> Chinese Government to Fine Citizens if Cigarette Smoking Target not Met
> German Historians Discover Van Gogh’s Ear Cut Off in Fight over Prostitute
> 7-Year-Old Girl Finds Condom in McDonald’s Happy Meal
May 6, 2009
Agence France-Press reported Monday that officials in central China have been told to smoke nearly a quarter million cigarettes this year. If they fail to meet the target they’ll be fined. And the Daily Mail reported Tuesday that German historians have completed a 10-year study and determined that Van Gogh’s ear was cut off by a friend of his with whom he was having a dispute over a hooker. Meanwhile, Associated Press reported Monday that police are investigating a 7-year old girl’s discovery of a condom in her McDonald’s Happy Meal. Pundits are debating the risks and benefits of smoking cigarettes, fighting over hookers and a condom distribution system using Happy Meals.
“Any time you can get condoms or other forms of birth control to children at any age, it’s a benefit because it’ll reduce the risk of unwanted pregnancy. In fact looking over the data on child pregnancy shows that since the news broke of the McDonald Happy Meal Condom Giveaway, 7-year old girls have reported zero pregnancies,” said Hapi Nuttcase, an intellectual giant and part time ACORN executive. “Now if we can increase smoking in the U.S. it will add tax revenue that we need to help fund other health initiatives. I’m lobbying cigarette manufacturers now to increase the amount of nicotine in cig’s so that they’re more addictive. It’s an important key to a strong economy. As far as loosing an ear over a hooker goes, it depends on how good the hooker is and why the guys couldn’t take turns. It’s too bad Barack wasn’t there to help them work out a quota system so both artists could routinely get screwed without losing body parts. Still, it’s to our benefit that he’s here now and is carefully managing the federal government’s screwing process of Americans. For the first time in my life I’m proud of this country. I guess I’ve got that in common with Michelle.”
Not everyone thinks the way Nuttcase does. “It’s wrong to tax people for addictive habits, and that’s true whether you’re in China, the U.S. or someplace else. It’s coercive and immoral. If what they’re doing is really wrong, then make a law to ban it, otherwise, let them alone,” said Rhapsody Inblu, a sensual musician with classic beauty and uncommon common sense. “And there isn’t a hooker in the world worth fighting over, no matter their looks or level of experience. I mean ultimately an orgasm is an orgasm is an orgasm. I suppose the path to getting there is the deal, but good as that might be, chopping an ear off instead of waiting in line is a bit drastic. As far as condoms in Happy Meals go, what the hell, we put fluoride in our water. Next it’ll be Lipitor and Viagra. We’d have it already if it was up to the drug companies. I can see a Pfizer-McDonald’s co-branding deal in the future. And Happy Meal’s for adults with sex toys is probably the follow up. With a name like ‘Happy Meal’ the possibilities are endless.”
Agence France-Press reported that officials in a county in central China have been told to smoke nearly a quarter million packs of locally made cigarettes annually or risk being fined, state media reports. The Gong’an county government in Hubei province has ordered its staff to puff their way through 230,000 packs of Hubei-produced cigarette brands a year. Departments that fail to meet their targets will be fined, according to the report. “The regulation will boost the local economy via the cigarette tax,” said Chen Nianzu, a member of the Gong’an cigarette market supervision team. China has 350 million smokers, of whom a million die of smoking-related diseases every year. More than half of all male doctors in China smoke.
The Daily Mail reported that history has always painted Vincent Van Gogh as the artist who cut off his ear. But according to researchers, history might have got the wrong man. They believe that, in fact, it was Paul Gauguin, an artist of almost equal renown, who cut off his friend’s ear. And the injury wasn’t inflicted for the sake of art – rather it was part of a feud over a prostitute. This theory is the masterpiece of German historians who have pored over the evidence for ten years. They believe the story about the self-inflicted wound was invented by the sword-wielding Gauguin just to protect himself. What is not disputed is that Van Gogh lost his ear when the two artists were living in the South of France in December 1888. The two were known to fight about art. Van Gogh believed an artist should paint what he saw, while Gauguin painted according to his memory. But on this occasion, they were fighting over a prostitute named Rachel, outside the brothel where she worked, the historians say. The academics say the accepted theory that Van Gogh cut off his own ear is based entirely on Gauguin’s story. Van Gogh never talked about it.
Associated Press reported that Swiss police said they are investigating a 7-year-old girl’s discovery of a condom in her McDonald’s Happy Meal. Fribourg state police said the mother called them after the girl discovered the condom among her French fries. Police said Monday they were investigating where the condom came from and how it got into the Happy Meal. They said an analysis was being done to determine if the condom posed a health risk. McDonald’s in Switzerland declined to comment because of the ongoing investigation.
Some say all-the-world’s a screwed up Happy Meal.
“There are so many sensual possibilities — involving taste, touch, sight, sound and smell — on the earth; not to mention the ‘great ideas’ of love, freedom, justice, beauty and truth. Add to that exploration, science and philosophy, plus historical knowledge on civics and government learned through cause and effect. And we have the resources, data and knowledge to create utopia, but look at the bullshit humankind has wrought,” said a playful nymph in an un-playful moment during a pause in the cascade of time. “We have the stuff that dreams are made of, and instead of creating the dream we divine a nightmare — with dirty condoms in our Happy Meals, Socialists in the White House, and taxes on addictive and non-addictive habits. Missing too, are the days when men would cut each other’s ears off over great sex. Ah yes, we’ve even lost the pleasures of a simpler time.”
In other news, FOX reported Monday that last week Google brought in a herd of goats to mow the grass on its Mountain View, Calif. headquarters rather than using lawnmowers. The company said that it wanted to take a more “low-carbon” approach with the goats reducing the company’s contribution to air and noise pollution. The cost of hiring the 200-some goats is about the same price as mowing, but the goats were “a lot cuter to watch.” Turns out another tech company uses goat power to mow its property, Yahoo has also employed goats to graze their grounds. No word on whether Google and Yahoo executives have been cutting each other’s ears off as they compete for the goats attention. ‘Nuf said. Eat your Happy Meal. Spit out the rubbery stuff.
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