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Welcome to Casual Friday where we wake you up with the overlooked news stories of the week.  The offbeat, strange and sometimes downright weird news items that mainstream media tends to ignore, all wrapped up with a few funnies, all designed to get your face in smiling shape for the weekend.

This week I am cutting straight to the funny stuff.


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"It looks tonight that in Missouri, Claire McCaskill has legitimately raped Todd Akin."  ~ Jon Stewart  --  The Daily Show
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The hashtag natesilverfacts is trending the last couple days and it seems Nate has replaced -- Chuck Norris!! ::gasp::  Here are a few to get the ball rolling -- or the numbers crunching -- Top 25 Nate Silver Facts:
When Alexander Bell invented the telephone he had 3 missed calls from Nate Silver.

Nate Silver can unscramble an egg.

Fear of spiders is arachnophobia, fear of tight spaces is claustrophobia, fear of Nate Silver is called Logic.

Nate Silver can slam a revolving door.

I'll leave you with this single story from election night, just in case you were thinking that was the one day the Romney campaign didn't produce a gaffe, blunder or pratfall -- Whoops! Romney's "transistion" website spotted by blogger.

Before the election, Mitt Romney's staff prepared a transition website, in case the former Republican nominee was elected president of the United States. And even though Romney didn't win the election, the site saw the light of day — for a few moments anyway.

Taegan Goddard, author and former policy advisor, caught the slip up and captured screenshots of the now removed pages. He posted them on his blog, Political Wire.

Romney's Transistion Site at Taegan Goddard's Political Wire.

Originally posted to MOT - Morning Open Thread on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:31 AM PST.

Also republished by J Town.

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