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2014-07-09
R.I.P. William 'Bill' Herbert Kelder - Intellpuke

2013-11-28
Gamers Donate 37,500 Pounds Of Food To Needy

2013-09-30
Statement From The Whitehouse Regarding The Government Shutdown

2013-09-29
An Open Response To 'Organizing for Action'

2013-08-26
Bayou Corne: The Biggest Ongoing Disaster In The U.S. You Have Not Heard Of

2013-04-21
Boston Mayor Hopes Feds 'Throw the Book' at Marathon Bombing Suspect

2013-04-19
Boston Police Closing In On Suspects

2013-04-15
2 Explosions At Boston Marathon. 2 Dead, Many Injured.

2013-01-03
The Press vs Citizens Rights and Privacy - Act 3

2012-12-30
CBS News - Year In Review 2012

Nature.com - 366 Days: 2012 In Review

The Guardian - 2012 In Review: An Interactive Guide To The Year That Was

TruTV - The Biggest Conspiracy Theories of 2012

Colbert Nation: 2012: A Look Back

FIP Year In Review(s?)

2012-12-25
Happy Holidays

2012-12-21
Welcome To A New Era!

2012-12-16
An Open Letter To United Health Care, Medcom, And The Medical Insurance Industry In General

2012-11-17
Whitehouse Petition To Remove "Under God" and "In God" From Currency And The Pledge.

2012-11-15
December 21, 2012

2012-11-11
If Hillary Clinton Ran For President, She Would Probably Be The Best-prepared Candidate In American History

2012-11-10
CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns After FBI Investigation Uncovers Affair With High-Profile Journalist

FIP Format Update

2012-11-07
Thank you for voting.

2012-11-06
Live Election Results

2012-09-30
FIP In Hiatus

2012-09-18
U.S.-Afghan Military Operations Suspended After Attacks

Iran Nuclear Chief Says IAEA Might Be Infiltrated By 'Terrorists And Saboteurs'

Romney Stands By Gaffe

2012-09-17
President Obama Says China Trade Practices Harm American Auto Parts Workers





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A-Rod gets 3,000 ball, resolves bonus
2015-07-03 23:11:51 (8 minutes ago) 
Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit.
 
Greek referendum: how would top economists vote?
2015-07-03 23:11:47 (8 minutes ago) 
 
New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
2015-07-03 23:10:24 (9 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








 
Tories to change inheritance tax rule
2015-07-03 23:10:21 (9 minutes ago) 
Chancellor George Osborne is to announce the end of inheritance tax on family homes worth up to £1m in Wednesday's Budget.
 
Hot dogs, hot music usher in July 4 weekend
2015-07-03 23:10:20 (9 minutes ago) 
As the nation gears up to celebrate America's birthday, here are some Fourth of July highlights from around the country:...
 
Hot dogs, hot music usher in July 4 weekend
2015-07-03 23:10:19 (9 minutes ago) 
As the nation gears up to celebrate America's birthday, here are some Fourth of July highlights from around the country:...
 
Queen Victoria's Empire - Complete Documentary
2015-07-03 23:02:06 (18 minutes ago) 
submitted by Camzing to videos
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Vietnam Communist party chief to make first US trip
2015-07-03 23:00:34 (19 minutes ago) 
 
OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
2015-07-03 23:00:12 (19 minutes ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.








 
Charleston suspect was in contact with supremacists, officials say
2015-07-03 22:53:30 (26 minutes ago) 
If the authorities find that any of Dylan Roof’s associates knew about his plans, they would most likely try to prosecute them.
 
Steven Joyce downplays economic recession talk
2015-07-03 22:53:24 (26 minutes ago) 
Economic development minister Steven Joyce is dismissing talk of an economic recession but admits "the job isn't done in the economy".
 
Boy, 7, wounded in drive-by shooting on Cleveland's East Side
2015-07-03 22:53:03 (27 minutes ago) 
A child was wounded Friday night in a drive-by shooting.
 
Greece has a lasting place in language of Europe
2015-07-03 22:50:58 (29 minutes ago) 
 
OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
2015-07-03 22:50:48 (29 minutes ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.








 
2 points from loss, Serena wins at Wimbledon; Venus next
2015-07-03 22:50:32 (29 minutes ago) 
LONDON (AP) -- Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd....
 
Northeast Florida nonprofits feel pinch Gov. Scott's vetoes
2015-07-03 22:40:19 (39 minutes ago) 

Organizations that serve some of Jacksonville’s most in-need residents still are figuring out how to adjust their budgets following Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of money that would have supported their work.

Scott cut nearly a half-billion dollars from the state budget last month, about $20 million of which was designated for Northeast Florida.

The vetoes came as a surprise to the local groups, which said they expected to receive some money following the House and Senate approval of a balanced budget June 19.

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Seattle Sounders vs. D.C. United, pre-match lineups and notable notes
2015-07-03 22:31:11 (48 minutes ago) 
Here are the notable notes for Friday night’s Sounders-D.C. United match at CenturyLink Field: Silviu Petrescu is the referee, Mike Rottersman and Marco Arruda are his assistants and Baboucarr Jallow is the fourth official. Seattle leads the all-time series 5-2-2, having won the last meeting 1-0 last June at RFK Stadium courtesy of a Chad […]
 
Rape victim told to marry to become 'respectable'
2015-07-03 22:31:06 (49 minutes ago) 
Three words, no rape victim ever wants to hear, have thrown a young woman in a remote part of India into turmoil.
 
