Sunday, May 10, 2009



Today is Eat What You Want Day

Today is Ladies Who Don't Swear Appreciation Day

Children's Book Week, Stuttering Awareness Week, and National Etiquette Week begin today.

On this day in 1916, Einstein's Theory of Relativity was presented. It's very complicated – A lot like my family tree.

Tasmanian Devil Week begins today. More Tasmanian devils are born this week than any other week of the year. Tasmanian devils are marsupials and found only in Tasmania. And I'm glad.

On this day in 1858 Dr. F.H. Rose became the first physician to be awarded a medal by the U.S. Congress. Dr. Rose was supposed to receive his medal in the House of Representatives, but it was presented instead in the Senate because he didn't make House calls.

The waltz was introduced in England on this day in 1812


Liberty's Crown
The crown of the Statue of Liberty will reopen on July 4. New Yorkers are looking forward to climbing up to the top of the statue and resume spitting on New Jersey.
President Obama announced he wants to trim or eliminate 120 programs. The programs he wants to eliminate? Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly . . .
'Star Trek' beamed itself up to the top of the box office, earning $76.5 million in its opening weekend.

'Star Trek,' which reveals the back stories of Capt. Kirk, Mr. Spock and the rest of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, is an unusual blockbuster that pleased critics, too, receiving 96 percent positive reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes Web site."

Five Lines Never Before Said in a ‘Star Trek’ Film (The film opened this weekend)

Warp factor 8! Arby’s closes in 10 minutes
Set phasers to fabulous!
We’ve been hijacked by Somali pirates
The Enterprise just hit a goose — we’re gonna have to land in the Hudson
I find Joe Biden’s choice of hairplugs highly illogical

24 Star…Kiefer Sutherland went to a party, and there was some horseplay, and he head-butted somebody. You don't see much head-butting any more. The only place you see it regularly is on "The View."

It has come out that Paula Abdul only makes 5 percent of what Simon Cowell makes on "American Idol." To be fair, she's only awake 5 percent of the time.
Kraft Foods reports profits are up, and they can thank the stellar performance of frozen pizzas and mac-n-cheese. And c'mon admit it — there's nothing better that swiggin' some of that pre-mixed cheese sauce right out of silver foil bag! Mmmmm!

CLIFTON PARK, New York -- A diner at a restaurant in upstate New York says he got a little something extra with his broccoli -- a severed snake head.
Jack Pendleton told The Times Union of Albany that he was at the T.G.I. Friday's restaurant in the town of Clifton Park on Sunday when he spotted something gray mixed in with his vegetables. He realized it was a snake head the size of his thumb, with part of the spine still attached.
Pendleton says he snapped a photo with his cell phone camera and called the waiter over. He says he has no plans to sue.
A spokeswoman for the Carrollton, Texas, chain says it's investigating. It wasn't immediately known what kind of snake it was The couple was not charged for their meals.

A senior at Heritage Christian School will be suspended Monday for attending Findlay High School's prom because the event involves dancing and rock music. A Heritage School committee decided Wednesday that Tyler Frost, 17, will be suspended if he attends Saturday's dance because the school's policy forbids dancing, rock music, hand holding and kissing.

Frost plans to attend prom anyway with his girlfriend, a senior at Findlay High.

He would have received his diploma May 24 from the 84-student fundamentalist Baptist school at 2000 Broad Ave. in Findlay.

But Frost will now be suspended from classes and receive an “incomplete” on remaining assignments, according to Principal Tim England.

He will not be permitted to attend any graduation ceremonies with his class of four students, but will receive his diploma once he completes his final exams.

If Frost “is involved with alcohol or sex” at the prom, he will be expelled from Heritage, England said.

Frost's stepfather, Stephan Johnson, said he plans to file a lawsuit against the school.

Frost has attended Heritage Christian, a ministry of Calvary Baptist Church, since kindergarten.

Other than a detention in seventh grade, Frost has never had disciplinary problems, he said.

“He deserves to wear that cap and gown,” Johnson said.

According to the school handbook, rock music “is part of the counterculture which seeks to implant seeds of rebellion in young people's hearts and minds.”

The school also forbids physical contact between girls and boys in grades 7-12.

Johnson believes those rules should not, and do not, apply outside the classroom. He said many students and their parents do not know the scope of the handbook's rules.

“How many people at that school know that when country music comes on, their kid could be expelled? Ninety percent of the school could be expelled,” Johnson said.

England said Frost agreed to the school's rules when he signed a statement of cooperation at the beginning of the school year.

“Our stand on this issue should be of no surprise to the student or his parents,” England said in a statement. “For the parents to claim any injustice regarding this issue is at best forgetful and at worst disingenuous. It is our hope that the student and his parents will abide by the policies they have already agreed to.”

England said he has never known a Heritage Christian student to attend Findlay's prom. He has been principal for 13 years.

Findlay High School requires students attending prom from other schools to get a signature from their principal.

England signed the form for Frost, but told him there would be “consequences” if he attended the dance, Frost said.

“I expected a short lecture about making the right decisions and not doing something stupid,” Frost said. “I thought I would get his signature and that would be the end.”

Instead, England took the issue to the School Committee, made up of church members, where they decided to suspend Frost.

“In life, we constantly make decisions whether we are going to please self or please God. (Frost) chose one path, and the School Committee chose the other,” England said.

Frost said he has never been to a dance before.

Craig Kupferberg, principal of Findlay High School, said he respects, but does not agree with, Heritage Christian School's view of prom activities.

“I don't see (dancing and rock music) as immoral acts,” Kupferberg said.

Postage Rates Go Up Today!
On May 11 the price for a 1-ounce First-Class Mail stamp will increase from 42¢ to 44¢. Prices for other mailing services — Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services (including Parcel Post), and Extra Services — will also change. The average increase by class of mail is at or below the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

Customers can use their Forever Stamps — regardless of when purchased — to mail 1-ounce letters after the price change, without the need for additional postage. Forever Stamps are widely available through Post Offices, commercial retail outlets such as grocery stores, and online.

Prices for mailing services will continue to adjust each May. Prices for most shipping services, including Express Mail and Priority Mail, were adjusted in January and will not change in May.

New “Hot” Baby Names
WASHINGTON – Barack and Miley move up, but the classics still rule. Emma is the top baby name for girls, Jacob for boys. Emma's surge to the top in 2008 ended Emily's 12-year reign as the No. 1 baby name for girls, the Social Security Administration announced Friday.

Jacob held onto the boy's crown for the 10th straight year.

New girl names in the national top 1,000 included Isla (623), Mareli (718), Milagros (731), Dayami (750) and Nylah (821).

Debuting among the boys were Aaden (343), Chace (655), Marley (764), Kash (779) and Kymani (836). Beckham debuted at 893, perhaps a nod to the British soccer star, David Beckham, who now plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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