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Top Halloween costumes for 2004

Top 10 Halloween costumes for 2004 based on a survey of 7,680 consumers conducted between Aug. 31-Sept. 8 for the National Retail Federation. 1. Spider-man (above) 2. Princess 3. Witch 4. Vampire 5. Monster 6. SpongeBob SquarePants 7. Ninja 8. At...

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Top 10 Halloween costumes for 2004 based on a survey of 7,680 consumers conducted between Aug. 31-Sept. 8 for the National Retail Federation.

1. Spider-man (above)

2. Princess

3. Witch

4. Vampire

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5. Monster

6. SpongeBob SquarePants

7. Ninja

8. Athlete

9. Ghost

10. Power Rangers

Source: The Associated Press

Should youth get to vote?

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With all the childish campaigning going on, you'd almost think that children should be able to vote.

A recent poll asked youths at what age they think people should be allowed to vote. The responses were:

Boys:

- 8-9 years, 1 percent

- 10-15 years, 16 percent

- 16-18 years, 64 percent

- 19 or older, 8 percent

Girls:

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- 8-9 years, 1 percent

- 10-15 years, 14 percent

- 16-18 years, 70 percent

- 19 or older, 6 percent

Source: Harris Interactive

Crazy homework excuses

- My older sister couldn't find her same homework from last year.

- The dog did it for me, but in his language.

- The paper airplane I made out of it accidentally flew out the window.

- It is here, it's just in invisible ink.

- My dad's pen ran out of ink.

- My brother ate my homework.

Source: www.askmen.com

Debate quips

"President Bush got some bad news today: another debate on Friday."

"Pundits also said that Bush seemed unprepared and looked tired. They said what Bush needs to do is two things: study videos of John Kerry speaking and get some sleep. And the nice thing is he can do both of those at the same time!"

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"

"People are saying that George Bush didn't do well. In fact, Kerry even picked up the support of one of the Bush twins."

"Late Show with David Letterman"

"Online results posted after the event suggested Senator Kerry won by a landslide - that, or someone had a computer and enough free time to click the Kerry button a lot."

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"

To contact The Rail, send an e-mail to features editor Dean Rhodes at drhodes@forumcomm.com and he'll forward it to the responsible writers.

Today's best bet

"The Taming of the Shrew," 7:30 p.m., Shakespeare's tale of disguises, mistaken identity and the battle of the sexes.

Gaede Stage, MSUM campus, Moorhead

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