Completely gratuitous

a-bearDiscovery Channel star, Bear Grylls was on a non-job related expedition when he hurt his shoulder.

A fall resulted in a shoulder injury to Grylls, who is en route back home to Britain for medical treatment and assessment of the injury’s severity, according to Discovery.

He was not filming for Discovery, but instead was taking part in an independent expedition.

The 34-year-old Grylls has hosted “Man vs. Wild,” on which he strands himself in remote locations to demonstrate survival techniques, since November 2006.

Hey, CNN thinks this is news.  (Who am I to argue?)  All I want to know is…may I kiss it and make it feel better?  (On second thought, given some of the stuff he eats, I don’t think I want to be kissing that mouth.)

(H/T:  CNN)

I like bear hugs, though…heh.

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What’s in a name?

a-benniCiting that the names Benito and Rachele are disappearing from the Italian culture, an Italian political party has offered 1,500 euros to parents as an enticement to name their children with those names.  Why an enticement?  Thanks to the Mussolini family and their fascist rule over Italy, those names are no longer desired, and haven’t been for quite some time.

The MSI-Fiamma Tricolore party, the descendant of Mussolini’s fascist party, said the initiative in the poor, southern region of Basilicata was meant to keep alive names “at risk of extinction” and pay tribute to the movement’s roots.

“Benito and Rachele are nice names and I hope our original initiative will get people going,” party official Vincenzo Mancusi told Reuters.

The bonus — intended to pay for baby clothes and food — applies to babies born in 2009 in five villages where the birth rate is especially low, Mancusi said.

(H/T:  Reuters)

Hmmm….I think if I have a son (stop laughing, you never know what God has planned) I will name him Attila Ghengis.

Ground control to Major Teddy

a-teddyThrough the joint efforts of schoolchildren and Cambridge University, four teddy bears were sent into space wearing spacesuits designed by the children.

Blasting off from Cambridge University’s Churchill College on Monday, they were attached to a helium balloon and fitted with multiple cameras, a GPS receiver, flight computer and radio for the two-hour nine-minute flight, which saw them rise 30 kilometres (18.8 miles) above sea level.

The spacesuits were designed by local schoolchildren, as part of a project to engage youths in science and engineering, organised by the Cambridge University Spaceflight student club.

(H/T:  Yahoo)

Geesh, and I was just happy to send balloons up into the sky to see if mine would go the farthest.

This sounds like a really neat project.

Oh, do you think I could talk about teddy bears in space without bringing up pigs in space????  HUH???