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After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

Call us old-fashioned or — if you really wanna go there — call us wussies, but we’re still kind of deeply frightened of Four Loko. Believe us, we like a good beer (or four) but something about the name, combined with the fact that Four Loko is essentially a giant can of death elixir sketches us out. Just a tad. read more »


gnomeAfter discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

When we do our regular combing-through of the latest news (all for you, dear readers) it is very rare that we come across the phrase “wayward gnomes.” But today we did.

It was in a story about 10 garden gnomes, which appeared along a trail on Mount Helena. The poor gnomes are thought to have been stolen from their rightful homes. But now we get to the tragic part, dear reader. read more »


segwayAfter discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

Oh, the Segway. Once it was touted as an invention to revolutionize our lives. Now it seems clear that’s not the case, unless your life involves a lot of postal worker or lazier-than-average tourism.

We’ve still remained rather transfixed by the strange contraptions, and were taken aback when we learned that the life of Segway’s owner had been taken away by one of the nefarious machines. read more »


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After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

Ayatollah Nasser Makkarem Shirazi, an important religious leader, issued a fatwa in June against keeping dogs as pets, saying that the blind imitation of the West would result in evil outcomes. He issued a second fatwa which bans advertisements about pets or of anything relating to their sale. The second fatwa went on to become law in Iran.

According to Islamic tradition — cited by the fatwa — dogs are unclean animals. To the dismay of those in support of Islamic law, these “unclean” k-9’s have become increasingly popular in Iran – especially among the affluent. Though pet dogs are not illegal, they are sternly looked down upon and one may even get fined for walking his/her dog in the park. read more »


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After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

It’s easiest to pin this one on Indiana, but we’re afraid it might be a humanity thing. Apparently “ball tapping” (kicking people in the balls) has become a common practice among the Midwestern hellhole Midwestern state’s middle school male population. Read the full article here, but beprepared for section titles like “just wanted to fall and cry” and “emergency surgery,” with accompanying details. read more »


After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

According to Reuters, the English are some of the least attractive people on the planet—at least as measured by their 12.5 (for men) and 15 percent  (for women) acceptance rates into beautifulpeople.com, an “elite dating site” where hopeful members submit a picture to be voted on whether they’re beautiful or not. Of course, the voters were themselves inducted based on read more »


goldAfter discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

In this time of economic turmoil, everybody seems to be looking for extra cash. And those people who happen to have enough cash are keeping quiet about it. But such is not the case in Germany.

A group of rich Germans have banded together to petition the government to charge them higher taxes read more »


jackdawAfter discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

Take a long, hard look at this bird. It doesn’t look as if he or his brethren would ever do any harm to you, now does it? Think again.

Apparently, just such a jackdaw (yes, that’s what they’re called) has been terrorizing a village in England. The residents of Cromwell, Nottinghamshire have reported that a local jackdaw has gotten a bit out-of-hand. read more »


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After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on earth.

Last week, former French president Jacques Chirac was attacked by his clinically depressed Maltese poodle. Um … wow. We don’t know what’s worst here: the fact that this poodle is depressed and on meds, the fact that Chirac suffered at the hands (paws?) of said poodle or the fact that this is even a story. Are we really horrible people if we’re laughing?

Chirac is doing OK now, but the Daily Mail goes as far to say he was “savaged” by his cute and fluffy dog. We think the real victim here is the dog, who obviously has the unrealizable dream of becoming something more than just a Maltese poodle. Le sigh.

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Former French President Chirac hospitalised after mauling by his clinically depressed poodle [Daily Mail]
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After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on earth.

Zut alors! Even the French are feeling the sting of the declining economy and slim trans-Atlantic wallets. With an average of two cafes closing everyday, France shows that the U.S. isn’t the only one sweating finances.

Want more numbers? In 1960, France teemed with 200,000 cafes. Compare that to today’s less-than 41,500–and diminishing. Merde, indeed.

Small businesses are suffering, but the shrinking numbers also show a culture at risk. What is the Frenchman without his beret, baguette, cafe and cigarette? (Oh, and wine and cheese and an official Federation of Cafes, Brasseries and Discotheques.) Not much, apparently:
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