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Welcome to The Hotelicopter.

Experience the adrenaline rush of taking off and flying high in the largest helicopter ever produced.
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If you have interest, there are three fly tours.

Inaugural Summer Tour – 14 days (Friday, June 26th, 2009 – Friday, July 10th, 2009)

California Tour – 14 days (Friday, July 17th, 2009 to Friday, July 24rd, 2009)

Bay/Jamaica, European Tour – 16 days (Friday, July 31st, 2009 to Sunday, August 16th, 2009)

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Dimensions Length: 42 m (137 ft)
Height: 28m (91 ft)
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 105850 kg (232,870 lb)
Maximum speed: 255 km/h (137 kt) (158 miles/h)
Cruising speed: 237 km/h (127 kt) (147 miles/h)
Original Mi Range: 515 km (320 mi)
Our augmented Mi Range – 1,296 km (700 mi)

The Hotelicopter features 18 luxuriously-appointed rooms for adrenaline junkies seeking a truly unique and memorable travel experience.
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Each soundproofed room is equipped with a queen-sized bed, fine linens, a mini-bar, coffee machine, wireless internet access, and all the luxurious appointments you’d expect from a flying five star hotel. Room service is available one hour after liftoff and prior to landing.

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The Hotelicopter’s excellent crew and staff make your security and safety their number one priority. Our vehicle meets or exceeds all safety, operating, and maintenance requirements outlined by the FAA in the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) relating to transport category rotorcraft.

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The Hotelicopter is due to fly its maiden journey this summer.

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This is the best internet prank that I have ever seen…. Enjoy!

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ODD FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW

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* Barbie’s measurements (if she were life-size): 39-23-33

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* Coca-cola was originally green

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* The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters

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* First novel ever written on a typewriter was “Tom Sawyer”

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* Men get hiccups more often than women

* Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better

* It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs

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* Chances that an American lives within 50 mi of where he/she grew up: 1 in 2.

* City with the most Rolls Royces per capita: Hong Kong

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* Chances of a white Christmas in New York: 1 in 4

* Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28


* Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38

* State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska

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* Estimated percentage of American adults who go on a diet each year: 44


* Percentage of Americans who say that God has spoken to them: 36


* Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they had it to do all over again: 80

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* Percentage of American women who say they would marry the same man: 50

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* Percentage of men who say they are happier after their divorce or separation: 58


* Percentage of women who say they are happier: 85

* Number of different familial relationships for which Hallmark makes cards: 105

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* Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000


* Only President to remain a bachelor: James Buchanan

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* Only first lady to carry a loaded revolver: Eleanor Roosevelt


* Only president to win a Pulitzer: John F. Kennedy, for “Profiles in Courage

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* Only president awarded a patent: Abe Lincoln, for a system of buoying vessels over shoals


* Only food that does not spoil: honey


* Only bird that can fly backwards: Hummingbird

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* Only continent without reptiles or snakes: Antarctica


* Polar bears are left-handed

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* Eskimos never gamble


* The parachute was invented by Leonardo da Vinci in 1515

* Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair

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An extraordinary cat was found in Qingyan province , China. It sprouted a pair of fur-covered wings on his back during a hot-weather spell look like an angel.

The wonderfully strange kitty has now become the most interesting thing to be beheld not for only people around that area who came visited the unusual angel- winged cat and fall in love with him but also female kitties .
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One cat owner, identified only as Feng, claimed her pet’s wings were the result of stress from too many females desiring to mate with him.

“At first they were just two bumps,” she told the Mail. “But they started to grow quickly and after a month there were two wings.”

“Many female cats in heat came to harass him, and then the wings started to grow,” the kitty owner, Ms. Feng said.

Experts attempt to make an explanation for the growing of the wings of the cat, which they concluded that wings can be explained through several scientific explanations, including leg deformities, huge mats of hair or a condition known as feline cutaneous asthenia or FCA, which causes the cat’s skin to grow in heavy folds on its back or shoulders, online magazine Cryptozoology reported.

