:: The WUIH-TV Weathersphere atop the Beacon Financial Tower has four colors of neon tubing (soon to be relaced with LED): Red (weather alert), Green (calm), Purple (rain and wind), Blue (ice and snow)
:: According to a poll of more than 2,000 city residents, the most popular remedies for a hangover include raw eggs and beer, vitamin B6, and floating face-up in a lukewarm pool. Hangover cures which received only a single vote included consuming BLTs, dog food and unsweetened Kool-Aid, among others.
:: Local bookseller Jonathan Franklin was awarded a place in the 2004 edition of the Guiness Book of World Records after drawing a continuous line 27.4 miles long with a single Dixon Ticonderoga #2 pencil.
:: Joel and Ethan Coen are scheduled to begin shooting a new film in several locations througout the city in the Fall of 2008. The movie, (working title Like Pulling Teeth), stars John Turturro as a narcoleptic dentist, and Frances MacDormand as his estranged wife.
:: On Monday, the city council adopted a measure to appoint an official bird for each of the World Conservation Network’s 1994 Categories and Criteria of endangered species. The Official Bird of the City (“Extinct” Status) will be the Nycticorax carcinocatactes , or Night Heron, which were common in the city and surrounding area until the late 18th century. The Official Bird of the City (“Least Concern” status) will be the Merops leschenaultia, or Chestnut-Headed Bee Eater (Which is native to southern India, although several taxidermized examples of which are on display at the “Aviarium” at Mabel Tripp Gardens).
– R. Ingraham, J. Morris, R. White