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Matsushita Electric is promoting a new Japanese PC targeted
at the Internet. Panasonic has developed a complete Japanese
Web browser, and to make the system "user-friendly", licensed
the cartoon character "Woody Woodpecker" as the "Internet
guide." Panasonic eventually planned on a world version of the
product. 

A huge marketing campaign was to have introduced the product in
Japan last week. The day before the ads were to be released,
Panasonic suddenly pulled back and delayed the product launch
indefinitely. 

The reason: the ads featured the slogan "Touch Woody - The Internet
Pecker." An American staff member at the internal product launch
explained to the stunned and embarrassed Japanese what "touch woody"
and "pecker" meant in American slang. 

     -From EE Times, October 8, 1996 

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   I saw in the paper the other day that there's a serious shortage of
   men in Washington DC. I commented on this fact to my wife and told her
   I might just go there. I added that the article said that men could
   earn $50 a nite easily as a gigolo.
   
   She smiled and said, "And exactly how do you intend to live on $200 a
   month ?"


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Representative Tim Moore sponsored a resolution in the Texas House of Representatives in 
Austin, Texas calling on the House to commend Albert de Salvo for his unselfish service to 
"his country, his state and his community." 

The resolution stated that "this compassionate gentleman's dedication and devotion to his work 
has enabled the weak and the lonely throughout the nation to achieve and maintain a new degree 
of concern for their future. He has been officially recognized by the state of Massachusetts 
for his noted activities and unconventional techniques involving population control and applied
psychology." 

The resolution was passed unanimously. 

Representative Moore then revealed that he had only tabled the motion to show how the 
legislature passes bills and resolutions often without reading them or understanding what 
they say. Albert de Salvo was the Boston Strangler. 

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