Costa Rica backs out of Miss Universe 2015 over Trump's remarks
2015-07-03 22:31:02 (49 minutes ago) 
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New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
2015-07-03 22:30:25 (49 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








 
Hundreds of Arizona inmates to be moved following riot
2015-07-03 22:30:20 (49 minutes ago) 
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) -- About 700 inmates at an Arizona prison were being moved to new locations Friday after disturbances on consecutive days left their housing units uninhabitable....
 
400-foot Ferris wheel stops: All 66 riders safely taken off
2015-07-03 22:30:19 (49 minutes ago) 
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A technical team with The Orlando Eye safely evacuated all 66 stranded riders from the Ferris wheel that towers 400 feet over central Florida after the attraction shut down Friday afternoon, authorities said....
 
Solar plane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking flight
2015-07-03 22:20:52 (59 minutes ago) 
 
Baby dies following house fire on Jacksonville's Northside
2015-07-03 22:20:20 (59 minutes ago) 

A small fire at a North Jacksonville home killed an infant on Friday and hospitalized five others, including another young child.

The two children, who were both younger than two years old, were in a bedroom when a fire broke out at the home on the 7300 block of North Shore Drive. A neighbor was able to take the youngest child out of the house through a window, and another resident of the house began putting out the fire with a garden hose.

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OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
2015-07-03 22:20:05 (1 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.








 
Trade schools have to find grads jobs, or lose financial aid
2015-07-03 22:11:00 (1 hours ago) 
New rules are now in effect for any school with a career-training program. Graduates have to be able to earn enough money to repay their student loans, or a school risks losing access to financial aid. In general, annual loan payments shouldn't exceed 20 percent of a graduate's discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings.
 
OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
2015-07-03 22:10:25 (1 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.








 
A homeless man sings Styx's “Come Sail Away” and crushes it
2015-07-03 22:10:23 (1 hours ago) 

Donald Gould became a viral celebrity after this video of him performing a classic rock anthem exploded on Facebook. He is homeless.

Sly Dylan, who uploaded the video, says:

There is a gofundme for Donald Gould himself to help get him off the streets. Go check it out. Check out Donalds facebook page where you can stay up to date with the happenings of his life.

Recorded on 6.30.15 the morning after Donalds video of him playing piano went viral, we ran into him walking down the street and were given a precious opportunity to inform him about his viral video and also got to ask him a few questions! Donald is truly amazing! Share so other people may see that homeless people are human too!

 
Man Accused of Robbing Queens Bank in a Wheelchair
2015-07-03 22:00:53 (1 hours ago) 
Police officials said on Friday that they had arrested Kelvin Dennison, a 23-year-old panhandler, in connection with a robbery on Monday in Long Island City.









 
Shocking Summer: Lightning Deaths Could Surge in July
2015-07-03 22:00:45 (1 hours ago) 
Already this year, there have been 15 fatalities in the U.S., and the number could easily surge past last year's total of 26, forecasters warn.









 
Coast Guard cutter comes home for holiday, after sending migrants home
2015-07-03 22:00:22 (1 hours ago) 

Families cheered, clapped and a few cried as 80 Coast Guard crewmembers of the Cutter Valiant returned home to Naval Station Mayport Friday, after serving 10 weeks along the Florida Straits and the Windward Passage.

The Valient is a 210-foot cutter operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico but headquartered in Portsmouth, Va. Its missions include search and rescue, law enforcement, environmental protection, defense readiness and security.

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OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
2015-07-03 22:00:07 (1 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.








 
Ticket prices for the Women’s World Cup final sky high, but have come down
2015-07-03 21:51:11 (1 hours ago) 
The Women’s World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan on Sunday in Vancouver, B.C., is a popular ticket, reflecting the growing popularity of the sport in America.
 
After same-sex marriage ruling, employers weigh domestic partner programs
2015-07-03 21:51:05 (1 hours ago) 
Companies question if they should retain partnership benefits if all may marry.
 
oh...the irony of it all
2015-07-03 21:51:02 (1 hours ago) 
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Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
2015-07-03 21:50:27 (1 hours ago) 









 
Minnesota burn survivor leaves hospital after 264 days
2015-07-03 21:50:23 (1 hours ago) 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A Minnesota man who survived being badly burned in a lawnmower explosion was discharged Friday after 264 days in the hospital, but not before his caregivers gathered to say farewell to one of their favorite patients....
 
Connecticut town’s boom-box parade celebrates 30 years
2015-07-03 21:41:04 (2 hours ago) 
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. — The town’s annual Independence Day parade once again will include the traditional Little League teams, floats sponsored by local businesses, firetrucks and politicians. But, for the 30th consecutive year, there will be no marching bands.
 
Trump blames San Francisco murder on 'unsafe border'
2015-07-03 21:40:44 (2 hours ago) 
Don’t say Donald Trump didn’t warn you about Mexican immigrants, says... Donald Trump.








 
Solar-Powered Plane Makes Historic Landing in Hawaii
2015-07-03 21:40:43 (2 hours ago) 
The single-seater carried pilot Andre Borschberg with the help of 17,000 solar cells across ten thousand miles.









 
Former Sounder DeAndre Yedlin at center of latest dispute over solidarity payments
2015-07-03 21:31:15 (2 hours ago) 
A letter from England’s Tottenham Hotspur to a Mountlake Terrace youth club for which former Sounder DeAndre Yedlin once played is adding fuel to an ongoing dispute about solidarity fees, a touchy subject within MLS and U.S. Soccer.
 
