Don't forget The Sunscreen! - 05/07/14

You have probably heard about the Kurt Vonnegut speech to MIT graduates where he offered them advice for the future, listing a number of things they should do as they entered the bright new world.  The primary piece of advice  was "use sunscreen". 

It turns out that speech was not really offered by the famous author at all.  It really was an internet hoax that had Mr. Vonnegut telling graduates they should "sing, floss, get plenty of calcium, dance, read directions (when they are available) and wear sunscreen.  All of those catchy and useful words of advice were actually written by a columnist for the Chicago Tribune.  Mary Schmich wrote a column as a parody of commencement addresses.  Someone on the internet picked up on the "address" and captioned Mr. Vonnegut as the speaker and it took off! 
Apparently there were no hard feelings about the misinformation.  Mr. Vonnegut and Ms. Schmich spoke about it on the phone and he is quoted as saying, he thought the piece was "funny and wise and charming, so I would have been proud had the words been mine.  That's a pretty nice tribute to Ms. Schmich.

Despite how the advice came to be issued, I want to let you know today, "use sunscreen"!  It's that time of year in middle TN.  I was lightly burned last weekend at my son's soccer game and I've seen many others that have had the same fate.  So don't forget to "lather-up" before you spend some extended time outside this season!  It's already that time!

 

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STOLEN CART-PROBATION VISIT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A man in Albuquerque, New Mexico drove straight into trouble while trying to show off his hot new ride. KOAT-TV reports (http://goo.gl/Y6F69T) 18-year-old Michael Johnson rode a stolen electric shopping cart this week to meet with his probation officer. When the probation officer asked Johnson where he got his new set of wheels, court documents say he admitted to taking it from a Walmart. Johnson was arrested and charged with larceny and receiving stolen property. He also violated his probation when he was arrested and was ordered held on a $500 bond. Albuquerque police say the cart is worth more than $1,800.

TOPLESS RALLY

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A group of women want the right to bare... their breasts. The Asheville Citizen-Times (http://avlne.ws/1rlQN5B) reports a topless rally is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Pritchard Park in the downtown retail and dining area. Rally spokeswoman LaDonna Allison says the event is designed to promote women's equality. Her group believes laws and social stigmas against women who are topless in public are unfair. Allison says, "what reason do they have for saying it's OK for a man but not for a woman? I just want to be treated equally." The first rally in 2011 drew an estimated 2,000 people, and has declined in recent years to several hundred people-- including about a dozen women baring their chest.

SHOPLIFTING MEAT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Where's the beef? Police say a man stole meat worth $2,700 from three Safeway stores in Portland, Oregon. They say 53-year-old Barry Sanders was caught on video hiding meat in a shopping cart at least 13 times in July and August, before leaving the grocery stores without paying. KOIN reports (http://bit.ly/1vhdtBU) Sanders was arraigned Tuesday on theft charges in Multnomah County Circuit Court. He had not entered a plea yet on Wednesday.

NAKED MOTORCYCLIST-CHARGES

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Most bikers love the feel of the wind blowing through their hair. But one man took it a step futher: riding in the buff. Arlington County police say a drunk, naked man crashed into two cars while riding a motorcycle before fleeing into some woods. Authorities say 42-year-old Roland Hitchens wasn't wearing any clothes when police found him close to the scene in Arlington Friday night. He was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was hurt. Police announced Tuesday that Hitchens has been charged with felony hit-and-run, indecent exposure, driving under the influence and other offenses. He was ordered held without bond.

 
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