April 26th, 2005

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Sabbath Fires

This news item is pure pathos.

Three Boys Die in Fire Caused by Stove Left on for Passover
A fire caused by stovetop burners left on for Passover killed three boys as it whipped through a Brooklyn apartment before dawn yesterday, a few hours after the family had gone to bed at the end of a night of feasting, singing and celebrating...

...Judaic law prohibits any work on days of rest, including lighting or extinguishing a flame, a rule many families deal with by leaving fires burning so they can heat food when it is needed.


Apparently the whole apartment complex has fire problems just about every weekend, as most of the residents are Hasidic Jews.
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Can you? Can you? Can you?

Poll #482740 Can You

In find myself curious about others' abilities. So, I thought, why not a poll asking "Can you...?" (Note: by "Can you" I mean can you do something WELL! Obviously I *can* sew, but I suck at it, so I would not check the box.)

sew?
0(0.0%)
embroider?
0(0.0%)
crochet?
0(0.0%)
ride a unicycle?
0(0.0%)
ski (downhill)?
0(0.0%)
ski (x-country)?
0(0.0%)
bake bread?
0(0.0%)
cook anything French?
0(0.0%)
add 3-digit numbers in your head?
0(0.0%)
build stuff with tools?
0(0.0%)
ride a horse?
0(0.0%)
sing the 1st verse of the U.S. national anthem?
0(0.0%)
curl your tongue?
0(0.0%)
wiggle your ears?
0(0.0%)
(deliberately) cross your eyes?
0(0.0%)
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