Malaysia has issued a list of names that parents are banned from giving their children. It includes any name taken from animals, colors, insects, vegetables or fruits. ***MARLAR: Apparently, their goal is to keep celebrities out of Malaysia.
Contrary to conventional parental beliefs about turning off loud music to study, psychologists at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland discovered that listening to rock music can boost brain power. ***MARLAR: It did wonders for Ozzy Osbourne.
Britain’s National Archives has released two secret files from World War II that show Hitler had a nefarious but goofy plan to attack Britain with exploding chocolate. In 1940, three spies were arrested in Ireland, and the file contains their plans for creating small bombs disguised as household items, including cough drops, soap, pencils, canned plums and chocolate bars. One historian said the Germans’ sabotage plans “achieved the coveted title of 100 percent incompetence.” ***MARLAR: Then again, “death by chocolate” is coveted by most chocolate lovers…
The two cities famous for being the only cities in the world bombed by nuclear weapons want to jointly host the 2020 Olympic Games! Japan’s Hiroshima and Nagasaki are launching a joint bid for the 2020 Summer Games. Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba of Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s Tomihisa Taue are founding members of the Mayors for Peace 2020 Campaign, advocating for a global ban on nuclear arms, and they want to use that to springboard the world’s largest sporting event into their two cities. Of course both cities were the site of the famous 1945 atomic bombings that ended the Second World War in the Pacific. Hiroshima’s mayor spoke last month in Mexico City, saying he firmly believed the world could abolish nuclear weapons by 2020. He suggested his city and Nagasaki could hold the Games that year to celebrate. The mayors’ announcement comes just over a week after Tokyo lost in its bid for the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro. ***MARLAR: They promise the 2020 Olympics will be “da bomb.”