Will 10/10/10 Prove to be Your Lucky Day or Will Our Computer Systems Grind to a Halt?

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10/10/10 is being hailed as one of the luckiest days of the century. 

If you have ever fancied flutter on the races or are about to ask a friend a favor, Sunday could be just the day to test your good fortune.  As the tenth day, of the tenth month, of the tenth year, it is being hailed as one of the luckiest of the century.

 

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I-Fairy: Robot with Flashing Eyes Conducts Wedding in Tokyo

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I-Fairy, a four-foot tall seated robot with flashing eyes and plastic pigtails, wearing a wreath of flowers, directs a wedding ceremony.

Almost everyone stood when the bride walked down the aisle in her white gown, but not the wedding conductor, because she was bolted to her chair.  The nuptials at this ceremony were led by “I-Fairy,” a 4-foot (1.5-meter) tall seated robot with flashing eyes and plastic pigtails. Sunday’s wedding was the first time a marriage had been led by a robot, according to manufacturer Kokoro Co.

 

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Wedding Volunteers To Marry Sex Workers To End Exploitation

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More than 1,000 followers of a multi-religious sect in northern India have pledged to marry female sex workers who want to escape exploitation.

Young Hindu, Muslim and Sikh men have been queuing up at the Dera Sacha Sauda (Abode of the Real Deal) in the town of Sirsa as “wedding volunteers”. They say they are doing so to stop the women from being exploited in brothels.

They also claim that their move is part of a campaign to stop the spread of the HIV/Aids virus.

“By helping drug users and sex workers we are trying to help remove people from the highest risk situations,” said Dr Aditya Insan, a senior DSS functionary.
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Vatican to Accept Married Priests on Case-by-Case Basis

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The world is indeed changing with the acceptance of married priests

The Vatican said Saturday that married Anglican priests will be admitted to the Catholic priesthood on a case-by-case basis as Rome makes it easier for disillusioned conservative Anglicans to convert.
A surprise Vatican decision, announced 10 days earlier to make it easier for Anglicans to become Roman Catholics while retaining aspects of Anglican liturgy and identity, had left some wondering whether Rome would embrace married Anglican clergy in large numbers.
A Holy See statement Saturday quoted Cardinal William Levada, the Holy See’s guardian of doctrinal correctness, as saying the Vatican would consider accepting married Anglican priests into the Roman Catholic priesthood as it has in the past — evaluating each case on its own merits.
The Roman Catholic church requires its priests to be celibate, except in the case of the Eastern rite Catholics, who are allowed to be ordained if married. But over the last decades, it has also quietly allowed married Anglican clergy to stay priests when converting to Catholicism.
In no case could a married man become a bishop, and the new rules would exclude any married Anglican bishop from retaining that post.
As for possibly admitting married Anglican seminarians to the Catholic priesthood, Levada said “objective criteria about any such possibilities (e.g. married seminarians already in preparation) are to be developed” for approval by the Holy See.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi dismissed what he called some media speculation that there was “disagreement about whether celibacy will be the norm for the future clergy” among converting Anglicans.
He quoted Levada as saying “there is no substance to such speculation,” and that the only reason why the rules regarding the converting Anglicans haven’t been published yet was due to “technical” reasons. He predicted work on the new rules would be completed by the end of the first week of November.
Pope Benedict XVI has dedicated a good part of his papacy since 2005 welcoming traditionalists into Rome’s fold.
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the spiritual leader of Anglicans worldwide, wasn’t consulted about the changes but will have the opportunity to discuss the state of Catholic-Anglican relations when he meets with Benedict on Nov. 21 during a visit to Rome.
The Vatican’s easing the way for Anglicans to convert might undermine decades of efforts between the Holy See and Anglican leaders over how they might possibly unite.
Anglicans split with Rome in 1534 when the Vatican refused to give English King Henry VIII a marriage annulment. The Anglican communion includes the Episcopalian Church in the United States.
Some Anglican faithful, unhappy over progressive reforms in their church, consider themselves Catholics although they have not yet officially joined the Roman Catholic church.
Anglicans have been divided over such issues as admitting women to the priesthood. The rift was torn wide open in 2003, when the Episcopal Church in the United States consecrated V. Gene Robinson, as the first openly gay bishop.
Also disenchanting Anglican conservatives has been the blessing of same-sex marriages.

The Vatican said Saturday that married Anglican priests will be admitted to the Catholic priesthood on a case-by-case basis as Rome makes it easier for disillusioned conservative Anglicans to convert.

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A Marriage Made In Zero Gravity

A Marriage Made In Zero Gravity

Noah Fulmor and Erin Finnegan getting married in 727 at zero gravity

I am very fond of love. It makes people do silly things, giddy things, and, sometimes, very strange things indeed.

However, I am full of vicarious admiration for Noah Fulmor and Erin Finnegan, a Brooklyn couple who decided to do silly, strange, and giddy all together for their wedding on Saturday. Terrestrial weddings were far too mundane for their refined sci-fi tastes.

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A Zero Gravity Wedding For Two Space Fanatics

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The First Couple of Zero G’s

A pair of space fanatics will have a wedding that is out of this world when they become the first couple to get married floating in zero gravity at the Kennedy Space Centre.

Noah Fulmor, 31, and Erin Finnegan, 30, will exchange vows on an aircraft at the centre at Cape Canaveral, Florida, that can simulate weightlessness similar to a spaceship in orbit.

The groom will offer the floating bride a ring made of fragments from a meteorite that crashed into the Earth 30,000 years ago….

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Inflatable Church Makes it’s Debut on Adriatic coast

Inflatable Church Makes it’s Debut on Adriatic coast

 Would you trust this man to blow up your church?

Catholic nuns and priests in Italy are following their flocks to the beach this summer, establishing an inflatable church and a beach-convent in the sands to lure sunbathers.

The 30-metre long blow-up church – staffed by priests ready to take confession – will debut on Saturday on the Adriatic coast in the Molise region, an organizer said. (Pics)

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Getting Married in Space

Getting Married in Space

For a few buck extra, bring your whole wedding party along

Space transportation provider Rocketplane Kistler Japan has teamed up with wedding planner First Advantage to begin hosting weddings aboard the Rocketplane XP suborbital spaceplane. A cool 240 million yen ($2.2 million) buys you a wedding ceremony aboard a 1-hour space flight that reaches an altitude of more than 100 kilometers (62.1 miles), as well as a photo and video album, original dress, wedding certificate and other ceremonial items.

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Mexican Brides and Grooms Who Get Cold Feet Must Pay

Mexican Brides and Grooms Who Get Cold Feet Must Pay

Mexican brides and grooms who get cold feet before walking down the aisle will have to pay their significant other for the inconvenience, if a proposal by a local congressman is adopted.

In Mexico, weddings are big social events where large amounts of money are spent before the big day on gowns, tuxedos, catering and music bands and churches are even reserved years in advance.

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The Convoluted World of Virginity Testing

The Convoluted World of Virginity Testing

Dr. Marc Abecassis, who does two to four hymen restorations a week, with a 23-year-old patient.

Virginity tests merely tell us, as Blank puts it, whether a particular woman “conforms to what people of her time and place believe to be true of virgins.” The most common tests look for evidence only “as experienced and reported by the man who penetrates the virgin’s body.” The “one constant” in the whole process is depressing: “women may not speak for themselves.”
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