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The Pope's on your social network

The Pope’s on your social network

It’s not what you think. The Pope doesn’t have a personal Facebook page where you can friend him so we won’t have to wonder if he would accept friend requests from non-Catholics. The Pope has a new Facebook application. It’s called “Pope2You” and the application’s description is in Italian.

Pope2You, ti permette di inviare e ricevere attraverso il social network più importante al mondo, i messaggi del Papa Benedetto XVI. Potrai inviare le più belle cartoline con le foto del Papa ad i tuoi amici.

Translated it says, “I’m the Pope and you’re not. My favorite shoes are Keds and I am going to bust a move on the dance floor.” Wait. That’s wrong.

What it actually says is, “Pope2You lets you send and receive through the most important social network in the world, messages of Pope Benedict XVI. You will send the most beautiful postcards with pictures of the Pope to your friends.” No word on whether the Pope can excommunicate you through the application. [Source]

World’s a little dirty? How about a whitewash?

Okay, so we may have caused some serious harm to the planet with that whole Industrial Revolution and our pollution machines known as “cars.” But, we can fix it! How? According to Steven Chu, US Energy Secretary, we can help the planet with white paint.

Yep, you read that right, white paint. Chu wants to have flat roofs painted white to act as reflectors. “Making roads and roofs a paler colour could have the equivalent effect of taking every car in the world off the road for 11 years, Chu said.” That’s pretty impressive. Chu doesn’t expect this to solve everything, but every little bit helps. [Source]

Punch-Out!! Amazon.com Exclusive Heavyweight Contender Kit

007 373 5963 = chocolate bar?

We don’t cover gaming much here at Gadgetell since the guys at Gamertell are so great at their jobs, but Punch-Out!! for the Nintendo Wii was recently released and got my attention. I grew up playing the original “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!” so even I took notice.

A quick check for the game on Amazon yielded some strange results. Check out the “Punch-Out!! Amazon.com Exclusive Heavyweight Contender Kit” which contains a King Hippo Crown Mini Replica, a King Hippo Desktop Punching Bag, King Hippo Boxer Shorts (Size: Large) and a Doc Louis Remedy Chocolate Bar.

The whole package costs $29.99. WTF? I guess you could enjoy these trinkets as you play the game. When you beat King Hippo, you can wear a replica crown to mock him. When you get beat up, you can eat Doc Louis’s Remedy Chocolate Bar (since Doc actually tells you in the game that a chocolate bar will help you after you get whupped).

Then again, why offer King Hippo boxers in large? Why not King Hippo size? [Source]

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