March 7, 2012 |
Six Flags Magic Mountain is expected to add a terrain-hugging launched roller coaster in 2013 featuring the world's tallest loop, according to an employee who wasn't authorized to speak on behalf of the amusement park. A Magic Mountain mechanic inadvertently revealed closely guarded facts about the record-setting attraction while casually talking with a group of coaster enthusiasts during the recent West Coast Bash event at the Valencia amusement park. Details of the conversation quickly appeared on the Theme Park Review website and rapidly spread through the online coaster community.
April 16, 1989 |
When William Haast goes to his office each morning, 1,000 deadly snakes await him. By his count, he has given hundreds of thousands of snakes at least 2 million chances to kill him in the last 40 years. One, a Pakistani viper, nearly succeeded a few weeks ago when it sprang from its gold-painted box cage and bit Haast on the left thumb. Within 24 hours he was near death, and efforts to save his life created a stir in Iran and at the White House as his friends searched the globe for a serum.
July 10, 1996
Motivation and exercise? An impossibility, you say. Not according to several Life & Style staffers who offer their secrets to what gets--and keeps--them going. * When I tell people that I rise each day well before dawn to go to the gym to sweat like a farm animal, I invariably get that squinty-eyed, cocked-head look that says, "You are more than insane." Maybe. But it sure beats the alternative--10 years ago I weighed close to 200 pounds, had constant headaches and was always tired.
May 3, 2009 |
Maybe we can blame snakes for our wrinkles. After all, as the story goes, it was a snake that tempted Eve, getting her expelled from Eden and doomed to a mortal life filled with fine lines and wrinkles. So isn't it about time that the slithering serpent made amends? More than a half-dozen skin-care companies think so, incorporating a synthetic venom into their formulations to help diminish signs of aging. The products sprang from an "aha!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1996
The Viper militia as well as other lunatic fringe organizations have said they are preparing for a war with the United States government (July 3). At first blush I was tempted to say, "OK, they want a war, let's give it to them." But that would be self-defeating. The self-styled defenders of the American way would only last a few minutes, a flash in the pan, against the armed forces of the government they despise. They would gain martyrdom and only add to the inflammatory rhetoric of others of like mind.
September 30, 1990
In reviewing Peter Kurth's "American Cassandra: The Life of Dorothy Thompson" (Aug. 19), Chris Goodrich writes: "Her eclipse is due in some measure to her conclusion--following an interview with Hitler in the mid-'30s--that he would never come to power." Is this a gaffe on the part of Kurth or Goodrich? As we all know, Hitler was already firmly in power by January/February/March 1933. Whatever, the fact is that Thompson's star dimmed not just because of one wrong prediction but because as the years passed she lost all semblance of objectivity regarding both world events and personal contacts.