June 30, 2006

LinkNews Digest [06/30/2006]

Original Lois and Jimmy Olsen in Superman Movie

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Noel Neill and Jack Larson spent some of their best years in bondage, trussed up together waiting for Superman to break down a wall and save them. The actors who played Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen on the 1950s TV show "Adventures of Superman" are back at it with bit parts in "Superman Returns" Neill as a dying heiress, Larson as a bartender.

"Superman Returns" director Bryan Singer grew up a fan of the TV show, which starred the late George Reeves as the Man of Steel. So when it came time to do his own take on Superman, Singer made sure to have Reeves' old comrades on hand.

"They said, `Well, we can't have you as Lois Lane.' I said, `I know, you want a younger one,'" Neill, 85, joked in an interview with The Associated Press. "They said, `But we have a part for you with Kevin Spacey, and your name is Gertrude," Neill continued, rolling her eyes at the name. "She's a rich widow, which is fine. Only she's dying."

In "Superman Returns," Larson, 73, was cast as a bartender in a scene opposite Brandon Routh, who plays Clark Kent and Superman, and the new Jimmy Olsen, Sam Huntington. It prefaces a pivotal moment in Superman's return to action after a mysterious five-year absence. (LINK ) [thanks loner!]

"Hooters for Neuters" Pet-Spaying Fundraiser Criticized

Hosted by the Hooters restaurant chain, the July 13 fundraiser will donate money to the spay and neuter programs at Los Angeles Animal Services.

"Are we going backward here?" said City Controller Laura Chick. "We are a city with all kinds of progressive programs that empower women and end discrimination in the workplace, and now we're being connected with a Hooters bikini contest. It isn't right."

Councilwoman Jan Perry said the department's attempt to be creative in telling pet owners to sterilize their animals "crosses the line. I was surprised and amazed with the photograph on the flier, and I don't think it projects a good image for the city of Los Angeles," Perry said.

Animal Services Director Ed Boks apologized for making people upset, but said the "Charity Benefit Bikini Contest" would go on as scheduled. The original flier showed a bikini-clad woman, but the latest version shows a dog wearing a T-shirt that says "Hooters for Neuters."(LINK )

Defense Minister Quits Via TextMsg

If reports are taken prima-facie, the Defense Minister of Timor-Leste, Jose Ramos-Horta, will go down in history as he is the first politician to resign from the government by SMS.

Politicians seem to have been awestruck with the fascinating use of technology. Recently, a democrat in U.S. triggered off his campaign through video podcasting , now this case is stamping the trend.

What is more interesting is that the acceptance of the resignation was also confirmed by the SMS by the Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri. As of now, detailes of the SMSed text are not known. However, he had announced earlier, "I do not wish to be associated with the present government or with any government involving Mr. Alkatiri." (LINK via Gizmodo)

World Cup Madness Pt. 2: The Roof is on Fire

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Beijing soccer fan refused to let the small matter of his house burning down disturb his enjoyment of Tuesday's World Cup match between France and Spain.

A fire broke out in a hutong in the center of the Chinese capital at 3am local time Wednesday -- kickoff time in Hanover -- and gutted the traditional courtyard dwelling, the Beijing Daily Messenger reported.

"When the neighbors shouted 'fire!', I took my little baby and ran out in my nightclothes," the man's wife told the paper. "My husband paid no attention to the danger, just grabbed the television and put it under his arm.

"After getting out of the house, he then set about finding an electric socket to plug in and continue watching his game." (LINK )

An Excuse Worth Remembering

A Polish former MP has escaped a drink driving ban after telling cops he had only been using vodka as mouth wash.

Grzegorz Gruszka was arrested after being pulled over by police in a routine check and failing a breath test.

He was acquitted after he told prosecutors he had not actually swallowed any alcohol, and had only rinsed his mouth with "jogobelka" - a popular local mixture of vodka and mustard. (LINK )

June 28, 2006

Dinner with Superman

Melissa, sweetie... I think Superman feels your pain on this.

