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Thursday, December 18, 1997
Today's Picks: Life


Gavin for President
Since they hit the scene with Sixteen Stone in 1994, Bush have been pegged by the critical establishment as copy-cats and phonies -- British guys playing grunge in order to capitalize on the success of Nirvana. Now Bush have a new remix album, Deconstructed, and the critics are predictably accusing them of jumping on the electronica bandwagon. Rock journalists be damned; Bush fans have taken to the Internet to support their favorite band. (Mark Yarm)

The Official Bush Web Site
Anarchy in England
There's No Sex in Rhode Island
Distant Voices


Dark Dressed Men
You've seen them: hats, beards, long coats. No, they're not ZZ Top; they're Chasidic Jews. The spiritual leaders of these ultra-Orthodox Jews are called rebbes, and they're the closest thing some Jews have to a pope (despite their different choices in hats). The two largest Chasidic sects in the U.S. are Lubavitch and Satmar Chasidim. The Lubavitchers have been rebbe-less since the death of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, in 1994. The Satmarers are led by Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, nephew of Satmar founder Joel Teitelbaum. (Andrew Mathis)

Grand Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum
The Lubavitcher Rebbe


Warts and All
If the powers that be have their way, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride -- a mainstay at Walt Disney World since the park opened in 1971 -- may be replaced by an attraction based on Winnie the Pooh. In response to this threat, the Save Mr. Toad's Wild Ride! site was born. It features all the info you'll want to know about Mr. Toad, a character from a Disney cartoon based on the children's novel Wind in the Willows, and what you can do to save our amphibian friend's ride. (Mark Yarm)

Save Mr. Toad's Wild Ride!


Think Fast
On Dec. 31, Muslims begin the holy month of Ramadan, during which observant adherents of Islam abstain from food, water and sex during daylight hours. This abstinence, called sawm in Arabic, is designed to raise Muslims' spiritual consciousness. (Andrew Mathis)

Ramadan on the Net
Ramadan, the Fasting Month for the Muslims
Ramadan: Rules & Regulations


No Trivial Pursuit
You may think you know about computers, but the online game Trivial Net will prove you wrong. What was the name of that Commodore computer your mom bought you that boasted a whopping 16K of RAM? What's the slang term for poorly written code that will still generate a Web page? And who was Charles Babbage? Not as easy as you thought, eh? Trivial Net will also, if you so desire, E-mail you trivia questions to agonize over when you're not on the Web. So don't start comparing yourself to Marc Andreessen just yet. (Andrew Mathis)

Trivial Net


Ill Communication
Reach out and touch a stranger in a faraway city using either of the major pay-phone directory sites on the Web. The sites contain listings of pay phones located everywhere from a Pizza Hut in Fairbanks, Alaska, to the corner of Third Avenue and Cherry Street in Seattle, to the basement of New York's Trump Tower. Ask the sucker who answers if they have Prince Albert in a can. (Mark Yarm)

Pay Phone Directory
The Payphone Project

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