Last week was the week that it was, and so it is. Let's get started.
• Somewhere in the world, a soccer ball has quite a story to tell, having been swept up by a tsunami in Japan, and found washed up on the shores of ... Alaska. (Reuters)
• If you can get on a plane here in the States today, you might still make it in time to catch the International Whistling Convention in Louisburg, North Carolina. (AP)
• Starbucks has announced that it will stop using a government-approved coloring in its strawberry flavoring, a perfectly natural ingredient made from ... crushed beetles. This after complaints from vegetarians. We can see it now. Beetles: the other white meat. (Reuters)
• A woman in New Zealand is said to have possibly died from a Coke overdose. That's more than two gallons a day of Coca-Cola. (The Sideshow)
• Six years ago today, eighty men and women entered a Manhattan Best Buy store wearing blue polo shirts and khaki pants, whereupon all hell broke loose. (improveverywhere.com)
• Finally, we want to wish a belated happy birthday to the world's oldest living man, as Jiroemon Kimura of Kyoto, Japan, just turned 115 years old. Ad multos annos! (The Slideshow)
That's all the news that fits. Stay tuned, and stay in touch.