First Christmas. Then Chanukkah. And now, Lunar New Year! Asian-Americans have been able to celebrate this most important holiday for decades with little outside commercial interest. Until now. Three corporate giants --
Bank of America
-- will commemorate the Lunar New Year with promotional campaigns. In the
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They'll spam you, they'll squeal on you and now they're rude to you. The
"Ask Jim" plays cyber-Miss Manners when it comes to
filtered mail message.
South America has more in common with us than we thought. The
reports that 20 years after Brazil began brewing ethanol in response to the Middle East oil crisis, demand for the fuel is stagnant.
You'd think that Boston was about ready to have another tea party from its coverage of taxes in today's
And it tastes just like chicken! "You'd never tell the difference by taste," said Richard West, after nabbing a free sample of irradiated hamburger at a three-day hospitality convention last week in Minneapolis. Others echoed such glowing critiques. In the
They just haven't got time for the pain.
, maker of
, is trying to make a comeback after a tumultuous parting with
. In the
With pictures like this, they're bound to succeed... The
will become one of the world's biggest providers of images and footage, with a deal to acquire
, the international sports picture agency.
After all, the Queen of England is quite a looker... The
South China Morning Post
reports that collectors have depleted stocks of coins bearing
reports that after years of trying,
will combine with
How can you beat that Sunday night lineup?
has a major subscriber lead over its main rival,
. Foxtel is a cable pay-TV joint venture between Rupert Murdoch's
NWS ADR) and
. In the
Sydney Morning Herald
Take a look at the offerings of the
American International Toy Fair
, toy lover extraordinare, anticipates that the megahit of 1998 will be the "Nervous Hamster" keychain. This scruffy little amusement shakes uncontrollably after pulling its tail. Slightly disturbing, yet highly amusing. Check it out at your local
Also available: Nervous Rabbit and Nervous Hedgehog.
For more information on handling hamsters, check out:
Mon Dieu! The
reports that French bakers are beating themselves with their baguettes. "Antonio Teixera, 32, born in Portugal, was awarded the Grand Prix de la Baguette at a time when Gallic bread is facing a renewed assault from the white sliced loaf."
Talk about a sweet tooth... The
reports that about "100 baboons invaded the wards at a hospital in Marsabit, Kenya, and plucked dextrose fluid drips from patients being treated for malaria and typhoid."