Many things to do before tonight's traditional meal of dumplings and Dan-Dan noodles. But for those seeking a little light-news snack beforehand, a few stocking-stuffers.
Like, this story about a San Antonio software developer named Ben Adams who used eBay to find his stolen 1949 Chevy truck. Turns out, it was in Duncanville -- and it was retrieved, following an elaborate sting operation involving fake IDs and a pre-paid cell phone. Sounds ... safe? "Adams pulled out his mobile phone and dialed 911. 'Please help me,' he said. 'I'm at a warehouse. There are criminals all around me.'" ...
Nothing like some schadenfreude on Christmas Eve: Over the weekend, Slashfilm guesstimated that 48 folks went to see Jessica Simpson and Luke Wilson's new movie Blonde Ambition during its opening day at some of your finer local theaters on Friday. Seriously -- 48 people, which brings the opening-day box office total to ... $384 during its run in eight Texas theaters. Which must set some kind of record ...
And, finally, Dr. Joel Steinberg, professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, has a message for parents this morning: "Parents should be very careful in selecting toys that may encourage violent behaviors, such as toy guns, knives, bow and arrows or computer games and violent videos." Which means I now have to return this, this and this. My 4-year-old will be very disappointed. --Robert Wilonsky
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