone else, feeling like I'm putting people out. It's my first Christmas as the new me."

While Colin has a new appetite for life and can walk everywhere, work properly, socialize and feels good about myself, it wasn't always that way. As a teenager he found it hard to deal with a drinking domineering father and he turned to food for comfort. He was obese by the time he reached 30 and when he began running his own pub, his weight spiraled out of control. "I was a big fella ...


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Used News for February 18

  • Cave of Winds at Niagara Falls goes almost dry for 1st time in 50 years.

    The Year Was 1896

    Filed Under: World Firsts World Firsts
  • 1st US land grant to a college was to Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio.

    The Year Was 1804

    Filed Under: World Firsts Education
  • A father and son in Alabama were killed when they crashed into each other in a head-on collision. Jeffrey Morris Brasher and his son Austin Blaine Brasher of Bankston, Alabama, died early Saturday morning. Jeffrey Brasher was driving a 2006 Ford ...

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    The Year Was 2018

    Filed Under: Used News Death

World Firsts

  • 1st "March of Time" newsreel premieres at the Capitol, United States.

    Friday February 1, 1935


  • Andrew Bedford publishes the 1st American magazine and calls it American Magazine.

    Monday February 13, 1741


  • President Eisenhower reports detonation of 1st H-bomb (done in 1952).

    Tuesday February 2, 1954


  • Construction authorized for Walnut St. jail - Philadelphia, housing the 1st solitary confinement.

    Friday February 26, 1773


  • 1st launching of heavy N-1 rocket at Baikonur Kazachstan, it explodes.

    Friday February 21, 1969


Filed Under: → World Firsts

Wise Words

  • If you can't go over, you must go under.

    - Jewish Proverb

    Filed Under: Wise WordsProverbs

Good Question

  • How long will a floating point operation float?
  • Why are cigarettes sold at gas stations when smoking is prohibited there?
  • What will fall on the lawn first? An autumn leaf or a Christmas catalogue?
  • How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?
  • If love is blind, why is Lingerie so popular?
  • If we are a country committed to free speech, then why do we have phone bills?

Filed Under: → Good Question