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When last we looked in on the Church of England, one of its vicars was advertising his new enterprise: ready-to-preach sermons, available online for $12.50 each. Now another "revolutionary" innovation for Anglicans is about to make its debut. It's an inflatable 47-foot-high church, complete with steeple, pulpit, altar, and even "stained glass" windows that can be hauled around in a truck and set up almost anywhere as an outreach to people who wouldn't otherwise go to services. Said its designer: "This could change the whole perception of what the Church of England stands for."

I should have grown a beard

Michael Furlong had a choice as he sat in the audience of a battle-of-the-sexes TV game show in London earlier this month. He could stay put or accept an invitation to go on the set and compete for the $157,000 top prize. Alas for him, he made the wrong decision. But he won; how could that be a mistake? Well, because viewers recognized him as a fugitive from justice in a traffic fatality case in Ireland and notified police. He was arrested and a court has ordered his extradition to stand trial.

Popcorn sales in US a few kernels short

If he were still living, Orville Redenbacher might need extra butter to digest the news: Americans are consuming less popcorn than a decade ago.

The opposite is true in other parts of the globe, however. While the United States remains the single largest consumer of popcorn worldwide, retail sales have slipped after more than 20 years of steady increases, says Cole Ehmke, a research associate with Purdue University's Center for Food and Agricultural Business.


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