TUESDAY, January 31, 2012

With a best picture nomination and a Best Actor nod for star Gary Oldman, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" has already spawned plans for a sequel.  But already, critics are warning that the sequel may carry too heavy a commercial tie-in.   It's been titled "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Bed, Bath & Beyond."

Mexico City now has a new tourist attraction -- a huge countdown clock ticking off the seconds before the December Apocalypse predicted by the Mayans.  May be a coincidence, but Arizona governor Jan Brewer has installed a clock on the steeple of the statehouse counting down the months and weeks left before Barack Obama's next visit.

Courteous drivers in northern Texas are now being rewarded with free gift-certificates handed out by state troopers.  Clever idea the Texas DMV came up with to get rid of a warehouse full of "Rick Perry for President" bumper stickers.

Korean auto maker Kia has recalled some 146,000 cars, citing faulty airbags that will be replaced.  Company officials remain mum, but insiders report that some wiseacre at the factory installed airbags that when inflated take on the distinctive shape of former North Korean president Kim Jong Il.

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