New Zealand’s Mount Tongariro, a backdrop for scenes in “The Lord of the Rings” movies, erupted for the first time in 115 years late Monday night, spreading a thick layer of ash for several miles and causing residents to leave their homes and airlines to cancel flights.
Copyright originated in early 1700s England as a contract between authors and society, “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times [28 years] to Authors … the exclusive right to their respective Writings.” (more)
Faced with the happy prospect of describing what one MSNBC reporter could not—the 41 combinations of sex that Americans are having, according to a new survey—Stephen Colbert breaks it down with the help of his articulated friends Not Barbie and Samwise Gamgee.
Using the same terminology one might employ to describe the plot of “The Lord of the Rings,” President Obama has agreed that the country’s economic recovery has been “painfully slow” and has indicated he understands the vitriol aimed toward Democrats as the 2010 midterm elections approach.
It seems the GOP’s “make sure nothing happens in government” approach is still going strong, with Senate Republicans blocking an effort by Democrats to begin debate on widely popular legislation to regulate the nation’s financial system.