New York City bar wants to sell you "pure H2O."
Updated: August 10, 2012 - 2:30 PM
New York City's tap water is widely regarded as world-class, in safety and taste. (It's also subjected to a half-million tests a year by the city's Department of Environmental Protection.)
However, two entrepreneurs recently opened the Molecule water bar in the city's East Village, selling 16-ounce bottles of the same water for $2.50, extra-filtered through a $25,000 machine that applies UV rays, ozone treatment and "reverse osmosis" in a seven-stage process to create what they call "pure H2O."
The owners of Molecule are a restaurateur/art dealer and a "social-justice activist" who is a "former world champion boomerang player," according to a July Wall Street Journal profile.
Mark Schimel told reporters in Albany, N.Y., in May that it was nothing personal that caused him to run for the Republican nomination to the State Assembly from Nassau County -- where the incumbent is his estranged wife, Democrat Michelle Schimel.
Mark's mother seemed quite upset at her son. "I can't believe he'd do a thing like this [to Michelle]," she told a reporter. "I'm going to talk to him."
Not so easy escapes
James Allan, 28, was sentenced to three years in prison in Oxford, England, in July for robbing a news shop. Allan's getaway was delayed when he repeatedly pushed the front door open when he should have been pulling.
Finally, exasperated, he yanked off his balaclava, exposing his face to a surveillance camera, kicked the door, breaking the glass, and escaped. Police arrested him about three hours later. (The 2000 British movie "Snatch" featured just such a memorable scene of push/pull helplessness.)
Meanwhile, on June 26, when the assistant manager arrived early to open up the Rent-A-Center in Brockton, Mass., he encountered a man with his head stuck underneath the heavy metal loading bay door, obviously as a result of a failed burglary attempt. "Hang tight!" the manager consoled the trapped man. "The police are on their way." Manuel Fernandes, 53, was arrested.
The Judson Independent School District near San Antonio fired a kindergarten teacher in June for arranging an unorthodox solution to a colleague's bullying-student problem. The teacher ordered the class's 24 other students to line up and slap the bully (and encouraging the students to "hit him harder") to reinforce the message of "why bullying is bad."
Oops in legislature
North Carolina state Rep. Becky Carney, an environmental activist, inadvertently cast the deciding vote in July to open up natural-gas hydraulic fracking in the state.
The legislature had passed the bill earlier, but it was vetoed by Gov. Bev Perdue, and the House needed 72 votes to override the veto and enact the bill.
When it came time to push the buttons, Carney accidentally became the 72nd. She could be heard on her microphone in the chamber, saying, "Oh my gosh. I pushed green."
Insult meets pistol?
In a live TV debate in July, Mohammed Shawabka, a member of the Jordanian parliament, became enraged when his opponent, Mansour Seif-Eddine Murad, called him a secret Israeli agent.
Shawabka removed a shoe and hurled it at Murad, who ducked, but then Shawabka pulled a silver pistol from his waistband and waved it around; no shots were fired.
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