Bright and Brief
NEW YORK (AP) _ If you want to give your true love the traditional presents of the 12 days of Christmas, you’ll have to put your money where your mouth is, to the tune of $12,280.
That’s the price tag for the gifts in the famous holiday song, beginning with a partridge in a pear tree and ending with 12 drummers drumming, according to the magazine Manhattan, inc.
On the first day, the partridge and pear tree would cost $35 and $195 respectively, the magazine said.
The ″bill″ added up this way:
-Two turtle doves, $60.
-Three French hens, $45.
-Four calling birds, $600;
-Five gold rings, (Tiffany’s, of course), $1,000.
-Six geese a-laying, $120.
-Seven swans a-swimming, $1,750.
-Eight maids a-milking, including cows, $3,675.
-Nine ladies dancing, (belly dancing), $900.
-10 lords a-leaping, or acrobats in costume, $2,500.
-11 pipers piping and 12 drummers drumming, equal to a combined fife-and- drum corps, $1,400.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An American beat a Russian at his own game Monday by polishing off two pounds of caviar with more style, originality and enthusiasm than his Soviet competitor.
Or so concluded three judges - all Americans - in a Washington, D.C., radio station’s ″Great Caviar Tastov.″
Jim Clark, a U.S. labor department worker, and Alex Kisin, a Russian who is an American citizen, were judged by a plumber, an actor and a State Department official.
The judges gave Clark high marks for style - he dribbled caviar on his chin - and enthusiasm. Kisin won high marks for originality because he drank a soda with his caviar.
Clark was coached by Rep. Manuel Lujan, who was given the job after appearing on a radio show several months ago to promote his bill to make chili the national food.
″Maybe they looked at my rotund body and figured I know a lot about different kinds of food,″ speculated Lujan, a Republican from New Mexico.
Lujan’s coaching duties won a contribution for Endowment for Excellence in Education, a scholarship fund he has been backing.
Clark won an all-expense-paid trip to Moscow. If Kisin had won, he would have been given a trip to California.