Dominican Republic – A politician in the Dominican Republic wants to ban the bikini – on television at least.Â Opposition congressman Nestor Julio Cruz Pichardo says the skimpy swimsuits are contrary to the tropical Caribbean country’s traditions and harm impressionable youngsters.
Yet Dominican resorts commonly lure visitors to the Caribbean’s top vacation destination with advertisements portraying bikini-clad women on white-sand beaches fringed with palms.
Bikinis also have become an increasingly common sight on Dominican television, whether in news shots of tourists sunning on the beach, daytime fashion shows or in soap operas.Â The bill would set fines of up to $15,000 for broadcasters who violate the ban.
Cruz said Monday that images of women in revealing swimsuits “are limiting the intellect and deforming the vocational interests” of children in the Dominican Republic. It was not clear if Cruz had significant support from other legislators and besides that many Dominican women look very hot in bikinis!
I thought this was a very funny cartoon and it sure fits the ‘strange but true’ category.
This is one rich cup of haute chocolate: A New York eatery is offering a US$25,000 dessert bulging with top-grade cocoa, edible gold and shavings of a luxury truffle.
The Frrrozen Haute Chocolate was declared the most expensive dessert in the world on Wednesday by the Guinness World Records. The dessert is a frozen, slushy mix of cocoas from 14 countries, milk and 5 grams of 24-carat gold topped with whipped cream and shavings from a La Madeline au Truffle. It is served in a goblet with a band of gold decorated with 1 carat of diamonds and served with a golden spoon diners can take home. The dessert was created by Serendipity 3, a restaurant popular with tourists and once featured in a John Cusack movie. Now that is R-I-C-H!
Cash raining down from the heavensÂ might have seemed like a Christmas gift, but anyone in this western Massachusetts town who grabbed some of it is being asked to please give it back.Â Â The money, totalingÂ $1,100 belonged to 83-year-old lady, Mary Olive Corbiere, who was banking on it to buy Christmas presents and lost it after a freak accident.
Corbiere had left a drugstore Tuesday and was putting her bags in her car when a wind gust pushed her shopping cart â€” still containing her purse and cane â€” into the back of a nearby delivery truck.
The cart somehow became stuck in a rear wheel well before the truck pulled away and disappeared into traffic.Â â€œEverything was normal, then I turned around and the cart had taken off,â€ said Corbiere, a retired English teacher and nurse.
The cart was dragged for blocks along one of the townâ€™s busiest thoroughfares as the driver, oblivious to what had occurred, headed to the next delivery.Â Witnesses told police that when the purse finally burst open, strangers stopped and grabbed the fluttering currency, which Corbiere had withdrawn for holiday shopping and bills.
Officers found Corbiereâ€™s tattered checkbook and cane â€” but little cash. They are urging people not to be Grinches and return any of the money they might have found.Â â€œWeâ€™re hoping people will do the right thing,â€ police Sgt. Charles Dodge said.
Corbiere, though, isnâ€™t waiting around for the moneyâ€™s return. She headed to the bank Wednesday to get a new checkbook and make another withdrawal.Â She didnâ€™t even bother to retrieve the battered purse from police.
â€œThatâ€™s no use to me now,â€ she said. â€œWhat I really needed badly is my cane, and I am lucky I did get that back.â€Â Well eventhough the season is upon us I don’t think much of this money will be returned.
A competitive eater who has already triumphed at a famous hot dog eating contest swallowed 103 small hamburgers in 8 minutes Sunday to take home $10,000.Â Joey Chestnut, 23, of San Jose, Calif., surpassed the previous record of 97 Krystal burgers â€” 21/2 inches square â€” held by Japanâ€™s Takeru Kobayashi, set at last yearâ€™s Krystal Square Off.
Chestnut beat 12 other contestants. Kobayashi, who won all previous Krystal Hamburger Eating Championships, didnâ€™t compete this year because of lingering jaw pain from having a wisdom tooth extracted in June.Â Â The 29-year-old Kobayashi received chiropractic treatment before losing his hot-dog-eating belt in the Nathanâ€™s Famous Fourth of July tussle in New York.Â None of these competitive eaters are fat, go figure?
Weird crime shorts:
-A former bank executive who was said to have “Robin Hood” mentality has been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for taking money from some accounts and repaying others, as well as pocketing some of the money for himself.
The judge at Friday’s sentencing hearing also ordered Thomas Mariotti, 37, to repay more than $691,000 to his former employer and to Tall Oaks Country Club, one of the affected accounts. Mariotti will remain free on bond until he surrenders himself to prison officials next month. A psychologist who testified at the sentencing hearing said Mariotti had a “Robin Hood” mentality because he took money from the bank to help support bad loans he had made. In one case, he paid off a $45,000 loan, said his lawyer, Ron Hamm. In June, Mariotti waived indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud.
-A man was in jail Saturday after refusing to sign a $15 jaywalking ticket two days earlier. Leroy Franklin Cladd Jr. was cited for not using a crosswalk late Thursday night. He balked at signing the ticket, a misdemeanor that landed him in jail. He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time, police said. Cladd was being held at the Manatee County jail on $250 bond. What a fine waste of tax payers money and cops time!
Here is the holiday beverage you have all been waiting for, latke flavored pop to tempt your tastebuds, yuk! It will even be kosher, the company making it says.
Jones Soda Co., the Seattle-based purveyor of offbeat fizzy water, is selling holiday-themed limited-edition packs of flavored sodas. The Christmas pack will feature such flavors as Sugar Plum, Christmas Tree, Egg Nog and Christmas Ham. The Hanukkah pack will have Jelly Doughnut, Apple Sauce, Chocolate Coins and Latkes sodas.
â€œAs always, both packs are kosher and contain zero caffeine,â€ Jones said in a statement. The packs will go on sale Sunday, with a portion of the proceeds to be given to charity, the company said. Jonesâ€™ products feature original label art and frequently odd flavors. Last yearâ€™s seasonal pack was Thanksgiving-themed, with Green Pea, Sweet Potato, Dinner Roll, Turkey and Gravy, and Antacid sodas.
For its contract to supply soda to Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, Jones came up with Perspiration, Dirt, Sports Cream and Natural Field Turf. The company â€” fortunately or unfortunately â€” prides itself on the accuracy of the taste. Jones also makes more traditional flavors, including root beer, cherry and strawberry sodas. My predictions are that these will sell quite well, then fizzle!
A 1st grade teacher put together a list of popular proverbs. She then gave each kid in the class the first part of the proverb, and asked them to finish it. Here’s what the smartie pants came up with:
Better to be safe than… punch a 5th grader.
Strike while the… bug is close.
Don’t bite the hand that… looks dirty.
No news is… impossible.
A miss is as good as a… Mr.
You can’t teach an old dog… math.
If you lie down with dogs, you… will stink in the morning.
Love all, trust… me.
An idle mind is… the best way to relax.
Where there is smoke, there’s… pollution.
Happy is the bride who… gets all the presents.
A penny saved is… not much.
Children should be seen and not… spanked or grounded.
If at first you don’t succeed… get new batteries.
You get out of something what you… see pictured on the box.
When the blind lead the blind… get out of the way.
Don’t count your chickens….because you gotta eat one.