Tuesday, May 19, 2009




Today is Go Fly A Kite With the Kids Day.

Today is Turn Beauty Inside Out Day.

Christopher Columbus died on this day in 1506. Chris discovered America after sailing 5,000 miles in three small galleons. And that's a lot of miles to the galleon.

Dolly Madison, the wife of U.S. President James Madison, was born on this day in 1768. Talk about a great cook! Some of her cupcakes are still fresh.

On this day in 1927 Charles Lindbergh began the first solo flight across the Atlantic; took him 33½ hours. And on this same day in 1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly the Atlantic alone -- in only 15 hours. Proving once again women are twice as fast as men -- if we have five years to get ready.


Last night’s American Idol update

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "American Idol" finalists Kris Allen and Adam Lambert don't want to get personal.

The singers told a throng of media gathered Monday outside the Nokia Theatre, where the duo will duke it out during the show's two-night finale on Tuesday and Wednesday, that they hope viewers will base their votes for the next "Idol" on performance alone.

"For me, I hope that having the Christian vote doesn't help with anything," said Allen, a 23-year-old college student who has worked as a worship leader at the New Life Church in his hometown of Conway, Ark. "I hope it has to do with your talent and the performance that you give and the package that you have. It's not about religion and all that kind of stuff."

Lambert, a 27-year-old theater actor from San Diego who once worked in the Los Angeles cast of "Wicked," heartily agreed. He said he does not think the contest "has anything to do with your religious background, what color you are, your gender. It doesn't have anything to do with that. It's about music. That's really important to keep in mind."

So is your class planning a reunion this year?

I fainted at my last class reunion. It was probably the two-week hunger strike to get down two sizes that did it.


Last Saturday, President Obama went to daughters Malia and Sasha's soccer game. He went in Minivan One.

President Barack Obama will restart military tribunals for a small number of Guantanamo detainees. He says they will have new rights. Like they can choose their own attorneys. There is already a problem. One detainee has requested Denny Crane.

General Motors is telling about 1,100 dealers their franchises will be terminated late next year. The company is shrinking. To reflect a smaller company, there is even talk of a name change from the original GMC - "General Motors Corporation" - to "Greatly Minimized Corporation."
You see, they still keep the GMC.

(Why do I have to constantly explain my jokes around here?)

Even "American Idols" are not exempted from swine flu checks.

Philippine health authorities had to chase down Missouri's David Cook and David Archuleta, the winner and the runner-up of last season's TV singing contest, to have them fill out a health checklist and report their temperatures at least twice a day before their open-air concert this Saturday. A spokesman from the quarantine bureau said the celebrities rushed through the airport Wednesday without completing health checks that are mandatory for everyone entering the country. Officials caught up with them in their hotel rooms Thursday and reminded them that they can be arrested if they do not cooperate! They were briefed about keeping a distance of six feet from other people, what to do if they exhibit flu-like symptoms, urged to use hand sanitizers and other "little things that their handlers may forget."

Have you ever wished you were taller? Well, here’s your chance!

A Seattle designer has come up with the ultimate gadget for people who would like to be taller and more graceful - horse leg extensions. Kim Graham's Digtiigrade Leg Extensions add 14 inches of height to the wearer. The fine art sculptor says the steel extensions are much more than just stilts and insists: "They give a person the uncanny and graceful appearance of an animal." They're made of steel, cable, foam, and rigid plastic. The legs have spring loaded hooves for those requiring a little extra bounce.

The annual "Click-it-or-Ticket" campaign is underway as police across the country step up enforcement of seat belt laws.

Seat belt use is now nationally at 83 percent but experts say too many teenagers still don't use their seat belts. In fact, the National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration says of all 16-to-20-year-olds killed in traffic accidents, more than half weren't wearing a seat belt

Here's a surprise — teen girls text more than teenage boys. Duh!

New study co-released by Allstate and the National Organizations for Youth Safety shows teenage girls are much more likely to engage in the risky behavior of texting while driving, despite the fact that 87-percent of teens overall think that driving and texting is dangerous.

So what percentage of teens text while behind the wheel? According to the survey, 80-percent of girls and 58-percent of boys. And those are the ones who admitted to it.

There's a new online payment option for kids who like to shop on the internet — but who have no money.

It's a button called "Bill My Parents." Click on it and an e-mail is automatically sent to the parents along with an optional note from the child describing why he or she needs that item. Parents can accept and then give a credit card number or turn the request down.

Quick! Make friends with BRIAN BURNIE. He's an English billionaire that's giving away his money as fast as he can. The London Telegraph reports the 64-year-old has cancer, and is trying to sell off his assets before he dies.

Brian says "My ambition is to die penniless. We come into this world with nothing and we should leave with nothing." Cancer research and treatment is near and dear to him, obviously. Brian hopes that bleeding away cash will "mushroom across the country," inspiring other rich folks to take nothing to the grave. He's got at least $24-million more dollars to go until he achieves his last wish.

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