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Some salsa for your meringue?


Zumba: fun trumps technique in dancing calories away

At a recent Zumba class in New York City, fun trumped technique as a merry band of exercisers danced the samba, meringue and rumba to a mix of Latin, hip hop and oldies.

I was reading the story about Zumba and noticed that it makes a few references to merengue (the dance) in the story, but it is spelled meringue which if I’m not mistaken refers to the dessert and not the dance.

Inge V.

Er, yes.

I guess maybe too many meringues could be a reason to merengue the calories away. We corrected: GBU Editor

Above: Singer Olga Tanon from Puerto Rico poses with Grammy Award she won
for Best Merengue Album in 2002 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Contending with the facts…


“On the Waterfront” screenwriter Schulberg dies, 95

His screenwriting included 1957′s “A Face in the Crowd,” but it was the classic “On the Waterfront” for which Schulberg will be best remembered.

The 1954 film, based on the award-winning Tennessee Williams play about corruption on the New Jersey waterfront, earned 12 Oscar nominations and won eight of Hollywood’s top honors including screenwriting for Schulberg.

Legal immigrants?


Head U.S. overhauling immigration detention policy- NYT

Immigration reform has been a contentious issue in U.S. politics. Congress has failed to pass reforms amid differences over how to deal with about 12 million legal immigrants in the country and demands border security first be address.

Hi, in the last paragraph of your article, it says “12 million legal immigrats” where it should be illegal.

The caste of characters?


Ridley Scott, DiCaprio travel to “Brave New World”

Characters who figure in are Bernard, a lower-caste member, and Lenina, the woman with whom he is infatuated. DiCaprio would likely play Bernard, who is persecuted when the leaders of the society find his behavior antisocial.

Bernard is an Alpha-Plus, the highest cast in the book. Please revise.


In the book Brave New World, the character of Bernard is NOT a low-caste member. He’s an Alpha Plus, as any who’s actually read the book can tell you.

That’s a lot of twins…


Doctors baffled by Indian village of over 200 sets of twins

In fact with about 35-45 twins per live birth, this village in North Kerala, India, has four times more twins than normal. Not surprisingly, the village has been dubbed “the twin village.”

There seems to be a statistical error in this article. It says that in this one village there are “35-45 twins per live birth” but that seems way out of line (how can you even have more than two twins per live birth). Perhaps it’s per 1,000 live births or something else?

You don’t expect them to do that!


Cheerleading found to cause most serious sports injuries

Researcher Dr. Lara McKenzie told Reuters Health that fewer schools have full-time nurses on staff to help hurt the youngsters and schools may also be packing more children into gym classes, making it harder for teachers to supervise them.

This story obviously didn’t get even basic copy editing.  The nurses should be on staff to help hurt the youngsters??? Reuters has been a great name in news; what is going on now?

Faulty conversion…


Pentagon eyes accelerated “bunker buster” bomb

The MOP would be about one-third heavier than the 21,000-pound (9.5 million kg) GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb — dubbed the “mother of all bombs” — that was dropped twice in tests at a Florida range in 2003.

21,000 pounds is approximately 9,500 kg, NOT 9,500,000 kg as listed.. it’s a factor of 1,000 off.

Woodrow Wilson or Ronald Reagan?


The video you have posted regarding the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Conference incorrectly states that the event is occurring at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.

The event (at which President Obama was the keynote speaker)is taking place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (The Ronald Reagan Building), Washington, DC.

Alice in Blunderland


Tim Burton explores “Alice in Wonderland”

Q: What did you take from Lewis Carol’s source material?

A: It’s based on all of Lewis Carol’s material, including the “Jabberwocky Poem.” Past “Alice” films were always just a girl wandering around passively with a lot of weird characters. We tried to weave it into a story that has emotion to it and makes sense.

In case no one has brought it to your attention yet, the author of “Alice” is Lewis Carroll, not Carol.

Loonie headline?


Canada economy stabilizing, lonnie a concern: Flaherty

That should be “Loonie a concern.” The nickname for the canadian dollar is loonie. The origin comes from the image of the loon on the coin.


Yes. We fixed it, thanks: GBU Editor

A Canadian one dollar coin, also known as a loonie, in a 2006 file photo. REUTERS/ Shaun Best