Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Bear eats Monkey in Dutch Zoo

I open with this strange news out of the Netherlands. Apparently a sloth bear ate a barbary macaque (more commonly known as a barbary ape) while visitors watched at a zoo in the Netherlands. Surprisingly, in the long and bizarre history of "the munchies" in Holland, no one had previously tried to eat a macaque.

President Bush spoke last night about some tough issues or something. I didn't watch; I was busy returning a quarter-full keg of Natural Light to the liquor store.

Here at comanche/soul we've become alarmed at most Americans' lack of knowledge about other parts of the world. With those map quizzes from middle school long forgotten, we've decided to remedy the problem through a new feature called Whole Wide World -- named after the sweet Wreckless Eric song (oft covered by the Bigger Lovers), not the Raffi sing-a-long.
Each installation will feature a country profile and a few links for your enjoyment.

Whole Wide World...
GUINEA-BISSAU - sandwiched between Senegal and Guinea on Africa's western coast, this small nation was a Portuguese colony until 1974. Its primary export is cashew nuts and it is in a veritable abyss of foreign debt. The capital (easy enough) is Bissau. Read more here. In the FIFA World Soccer rankings, Guinea-Bissau sit tied with Tonga at 186th.

Brazil coach Parreira announces his 23 man World Cup roster.

The Mavs knocked off the Spurs in OT last night in Dallas. Finals vet Steve Kerr explains how.
And in a bigger surprise (perhaps), Cleveland slugged out a second straight win against Detroit, 74-72. Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace had guaranteed victory, and continues to guarantee a series victory with things tied at 2 games a piece.

Duke Lacrosse's co-captain was indicted but claimed his innocence in a bizarre PR stunt, press briefing-type session yesterday. Dave Evans -- native of Bethesda and supposedly the son of a lobbyist -- appeared before the media and gave a slightly nervous, but mostly collected speech professing his innocence. This thing has gone on long enough already, but we're probably just getting started...and frankly, I can't stand it. The prosecution seems to have no evidence, but they keep indicting kids, one of whom has a nearly watertight alibi. On the other hand, when I have to watch guys like Evans quiver on camera, I'm merely reminded again of how much I hate Duke. Let's get to the bottom of this as soon as possible, then not mention the word "Duke" until their overrated team bows out meekly from the NCAAs again next year.

In music news...
Quasi-indie, faux-power pop supergroup the Raconteurs have announced tour dates. This after an Australian jazz group forced them to go by "The Saboteurs" whilst down under.

Pitchfork reviewed the still-unreleased sophomore LP from The Futureheads, News and Tributes. Don't know why they reviewed it three weeks before it comes out Stateside. A better Futureheads PR move would've been to review it just before its release and generate some buzz, kinda like that Seinfeld episode where George's girlfriend goes topless around Kramer, Jerry, and Elaine before George has seen her naked.

Stylus has a review of Grandaddy's swansong, Just Like The Fambly Cat.


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