Underwater farmers grow strawberries in balloon gardens
2015-07-03 21:31:04 (2 hours ago) 
submitted by emerty to science
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New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
2015-07-03 21:30:28 (2 hours ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








 
VIDEO: Judge recognises school friend in dock
2015-07-03 21:30:25 (2 hours ago) 
A Judge and a man suspected of burglary were 'reunited' briefly during a court hearing in Miami, in the US.
 
Our 3 Favorite Moments from the President's Speech in Wisconsin
2015-07-03 21:21:10 (2 hours ago) 

Today, the President spoke at the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse, reflecting on the great strides America has made in the past six years in economic reform. With over 64 months of private sector job growth and the lowest uninsured rate ever, the United States had made great progress in helping middle class families, but our work isn't done.

Here are our top three moments from the speech:

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Lawrence Herkimer, Grandfather of Modern Cheerleading, Dies at 89
2015-07-03 21:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
Mr. Herkimer elevated cheerleading into an aspirational goal for generations of youths and a highly successful business for himself.









 
Prince Charles and Camilla to visit Australia and New Zealand in November
2015-07-03 21:20:22 (2 hours ago) 
 
Free from rain for Independence Day
2015-07-03 21:20:11 (2 hours ago) 

After a week that saw heavy rains, the weather for Independence Day looks bright.

        
 
Bernie: Plot thickens in Cards' hacking scandal
2015-07-03 21:20:01 (2 hours ago) 
With the first prominent Cardinals employee fired in fallout of the cyberattack on Houston, we can only wonder about what comes next.
 
Cards-Padres scoreless through four innings
2015-07-03 21:20:01 (2 hours ago) 
The Cards and Padres are scoreless through four innings. Also, Tommy Pham will play center field and bat eighth against the Padres.
 
Whitest big county in the U.S.? It’s us
2015-07-03 23:11:51 (8 minutes ago) 
King County is the whitest of the nation’s 20 most-populous counties. But the county’s fastest population growth is happening among Asian and mixed-race people. The Times’ FYI Guy, Gene Balk, digs into the new Census numbers.
 
Drugs linked to death of Adelaide Crow's Phil Walsh
2015-07-03 23:11:42 (8 minutes ago) 
Australian police are investigating if drugs were behind the fatal stabbing of Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh.
 
Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
2015-07-03 23:10:24 (9 minutes ago) 









 
Eager eaters weigh-in ahead of NYC July 4 hot dog contest
2015-07-03 23:10:20 (9 minutes ago) 
NEW YORK (AP) -- Contestants have hit the scales ahead of the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Coney Island's Nathan's Famous....
 
Rubio, Christie planning sleepover with the Romneys
2015-07-03 23:10:20 (9 minutes ago) 
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be hosting two rival Republican presidential contenders at a holiday sleepover Friday evening....
 
Denver campaign would allow marijuana use in bars
2015-07-03 23:02:28 (17 minutes ago) 
A campaign is under way to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21.
 
Obama Plans Broader Use of Clemency to Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders
2015-07-03 23:01:54 (18 minutes ago) 
President Obama is expected to free dozens of nonviolent federal drug convicts, but he will barely dent prison populations that many Democrats and Republicans agree are swollen by excessive sentences.









 
Greek referendum: how would top economists vote?
2015-07-03 23:00:34 (19 minutes ago) 
 
Denver campaign would allow marijuana use in bars
2015-07-03 22:53:30 (26 minutes ago) 
A campaign is under way to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21.
 
The Seattle Reign ties Western N.Y. Flash, 1-1
2015-07-03 22:53:30 (26 minutes ago) 
The Seattle Reign tied the Western New York Flash, 1-1, extending its league-unbeaten streak to seven games.
 
Walsh's son moved to mental hospital
2015-07-03 22:53:24 (26 minutes ago) 
olice are investigating if the drug ice was linked to the alleged stabbing murder of Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh.
 
Big Ticket: Sarah Jessica Parker’s House Sells for $18.25 Million
2015-07-03 22:52:36 (27 minutes ago) 
A Greenwich Village townhouse sold by the actress and her husband, Matthew Broderick, was the most expensive sale of the week in New York City.
 
Leopard attacks guide at Kruger National Park
2015-07-03 22:50:58 (29 minutes ago) 
 
Shot PC's family 'wait for justice'
2015-07-03 22:50:45 (29 minutes ago) 
The family of the police officer shot by gunman Raoul Moat are still waiting for justice five years later, his grieving twin brother says.
 
Yes or no? What Greece's landmark vote might bring
2015-07-03 22:50:32 (29 minutes ago) 
LONDON (AP) -- On his 10-year trip home, the Greek hero Odysseus at one point had to steer his ship and crew down a narrow stretch of water menaced on opposite sides by two sea monsters, Scylla and Charybdis....
 
New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
2015-07-03 22:40:06 (40 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








 
Where to watch Sunday’s World Cup final
2015-07-03 22:31:11 (48 minutes ago) 
If you’re looking for a public venue from which cheer on the U.S. women as they take on Japan and aren’t on the guess list, here are some alternatives throughout the region.
 
Moore leads Lynx in home rout over Seattle
2015-07-03 22:31:05 (49 minutes ago) 
Maya Moore’s 23 points and 11 rebounds helped the Lynx to a 82-57 romp over the Storm at Target Center.
 
Sister's puppy experiencing air conditioning for the first time.
2015-07-03 22:31:02 (49 minutes ago) 
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Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
2015-07-03 22:30:25 (49 minutes ago) 









 
Rubio, Christie planning sleepover with the Romneys
2015-07-03 22:30:20 (49 minutes ago) 
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be hosting two rival Republican presidential contenders at a holiday sleepover Friday evening. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will both be staying over at Romney's property in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, an aide to Romney confirmed....
 
