Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Change the name of the ride to New York Subway

Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, has a new grade called FD -- meaning failure with dishonesty -- which is the possible grade a student can receive. American colleges are considering a similar new worst grade called LB, which means Lower than Bush.

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin will attend the Emmys to accept the Philo T. Farnsworth Award on behalf of NASA for the innovations that allowed the Apollo crew's live TV broadcast from the moon. Neil Armstrong couldn’t make it, but suggested that Aldrin open his acceptance speech with, “One small statue for man …”

A group of Bulgarian Orthodox priests want Madonna's upcoming concert in Sofia because it falls on St. John the Baptist day, a religious holiday on which fun and celebrations are not allowed. They didn’t accept Madonna’s offer to honor St. John the Baptist by wearing a wet T-shirt.

A number of state attorney generals are reporting an increase in unwanted phone call complaints from people on do-not-call lists. It’s getting so bad, the attorney generals are putting complainers on their do-not-answer lists.

According to ACT Inc., the Iowa company that conducts college aptitude tests, only about one-fourth of 2009 U.S. high school graduates have the skills needed to succeed in college. The number would be even lower if ACT asked students to remember to bring their own number 2 pencils.

Oliver Stone is creating a 10-episode documentary series called "Oliver Stone's Secret History of America" focusing on under-reported events that Stone believes shaped U.S. history. The events include the premieres of “Platoon,” “Natural Born Killers” and “JFK.”

Nickelodeon, the city of New Orleans and Southern Star Amusement have announced plans to create a themed water park called Nickelodeon Universe New Orleans. Combining Nickelodeon characters with New Orleans culture, the park will feature CrawfishBob SquarePants and Dora the Beads Flasher.

Management at the Thorpe amusement park in Chertsey, England, has banned roller coaster riders from putting their arms in the air during rides due to concerns about body odor. Complaints about b.o. were so high, it was either kick off the offenders or change the name of the ride to New York Subway.

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have identified two groups of neurons in fruit fly brains that control obesity. If you’ve never seen an obese fruit fly, check the low-hanging fruit.

A new study found that people who play video games have a higher body mass index and a greater number of poor mental health days compared to non-players. This is the same group of video game players that’s demanding a new version of Guitar Hero featuring the music of Meat Loaf

Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank addressed a town hall meeting protester who compared President Obama to Hitler by saying, “Ma'am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table.” Frank was then hit by a number of flying plates thrown by a dining room table in the back.

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