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TUESDAY, April 19, 2011

For the first time in their history, Eagle Scout candidates in Great Britain will be able to earn a merit badge in sex education by passing a written test and a field exam. Can’t say what the boys will rub together in the woods, but it won't be sticks.

Virgin-Atlantic Airways’ Richard Branson, inventor of a deep-sea submarine that will soon carry paying passengers, is selling ad space on the sub to help finance the mission.  The Beatles have already paid $3.2 million just to have it painted yellow.

Kelly Ripa now has her own statue at Madame Tussaud's waxworks in Hollywood.  The unveiling, hosted by Regis Philbin, was temporarily halted while police arrested Kathy Lee Gifford who entered the museum and threatened to light 5,000 candles strapped to her chest.

Asked for her position in the Libya debate, Sarah Palen told reporters “Well, they have to go someplace.”  It soon became clear that she thinks Libya refers to Irish people who settle in Australia -- as in “O’Libya Newton-John.”

The mother of ex-footballer Pat Tillman is condemning Obama’s appointment of Gen. Stanley MacChrystal to a presidential panel on military families because he lied to her and other mothers of soldiers killed by “friendly fire.”  That’s not to be confused with “Bob Barker fire“ -- deaths from U.S.-made weapons sold to the enemy because the price was right. 
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