Darren’s Daily Dose of News – April 22, 2009

darrensdailydoseofnews6Egypt’s top archaeologist made his version of a sales pitch Sunday, presenting 22 coins, 10 mummies, and a fragment of a mask with a cleft chin as evidence that the discovery of the lost tomb of Mark Antony and Cleopatra is at hand. Zahi Hawass showed off the ancient treasures to journalists during a tour of a 2,000-year-old temple, where they were found. He believes the site near the Mediterranean Sea contains the tomb of the doomed lovers that has been shrouded in mystery for so long.  ***MARLAR: Immediately, Elizabeth Taylor asked if Mark Antony was single.

The Wisconsin state Senate has approved a measure which would allow grocery stores to serve free 6 oz. samples of beer to shoppers who are of legal age. ***MARLAR: Beginning next week – “Double Coupon Happy Hours.”

At a conference in Vienna, European scientists said reductions in air pollution are allowing more sunlight through and increasing global warming.  ***MARLAR: Let’s recap, shall we?  INCREASING air pollution causes global warming; yet DECREASING air pollution causes global warming.

Time Inc.’s experimental made-to-order magazine, “mine,” is shipping out this week.  But many subscribers are getting a version that looks like it belongs to someone else.  Subscribers to the free publication have been allowed to select five of eight magazine titles that would make up the content for their personalized copy.  Many readers are getting versions that don’t match their picks.  Time Inc. Media Group President Wayne Powers is apologizing for the problem. In an e-mail Wednesday, he blames a “computer error.”  He promises a sixth free issue, instead of the five originally planned.  ***MARLAR: How can we expect a magazine to correctly get it made our way when Burger King can’t even do it consistently? 

According to a new survey, bullies are taking full advantage of the latest technology. Sixteen percent of young people say they have received a bullying message through their mobile phone or computer. ***MARLAR: Now how does this work?  “Hey, McFly, PayPal your milk money to me or you’re getting a cyber-wedgie!”

Seven-foot-nine Sun Ming Ming is the tallest player in the history of professional basketball.  At least according to the Maryland Nighthawks of the American Basketball Association.  But it’s not easy dressing the biggest guy on the court.  Sun complains his team sweat shirt is too small, even though it’s size extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-extra large.  ***MARLAR: No problem.  He can have some of the shirts I’ve grown out of.

Patients in a Dutch hospital are being allowed to choose the background music for their operations. Anyone undergoing local anesthetic can take their minds off surgery by listening to music over headphones. But if they want their doctor to listen in, the tunes can be played over speakers in the Emmen hospital. ***MARLAR: I know exactly what song I’d ask for I were going into surgery.  “The hip bone connected to the knee bone, the knee bone is connected to the foot bone …”

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