Here Mongolia — You Can Have Your T-Rex Back!
A 70-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton from the Gobi Desert that was smuggled to the United States in pieces and auctioned for more than $1 million was returned to its rightful owners — the government of Mongolia. The huge Tyrannosaurus bataar’s skull was on display at a repatriation ceremony near the United Nations in New York, where U.S. officials formally turned over the nearly complete skeleton to Mongolian officials. Mongolia had demanded the return of the 8-foot-tall, 24-foot-long, cousin of the T-rex last year after commercial paleontologist Eric Prokopi sold it at a Manhattan auction last spring for $1.05 million. U.S. authorities filed charges against Prokopi in October and seized the skeleton, which is comprised of fossilized bones welded to a metal frame. ICE Director John Morton said in a statement: “We cannot allow the greed of a few looters and schemers to trump the cultural interests of an entire nation.” The Tyrannosaurus bataar lived some 70 million years ago in what is now Mongolia, and its skeleton was discovered in 1946 in a joint Soviet-Mongolian expedition to the Gobi Desert, according to court and federal documents. (Reuters)
Let’s Water Ski Baby!
A video of an Australian kid learning to water-ski is going viral. Ryder Blair looks like a natural in the footage, taken at Lake Dyer, west of Brisbane. He seems to show no fear as he takes to the sport in his life-jacket. But what really makes it so amazing is that Ryder is ONLY SEVEN MONTHS OLD! No kidding! However, as his mother Tamara points out in the post, her little son is not actually behind a boat he is just being pulled along the shoreline. And she’s running along beside him the entire time. She added: “Next step is to get him beside the boat next season when it’s warmer again.” (Ananova)
You’re All Going To Die!
A controversial ad for a new soft drink features a flight attendant telling herself that all her passengers are going to die. The online commercial for Zenonade, posted on YouTube, is targeting consumers in the Czech Republic but is in English. In the ad, as the stewardess goes through her pre-flight safety instructions, her audible inner monologue says, “I’m going to be the first to leave this plane, and you’re all going to die.” As the camera scans the cabin, she says, “Dead. Dead. Dead.” She then points at herself and says, “Alive.” As a voice on the intercom says, “We wish you a pleasant flight,” the stewardess flashes a ghoulish grin. The tagline then reads: “Zenonade: At Your Own Risk.” Ad Agency CEO Martin Lochmann said that so far the ad hadn’t generated many complaints. He did reiterate that, “This is not meant to be serious.” (Ananova)
FYI: There Are Plenty of Free Bibles. No Need To Steal One!
Question — is God pleased or disappointed if you steal a bible? Of course it is so easy to get a free one it seems rather stupid to go to jail for stealing one. But that’s what happened to 23-year-old Ashley Fleming of Powder Springs, Ga., who was arrested for allegedly stealing the good book from a Barnes & Noble. She was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting and released on $1,000 bond. However, she could have avoided the whole thing if she had simply gone to a church instead of a book store. Many churches as well as other groups offer free bibles. Powder Springs Pastor Mark Scardino said, “We believe that God’s word should be given freely, and so if someone comes in to our campus and they don’t have God’s word, then we are very happy to give them a copy of God’s word.” (Global Dispatch)
The Inspiration For Marge Simpson Has Died
It won’t be the happiest Mother’s Day for “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening. Groening’s mother, Margaret “Marge” Groening, has passed away in Portland, Oregon at age 94. Her husband — cartoonist and presumed lover of donuts, Homer Groening, of course — passed away in 1996. Groening has often said that the show was based on his own family and that he created the show to provide an alternative to the “mainstream trash.” And yes, Groening has two sisters: Lisa and Maggie. Born Margaret Wiggum (another “Simpsons” reference!), his mother, a high school English teacher had many accomplishments including being named high school valedictorian as well as May Queen of Linfield College. She married Homer, her high school classmate, “because he made her laugh the most.” (Yahoo News)
This article was written by CARL LAMAR