Australian Police have been unable to recommend a prosecution for the following scam. A company takes out a newspaper advertisement claiming to be able to supply imported hard core pornographic videos. As their prices seem reasonable, people place orders and make payments via check. After several weeks, the company writes back explaining that under the present law they are unable to supply the materials and do not wish to be prosecuted. So they return their customers money in the form of a company check. However, due to the name of the company, few people ever bother to present these to their banks.
The name of the company is ‘The Anal Sex and Fetish Perversion Company’.
Los Primeros Magnet School teacher Jessica Cisneros Elliott shows seventh-grade students Garrett Rivera, left, and Keith Kemper, both 13, the art of origami during special activities time at the school last week. Principal Esther Winkelman recently announced the magnet school wants to focus its curriculum on arts and sciences to define its magnet program.
Arts and sciences will be the likely focus for Los Primeros Magnet School as a result of a survey taken last week of the school's parents and staff.
The focus, if approved by Pleasant Valley School District trustees, will influence all subjects taught at the kindergartenthrough-eighth-grade school and could be implemented by the fall.
"It's our job now to flesh it out and develop it," said Principal Esther Winkelman.
Winkelman said the school will develop a more specific plan of how the arts and sciences curriculum will look and present it to the school board after spring break.
Los Primeros Magnet School evolved from Los Primeros Structured School, which the school board moved from downtown to an east-side campus last year, dropping the "structured" title in favor of the "magnet" status. The district asked Los Primeros parents, administrators and faculty to agree on a focal point for the school.
"Structured" refers to a rigid instructional program- students are expected to follow specific rules of conduct, educators focus on the basics, for example. "Magnet" schools, developed in the 1970s in an attempt to desegregate schools, offer specialized curricula. There is no difference in funding.
Earlier this year, Los Primeros' school advisory council, composed of five parents and five staff members, presented seven possible choices as the school's focus: leadership and community service, enrichment through the arts, arts and sciences, liberal arts, visual and performing arts, no magnet focus and a write-in selection.
Parents and staff narrowed the choices down to arts and sciences or communications and arts in a survey last month. Last week's survey revealed the final choice, and Winkelman delivered the news on Monday evening in a recorded phone message to Los Primeros families and staff, the school board and the rest of the district.
Magnet choices were described in the survey in general terms because the possibilities for any specific program "are endless," said Barbara Likovich, school advisory council chair.
Elements of most of the choices already exist in the school's curriculum, Likovich added.
The advisory council would like the focus to be integrated into some subjects by this fall but realizes it could be several years before it's implemented schoolwide, Winkelman said.
In addition, the arts and sciences magnet will be everchanging as state, district and other resources change, Winkelman said.
A person born on February 29 may be called a "leapling". In common years they usually celebrate their birthdays on 28 February or 1 March.
For legal purposes, their legal birthdays depend on how different laws count time intervals. In Taiwan, for example, the legal birthday of a leapling is 28 February in common years, so a Taiwanese leapling born on February 29, 1980 would have legally reached 18 years old on February 28, 1998.
In the English speaking world, it is a tradition that women may propose marriage only on leap years. While it has been argued that the tradition was initiated by Saint Patrick or Brigid of Kildare in 5th century Ireland, it is dubious as the tradition has not been attested before the 19th century. Supposedly, a 1288 law by Queen Margaret of Scotland (then age five and living in Norway), required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation ranged from a kiss to £1 to a silk gown, in order to soften the blow. Because men felt that put them at too great a risk, the tradition was in some places tightened to restricting female proposals to the modern leap day, 29 February, or to the medieval leap day, 24 February. According to Felten: "A play from the turn of the 17th century, 'The Maydes Metamorphosis,' has it that 'this is leape year/women wear breeches.' A few hundred years later, breeches wouldn't do at all: Women looking to take advantage of their opportunity to pitch woo were expected to wear a scarlet petticoat -- fair warning, if you will."
In Denmark, the tradition is that women may propose on leap day 24 February and that refusal must be compensated with 12 pairs of gloves.
In Greece, it is believed that getting married in a leap year is bad luck for the couple. Thus, mainly in the middle of the past century, couples avoided setting a marriage date in a leap year.
These boys will be dropped off in Iraq and have been told the following about terrorists :
1. The season opened today.
2. There is no limit.
3. They taste just like chicken.
4. They don't like beer, pickups, country music or Jesus.
5. They are directly responsible for the death of Dale Earnhardt
The Pentagon expects the problem in Iraq to be over by Friday
California schools require 4th graders to build a replica California mission. This requirement has created a whole industry based on mission kits but many teachers forbid the use of the prefab kits.
Enter this geekkid and geekdad who built their mission "Ace of cakes style".
Tomorrow night will feature a total eclipse of the moon, with the total phase beginning around 10 p.m. EST - 7 PM Pacific and lasting 51 minutes.
A lunar eclipse occurs at least twice per year, whenever Earth's shadow falls on the moon. Interestingly, the moon is always full during eclipses. When the moon passes through the Earth's umbra and penumbra (the darkest and lightest parts of the shadow, respectively) the moon will begin to glow an eerie red color, and at maximum eclipse, the moon will appear to be surrounded by a glowing ring, called an annulus.