Hundreds of Arizona Inmates to Be Moved Following Riot
2015-07-03 22:30:03 (50 minutes ago) 
700 inmates to be relocated in wake of damage from Arizona prison riot
 
Baltimore Investigates 'Enjoy Your Ride' Sign Found in Police Van
2015-07-03 22:20:38 (59 minutes ago) 
The sign appearing to taunt prisoners was found months after a handcuffed man suffered a fatal spinal injury while in a police van in April.









 
Palm Valley party on Intracoastal prompts excitment, concern
2015-07-03 22:20:20 (59 minutes ago) 

Palm Valley residents want to throw a floating neighborhood party — complete with makeshift rafts, inflatable tubes and floating coolers — on a skinny stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway the day after the Fourth of July, one of the busiest boating weekends of the year.

What could go wrong?

The Coast Guard seems to think a lot.

The law enforcement agency dubbed Valley Palooza, which encourages friends and families to celebrate the holiday weekend floating lazily down the waterway, the equivalent of a “flash mob.”

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Woman found dead in Dunedin named
2015-07-03 22:11:12 (1 hours ago) 
A woman found dead in a Dunedin house has been named as 48-year-old Vicki Lee Warington.
 
When Bernie Sanders was a revolutionary
2015-07-03 22:10:30 (1 hours ago) 
A New York Times account details the presidential candidate’s revolutionary roots in 1960s Vermont.








 
Isis Adventure: Worst. Puzzle. Ever.
2015-07-03 22:10:23 (1 hours ago) 

[My family gave me the Isis Adventure puzzle for Father's Day. It cost over $200. It looks really cool. It's a heavy metal sphere with three rings that rotate. The rings have ancient Egyptian symbols on them. I assumed you needed to rotate the rings to line up the symbols in a certain order to open the sphere. The box has illustrations that look like clues to solve the puzzle. My daughter Jane and I spent a few evening working on it and got nowhere. I didn't mind that. But what I did mind was finding out that the manufacturers try to get you to cough up more money in a cult-leader like fashion. Then I found t2his 2009 blog post about the Isis Adventure puzzle written by Ron Garret, and he explained that the puzzle is even more rotten than I imagined. He kindly gave me permission to run it, and his follow-up post here. My general rule about reviews for Boing Boing (and Cool Tools) is to only review stuff I like and ignore everything else. But in this case I'm making an exception, because I want people who are interested in buying this puzzle to know what they are getting themselves into. -- Mark]

It breaks my heart to write this post because the puzzle in question was 1) very expensive and 2) given to me by someone very dear to me who doesn't have a lot of disposable income. I hope he never sees this.

At first glance, the Isis puzzle looks very promising. It bills itself as the world's hardest puzzle, though I personally give that title to Scott Fredrickson's jigsaw puzzles. The packaging is beautiful, and the production quality appears to be very high. The puzzle comes in what looks like (but isn't really) a black lacquer wooden box with a metal clasp. Just the box is better made (and probably more expensive) than most puzzles. The box is embossed with "ISIS I" in silver lettering above a hologram sticker with what appears to be a serial number (or maybe it's a clue!)

Opening the box reveals a metal sphere about three inches in diameter and weighing about a pound. It feels dense, hefty, solid. Around the circumference of the sphere are three metal bands engraved with Egyptian hieroglyphics. On the bottom of the sphere is, again engraved, a ten-digit number (which turns out to be -- I'm not giving anything away here -- the actual serial number). On the top of the sphere is a button that goes down about a half a centimeter when you press it but has no other immediately discernible effect. The metal bands with the hieroglyphics turn with a satisfying clicking sound. The thing positively oozes mystery and the promise of an exciting intellectual adventure.

Alas.

The black lacquer box comes packaged inside a cardboard box, which also contains a very thin pamphlet. One might be forgiven for thinking that this pamphlet is the instruction booklet, but no such luck. It is in fact simply an advertisement for other puzzles in the series, and directions on "How to start your adventure." There follows an eight-step (!) process for logging on to the company's web site in order to get the instructions. And the process requires you to reveal your full name, your mailing address, your phone number, your email address, and the serial number of your Isis before you are allowed in.

It is at this point that you might recall that there was a red seal on the cardboard box that you had to break in order to open it. And on that red seal was what is essentially a shrink wrap EULA:

"If you break this seal to accept The ISIS challenge there is no turning back. The ISIS cannot be returned after this seal is broken or its box is opened. Thank you."

So the situation you find yourself in is this: you have just paid well north of three digits for "the world's hardest puzzle", you have broken the seal so that you can no longer get your money back, and only then do you learn for the first time that you have to turn over your personal information to the company in order to find out what you're supposed to do with the damn thing. You are at this point, though I'm sure most people won't realize it, the victim of a bait-and-switch scam. That personal information you're being asked to provide is valuable, and for the company to withhold an essential part of the product you just bought until you hand it over is shameful at best. In my opinion, the fact that you don't find this out until you break the seal and render the product unreturnable makes it extortion. (If anyone from Sonic Warp is reading this, in my emails to you I used the term "blackmail". That was a mistake. Extortion is the correct term. I regret the error.)

But let's not quibble over terminology. Let's suppose that you do not share my obsession with keeping personal information out of the hands of unknown parties, and that you consider handing over your information in exchange for the instruction booklet to be a fair trade. What happens then? Well, I went ahead and registered (with a false identity). I got my user name and password, but when I tried to log in it didn't work! Instead I got the singularly useless error message, "Illegal input characters. Please remove and resubmit."

