To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason.  To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
ISSN: 1527-814X Friday January 21, 2000

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Does she deserve Skulker status?

You jr. skulkers surely know that the actress Hedy Lamarr died on Tuesday.  You may not know that she was the co-inventor of the spread-spectrum radio technique that is widely used today, especially in cellular and PCS phones with the CDMA method of encoding the signal.  She and her partner filed a patent on the technique in 1942 based on player piano technology, and donated it to the government in the hope that it would be useful to keep communications secret during World War II.  The two links above point to articles with the details.  The second includes images of the complete patent.

Skin your list of skulking friends

The ICQplus program lets you add skins to ICQ to customize the appearance.  You don't have to do the customization yourself, because the site points to complete skin files developed and uploaded by other users.

Which fellow skulker is calling you?

WebSkulker has been getting complaints that he isn't including enough items for the phone phreak jr. skulkers, so here is one.  This page has a detailed tutorial on Caller ID and Call Waiting Caller ID, including diagrams and complete details of the binary data stream that is sent.

"Boobies" works, but "Skulker" doesn't

On WebSkulker's recent trip to Asia, he noticed that the merchants who didn't speak English very well would bargain by typing numbers into their calculator and holding it up to show the price they were offering.  One would think that this technique would only work with numbers, but this page has a list of 90 English words that you can spell on a calculator, with instructions for each one.  Most of them need to be read upside down.

This reminded WebSkulker of the pager codes that kids use to send messages to their friend's numeric-only pagers.  These are often read upside down also:

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Dan Dunkel

Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, but when they lit a fire in the craft, it sank-proving once and for all that you can't have your kayak and heat it, too. 

Two boll weevils grew up in South Carolina. One went to Hollywood and became a famous actor. The other stayed behind in the cotton fields and never amounted to much. The second one, naturally, became known as the lesser of two weevils. 

A three-legged dog walks into a saloon in the Old West. He slides up to the bar and announces: "I'm looking for the man who shot my paw" 

Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused his dentist's Novocain during root canal work? He wanted to transcend dental medication. 

A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. "But why?" they asked, as they moved off. "Because," he said, "I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer." 

There was a man who entered a local paper's pun contest. He sent in ten different puns, in the hope that at least one of the puns would win. Unfortunately, no pun in ten did. 

A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Amal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his mom. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Amal. Her husband responds, "But they are twins - if you've seen Juan, you've seen Amal." 

And the worst of the bunch: 

The friars were behind on their belfry payments, so they opened up a small florist shop to raise the funds. Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the "men of God", the rival florist across town thought the competition was unfair. He asked the good fathers to close down, but they would not. He went back and begged the friars to close. They ignored him. He asked his mother to go and ask the friars to get out of business, but they ignored her too. 

So, the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart, the roughest and most vicious thug in town to "persuade" them to close. Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store, saying he'd be back if they didn't close shop. Terrified, they did so, thereby proving - (Are you ready for this?)..... 
That Hugh, and only Hugh, can prevent florist friars.


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