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actual, well-conceived opinions are purely coincidental and likely
of a fleeting nature. In other words, this is for entertainment
In lieu of a column on the appropriate punishment for a University
of Alabama fan accused of poisoning a cluster of historic oaks on
the campus of rival Auburn, I give you scattered
On the somewhat sports-related news front, German car company
Mercedes-Benz has purchased the naming rights to New Orleans’
Brilliant marketing move: What luxury automaker
doesn’t want to be associated with a symbol of the
worst disaster in U.S. history?
Wait, I think we’re onto something: Didn’t Mercedes buy
Chrysler several years back?
Straight from the You’ve-Gotta-Be-Kidding-Me file, the parent
company of a budding restaurant chain has been sued by Hooters for
allegedly stealing proprietary business information —
basically trade secrets — related to its barely clothed
all-female wait staff and casual dining fare, among other, um,
It seems several former Hooters executives abandoned ship this
summer to frolic in the fertile pastures of La Cima Restaurants and
its themed eateries, Twin Peaks.
As expected, the suits at Hooters (are they bright orange too?)
aren’t taking matters lying down. Adding to the intrigue,
both chains are based in Atlanta, which makes for a super spicy
cross-town clash of titanic proportions.
First of all, I don’t think the words “Hooters”
and “intellectual property” belong anywhere near the
same sentence. And second, doesn’t it make more sense to drop
the litigation and settle this in the spirit of the parties
A winner-take-all game of Trivial Pursuit!
It was kept pretty quiet for obvious reasons, but last weekend
marked the first live rock concert in Afghanistan in more than 30
The Sound Central festival drew 500 or so revelers to the Babur
Gardens, a normally quiet park that houses the tomb of the early
Mughal emperor Babur.
However, on this day they rocked the Casbah, as the show itself
featured an assortment of indie, R&B, electronica and heavy
Kinda like House of Blues, only with no alcohol and a break for
prayer every 2 hours.
At any rate, it seems our Afghan brothers and sisters are eager to
cast off the shackles of the previous Taliban regime, which
prohibited everything from nail polish to Christmas cards.
And good for them, I say. Bring on the VCRs, satellites and
My only word of advice is this: In your embrace of Western culture,
be wary of a certain reality TV family. Because in terms of media
exposure, the Kardashians are like the neighborhood mongrel —
feed them once and they’ll never leave.
You’ve been warned.