WEDNESDAY, February 8, 2012

After much Bollywood ballyhoo, Starbucks has been introduced throughout India with 50 more stores scheduled to open just this year.  Most popular menu item so far is the 300 rupee "Mahatma Gandhi Latte" which they won't serve you unless you're wearing a sari and agree to fast for 30 days.

Country twang-and-warble king Garth Brooks sued an Oklahoma hospital that promised to name a wing after his mom in exchange for a hefty donation.  But that's not really what prompted the lawsuit.   To add insult to injury, the hospital named the wing after Mel Brooks' mother.

Spain is currently undergoing the highest unemployment figures in their history.  No one is immune it seems.  Last week, an American tourist spotted Julio Iglasius on a freeway on-ramp holding up a sign that said "Will make another album with Willie Nelson for spare change."

Demi Moore was in the midst of a full-fledged seizure when a friend dialed 911 for what turned out to be an overdose of nitrous oxide.  Toxicologists are dismissing it as a coincidence, but the drug of choice for the guy her estranged husband replaced on "Two and a Half Men" is "obnoxious oxide."

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