WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2012

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ELVIS HAS LEFT THE MAUSOLEUM -- The crypt where Elvis was laid to rest after his death on August 16, 1977 is for sale.  The granite and marble mausoleum in Memphis, Tennessee’s Forest Hills Cemetery contained the remains of The King before his body was transferred to Graceland two months later.  Reminiscent of Egyptian Pharaohs, several of Elvis’s favorite objects were placed inside with him including capes, scarves, belt buckles and a custom-made guitar with a built in cheeseburger and French fry warmer. 

HOLY MOLEY -- The Pope’s butler, Paolo Gabrielle, now being held on charges that he leaked sensitive documents linking the Holy Father to high-level corruption, may be only the tip of the iceberg and has agreed to implicate others.  According to the Italian newspapers Corriere della Sera and Il Messaggero new evidence is now emerging that implicates high-ranking cardinals close to Pope Benedict XVI in graft, corruption and financial manipulation within the Vatican bank.  However, there has been no reaction from the College of Cardinals since they are currently on their annual Spring Break in Cancun.    


X-RAY HEARING -- After seven-year-old Anthony Smith’s mother wrote to marvel Comics (the boy’s favorite), that Anthony didn’t like to wear his hearing aid to school, the editors sprang into action and created a new comic book hero in Anthony’s honor – “Blue Ear,” who’s able to locate criminals and evil-doers thanks to his special listening device.  The reaction of the editors recalls how Superman’s alter-ego, Clark Kent, was originally created.  A kid in Chicago wrote in that he didn’t like wearing his horn-rimmed glasses to school.

VEE HAF VAYS -- A Finnish film that makes fun of the Nazis stirred controversy following its recent showing at the Berlin Film Festival.  Part science fiction, part contemporary, "Iron Sky" involves a group of Gestapo agents who have been hiding on the dark side of the moon and return to earth to battle a Sarah Palinesque American president who hopes that another war with them will help get her reelected.  Older Germans say it’s too soon to satirize the Third Reich, while younger viewers dig it -- one describing it as “Avatar Meets Hogan’s Heroes.”

WALL PHONE -- According to information secured by the New York Times from Facebook employees, the social networking giant will debut its own smart phone by the end of 2013.  Facebook has been working on the project for some time, hiring experts who worked on iPhone and other smart platforms.  The new phone will offer several unique features like “friend waiting,” an app that allows the user to “like” the person at the other end, and a button you may press to learn Mark Zuckerberg’s current stock holdings.   

Copyright (c) 2012 by Robert L. Mills   All Rights Reserved

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