Illegal input characters? Say what? I just cut-and-pasted my user ID and password (both of which consist of nothing but letters and numbers) from the email you sent me. Exactly which "illegal characters" do you want me to remove?

At this point I was fed up, so I punted and got the Isis instruction manual from the web. The manual is pretty uninformative, but it does contain ten clues. The clues are encrypted. (You can buy the decryption keys from the company's web site. Was I surprised? No, I was not.)

Warning: spoilers follow. If you want the unalloyed thrill of solving the Isis without cheating, stop reading here.

Fortunately, the clues are encrypted using simple substitution ciphers. It took me just a few minutes to crack them using this handy dandy tool. [This link is dead. But Jane and I used a different handy dandy tool to decrypt the clues. It worked perfectly. - Mark] (The decrypted clues have also been published on the web if you care to look.) I also found that the solution [Link no longer works - Mark] is out there too. The clues turned out to be pretty useless, and by this time I was getting pretty fed up, so I took a peek.

I need to digress here and say a few words about what makes a good puzzle. Puzzle composition is part art and part science. A good puzzle has to be hard enough to be challenging but not so hard as to be effectively impossible. But there's more to a puzzle than mere challenge. Lots of things are challenging. Solving partial differential equations, for example, is quite challenging, but you'd have to be a pretty hard core geek to consider PDEs to be good recreational puzzles. What distinguishes a good puzzle from a merely difficult challenge? There are four things:

1. The objective has to be clear and easy to understand without special training.

2. The rules under which the objective is to be achieved have to be clear and understandable without special training.

3. The challenge presented by a puzzle must be primarily intellectual in nature, not physical. Juggling, for example, is challenging, has a clear objective, and operates under clear rules. But it's not a puzzle.

And finally:

4. The challenge must arise as a direct result of the structure of the puzzle and not from some obscured secret.

To illustrate this last point, imagine a modern re-invention of the classic Rubik's Cube puzzle where the faces are not just colored stickers but little color LED screens. Every time you make a move, the colors of all the faces on the entire cube change. Moreover, the moves are not reversible: if you start with a virgin cube, make a move and then undo it, the result is a scrambled cube.

Just convincing yourself that this variation is solvable at all would be no easy feat, let alone actually solving it. Now imagine that you've spent a fair amount of time twiddling this new cube trying to discern some pattern in the color changes without success. In frustration, you decide to punt and look at the solution. Imagine how you would feel if the solution turned out to be:

Take the cube and whack it against a hard surface. Twirl it (the whole cube, not one of the faces) clockwise in the air a few times. Turn the whole cube upside down. Then recite Lewis Carrol's "Jabberwocky" backwards seven times (speak clearly so that the cube's internal microphone can pick up the sound of your voice). Congratulations! You have solved the Rondam Cube!

Your reaction might be something along the lines of, "'da f*ck?" And rightfully so. And yet, except for the bit about reciting Jabberwocky backwards, that is in fact the solution to the Isis sphere!!!, or at least the first few steps. No, I am not joking. Whack. Whirl. Tip. That is actually the answer. This is because the actual locking mechanism (oh, I forgot to mention that the objective is to open the sphere) is completely internal and hidden and involves moving ball bearings around on tracks and dislodging them from magnets. Those rings with the hieroglyphics on them? Completely inoperative. Just decoration. Red herrings. Very expensive, carefully machined red herrings that ride on high-tolerance bearings. But red herrings nonetheless.

If that had been all there was to it, I might have just written the whole thing off as nothing more than a white elephant. Unfortunately it was not to be. As they say in the trade: but wait! There's more!

When I tried to open my Isis according to the procedure I found on the web, it didn't work. I tried all manner of whacking and whirling and even recited Jabberwocky just for good measure (amazing how much that poem sounds like cursing when you say it backwards). No luck. My Isis remained stubbornly closed. I wasn't even able to get to the so-called "intermediate stage" where you get a little bit of tactile feedback that you're on the right track. Since I had seen a video of the Isis being opened I knew a bit about the internal mechanism, and all indications were that my Isis was somehow defective.

So I wrote an email to the company asking them to exchange it. To their credit, they responded very quickly (on a weekend even!), and said that yes, they would repair or replace it. But there was a catch: if it turned out that the Isis was not defective, I would have to pay for their time, and for shipping and handling. Which sounds fair enough, until you consider that they will be the final arbiters of whether the Isis was broken or not. And given that they had already demonstrated that they had no compunctions about extorting personal information from their customers, I didn't see any reason to believe that they would have compunctions about telling me that my Isis was in fine working order (and that I therefore had to pay to get it back) regardless of its actual condition. So as I write this we are at an impasse, and my Isis appears destined to remain closed forever.

In my email I also expressed my displeasure over having the instruction manual withheld in order to extort personal information. I asked them to stop doing that. They refused, saying that:

All registered information that we hold is only used if you tick the relevant box, otherwise it is only used to update you as a puzzle owner on new product updates and or to provide support and access to the isis adventure. We never disclose your information to 3rd parties and if you ask us not to send you updates on the puzzle you already own we delete your information from our system. Again we have only ever been asked to do this a handful of times. Please let me know if you wish to have your information deleted from our system. If you ask for this to be done, please ensure you have accurate details of return address for the product your sending to us as we will not have a record on our database for you. The reason we ask you to download the instruction book, is so that you have the most updated instructions. Hard copies can often go out of date.

