Muppets on Stamps?
Wocka, Wocka, Wocka!
* Today's first item is brought to you by the letters J and H -- in honor of the late Jim Henson, University of Maryland graduate and creator of those adorable Muppets.
To celebrate Kermit the Frog's 50th anniversary and Henson's birthday last week, the U.S. Postal Service is issuing 11 stamps featuring the famous puppeteer and 13 of his pals. The 37-cent stamps go on sale nationwide today.
The back of each stamp has a note from the face on front. Miss Piggy, for example, says: "Moi is thrilled . . . for all those lucky people who will get your letter with Moi's gorgeous face on the envelope. . . . . Kissy, Kissy."
Henson got his start on TV in Washington in 1955.
Here, Squiddy Squiddy
* A giant squid with eyes the size of volleyballs has been photographed more than 2,900 feet deep in the North Pacific. Although much larger squids have been found, this is the first time such a creature has been photographed living in the open ocean.
The squid measured about 26 feet, including the length of its tentacles.
The Japanese scientists, who used a camera attached to a baited fishing line, said they were surprised at how active the squid was.
What a Nutty Idea
* Virginia is for . . . goobers?
Residents of Suffolk, home of Planters peanuts, want to put Mr. Peanut on Virginia license plates. They also want the monocle-wearing pitchman to have a role in celebrating the 400th anniversary of the 1607 founding of Jamestown.
Mr. Peanut has been the face of the peanut (sometimes called a goober) industry since 1916. He was the creation of 14-year-old Anthony Gentile, who was paid the handsome sum of $5 for his idea. That equals about $90 now!