Nukes, Popcorn Lung and Pavarotti.

Today I found that I have an excess of articles to post. In an effort to not make you, my dear reader(s), die of boredom, I’m going to excerpt from them. I call this Nukes, popcorn lung and Pavarotti. Here goes:

1. In the height of absurdity:

‘Popcorn lung patient’ inhaled fumes daily

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Wayne Watson loved microwave popcorn so much he would eat at least two bags each night, breathing in the steam from the just-opened package, until doctors told him it may have made him sick.

Watson, whose case of “popcorn lung” is the sole reported case of the disease in a non-factory worker, said he is convinced his heavy consumption of popcorn caused his health problems.

Who consumes 2 or more bags of microwave popcorn daily? Popcorn lung is the least of your concerns… how about Blocked Artery and Sky high Cholesterol and Blood Pressure? But this is my favorite part:

Watson said he still craves popcorn but has taken his doctors’ advice and snacks now on fruits and vegetables. He said his breathing has improved and he’s lost 35 pounds. He no longer uses an inhaler or takes steroids.

DUDE. Two words for you: AIR POPPER.

2. This one is absurd, bizarre and truly scary:

Air Force Mistakenly Transports Live Nukes Across America

“Surely the late Stanley Kubrick is somewhere smiling at this one. Forbes.com has a story about a B-52 Bomber that mistakenly flew 6-nuclear tipped cruise missles across several states last week. The 3-hour flight took the plane from Minot Air Force Base, N.D, to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Aug. 30. The incident was so serious that President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert Gates were quickly informed and Gates has asked for daily briefings on the Air Force probe, said Defense Department press secretary Geoff Morrell.”

I’m not sure I want to think about this one.

3. And finally some sad news:

Italian tenor Pavarotti dies at 71

ROME – Luciano Pavarotti, opera’s biggest superstar of the late 20th century, died Thursday. He was 71. He was the son of a singing baker and became the king of the high C’s.

“The Maestro fought a long, tough battle against the pancreatic cancer,” Robson said. “In fitting with the approach that characterised his life and work, he remained positive until finally succumbing to the last stages of his illness.”

Pavarotti’s charismatic persona and ebullient showmanship ā€” but most of all his creamy and powerful voice ā€” made him the most beloved and celebrated tenor since the great Caruso and one of the few opera singers to win crossover fame as a popular superstar.

“Luciano’s voice was so extraordinarily beautiful and his delivery so natural and direct that his singing spoke right to the hearts of listeners whether they knew anything about opera or not,” Metropolitan Opera music director James Levine said in a statement.

Fellow singer Jose Carreras called Pavarotti “one of the greatest tenors ever, one of the most important singers in the history of opera.”

My grandmother LOVED opera and when I heard this news my first thought was of her. The world has truly lost a great artist.

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