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War update. More than 100 Taliban killed when their ‘surprise’ attack was put down. Doubly good news is the fact that neither the Afghan or coalition forces suffered any casualties.

And on the other side of the border, signs that Pakistani tribesmen are turning on al-Qaida, a start of what eventually brought the successful route of al-Qaida in Iraq. Its only a start, but its a start.

Debt update. A watched clock never moves – unless it’s the National Debt Clock. In fact, the digital counter has been moving so much that it recently ran out of digits to display the ballooning figure: $10,150,603,734,720, or roughly $10.2 trillion, as of Saturday afternoon.

It will be replaced in 2009 with a new clock, said Jordan Barowitz, a spokesman for the Durst Organization. The new clock will be able to track debt up to a quadrillion dollars, which is a ‘1’ followed by 15 zeros.

Food update. Joey Chestnut, 24 year old eating champion from San Jose, CA and two time winner of Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest has added another notch to his belt. This time winning a pizza eating contest. He downed 45 slices in 10 minutes Sunday to win the first Famous Famiglia World Pizza Eating Championship in New York’s Times Square.

Breaking down the numbers. At 8 slices/pie, Joey Chestnut ate 5 whole pies and 5 slices, in 10 minutes. Oooomph!

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