Model with a cause
Racy Pirelli 2013 calendar covers up
After taking it all off for 39 straight years, the Pirelli calendar has buttoned up, delivering a 2013 edition Tuesday with nary a nude in sight. Still, with models posing in lush locations around Rio, the calendar is steamy. The demure twist on the Italian tiremaker's saucy calendar was the brainchild of American photojournalist and war photographer Steve McCurry, best known for his 1984 National Geographic cover photo of an Afghan refugee with piercing green eyes. "I thought 'why don't we find models who aren't only gorgeous and beautiful but are also doing good things,' " Among the socially committed beauties are U.S. environmental crusader Summer Rayne Oakes and Brazilian actor and child rights advocate Sonia Braga.
China falls for 'sexiest' parody
The People's Daily appears to have been fooled by the Onion, a satirical U.S. newspaper and website. The very nonsatirical official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party is trumpeting the Onion's announcement that it has selected North Korean dictator and ally of China Kim Jong Eun as the "sexiest man alive" in 2012. The People's Daily report includes dozens of photos of steely-eyed Kim alongside quotes from the Onion: "This Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman's dream come true."
Look, Mom, nooooo
Prank photo sent to scare parent
An Illinois woman who appears to be falling from a Grand Canyon ledge in a photo said it was a prank on her overprotective mother. Samantha Busch, 22, of Westmont said she sent the photo to her mother, who doled out safety tips before Busch's trip with her boyfriend, ABC News reported Monday. "For five days up to when we left, my mom had warned me about falling off the cliff or being blown off," Busch said. "So when we were hiking around the corner, I found a good spot where I could stand on the ledge. He angled the camera just right and he took a great picture." Busch said the photo, which went viral, did not amuse her mother.
License to fib
Ad seeks James Bond wanna-be
An ad seeking a "target elimination specialist" willing to travel was posted Friday on a British government website. Unfortunately for those with James Bond fantasies, the ad was a prank, the Daily Telegraph reported. There were some tipoffs, like the suggestion that candidates should prefer martinis "shaken and not stirred." A spokeswoman said the Department of Work and Pensions is investigating the fake posting. The fringe benefits listed include "jet packs, mini-submarines and a Walther PPK." Applicants were advised to leave paperwork under a rock in a park.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.