May 13, 2005

LinkNews Digest [05/14/2005]

Marilyn Sculpture "Open for Business"

HENDERSON, N.C. -- People in Henderson are talking about the massive sculpture of a woman's legs, spread open on Welcome Avenue.

At first glance, it looks more like something you'd find at a strip club, instead of a quiet neighborhood.

A backhoe contractor, Ricky Pearce poured concrete into hand-drawn molds to create the 40-ton, 17-foot-high legs. Complete with some landscaped foliage, strategically placed, the display is making some folks chuckle, and others shake their heads in disgust.

"The project took about three years," Pearce said. "I was inspired by Marilyn Monroe's legs, with the skirt blowing."(LINK)
Reminds me more of a certain scene from "Patch Adams" where he tried to make the Gynecologist Conference "feel more at Home"

Jesus Christ Can't Get Drivers License

Attempts to prove his name really is Jesus Christ have led the man born as Peter Robert Phillips Jr. through a lengthy legal battle and a recent victory in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Described by his attorney as a white-haired businessman in his mid-50s, Christ is moving to West Virginia to enjoy a slower lifestyle. He bought property near Lost River, about 100 miles west of Washington, and has a U.S. passport, Social Security card and Washington driver's license bearing the name Jesus Christ.

But he still falls short of West Virginia title and license transfer requirements because his Florida birth certificate has his original name on it and he has been unable to obtain an official name change in Washington.

"We just need official documentation that that's his name," said Doug Stump, commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles. "He will be treated no different than anybody else." (LINK)

Detroit Considers "Supersize Me" Tax

In an effort to curb a looming $300 million budget deficit, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick last month floated what he called a "different budget than has ever been presented to our city council."

The budget includes a proposed 2 percent tax that would be levied only on sales at fast-food restaurants, among other items that would generate additional revenue for the city.

The Mayor's office hasn't released too many details about this fast-food tax but one basic question is about how they differentiate between a McDonald's or a Wendy's or a casual dining chain like Chili's that also sells curbside and offers takeout," he said.

"If you're targeting so called 'unhealthy food,' which is the better option -- a bigger tax on salad sold at a McDonald's or a bigger tax on ribs and mashed potato sold at a casual dining restaurant?" he added. (LINK)

Viagra for the Mob

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three New York doctors were charged on Thursday with giving large amounts of Viagra and other anti-impotence drugs to mob members in return for construction and auto repair work done by mafia-controlled businesses.

Arlen Fleisher, Stephen Klass and George Shapiro, all doctors in Westchester County, a suburban area north of New York City, were accused of trading prescription drugs and drug samples with members and associates of the Gambino crime family. The one-count complaint was filed in Manhattan federal court. (LINK)

Auction Houses Battle with Rock-Paper-Scissors

Christie's won the right to sell a £10 million art collection by beating rivals Sotheby's at 'scissors, paper, rock'.

Takashi Hashiyama, president of Maspro Denkoh Corporation, could not decide which auction house he wanted to sell the impressionist paintings. He invited representatives from both auction houses to draw either a rock, paper or scissors on a piece of paper.

Sotheby's picked paper while Christie's chose scissors.(LINK)

1 comment:

  1. It kind of renders moot that stupid "What would Jesus drive?" argument that was floating around for a while.

    I liked the top 50 death scenes, but there is one fault. They omitted Paul Reubens' death at the end of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.