Tuesday, April 19, 2005

For those of you who thought there was nothing going on today

You'll recall, no doubt, that the dedication of Fenway Park in Boston in 1912 was somewhat overshadowed by the aftermath of the Titanic's sinking.

It's possible you missed the debate the Iowa Legislature held about Iowa-foaled horses and Iowa-whelped dogs used for breeding and racing, as it took place on the same day the Murrah Federal Building was bombed in Oklahoma City -- ten years ago today.

And you probably have forgotten that the US Postal Service approved a 8.7 percent rate increase a few years back, since it did so on the morning of September 11, 2001.

So on this day that Pope Benedict XVI was selected (or as we like to call him here at 19 Minutes World Headquarters, the new coach of the College of Cardinals basketball team), it's important that we not overlook the other important news developments that transpired today.

A check of the AP wire reveals the following headlines, in order:

German Cardinal Ratzinger Elected Pope

Kuwait Nearing Voting Rights for Women

'Growing Pains' Star Thicke to Wed

There's been much reported on the selection of the new Pope (and somewhat less on the voting rights of Kuwaiti women), but precious little on Alan Thicke's recent relationships. So it will no doubt edify you to learn that the marriage, to longtime girlfriend Tanya Callau, is the third for the 58-year old TV celeb. Even so, he reportedly continues to work on a pilot for a television show called "Second Honeymoon." Meanwhile, you probably knew this already, but Callau's film career continues to take off, comprising as it does, of her role as "Spanish Wedding Guest" in "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement".

There was one other news development today that we believe is unrelated to the selection of the new Pope, but we won't know for certain until the full details of the Pope's installment have been released:

Qatar to Use Robots As Camel Riders

This is old news to those of you who closely follow camel racing news, but the latest from the AP indicates all camel riding in Qatar could be done by robots as soon as 2007. The article does not mention whether the camels themselves will eventually be replaced by robots.


Carol Davidson said...

Since I haven't been keeping up with the latest camel racing news, I clicked on the link. So there's a bit of a scandal about exploitation of children as camel riders, eh? If only Michael Jackson had access to this new robotic technology, how different things might have been!

Anonymous said...

I remember racing horses as a young boy, and it ISN'T EXPLOITATIVE! Some of the greatest excitement I've ever had came during horse races, and I'm sure the same is true of camel racing. Let the boys ride!