Twinkies are only good for 25 days, not 25 years. They do have preservatives, but really are just a baked, filled cake. Twinkies started out with banana filling and changed to vanilla during WWII when bananas were hard to get. These and other Twinkie factoids are available at the link.
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News of the Weird/Pro Edition Exceptionally Inexplicable Dispatches from Last Week
January 18, 2010
(datelines January 9-January 16; links correct as of January 17)
He Just Can't Stop: Scott Ritter was a leading voice against the invasion of Iraq after first being so tough as a UN weapons inspector that Saddam kicked him out of the country. In 2002 he began warning us that the "evidence" of WMDs that was so impressive to Vice President Cheney was actually trifling. In early 2003, though, Ritter was picked up for talking sex with an underage girl, his second (maybe third) such bust. He stayed off the radar until last week, when they got him again, for vividly ejaculating for a webcam during an online chat (again with an underage girl, i.e., police officer). (No conviction on any of these arrests has been reported, though.) New York Times /// TheSmokingGun.com
Transportation Security Administration says it's one of those unfounded myths going around (An 8-year-old on the "no fly" list! Ha!). That's technically true, but Michael Hicks, 8, has been on the "selectee" screening list since he was 2 and regularly gets patted down at airports. His last-used boarding pass showed 4 random screenings. There are at least 1,600 Michael Hickses in America, presumably with the same problem. (Official response: We're working on it; after all, it's only been 8½ years since 9-11.) New York Times
So many radio waves dance through the air these days that they overwhelm the aluminum foil. Arthur Firstenberg is one of the electromagnetically-sensitive who live in New Mexico for its relative isolation, but the menace is growing, and Firstenberg filed a $530,000 lawsuit against a neighbor (and former friend) because he gets nausea, vertigo, diarrhea, aches, pains, insomnia, and impaired vision from her wi-fi and cell phone. (Earlier, she had compassionately started to phase out her fluorescent lights.) He's been sleeping in his car all winter. Santa Fe Reporter /// Wikipedia.org
America's War Against Soldiers: Illinois National Guard Spec. Billy Miller is awaiting court martial for "child pornography"—actually family snapshots his mom in Galesburg sent him of a young female relative in a swim suit. The same pictures appear on the family's website and Facebook page. Associated Press via ChicagoBreakingNews.com
One of America's more prominent delusional patriots, Ed Brown of New Hampshire, got a 37-year sentence for his combination tax-evasion and 2007 stockpiled-weapons standoff with U.S. marshals (he had 60,000 rounds on hand). He and Mrs. Brown (who got 35 years) had vowed to die before paying taxes on any of her income from the previous decade. Root of all evil, says Brown: the Freemasons! Associated Press via Comcast.net
A nightclub in Singapore called OverEasy is running an interesting promotion. Free drinks for the ladies, how many freebees a woman receives depends on her bra cup size. An A-cup gets 1 free drink coupon, B-cups get 2, C-cups get 3, and D-cups receive a bottle of vodka. Size for purposes of how many free drinks a lady gets is decided by 2 judges, one male and one female, with no touching involved.(Awwww were's the fun in that?) Of course there are some women talking about being objectified and such, but no formal complaints thus far. Those interviewed who find it objectionable are just planning to stay away. Sounds like a fun evening.
Posted By: patty - Sun Jan 17, 2010 -
British police officers were seen sledding on their riot shields while on duty one snowy day. Then some sourpuss ratted them out and they were cautioned to be on their best behavior in the future. Let he (or she) who has never surfed the net at work cast the first stone!
Posted By: patty - Sun Jan 17, 2010 -
An Electronic bilboard near downtown Moscow offered something a little more attention grabbing than the usual ads today. A 2 minute porn clip was shown. According to 3 Stars, the owner of the screen. the clip was hacked into the system. That'll wake you up during your commute!
Posted By: patty - Sat Jan 16, 2010 -
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