A North Carolina town’s plan to truck in 30 tons of snow for a man-made winter wonderland has been canceled because it looks like Mother Nature will come through with the real stuff. Cary decided to call off its weekend “Winter Wonderland” event Friday because forecasters say up to 7 inches of snow could fall in town by Saturday night. The plan was to cover a hill in a Cary park with about 10 inches of snow. The town sold 600 tickets at $10 each for Saturday and Sunday. But town officials say it didn’t seem fair to keep the money if everybody in the area gets snow for free. If the snow does fall, Cary plans to refund the tickets and cancel the event. But if forecasters are wrong, the town will announce a new date for the event next week. ***MARLAR: That’s new… praying for no snow so you can make money from snow.
A Pennsylvania woman is facing trial on animal cruelty charges for marketing “gothic kittens” with ear and neck piercings over the Internet. Prosecutors are saying that thirty-five-year-old dog groomer Holly Crawford inflicted pain on the cats to make money, but she says she was not trying to hurt the kittens. Crawford said she used sterilized needles and made sure the kittens were healing properly. ***MARLAR: So let me see if I understand this. Giving your cat adorable little earrings is cruel… but neutering your cat isn’t?
A teacher at a New York City public school has been charged with turning his fourth-grade classroom into a fighting ring. Joseph Gullotta told two of his students, ages 9 and 10, to settle an argument with a classroom fight. One of the students suffered a cut lip, and the other sustained a bruised and swollen head during the Jan. 28 incident at P.S. 65 in the Ozone Park neighborhood. ***MARLAR: Actually, it’s the person reported this that should be in trouble. After all, we all know the first rule of Fight Club.
How would you like to see the Monday after the Super Bowl as a national holiday? A Web site called SuperBowlMonday.com is gathering signatures to petition Congress to do just that – make Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday so people can get Monday off as a three-day weekend. ***MARLAR: Seriously, between talking about the game, downloading videos of the Super Bowl commercials, and quite a few people nursing a hangover, did anyone get any work done on Super Bowl Monday anyway?
A British celebrity chef says he’s sorry for mistakenly recommending a deadly plant as a tasty salad ingredient. Anthony Worrall Thompson told Healthy and Organic Living magazine that the plant “henbane” could be used in salads. But henbane, whose name means “killer of hens,” is a toxic plant that can cause hallucinations, drowsiness and disorientation if ingested. Large doses can kill. Thompson says he meant to suggest using the weed “fat hen,” a member of the spinach family whose leaves are edible. The magazine has issued a correction on its web site. Thompson says he’s sorry for the mix up, and calls it “a bit embarrassing.” ***MARLAR: Talk about a recipe to “die” for!
In this case, social networking has gone to the dogs — and that’s a good thing for pet lovers. There is now a canine equivalent to Facebook or MySpace. It’s called Doggyspace.com — and owners of pooches are setting up pages for their dogs, hoping to let the world know about their pets. The Virginia-based site is part of a growing trend of niche, or content-focused, social networking sites that target interest groups looking to connect with like-minded people. ***MARLAR: And like regular MySpace there’s an age section – but when it says the dog is seven years old it really means 49.
A Utah farmer has constructed a fence in his backyard made of three old cars sticking up in the air to send a message to new neighbors that he can do whatever he wants on his own land. “This is just a fun way for me to say, ‘Hey boys, I’m still here,’” Rhett Davis said. “This is my redneck Stonehenge.” Rhett came up with the idea after his new neighbors started complaining about his farm. ***MARLAR: Hey, I think we just found a practical way to secure our borders!
TV child star Gary Coleman is 42 today. You’ll likely remember him from the show “Diff’rent Strokes” when he played the character of Arnold Drummond. ***MARLAR: Even worse, he still gets bullied by the Gooch.
Researchers have found that human sweat contains potent agents that fight off germs and infections. ***MARLAR: So the question is would you rather be disease free, or odor free.
This week in history, back in 1985, the French mineral water company, Perrier, debuted its first new product in 123 years: sparkling water with a twist of lemon, lime or orange. ***MARLAR: If you didn’t know it already, “Perrier” is the French word for “Let’s see how much we can get those idiot Americans to pay for water.”