Courtesy of Penny Arcade

June 26, 2006


Bedtime for Matthew has become an issue.

A usual evening begins at 9 PM. We get him changed, teeth brushed, story read, kiss mommy goodnight, in bed, fetch cold water in a sippy cup, lights out.

Five minutes later, the stalling begins. First he has to go to the bathroom (which he knows we really can't deny him, having just been potty trained). Then, every 5-15 minutes he'll open his door, peek out, ask for something else, or try to shut the cat in his room and play with it. This goes on for hours, sometimes past midnight.

He gets enough sleep. He wakes just before 8 AM every morning, hardly ever takes naps, so he should be good and sleepy around 9:30 (which is later than most parents let their 4 year-olds stay up).

The last couple of hours in the day are Melissa and my private time, where we can talk about stuff without interruption, watch movies, etc, and this has been taken from us. That's SANITY TIME, and it has been denied us for weeks straight, and for months sporadically.

Last night, I put Matthew to bed without TOO much fuss. And he STAYED there. We didn't hear a peep out of him all night. Melissa and I hardly knew what to do with ourselves. She would have done the Balki Bartokomous Dance of Joy, had her neck not been ot of whack. "A Reprieve! Thank you, Lord!" we called to the heavens.

Not Bloody Likely.

2:30 AM - Matthew wakes up, calling me. He had a bad dream and wants to sleep in our bed. I ask him what his dream was about, and he falls back asleep two sentances into the description. Crisis averted.

3:30 AM - Matthew wakes again, another bad dream, insisting on sleeping between us. The description trick doesn't work twice. I grudgingly let him into our bed. Now before you pass judgement, let me say that TV sitcoms and movies didn't prepare me for this one. Kids on sitcoms might say one quippy phrase or two before nodding off, and it's all "Awwww, how cute!"

Matthew, on the other hand, spins in the bed, appendages flailing like Chun Li from Street Fighter II, poking and thwacking any face or groin that happens to be nearby. Plus he generates so much heat that he sleeps with no covers, while Mel and I need them. So the comforter top bends like the letter "M". And sometimes he has trouble getting back to sleep, so he fidgets around, just wiggling and poking and tickling any bit of Mommy or Daddy that he happens to find. And you don't want to tickle a sleepy black belt awake, TRUST ME. It won't end well.

5:30 - Mel and I are sick of being woken every 20 minutes, so we send him back into his bed and shut the door. He fusses for 10 minutes and finally accepts his fate. Ahh, I can still get two hours of blissful, uninterrupted sleep.

6:30 AM - NOT. Matthew calls me back to his room. He's fully awake and reading the kind of children's books with push-button sounds. Only this one has a run-down battery, so the sounds are all slow and distorted, as if to maximize the mommy wake-up potential. A brief, heated chat ensues about the difference between it being slightly light outside and it being morning proper. I leave again, seized book in hand, and return to bed. I can still get one hour.

6:55 AM - NOT. Stormy, the only cat I've ever known to have the "Morning Crazies", suddenly tears across our dresser, scattering paperwork and phone chargers as he goes. I put him out of the bedroom and close the door.

7:12 AM - The door swings open under cat power. Swear to God that the little F***er leapt into it and turned the handle. He flew in, so I make him fly out, and close the door securely.

7:25 AM - Alarm Clock... SNOOZE

7:31 AM - Give up and get out of bed. Matthew's rearing to go. I fix him breakfast, take a shower, and set up to work the first few hours from home so Mel can get a bit more sleep.

Mel and I are beyond grumpy, while Matthew is all perky from a full night's rest. I feel like we're back to having a newborn with 2-hour round-the-clock feedings. Chris doesn't handle sleep deprivation very well. Not even in small doses. He starts by talking about himself in the third person. Last time it continued for more than three days, we found those mutilated squirrels outside the dorm.

