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TUESDAY, November 8, 2011

Archaeologists in Patagonia found fossils believed to have belonged to a sabre-toothed squirrel that lived 93 million years ago.  At first, they wondered why a squirrel would need such sharp teeth -- then they discovered Fred Flintstone was using him to crack walnuts. 

The latest Bond film, "Skyfall,"is filming now for release in early 2012.  Longtime fans of the series may be shocked to learn that the effects of the energy crisis have even reached Agent .007.  For instance, his specially-equipped Aston-Martin has been replaced by a stripped-down Aston-Prius. 

According to a survey of national driving habits conducted by Travel & Leisure Magazine, Miami, Florida boasts the worst drivers.  Experts theorize that much of the erratic behavior on the road is the result of obstruction from handicapped parking permits hanging on rear-view mirrors.

Greek prime Minister George Papandreou may be sacked because of the country's economic collapse.  Opposition party leaders say he worsened the debt crisis when he used his Olympic connections to place Greek currency on the Gold Medal Standard.
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