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T he past several years have seen an explosion in brain-boosting strategies and "smart" substances: smart drugs, smart herbs, smart drinks -- even smart gum. There is also a slew of meditations, breathing techniques, and pseudo-scientific mental exercises that claim to sharpen the old noggin. The question is, does any of this stuff actually work?

What do you do with leftover airplane parts? Just about anything you want to, especially when you've got thousands of parts from places like the boneyard near Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona. Furniture? Sure. Sculpture? You bet. Any other ideas?

Competitive cheerleading as a sport is still seaching for definitions of what it wants to be. Right now it appears more like a sideshow and less like a "real" competition. Plus, cultural stereotypes of cheerleaders as bubble-heads and objects of desire detract from the skill, athleticism, and hard work that cheerleaders put into their routines.

Plus, a trip to the firing range, Jim Varney faces hard times, the trouble with image consultants, and more.

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Letters at 3AM [8]
Poetry is an act of faith.
— Michael Ventura, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
A Lesson for Life [9]
If you reach your dreams, be happy and humble and savor the moment. If you fall short of those dreams, keep chasing them.
— Dennis Domrzalski, WEEKLY ALIBI
Tantrum Tales [10]
A kid throws a fit and humiliates mom. Will she strike back?
— Margaret Renkl, NASHVILLE SCENE
Playing With Fire [11]
Fireplaces are great--so long as they don't burn down your house.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
Like Night and Day [12]
Nissan's 2000 Maxima and Infiniti's I30.
Now What? [15]
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Volume III, Issue 21
November 15 - November 22, 1999  
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Get Smart [2]
A human guinea pig finds out if brain respiration, ginkgo biloba, ritalin, and yep, marijuana, will make him any smarter.
Flights Of Fancy [3]
Finding new life for old planes.
— Mari Wadsworth, TUCSON WEEKLY
Shark Attack! [4]
These aren't your typical cheerleaders. In the world of competitive cheerleading, there are no teams to rah-rah on to victory, and it can be as grueling as any other team sport.
— Adrienne Martini, METRO PULSE
A Way With Guns [5]
Kevin Wood grew up with BB guns, and rifles and hunting, so it was a bit of a shock for him to discover that he wasn't as comfortable with a handgun.
The Importance of Being Ernest [6]
Jim Varney has faced his share of serious battles in the last few years. Most remarkably, he has emerged from a life-threatening bout with cancer. He's now poised to revive his career.
Dressing Down [7]
The trouble with image consultants.
— Heather Heilman, MEMPHIS FLYER

Teeny Tidbits
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Odds and Ends [13]
Time-released news capsules from the flipside.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
Mr. Smarty Pants [14]
Der Führer kann nicht das Volkswagen antreiben.
— Mr. Smarty Pants, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

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