Posts Tagged ‘John Lennon’

Editor’s Note: The ACG Blog will be on Thanksgiving hiatus for the rest of the week. Enjoy your holiday!

Draught guidance: a kilt need underwear [via The Daily Telegraph]

Ach! The Scottish Tartans Authority — the top authority for Scottish tartans — has begun a campaign to stop kilted men from going commando, calling the practice “childish and unhygienic.” “The idea that you are not a real Scot unless you are bare under your kilt should be thrown into the same wastepaper basket as the idea that you’re not a real Scot unless you put salt on your porridge,” STA director Brian Wilton said. “People should not be browbeaten into believing that nonsense. Just because Highlanders wore nothing in the days before Y-fronts were invented doesn’t mean that we, in the 21st Century, should wear nothing too.” But don’t think everyone is against commando kilts. “The tradition of no underwear being worn was a stipulation of Scottish military regulation,” said Ian Chisholm, a spokesman for the Scottish Kilt Makers’ Association. “To say it is unhygienic is wrong. The freedom of movement is healthy. We always tell customers to wear nothing under the kilt if everything is in good working order.”

Album John Lennon signed for killer for sale [via The New York Post]

The album Beatles legend John Lennon signed for Mark David Chapman just hours before the disturbed Chapman murdered Lennon in New York is up for sale, and the asking price is $850,000. The record was found at the entrance to the Dakota, where Lennon was murdered, by a maintenance man, who turned it over to police as evidence. The album subsequently was turned over to autograph dealer Gary Zimet. “The album is the most extraordinary artifact in rock and roll history. It has Lennon’s signature on the cover and Chapman’s forensically enhanced finger prints on the sleeve. There are evidence markings from the NYPD,” Zimet said. “I originally sold it in 1999, but it has come back up for resale. The current owner doesn’t want to be named because he received death threats.”

Passenger chooses strip-down over pat-down [via MSNBC]

Just in time for the holiday travel crush, a San Diego man has taken the recent furor over invasive screening procedures at some airports to new levels by stripping to his underwear to show TSA agents he was not carrying any weapons. When the man, Samuel Wolanyk, refused to redress and submit to a proper pat-down screening, agents arrested him. “TSA needs to see that I’m not carrying any weapons, explosives, or other prohibited substances,” Wolanyk said in a statement. “I refuse to have images of my naked body viewed by perfect strangers, and having been felt up for the first time by TSA the week prior (I travel frequently) I was not willing to be molested again.”


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Scientists and Soldiers Solve a Bee Mystery [via The New York Times]

Remember a few years back, when nearly half of the bees in the U.S. and across the world began disappearing? Turns out they weren’t aliens escaping a doomed Earth! Yesterday, military scientists and civilian entomologists announced the cause of what was previously referred to as Colony Collapse Disorder: a lethal tag team fungus and virus, harmless apart but deadly together. “ ‘It’s chicken and egg in a sense — we don’t know which came first,’ University of Montana professor Jerry Bromenshenk said of the virus-fungus combo — nor is it clear, he added, whether one malady weakens the bees enough to be finished off by the second, or whether they somehow compound the other’s destructive power. ‘They’re co-factors, that’s all we can say at the moment,’ he said. ‘They’re both present in all these collapsed colonies.’”

Before Auction, Lennon Has Brush With the F.B.I. [via The New York Times]

A pop-culture memorabilia shop in Manhattan opened an auction featuring items from Beatles star John Lennon, who was murdered some 30 years ago. A surprise came from the FBI, however, which seized a fingerprint card made during Lennon’s citizenship application in 1976 — opening bid, $100,000. A history professor noted that the government had observed Lennon closely for much of the time J. Edgar Hoover was in charge, but had declined significantly by 1976. A similar fingerprint card sold in 1991 for $4,125 with little fanfare.

Childbirth a Mystery to Young Brits [via The Guardian]

A new survey reveals many young Britons are clueless about the facts of life. 20 percent of 18- to 25-year-olds thought pregnancy lasts a year. Half expected babies to walk and talk within one year. 20 percent thought the umbilical cord is a musical note. 27 percent would consider genetic engineering if it means a better-looking baby.

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