Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The first stamp in history to have a skid mark on the back

President Obama accepted an invitation from President Hu Jintao to visit China later this year. The Chinese are expected to demand explanations from Obama for problems with the global economy, the Middle East and Michael Phelps.

The much-feared Conficker Internet worm was activated on April 1 but didn’t seem to do much harm. Security experts were concerned when millions of computers suddenly accessed, but it was just people downloading the latest photos of Michelle Obama in Europe.

The University of Kentucky approved an eight-year, $31.65 million contract that will make basketball coach John Calipari the highest paid coach in the nation. That total breaks down to about $4 million per year or $31.65 million per graduating player.

President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issued a joint statement saying the “era when our countries viewed each other as enemies is long over.” Fortunately, the statement had a fine-print clause excluding hockey, the Olympics and vodka-drinking contests.

Police in Newark, Ohio, charged a man with drunken driving after he crashed his motorized bar stool, which was powered by a lawnmower engine and could go up to 38 mph. The man’s legal fees will be paid for by General Motors in return for exclusive rights to a vehicle that could save the company.

According to a new study, people with high amounts of bacteria and germs in their mouths are the most likely to have heart attacks. Especially the germs and bacteria that grow on hamburgers, French fries and sodas.

Police in St. Petersburg, Russia, want to know who attached a bomb to the famous bronze statue of Vladimir Lenin and blew a big hole in it. While the statue is being repaired, it has been surrounded by flowers brought by thousands of Russian pigeons.

The U.S. Postal Service announced that the Simpsons will soon be featured on 44-cent stamps designed by the show’s creator, Matt Groening. Homer Simpson’s stamp will be the first in history to have a skid mark on the back.

Attorney General Eric Holder ordered the Justice Department to drop the corruption case against former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens because of prosecutorial misconduct. “Prosecutorial misconduct” comes from an ancient Latin phrase which means “We won the election and don’t need you anymore.”

The latest “Star Trek” doesn’t open in U.S. theaters until May 8, but Paramount Pictures is already working on its sequel. In this one, Captain Kirk boldly goes where no man has gone before when he accidentally walks into the Starfleet ladies room.

A South African woman’s pet giant bullfrog may be the first frog in the world to be outfitted with an artificial leg bone after the hopper was attacked by a dog. The operation was covered by her frog’s insurance company, Blue Croak.

The CiCi’s Pizza chain may be in trouble with the Treasury Department for putting stickers on pennies to promote its new Penny Picker Up campaign. It’s against the law to deface currency in any way, even if the currency is worth less than the sticker stuck to it.

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