It was a sports rivalry gone too far: You may remember that in February of this year, Auburn University football fans received some heady news.
Their beloved 130-year-old oak trees, which for years fans toilet papered to celebrate sports victories, had been poisoned with a herbicide that would kill them slowly. Spike 80DF disrupts a tree's photosynthesis process and in a painstaking process, it produces fewer leaves in each shoot until the entire tree is dead.
Right now, armies of marketers, pollsters and social scientists are trying to figure out what Americans are thinking about — issues like global warming or Lady Gaga's latest outfit. And surveys are only so good: It's hard to get a big enough sample to be sure of the results. That's particularly vexing for social scientists who want a high standard of accuracy.
This small juvenile skunk was caught by Des Plaines, Ill., homeowner Richard Kaulback. He says there have always been raccoons and opossums in the Chicago area, but this year, skunks have become prolific.
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Kids from a Tallahassee day camp hold their noses as they get up close and personal with a live striped skunk during their field trip to the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science on July 19, 2005.
In France, feminists are trying to do away with the word mademoiselle, which they see as separating women into two categories — married and unmarried — in a manner men aren't subjected to.
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Women, mostly members of feminist groups, wear fake mustaches and beards and hold anti-sexist placards as they stage a demonstration in Paris against the political and media reaction to the sexual assault allegations against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, May 22.
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Feminists in France say the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal has forced the country to confront longstanding sexist attitudes. Buoyed by this new awareness, they are now taking on what they see as one of the most entrenched, if not discreet, barriers to gender equality in France: the word "mademoiselle."
In France, when you fill out a form — whether it's a job application or a parking citation — if you're a woman, you have to choose between madame and mademoiselle.
Too bad if you feel your marital status is nobody's business, there's simply no French equivalent of "Ms."