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Monday, June 26, 2006

Monday News Bits

And here's the news that interests me...but not many others.

Today, the CN Tower marks its 30th anniversary. Yup, on this day in 1976, the construction was finished on the CN Tower. After 30 years, it still holds the world's record as the tallest free-standing structure. Although, that is disputed, as in recent years, people have gotten really finicky when it comes to free-standing and spires on top and all kinds of stuff like that. And, there are some new construction projects in the planning stages that'll be taller than the CN Tower if they ever get built. In fact, the administrators of the CN Tower have admitted that, in this climate of bigger and bigger construction projects, they're surprised that they've held the record for this long.

But I digress. Naturally, there's all kinds of celebrations going on in Toronto today...parked in the CN Tower's parking lot today is "Olga," the Sikorski SkyCrane helicopter that lifed the upper parts of the structure into place.

I always wanted to see the CN Tower...I've been fascinated by it since I was a kid. Someday, I'll get out east...see the CN Tower, check out the national monuments in Ottawa, and further that other obsession of mine (the Olympics) by seeing Montreal.

Oh, and one last trivia note. The "CN" in CN Tower no longer stands for "Canadian National." CN's sponsorship deal ended in the late 90s. Now, the CN stands for "Canada's National."

Sadly, my man, my hero, "Weird Al" Yankovic did not get his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year.

The push to get Weird Al a star on the Walk of Fame has gained some infamy in recent years...About 4 years ago, a group of hardcore Weird Al fans started "The Weird Al Star Fund," a campaign to raise the $15,000 needed for the Hollywood Walk of Fame application. The group even made the national news about a month ago, when they were achingly close to making the $15,000 and just barely made the application deadline for this year.

But, Weird Al was turned down for this year. Recording artist who are getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year are Sean "Pi-Diddy" Combs, Mariah Carey, the Doors, Crystal Gale, LeAnn Rhimes, Tim McGraw and Shania Twain.

Weird Al's application carries over to next year...no need to raise another $15,000.

With Superman Returns coming out on Wednesday, lots of news articles are starting to pop up about Superman. And I just have this to say to the journalists of the world.

STOP calling Superman "the caped crusader!" The Caped Crusader is Batman Superman is the Man of Steel. Got it? Good.

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