by Staff Monkeys
Conspiracy theorists who claim that Osama bin Laden wasn’t really buried at sea after he was killed last year could have a chance to test their theory. A treasure hunter claims he’s located the body of the dead terrorist leader and he’s planning to go diving for it this summer if he can find $200,000 to finance the mission.
- A Virginia newspaper columnist has a chilling account of two of her colleagues who were beaten so badly that they missed a week of work. The victims are white and the attackers are black teen-agers — and every indication is that it was another random attack in the name of “justice” for Trayvon Martin. Heaven help us when the not guilty verdict comes back.
- Nearly 15 percent of people worldwide believe the end of the world is coming during their lifetimes and an even more amazing 10 percent believe that the world might end this year — because of the Mayan calendar nonsense. If they honestly believe the world is ending later this year, we’d like to ask that they give their property to us before they leave. Just send us your stuff here at the monkey bunker.
- Everyone knows the famous painting called “The Scream,” but only one person can own the original. The opportunity to own that original cost an anonymous buyer nearly $120 million Wednesday at an NYC auction house. We think we’re wasting our time with this writing thing. Painters seem to make more. The only problem is that it seems the dead ones’ work brings more money.
- Speaking of art, David Boaz of the Cato Institute makes the case here that funding for art should be private, not from taxpayer money. He says — correctly — that anything government pays for will ultimately be controlled by politics.
- Many children are taught to memorize their home addresses and phone numbers in case they get lost, but we’ve never heard of a parakeet being taught his home address. A parakeet’s owner in Japan had lost another bird when it flew away, so she was determined to be more careful with her new one. So she taught it to say her address. When the bird flew away Sunday, it was eventually found by police — who listened in amazement as the bird told them where he lives.