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news of the weird Very Personal Hygiene Orestes De La Paz’s exhibit at the Frost Art Museum in Miami in May recalled Chuck Palahniuk’s novel and film “Fight Club,” in which lead character Tyler Durden’s principal income source was making upscale soap using discarded liposuctioned fat fetched from the garbage of cosmetic surgeons (thus closing the loop of fat from rich ladies recycled back to rich ladies). De La Paz told his mentor at Florida International University that he wanted only to display his own liposuctioned fat provocatively, but decided to make soap when he realized that the fat would otherwise quickly rot. Some visitors to the exhibit were able to wash their hands with the engineered soap, which De La Paz offered for sale at $1,000 a bar.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit • As recently as mid-May, people with disabilities had been earning hefty black-market fees by taking strangers into Disneyland and Disney World using the parks’ own liberal “disability” passes (which allow for up to five relatives or guests at a time to accompany the disabled person in skipping the sometimes-hours-long lines and having immediate access to the rides). The pass-holding “guide,” according to NBC’s “Today” show, could charge as much as $200 through advertising on CraigsList and via word-of-mouth to some travel agents. Following reports in the New York Post and other outlets, Disney was said in late May to be

warning disabled permit-holders not to Sun-Sentinel found one woman being abuse the privilege. begged to sign up while she was still • After setting out to create a proteccrying out for her dog that remained tive garment for mixed martial arts trapped in the blaze. fighters, Jeremiah Raber of High Ridge, Unconventional Treatments Mo., realized that his “groin protection device” could also help police, • Researchers writing recently in the athletes and military contractors. journal PLoS ONE disclosed that they Armored Nutshellz underwear, now had found certain types of dirt that selling for $125 each, has contain antimicrobial multiple layers of Kevlar agents capable of killing plus another fabric called E. coli and the antibiDyneema, which Raber otic-resistant MRSA. said can “resist” multiple According to the article, Summer is shots from 9 mm and medical “texts” back to officially .22-caliber handguns. He 3000 B.C. mentioned here said the Army will be testclays that, when rubbed y’all ing Nutshellz in August, on wounds, reduce hoping it can reduce the inflammation and pain. number of servicemen • Researchers writing who come home with devin May in the journal astating groin injuries. Pediatrics found that • “Ambulance-chasing” some infants whose lawyers are less the cliche parents regularly sucked than they formerly were their babies’ pacifiers because of bar association to clean them (rather crackdowns, but fire truckthan rinsing or boiling chasing contractors and them) developed fewer “public adjusters” are still allergies and cases of a problem -- at least in Florida, where asthma. (On the other hand, parentalthe state Supreme Court tossed out a cleansing might make other maladies “48-hour” time- out rule that would more likely, such as tooth decay.) have given casualty victims space to Leading Economic Indicators reflect on their losses before being overwhelmed by home-restoration Archeologists discovered in May salesmen. Consequently, as firefighters that a construction company had bulltold the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in dozed 2,300-year-old Mayan ruins May, the contractors are usually “right in northern Belize -- simply to mine behind” them on the scene, pestering the rocks for road fill to build a highanxious or grief-stricken victims. The way. A researcher said it could hardly

have been an accident, for the ruins were 100 feet high in an otherwise flat landscape, and a Tulane University anthropologist estimated that Mayan ruins are being mined for road fill an average of once a day in their ancient habitats. Said another, “(T)o realize” that Mayans created these structures using only stone tools and then “carried these materials on their heads” to build them -- and then that bulldozers can almost instantly destroy them -- is “mind-boggling.”

Fine Points of Law A woman in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood reported to a local news blog in May that she had seen (and her husband briefly conversed with) a man who was operating a “drone” from a sidewalk, guiding the noisy device to a point just outside a third-floor window in a private home. The pilot said he was “doing research” and, perhaps protected by a 1946 U.S. Supreme Court decision, asserted that he was not violating anyone’s privacy because he, himself, was on a public sidewalk while the drone was in public airspace. The couple called for a police officer, but by the time one arrived, the pilot and his drone had departed, according to a report on the Capitol Hill Seattle blog. cs


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Connect Savannah 06-19-2013 issue  

This weekend, it’s Savannah’s first three-day jam band festival. Find out about the Summer Solstice Festival, and converse with Zach Deputy,...

Connect Savannah 06-19-2013 issue  

This weekend, it’s Savannah’s first three-day jam band festival. Find out about the Summer Solstice Festival, and converse with Zach Deputy,...