To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason.  To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
ISSN: 1527-814X Tuesday March 7, 2000

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Let your voice do the skulking is one of those free services that jr. skulkers should get excited about, but there are so many like this that they start getting boring after a while.  This one does have several features worth mentioning.  You sign up with mytalk and they give you a free voicemail system with a toll-free number, so people can leave you messages and you can retrieve them all toll-free.  It is a shared phone number so you and your callers must enter a pin number to access your box.  But here are the three fun parts:  (1) mytalk has a speech-recognition engine so you can talk to it if you want instead of punching touchtone buttons.  It's voice is very friendly and sounds like your personal assistant, as you talk back to it with voice commands.  (2) You can make free outgoing phone calls through the system, but only for two minutes and you need to listen to short ads first.  (3) Mytalk will read your email via the speech synthesizer.

Skulking around abandoned property

The National Unclaimed Property Database lets you search by a person's or company's name for property that a state or the Federal government has taken over because they consider it abandoned.  "While state laws vary in periods of dormancy (inactivity), a wide range of reportable property includes but is not limited to dormant checking and savings accounts, uncashed money orders, cashiers checks, unclaimed insurance benefits, mineral royalty payments, safe deposit box contents, unused gift certificates, unclaimed security deposits, cash dividends, stock, court deposits, and utility deposits."

After some number of years, the government can keep the money or property for itself, so search here to see if you or your company or anyone you know is entitled to make a claim.  Hint:  if you don't find anything under your full first and last name, try using only the first letter of your first name because sometimes the data is reported that way.

Free classes for jr. skulkers

SmartPlanet has a lot of online classes, some free, some for $19.95, and some for $29.95.  When you sign up you can take all the free classes you want and choose one $19.95 class for free.  The more advanced computer classes, what a jr. skulker would more likely want to take, are the $29.95 ones that would not be free, but might be worth the money.

WebSkulker implodes vicariously

Go to the first link above and sign up to get your free red/blue 3D glasses and if you're lucky you can win electronic 3D glasses.  Why would you want them?  Because the King Dome, the old ball stadium in Seattle, WA, is going to be demolished by implosion on March 26 and you can watch the event live and in 3D on a webcast.

Look farther down the page for the Implosion Archive.  You can watch streaming videos of these implosions right now in Windows Media format:  Aladdin Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada, J.L. Hudson Department Store - Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Pepper Factory - Baltimore, Maryland, Geneva Towers - San Francisco, California, and Sears Catalog Warehouse - Kansas City, Missouri.

Go to the second link for more information about the implosion process and pictures of other implosions.

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Belinda Navarrete

A blonde was visiting Washington, DC. This was her first time to the city, so she wanted to see the Capitol Building. Unfortunately, she couldn't find it, so she asked a police officer for directions. 

"Excuse me, officer," the blonde said, "how do I get to the Capitol Building?" 

The officer said, "Wait here at this bus stop for the number 54 bus. It'll take you right there." 

The blonde thanked the officer and he drove off. 

Three hours later the police officer came back to the same area, and sure enough, the blonde was still waiting at the same bus stop. 

The officer got out of his car and said, "Excuse me, but to get to the Capitol Building, I said to wait here for the number 54 bus. That was three hours ago. Why are you still waiting?" 

The blonde said, "Don't worry, officer, it won't be long now. The 45th bus just went by!" 


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