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November 2005

Worst Jobs in Science

Popular Science has released their annual list of the 10 worst jobs in science. Cheryl Knott, an anthropologist from Harvard University comes in at number 10 on the list as a pioneer in "non invasive monitoring of steroids through urine sampling." Her job requires following wild orangutan around the jungles of Borneo and collecting their urine for analysis. Also on the list are "semen washers", manure inspectors and nuclear weapons scientists.

This one came in the mail, again we'll leave you to draw your own conclusions bearing in mind that here at Insanity We Trust we consider ourselves to be apolitical, secular and probably immoral as well.

There doesn't seem to be much happening at the pyramids. Maybe they are waiting for the mother ship to return. The sunsets are nice anyway.

Pyramid Cam

World's Oldest Living Creature Celebrates Birthday

17/11/05: Harriet, a Galapagos Tortoise reputedly brought back by naturalist Charles Darwin on board the Beagle has reached the impressive milestone of 175 not out.

Harriet was one of three brought back to England by Darwin in 1853, "Tom, Dick and Harry". She is only one of a handful still left in existence as excessive hunting in the 19th century has brought them to the edge of extinction.

For many long years misdiagnosed as a male, it was only in 1960 that a visiting zoologist ascertained that "Harry" was in fact a she. Her name changed accordingly.

The guys at Steve Irwin's "Australia Zoo" where Harriet resides these days reckon she's in pretty good shape for at least another 20 years but as these things are a bit unprecedented, no one really knows.

Left: Unrelated File Photo #364: Monkeys at Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Check out more animal action on Kruger National Park's Webcam. The local water hole gets a fair degree of visitation. It's got to be the most natural form of reality TV!

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The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down.....

It's now 30 years since "The Edmund Fitzgerald" went down on the big lake they call Gitche Gumee(Lake Superior), inspiring Canadian troubadour Gordon Lightfoot's haunting ballad, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald". The ship went down in stormy weather though the exact cause of the sinking remains a mystery.

In other "news" the U.S. patent office has released a patent for an anti gravity machine, a student in Florida was arrested for shooting a chicken. Meanwhile on the big screen.....

Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Hellbound, Flesh-Eating Subhumanoid Zombified Living Dead, Part 3 (2005)

Coming to theatres somewhere soon. Funny, I don't remember parts one and two!

Booze Artist

Japanese artist Tomoko Takahashi, a one time Turner Prize nominee, has created a bit of a stir with her latest installment which consists of her drinking copious amounts of alcohol and periodically attempting to negotiate her way across a balancing beam in high heels. According to the artist, the piece is a "comment on the availability and use of mass-produced products".

Critics have labelled the performances as stupid and dangerous, though possibly the biggest gripe is over the 5,000 grant she received to put the show together at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Wales.

James Tyson, the theatre's programmer had this to say:

"Miss Takahashi is an internationally renowned artist. Her work constantly questions the way products are marketed and the role of mass media in society."

followed by,

"This wasn't just about a woman drinking a lot of beer. This was a powerful piece of art."

David Davies, a member of the Welsh Assembly, made this comment:

"If anyone is daft enough to want to see a young woman getting plastered and tottering around in high heels, they can do it in just about every city centre most nights of the week. The show is probably the biggest waste of money in the world. The worrying thing is people are deciding to hand out taxpayers' money like this when they are sober."

Ramesh Patel, a local councillor wanted to know why taxpayers' money was

"being wasted on trash like this".

Clearly the issue of what constitutes art will never be an easy one to resolve but surely some part of the purpose of art is to entertain and to stimulate such debate. A work of this magnitude is almost certain to generate interest.     telegraph.co.uk