Thursday, August 28, 2008

196 flights is one cross-country trip

FBI agents arrested a blogger suspected of streaming songs from the unreleased Guns N' Roses album “Chinese Democracy” on his Web site. Now that the Olympics are over, he also received a cease-and-desist order from the Chinese communist government.

A judge in Texas ordered the father of actress and singer Hilary Duff to spend 10 days in jail for contempt of court. Ina related story, Britney Spears’ kids asked their nanny how far away is Texas.

An estimated 40,000 people threw 113 tons of ripe tomatoes in the annual tomato fight in the village of Bunol, Spain. near Valencia. Food experts call it the biggest waste of tomatoes since the invention of microwave pizza.

The Vatican is warning journalists traveling with Pope Benedict to Lourdes next month not to put bottles of holy water in their carry-on bags because it may be confiscated by airport security. They also warned not to try and avoid a drink fee by asking the pope to change free bottled water into wine.

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps will host the 34th season premiere of “Saturday Night Live.” For sketches about the Olympics, Michael has already requested that the resident cast fat guy play Amanda Beard.

A new poll found that Americans believe Barack Obama would make a caring president while John McCain would be a decisive one. And in the poll that really matters, Americans believe that Michelle Obama would win at arm wrestling but Cindy McCain would win at mud wrestling.

The priest in Italy who was organizing a beauty pageant for nuns had to cancel it after local Catholic leaders objected to the idea. They wouldn’t change their minds even when he promised to use holy water for the ‘wet habit’ competition.

After getting complaints about a man taking coins from a fountain in front of City Hall, the New York Police Department said it can’t stop him because it’s not against the law. The man stopped on his own after being shoved out of the way by brokers from Lehman Brothers.

Southwest Airlines, the most profitable U.S. air carrier, announced it will drop more than 196 daily flights on January 11. Big deal. For Southwest, 196 flights is one cross-country trip.

According to a report in the journal Chemistry of Materials, U.S. and Japanese scientists say they've created ceramic dishware that will keep food heated by a microwave oven hotter for longer periods of time. It must work because the scientists were interviews while dipping their hands in tubs of butter.

The Dalai Lama is doing OK after being admitted to a hospital in India with “abdominal discomfort.” This happens every time he forgets his traditional wooden bowl and has to eat off of a china plate.

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