First lady quips that midlife crisis led to bangs

'Midlife crisis' haircut humor

Michelle Obama jokingly says a midlife crisis is what inspired her new haircut with bangs. The first lady revealed the new hairstyle last month on her 49th birthday, which came a few days before the festivities for President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Mrs. Obama was asked about the new haircut during an interview with talk-show host Rachael Ray. Said Mrs. Obama: "This is my midlife crisis." She added that she cut her bangs because she can't get a sports car and won't be allowed to bungee jump. The interview was conducted via Skype and is scheduled to air on Wednesday. The Rachael Ray show released excerpts on Monday.

Prison for teddy bear invasion

A Belarusian court has handed out a two-year prison sentence to a border guard who failed to protect the ex-Soviet nation from foreign teddy bears. The Belarus Supreme Court said Monday that the guard was convicted of failure to report an intrusion of a light plane that dropped hundreds of teddy bears decked out in parachutes and slogans supporting human rights over the tightly controlled country of 10 million. The court wouldn't give his name or rank. President Alexander Lukashenko, dubbed "Europe's last dictator" in the West, sacked several top defense officials over the July 4 incident.

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. By the numbers

$2,700

The amount of public money spent annually on ice cream for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. When the figure was reported in the media, Netanyahu halted the spending, calling it "excessive."

First lady quips that midlife crisis led to bangs 02/18/13 [Last modified: Monday, February 18, 2013 10:37pm]

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