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Posted at 7:47 AM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Mega millions partially won by Hurley, Snooki writes a book, and other signs of the apocalypse

By Melissa Bell
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Spectators watch as fireworks explode over ice sculptures at the 12th Harbin Ice and Snow World display in the northern city of Harbin, China. (David Gray/Reuters)

It's been two weeks since I left the capital city for the shiny shores of California. My sister's married off now. The Christmas trees are down. And man, I missed a lot. Here's just a sampling. It's good to be back!

International conspiracy: Aflockalypse

Thousands of dead blackbirds fell from the sky. Then thousands of fish turned up dead in New Zealand. Then dozens more dead birds were discovered in Sweden.

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Megamillion news: "Lost" numbers worked

Oh yes, life imitates art. The Two-Way points out that if you played the infamous numbers from "Lost" in last night's $355 million dollar lottery, you'd be $150 richer today. The winning numbers are 4, 8, 15, 25, 47. Hurley's numbers are 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42. That show is magic.

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Literature news: Snooki the authoress

Yes, the "Jersey Shore" phenom wrote a book. Since I read too many murder mysteries on vacation, I can't bear to pick this one up. Luckily, The Post's Totally Hip Book Critic live-tweeted his reading of the event. A sampling:

Every time I think I can't read another kill-me-now-dull page of #Snookie's SHORE THING, I hit a love scene like this....less than a minute ago via HootSuite

"Gia imagined herself melting, turning to mush... Her heated blood, pounding heart & bones turned to goo.... Her bones turned to butter."less than a minute ago via HootSuite

#Snookie: "Money, success, none of that matters to me. All I want is love, giving it, getting it. So friggin' corny, but it's true." So trueless than a minute ago via HootSuite

Unbefriggin'leavable: Another urinary-crisis on p. 224. Even warrants a chapter title. Depends, #Snooki, Depends!less than a minute ago via HootSuite

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More literature news (the book folk were busy): Mark Twain gets edited

With a little magical red pen, the latest version of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer" will no longer use the n-word. A new edition opts for "slave" instead. Again, our literature critic weighs in on the issue, saying "Can't we get rid of those whole slavery thing in Huck Finn too? That's such a downer."

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Science news: 10-year-old discovers supernova

What did you do on your vacation? Kathryn Aurora Gray, a Canadian grade school student, found an exploding star after studying images taken of the sky on New Year's Eve. She did get a little help from her father, who already had six supernova discoveries to his name. Still, I'm guessing Gray pretty much has her science grades locked down from here on out.

By Melissa Bell  | January 5, 2011; 7:47 AM ET
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