I know some parents swear by the "Children's Tylenol Lullabye" for antsy children, but does anyone know where I can get some horse tranquilizers?

June 23, 2006

LinkNews Digest [06/23/2006]

"You Make my Dinner... or Prepare to Die"

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese woman has been charged with accidentally killing her husband with a sword after he refused to make her dinner, the Shanghai Daily said on Tuesday.

Police said Tang Xiaowan, 25, who has been practicing swordsmanship since she was young, had often forced her husband of three years at swordpoint to carry out her demands.

On March 3, her husband, Li Weidong, refused to cook dinner because he was late for work. Police said Tang picked up her sword and put it on Li's chest and promptly slipped, stabbing Li by mistake.

Li died in hospital from loss of blood. Tang was arrested Monday and charged with manslaughter. (LINK )

Boston's War on the FlufferNutter

BOSTON - It's creamy, it's sweet and it's become a staple of lunch boxes for generations of New England school children. Now, the beloved Fluffernutter sandwich the irresistible combination of Marshmallow Fluff and peanut butter, preferably on white bread with a glass of milk handy finds itself at the center of a sticky political debate.

Sen. Jarrett Barrios was outraged that his son Nathaniel, a third-grader, was given a Fluffernutter sandwich at the King Open School in Cambridge. He said he plans to file legislation that would ban schools from offering the local delicacy more than once a week as the main meal of the day.

His proposal seemed anything but silly to Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein, a Democrat whose district in Revere is near the company that has produced the marshmallow concoction for more than 80 years, Durkee-Mower Inc.

She responded with a proposal to designate the Fluffernutter the "official sandwich of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts." "I'm going to fight to the death for Fluff," Reinstein said.

An aide to Barrios insisted the senator is not anti-Fluff and even plans to co-sponsor Reinstein's bill, although he still believes schools should cut back on Fluffernutters. (LINK )
I never thought I'd see the day where the words "Anti-Fluff Legislation" would be together. Save for a dream I have of banning unrelated "pork barreling" in legislation.

Drunk and Dumb in Statesboro, GA

A 21-year-old Georgia man was arrested after trying to buy drinks with a checkbook he found at a bar. Unfortunately for Jody Brian Minor of McRae, the checkbook's owner was the bartender serving him.

Minor was arrested on theft and forgery charges early Saturday morning, Statesboro Police Detective Terry Briley said. He was "extraordinarily intoxicated," Briley said. Minor is out on bond, and his case will go before a grand jury in August, Briley said.

Minor was at Dingus Magee's bar when he found a checkbook and began paying his tab with it, Briley said. One of the bar's employees realized the checks belonged to a fellow bartender Hubble Beasley, who called police.

Briley said Minor's father has paid the delinquent $129 bar tab. (LINK )

Hogwarts Dragon Unearthed from Hell...Creek, SD.

The newly described horny-headed dinosaur Dracorex hogwartsia lived about 66 million years ago in South Dakota, just a million years short of the extinction of all dinosaurs. But its flat, almost storybook-style dragon head has overturned everything paleontologists thought they knew about the dome-head dinos called pachycephalosaurs.

Dracorex hogwartsia, which translates as "Dragon King of Hogwarts," was unearthed in 2003 in the Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota by three amateur fossil hunters working in cooperation with the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. But it wasn't until it was at the museum, while the fossil was being carefully prepared, that renowned dinosaur researcher Robert Bakker happened to catch sight of it while visiting. Bakker then recruited pachycerphalosaurs expert Sullivan and other paleontologists to take a closer look.

As for how it got its name? A group of children at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis drew the connection to the fanciful school of witchcraft that the famous fictional wizard Harry Potter attends and came up with the name hogwartsia. "It's a very dragon-like looking dinosaur," said Sullivan.

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has been notified and apparently rather likes the new name.

