News Of The Day, December 19, 2012

News of the Day

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times  the National Film Registry has selected 25 films for preservation including “3:10 to Yuma”, “Born Yesterday”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “A League of Their Own”.  When asked what prompted the selection of “A League of Their Own” along side arguably more prominent films making the list,  a Library of Congress spokesman stated, “This was a special request from producers, directors and casting agents who said they needed a more permanent reminder of just how bad an actress Madonna really is.”

Astronomers interviewed for a New York Times article this week say they believe the satellite North Korea launched into the atmosphere “appears to be tumbling in orbit and is most likely dead”.  The launching was supposed to be a major accomplishment for the late Kim Jong-il’s son and successor, Kim Jong-un, but has now become a national embarrassment.  When asked about the state of the satellite, the young leader ridiculed western media organizations for jumping to conclusions that North Korea has even launched a satellite in the first place, stating that he only used the missile to get rid of an old mini-fridge that he used to keep in his college dorm room and didn’t need anymore.

The Associated Press reports that Russian circus trainers saved two of their elephants from sub zero Siberian temperatures by giving the animals vodka.   A trailer fire forced the elephants outside, exposing them to freezing cold and imminent death and in an act of desperation,  the trainer gave each of them slightly more than 2.5 gallons of vodka mixed with warm water to keep them warm.   While the vodka did save the animals from frostbite, 11 circus employees including the trainer were hospitalized after being attacked by a farmer who blamed the men for being unable, or unwilling to stop the elephants from singing well into the early hours of the morning.

AP also reports that Chinese authorities have arrested a legislator accused of having four wives and 10 children. Li Junwen was detained on suspicion of document forgery in an attempt to create documents for his children. Bigamy is a very serious crime in China as is having more than one child and the punishment for such acts are known to be extremely harsh, often resulting in lengthy prison sentences.  However, after the judge spent 90 seconds meeting the wives and children, he sentenced the man to house arrest.

According to NFL analysts,  the New York Jets have already been eliminated from next year’s playoffs.

© 2012 The Monkey Bellhop and John Hartnett

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