To this I ask... how can an instruction manual for a mechanical puzzle go out of date? (And who said anything about hard copies?)

As long as we're asking rhetorical questions, why do they require me to provide my mailing address and my phone number and my name? Why is my email address not enough to keep me up to date? Why do they feel the need to be so paternalistic? Do they not think that I am capable of going to their web site myself to check for updates if I want the latest scoop?

As an aside, it is worth noting that when you don't "tick the relevant box" you get a Javascript alert complaining that you haven't checked the box, and offering you a free clue if you do. So even if they respect the user's wishes in this regard, the choice is coerced.

But I digress. There is a much more interesting question to be asked: why would they risk the ire of people like me who value their privacy (and write blogs) when they surely must know that such people are among their target demographic?

Why indeed.

One possibility is that they are simply stupid. They have already demonstrated that they are very bad puzzle designers, so maybe they are just bad marketeers too. Maybe they really believe their own rhetoric. Maybe they really believe that they provide a better customer experience and more value for the money (and it's a lot of money by puzzle standards) if they make absolutely sure that they know each and every customer by name and have a complete dossier on them. That possibility cannot be ruled out.

But there is another, more sinister possibility, that also cannot be ruled out: perhaps they are not in the business of selling puzzles.

Consider this database they are building up. For every customer, they know the person's name, address, phone number, and email address. And they know something much more important: every one of these people was affluent enough (or knew someone affluent enough) to spend a three-digit sum on a puzzle in the middle of the worst economic downturn in living memory. And because you can't register unless you've bought a puzzle and obtained an engraved serial number, their list will be unpolluted by pretenders and wannabes. Because of the way they have set this up, every name on that list will be a certifiable rich person.

That is one mighty valuable list. It is a telemarketer's wet dream. It would be stupid of them not to sell it. And yes, as I've already conceded, it's quite possible they are stupid. But if they aren't stupid then they're duplicitous, if not outright evil. I don't see any other possibilities.

Interestingly, there's actually an experiment one can do to try to determine which of the two possibilities is actually the case. If their actual product is not puzzles but high-quality lists of certifiably affluent people to which to which one might want to market other high-priced goods, one might expect them to take certain precautions against their true intentions being discovered. In particular, they might want to guard against someone like me who, having their suspicions raised about their intentions, might want to do something sneaky like, say, inject a false name into their list. For example, I might try to register my puzzle not under my real name but under an assumed name chosen just for this purpose, say "John H. Doe". If John H. Doe starts to get junk mail then, assuming I haven't used that name anywhere else, that would be proof that the name came from their list. And that might cause them problems down the road.

What precautions might they take against someone doing something like this? Well, one thing they might do is to allow a given serial number to be registered only once. This makes it less likely that someone will infect their database with a false name because a person would have to realize before they took their one shot at registration that something unsavory might be afoot and that they should take precautions.

On the other hand, if their intentions were honorable they would have no reason to prevent the same serial number from being registered more than once. People might want to sell their puzzles to someone else. Surely the company's professed concern about their customers having up-to-date manuals should extend to people who acquire their puzzles secondhand?

Of course I did this experiment. And unsurprisingly, it would not let me register twice, saying "That serial number is already registered under a different email address." If there's a benign explanation for that, I can't think what it could be.

For all these reasons I reluctantly award the Sonicwarp Isis Adventure the title of Worst Puzzle Ever. I take no joy in this. I just think potential buyers have a right to know what they might be getting into.

UPDATE (12/30/2009)

I got my Isis puzzle open, and having now had a chance to thoroughly inspect the mechanism I discovered two interesting things: the solution on YouTube doesn't actually work, at least not on my puzzle, and the Isis really is every bit as bad a puzzle as I thought.

Warning: spoilers follow.

The internal mechanism of the Isis would make Rube Goldberg proud. The sphere consists of two hemispheres that are screwed together with an inverse thread so you have to turn the halves clockwise in order to open the Isis. The two halves are normally locked with a locking plate that is held in position by a spring. The button on the top of the puzzle is used to push the locking plate unto the unlocked position so that the two halves can be unscrewed. There are two obstacles to moving the locking plate: there are two ball bearings that normally block the movement of the plate. These need to be maneuvered into indentations in the locking plate in order to get them out of the way. And the plunger attached to the button is not quite long enough to push the locking plate into the unlocked position. In order to extend the reach of the plunger, a third ball bearing needs to be maneuvered into yet another indentation directly beneath the plunger.

It is this third ball bearing that causes all the trouble. It is normally stuck to a magnet in the upper half of the sphere, and dislodging it requires striking the sphere on a hard surface with considerable force. It turns out that the problem I was having was that I was just not whacking it hard enough. In order to make it work I had to take the sphere into my garage and hit it against a wooden workbench with about the same amount of force as it would take to drive a nail into a 2 by 4. And the worst part is that there is no way to tell if you've successfully dislodged the ball bearing from the magnet. You have to fly blind.

Once the ball bearing has been dislodged from the magnet, it has to be maneuvered through a maze that has been machined into the locking plate. This is a part of the mechanism that the YouTube video does not reveal because it is hidden behind a steel cover on the locking plate that has to be removed with a screwdriver. Maneuvering the ball bearing through this maze is the step that is supposed to be accomplished by moving the puzzle in circles a few times, but it doesn't work. The maze is too convoluted. It took me quite a while to devise a series of moves that would reliably move the ball bearing through the maze, and that was with the cover off! The resulting sequence is so subtle and convoluted that I can't even describe it in words. I would have to make a video of my own to show how it's done. I'll only do this is someone asks. It is quite possible that different Ises have different maze configurations, so my sequence may not even work on other puzzles.