"I am absolutely thrilled to think that Hogwarts has made a small claw mark upon the fascinating world of dinosaurs," said Rowling, according to a museum press release. "I happen to know more on the subject of paleontology than many might credit, because my eldest daughter was Utahraptor-obsessed and I am now living with a passionate Tyrannosaurus rex-lover, aged three.(LINK )

June 16, 2006

LinkNews Digest [06/16/2006]

Vandal Didn't Do His Homework

After I left and Damion was closing up, some drunk mouth-breathing knuckle-dragger starts banging on the door demanding to be let in. After Damion tells him that the gallery was closed, the Moron says "I'm going to smash your door in with a brick!"

An hour later,the guy pulls up to the gallery in his car, double parks, pulls a brick out of his car, and smashes BLVD's door a couple times. Cool huh? No one was in the gallery- but the guy who lives upstairs heard it and called Damion. Also- there is a bar a few storefronts away from us and I guess the folks on the patio saw it all.

But it gets better. Moron turns to go back to his car and finds he's locked himself out. Har har! So he tries to smash his own car window in with the brick, which doesn't work...so he goes into the Rendevous to use the payphone to call a locksmith which where he got nabbed by the cops. What a maroon. So anyway. Today is happy fun door repair day. (LINK )

Death Can't Stop World Cup Fans

A 94-year-old declared dead suddenly sprang up and asked when Germany were next playing in the World Cup.

When told she had been declared dead by doctors, Maria Mueller replied: "Not likely, not until I see if Germany wins the World Cup. "There's still life in these old bones yet, and I certainly couldn't miss the football."

Mrs Mueller had been found slumped over in her chair by son Bernhard Mueller, 66, at their home in Luegde. Neither Bernhard nor a local doctor could find a pulse (LINK )

One Step Closer to Bill O'Rights' Funeral

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police armed with a warrant can barge into homes and seize evidence even if they don't knock, a huge government victory that was decided by President Bush's new justices.

The 5-4 ruling signals the court's conservative shift following the departure of moderate Sandra Day O'Connor.

The case tested previous court rulings that police armed with warrants generally must knock and announce themselves or they run afoul of the Constitution's Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches.

Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority, said Detroit police acknowledge violating that rule when they called out their presence at a man's door then went inside three seconds to five seconds later.

"Whether that preliminary misstep had occurred or not, the police would have executed the warrant they had obtained, and would have discovered the gun and drugs inside the house," Scalia wrote. But suppressing evidence is too high of a penalty, Scalia said, for errors by police in failing to properly announce themselves.

In a dissent, four justices complained that the decision erases more than 90 years of Supreme Court precedent. "It weakens, perhaps destroys, much of the practical value of the Constitution's knock-and-announce protection," Justice
Stephen Breyer wrote for himself and the three other liberal members. (LINK )

Busk Jibes Vision-Impaired Reporter for Wearing Shades

WASHINGTON - President Bush, who often teases members of the White House press corps, apologized Wednesday after he poked fun at a reporter for wearing sunglasses without realizing they were needed for vision loss.

Bush called on Los Angeles Times reporter Peter Wallsten and asked if he was going to ask his question with his "shades" on. "For the viewers, there's no sun," Bush said to the television cameras.

But even though the sun was behind the clouds, Wallsten still needs the sunglasses because he has Stargardt's disease, a form of macular degeneration that causes progressive vision loss. The condition causes Wallsten to be sensitive to glare and even on a cloudy day, can cause pain and increase the loss of sight.

Wallsten said Bush called his cell phone later in the day to apologize and tell him that he didn't know he had the disease. Wallsten said he interrupted and told the president that no apology was necessary and that he didn't feel offended since he hadn't told anyone at the White House about his condition. (LINK )
Just when that whole "Waving Hello to Stevie Wonder" thing was blowing over...

Artistic Merit...Of Sorts.

LONDON (Reuters) - One of Britain's most prestigious art galleries put a block of slate on display, topped by a small piece of wood, in the mistaken belief it was a work of art.

The Royal Academy included the chunk of stone and the small bone-shaped wooden stick in its summer exhibition in London.

