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"I think a good novel would be where a bunch of men on a ship are looking for a whale. They look and look, but you know what? They never find him. And you know why they never find him? It doesn't say. The book leaves it up to you, the reader, to decide. Then, at the very end, there's a page you can lick and it tastes like Kool-Aid."

—Jack Handey [Deep Thoughts], Recurring Saturday Night Live comedy bit

 

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Google tries ad-free net experiment  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:30:09 GMT
Search giant Google has unveiled an experiment that lets people pay to visit sites rather than see adverts. 
O'Keeffe work sets female art record  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:58:45 GMT
A floral painting by late US artist Georgia O'Keeffe sells for $44.4m (£28.8m) at auction, setting a record for an artwork by a female artist. 
Cosby carries on with one-man show  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:21:18 GMT
US entertainer Bill Cosby presses on with a series of comic engagements despite mounting allegations that he sexually assaulted a number of women. 
Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:39:16 GMT
Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change. 
Embrace the arts, engineers told  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:00:25 GMT
Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession. 
Female bosses 'more depressed'  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:59:57 GMT
Women with job authority are more likely than men to display symptoms of depression, according to research in the US. 
Obesity 'costing same as smoking'  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:11:32 GMT
The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change, research suggests. 
Wales 16-34 New Zealand  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:26:04 GMT
Wales slip to a 34-16 defeat to New Zealand in Cardiff - continuing a run of 61 years without a win over the All Blacks. 
Hamilton eyes 'biggest day of life'  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:36:12 GMT
Lewis Hamilton says Sunday's title showdown with Nico Rosberg in Abu Dhabi will be "the biggest day of my life". 
The day the entire German fleet surrendered  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:30:48 GMT
Armistice Day is remembered as the day World War One ended, but for naval historians Britain's greatest victory came 10 days later. 
City at war - where a police officer is killed every day  Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:53:01 GMT
Pakistan's police are battling the Taliban - not just in the remote north of the country near the border with Afghanistan, but in Karachi, the country's economic and cultural heart. 
Police in toastie mercy dash  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:39:56 GMT
Officers in New Zealand come to the rescue of a distressed woman who hadn't eaten for three days. 
Writing lessons give way to typing  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:25:46 GMT
Finnish students will no longer be taught joined-up handwriting, and will get typing lessons instead. 
Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:38:35 GMT
An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people and infected dozens of others, the World Health Organization says. 
Japanese PM Abe dissolves parliament  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:57:49 GMT
Japan's PM Shinzo Abe dissolves parliament paving the way for a snap election in December, as local media polls show a low level of support.