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Strange but true

Published: February 2, 2007
Section: News

Kevin Federline commercial angers fast-food workers

Kevin Federlines commercial for Nationwide Insurance, which will air during the Super Bowl, has angered fast-food workers.

In the commercial, Kevin Federline raps, dresses and looks like a superstar, and, at its conclusion, Federline is dressed as a fast-food worker, shoveling fries. It turns out he was daydreaming about being a superstar, but actually is a restaurant worker.

According to, the National Restaurant Association is not too happy about the advertisement. Representatives called it “demeaning and unpleasant” to fast-food workers.

Eric Hargrove, of Nationwide insurance, told that the ad is “a humorous take on one person's life. The focus of the ad is the element of surprise, not the setting of a fast-food restaurant.”

Drug addicts reality show to debut

According to the Sunday Mirror, the producers of Big Brother are back for another reality television show. This time, though, the stars of the series will be drug addicts. The series will be called Rock Stars in Rehab.

The plan is to put a group of well-known faces with very public drug problems into a rehab and just let the cameras run, one insider told The Sunday Mirror.

Celebrity drug addicts will live together in a Big Brother-like house, including Pete Doherty (Kate Mosss boyfriend, who has fought through addictions to heroin and crack cocaine), Donny Tourette (cocaine), and Dominic Masters (crack).

The show will film the addicts 24 hours a day during rehabilitation, watching them attempt to kick their habits. It will be produced by Dutch TV company Endemol, which founded Deal or No Deal and filmed Fives Birth Night Live last October, the first ever live birth on television.

A novel full of text messages, literally

Do you text message a lot? If your text messages were compiled, would it form a story good enough for a novel?

According to the Associated Press, “The Last Messages” by Hannu Luntiala of Finland is a fiction piece written entirely through text messages. The 332 page novel is full of approximately 1000 text messages that a man sends to his friends and family while traveling the world.

“I believe that, at the end of the day, a text message may reveal much more about a person than you would initially think,” the author told the Associated Press.

The text messages contained in the book are full of grammatical errors and abbreviations, just like regular texts.

The book may be translated to English.

Eat a donut, stay awake

In the past, college students needed both coffee and donuts to keep them awake for studying. Now, they only need the donuts. Dr. Robert Bohannon plans to market Buzz Donuts, Buzz Bagels, and more.
Bohannon is a molecular scientist, and also a cafe owner, and he has discovered a way to add caffeine to baked goods, while eliminating the bitter taste of caffeine.

According to the Associated Press, Bohannon has not begun selling the products at his store, but he is planning on patenting his invention, and he has offered the idea to Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, and Starbucks.

Six years ago, Bohannan started this project. “I was sitting with a glass of milk and a doughnut. I needed a little jolt in the morning,” he told the Associated Press. His first attempts at the product were “terrible, absolutely horrid,” but eventually he learned how to turn caffeine into small, flour-like particles and neutralize the bitterness.

Bohannon claims that caffeine could be added to juice or even milk. “This gives people the opportunity if they want to have a glass of milk and want to have caffeine. It will get them going,” he stated, according to the Associated Press.

“There's some mornings that I'd like juice instead of coffee, but I still want that caffeine kick. So I would love to have a caffeinated bagel or caffeinated doughnut. That would be awesome,” said Stephanie Harris, a customer at Bohannon's store, Sips Coffee & Tea.