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FRI, SAT, March 8, 9, 2013

FUNNY MONEY -- Fearing a U.S. financial collapse, the state of Virginia may issue its own currency.  They figure they can save on minting costs, too.  Already they're buying up old Las Vegas slot machine tokens.  Okay, so the have a portrait of Wayne Newton, but still...   



GOODBYE MR. CHIP --  In London, Parliament has decreed that all dogs must have an identity chip implanted under their skin by 2016.  Good luck with enforcing that.  Brits avoid even taking their pets to a dentist.



SWEET DEAL -- The Royal Belgium Mail Service has issued postage stamps with chocolate-flavored glue.  May not catch on, though.  They only come in two-pound boxes, gift-wrapped.











MUSH -- The most demanding dog-sled race in the world, Alaska's Iditarod, is underway.  Already three disqualifications.  Scruffy, Nip and Skeeter tested positive for performance enhancing Gravy Train. 



EARTH ORBIT -- Before NASA quit the space business, it was developing a Hindenburg style blimp to carry people.  Would have been profitable, too.  When not ferrying passengers, it could have helped televise sports events and appeared in those Re-Max commercials.

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

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