Fun_People Archive
25 May
WhiteBoard Dust

Date: Thu, 25 May 95 00:08:06 PDT
From: Peter Langston <psl>
To: Fun_People
Subject: WhiteBoard Dust

Excerpted-from: WhiteBoard News for May 24, 1995

This item comes by way of Bruce Cronquist:

Seattle, Washington:

A pair of new skis made up the freight load carried by United Airlines'
first 777 when it made a special flight from Vancouver, B.C., to Paine Field
near Everett last week.

The 12-hour overnight visit in Vancouver and a return trip carrying
something of value was required for the airplane to qualify as equipment
used for international trade and tax break.  The airplane was flown to
Vancouver immediately after formal delivery by The Boeing Company.

[Hmmmm... does that work for cars, too?  -psl]

Nashville, Tennessee:

"Stella is truly a good cook.  Me, I stopped measuring stuff once I filled
my two cups."

Dolly Parton, on the cover of her sister's cookbook, "Stella Parton's
Country Cookin."

Los Angeles, California:

What's the drink of choice for growing numbers of the
Harley-Davidson set?  Would you guess an herbal soda?

Skeleteens, a line of natural soft drinks that come in
such downbeat flavors as Brain Wash, Black Lemonade and
DOA, is developing a loyal following among bikers in
southern California.

James "Grizzly" Watkins, a 28-year-old biker from
Newport Beach says he likes the drink as an alternative
to beer because of its rebellious image and high
caffeine content.  "The coolest of the cool people
drink this," he says.

Skeleteens sell for about $2 a bottle in coffee shops,
small grocery stores and a few clothing boutiques.  The
drinks come in black, yellow and purple; drinkers of
the Brain Wash flavor will find that their teeth and
lips turn blue.  What has made the drink popular among
bikers and some teenagers, though, are the images of
skulls and crossbones on the labels.

But the drink crosses cultural boundaries also.

David Hobbs, who runs a computer programming company in
Long Beach says he heard about the beverage on the
Internet.  He likes it because he says it keeps his
staff alert without making them nervous.  "It's not
just about being awake.  You're on the cutting edge
with an attitude," he says.

In fact, the brands' creators say their product has
several social benefits.  "Everyone's trying to impress
each other, but when your mouth is bright blue," Steve
Corri says, "everyone seems equal."

Five Wichita, Kansas, fire department crews rescued a
scarecrow from the Arkansas River on Sunday.  If they
let it float by, people would have reported bodies in
the river all day, a spokesman said.


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