*The first “funny money” in the U.S. Do you remember the phrase, “not worth a continental”? If you don’t, I’m sure your parents do. It refers to the paper money that the Continental Congress authorized back in 1776. It became so worthless George Washington said, “a wagonload of currency will hardly purchase a wagonload of provisions.” For the rest of the story, click here to see my Wednesday column, This Week in History.
*Please prove it really works. Last week I mentioned the iPhone app so you, too, could mimic the blast of vuvuzelas. Now comes news of a noise-cancellation MP3 download that will allegedly eliminate that annoying buzz when you play it next to your television. Check it out at antivuvuzelafilter.com before the next World Cup match.
*Families come in many forms, the president says. In his Father’s Day proclamation two weeks ago, President Obama declared that “nurturing families come in many forms… [including] two fathers.” This isn’t the first time that he has used such a platform to honor homosexuality. In May, Obama also cited “two mothers” in his Mother’s Day proclamation.
*Woody Allen wants Obama to become dictator. The formerly funny filmmaker (try saying that fast four or five times) told a Spanish newspaper, “The Republican Party should get out of [Obama’s] way and stop trying to hurt him… It would be good if he could be a dictator for a few years, because he could do a lot of good things quickly.” Apparently Woody thinks that would be an improvement over the present system, where Obama gets to do a lot of bad things slowly.