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Here we go again, waking up you sleepyheads with the overlooked new stories of the week -- the offbeat, strange and sometimes, downright weird news items that mainstream media tends to ignore.  Served up with a few funnies, all designed to get your face in smiling shape for the weekend ;-).

A kindergartener is heartbroken when he loses his adored stuffed blue monkey named "Ah Ah" on a family vacation and despite mom's best efforts, the monkey could not be found and was believed to be lost forever.  Three years later on a whim, mom decided to search e-Bay for "blue monkey" and one pops up.  Looks just like "Ah Ah" so mom buys him.  When the package arrives she is stunned to see that it's not a look alike -- it is "Ah Ah" right down to the singed hair on top from being left in the clothes dryer too long and a ragged cut where her son cut the tag off the monkey's leg.

This is the link to the story and here is Ah Ah and child reunion a video taken at the moment mom gives her son the monkey - a video that has gone viral this month.  *Warning: tissue alert*

Sometimes it seems like childhood disappears as fast as… well as fast as a little blue monkey wanders off on a camping trip. You turn around, and your baby is walking into kindergarten, or your little guy is going into high school, or your daughter is leaving for college.

But even as they grow up, there are reminders of the way they used to be. The way your kindergartner snuggles into your neck when he’s sleepy, or the extra-tight hug your daughter gives you before walking into her new dorm without looking back: No matter how old, they’ll always be our babies.

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In an undated photo provided by Guinness World Records 2013 Book, Zeus drinks from the kitchen faucet in Otsego, Mich. The Great Dane is now officially the world’s tallest canine according to the record book. The 3-year-old measures 44 inches from foot to
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Great Dane from Michigan is world's tallest dog

The Guinness World Records 2013 book published Thursday recognizes Zeus of Otsego, Mich., as the world's Tallest Dog.

The 3 year old Great Dane measures 44 inches from foot to shoulder and stretches to 7 foot 4 inches when standing on his hind legs.  The previous holder of the record, Giant George, was a full inch shorter.

Owner, Denise Doorlag says:

Zeus weighs 155 pounds and eats a 30-pound bag of food every two weeks.

Doorlag says she had to get a van to be able to transport Zeus.

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Jess the sheepdog feeds lambs in UK from a bottle
On a roll today with doggie stories, but I promise ewe will love this one!

Meet the ultimate sheepdog! Springer Spaniel Jess rounds up orphaned lambs and feeds them from a bottle herself

Three times a day, rain or shine, Jess the springer spaniel goes out on her milk round – to feed orphaned lambs from a bottle she carries in her mouth.

Louise Moorhouse, who has 270 sheep on her 180-acre farm, can’t imagine managing without Jess.

The farm is located near Exeter, which is linked to the Devon Wildlife Trust and specializes in rare breed sheep.  Ten year old Jess is "mother" these days to four Dorset Horn lambs which could not be fed by their own mothers.  There is a young lass, Lily the cocker spaniel, already in training for the day Jess retires.
‘It’s like having an extra pair of hands,’ said owner Louise Moorhouse.

‘She’s been doing it ever since she was a puppy. I taught her to hold the milk bottle in her mouth and she did the rest. It’s very funny when she runs across the field gripping the bottle.’

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Baby born in parking lot of New Hampshire Motor Speedway gets free NASCAR tickets for life

The honor for luckiest NASCAR fan this year goes to Katie Arnold, who at five pounds also wins the Lightest NASCAR Fan award. That’s because Katie was born in the parking lot of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday.

Yep. And because she was born in their parking lot and was later rushed to the hospital in a New Hampshire Motor Speedway ambulance, the track has given baby Katie and her folks to free tickets to every one of their races every year for life.

I guess you could call it a "Pit Stop" as mommy Shawna Arnold decided she couldn't wait as her boyfriend was driving her to the hospital.  They pulled over into the nearest parking lot which happened to be the speedway.  EMTs showed up a few minutes later to take over.  

