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Coke finds Jesus movie scene hard to swallow April 15, 2007

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An Italian film showing Jesus Christ drinking Coca-Cola has sparked such strong protest from the soft drink giant that it blocked the film’s Easter weekend premiere.

The film 7km from Jerusalem is about an Italian advertising executive who is soul searching after losing his job and marriage. He flies to Jerusalem where he runs into Jesus. According to local press reports, he offers the returned Christ a can of Coca-Cola and seeing Jesus drinking the beverage, thinks, “what a testimonial”. Apparently Coca-Cola disagreed.

“The multinational’s Italian unit sent a legal letter forcing the elimination of the scene in which Jesus drinks the well-known beverage,” the producers said on the film’s website, http://blog.7kmdagerusalemme.it/dblog/.

Italian media reported that the company felt that the use of its brand was unacceptable and could give the company a bad image. Director Claudio Malaponti said that if further talks were unsuccessful, the scene would indeed be cut.

“This recasting requires about 20 days and the hope is to be able to have it in cinemas by the end of April,” Malaponti was quoted as saying on the website. A preview of the film can be seen on the movie’s website: http://www.7kmdagerusalemme.it/media/trailer.htm.

It is not the first time that a controversial film about Jesus was meant to open just before the Easter holiday. Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, which depicted Christ’s scourging and crucifixion in blood-dripping detail, opened across Europe just before Easter 2004.


Prague residents prefer goat statue to Freud April 15, 2007

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Residents of an historic Prague neighbourhood have voted for a statue of a goat rather than a monument to famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.

District Mayor Petr Hejma said some voters in the referendum said they would prefer a goat statue instead of the proposed Freud sculpture because it was to be located in an area known as Kozi Placek, or Goat Square.

About 75 per cent of voters said no to the proposed sculpture, which was to portray Freud seated at a table. The referendum was non-binding and Prague’s city government will take the final decision on whether to erect the monument.

After the sculpture proposal drew criticism, officials called for a neighbourhood referendum. An association called Friends of the Goat was formed, which said a Freud monument could be placed anywhere, while “a statue of a goat can only be situated on Goat Square”.

“First, the statue is hideous, and second, Freud surely never heard of Kozi Placek,” a woman said after voting on Friday. “We should put a goat statue there instead.”

Freud, who was known for his work with the subconscious, was born in the eastern Czech town of Priborborn and later moved to Austria with his family. He died in 1939.

German Army tries to draft 4-week-old baby April 15, 2007

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The German Army sent a draft notice to a four-week-old baby named Lucio, ordering him to report for duty within the next 10 days, before realising it had blundered.

An army spokesman said the notice had been sent erroneously because a clerk typed in the wrong date of birth for the boy from Aubstadt, in southern Germany.

“It was an accident,” an army spokesman said. “Somebody entered the wrong number into a computer. There was no harm done. “We realised the error the same day and called up the family to tell them to throw the notice away when it arrived.”

Fans seek Florida pardon for Doors’ Morrison April 15, 2007

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Two fans have asked Florida to pardon rock bad boy Jim Morrison, the late lead singer of The Doors, who was convicted of exposing himself during a Miami concert nearly 40 years ago.

The two men, Kerry Humpherys of Utah and David Diamond of Ohio, sent a letter to Florida Governor Charlie Crist last month asking him to issue a full pardon to Morrison on two misdemeanour charges of indecent exposure and using profanity.

“I’m a big Doors’ fan. There are thousands of Doors’ fans out there who look up to Jim Morrison. It was all trumped up and he shouldn’t have this hanging over him,” Mr Humpherys, who runs a Doors’ fan magazine, said.

Morrison’s trouble with the law stemmed from his notorious appearance at a Coconut Grove concert in 1969 at a time when Miami was a conservative southern city. Police said Morrison rolled down his leather pants and simulated masturbation on stage. Some witnesses disagreed, saying Morrison had only simulated exposing himself.

Morrison was sentenced to six months in jail and a $500 fine, but was released pending appeal. The appeal had not been heard when he was found dead in the bath of his Paris apartment on July 3, 1971, apparently of a lethal mix of alcohol and drugs.

The Doors were one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s, with hits like Light My Fire, Hello, I Love You and Riders on the Storm.

Any pardon for Morrison would be decided by Mr Crist, a Republican, and member of Florida’s Cabinet. The Miami Herald noted that both Morrison and Mr Crist attended Florida State University, where sports teams are nicknamed the Seminoles.

“He’s a ‘Nole’? Well, given that fact, I’m certainly willing to review it,” Mr Crist was quoted as saying in Tuesday’s Herald. The newspaper said Crist then sang a few lines of Light My Fire.

Teeny Ted’s tale is world’s smallest book April 15, 2007

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Canadian researchers say they have produced the world’s smallest published book, a story of a turnip contest that will require readers to use an electron microscope.

The book, entitled Teeny Ted from Turnip Town, measures 0.07 mm by 0.10 mm and was made using a focused gallium-ion beam to carve out spaces around each letter on pieces of crystalline silicon, according to Simon Fraser University. That is smaller than the head of a pin, which is about 2 mm in size, according to the researchers.

The book is tinier than two cited in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s smallest, a copy of the New Testament of the King James Bible, made in 2001, and a 2002 production of Anton Chekhov’s “Chameleon”, the researchers said.

Each of the “nanobooks” is made up of 30 microtablets. The story is described by the Vancouver University as a “fable about Teeny Ted’s victory in a turnip contest at the annual country fair.”