Oh, the drama!

German Chancellor Schroeder apparently has canceled his Italian summer vacation. According to German Interior Minister Otto Schily,”Those who kick you in the shins and spit at you must not be surprised that that is not good publicity for their country.” Perhaps a good dose of appreciation for the behavioral differences of Italians and other Europeans would be helpful. (update: all links working now)

The vagina monoliths

“In the 1960s, at the dawn of the computing era, researchers argued that you could use Stonehenge as a giant calculating machine. Later, in the more mystical New Age, it was argued that the monument was really a spaceport for aliens, while, in the Middle Ages, it was said Stonehenge was built by giants. By those standards, this latest idea seems to say something quite odd about the twentyfirst century.”