Fun_People Archive
13 Feb
Transvestites, IPR (IguanoPulmonary R...), Texas Hair, & Tacoma Aroma

Date: Mon, 13 Feb 95 18:07:09 PST
From: Peter Langston <psl>
To: Fun_People
Subject: Transvestites, IPR (IguanoPulmonary R...), Texas Hair, & Tacoma Aroma

Excerpted-from: WhiteBoard News for February 13, 1995

Glasgow, Scotland:

In February 1994, the Royal Bank of Scotland announced
that it would begin to issue extra check-cashing ID
cards to its transvestite customers who request them.

They are offered the option of separate cards depicting
themselves dressed as male and female in order to
"avoid embarrassment or difficulties," according to a
bank spokesman.

Los Angeles, California:

Officer Tori Matthews of the Southern California Humane
Society performed mouth-to-nose resuscitation to save
an iguana.  The exotic pet drowned in a swimming pool
it fell into after it had been treed by a dog.

"The iguana was actually swimming around the pool," she
said.  "The problem was that the water was ice cold,
and iguanas don't handle cold water very well."

Matthews grabbed her net and dove in, emerging with the
pet's limp body.  She then started breathing for the

"Now that I look back on it, it was a pretty ugly
animal to be kissing," she said.  But "the last thing I
wanted to do was tell this little boy that his iguana
had died."

Austin, Texas:

Four years and 8 inches later, a boy stymied by a
school rule saying he can't wear his hair long has won
his case.

Judge Norman Lanford issued a permanent injunction
Friday against the Bastrop public school district's
above-the-bottom-of-the-collar hair rule for boys.

Zachariah Toungate, now 12, was a third-grader when he
began fighting for the right to wear his blond hair in
a ponytail.

"It's never made any sense to Zach that girls had the
right to choose any hair length and boys didn't," said
his lawyer, Charles Beall.

The district superintendent said he didn't know if the
school board would appeal.

But Beall said, "We would hope that they would
recognize the futility of fighting against the logic of
equal rights."

Tacoma, Washington:

Whatever slogan Toyota chooses for its new truck, it's
a safe bet it won't be "the aroma of Tacoma."

Toyota on Thursday introduced the "Tacoma," its new
compact pickup.  City officials were delighted,
especially since the Japanese manufacturer tossed in a
free truck for borrowing the name.

But officials also admitted to a little surprise, since
Tacoma -- the city -- until now has been mostly famous
for its noxious odors caused by factories and tidal mud

"There's nothing like a new car smell," joked city
spokesman Dan Voelpel.  "Maybe that will rub off a
little on Tacoma."

"We selected the name Tacoma because research showed
that it suggested the rugged outdoors, adventure and
strength," Bryan Bergsteinsson, vice president of
Toyota's pickup and sport utility team, told a news
conference at the Portland International Auto Show.

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