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The Weekend Desk Report

Weekend Desk editor Natasha Julius remains on assignment in India.

The Five Dumbest Ideas of the Week

1. I, for one, was relieved to learn that Mattel's Little Mommy Real Loving Baby Cuddle-and-Coo doll is not gurgling "Islam is the light" whenever its tummy is squeezed, as an Owasso, Okla. man had complained. Unfortunately, the news comes too late for Wal-Mart, which has already pulled the doll off the shelves. The retailer has replaced the doll with an elfin gnome that repeats a much more pleasant single phrase.

2. For the android who has everything: Eric Klarenbeck's contact lens, which comes attached to a dangling crystal ornament. Sure to come in handy when you've left this at home.

3. There's a casting call for a new reality show about amazing families who look "completely abnormal from the outside." I nominate the Goldbergs, starring Mom, Sis, big brother Bill and me.

4. A big boo-hoo for Charlotte Feeney, who sued L'Oreal for damages when she thought she was dyeing her hair blonde but wound up with brown hair instead. A judge rejected her claim that she had suffered anxiety, headaches and a lack of the attention that she'd ordinarily get as a blonde. I'm sure she already gets plenty of attention as one of these.

5. I don't know about you, but I can't wait for Obama's infomercial on Oct. 29. Will Gary Collins emcee? What goodies await the first hundred callers? I hear that the special guest will be a certain notorious Weatherman.


Ferdy's Film Frenzy
Continuing our blurbing of Marilyn Ferdinand's coverage of the Chicago International Film Festival. Go to Ferdy on Films for full reviews and details.

"Sita Sings the Blues: An animated retelling of the centuries old Indian epic the Ramayana by Nina Paley is mixed with the story of her own traumatic break-up. Sita Sings the Blues is a wonderfully entertaining film packed with more great moments than I can possibly describe, with great animation and, if you're a fan of torch and blues music of the 1920s and/or Annette Hanshaw, a great soundtrack. The Ramayana is supposed to teach about submitting to one's fate, and despite the modern spin on the story, Nina learns to do just that."

The trailer:


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Posted on October 11, 2008

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POLITICS - The Political Odds.
SPORTS - Another Week Of Trubisky Analysis.

BOOKS - Writers Under Surveillance.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Original Warrior.

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