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George Washington Racks Up 220 Years of Late Fees At Library 146

Everyone knows that George Washington couldn't tell a lie. What you probably didn't know is that he couldn't return a library book on time. From the article: "New York City's oldest library says one of its ledgers shows that the president has racked up 220 years' worth of late fees on two books he borrowed, but never returned. One of the books was the 'Law of Nations,' which deals with international relations. The other was a volume of debates from Britain's House of Commons. Both books were due on Nov. 2, 1789."
Government

Submission + - British Village Requests Removal from GPS Maps (nytimes.com) 6

longacre writes: "The tiny village of Barrow Gurney, England has asked GPS map publisher Tele Atlas to remove them from the company's maps. The reason: truck drivers using GPS navigation devices are being directed to drive through the town despite the roads being too narrow for sidewalks, and causing numerous accidents. At the root of the problem lies the fact that the navigation maps used by trucks are the same as those used by passenger cars, which don't contain data on road width or no truck zones. Tele Atlas says they will release truck-appropriate databases at some point, but until then they advise local governments to make use of a technology dating back to the Romans: road signs."
Sci-Fi

Submission + - Germany developing $1.75 Bil particle accelerator

SK writes: "Scientists from over the world are headed to the German city of Darmstadt to kick off the construction of a new 1.2 billion Euro particle accelerator. They plan to use the facility in an effort to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang. The scientists hope to create situations similar to the Big Bang in a controlled environment to figure out what actually happened and discover new data about the birth of our universe."
Books

Submission + - Book copies Wikipedia; Publisher aggressive on IP. (wikipedia.org) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Two pages of a book, Black Gold: The New Frontier in Oil for Investors, consist of a direct copy from the English Wikipedia article on the Khobar Towers Bombing. The book is published by John Wiley and Sons, the same publisher who, earlier this year, threatened a blogger with legal action over a clear case of fair use commentary.
Space

Submission + - Why ISS Computers Failed (ieee.org) 1

Geoffrey.landis writes: "It was only a small news item four months ago: all three of the Russian computers that control the International Space Station failed shortly after the Space Shuttle brought up a new solar array. But, why did they fail? James Oberg, writing in IEEE Spectrum, details the cause."
Biotech

Submission + - 60 grams of fat for breakfast! (cnn.com)

sobolwolf writes: The people who brought you the Monster Thickburger and the 1,100-calorie salad are at it again — this time for breakfast.

"We don't try to hide what these are," a Hardee's spokesman said of the 920-calorie breakfast burrito.

Hardee's on Monday rolled out its new Country Breakfast Burrito ("country breakfast bomb") — two egg omelets filled with bacon, sausage, diced ham, cheddar cheese, hash browns and sausage gravy, all wrapped inside a flour tortilla. The burrito contains 920 calories and 60 grams of fat.

In 2003 the chain introduced a line of big sandwiches, including the Monster Thickburger. The 1,420-calorie sandwich is made up of two 1/3-pound slabs of beef, four strips of bacon, three slices of cheese and mayonnaise on a buttered bun.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based advocate for nutrition and health, has called the Hardee's line of Thickburgers "food porn."

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