Thursday, July 18, 2013
What do teachers and bank robbers have in common?
They’re always asking people to raise their hands.
What well-known drug was called Oculinum when it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1989?
Botox. At the time, the drug was being used to treat crossed eyes and uncontrollable blinking. The name was changed in 1991.
AROUND THE WORLD
Names of American shows in foreign countries
The Spanish title of the white-man-adopts-black-childre
n sitcom cuts right to the chase: Blanco y Negro, or “Black and White.” Elsewhere, the show is known as “Little Boy Arnold Is Popular” (Japan) and “My Family Is a Mess” (Brazil).
BOB THE BUILDER
In Finland, this kids’ show isn’t about a guy named Bob, and he isn’t a builder. He’s known there as Puuha-Pete, or “Potter Pete.”
MURDER, SHE WROTE
In Germany, it’s known as Mord ist ihr Hobby, or “Murder Is Her Hobby” (which explains all those murders in that tiny Maine town).
Studies show: TV is the third most talked-about subject, after “cost of living” and “family.”