Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Across-the-Board is back, with some new updates!

Hope everyone had a great holiday! While you were gone, Across-the-Board made some updates to the site. You’ll notice a new header and some other minor cosmetic changes. I also wanted to let you know you can access the site also by going to this URL:

Happy Reading!


With talent like this, I'm sure he has a girlfriend

CHENNAI, India - Manoharan, known as Snake Manu, 30, practices with two brown tree snakes by running it through his nasals and mouth. Manoharan is awaiting a sponsor for a chance to make a performance for the Guinness Book jury.

James Brown's wife has no place to live?

A day after James Brown died of heart failure in an Atlanta hospital, his partner of five years, Rae Hynie, returned to the couple's home in Brown's Beech Island, S.C to find the gates padlocked and her access denied by the request of Brown's lawyer and accountant. Hynie, Brown's 36 year old backup dancer, claims she has a legal right to the home where she and and their 5 year old son lived.

She told reporters, "This is my home. I don't have any money. I don't have anywhere to go."
However, Hynie was still legally married in 2001 when she married Brown, making her marriage to the Godfather of Soul null. Although Hynie annulled the previous marriage, she and Brown never remarried.

To that, Brown's lawyer, Buddy Dallas, said, "I suppose it would mean she was, from time to time, a guest in Mr. Brown's home." Source.

Donald Trump roasts the hell out of Rosie O'Donnell

"If I were running the View, I'd fire Rosie. I mean, I'd look her right in that fat ugly face of hers and I'd say... Rosie, you're fired."

Dude drunks beer during his DUI arrest? WTF?

Manchester police said they nabbed a man who was caught driving while intoxicated for the fourth time. Police said they tried pulling over Patrick Allain, 35, but he refused to stop. Officials said that when police finally did stop Allain, they found him drinking a 40-ounce bottle of beer, which he continued to drink as officers confronted him.

As officers arrested him, two other drivers told police that Allain had hit them and not stopped, police said. Police said that when he was booked, Allain told officers, "You can charge me with whatever you want. It's not going to stop me from drinking and driving."

Allain faces a number of charges, officials said. Article here.

Uh... WTF, how'd this even happen?

Cocaine is on 94% of Spanish money/bills

Traces of cocaine can be found on 94 percent of banknotes in Spain, a country that has one of the world's highest rates of users, according to a study published on Sunday.

The 100 notes tested were collected in gyms, supermarkets and pharmacies across Spain, where increased affluence and falling street prices have made the drug more and more accessible.

Cocaine now sells for as little as 60 euros ($80) a gram, or 5 euros ($7) a line, and it is regularly used by 1.6 percent of Spaniards, up from 0.9 percent in 1999, a government report said this month.

Law enforcement agencies say cocaine is getting cheaper and more popular in Europe because of efforts to boost production by Colombian paramilitaries and rebels who need money for weapons. Spain is a major entry point to Europe for the smugglers.

It was not clear how many of the notes had been used to snort cocaine and how many had picked up traces from other bills, according to the study by the Sailab laboratory, published in the daily El Mundo. Article here.

Transformers... the movie? Looks pretty sweet.

Hmm... how'd this sentence end up in your paper?

Baby put into airport X-Ray machine? WTF?

A one-month-old baby has been checked and cleared by a Los Angeles hospital after being put through an airport X-ray machine.

Authorities at Los Angeles International Airport say an inexperienced traveler mistakenly put her grandson through a carry-on luggage screener. A startled security worker noticed the shape of a child and immediately pulled the baby out.

A spokesman for L-A-X says the incident Saturday was an innocent mistake.
In 1988, an infant in a car seat went through an X-ray machine at the airport. Article here.

The license plate is permanent but does he keep the tree on top year round for the effect?

78% of people think 're-gifting' is acceptable?

For Christmas this year, New York comedienne Margaret Champagne is giving her boyfriend's parents 2-year-old candles that had been gathering dust under her bed.

"Unless they run it through some re-gifting machine, or try to lift my fingerprints off it, how are they going to know it's a re-gift?" Champagne said in an interview while doing her Christmas shopping at the Manhattan Mall in New York City.

"They even live in another state. Besides, the candles had been under my bed for so long, it's like they are looking for a perfect home."

Champagne said she sees nothing wrong with giving unwanted presents to others as gifts and a survey conducted earlier this year by Harris Interactive and Tassimo Hot Beverage System showed she is far from alone.

Its results, which were released in October, showed that 78 percent of the more than 1,500 consumers polled think it's acceptable to re-gift some, or most, of the time.

More than 60 percent of the women surveyed admitted to re-gifting, or said they would do so in the future, compared with 37 percent of the men. Article here.

Family guy is such a funny TV show, watch:

Schwarzenegger has surgery after ski accident

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a broken leg and was expected to make a full recovery, although he probably will be on crutches for his second inauguration next month, officials said.

The 59-year-old governor, actor and former bodybuilder fractured his right femur while skiing with his family in Sun Valley, Idaho, during the weekend.

He underwent a 90-minute operation in which cables and screws were used to wire the broken bone back together. "Following the surgery, the governor was awake, alert and talking in the recovery room," said Dr. Kevin Ehrhart, who performed the operation at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, and also repaired former President Reagan's broken hip in 2001.
Schwarzenegger does not intend to delay his inauguration January 5, said spokeswoman Julie Soderlund. Officials have not said which trail the governor was skiing at Sun Valley when he broke his leg. The resort has a black diamond trail dubbed "Arnold's Run" in honor of Schwarzenegger. Article here.