Strange Facts of Life

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  • “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
  • “Stewardesses” is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  • A Crocodiles tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth.crocodile

  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

  • A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.dragonfly

  • A elephant is the heavest of all land mammals at around 8,000 pounds.
  • A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

  • A group of larks is called an exaltation.

  • A group of owls is called a parliament.
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  • A group of ravens is called a murder.

  • A group of rhinos is called a crash.

  • A group of toads is called a knot.

  • A group of Unicorns is called a blessing.

  • A group of whales is called a pod.

  • A kangaroo can’t jump unless its tail is touching the ground.

  • A male emperor moth can smell a female emperor moth up to 7 miles away.

  • A mole can dig over 250 feet of tunnel in a single night.

  • A monkey was once tride and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend,Indiana.

  • A noisy resturant is 100,000 times as lound as a watch ticking. Rock Consert 1,000,000,000 times as loud. Loud headphones 10,000,000,000. Shotgun blast 1,000,000,000,000

  • A peanut is neither a pea nor a nut.

  • A Penny whistle has six finger holes.

  • A person at rest generates as much heat as a 100watt lightbulb

  • A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

  • A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove.

  • A quarter of Russia is covered by forest.

  • A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champange will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.

  • A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

  • A rhinoceros’ horn is made of compacted hair.

  • A rodents teeth never stop growing. They are worn down by the animal’s constant gnawing on bark, leaves, and other vegetables.

  • A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.
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  • A shark can grow a new set of teeth in a weekshark

  • A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

  • A silicon chip a quarter inch square has the capacity of the orignal 1949 ENIAC computer, which occupied a city block.

  • A sizable oak tree, during the typical growing season, gives off 28,000 gallons of moisture.
  • A snail can have about 25,000 teeth

  • A species of earthworm in Australia grows up to 10 feet in length.

  • A starfish can turn its self inside out.

  • A ten gallon hat holds three quarters of a gallon.

  • A toothpick is the object most often chocked on by Americans.

  • A Walla Walla scene is one where extras pretend to be talking in the background when they say walla walla it looks like they are actually talking.

  • A whales heart beats only nine times a minute.

  • A woodchuck breathers only ten times during hibernation.

  • About 3,500 gallons if water is needed to produce one pound of beef.

  • About 300 million cells die in your body every minute.

  • About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were thirty.

  • About 70% of all living organisms in the world are bacteria.

  • About 85% of the plant life on the Earth is in the ocean.

  • About a third of all Americans flush the toilet while they’re still sitting on it.

  • Abraham Lincoln was the only US president ever granted a patent.

  • According to Genesis 1:2022 the chicken came before the egg.

  • According to Genesis 7:2, God told Noah to take 14 of each kind of ‘clean’ animal in to the ark.

  • Actor Tommy Lee Jones and former vice president Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard.

  • After eating, a housefly regurgitates is food and then eats it again.

  • Albert Brooks’s real name is Albert Einstein.

  • Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952.

  • Alexander the Great was an epileptic.

  • Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.

  • All 17 children of Queen Anne dies before she did.

  • All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

  • All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck on 4:20.

  • All totalled, the sunlight that strikes Earth at any given moment weighs as much as a large ocean liner.

  • Almonds are a member of the peach family.

  • An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

  • Anteaters prefers termites to ants.

  • Ants stretch before they wake up. They also appear to yawn in a very human manner before taking up the tasks of the day.

  • Armored knights raised their visors to themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.

