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Published: Friday, August 22, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Does not compute

I'm afraid I can't quite believe that, Dave: A computer projection gives the Seattle Mariners a 45.7 percent chance of making the playoffs for the first time in 13 seasons.

Those are pretty good odds, considering that the first time the words “Seattle Mariners” were entered into the computer, it choked on the data and began laughing in binary code.



Still has that new plane smell: The second season of “Airplane Repo,” in which a team of pilots repossess luxury jets from 1 percenters behind on their payments, premieres tonight on the Discovery channel.

But we have to ask: Is there a pine tree air freshener in the cockpit of every repossessed jet, as there is in every repo'd car?



Don't talk to me until I've had my morning nectar: Scientists studying hummingbirds said the birds reacted angrily when the sugar-rich nectar in feeders was replaced with plain water. “The hummingbirds look mad,” noted a researcher.

But not as mad as the researchers themselves when the hummingbirds switched the scientists' morning coffee with water.




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