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"It's Fall. Unless you're Mitt Romney, and then it's freefall." –David Letterman

"Mitt Romney is in Los Angeles today for a fundraiser. So that's one more handsome guy in L.A. auditioning for a role he probably won't get." –Conan O'Brien
"Arnold Schwarzenegger has written a new book about his affair with his Hispanic housekeeper, and the book is actually called 'Total Recall.' In response, she's written a book about their affair called 'Alien vs. Predator.'" –Conan O'Brien
"It's Opening Day of the U.N in New York...Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is here. He says he hates gay people and he hates Jews. Boy is he in the wrong town." –David Letterman

"Mitt was on 'Live With Kelly and Michael.' and admitted on the show that his guilty pleasures are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and chocolate milk. Even his guilty pleasures are boring." –Jimmy Kimmel

"President Obama is attending a fundraiser in New York hosted by Jay-Z and Beyonce. Michelle is hoping Beyonce will sing 'All the Single Ladies,' while Obama is worried Biden will get up and sing 'Bootylicious'" –Jimmy Fallon
"On Saturday, Mitt Romney took some time off from campaigning to watch his grandson’s soccer game. Though it got awkward when one team pulled their goalie and Romney was like, 'Look at that – another job lost under President Obama.'" –Jimmy Fallon
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For once, I want to add something with a serious note.  Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day and I wanted to post the following that I sometimes use in my IGTNT diaries:

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POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
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The only known current Prisoner of War is Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 26 who was captured by the Taliban in June of 2009.  Five propaganda videos featuring Bergdahl have been released by the Taliban. A website has been established with the most up-to-date information on Sgt. Bergdahl.
 
Please keep good thoughts and prayers for Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl.
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  •  Good TGIF Morning, MOTliteers! (13+ / 0-)

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    Have a great day, everybuddy ;~D

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 01:41:11 PM PDT

  •  Just checking in.... (6+ / 0-)

    Neko wants to steal the milk off my cereal when I'm not looking....

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 03:38:17 AM PDT

  •  Good Morning (7+ / 0-)

    I have to do my mining shift for EDR, be back when I'm done.
    The dog with the baby bottle is pretty awesome!

  •  Morning from Indiana (8+ / 0-)

    In waiting mode right now. Just waiting for the checks to be delivered by the Post Awful so I can take care of some financial matters and then go home to North Carolina for a while. Miss my babies.

    Pixie
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    and Merlin
    Merlin Nest

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 03:43:22 AM PDT

  •  Pointy Studebaker. (5+ / 0-)

    It does have a name: Dale Arden. Dale for short. The Pointymobile for shorter.....

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 03:49:08 AM PDT

  •  Good morning, JaxDem! (6+ / 0-)

    Great roundup and thank you for reminding people about Sgt. Bergdahl.

    Back in a bit.

    If I get dragged into a black hole ::cough:: work ::cough:: and don't make it back, have a great day and PLEASE stay out of trouble!!

    Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

    by JanF on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 03:51:18 AM PDT

  •  Howdy JaxDem and all y'all MOTies. (4+ / 0-)
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    Have a great Friday and weekend.

    But lets not rest: Romney has been reduced to the putz he's always been, and the Teabagger '10 dalliance may well be wilting.

    We still need to play long game. Let's do this!

    "Vulture/Voucher 2012"? ¡Venceremos!

    by Free Jazz at High Noon on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 03:52:44 AM PDT

  •  It is Friday!!!! 55 degrees right now, (3+ / 0-)
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    creeping toward a high of 79.  Partly cloudy, so should be a nice day.  

    As soon as I get on the outside of some strong Cajun coffee, I have to head off to the office.  Full day today, will have an office full of clients.  Also going to have to work tomorrow.  That sucks, but eating was a habit I formed early in life.  

    Thought I might brighten up your morning with a bull who sings opera.

