MONDAY, December 12, 2011

A family in Columbus, Ohio returned home to find their Christmas tree had been completely decorated and stockings hung my the chimney.  Police are confidant they'll catch the intruder.  Luckily, a neighbor was able to jot down the license number of his getaway sleigh.

In Tokyo, auto giant Toyota has unveiled a street-legal vehicle that's best described as a cross between a Laz-E-Boy adjustable recliner and a motorcycle.  Intended primarily for the elderly, it can be kick-started with a cane.

Charlie Sheen has been signed to star in a movie to be filmed in Colombia.  He's already traveled to Bogota to scout locations and while there he did some Christmas shopping.  He was spotted by local reporters buying wreaths, mistletoe and nose-candy canes.

Recent studies have confirmed what scientists had suspected for years -- that excessive use of laptop computers causes infertility in men.  Just in time for last-minute Christmas shoppers, master-marketer Toshiba debuted their new 17-inch screen, "Trojan 500."

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Compiled from Bob's newsletter "Funnyside Up" published in 2000. This is a yuck and chuckle-filled stroll down memory lane to a time before the Bush administration had inflicted its damage -- a time before the search for WMDs and Osama bin Laden. See what we were laughing at back then, who was in the news and who had yet to enter rehab -- which NFL stars had yet to do time in the Gray Bar Hotel.