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The skinny: Israeli's YouTube spoof of Gadhafi catches on in the Arab world

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A satirical YouTube clip mocking Col. Moammar Gadhafi's megalomania is fast becoming a popular token of the Libya uprising across the Middle East. And in an added affront to Gadhafi, it was created by an Israeli living in Tel Aviv. Noy Alooshe, 31, a journalist, musician and Internet buff, said he saw Gadhafi's Feb. 22 televised speech in which he vowed to hunt down protesters "inch by inch, house by house, home by home, alleyway by alleyway," and immediately identified it as a "classic hit." "He was dressed strangely, and he raised his arms" like at a trance party, Alooshe said, referring to the gatherings that feature electronic dance music. Then there were Gadhafi's words with their natural beat. Alooshe spent a few hours at the computer, using Auto-Tune pitch corrector technology to set the speech to the music of Hey Baby, a 2010 electro hip-hop song by American rapper Pitbull, featuring another artist, T-Pain. He titled it "Zenga-Zenga," echoing Gadhafi's repetition of the word zanqa, Arabic for alleyway. By Sunday night, the original clip had nearly 500,000 hits.

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Professor says he's the fake Emanuel

A Chicago professor says he's the mysterious author who spawned a Twitter sensation with his profanity-laced parody of Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel. The Atlantic magazine reported Monday the man behind the feed is Columbia College journalism professor Dan Sinker. The obscenity-laced comments on the fake feed during the mayoral race were so popular they attracted 39,000 followers — more than the real Emanuel has on his Twitter profile. After the election, the tweeter joked that he had entered a time vortex and signed off.

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Low-flow toilets cause a stink

San Francisco's big push for low-flow toilets has turned into a multimillion-dollar plumbing stink, with sludge backing up in the city's sewer pipes. San Francisco has spent $100 million in the past five years to upgrade its sewer system and sewage plants in part to combat the odor issue. Now, it's stocking up on a $14 million, three-year supply of highly concentrated sodium hypochlorite. The end result: 8.5 million pounds of bleach going down city drains or into the drinking water supply every year.

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A freeze on breast milk ice cream

Ice cream made with human breast milk has been confiscated from a London shop amid concerns the dessert is unsafe. The Westminster City Council said the ice cream is being tested in response to two complaints over whether a shop should be selling edibles made from other people's bodily fluids. Viruses, including hepatitis, can be passed through breast milk. "Baby Gaga," which comes in a martini glass and costs $22.50, sold out as soon as it was launched on Friday.

Compiled from Times wires.

The skinny: Israeli's YouTube spoof of Gadhafi catches on in the Arab world 02/28/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:13pm]
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