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 04:21:22 AM PDT

    •  LOL. That bull's got talent! (3+ / 0-)
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      and the farmer is not bad either.  

      Ha Ha.  That was excellent.

      Don't work too hard today, OS.  Oh No, working on Saturday too?  Does help buy the groceries, no?  Or maybe a new motorcycle helmet ;-)

      Have a wonderful day.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 04:26:01 AM PDT

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  •  Just 46 days until the election. (4+ / 0-)
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    Can Romney overcome his 47% remark in 46 days?  

    How about his Perfectly Awful Overseas Insult Tour?

    Or the "Corporations are people, my friend." ?

    Maybe the "If I was born in Mexico, I'd have a better shot at being president."?

    Or, or , or ...

    Alright, let's simplify things a bit.  Do you think he can go 46 days without another major gaffe saying what's on his mind?

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 04:22:19 AM PDT

    •  I think he'll have to (1+ / 0-)
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      If the Obama team is agressinve, they'lll back him up to the wall and he'll gaffe. His problem is that he really doesn't have a secret plan to fix the economy its the good ol' Republican same old same old: Cut taxes.
      But he can't really say that because that worked so miserably before with the Bush Tax cuts. So he has to play coy because he's really got nothing.
      A good fighter (like the Clintons) would make mincemeat out of this.
      The problem is Obama is really not a fighter. He doesn't have that go-for-the-jugular attitude   a fighter really needs. An example of that was later claiming not to know Ryan was in the audience or he might not have been so forceful. A good fighter would have looked Ryan in the eye and eviscerated him.

      Barack Obama told Bob Woodward that he regretted criticizing Paul Ryan at his budget speech last year. Obama said he would not have attacked Paul Ryan if he would have known Ryan was going to attend the speech.
       
      Boy was I disappointed when I heard about this! Thats no fighter at all!! Thats a really nice person  So we have to wait and see  if the Obama team can keep Romney backed up against the wall. I'm not real optimistic about then doing this, tho I think, hope and pray Obama wins.

      Happy just to be alive

      by exlrrp on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 04:51:34 AM PDT

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  •  DK front page (1+ / 0-)
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    what is up with it?
    I have to wait about 3 minutes for it to load this morning.
    anyone else having trouble?

    •  Mine is loading okay. (0+ / 0-)

      Which means about 25 seconds.  

      I've had trouble with my computer freezing up for 45 seconds or so when I have Dkos in one of my open tabs.  Doesn't seem to do it when I have open tabs without Dkos being in one of them.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 04:40:32 AM PDT

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  •  Good one today! (2+ / 0-)
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    Im up early, to take Fanny woozle down to NC to canine oncologist. She's a chemo doctor, and I don't hold out a lot of hope for treatment. We'll see. I won't put Fan through a lot of side effects. Keep us in your hearts.
    And everybody, please have a great day.

    Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

    by emmasnacker on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 04:42:51 AM PDT

    •  I will keep dear Fanny in my thoughts and prayers (1+ / 0-)
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      Poor baby.

      I'm sorry for this emma.  It must be heartbreaking {{{Hugs}}}

      Please keep us updated.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 04:50:48 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks JD. (1+ / 0-)
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        just back. We're trying a new drug called palladia. It is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Hopefully it will kill tumor cells and also cut off blood supply to tumor. Will reassess in a month.

        Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

        by emmasnacker on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 02:16:00 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks for the update, emma. (0+ / 0-)

          I'll keep up the prayers and healing thoughts for Fanny that this palladia works miracles.

          I lost my Sally a few months ago, but still have Maggie and the new adoptee Lizzie who is 4 + years.  My girls got me through some tough years while I was a caregiver for my husband and later after he died.  I know without a doubt I would not have made it through without them.

          Please post about Fanny anytime you want or need.  We're always here if you need us ;-)

          As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

          by JaxDem on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 03:12:56 PM PDT

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