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A six-year-old boy in Colorado Springs, Colo., has been suspended from school for kissing the hand of a classmate. Hunter Yelton was in his first-grade reading class when he leaned over and kissed the hand of an unnamed female student. “This is taking it to an extreme that doesn’t need to be met with a six-year-old,” said Hunter’s mother, Jennifer Saunders, in an interview with a local radio station. “Now my son’s asking questions: What is sex, mommy?”
The upcoming movie Fast & Furious 7 will be rewritten to reflect the recent death of actor Paul Walker. Several reports out of Hollywood claim that Universal has hired veteran screenwriter Chris Morgan, who previously penned three entries in the F&F franchise, to rework the script to gracefully exit Walker’s character of Brian O’Connor, while still retaining portions of the film that have already been filmed.
Welcome to social media, George Herbert Walker Bush. The ex-president and father of George W. Bush has become the third U.S. president, and first Republican president, to sign up for Twitter. Sitting president Barack Obama was already on the service when he took office in 2008 and former president Bill Clinton signed on earlier this year. In his first tweet, Bush senior expressed his regrets at not being able to attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
Coming soon to a liquor store near you: Ron Burgundy Scotch. Alternately known as Great Odin’s Raven (taken from a quote by Will Ferrell’s fictional Anchorman movie character) is a blended scotch whisky crafted and bottled by St. Andrew’s Distillery in Scotland. A promotional blurb describes the scotch as “A tolerably delicious expression of an innovatively bludgeoning cross-platform marketing strategy.” Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens on Dec. 18.
A French coffee house has taken a stand against rude customers by charging prices based on how polite patrons are to serving staff. The Petite Syrah café in Nice recently began the policy that has many customers rethinking the way they order their morning coffee. A simple “coffee, please” costs a middling $5.87 (U.S.) per cup, but leave off the “please” and the price goes up to $9.65. Throw in a “bonjour” and the price drops all the way down to $1.95 per cup. “It’s our way of saying ‘keep calm and carry on,’” said café owner Fabrice Pepino.
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