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Phil Hughes Dominant As Yankees Reliever

Last night, Phil Hughes threw two perfect innings against the Oakland As to run up his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 20, earning his first save in the process. This season, he has a 0.81 ERA as a reliever. Yankees fans everywhere are ecstatic to see him finally live up to his potential.

How awesome would it be to see him take on the Red Sox in an important game?

F-18 Extreme Fly-By!

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Genie Rubs Saudis The Wrong Way

From CNN:

A family in Saudi Arabia has taken a genie to court, alleging theft and harassment, according to local media.
The lawsuit filed in Shariah court accuses the genie of leaving them threatening voicemails, stealing their cell phones and hurling rocks at them when they leave their house at night, said Al-Watan newspaper.
An investigation was under way, local court officials said.

Swine Flu Reaching Epidemic Levels; Rapidly Killing Healthy Victims

According to the Daily Mail, an otherwise-healthy six-year old English girl died of the swine flu two days after the onset of symptoms. She was not given TamiFlu after an initial misdiagnosis. A 64-year old doctor died of swine flu after treating infected patients. Until recently, swine flu victims suffered from underlying diseases that contributed to their deaths, but recent victims seemed to be otherwise healthy.

As the disease reaches epidemic levels in parts of England, an article published in Nature concludes that the swine flu was similar to the 1918 pandemic flu. Both penetrate lung cells deeper than do the usual strains of flu, thereby causing more damage and higher casualties.

Did the United States just really luck out, or is our medical system better, or should we be concerned right now?

You Might Be Liable For Your Parents' Debts

Typically, you are not bound by a contract you didn't sign. However, thirty states have so-called filial responsibility and support statutes that obligate adult children to make good on their parents' debts. New York doesn't have such a statute. Yet creditors from your parents' home states may be able to use these statutes to reach out-of-state children.

The statutes generally require the debt be for necessities, and that the parents be indigent. Government enforcement has been rare. Occasionally, Medicaid programs enforce these laws when there has been a recent divestment of assets for eligibility purposes.  But nursing homes in a few states have been aggressively using this law to collect against children even when the parent has significant Social Security benefits and pension payments, which cannot be garnished. I imagine there are more than a few baby boomers out there struggling to pay their children's college bills who are due for a rude awakening.

Gay Penguins In San Francisco Scuffle Over Girl; Break Up, Now Have Made Up

The San Francisco Zoo is home to two male penguins, Harry and Pepper, who have been together since 2003. Since then, the two have incubated an egg laid by another penguin. But nothing lasts forever, even for penguins. Last year, Harry became friendly with Linda, a female penguin. A jealous Pepper got violent, causing all three penguins to be separated.

In time, zookeepers were able to get Harry and Linda to nest together. On Friday, Pepper was put back into the same enclosure as Harry and Linda. It seems that the penguin appear to be on good terms again.

United Breaks Guitars

Last year, Dave Carroll and his band, the Sons of Maxwell, took United Airlines. While waiting for take-off aboard the plane, they observed the ground crew tossing their guitars around on the tarmac. Their complains fell upon deaf ears. United refused to compensate them.

So they did the only sensible thing for musicians to do. They wrote a song called "United Breaks Guitars," which promptly went viral. See for yourself.

Welcome.

I would expect that, at this point, most readers came to this website from my Facebook page. That means I know you, so hello. I have been using the Notes feature as a blog for far too long. I guess this means I have finally made my Notes an honest-to-goodness blog.

Expect nothing more but more of the same.