  • Assuming you could walk to the sun it would take about 2000 years.
  • Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
  • At age 16 Confucius was a corn inspector.
  • Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep him cool. He changed it every 2 innings.
  • Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.
  • Canada has more lakes that the rest of the world combined.
  • Canada is an Indian word meaning Big Village.
  • Catgut comes from sheep not cats.
  • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about 10.
  • Children grow more in the springtime.
  • Chopsuey is not a native Chinese dish, it was crafted in California by Chinese immigrants.
  • Chrysler built B29’s that bombed Japan. Mitsubishi built the Zeros that tried to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant called Diamond Star.
  • Due to gravitational effects, you weigh slightly less when the moon is directly over head.
  • Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
  • During a life time, one person generates more than 1000 pounds of red blood cells.
  • If the Earth was smooth, the ocean would cover the entire surface to a depth of 12 000 feet.
  • If you are chased by a crocodile, run zigzag, a crocodile is not good at making sharp turns.
  • In 1976 a Los Angeles secretary named Jannene Swift officially married a 50
    pound rock. The ceremony was witnessed by more than 20 people.
  • In 1976 Rodrigo’s Guitar Concierto de Aranjuez’ was No 1 in the UK for only three hours because of a computer error.
  • In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die.
  • In 1990 there were about 15,000 vacuum cleaner related accidents in the US
  • In ancient Egypt, killing a cat was a crime punishable by death.
  • In ancient Greece, where the mouse was sacred to Apollo, mice were sometimes devoured by temple priests.
  • In Bangladesh, kids as young as 15 cam be jailed for cheating on their finals.
  • In Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained.
  • In Casablanka, humphrey Bogart never said Play it again, Sam.
  • In eighteenth century England, women’s wigs were sometimes 4 feet high. These remarkable headdresses were dusted with flour and decorated with stuffed birds, replicas of gardens, plates of fruit, or even model ships.
  • In eighteenth century English gambling dens, there was an empolyee whose only job was to swallow the dice if there was a police raid.
  • In England, in the 1800’s pants was considered a dirty word.
  • In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
  • In Greene, new york, you cannot walk backwards and eat peanuts on teh sidewalk during a concert.
  • In Hardford, Connecut, you may not, under any circumstances, cross the street walking on your hands.
  • In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
  • In the 19th century, the British Navy attempted to dispel the superstition that Friday was an unlucky day to embark on a ship. The Keel of a new ship was laid on a Friday, she was named HMS Friday, commanded by a Captain Friday, and finally went to sea on a Friday. Neither the ship nor her crew were ever heard of again.
  • In the 40’s, the Bich pen was changed to Bic for fear that Americans would pronounce it ‘Bitch.’
  • In the Balanta tribe of Africa, a bride remained married until her wedding gown was worn out. If she wanted a divorce after 2 weeks, all she had to do was rip up her dress.
  • In the country of Turkey, in the 16th and 17th centuries, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death.
  • IN the flim ‘Star Trek: First Contact, when Picard shows Lilly she is orbiting Earth, Australia and Papa New Guinea are clearly visible .. But new Zealand is missing.
  • In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured.
  • In the heart of the Antarctic winter, temperatures drop to as low as 127 degrees Fahrenheit. In the Marriage ceremony of the ancient Inca Indians of Peru, the Couple was considered officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other.
  • In the middle Ages, the highest court in France ordered the execution of a cow for injuring a human.
  • In the past 100 years only 12 people have been attacked by mountain lions in the state of California. Five died and two of those were because of rabies in 1909
  • In the United States there is one birth every 8 seconds and one death every 14 seconds.
  • In the White House, there are 13,092 Knives, forks, and spoons.
  • In Tokyo, they sell toupees for dogs.
  • In Toy Story, the carpet designs in Sid’s hallway is the same as the carpet designs in The Shining.
  • In Vermont, USA, it is illegal for women to wear false teeth without the written permission of their husbands.
  • Ireland is the only place where windmills turn clockwise.
  • Irving Berlin, who was born on 11 May 1888 and who composed three thousand songs in his lifetime, couldn’t read music.
  • Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey decimal category.
  • It costs $6,400 to raise a medium size dog to age eleven.
  • It costs more to buy a new car today in the United States than it cost Christopher Columbus to equipt and undertake three voyages to and from the New World.
  • It has been calculated that in the last 3,500 years, there have only been230 years of peace throughout the civilized world.
  • It is against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Omaha, Nebraska
  • It is estimated that millions of trees in the world are accidentally planted by
    squirrels who bury nuts and then forget where they hid them.
  • It is illegal to be a prostitute in Siena, Italy, if your name is Mary.
  • It is illegal to hunt camels in the state of Arizona.
  • It is illegal to own a dog in Reykjavik.
  • It is illegal to swim in central park.
