April 14, 2006

LinkNews Digest [04/14/2006] - Easter Edition

New Orleans Candidate's Poster Faux Pas

Kimberly Williamson Butler, a mayoral candidate in New Orleans, is running a campaign photo of her standing in what appears to be the French Quarter, but what, on closer inspection, seems to be the simulated French Quarter in Disneyland's New Orleans Square, home of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, in Anaheim, CA. Note the red circle around the waste-can that shows where the eagle-eyed Justin spotted the tell-tale evidence. (LINK )

Irony AND a Darwin Awards Candidate in One!

GILLETTE, Wyo. - A teenage boy accidentally set himself on fire early Wednesday morning after allegedly trying to siphon gas from a firefighter's car.

Police first learned of the injury after a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy claimed that someone had thrown gasoline on the 17-year-old at the Common Cents service station and lit him on fire, said Lt. Rod Hauge.

The boy was taken to the hospital with second- and third-degree burns on his legs. Police were called to the hospital to investigate the incident and later learned that the 17-year-old spilled gas on his pants while siphoning gas. He then used a lighter to try to determine how wet his pants were and set himself of fire, Hague said. Both boys have been ticketed with larceny. (LINK )

Creepy Burger King in Video Games?

Hamburger flipper Burger King is considering a promotion that offers 3 exclusive BK-branded games. Each would feature their own characters (in this case, the actual Burger King) in "popular" genres (fighting, action and racing). The action game is apparently similar to Halo, while the fighter combines Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. Just tack on a "with hamburgers," and you get the drift.
And now Burger King is threatening a lawsuit:
The General Counsel for Greenfield Online, the company conducting a survey about Burger King possibly creating some next-gen King-infested video games, was the opposite of delighted to learn that we were sent the information along with concept images.

The GC of GO (for BK) claims we are violating the intellectual property rights of Burger King and demands we remove the images and text post haste.

We’re not taking down the post, but we will take some of those scrumptious breakfast sandwiches the King has been peddling. We’ll gladly trade in our claim of Fair Use for a bag full of delicious sausage Croissan’wiches. (LINK via Digg.com)

Cooking w/ Cadbury Creme Eggs

See what happens when one LJ user is crazy/hungry enough to try baking a cake with Cadbury Creme Eggs.
I had to microwave the yolk to reduce the viscosity enough to get it back out of the cup and into the mixing bowl. Mainly I'm telling you this because it permits me to use the word "viscosity" and I never get to do that. (LINK )

Advertising is Everywhere

And I mean EVERYWHERE. I can just see the advertising execs in a meeting over this:
"Team, we just HAVE to find a way to market goods to people who bugger livestock..."

(LINK via )

Enormous Rabbit Terrorizes Veg Gardens

LONDON (AFP) - Furious villagers in northeast England have hired armed guards to protect their beloved communal vegetable gardens from a suspected monster rabbit.

Leeks, Japanese onions, parsnips and spring carrots have all been ripped up and devoured by the mystery were-rabbit -- prompting the 12 allotment holders in Felton, north of Newcastle, to hire two marksmen with air rifles and orders to shoot to kill.

"It is a massive thing. It is a monster. The first time I saw it, I said: 'What the hell is that?'" the Northumberland Gazette newspaper quoted local resident Jeff Smith, 63. He claims to have seen the black and brown rabbit -- with one ear bigger than the other -- about two months ago, and at least three fellow allotment holders say they have seen it as well.

"Certain breeds do grow very big, like the Continental Giant" which can be 66 centimetres (26 inches) in length or more, a spokesman for the British Rabbit Council, which represent rabbit breeders, told AFP. (LINK )
[Shame on AFP for using the words "hare-raising" in this article. tsk tsk. -ed]

Bad Idea Radar : Terminator 4

Australian papers are reporting that producer Andrew Vajna (yes, I know what that word looks like) may actually, finally, be ramping up for TERMINATOR 4.

Vajna’s extensive credits range from RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II, TOTAL RECALL, and JACOB’S LADDER--to special little films like I, SPY and BASIC INSTINCT 2.

The best news of all? T4 is being characterized as a "real" sci-fi picture. The film’s screenplay is written by John Brancato and Michael Ferris, who scripted CATWOMAN, FEMME FATALE, and THE NET.. All of which makes the duo’s involvement with a "real sci-fi film" something of an oxymoron.
(LINK via AintItCoolNews)

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