THURSDAY, February 21, 2012

VROOOOOM -- For the first time in NASCAR's history, a woman has won the pole position in the storied Daytona 500 auto race.  Dana Patrick is also the foxiest looking female ever to grab the wheel, walking a fine line between her two roles.  She has a manicurist, for instance, who deposits grease under her fingernails. 

TAX MAN -- An Oregon congressman has introduced a bill to tax marijuana legally sold in the U.S.  Artists at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving are already designing a tax stamp that will be required on every baggie of grass sold.  His fans agree it's the most flattering portrait of Willie Nelson they've ever seen


MOST UNFORGETABLE MAG -- Once counted among the nation's most popular periodicals, Readers' Digest, listing unpaid debts of $65 million, has formally filed for bankruptcy protection.   They found out the hard way that, while laughter may be the best medicine, all it does for creditors is amuse them.


AHOY -- New York Harbor welcomed the arrival of the world's largest and most expensive yacht, the 500-foot, $1 billion Eclipse owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abromavich.  It boasts two helicopter pads, two swimming pools, a disco hall, and a private submarine.  It charters for $4 million per week, $88 extra if you want satellite TV.  

REGULAR OR DECAF? -- A Florida couple who write self-help books on healthy living recommend, along with a high-fiber diet,  daily coffee enemas to maintain a healthy colon.  Kind of gives a whole new meaning to "Wake up and smell the coffee" doesn't it?


(Contents Copyright (c) 2013 by Robert L. Mills  All Rights Reserved)


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