But the slate was actually a plinth -- a slab on which a pedestal is placed -- and the stick was designed to prop up a sculpture. The sculpture itself -- of a human head -- was nowhere to be seen.

"I think the things got separated in the selection process and the selectors presented the plinth as a complete sculpture," the work's artist David Hensel told BBC radio.

"Given their separate submission, the two parts were judged independently," it said in a statement. "The head was rejected. The base was thought to have merit and accepted. "The head has been safely stored ready to be collected by the artist," it added. "It is accepted that works may not be displayed in the way that the artist might have intended." (LINK )

June 12, 2006

Saving it for "Sweeps"

Before this administration gives itself a hernia from patting itself on the back... Yes, it appears we've taken out Zarqawi, The Al Qaeda boss in Iraq. But we had a chance to take him out BEFORE THE WAR BEGAN, and the White House said No. It would have weakened Bush's case for War.
In June 2002, U.S. officials say intelligence had revealed that Zarqawi and members of al-Qaida had set up a weapons lab at Kirma, in northern Iraq, producing deadly ricin and cyanide.

The Pentagon quickly drafted plans to attack the camp with cruise missiles and airstrikes and sent it to the White House, where, according to U.S. government sources, the plan was debated to death in the National Security Council.

Four months later, intelligence showed Zarqawi was planning to use ricin in terrorist attacks in Europe. The Pentagon drew up a second strike plan, and the White House again killed it. By then the administration had set its course for war with Iraq.

“People were more obsessed with developing the coalition to overthrow Saddam than to execute the president’s policy of preemption against terrorists,” according to terrorism expert and former National Security Council member Roger Cressey.

In January 2003, the threat turned real. Police in London arrested six terror suspects and discovered a ricin lab connected to the camp in Iraq. The Pentagon drew up still another attack plan, and for the third time, the National Security Council killed it.

Military officials insist their case for attacking Zarqawi’s operation was airtight, but the administration feared destroying the terrorist camp in Iraq could undercut its case for war against Saddam.

The United States did attack the camp at Kirma at the beginning of the war, but it was too late — Zarqawi and many of his followers were gone. “Here’s a case where they waited, they waited too long and now we’re suffering as a result inside Iraq,” Cressey added.

Just like the cocky statement about "We know where Osama Bin Laden is... the time just isn't right for taking him out", thousands of civilians and soldiers have died so that this administration can keep it's ratings up. And WOW, has that plan paid off in spades! Just look at those approval numbers!

June 09, 2006

LinkNews Digest [06/09/2006]

"Mandy" beats "The Mosquito" For Repellants

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Officials in one Sydney district have decided to pipe Barry Manilow's music over loudspeakers in an attempt to rid streets and car parks of hooligans whose anti-social cars and loud music annoy residents and drive customers from businesses.

Following a successful experiment where Bing Crosby music was used to drive teenage loiterers out of an Australian shopping center several years ago, Rockdale councilors believe Manilow is so uncool it might just work.

Councilor Bill Saravinovski said local authorities plan to install a loudspeaker and pipe in Manilow music, interspersed with classical pieces, over a car park favored by car "hoons," or hooligans.(LINK )

Is "Life-like Corpse" an Oxymoron?

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Truth proved to be stranger than fiction for a high school criminology class investigating a fake crime scene when the students discovered a real body during a field trip.

Teacher Sue Messenger had been creating mock crime scenes with fake skeletons and other evidence for more than 20 years to give students in her forensics courses a firsthand look at what crime scene investigators do. On Monday, however, 29 students from St. Thomas Aquinas High School got more of a jolt they expected when they discovered the real body in Fort Lauderdale's Holiday Park.

"The first thing we thought was, 'That's a real good dummy she set up,'" said student Juan Cantor, 15. "I think they kind of went into shock and disbelief," Messenger said. "What are the odds that we would be out here?"(LINK )

If It Didn't Work in Ancient Rome...

