Watercooler Stories

By DENNIS DAILY, United Press International  |  July 3, 2002 at 2:54 AM
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The dreams of a California company of selling a nicotine-laced soft drink have been dashed by the Food and Drug Administration. That federal agency, on its Web site, reports that NicoWater will not be permitted to hit store shelves this summer, as its manufacturer had planned.

Some months ago the FDA clamped down on the sale of nicotine lollipops and a lip balm, both being marketed as a way to cut down on smoking.

Meanwhile, the company -- QT5 Inc. -- claims that the drink is a dietary supplement and technically not under the aegis of the FDA.

Some feared that the introduction of a nicotine-laced drink might introduce the craving to children.


If you've ever wondered why more ATMs aren't stolen, there's a simple reason: They weigh a ton. That's why when three men attempted to drive off with an entire ATM the other day in Kansas City, they took two tow trucks with them.

The Kansas City Star says that police starting getting 9-1-1 calls in the wee hours of Tuesday morning from people who were curious why tow trucks were parked in front of an ATM on Belleview Avenue.

When police arrived, three men drove off in a Jeep Cherokee, abandoning the two tow trucks. The publication says that the ATM was slightly damaged but all of its money was secure. The investigation continues.


We've all heard the warnings being issued in the West and Southwest because of tinder-dry conditions: Don't start campfires. No fireworks. Be careful. Well, in one Utah city, the drought that caused the conditions has so sapped city water supplies that plans for the annual county fair there are being re-thought.

The city of Tooele tells the Salt Lake City Tribune that because of the amount of water needed in the management of the multi-day fair, the entire event may have to be canceled. The main concern is the amount of water being used for, of all things, dust control.

Among the favorite events at the fair are rodeo, BMX biking and motocross events. All of these generate a great amount of dust, necessitating the spraying of an enormous amount of water.

If the fair is to go on as scheduled, it may be necessary to truck in water from neighboring areas rather than reduce the already low levels of the city drinking supply -- used not only for drinking and bathing ... but fire control.

Tooele is the county seat of the area that is adjacent to the Salt Lake City metroplex on its southwest corner.


If you're over 40 it may be difficult to realize that skateboarding, the bane of anyone trying to walk down many sidewalks, is no longer the avant garde radical activity of rebellious youth. It's now mainstream and no longer considered to be odd.

So many people have now adopted skateboarding as a way of life that Better Homes and Gardens recently noted that it's becoming the "choice sport of families." Another publication, the Arizona Republic, wonders how something that family-oriented can be called "radical" any longer.

The publication's Sean L. McCarthy says that so many people have taken to skateboarding that it's spawned an entire industry of products, from the boards themselves, to clothing to music to a full set of international games.

The genre even has its own stars, many of whom make tons of money doing endorsements.

One personality of the boarding generation, Tony Hawk, 34, owns companies and makes endorsements that total more than a quarter of a billion dollars a year.

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