Singer James Blunt ‘stopped World War III’ [via the BBC]
English singer-songwriter James Blunt, perhaps best known for his 2005 hit “You’re Beautiful,” revealed that during his military service he risked a court martial by ignoring an order to attack Russian troops in Kosovo. Blunt was referring to the 1999 taking of an airfield in that wartorn nation that had already been co-opted by Russian forces. When a NATO general, Wesley Clark of the United States, ordered Blunt and the 30,000 troops in his unit to get a foothold at the airfield, potentially triggering fire between NATO forces and Russia, a British general refused. “”There are things that you do along the way that you know are right, and those that you absolutely feel are wrong, that I think it’s morally important to stand up against, and that sense of moral judgement is drilled into us as soldiers in the British army.”
Bill Clinton Joins the Cast of “The Hangover 2” [via People]
Former President Bill Clinton will cameo in “The Hangover 2,” the forthcoming sequel to the popular 2009 comedy about a group of friends and their Las Vegas adventures. Clinton took time from delivering a speech on clean energy in Bangkok, where some of the movie is being filmed, for his part, in which he plays himself. Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson provided a cameo in the original film.
Chocolate industry avoids collapse as genome published [via the BBC]
The entire genome of the cacao tree, from which chocolate is developed, has scientists hoping higher-yield plants can be engineered to help increase supply for a rapidly growing worldwide demand. The project, which was supported by candy maker Mars, IBM, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a number of universities, aims to help foster research into producing higher yield cacao plants, both helping produce more of the in-demand cacao and freeing up other land for crops such as plantains, yams and sorghum.