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A New York man was recognized as having the world’s longest eyebrow hair at 3.78 inches

The world bog snorkeling championship was held in Wales.

The FDA was working out a plan to regulate medicinal maggots and leeches, both of which it has classified as “devices.” “The primary mode of action for maggots,” said a representative from a medicinal maggot firm, “is chewing.”

A German man was arrested for scratching penis drawings on up to 330 vehicles

In Brooklyn, New York, a recurring hip-hop party night called “Kill Whitie,” marketed to white people, was under criticism as racist. Fans of the party, which offers free admission to anyone with a bucket of fried chicken, defended the event as “funny.”

A California Army veteran and resident of the United States for 51 years was upset with J.P. Morgan Chase for repeatedly getting his name wrong in their credit-card database, misspelling “Sami Habbas” as “Palestinian Bomber.”

Many Iraqis were hoping to be selected for a new reality television show, called “Labor and Materials,” in which a construction crew shows up unannounced and rebuilds a family’s bombed-out home. Three thousand people have applied in Baghdad alone.

Bush, whose 36 percent approval rating is lower than Richard Nixon’s during Watergate, spoke in praise of the war while visiting Donnelly, Idaho, which has a population of 130, as 200 anti-war protesters rallied outside.

“I don’t think,” said President George W. Bush, “anyone anticipated the breach of the levees.” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the disaster “exceeded the foresight of the planners, and maybe anybody’s foresight.” The flooding had been anticipated by National Geographic magazine, Scientific American magazine, the Times-Picayune newspaper, FEMA, and Mr. Bill. Fifty-five countries offered aid to the United States. Cuba offered 1,100 doctors, Iran offered humanitarian aid, China offered $5 million, and Venezuela offered fuel at a reduced cost. The United States was performing a “needs assessment” to decide whose help to accept.

In Iraq nearly 1,000 Shiite pilgrims were killed during a march across the Al-Aaimmah bridge when rumors of a suicide bomber in the crowd caused a stampede. Most of the victims were women and children who died from trampling or, after they fell or jumped into the Tigris River, from drowning.

President Bush declared that U.S. troops needed to stay in Iraq to keep the country’s oil out of the hands of terrorists.

Scientists announced that they had created mice that could regrow amputated extremities

The Bush Administration was working on a new set of pollution controls intended to make it harder to sue power plants