From today's News You Can Use Dept.-
Stormy Weather- The National Hurricane Center has released its predictions for the 2007 season, with a higher-than-normal total of 13-17 named storms, 7-10 hurricanes, and 3-5 major hurricanes expected. That's all well and good, but what, you want to know, will these storms be named? Well, along with prosaic Barry, Jerry, Karen and Mellissa, we'll also have Chantal, Felix, Humberto, Lorenzo, Noel, Olga, Pablo, Tanya and Van.
It all sounds a bit like the roster of a prep-school bordello.
& More Stormy Weather- Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center's bosses at the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration are going to spend $4 million to publicize their 200th anniversary celebration, while cutting $700,000 from hurricane research.
A NOAA spokesman said “It's part of our responsibility to tell the American people what we do.”
No, goombah. It's your responsbility to tell us what the freakin' weather is going to be. Cutting $700,000 from hurricane research to spend it on party banners isn't going to do that.
Killer Chihuahuas American Idol SuperBabe Paula Abdul was hurt on Saturday when she tripped over her Chihuahua, 'Tulip'.
"I took a nasty fall trying not to hurt my dog. I bruised myself on my arm, my chest, my waist all the way down to my hip. All from my little chubby Tulip. Tulip has no remorse. She just stared at me," Abdul told US entertainment TV show, Extra.
Tulip was unhurt. Ms. Abdul suffered a broken toe and a broken nose. I guess if you're going to inflict a name like 'Tulip' on a dog, you'd better watch your step...
UPDATE: Catalyst has noted that any story about Paula Abdul needs more pictures, a sentiment I quite agree with. As pictures of her PCE (Post-Chihuahua Episode) show her a bit banged up, I decided to go back to the archives for an old favorite-