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2008-10-17 06:00:16

By Robert Bianco This season, it's viewers who have been left stranded. Nowhere is that more true than at NBC, which, pound for pound, has produced the worst new fall slate since those heady days of Manimal and Mr. Smith. Only in a year in which the network has already given us Knight Rider, Kath & Kim and My Own Worst Enemy could Crusoe be said to exceed expectations. It's bad, but it's not that bad. Made on the apparent cheap in South Africa by an international consortium,...

2008-09-08 09:00:08

By Elaine Schmitz PLEASANT HILL -- Summer doldrums? Not at the Pleasant Hill Park Aquatic Center. The Recreation & Park District's inaugural Derby Day tested the imagination, engineering skills and sheer courage of residents, who produced a select number of ingenious, comical, and seaworthy boats. Eight contestants showed up poolside to test their mettle and designs Friday -- their boats and paddles made entirely of recyclable materials, including wood, cardboard, plastic bottles,...

2006-08-25 16:34:10

By Frank Jack Daniel SAN BLAS, Mexico (Reuters) - Three Mexican men who spent months lost and drifting across the Pacific Ocean in a flimsy fishing boat arrived home on Friday to a heroes' welcome. The bewildered-looking trio faced a barrage of questions from more than 100 noisy journalists, including over unproven allegations of drug smuggling, after they touched down in Mexico City on a commercial flight from Honolulu. The men's 25-foot (8-meter) fiberglass boat ran into trouble...

2006-08-22 00:55:05

By Frank Jack Daniel MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Three Mexicans who survived an epic voyage across the Pacific Ocean in a small fishing boat have arrived in the Marshall Islands, setting foot on land for the first time in more than nine months. The three men walked off the Taiwanese tuna trawler that found them two weeks ago floating in their 25-foot (8-meter) fiberglass boat about 5,000 miles from their departure point, the Mexican Pacific coastal town of San Blas. Their bare feet were...

2006-08-17 15:21:28

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Three Mexicans who survived for nine months as their small fishing boat drifted across the Pacific Ocean tossed two other men overboard after they died of starvation during the journey, officials said on Thursday. The three were rescued last week by a trawler more than 5,000 miles from Mexico's Pacific Coast fishing village of San Blas, where they left for what was supposed to be a routine shark fishing trip last November. Stranded on the high seas for nine...

2006-08-16 18:20:00

By Gunther Hamm SAN BLAS, Mexico -- Three Mexican fishermen have been rescued after drifting for about nine months across thousands of miles of the Pacific Ocean in a small boat, an ordeal they survived by eating raw birds and fish and drinking rain water. The shark fishermen said on Wednesday they left their home town of San Blas on Mexico's Pacific coast in November and were blown 5,000 miles off course after their 25-foot (8-meter) fiberglass boat ran out of gas and they were left to the...

2006-08-16 11:21:27

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Three Mexican shark fishermen survived nine months at sea in a small boat by eating raw birds and fish and drinking rain water as they drifted thousands of miles (kilometers) across the Pacific Ocean. The fishermen said they left their home town of San Blas on Mexico's Pacific coast last November and were blown 5,000 miles off course after their 25-foot (8-meter) fiberglass boat ran out of gas and they were left to the mercy of the winds and the tides. Their...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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