KIEV (Reuters) - A man shouting that God would keep him safe was mauled to death by a lioness in Kiev zoo after he crept into the animal's enclosure, a zoo official said on Monday.

"The man shouted 'God will save me, if he exists', lowered himself by a rope into the enclosure, took his shoes off and went up to the lions," the official said."A lioness went straight for him, knocked him down and severed his carotid artery."

The incident, Sunday evening when the zoo was packed with visitors, was the first of its kind at the attraction. Lions and tigers are kept in an "animal island" protected by thick concrete blocks. (LINK )

Snakes on a Plane -- No, SERIOUSLY!

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Monty Coles was 3,000 feet in the air when he discovered a stowaway peeking out at him from the plane's instrument panel: a 4 1/2-foot snake.

"Nothing in any of the manuals ever described anything like this," said the 62-year-old Cross Lanes resident.While maintaining control of the single-engine plane with one hand, Coles grabbed the reptile behind its head with his other. "There was no way I was letting that thing go," he said. "It coiled all around my arm, and its tail grabbed hold of a lever on the floor and started pulling."

The next step was to radio for emergency landing clearance. "They came back and asked what my problem was," he said. "I told them I had one hand full of snake and the other hand full of plane. They cleared me in."(LINK )

Canadian Kids Support Gov't With $4k Donations?

Former Immigration Minister Joe Volpe hit the spotlight this week after it emerged that a pair of 11-year-old twins and their 14-year-old brother had each donated C$5,400 ($4,900) to his leadership campaign.

The parents of the children -- who also donated C$5,400 to Volpe's campaign -- are related to the chairman of generic drug maker Apotex Inc. In total, five former and current executives of the firm and 15 of their family members handed over C$108,000.

Thursday, Volpe ordered that five donations from people under 18 be given back.

The opposition New Democrats are demanding a probe to determine whether Volpe was trying to circumvent the Elections Act, which says companies cannot donate to leadership campaigns and limits individual contributions to C$5,400.

"Apparently all across the land, teenagers with a few hundred grand to burn are asking themselves: 'Do I buy a new sports car or support a long-shot for the Liberal leadership? Ferrari or Volpe?'" wrote Ottawa Sun columnist Greg Weston.(LINK )

Rockstar Games Unveils: "Table Tennis"?

Is it me, or is this a bit of a mismatch from the company that brings us "Grand Theft Auto" and "Midnight Club"? On the last point of a match, does a voice shout "FINISH HIM!!" and you get to shove your paddle down his throat?
As one of the first commercially available video games, Pong seems to have an almost academic importance, but not enough credit is given to the simple elegance of its design--two bar-shaped "paddles," one square "ball"--something that was born largely out of technical limitations. There is an obvious correlation between Pong and the newly minted Rockstar's Table Tennis for the Xbox 360, in that Table Tennis is literally a ping-pong simulation. But it also follows the same philosophy of stripping the experience down to its essence, something focused and intense. Rockstar's Table Tennis treats the game like a serious sport, taking incredible care to present some of the most realistic player characters ever put in a game and delivering frenetic and nuanced action. (LINK )

June 06, 2006

Day of the Beast

Allright, so 6/6/06 is the "Day of the Beast", getting all REVELATIONS on me. Well, aside from releasing a remake of "The Omen", here's some OTHER Beastly things:

(1) "Hell, Michigan", the Comic written by Dan Jolley (of Studio Phoenix, home of Josh Krach)

(2) "Michigan: Report From Hell" was an import game for PS2 that had you filming a zombie infestation for TV News.