  • It is possible to lead a cow up stairs but not downstairs.
  • It take 8.5 minutes for light to get from the sun to the earth.
  • It take a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.
  • It take the insect eating Venus Flytrap plant only half a second to shut its trap on prey.
  • It takes a yard of sugarcane to make one sugar cube.
  • it takes more than 500 peanuts to make one 12 ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • It took engineers 22 years to design the zipper.
  • It was illegal to sell ET dolls in France because there is a law against selling dolls with out human faces.
  • It would take more than 150 years to drive a car to the sun.
  • It’s against the law to have a pet dog in Iceland.
  • It’s against the law to slam your car door in Switzerland.
  • It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  • It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  • Jacques Cousteau invented scuba gear while in the French resistance during World War II
  • James Buchanan was the only unmarried president of the US
  • James Doohan, who plays Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott on Star Trek, is missing the entire middle finger of his right hand.
  • Jaw muscles can provide about 200 pounds of force to being the back teeth together for chewing.
  • Jean Claude Van Damme was the alien in the original Predator in almost all the jumping and climbing scenes.
  • Jet lag was once called boat lag, beck before jets existed.
  • Jimmy Carter is a speed reader (2000 wpm).
  • Jimmy Carter was the first US president to have been born in a hospital.
  • John Cage composed ‘Imaginary Landscaper No.4’, which was scored for twelve radios tuned at random.
  • John has a long moustache was the coded signal used by the French Resistance in WWII
  • John Larroquette of Night Court And the John Larroquette Show was the narrator of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  • John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and was found in a warehouse. Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and was found in a theatre.
  • John Wilkes Booth’s brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln’s son.
  • June Foray, the voice of Talking Tina from the classic Twilight Zone episode Living Doll, was also the voice of Rocky the talking squirrel from Rocky & Bullwinkle.
  • Just twenty seconds’ worth of fuel remained when Apollo 11’s lunar module landed on the moon.
  • Kathleen Turner was the voice of Jessica Rabbit, and Amy Irving was her singing voice.
  • Kemo Sabe, the name Tonto called The Lone Ranger means Soggy Shrub in Navajo Indian.
  • Ketchup was sold in the 1830’s as medicine.
  • Killer whales have such a good sense of touch that if you dropped a pill into a bucket and feed it to the orca it would eat the fish and spit out the pill.
  • King Kong in the only movie to have its sequel (Son of Kong) relaced the same year (1933)
  • Kleenex tissues were originally used as filters in gas masks.
  • Knitted socks discovered in Ancient Egyptian tombs have been dated back as far as the 3rd century AD.
  • Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during WWI
  • Lady Astor once told Winston Churchill ‘if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee’. His reply ‘if you were my wife, I would drink it’
  • Larry Lewis ran the 100 yard dash in 17.9 seconds in 1969, there by setting a new world’s record for runners in the 100 years or older class. He was 101.
  • Lawsuits riled be California inmates cost the taxpayers more than 25 million in 1994.
  • Lee Harvey Oswals’s cadaver tag sold at an auction for $6,600 in 1992
  • Lemon sharks grow a new set of teeth every two weeks! They grow more than 24,000 new teeth every year!
  • Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one had and draw with the other at the same time.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors, played the viola, and spent twelve years painting the Mona Lisa’s lips.
  • Less than 1% of the Caribbean Islands are inhabited.
  • Less than 2% of the water on Earth is fresh.
  • Less than 7% of the population donates blood.
  • Li is the family name for over 87 million People in China.
  • Lightning strikes the earth about 6,000 times per minute on this planet.
  • Liquid paper was invented by Mike Nesmith’s (of the Monkees) mother, Bette Nesmith Graham, in 1951.
  • Lobsters have blue blood.
  • Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an alligator while he was host of Lorne Green’s Wild Kingdom.
  • Los Angeles’ full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula”
  • Los Angeles’s full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, LA
  • Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
  • Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
  • Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
  • On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
  • Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  • Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
  • The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  • The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
  • The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
  • The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  • The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”
  • The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  • There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
  • There are more chickens than people in the world.
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”:
    tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  • Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
  • Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.

