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TUESDAY, January 29, 2013

POWER PLAY -- Over two thousand items collected by John Kennedy's best friend Dave Powers are being auctioned off, including JFK's Air Force One bomber jacket, a hand-written copy of his inaugural address and a pair of lace panties he gave J. Edgar Hoover to stop harassing Bobby that were returned because they didn't fit.

G'DAY MATE -- Australia celebrates its 225th birthday this week, marking the arrival of the first delivery of Irish convicts at Sydney Harbor.  Among the assorted criminals on board was Angus Gibson, great great grandfather of Mel, serving a sentence for driving his oxcart under the influence.  


DOUBLING DOWN -- In Las Vegas, MBA graduates from prestigious universities like Harvard and Wharton competed in a high stakes poker game to qualify for an executive job at Caesar's Palace.  Casino managers got the idea from the main showroom's annual "breast auditions."  
 
 





WIND RESISTANCE -- PepsiCo, Inc., makers of Gatorade, removed brominate from their formula  after discovering that the chemical is a patented flame retardant in Europe.  Which explains why college football players seldom do well in frat party flatulence-lighting contests.



YOU BETCHA -- Former John McCain running mate Sarah Palin had her $1 million-a-year contract with Fox News  cancelled because, according to a spokesman,"she's no longer hot." But not to worryShe's already been signed to host Saturday Night Live where she'll  debut her dead-on Tina Fey impression.
 
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