A Tampa, Fla., radio personality is suing in federal court, challenging the state's 12-year-old law against dwarf-tossing contests in bars.
David Flood --- known as Dave the Dwarf (on radio station WFLZ) -- said the law is unconstitutional because it treats dwarfs differently than other people. His lawyer, Michael Steinberg, said his client "doesn't feel disabled. He just feels shorter than other people."
The lobbying group Little People of America pushed the law through the Florida Legislature in 1989. It provides for fines or loss of liquor licenses for bars allowing patrons to toss willing dwarfs wearing harnesses onto mattresses.
"We are against dwarf tossing primarily because of the image it creates of us to the public -- that we're an object to be thrown," said Robert Van Ellen of Little People of America. "You wouldn't do that to any other minority."
Flood, 37, told the Tampa Tribune that it should be up to him, not the state, whether he gets tossed around.
DEAR SANTA, Part 1
Game consoles and Harry Potter Legos are the year's must-have toys. That's according to The Lycos 50 list of the most searched toys this holiday season.
The top-10 most searched toys based on Lycos user searches for the week ending Nov. 24:
1. Xbox 6. Gameboy Advance
2. Gamecube 7. Leap Frog/Leap Pad
3. Playstation 2 8. Transformers
4. Barbie 9. Model Trains
5. Legos 10. Hello Kitty
Last year, three of the top five most searched toys were video game consoles, while scooters were also very hot. Scooters dropped out of this year's top-10 -- replaced by one of the hotter toys this season, Harry Potter Legos. Legos reached No.7 in popularity with Web users last year but appear to be much more in demand this year due to Harry Potter mania.
DEAR SANTA, Part 2
280 million pieces of underwear that will be purchased this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation's 2001 Consumer Holiday Outlook survey. That includes 140 million pairs of men's underwear, 92 million pairs of women's underwear, and 48 million pairs of boys' and girls' underwear.
REASONS TO CELEBRATE THIS WEEKEND:
FRIDAY: There's a Blue Moon today. When two full moons fall within the same month, the second is known as a "Blue Moon." It's a fairly uncommon occurrence -- hence the phrase "once in a blue moon," meaning only rarely.
This is Computer Security Day, reminding people to protect their PCs, programs and electronic data at home and at work. (Web site: geocities.com/siliconvalley/byte/8860)
It's Stay Home Because You're Well Day (followed, we imagine, by stay home because you've been fired day). (Web site: wellcat.com)
Barbadoes celebrates its Independence Day today. The Caribbean island nation achieved independence from Britain in 1966.
And today is Bonifacio Day or National Heroes' Day in the Philippines. It commemorates the anniversary of the birth, in 1863, of Andres Bonifacio, leader of the 1896 revolt against Spain.
SATURDAY: Today being Dec. 1, this marks the beginning of Bingo's Birthday Month, Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness Month, Hug-A-Week for the Hearing Impaired, International Calendar Awareness Month, National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month, Safe Toys and Gifts Month, and Universal Human Rights Month.
Today through Dec. 7 is Cookie Cutter Week and also Tolerance Week.
It's World AIDS Day, by presidential proclamation. This is also a Day With(out) Art.
Portugal celebrates its Independence Day today. The country achieved independence from Spain in 1640.
And today is National Day in Romania, commemorating the unification of Romania and Transylvania.
SUNDAY: Today through Dec. 8 is Clerc-Gallaudet Week, celebrating the birth anniversaries of deaf education pioneers Laurent Clerc (Dec. 26, 1785) and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (Dec. 10, 1787).
This is the first Sunday of Advent, which includes the four Sundays before Christmas.
It's Pan American Health Day, by presidential proclamation.
England celebrates Walter Plinge Day today. Plinge, a London pub owner in 1900, was generous to actors and his name began being used in play programs to conceal the fact that an actor was playing more than one part.
Today is National Day in the People's Democratic Republic of Lao, marking the declaration of the republic in 1975.
The United Arab Emirates celebrates National Day today to mark the 30th anniversary of its independence from Britain.
And this is the United Nations' International Day For The Abolition of Slavery.
MONDAY: This is National Day in the Central African Republic, to celebrate declaration of the republic in 1958.
And today is the United Nations' International Day of Disabled Persons.
(Thanks to Chase's 2001 Calendar of Events)
BY THE WAY...
Who was the first person to be granted honorary U.S. citizenship?
Winston Churchill, born on this date in 1874. The British statesman was made an honorary American by an act of Congress on April 9, 1963.