Anti-Thatcher protesters react to the death of former British Prime Minister as they gather at Trafalgar Square in London. (AP)
April 9, 2013:
- A new study reveals women like tall men with a large [bleep]. For those unwilling to click the link, just know the word represented by bleep is NOT wallet. The study, which showed “3D computer-generated male bodies” to 105 women, found “[bleep] size affected a man’s sexual attractiveness, but height was equally important, with taller men considered more attractive.” Dr. Wong, whose name I did not just make up, said, “There is always much debate on the subject and we wanted to address the notion of whether size matters using a valid scientific approach.”
- It looks like Maryland will be the next state to allow medical marijuana. The state Senate has approved the measure 42-4 and the governor said he would likely sign the measure into law. I don’t smoke marijuana, and never have, but it seems that many more states will be following suit. Younger Americans just don’t think of marijuana as a drug. Recently, for the first time ever, a majority of Americans polled said they favor legalizing the plant. The Pew Research Center says 52 percent of Americans favor legalization and 72 percent feel government efforts to enforce marijuana laws are not worth their costs. Only 32 percent believe smoking marijuana is morally wrong.
- Englishmen (and women?) “celebrating the death” of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher pelted police with bottles. Six police officers were injured. Various shops were looted. Someone posted “You snatched my milk! & our hope” on Twitter. A “Socialist Worker” poster featuring a caricature of Thatcher is emblazoned with the words “REJOICE! REJOICE!” in large type. Musicians performed the tune “You Cannae Have A Spare Room In A Pokey Cooncil Flat,” whatever that means. I can see why our forefathers didn’t think very much of these people. In related news, fans of Sonny Bono’s ex-wife, Cher, got in a tizzy after misreading the #nowthatcherisdead hashtag on Twitter as “now that Cher is dead.”
- NASA doesn’t plan to put a man on the moon again, but they do plan to use a robot to lasso a 500-ton asteroid and park it near the moon. NASA chief Charles Bolden said that if the next presidential administration chooses to make another major course change in NASA’s human spaceflight program, such a change would mean “we are probably, in our lifetime … going to see Americans on the moon, on Mars, near an asteroid, or anywhere. We cannot continue to change the course of human exploration.” That’s sure to inspire a lot of robot children to study math and science.
- A Moroccan actor is amused that his portrayal of Obama has been likened to that of Satan, or something like that. “Mehdi Ouazzani isn’t the devil,” writes the Associated Press, but he does look a bit like the president, according to some folks who watch “The Bible” miniseries on The History Channel. The AP reporter says the actor looks nothing like Obama OR the devil, but that didn’t stop conservative “firebrand” Glenn Beck from tweeting “Does Satan look EXACTLY like Obama? Yes!”
- It’s the 10th anniversary of the fall of Baghdad. I recall working the overnight shift and an AJC reporter calling me from the top of the tank blazing a path to Iraq’s capital. There’s not a lot of news in the U.S. about it, but in the Arab world seems engrossed in sober reflection. One article by the “first independent news agency in Iraq” has quotes from the liberated. Hameed Salman, 42, said, “The situation is not like what we hoped. … We had disappointments, because poverty and need remained and one dictatorship has turned to many.” “The type of the religious state will create more crises and will continue till we can separate the religion from the state”, said Haidar al-Mulla. Omar Mahmoud, 35, said “democracy has become an illusion.”
- Suckers may be born faster than every minutes. According to sources in Brazil, a man shopping for toy poodles spent $150 on a couple of steroid-infused (and well-groomed) rodents. I hope his wife likes her new pets.