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THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT Wednesday, September 24
The “trendy” 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, beside the Berlin Zoo and with some of the best views of the city from its floor-to-ceiling windows, has famously positioned the restrooms of its Monkey Bar in front of the windows, also, and those heeding nature’s call are clearly visible to gawkers. Guests are merely warned, by the Trip Advisor website and by the hotel itself, with the admonition, “Please be careful. Not only the monkeys are watching.”
NEW FRONTIERS IN VACUOUSNESS Wednesday, September 24
In August, WE cable network disclosed it ordered a nine-episode adaptation of a British series, “Sex Box,” in which a couple enters a large opaque chamber on stage and has sex. The pair, pre- and post-coitally, are clothed and seated before a panel of lesser celebrities, and will respond to questions and comment on their feelings and techniques (likely enduring praise and criticisms about their “work”).
A NERD'S RHAPSODY Wednesday, September 17
Nicholas Felton's latest annual recap of his personal communications data is now available, for just $30. Key findings, graphically presented, of Nicholas' busy 2013 (according to a report by FiveThirtyEight.com): He received 44,041 texts and 31,769 …
CAN'T POSSIBLY BE TRUE Wednesday, September 17
The U.K.'s Barnet Council got aggressive in August against a landlord in Hendon, in north London, who'd defied an earlier order to stop offering a too-small apartment for residential rental. Landlord Yaakov Marom said tenants were still eager for …
OOPSIE! Wednesday, September 17
When he was 19, Rene Lima-Marin (with a pal) robbed two Aurora, Colorado, video stores at gunpoint and, winning no favors from the judge, received back-to-back sentences totaling 98 years. In 2008, eight years into the sentence, Lima-Marin was …
HERE'S YOUR SIGN Wednesday, September 17
On Aug. 21 and 22, in front of Linwood Howe Elementary School in Culver City, California, traffic officials posted a towering parking regulation sign pole (reportedly, 15 feet high) with at least eight large white signs, one on top of the other — …
CLOSE ENOUGH FOR GOVERNMENT WORK Wednesday, September 17
Florida was one of 26 states to decline billions in federal funding under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") to establish their own state insurance "exchanges" (including expanding their state Medicaid programs). Florida legislators chose instead …
WAIT … WHAT? Wednesday, September 17
Guests at the May wedding of Shona Carter-Brooks in Ripley, Tennessee, reported the bride's idea for including her month-old daughter in the ceremony consisted of tying her ("well-secured," she said later) to the long train of her wedding dress, …
FIRST-WORLD WOES Wednesday, September 17
Plastic surgeons, first in University of Missouri research in 2000 and recently in a study by Singapore doctors in the journal of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, have postulated that the "ideal" navel is vertically shaped with …
THE ARISTOCRATS! Wednesday, September 17
Inmate Corey McQueary, 33, passed away in Jessamine County, Kentucky, lockup in August of a methadone overdose. According to state police, another inmate had soaked a pair of underwear in methadone when he was out on release, then brought the …
 
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