January 11, 2008

News on the lighter side for a Friday afternoon

Posted in Apropos of nothing, News at 2:00 pm by The Lizard Queen

AP, via the Boston Globe: Twins unwittingly got married in Britain:

LONDON—Twins who were separated at birth got married without realizing they were brother and sister, a lawmaker said, urging more information be provided on birth certificates for adopted children.

A court annulled the British couple’s union after they discovered their true relationship, Lord David Alton said. . . .

“I was recently involved in a conversation with a High Court judge who was telling me of a case he had dealt with,” Alton said according to a transcript of the Dec. 10 debate. “It involved the normal birth of twins who were separated at birth and adopted by separate parents.

“They were never told that they were twins. They met later in life and felt an inevitable attraction, and the judge had to deal with the consequences of the marriage that they entered into and all the issues of their separation.”

I’m always intrigued by the bond between twins.  More than that, though, I just can’t get over the title.  First I read it as “twits” instead of “twins,” which then of course made me think of the Upper Class Twit of the Year competition; then there’s the fact that as it’s structured there, it sounds like the twins meant to get married, they just didn’t mean to get married in Britain.

Then, from the Globe itself: No Pants (on the T) 2K8!

Knobby knees. Hairy legs. You can see plenty on the beach in summer. You may also see them on the subway in Boston tomorrow.

Some riders may be participating then in No Pants 2K8, an event in which some people plan to ride the trains in their underwear.

Organizer Adam Sablich said that it’s a “large-scale improv event,” and that 400 to 500 people have said via Internet networking sites that they are interested in participating. He said it is a spinoff of an event that has been happening in New York City for a half-dozen years.

The New York events have been organized by Improv Everywhere, a group whose website says its pranks are intended to “bring excitement to otherwise unexciting locales.”

“We’re out to prove that a prank doesn’t have to involve humiliation or embarrassment; it can simply be about making someone laugh, smile, or stop to notice the world around them,” reads the website, improveverywhere.com.

Sablich, 25, of Haverhill, said the event calls for nothing illegal and that participants may wear coats over their boxer shorts or briefs.

I wish I were still in town so I could participate. 🙂

[I’m trying to get back into the swing of blogging after nearly a week of feeling pretty wretched.  So, if anyone has anything they’d like to see me write about or has read any stories/blogs/etc. they think I’d be interested in, please feel free to leave me a note in the comments thread here!]

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