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THURSDAY, January 19, 2012

According to Sports Marketing, Inc., the top-selling pro sports item in 2010 was the Aaron Rogers Green Bay Packers jersey.  In collegiate marketing, the biggest-selling sports-themed item was Penn State's Jerry Sandusky Soap-on-a-Rope.

Texas State Police pulled over a tour bus that was transporting Snoop Dogg to his next gig in Amarillo.  During a routine search a member of their K-9 Unit zeroed-in on some marijuana stashed in a waste basket.  Sense the irony here?  Snoop Dog exposed by a snoopy dog?

New York's opera season may be canceled thanks to a dispute between opera members and musicians.  Talks appeared to be going well when suddenly the brass section started dueling with some spear-carriers from "Rigoletto" and by the time police arrived, three of them were impaled -- two on spears and one on a trombone slide.

Speech scientists at Florida Atlantic University have discovered that, contrary to popular belief, infants don't learn to speak by hearing words but rather by reading lips.  Even more shocking to the researchers, tots taken to baseball games become fluent in sign language by watching the catcher's hands.
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