News and Notes – 3/8/2007

Climate change or diet change? PETA has written an open letter to Al Gore urging him to become a vegetarian in order to reduce global warming. PETA claims that because “animals raised for food generate more greenhouse gases than all cars and trucks combined . . . switching to a vegan diet is more effective in countering global warming than switching from a standard American car to a Prius.” I don’t have a problem if Al Gore eats meat. I just think he should purchase carbon offsets each time he orders a burger.

Shades of Japanese horror movies! Fisherman captures a 990-lb, 33-foot long colossal squid off the coast of New Zealand. “It really didn’t put up much of a fight,” said one of the observers. “Its tentacles were moving back and forth, but that’s about it. It certainly wasn’t grabbing crew members and pulling them back into the sea.”

Whoops! Apparently the U.S. Mint left out the (fairly important) words “In God We Trust” on an unknown number of new George Washington dollar coins. “The first one sold for $600 before everyone knew how common they actually were,” coin expert Ron Guth said. “They’re going for around $40 to $60 on eBay now, and they’ll probably settle in the $50 range.”

5 Comments

  1. Timothy Michalak says:

    Amazing how they just happen to leave out “In God We Trust” specifically. The number one thing that is being debated over right now on our currency.

    Here is a picture of the new coin (with “In God We Trust”).
    http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/$1coin/index.cfm?action=Washington

    Out of all the things to leave out…

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Timothy,

    Thanks for the link. I would love to get a hold of one of these coins without the words – it would come in handy for a sermon illustration some day. But, I don’t feel like shelling out $50 on eBay for a sermon illustration!

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