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Jewcy Zeitgeist: 867-5309 Back on the Charts, Snow Sweeps Britain, and Somalia Welcomes New President

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order:   Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, the official seasonal weatherman, saw his shadow this morning, indicating another six weeks of winter are headed in our direction.  Somalia welcomed a new moderate Islamist president, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, … Read More

By / February 2, 2009

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order:

 

  • Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, the official seasonal weatherman, saw his shadow this morning, indicating another six weeks of winter are headed in our direction. 
  • Somalia welcomed a new moderate Islamist president, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, over the weekend. His reception has been positive, amidst hopes for peace in the nation.
  • Bids for a New Jersey man’s infamous cell phone number, 867-5309, have skyrocketed past $5,000 on eBay, more than 25 years after the song featuring the number hit number one on the pop charts. 
  • In an attack similar to one on former president George W. Bush, a student at Cambridge University threw a shoe at Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, calling him a communist.
  • Barbie creator Mattel has reported a 46% drop in fourth-quarter profits. This comes as Barbie plans her 50th birthday bash, perhaps proving that 50 is not, in fact, the new 40. 
  • Snow is smothering Britain, with the heaviest snowfall in nearly two decades delaying and even canceling many forms of transportation. London is expected to see a foot of snow, with nearly two feet expected in northern England.