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And now, back to our regularly scheduled, slightly off-topic program.


"I was in the market for a desk and came across this great Web 0.1 posting," writes Dave Finlay, "sadly, there's no wooden table."


"I was greeted by this attempt to put my programmer's brain into an infinite loop after coming back from lunch one day," Jason wrote.


"I spotted this abuse of the DRY principle at a parking lot recently," Ben wrote, "for the life of me, I can't imagine what the person ordering the signs was thinking... if it fails, try the same thing again?"


"I needed to replace the clock battery in my computer, so I bought a CR2032 battery with these instructions," Ben writes, "I have never seen a CR2032 battery charger, nor have I ever charged a battery beFore I disposed of it in a Fire."


"This came with an after-market battery charger for my PSP," notes Russ, "I'm not sure what the instructions say, but at least they won't have to elucidate about keeping it away from kids, and I'm clear on not charging it in Death Valley or in the Artic. Can anyone tell me what a barrery is?"


"Seeing your love for Salmiac, I was going to send you this," Andy writes "but I decided to try it myself. I couldn't finish it: it's cured fish, but not what you're imagining. It's sugary, but not sweet. It's pretty much a rabid punch to the tongue. The texture is somewhere between smoked salmon and beef jerky. It looks like cheese, but that's because it was packed in a light sugary oil. Unfortunately I can't read Chinese, so I don't know what it is or even what it's called."


"Our university emphasizes responsible use of material resources and energy," wrote Félix Cloutier, "the smart placement of the electric plugs in classrooms is probably part of a global strategy to reduce our carbon footprint. The electrons face less resistance flowing downhill."


"If these peanuts only contain traces of peanuts, what's the rest then?" wonders Thomas H.


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