I thought it would be fun to take a look at a few of the more entertaining news items as we head into the weekend.

I thought it would be fun to take a look at a few of the more entertaining news items as we head into the weekend.

How thirsty are they?

Tampa, Fla., voters are preparing to vote on the ultimate recycling program -- drinking treated sewer water.

Many cities already use this so-called "gray water" for landscape uses, but not many have considered re-treating the water for general use.

The thought is repulsive to most people. Drinking sewer water -- even if it's treated -- just doesn't quench many thirsts.

Honestly, if it is properly treated and put back through the same water filtration system that lake and river water goes through, I would have no problem with it. That is mainly because I know what those cute little fish and ducks do in the lake when we aren't looking.

I guess I don't elevate animal excrement above that of humans when it comes to drinkability.

Getting millions of gallons of water back into the system would solve a lot of water rationing issues faced by cities each year.

We'll see what southern Florida voters think about it.

A big news week for excrement

In more waste-related news, Zambian President Rupiah Banda was the victim of a random act of monkey urination during a news conference outside his State House office Wednesday.
President Barack Obama moves a news conference inside in Washington, D.C., because of humidity but they can do it outside in Zambia? Somebody is a little soft.

And why doesn't Obama have monkeys living in the trees around the Rose Garden? That would certainly divert his opponents' attention away from his teleprompter.

But this act of treason by the Zambian monkey, led to the quote of the week: "You have urinated on my jacket," Banda said -- hopefully talking to the monkey. He followed that comment with a reference to the person he beat in the most recent election. "I will give this monkey for lunch to Mr Sata."

Can you imagine Obama offering to feed John McCain a monkey during a news conference?

Other countries are so much more fun than ours.

Because they can

Why did Panasonic spend years of research and development dollars on the new Toughbook-30?

Because it can.

I'm sure it will also make for some interesting TV spots.

The Toughbook was tested for durability by having tigers chew on it, elephants step on it and someone shoot it with a 22-caliber pistol.

How did it do? The tigers were unable to damage it. The elephants did put a few cosmetic scratches on it. The bullet penetrated the screen, but the computer still worked even after having a hole shot in it.

So if you have problems with your machine being eaten by tigers, stepped on by pachyderms or shot by guns, the 8-pound Toughbook-30 may be the perfect laptop for you.

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