9/21: Morning Communique

THESE DAYS

The fast-food chain Burger King is withdrawing its ice-cream cones in the U.K. after the lid of the dessert offended a Muslim. The man claimed the design resembled the Arabic inscription for Allah, and branded it sacrilegious, threatening a jihad.

Video makers notorious for filming women flashing their breasts said they will donate revenues from "Girls Gone Wild" episodes tied to Mardi Gras to the Red Cross to help Hurricane Katrina victims.

New software, developed by NEC and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan, goes further than existing cellphone camera technology by allowing entire documents to be scanned simply by sweeping the phone across the page.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

There are no wanderings by the PostModern Pilgrim like the late summer wanderings.

TIME WASTERS

What's your pirate name?

NASA previews its plan to return to the moon and build outposts there.

The Flying Mobulas of the Sea of Cortez

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"I guess this means we've won the war on terror."

-- an "exasperated" FBI agent, speaking on the condition of anonymity to the Washington Post, about the FBI's new anti-obscenity squad. By the way, click here for P0RN!


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