News Chum O’ The Day

Some of the articles that have caught my eye in this morning’s perusal of the news:

  • From the “Sitting Around The House” Department: A wonderful You Tube Video from Joy Nash, ranting on some of the fat haters of this world. Our society has been obsessing over obesity, and it has become one of the few things that folks think is acceptable to pick on. It isn’t.
  • From the “Wooden Nickle” Department: Just imagine how this would play today: A president takes a bible, cuts it up, takes only the passages he likes, and makes a new bible. Discarded are every miracle and inconsistency in the New Testament. Betcha the religious right would rise up in protest at the blasphemy. But that’s just what Thomas Jefferson did. The result: The “Jefferson Bible”, a “wee little book” of 46 pages (even available online). Gotta admire those founding fathers.
  • From the “Take it all off… well, maybe not so much…” Department: It seems a nude beach near San Onofre will have to cover up. It appears its gotten a bit too popular, and the locals are complaining. Angered naturists plan to fight back. Almost reminds one of a Monk episode.
  • From the “He’ll Turn Over In His Tube” Department: Pringles aren’t potato chips, at least according to a British judge. Specifically, Pringles don’t fulfill the legal definition of “potato crisp.” This allows them to be sold tax-free in the UK. Under the law, most food is exempt from Britain’s 17.5% sales tax. Even so, the national tax office claimed that Pringles were covered by an exception for products such as potato chips, sticks or puffs “and similar products made from the potato, or from potato flour, or from potato starch.” Procter & Gamble’s lawyers argued at a May hearing that Pringles didn’t look like a chip, didn’t feel like a chip and didn’t taste like a chip, according to the judgment. I wonder if they really want that argument publicized…

P.S.: I’m still trying to figure out the best way to have LJ posts show up on a Facebook news feed (I only want public posts). I’m not sure if the RSS approach in the News section is best. Opinions?