With a click from his iPad, Pope Benedict XVI opened the Vatican's new website
Now you too can know what the Pope had for lunch.
(I'm in enough trouble with the Chinese and the Mormons. I'm going on vacation soon, I don't need the Church breathing down my neck.)
Here's a clip from last year's Melbourne Film Festival
Snack food that fights back!
June 29, 1940 -
According to the Batman Canon: two gangsters working for Tony Zucco rubbed out a circus highwire team known as the Flying Graysons, leaving their son Dick (Robin) an orphan on this date.
Lucky for Dick, an older man, Bruce Wayne is there to give him the care and attention a strapping young man in tights needs.
June 29, 1984 -
One of the original gross out comedies of the 80's, Bachelor Party, opened on this date.
Both Kelly McGillis and Paul Reiser were originally considered for the lead-roles early in production but were replaced due to lack of chemistry between the actors.
Today in History:
June 29, 1613 -
The Globe Theater, William Shakespeare's original theatrical venue, burns to the ground. According to one of the few surviving documents of the event, no one was hurt except a man who put out his burning breeches with a bottle of ale.
It must have not been a very good bottle of ale.
June 29, 1967 -
Actress Jayne Mansfield may or may not have been decapitated in a car crash, when her convertible collides with a parked tractor-trailer. To downplay the supposed gruesome death, sources spread the falsehood that only her wig flew off in the accident.
Her three children survived in the back seat of the 1966 Buick Electra. Daughter Mariska Hargitay was at the time and began a film career at 19.
June 29, 1971 -
When Soyuz 11 disengages from the Salyut space station, cosmonauts Georgi Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov and Viktor Patsayev are killed by a faulty pressurization valve.
All the oxygen leaks out of the Soyuz cabin before Patsayev can close the valve by hand, and the crew is asphyxiated.
I hate when that happens.
June 29, 1978 -
The body of Bob Crane is discovered in bed with an electric cord wrapped around his neck and his head smashed in.
When Scottsdale police search the apartment belonging to the former star of television's Hogan's Heroes, they discover a video camera and a large library of amateur porn starring Crane and a parade of random women. (Parade of Random Women - still a great name for an indie band.) No one has every been convicted of his murder.
June 29, 1992 -
Mohammed Boudiaf was assassinated by one of his own bodyguards less than six months after becoming President of Algeria. A former hero in the war of independence, Boudiaf had been chosen by the Islamic Salvation Front to serve as figurehead for their regime. More than 100,000 Algerians will later die in political bloodshed in the following decade.
(Please note - this was probably not a good business model - we will not kill you within the first six months or your money back.)
And so it goes.