Friday, October 21, 2005

The Week in Pictures XX

It's the historic 20th edition of the Week in Pictures and we all know what that means -- only ten more weeks before I get to make jokes about the XXX edition!

I can hardly wait...

In honor of this historic event, I thought it would be fun to do a quick retrospective of what was going on in the world when this feature began:

  • George W. Bush was the president of the United States.
  • The U.S. was involved in the war in Iraq
  • Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were an item
  • Coldplay and U2 were among the most popular bands in the world
  • Gas and oil prices were sky high
  • The New England Patriots were the defending Super Bowl champions

The list goes on and on, but I think you get the point. As fun as it is to look back on were we were, it's even more amazing to see how far we've come.

Anyway, on to the Week in Pictures.

Tiny Liechtenstein launched it's space program, which is focused on searching for signs of other intelligent life in the universe, by strapping cell phones to a pair of birds and firing them from a cannon.

A record number of American men and women dreamed that they were walking outside in their underwear last night.

Ironically, this happened one week to the day after a record number of Japanese men dreamed that they were walking through Manhattan wearing nothing but a Mawashi.

Tibetan author and singer Somanme Yangchen is reveling in her newfound freedom after doctors discovered that she's not conjoined at the arm with her identical twin, but instead has been leaning on a mirror since early childhood.

Calling it "cost prohibitive" to build another Death Star, Darth Vader is considering moving the Empire's headquarters to New York's Times Square area.

The International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE),called on the European Parliament in Brussels to end the criminalization of the sex industry and give prostitutes the same social rights as other workers. Parliament said they would consider the request if the ICRSE promised to send better looking prostitutes to their next meeting.

Prostitutes from the recently shuttered doggie brothel that were at the meeting said they hope to open a new brothel in Paris sometime this spring.

A Hungarian couple was arrested for Public Lewdness after performing the Karma Sutra's "Congress of a Crow" in a Budapest department store.

Dorothy paid tribute to her Auntie Em and Glinda, the good witch, by having their faces tattooed on her feet.

A mysterious caped troll terrorized the patrons of the Chelsea Piers sports center before making a daring escape up the rock climbing wall.

Former cartoon star Porky Pig swallowed a man whole before jumping into a kayak and leading police on a wild chase down the East River.

This week's gratuitous picture: Bridget Moynahan

Gratuitous pic for NP4J: Jennifer Lopez*

*Just my way of apologizing after incurring her wrath for a J-Lo joke a few weeks back, and of cheering her up after reading the heartbreaking post she wrote yesterday.

Song of the Week is Maxwell's ...Til the Cops Come Knockin'

Fashionable bank robbers are turning to stripes this autumn, saying that black masks have become cliched and tiresome.

Publishers have begun churning out tiny books to help people who feel that they don't have time to read.

They've also begun publishing huge books for people with entirely too much time on their hands.

Fitness enthusaists who once sought "six-pack" abs have now turned their attention to the more difficult to acheive "thirty-three egg" abs.

Environmentalists have begun picketing trees who, they say, are polluting our waterways by carelessly dropping leaves into them each autumn.

Sensing that his political careeer may be coming to a close, White House Senior Advisor Karl Rove has branched out into the fashion industry by marketing a line of skull caps and veils.

Hong Kong Justice Secretary Wong Ryan Lung came under fire Tuesday from lawmakers wanting to know why his shadow looks like a woman facing the opposite direction.

The New School is offering a new course designed to teach women what to do in the event that I ask them out.

The world's first animatronic penis was unveiled this week. It not only walks, but also recognizes and responds to commands such as "harder," "faster," and "Not tonight, I have a headache."

On a related note, an unnamed pharmaceutical company is seeking FDA approval for a pill that will allow men to more easily determine when a woman is aroused.

And finally, in sports, former Chinese pole vaulter Zhou Yang set a new world record of 183 in the run, jump, and catch raindrops on your tongue competition.