THURSDAY, April 14, 2011

Applications are up for admission to a Bavarian monastery whose members still practice the 300-year old tradition of fasting for Lent by drinking only beer.   The order is an offshoot of the Trappists.  Maybe you’ve heard of them --  Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Samuel Adams?

The producers of “Glee” have announced that they will devote an upcoming episode of the show to Lady Gaga.  The network announced that the show will be followed by “Cooking With Emeril Lagasse,” on which he’ll prepare gourmet sausages using Lady Gaga’s wardrobe.

Officials at the Wachovia Bank were embarrassed recently when narcotics officers discovered that smugglers had laundered over $2 billion using its facilities. It’s the worst black eye for the banking profession since a Dominoes Pizza franchise was convicted of laundering drug money through the Anchovia Bank.

According to a survey conducted by the magazine Psychology Today, the New York Borough of Manhattan has the highest incidence of suicide in the nation.  In the tradition of the island's trendy restaurants like Elaine’s and the Russian Tea Room, their Suicide Hot Line is unlisted. 

Donald Trump is reported to be “thrilled” that he’s been chosen to drive the pace car at this year’s Indianapolis 500.  Another first -- at the finish, instead of waving a checkered flag, they’ll wave Lindsay Lohan’s checkered past.

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