(3) Everybody knows that 666 is the number of the beast, but did you know ... (Swiped from Loner)

333 Eric the Half-A-Beast
rw-rw-rw- File Protection of the Beast
vi vi vi Editor of the Beast
Motel 666 Lodging of the Beast
-0.80901699 Sin of the Beast
0.58778525 Cos of the Beast
1010011010 Binary of the Beast
666pi Circumferance of the Beast
Windows 666 Bill Gates IS the Beast
Error 666 Attempt to access daemon or demon failed
beast@666.com Email of the Beast
Mazda 666 Economy car of the Beast
I-666 Interstate of the Beast
Route 666 Way of the Beast
Channel 666 Cable TV of the Beast
Vick's Formula 666 Cough syrup of the Beast
6:06:06 P.M. Dinnertime of the Beast
666th BSF 666th Beast Special Forces
666th Airborne 666th Beast Airborne Unit
6666 Pin number of the Beast
66.6 Test average of the Beast
1-900-666-0666 Live Beasts! One-on-one pacts! Call now! Only $6.66/minute. Over 18 only please.

June 05, 2006

"Just Fix the Damned Thing..."

Overheard in the Office Reports: Someone has a passing recollection of Kip Adotta
Car dealership counter guy: Yes, may I help you, sir?
Customer: Uh, yeah, I think I blew a seal.
Car dealership counter guy: Pal, that sounds like a personal problem to me.

1499 Route 46
Ledgewood, New Jersey

June 02, 2006

LinkNews Digest [06/02/2006]

Better Tip The Barman Well for This One

The ultimate cocktail which can only be mixed by a barman freefalling from 10,000 feet has been launched in Croatia.

The Wings of Zadar cocktail, based on the local Maraschino liqueur, is poured upside down so that the drink flies upwards into the mixer, and then shaken as the barman performs a series of somersaults. The drink is chilled by the freezing air rushing over the shaker - and then served on landing to the customer.

Drinks creator Ante Butic, who has been serving the drinks to clients on the beach at Zadar, said: "The high altitude mix gives the drink a distinct flavour.

"It is really popular, the service is sponsored by the local tourism board but who knows, maybe I might carry on if I can find enough rich customers who want to try the ultimate cocktail." (LINK )

Batwoman: Butch or Fem?

NEW YORK - Years after she first emerged from the Batcave, Batwoman is coming out of the closet. DC Comics is resurrecting the classic comic book character as a lesbian, unveiling the new Batwoman in July as part of an ongoing weekly series that began this year.

"We decided to give her a different point of view," explained Dan DiDio, vice president and executive editor at DC. "We wanted to make her a more unique personality than others in the Bat-family. That's one of the reasons we went in this direction."

"She's a socialite from Gotham high society," DiDio said. "She has some past connection with Bruce Wayne. And she's also had a past love affair with one of our lead characters, Renee Montoya."

Montoya, in the "52" comic book series, is a former police detective. Wayne, of course, is Batman's true identity... but he has disappeared, along with Superman and Wonder Woman, leaving Gotham a more dangerous place. The "52" series is a collaboration of four acclaimed writers, with one episode per week for one year. The comics will introduce other diverse characters as the story plays out.

"This is not just about having a gay character," DiDio said. "We're trying for overall diversity in the DC universe. We have strong African-American, Hispanic and Asian characters. We're trying to get a better cross-section of our readership and the world." (LINK )

Not ALL Japanese Do Their Homework

TOKYO (Reuters) - A would-be Japanese bank robber asked staff how he should carry out the crime before meekly obeying a request to leave and then accidentally stabbing himself in the leg with a knife he was carrying.

According to local media reports the man first asked a bank teller, "Any idea how you rob a bank?" The teller alerted another member of staff, who asked the man to leave. "He left quietly when asked to," the police spokesman said.

However, the staff member escorting the man out of the bank noticed the knife sticking out of his pocket and a bloodstain on his trousers. Police arrested the man for illegal possession of a weapon. "He didn't brandish the knife at anyone ... but he injured himself in the leg," the police spokesman said. (LINK )

Invention of the Week: The Jesus Pan!

Put the image of Jesus RIGHT ON YOUR FOOD! Worship at the dinner table every night! Makes a great Holiday Gift! Bring one to Conyers, GA and "Eat, Drink & See Mary!" (JesusPan.com )