March 04, 2005

LinkNews Digest [03/04/2005]

That's No Hood Ornament!

INKOM, Idaho - Torri Hutchinson's cat might just have one less life to live. Hutchison was driving along Interstate 15 one day recently when a motorist kept trying to get her attention and pointing to the roof of her car.

She had driven about 10 miles with the cat on top of the car, and didn't even notice the feline when she stopped for gas.

Hutchinson said Cuddle Bug, or C.B. for short, had climbed into the back of her car as she was getting ready to leave. She put him out, but he must have jumped on the roof while she wasn't looking, she said. (LINK)
This remind anyone else of a certain Chevy Chase Movie?

Gamers Can Order Pizza In-Game

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sony has built the ability to order pizza into its latest online multiplayer game. Type the command "/pizza" while playing Everquest II, a fantasy game with 330,000 active players, and get the Pizza Hut Web site, where you can place orders for delivery.

Chris Kramer, spokesman for Sony Online Entertainment, said he believes this is the first time a game accepts orders for real-world items. Sony plans to integrate the pizza function more tightly into the game, so players can charge pizza to their monthly game subscription bill.

If you can't leave the game for three minutes to call out for pizza, then you must admit you have a problem. If this trend continues, it will do for Internet Addiction what Drive-thru liquor stores did for drunk driving.

Crows Threaten British Monarchy

(My crow-loving Mother-In-Law will probably disown me for this, but here goes...)
LONDON (Reuters) - If legend is to be believed, the future of the British monarchy lies in the hands of one warder at the Tower of London.

For the six ravens who roam one of Britain's landmark fortresses are under threat from up to 200 crows who have invaded their royal domain, spreading disease and stealing food. So every Sunday at dawn, before the daily tourist invasion begins, Yeoman Warder Derrick Coyle roams The Tower with his .22 air rifle to cull the crows.

For the beefeater, it is a weighty responsibility securing a haven for the ravens. Legend has it that if the ravens leave, The Tower of London will fall and so will the monarchy.

I can hear the movie-of-the-week announcer now... "The future of Britain lies in the hands of one man, one gun, and 200 bullets. 'A Murder of Crows' starring Jeff Speakman and Helena Bonham Carter. Sunday night at 8 on TNT."

Teacher/Mother of the Year Nominee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A California high school teacher was arraigned on Monday at a Sacramento court accused of having sex with a student in a car as her two-year child was strapped into the back seat.

Margaret De Barraicua, 30, a teacher trainee, was charged with four counts of unlawful intercourse with a minor, a 16-year-old student. The married woman was caught having sex in the late afternoon last week in what was apparently a consensual agreement, officials said.

"We received a call about a suspicious parked vehicle at a school here in Sacramento," said local police spokesman Justin Risley. "They got there and observed two people, windows-steamed-up type of thing." Her two-year old son was strapped by a seat belt in the back of the car during the time, he said. (LINK)

Bubba the 22-pound Lobster

(AP) He's Bubba, a 22-pound leviathan of a lobster pulled from the waters off Nantucket, Mass., and shipped to a Pittsburgh fish market. On Tuesday, Wholey gave the lobster to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, which will send him to an aquarium at a Ripley's Believe It or Not museum. Based on how long it typically takes a lobster to reach eating size about five to seven years to grow to a pound Bubba may be 100 years old.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent Wholey a letter asking him to work with the group to release Bubba back in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Maine. Another group calling itself "People For Eating Tasty Animals" reportedly offered Wholey a hefty price for the lobster. At Tuesday's price of $14.98 a pound, Bubba would retail for about $350. (LINK)
UPDATE: Bubba T. Lobster, Dead at 100. He survived the Reagan Administration, but a slight temperature and saline level drop was too much for him. And now, a moment of silence for Bubba.

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