The News (in Brief) 12/5/08

I’m going to try to remember to do this every Friday… I used to do it a while ago for my buds and it’s fun to comb through the news, so here you go… what’s happening in the world around you…

BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU PROPOSE

Leafil Alforque

Leafil Alforque

An Oregon man took his girlfriend to a popular spot called Proposal Rock to pop the question. As he got out the ring, a sneaker wave crashed on them and pulled her into the ocean. The 93lb woman was never seen again. (FULL STORY)

 

EVER HEARD OF A HOLSTER?

Plaxico

Plaxico

Plaxico Burress has a dumb name, a dumb attitude, and wears guns in his sweatpants. Fortunately the only person who got hurt was his dumb self when he wore said gun-loaded-sweats to a club. Now he faces charges and probably has ended his own career. (FULL STORY)

 

AUTOMAKERS STALLED

3 stooges

3 stooges

Two weeks ago, the heads of GM, Ford and Chrysler arrived in Washington via private jet to beg for cash. I mean the U.S. Government is just throwing cash into the hands of bad businessmen who have no idea how to turn a profit, so they figured they had a chance. They didn’t. They got lambasted for coming to ask for money while wasting what they had on provate jets. Cowed, they returned in hybrid cars and carpools two weeks later to beg again, only to be turned down yet again. Meanwhile the bankers who got their huge bailout got it so quickly that there was no regulation on where the money went or what happened to it once the checks were cut. Niiiice. (FULL STORY)

John Stewart has a good bead on this one.

 

LAUGH AND THE WORLD LAUGHS WITH YOU

It turns out to be true! Laughter is contagious. Researchers at Harvard and UC San Diego have found that being around happy people increases your likelihood of being happy. Keep your happy friends close because the further away they are, the less impact they have on your mood. I guess that goes the same for your depressed friends. The implication is that dealing with someone’s emotions may mean dealing with the emotions of an entire community. So here’s another saying that’s true: No man is an island. (FULL STORY)

 

HEELS AND HEISTS

scene of the fabulousness

scene of the fabulousness

Shave legs: check!

Lipstick: check!

Size 13 stilettos: check!

Gun: check!

Drag has reached a new height of fabulousness when robbers dressed as chicks robbed a Harry Winston in Paris near the Champs Elysees. One would think it would be easier to wear pants and flats, but full drag? You do what you gotta do, sistas! (FULL STORY)

 

INDIA AND PAKISTAN AT IT AGAIN

Following the Mumbai attacks, India’s PM, Yousaf Raza Gilani and Pakistan spy chief, Lieutenant-General Ahmed Shujaa Pasha met to discuss the ongoing investigation. The attacks threaten to shatter the two countries’ wobbly peace agreement, but for now they seem to be working together. (FULL STORY)

 

OH NO SHE DIDN’T!

The President is calling

The President is calling

Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen hung up on President-elect Obama TWICE! She thought she was being pranked by a radio station. Remember how well that turned out for Palin? Well Ros-Lehtinen wasn’t being pranked. It took a third call by a friend of Ros-Lehtinen to convince her that she was in fact being contacted by the President. I wonder how the conversation went when the two finally got on the phone. (FULL STORY)

Advertisements