Friday, September 18, 2015

News for Week Ending Friday, Sept 18, 2015

1.        The Humane Society of Utah has dramatically increased the number of pet adoptions by partnering with Guinnevere Shuster to photograph the available animals in various poses like a photo booth.  ***   Ms. Shuster now finds her “photo booth photography” in high demand by desperate people on

2.        A study in the “Journal of Nutrition” compared the health benefits of natural honey vs. high-fructose corn syrup and found that there was very little difference.  ***  Phase two of the study will compare the effects of calling your spouse “honey” vs. “corn syrup.”   

3.        Dr. Oz’s TV show is changing direction and will now feature medical experts whose advice is backed up by solid research.  *** Viewers who still want unfounded hype with outrageous claims and no scientific basis will have to wait for the commercials.

4.        Police have arrested a man for crawling under tables and smelling women’s feet in the library at Florida International University.  ***  Just one more example of why libraries will never be replaced by the Internet.

5.        In order to highlight the state’s policy on immigrants, Governor Rick Snyder has declared this “Welcoming Week in Michigan.”  ***  Of course, next week they’ll all have to leave.

6.        Ringo Starr is auctioning off many of his belongings, and the drum set he used in 200 Beatles performances and recordings in 1963 and 1964 could fetch half a million dollars.  ***  Surprisingly, it’s even more valuable than the drum sets he used in later years, after he actually learned to play.

7.        New York City has finally opened an extension of its subway system for the first time in many years.  ***  Because of a city ordinance, opening was delayed until they had recruited and trained the required number of street musicians, panhandlers and pickpockets.

8.        American Airlines officials confirmed that they used a plane for a flight to Hawaii that was not properly equipped.  It did not have the required medical oxygen, extra fire-suppression canister…***…and grass skirts for the flight attendants.

9.        On this date in history:  1848 - Baseball rules changed so the 1st baseman can tag base for the out instead of the runner   ***  However, for close calls they still needed instant replay, in which players repeated the previous play in slow motion.

10.     On this date in history:  1964 - "The Addams Family", starring John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy, and Jackie Coogan, premieres on ABC.   ***   It was Hollywood’s first attempt to create TV characters who are weirder than the real people in Hollywood.

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