Horoscope for the week of August 18, 2004

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Leo | July 23 to Aug. 22

An attempt to popularize the book-length homilies of Laura Ingalls Wilder will result in professional wrestling's strangest phase yet.

Aries | March 21 to April 19

This week, it's more important than ever to remember Moscow Rule No. 7: Lull your opposition into a false sense of complacency.

Taurus | April 20 to May 20

Canadians are known the world over for their laid-back attitude, which makes it even stranger that thousands of them have barricaded you in your house.


Gemini | May 21 to June 20

Your tireless efforts have finally united America's workers, but it's less glorious than it sounds, given that you're the NFL's director of brand marketing.

Cancer | June 21 to July 22

You've finally run up against a problem your trusty meat cleaver can't solve, but that's why they make big wooden mallets.


Virgo | Aug. 23 to Sept. 22

Your inability to keep a recent fascination with the rock group Kansas to yourself will result in the first recorded use of a ducking stool since 1848.

Libra | Sept. 23 to Oct. 22

When you finally come out of the coma, friends will cheer your decision to reveal your recipe for Polish Bacon Buns.


Scorpio | Oct. 23 to Nov. 21

You won't exactly fade into obscurity after your death, considering that that's where you spent all of your life.

Sagittarius | Nov. 22 to Dec. 21

When the aliens finally arrive, they'll be much less advanced than anyone expected, as evinced by your maiming under the bald tires of their out-of-control '79 Buick.


Capricorn | Dec. 22 to Jan. 19

You'll be thrown into a panic when the doctor diagnoses you with ulnar nerve damage, until he explains that that's just funny-bone trouble.

Aquarius | Jan. 20 to Feb. 18

Stephen Hawking will revise his controversial theory on black holes, leaving you stumped about that noisy thing in your sink that eats garbage.


Pisces | Feb. 19 to March 20

The stars convey the wisdom that men and women are different, making you wonder momentarily if they might not just be giant fusion reactors after all.