May 06, 2005

LinkNews Digest [05/06/2005]

I'll do this link first, because it hits close to home: Ebay Item of the Day: Wedding invitation from Georgia's infamous "Runaway Bride" (The seller lives in Flowery Branch, GA.)

School Band Banned from Performing "Louie Louie"

Benton Harbor Superintendent Paula Dawning cited the song's allegedly raunchy lyrics in ordering the McCord Middle School band not to perform it in Saturday's Grand Floral Parade, held as part of the Blossomtime Festival.

"Louie Louie," written by Richard Berry in 1956, is one of the most recorded songs in history. The best-known, most notorious version was a hit in 1963 for the Kingsmen; the FBI spent two years investigating the lyrics before declaring they not only were not obscene but also were "unintelligible at any speed." (LINK)

Alcohol: The Male Afrodisiac

Mentioning alcohol to a man is enough to trigger his sex drive, scientists have found. A study at the University of Missouri found that even a reference to alcohol triggered the brain into finding women far more attractive than normal.

"This research shows that even if men aren't drinking but are merely exposed to alcoholrelated cues, those who expect that alcohol will make them want sex will rate women as more attractive," said Professor Ronald Friedman, who led the research. "In other words, we propose to have found a case of automatic 'beer goggling'." (LINK)

Keeping Our Children Safe From Burritos

CLOVIS, N.M. - A call about a possible weapon at a middle school prompted police to put armed officers on rooftops, close nearby streets and lock down the school. All over a giant burrito.

Someone called authorities Thursday after seeing a boy carrying something long and wrapped into Marshall Junior High. The drama ended two hours later when the suspicious item was identified as a 30-inch burrito filled with steak, guacamole, lettuce, salsa and jalapenos and wrapped inside tin foil and a white T-shirt.

In the meantime, more than 30 parents, alerted by a radio report, descended on the school. Visibly shaken, they gathered around in a semi-circle, straining their necks, awaiting news.

After the lockdown was lifted but before the burrito was identified as the culprit, parents pulled 75 students out of school, Russell said. (LINK)

Soderbergh & Cuban: Movies Relased Simultaneously in DVD and Theaters

In a break from the traditional model for releasing movies -- theaters to DVD to pay-TV to networks to cable -- 2929 Entertainment, a film company owned by entrepreneurs Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner -- are planning to release six films by director Steven Soderbergh on all of the various platforms on the same day, published reports said today (Friday). Bubble, the first of the films (all of which are being shot using high-definition electronic cameras), is currently in production in Ohio, the newspaper said.

It noted that the multiplatform plan worries theater owners, who fear that if it catches on, moviegoers will stop buying tickets and buy the DVDs instead. Regal Theaters spokesman Dick Westerling told the Times: "We do not exhibit films that are simultaneously being released on DVD, video or pay television ... and we do not anticipate changing that policy." (LINK (via

Police Give How-To Meth Lab to Teens

ELMA - A local woman went 'through the roof' when a deputy took his anti-drug message to high school. She says he showed students how to make methamphetamines, and she has the video to prove it.

Grays Harbor County sheriff's deputy shows class, "And the reaction will start occurring down there and start bubbling up." It is part chemistry class and part drug enforcement as a member of the Grays Harbor drug task force talks to Elma High School students about making Methamphetamine. Deputy shows class: "Then you'll have a little bit down at the bottom, the white stuff, and that's your meth."

"I was really upset when my daughter had come home and said 'mom we learned how to make meth today in school,' " said parent Teresa McCutcheon. "My jaw just kind of dropped and I said, 'what?' "

Christene is asked, "So you think you learned how to make methamphetamines because of this demonstration?" Christene answered, "Yes. I just don't know how to mix it all together." (LINK)

A New "Don't Give Up" Attitude on Suicide

A man shot himself five times before driving from his Godfrey, Ill., home to a bridge -- a distance that took 10 minutes -- and jumped from a bridge.

Sixty-seven-year-old Franklin Carver shot himself three times in his head and twice in his chest, but none of the shots was immediately fatal, police said. (LINK)

The Haunted Mansion, in Sand

Anime Eyes

Skin like porcelain. Eyes like Astroboy. The latest trend for Japanese schoolgirls is colored contacts - not green or blue ones that ape gaijin eyes, but inky black lenses that make them look like they have gigantic monochromatic pupils. Thanks to a steady diet of manga and anime, Tokyo teens have come to admire the outsize peepers on hand-drawn heroines. "The bigger the character's eyes, the cuter they look," says 15-year-old Yumi Koba. And now, thanks to Share Generate's Nadesicco Black, emulating Sailor Moon is no longer a dream.

Because the lenses are nonprescription, schoolgirls can even order them - like everything else - via cell phone. ( LINK ) via WIRED

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