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Comment On Resurrections (Score 4, Interesting) 54 54

Sounds to me like this is the resurfacing of both the franchise and the gaming company. Since when has anything of note come out of Sierra? Wikipedia says that the most notable games in the past five years are Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, and 50 Cent: Bulletproof.

I remember the days of yore, when King's Quest, Space Quest, and (shiver) Gobliiins ruled my shelves. Here's hoping that Sierra is redeemed in our eyes by Ghostbusters.
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Acorns Disappear Across the Country 474 474

Hugh Pickens writes "Botanist Rod Simmons thought he was going crazy when couldn't find any acorns near his home in Arlington County, Virginia. 'I'm used to seeing so many acorns around and out in the field, it's something I just didn't believe,' said Simmons. Then calls started coming in about crazy squirrels. Starving, skinny squirrels eating garbage, inhaling bird feed, greedily demolishing pumpkins. Squirrels boldly scampering into the road. And a lot more calls about squirrel roadkill. Simmons and Naturalist Greg Zell began to do some research and found Internet discussion groups, including one on Topix called 'No acorns this year,' reporting the same thing from as far away as the Midwest up through New England and Nova Scotia. 'We live in Glenwood Landing, N.Y., and don't have any acorns this year. Really weird,' wrote one. 'None in Kansas either! Curiouser and curiouser.' The absence of acorns could have something to do with the weather and Simmons has a theory about the wet and dry cycles. But many skeptics say oaks in other regions are producing plenty of acorns, and the acorn bust is nothing more than the extreme of a natural boom-and-bust cycle. But the bottom line is that no one really knows. 'It's sort of a mystery,' Zell said."

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