A delicious idea: restaurant offers discount to diners who don’t use cell phones

Check this out:  It’s a common picture, a group of people sitting at a table for dinner with all the common tools in hand: fork, knife and of course, the cell phone. A Los Angeles restaurant looks to break down the walls that seem to be getting in the way of the intimate dining experience [Read More...]

Neil Armstrong, Muslim??

Some urban legends just refuse to give up the ghost. Google “Neil Armstrong and religion” and you’ll see dozens of postings on blogs and message boards asking the question, “Is Neil Armstrong a Muslim?” A good overview of the myth, and the truth, here: A few years ago, Armstrong participated in the Global Leadership Forum [Read More...]

NY Times: Does the world really need men?

Op-ed writer Greg Hampikian, a professor of biology and criminal justice, argues maybe not: If a woman wants to have a baby without a man, she just needs to secure sperm (fresh or frozen) from a donor (living or dead). The only technology the self-impregnating woman needs is a straw or turkey baster, and the [Read More...]

Muppet puppeteer Jerry Nelson dies

The man who created and voiced one of my favorite Muppets — The Count — has gone to the great felt factory in the sky. Details: Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer who gave voice to dozens of characters on “Sesame Street,” “Fraggle Rock” and “The Muppet Show,” died at home in Cape Cod, Mass., on Thursday [Read More...]

The New York Times discovers an odd species: chaste Christians

And their superstar, evidently, is Tim Tebow. Clearly, to the Times, this is an aberration that defies logic and deserves closer scrutiny. Details: Trinity Laurel moved to Manhattan at 21 to pursue a modeling career. Raised in a Christian home, Laurel was a virgin when she reached the city, and says she has “remained pure” [Read More...]

Something new to give up for Lent!

Wow.  Pizza + Cinnabon = ???? A hard-working foodie at Zagat’s decided to check it out: Since its founding in 1985, “Life Needs Frosting” has been the mantra forCinnabon, the bakery synonymous with the gold standard of cinnamon rolls worldwide. But this month, things have taken a savory turn at Atlanta’s Cumberland Mall location, a testing [Read More...]

Gone with the windfall: Margaret Mitchell heir leaves estate to Archdiocese of Atlanta

This is huge, courtesy the Georgia Bulletin:  The Archdiocese of Atlanta has received a substantial gift from the estate of Margaret Mitchell’s nephew, Joseph, including a 50 percent share of the trademark and literary rights to “Gone With the Wind.” The estate of Joseph Mitchell included a multi-million dollar bequest to the archdiocese and the [Read More...]

“Pregnant man” files for divorce

Well, now, this is different:  The “pregnant man” may soon be a male single mother. Thomas Beatie, a transgender man who bore three children, is filing for divorce from his wife Nancy, WPTV reported. But a judge is questioning whether their marriage was legally valid in the first place. Beatie is hoping it is, even though [Read More...]

Bible belonging to Elvis goes on the auction block

I suspect it’s The King’s King James version, don’t you? Details from the BBC: A bible which once belonged to Elvis Presley is expected to fetch more than £20,000 when it is auctioned in Greater Manchester next month. The book was given to the legendary singer by his Uncle Vester and Aunt Clettes for his [Read More...]

When Timothy Dolan danced with the Cosmo queen

How’s this for a picture worth a thousand words? The story behind it: It was Oct. 20, 2010, about eight months after Ms. Brown’s husband of 51 years, David Brown, had died. Ms. Brown, who died on Monday at age 90, had donated $1 million to the Cardinal Hayes foundation, endowing a slew of student scholarships and [Read More...]


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