Once through the maze, the ball bearing ends up in the center of the locking plate. It is not until you get to this point that you get your first bit of feedback that you've made any progress at all: when you press the button now it no longer goes down as far as it did before (because the ball bearing is in the way).

The encrypted clues call this the "halfway stage", but once you've gotten to this point the rest of the procedure is a cakewalk by comparison. All that remains is to maneuver the two other ball bearings into their indentations, which is relatively easy because they run in circular tracks. All you have to do is turn the puzzle upside down and gently "wobble" the puzzle until you can no longer hear the sound of the bearings moving around. Of course, you have to be careful not to dislodge the first bearing while you do this, which is accomplished by exerting *gentle* pressure on the plunger to hold the bearing in place. Once the two bearings are in their indentations, a firm press on the plunger will move the locking plate into the unlocked position. It will snap into place. At this point you can let go of the plunger and unscrew the two halves of the puzzle to obtain your prize, which is...

Nothing! There is, as the YouTube video shows, absolutely nothing inside the sphere besides the mechanism. And, as a final insult, it is trivially easy to lose the crucial third ball bearing. It will just fall out if you turn the puzzle the wrong way. If you should happen to be so unfortunate as to not notice that the ball bearing has fallen out and reassemble your puzzle without it, you will likely never be able to open it again. No wonder they don't accept returns once the seal is broken.

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SATURDAY

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Kent family mourns loss of father, two sons in Father’s Day weekend crash
2015-07-03 23:11:51 (8 minutes ago) 
Anatoliy Goy came to the U.S. as a Ukrainian refugee, worked two jobs to take care of his wife and six children, and eventually opened his own trucking company. He and his two youngest sons died in a car crash on Father’s Day weekend.
 
1 killed, 2 wounded in shootings
2015-07-03 23:10:27 (9 minutes ago) 
Three people were shot Friday, one fatally, in several shootings on the South and Southwest Sides, police said.








 
Tories to change inheritance tax rule
2015-07-03 23:10:22 (9 minutes ago) 
Chancellor George Osborne is to announce the end of inheritance tax on family homes worth up to £1m in Wednesday's Budget.
 
Eager eaters weigh-in ahead of NYC July 4 hot dog contest
2015-07-03 23:10:20 (9 minutes ago) 
NEW YORK (AP) -- Contestants have hit the scales ahead of the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Coney Island's Nathan's Famous....
 
Hot dogs, hot music usher in July 4 weekend
2015-07-03 23:10:20 (9 minutes ago) 
As the nation gears up to celebrate America's birthday, here are some Fourth of July highlights from around the country: ---...
 
Ocean-going spiders can use their legs to windsurf across water.
2015-07-03 23:02:06 (18 minutes ago) 
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Lightning Strike Over Cinderella's Castle
2015-07-03 23:01:44 (18 minutes ago) 
Zack Provost captured this incredible lightning strike inside the Magic Kingdom at Disneyworld









 
Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
2015-07-03 23:00:12 (19 minutes ago) 









 
A cut in excise taxes would help boost the makers of craft beers
2015-07-03 22:53:30 (26 minutes ago) 
Lessening the excise taxes on brewers could send money back to breweries, but its real significance is questioned.
 
Vietnam Communist party chief to make first US trip
2015-07-03 22:53:28 (26 minutes ago) 
 
Feral fox traps patrons in sports club for hours
2015-07-03 22:53:24 (26 minutes ago) 
A "vicious" fox stalked eight people at a sports club while they barricaded themselves inside for three hours.
 
Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Extends Condolences to Dead Creep Landlord
2015-07-03 22:51:52 (28 minutes ago) 
Yet another symptom of the lack of resistance to predators like Google's late and wholly unlamented Jack Halprin...with friends like these...
 
Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
2015-07-03 22:50:48 (29 minutes ago) 









 
Yes or no? What Greece's landmark vote might bring
2015-07-03 22:50:32 (29 minutes ago) 
LONDON (AP) - On his 10-year trip home, the Greek hero Odysseus at one point had to steer his ship and crew down a narrow stretch of water menaced on opposite sides by two sea monsters, Scylla and Charybdis. The Greek people are in similar dire straits as they prepare to vote on a future in which they face two painful prospects: the slow grind of years more of austerity cuts or the country's potentially catastrophic exit from the euro....
 
Vietnam Communist party chief to make first US trip
2015-07-03 22:40:23 (39 minutes ago) 
 
OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
2015-07-03 22:40:06 (40 minutes ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.








 
Political consultant James Kneeland dies; aide to Sen. Cantwell
2015-07-03 22:31:11 (48 minutes ago) 
James “Jim” Kneeland, a longtime political consultant with a long list of clients and friends that included U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and former Gov. Booth Gardner, died Monday of cancer.
 
Who needs barbecues and straw polls? Candidates have social media and super PACs
2015-07-03 22:31:05 (49 minutes ago) 
 
Campaigns halt as Greeks face tough referendum choice
2015-07-03 22:30:27 (49 minutes ago) 
 
Hundreds of Arizona inmates to be moved following riot
2015-07-03 22:30:20 (49 minutes ago) 
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) -- About 700 inmates at an Arizona prison were being moved to new locations Friday after disturbances on consecutive days left their housing units uninhabitable....
 
Rubio, Christie planning sleepover with the Romneys
2015-07-03 22:30:19 (49 minutes ago) 
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be hosting two rival Republican presidential contenders at a holiday sleepover Friday evening....
 
