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THURSDAY, February 23, 2012

The Food Net’s Ann Thornton was caught stealing recipes.  She first gained notoriety in the 1950s as a graduate student studying nutrition at Harvard when she slept with visiting lecturer Col. Harlan Sanders and got him to reveal his eight secret herbs and spices.

Italian prosecutors will soon indict the Costa Concordia captain with 36 counts of manslaughter.  Looks like it won’t be long before an invitation to dine at the Captain’s Table will require that you bring your own tray and tin cup.

While swimming off the South African coast, pop thrush Shakira was assaulted by a sea lion.  Turns out he actually meant her no harm.  He just wanted a professional critique of his rendition of “Humoresque” on the xylophone.  

Harry Potter’s Emma Watson will play the lead in a planned live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast.”  The captain of the Costa Concordia has communicated to the Disney organization through his lawyers that he’s interested in auditioning for the Beast.

A living plant has been grown from seeds frozen in Siberian permafrost
for 30,000 years.  According to scientists who discovered them, a note scratched into a rock found nearby suggests that the flowers were a peace offering from Fred Flintstone to his wife Wilma following a spat.

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