I have been "gifted" from an early age.
(This post is presented Fragmentia 13 style, with all the stories and tidbits not worthy of individual posts.)
Think Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind was fiction? Apparently some memory-erasing drugs are being developed. Get ready to start complaining, Scientologist Tom Cruise.
The US Army is sponsoring an ultraviolent video game tournament in an effort to lure new young recruits. Participants can win large cash prizes; the only stipulation is that they must agree to be contacted by an Army recruiter. The tournament features Gears of War, one of the most violent games currently on the market. Players fight an incessant battle with alien creatures, splattering their heads and bodies all over the screen. The coup de grace is executing a curb stomp on another character. Funny, the establishment, of which the military is a major part, has long railed against violent video games and movies (the line between the two media is blurring more each day). Now the man is happy to use them when it helps him. Next up: A free carton of Marlboro 100s when you visit the recruiter's table in your high school cafeteria.
Reagan-loving, Hollywood-hating consternatives take note: Hollywood did a lot more for Dutch than just make him a star. It helped save his ass by buying his worthless land when he was just starting his political career. Land deals... politicians... corporations buying influence... some things never change!
I'm not sure what the penalty for transsexuality (sic) is among Muslim extremists, but I imagine it's severe. But that didn't stop a Pakistani cleric from trying to escape a mosque siege dressed in a burqa. Be on the lookout for his headless body in the near future.
An 11-year-old girl has been arrested for drunk driving in Alabama. I have nothing more to add to this.
And finally, while I have previously stated that I feel a job interview has much in common with a first date, there is one major difference: On an interview you dress for success, and on a date you dress for some sex. (You have to say it aloud to get the full humorous effect.)