Thursday, December 7, 2006

Holiday Briefs

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – With less than three weeks to Christmas, consumers are procrastinating on their holiday shopping more than ever. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers, 25 percent of households have completed only 50 percent of shopping thus far and are spending less money than they intended.

DUBLIN, Ireland – A Christmas office party in Dublin, Ireland, was cut short by an unruly beer-craving party animal – literally. The staff at an Irish riding school had to postpone holiday festivities when Gus, a camel from the school’s Christmas show, decided to help himself to their party snacks. The 11-year-old camel found his way out of his pen and managed to crack his teeth into 6 cans of Guinness Stout beer. No word yet on whether Gus the camel was intoxicated but the party-goers forgave Gus for crashing the event because “...he’s just so gentle and docile.”

LONDON – Folks in the United Kingdom wont be getting into the Christmas spirit at their offices. According to a study by the Peninsula law firm, Christmas decorations have been banned by 74 percent of UK employers for fear of offending staffers who have alternate faiths. It’s a 3 percent increase from last year.

WASHINGTON – Think you spend tons of time on Christmas decorations? Try living at the White House where George W. Bush’s National Christmas Tree is a year-round project for workers who started planning what the tree would look like back in February. This Christmas, “Dubya’s” tree will be adorned with 500 sets of twinkling lights, 125 ornaments each the size of a bicycle wheel, and a huge star that requires a lift to be placed atop the tall tree. The lighting of the tree will be nationally televised today (Dec. 7).

WESTMINSTER, Colo. – It’s best to know who’s photographing your kids with Santa Claus this holiday. A man working as a mall Santa photographer in Westminster, Colorado, was detained by police after authorities found out he was a registered sex offender. Jonathan Yeoman was convicted in 1992 for child molestation and served six years in prison. Police are currently investigating to determine whether or not the courts have prohibited Yeoman from being near children and whether he violated the order.

SALINAS, Calif. – Three teenagers in Salinas, California, will be on Santa’s naughty list this Christmas. Justin Robertson, Cody Lingbeck and Joseph Sandoval were arrested for vandalizing 12 vehicles in the area, and for stealing a large blow-up snowman and reindeer lawn decorations from a nearby home. The teens were booked into the county jail and are awaiting charges.
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Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

NUSA TENGGARA, Indonesia (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Villagers in Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, got quite a surprise when they found two human hands, a T-shirt, shorts and a leg inside a captured crocodile. Villagers believe it’s the remains of a 59 year- old fisherman who went missing last week. The croc is also suspected of killing three other people and countless farm animals.

ENGLISH BAZAAR, India – Hundreds of people are paying homage to a pair of trees in English Bazaar, India. The banyan trees wrapped around each other so villagers decided to marry them off in the hopes that their actions will keep evil spirits away and “bring peace on earth.”

OGDEN, Utah – A 13 year-old girl in Ogden, Utah, is in quite a pickle. That’s because she is considered both a sexual offender and victim after having consensual sex with her 12-year- old boyfriend. According to state legislature, it’s illegal for anyone under 14 to have sex with someone and since she was older, she is also considered an offender.

LONDON – A fan in London of the British show Doctor Who spends his afternoons shouting at people through his homemade “Dalek” – which is based on one of the show’s characters. It took Andrew Simpson eight months to make the replica, which he sits in all day, yelling “Exterminate” to unsuspecting college kids.
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Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood: Celebrity Advance Items From Movies.Com

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Mel Gibson’s new movie, Apocalypto, takes place during the fall of the Mayan empire, but the controversial director says that he believes it’s very contemporary. Gibson tells columnist Jeanne Wolf that when he was writing the script, he realized that the things that happened right before the Mayan empire collapsed “are occurring in our society right now.” He adds: “People think that modern man is so enlightened, but we’re susceptible to the same forces.”

HOLLYWOOD – Actor Rudy Youngblood plays a Mayan Indian in Apocalypto and spent a lot of time running through the jungle. It was physically grueling but not as difficult as learning the language. He tells Jeanne Wolf: “Maya is pretty tough language. There’s all these pops and clicks you have to do with your tongue.”

HOLLYWOOD – Nicolas Cage rides a motorcycle throughout the new action flick, Ghost Rider, but this veteran cyclist is trying to cut down in real life. According to Jeanne Wolf, Cage – who collects classic bikes – is trying to steer away from riding because, he admits, “I don’t want to inspire my kids to do it.”

HOLLYWOOD – There’s a scene in the new Kate Winslet film, The Holiday, where she dances as soon as she enters Cameron Diaz’ trendy new apartment. But she’s not acting. Winslet tells Jeanne Wolf that she dances with excitement whenever she enters a hotel room because, she admits, “I still get thrilled by the whole hotel experience. I still go, ‘Oh look, oh God, the pillows are so fluffy, and there are cute little things in the bathroom, and, wow, isn’t the room service lovely!”’ She says she’s glad she does get excited because she never wants to take those things for granted.

HOLLYWOOD – Kate Winslet plays a house swapper in The Holiday but admits she’s never done it in real life. However, she does admit to Jeanne Wolf, she would love to spend a week or so in the home of costar Cameron Diaz. In her words, “I’m just dying to see what her place is like. Cameron is wonderful, but it’s a little hard to get personal stuff out of her. I’d like to see how she really lives.”

HOLLYWOOD – Will Smith is a very successful entertainer but he’s lacking one thing: “negativity.” He tells Jeanne Wolf that the key to his success is his “weird anti-negativity filter,” and adds that he doesn’t “feel or acknowledge obstacles or boundaries.” He calls his strange lack of worry “the audacity of hope.”

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