“It is really important that the people who kids look up to as role models are in good shape, eating well and getting exercise. It is absolutely critical,” acting U.S. Surgeon General Rear Adm. Steven K. Galson said in an interview after a presentation on obesity at the Boston Children’s Museum.
Touting NFL players who work with kids to promote healthy lifestyles, Galson added: “Santa is no different.”
Santa’s waistline is the most recent casualty in a war which has already taken away his pipe and his ability to scoop children up and sit them on his knee.
Perhaps the Surgeon General needs more to do?
Air passengers who fancy a pint could soon be enjoying one fresh from the barrel – in mid-air.Barrels of beer on the drinks cart is one of the ideas being considered by UK airlines Thomsonfly and First Choice Airlines for their new Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes.The two carriers, which have recently merged their businesses, will be receiving the first of 23 Dreamliners in 2009.
There’s something special about the first real snowfall of the year…
Welsh shopkeepers called in the police – because they felt children were singing Christmas carols too loudly. The 29 children, aged six to 11, were initially asked to stop by a shopping centre security guard, reports The Sun. Headteacher Ian Jones, who was leading the group, refused and minutes later a police support officer arrived to ask the youngsters to leave.
Mr Jones, of Sant Sior School in Llandudno, branded the incident at the town’s Victoria Centre as “ridiculous”.
Mr. Jones was quite right. Management of the shopping center apologized and invited the kids back.
Customers at a cliff-top hotel are being given umbrella hats when they go outside for a smoke. Owner Chaz Charlton, 41, came up with the idea after she was refused permission for a smoking shelter. Planning chiefs feared it would get blown away by sea gales, reports The Sun.
Instead guests at the Clifton Hotel in Portland, Dorset, now get some protection from the elements if they wear the wacky headgear. Chaz said: “The hats have been very popular because of the torrential rain weve been having.”
The new slogan, which was revealed Tuesday after six months of development and $250,000 spent on the project, is also printed on the posters in Gaelic as “Failte gu Alba,” The Times of London reported Wednesday.
Robot helps with breakfast
Japanese scientists have developed a robot that can help people get out of bed and bring them their breakfast. They claim the 4ft 10ins robot, which has soft hands and fingers, can become even more like its human inventors.
The Japanese humanoid – called Twendy one – has enough strength to support humans as they sit up and stand, and can make supple movements that respond to human touch.
It can pick up a loaf of bread without crushing it, serve toast, help lift people out of bed and even lend a hand with the housework.
“Tattoos have gone mainstream, the media is giving it a lot of attention, the public is accepting tattoos as an art form,” Conti said. “We had a dental surgeon come in and get a little tattoo of a tooth on his butt. Now, that’s mainstream.”
Rutland [Vermont] Police say an armed robber came away empty handed early Tuesday morning.
They say a very tall black male wearing a dark hoody approached two restaurant employees as they were making their night deposit at the Citizen’s Bank in the Rutland Shopping Center around 2:30 a.m. The employees said they had already dropped the money off. So the alleged robber left empty handed.
Ewok houses for sale
Star Wars fans with £74,000 to spare can now buy their very own Ewok-style tree houses. Canadian carpenter Tom Chudleigh’s Free Spirit Spheres are suspended in trees and accessible by rope bridges.
The 11ft wide eco-friendly houses can sleep four, allowing families to live in the forest…
The hand-crafted wooden spheres are constructed using boat building techniques and are coated in fibreglass making them waterproof and robust. Inside, they are kitted out with a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, fridge and sink. The rest of the interior, including loft beds and bronze doors can be custom ordered.
The San Antonio Police Department is trying something new this year for their recruitment period. The department has parked patrol cars in three locations with “Now Hiring” signs in the windows.
Red Light Camera
A red light camera in Knoxville, Tennessee was riddled with bullets early yesterday. The ticketing device, located at the intersection near Broadway Street and Interstate 640, was struck by three bullets at around 2am, leaving the camera’s lens shattered and incapable of ticketing. WATE-TV reports that police found Clifford E. Clark III, 47, in a minivan near the scene of the incident with a .30-06 rifle. Clark was arrested and accused of felony vandalism for damaging the automated ticketing machine operated by Redflex, the Australian company that Knoxville hired to run the program.
A barber in China has set a world record by cutting a customers hair with 10 pairs of scissors simultaneously. Wang Zedong, 41, of Jiujiang city, Jiangxi province, demonstrated his stunt in a television studio with hundreds of people, and Guinness officials, in the audience.
In less than three minutes, Wang cut the models hair, reports Zhejiang Online.
Wang says he started practicing this stunt to try to cope with the number of customers coming to his barbers shop.
A man says he shot and killed a neighbour’s cow after mistaking it for a coyote.
Authorities and the cow’s owner are skeptical. The undersheriff in northern Michigan’s Benzie County says he doesn’t see how anyone could confuse a 635-kilogram, pregnant cow with a coyote, which typically weighs about 13 kilograms.
Muggers snatched an Austrian womans handbag unaware that it contained nothing but a dead rabbit.
The two thieves struck as Hilda Morgenstein, 42, was about to catch a train at Baden to the countryside with her daughter to bury the pet. She said: “They saved us the trip – I told my daughter they were angels and were taking bunny to a better place.”
At 12:20 p.m. Monday, a [Nebraska] state trooper… stopped an eastbound 2000 Ford Windstar minivan for driving without license plates. During the stop, the trooper was given consent to search the van.
The trooper found 15 plastic-wrapped package containing what authorities believe to be 39.2 pounds of cocaine in a false compartment in the van. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $750,000 to $1 million.
“Even though it was dark, the thing itself was black. The blackest Id ever seen,” said Frank Ramirez.
Years ago, Ramirez thought he was after a prowler in the back of his mother’s Southwest Side home. But what greeted him on the garage rooftop still gives him goosebumps now.
“Thats when the thing up there turned to me, and it was in a perched state, and it started to turn,” he said. “It started to move its arms and this giant blackness was just coming out. At that point, I dropped the stick and I ran.”
Ramirez sketched a drawing of the large, bird-like creature. The image is disturbing, and similar to dozens of sightings across San Antonio and South Texas.