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Accessible astronauts and bungled burglaries

August 21, 2003|Susan Carpenter | Times Staff Writer

The site: www.edspace.nasa.gov/astrolog/astrolog.html

Floating 225 miles above Earth, the astronauts aboard the International Space Station seem more than a little out of reach. But thanks to the NASA Web site, getting in touch with them is just a click away. Want to ask the astronauts what they're doing up there? Log on to www.edspace.nasa.gov/astrolog/astrolog.html and send an e-mail.

A review panel will consider the question, and, if accepted, forward it to the appropriate astronaut for an answer. Now that's far out.

The site: www.DumbCrooks.com

A robber left his driver's license at the scene of the crime. A burglar got stuck in a window during his getaway. A man attempted to hold up a convenience store with a curling iron. These guys aren't just criminals; they're stupid criminals. Read all about them and others on www.DumbCrooks.com, a weekly chronicle of botched robberies and other misdeeds.

The site: www.mybrain.com

Ever wondered if a crocodile can stick out its tongue, or whether you're more likely to be struck by lightning or eaten by a shark? Probably not, but if you log on to www.mybrain.com, you'll learn all kinds of things you never knew you wanted to know -- the serial number of the trash compactor in "Star Wars," for example, or the number of dimples in a golf ball. Trivia fans beware: This site's addictive.

-- Susan Carpenter

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