1. WILL THE REAL DUMMY PLEASE STAND UP? AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked intellectual leadership. He received a $26 million severance package. Perhaps it’s not Walter who’s lacking intelligence.

2. WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS: Police in Oakland, CA spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in the police line, shouting, “Please come out and give yourself up.”

3. WHAT WAS PLAN B??? An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines, wherein the kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts.

4. THE GETAWAY! A man walked into a Topeka, Kansas Kwik Stop and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him.

5. DID I SAY THAT??? Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn’t control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words: “Give me all your money or I’ll shoot”, the man shouted, “that’s not what I said!”.

6. ARE WE COMMUNICATING??? A man spoke frantically into the phone: “My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart”. “Is this her first child?” the doctor asked. “No!” the man shouted, “This is her husband!”

7. NOT THE SHARPEST TOOL IN THE SHED! In Modesto, CA, Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun. Unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket. (hellooooooo)!

8. AND THE WINNER IS….. Last summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert, an hour east of Bakersfield, CA, some folks, new to boating, were having a problem. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t get their brand new 22 foot boat, going. It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no matter how much power they applied. After about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted into a nearby marina, thinking someone there may be able to tell them what was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition. The engine ran fine the out-drive went up and down, and the propeller was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath. He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard. NOW REMEMBER…THIS IS TRUE. Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer!

This guy had his finger cut off in an accident and decided to embed a USB drive in his prosthetic finger.

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It is the story of Jerry Jalava, 29, a self-described software developer from Finland who lost part of his left ring finger in May in a motorcycle accident.

Now, he says, he wears a prosthetic finger made of silicone, which looks fairly natural — except that he can peel back the tip to uncover a USB drive tucked inside.

Jalava’s finger of the future has become a small Internet sensation.  The USB drive — also called a flash drive or thumb drive or memory stick — contains 2 gigabytes of memory and can plug into almost any currently sold computer. Jalava keeps several computer programs on it, he says, and hopes eventually for an upgraded version.

It is not attached permanently into my body; it is removable prosthetic, which has USB memory stick inside it,” he writes, in slightly broken English, on his blog protoblogr.net. “When I’m using the USB, I just leave my finger inside the slot and pick it up after I’m ready.”

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Jalava said he has two different prosthetic fingertips that he can use. The other is conventional, made to look like a natural finger, but Jalava says he does not plan to keep it that way.

“Right now I use it mostly when I need to do network inspections or memory testing on computers in our office,” he said, “but when I get the latest one ready, it will be my single sign-on to my computer and my e-mails.”

All this began one day last spring, Jalava says, when he was driving his motorcycle home from work. He hit a deer, slid a couple of hundred feet and lost the tip of his finger. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital in nearby Helsinki.

Unemployment in Los Angeles County is in the double digits, but prospects are looking up for 500 strippers, thanks to the reopening of a landmark nude dancing club on the Sunset Strip.

Salah Almudarris, who owns West Hollywood’s The Body Shop, says the club will reopen Thursday night, creating jobs for about 20 staff and as many as 500 of what he terms “independent contractors.”

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An electrical fire badly damaged the Sunset Boulevard venue in December.

Almudarris says about 50 women will work each night and they could earn upward of $1,000 each.

The venue dates back decades and was mentioned in the 1980s Motley Crue song, “Girls, Girls, Girls.”

Almudarris says area bars may get a boost too, as his club serves no alcohol.


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