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TUESDAY, March 19, 20, 2013

ORIENTAL ORIENTED -- The new China Disneyland will, according to planners, be "authentically Disney but distinctly Chinese."  What exactly does that mean?  Well, it means they'll still look like Mickey and Minnie but live in a Shanghai penthouse and own three Walmart sweat shops in Taiwan.
 
HO HO HO -- Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, Adidas unveiled their new design for the Notre Dame basketball team uniforms which went over like a Southern Baptist in Dublin.  Their glow-in-the-dark green is so ugly, one sports writer called it "The Hulk meets the Jolly Green Giant."



 

AHOY MATE -- Undaunted by the sinking of the Costa Concordia and the adrift-at-sea Triumph, Dream and Legend, Carnival Cruises' profits are soaring.  Unveiling their new slogan "Shipwrecks Are Fun!", Carnival launched a full press and TV assault showing "Gilligan's Island" reruns.



 

SOUR NOTE -- A violin played by ship's musician Wallace Hartley on the deck of the sinking Titanic in 1912 will be auctioned in Belfast.   In the same vein, the harmonica the captain of the Costa Concordia played while sneaking into a lifeboat disguised as a musician is also up for bid. 



 

HITCH YOUR WAGON -- The A&E Network debuts a new prequel to "Psycho" called "Bates Motel" with Freddie Highmore as Norman and Vera Farmiga as his possessive mom.  Not to be confused with ABC's new "Psycho" spin off  "Showering With the Stars."



 

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