Filed under: Ripped from the Headlines
It’s been several months since I embarked upon “Ripped from the Headlines” and, just like I assumed, the “feature” did not travel very far*. So perhaps it’s time to get this ball rolling a bit better.
Here are some interesting news articles circling the Internet this Monday:
South Africa has stopped funding research on an AIDS vaccine, a leading scientist said Monday, even as a major vaccine trial on humans began in the country ravaged by the world’s worst AIDS epidemic.
How can the area most heavily plagued by AIDS seriously cease funding toward this vaccine avenue? You would assume that a country home to millions – yes, MILLIONS, as more than five million cases were identified in South Africa last year – of HIV victims would put forth every possible effort in finding a cure or at least helping to prolong the lives of those affected. But apparently that’s a wrong assumption. In actuality, as the article states, worldwide funding for AIDS research has decreased this year for the first time since 2000. It’s unfortunate, if you ask me. I understand the need for prevention and education, as the AP story notes, but shouldn’t research continue at full force as well?
Retailer Barnes & Noble says it will take on Amazon.com with an electronic bookstore that will allow customers to buy books to read on a variety of handheld platforms and computers.
Ya know, there’s just something about holding a good book in my hand that creates the “reading experience,” if you will. I’m not entirely sure I’ll ever forego turning the pages for scrolling regardless of what media emerges.
German police uncovered over 1,000 pairs of underpants and more than 100 pairs of swimming trunks after catching a thief nabbing another three pairs for his collection.
So is he a dirty, dirty man? Or simply someone trying to save a few dollars? You decide.
The famed hot dog’s Wienermobile crashed Friday into the deck and garage of a home in Mount Pleasant, about 35 miles south of Milwaukee.
Police said the driver was trying to turn the Wienermobile around in the driveway and thought she was moving in reverse. But she instead went forward and hit the home.
Now that’s a 911 call I wouldn’t mind hearing.
(Photo) A Tomy employee displays the “Bowlingual” gadget that can “translate” dog barks into the human language.
Wait a second … So I could actually find out what my Sophie girl is trying to say? For real?
Turns out this nifty little device only costs $212, but doesn’t truly translate barks into words**. Rather, it senses which emotion the animal is trying to convey. For two Benjamins, I need a little more than happy versus sad, which any dog owner should easily sense once familiar with his or her pup. Hell, how about I find someone to just pay me the $212 whenever uncertainty arises over how Fido feels?
* For more information on how this works, check out Vol. 1.
** It also won’t be available in English and I certainly do not speak Japanese, nor will I purchase a Japanese translator for my dog translator. That’s just silly!
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