WEDNESDAY, January 18, 2012

Producers of the new "Dallas" series on TNT promise that it will remain faithful to the original while being "more modern."  Maybe it's a little too current.  For instance, J.R. still gets shot but this time he's assassinated by a team of Navy Seals after a neighboring rancher accuses him of joining al Quaeda.

A company called SpareOne has developed a cell phone battery with a 15-year life.  I guess it was inevitable.  We went from a society where parents would stay married until the children were grown to a society where their children will keep their cell phones until the batteries run down and stay married for 72 days.

A Washington, DC Burger King franchise has become the first fast food restaurant in the nation to deliver.  But is this really something we should encourage?  When you stop to think about it, it's the first time in gastronomic history that the fat grams, the sodium and cost of the fuel to deliver it exceeds the price of the food itself.

Space officials in Moscow are now under investigation by the KGB after a $170 million space probe rocket that was supposed to explore a moon near Mars plunged into the drink off the coast of Chile after attempting to reach orbit for over two months.  For the first time in its history, Pravda ran a five-inch, one word headline -- "OOPS-SKI!

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