Tennessee residents return home after train derailment, fire
2015-07-03 22:21:10 (59 minutes ago) 
MARYVILLE, Tenn. — About 5,000 residents evacuated after the derailment of a freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas in eastern Tennessee were allowed home on Friday as investigators looked into the cause of the fiery accident.
 
Law & Order
2015-07-03 22:20:20 (59 minutes ago) 

A small fire at a North Jacksonville home hospitalized two young children and four adults on Friday. One child is in critical condition.

The two children, who were both younger than two years old, were in a bedroom when a fire broke out in a home in the 7300 block of North Shore Drive.

A neighbor was able to take the youngest child out of the house through a window, and another resident of the house began putting out the fire with a garden hose.

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Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
2015-07-03 22:20:05 (1 hours ago) 









 
700 inmates to be relocated in wake of damage from Arizona prison riot
2015-07-03 22:11:11 (1 hours ago) 
 
Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
2015-07-03 22:10:25 (1 hours ago) 









 
Star Trek paperclips
2015-07-03 22:10:23 (1 hours ago) 


$20 gets you 40 clips, half in the shape of the Starfeelt insignia, the other half shaped like the Enterprise.

 
5 things to know before watching U.S. Women's World Cup team in final
2015-07-03 22:00:58 (1 hours ago) 
 
Body found in upstate sewer identified
2015-07-03 22:00:48 (1 hours ago) 
A body found in an upstate sewer system has been identified as that of a man who disappeared after falling into an open manhole.








 
Intellectually disabled Australian man reportedly faces death penalty in China
2015-07-03 22:00:25 (1 hours ago) 
 
Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
2015-07-03 22:00:07 (1 hours ago) 









 
Cards take 1-0 lead in fifth inning
2015-07-03 22:00:01 (1 hours ago) 
The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead over the Padres in the fifth inning.
 
Weather improves for Super Rugby final
2015-07-03 21:51:05 (1 hours ago) 
The Hurricanes and Highlanders aren't the only ones warming up on Saturday.
 
Minneapolis to consider new rules for animals, from reptiles to chickens
2015-07-03 21:51:04 (1 hours ago) 
City Council member believes he has support for changes.
 
New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
2015-07-03 21:50:28 (1 hours ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








 
Call for improved urinary catheters
2015-07-03 21:50:25 (1 hours ago) 
A leading researcher says industry must "wake up and invest more" in urinary catheters
 
Want a ‘national holiday’? Just contact this guy
2015-07-03 21:41:04 (2 hours ago) 
NEW YORK — The co-owner of a VHS-digitizing company in North Dakota started a calendar of national holidays in 2013 and soon realized the site could also be a way for people to declare their own special days. So last year, he started charging $1,500 to $4,000 for “national day” proclamations.
 
Survivor of ’05 London Subway Attack Is on Antiterror Mission
2015-07-03 21:40:49 (2 hours ago) 
Gill Hicks, who lost her legs in a bombing and now runs a counterextremism group, says people must learn empathy with terrorists to learn how to defeat them.









 
Longtime Mormon Leader Boyd Packer Dies at 90
2015-07-03 21:40:43 (2 hours ago) 
The cause of death was related to his age, according to the church, which said he spent his decades of devotion immersed in scripture.









 
OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
2015-07-03 21:40:05 (2 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.








 
Second Amtrak train from St. Paul to Chicago would be popular, new study says
2015-07-03 21:31:08 (2 hours ago) 
An Amtrak study also says the train would cost millions for the states, and it’s unclear how it fits with other proposals.
 
'For the Love of Spock': Leonard Nimoy's son honors dad with documentary (video)
2015-07-03 21:31:03 (2 hours ago) 
"For the Love of Spock" began as a project for the father and son duo before Leonard's Nimoy's death in February at age 83. Nimoy said his father wanted to keep it Spock-centric, but once he passed he knew he had to include more about his father.
 
Iran nuclear deal 'never closer'
2015-07-03 21:30:25 (2 hours ago) 
Iran's foreign minister uses a YouTube posting to say a comprehensive agreement over its nuclear programme has never been closer.
 
Top-ranking Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer dies at 90
2015-07-03 21:30:22 (2 hours ago) 
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer, president of the faith's highest governing body, has died. He was 90....
 
Survivor of ’05 London Subway Attack Is on Antiterror Mission
2015-07-03 21:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
Gill Hicks, who lost her legs in a bombing and now runs a counterextremism group, says people must learn empathy with terrorists to learn how to defeat them.
 
Prince Charles and Camilla to visit Australia and New Zealand in November
2015-07-03 21:20:23 (2 hours ago) 
 
Coke Zero 400 Notebook: Danica Patrick sets pace in second practice session
2015-07-03 21:20:19 (2 hours ago) 

Patrick sets pace during second practice session

DAYTONA BEACH | Danica Patrick posted the quickest speed Friday in the final practice session for pole qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Her green No. 10 Chevrolet was clocked at 198.133 mph in the final 55-minute workout before Saturday’s time trials at 4:35 p.m. Sunday’s main event will start at 7:45 p.m.

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OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
2015-07-03 21:20:07 (2 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.








 
Maryland Heights approves chickens for residential properties
2015-07-03 21:20:01 (2 hours ago) 
Up to four are allowed on a single-family property
 
Brush fires pop up across Western Washington
2015-07-03 21:11:18 (2 hours ago) 
Scattered brush fires broke out throughout Friday, with 10 reported on Whidbey Island.
 
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