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From around the world come two stories of mind numbing importance to orphaned children or older folk in nursing homes:


1) The Trapholt Art Museum in Kolding, Denmark:

A display opened Friday that features 10 goldfish each swimming in its own blender.

Two fish were blended at the opening. Kolding police ordered the plugs pulled after an animal-rights group complained.

But on Sunday, the blenders were plugged in, and museum director Peter Meyer said five more fish were blended. {Do not eat lunch in the museum cafeteria} The blenders can be turned on by patrons.

Meyer said the work doesn't encourage people to blend the fish, but instead addresses ethical questions in society. "We have abortions and we have respirators where we choose whether to keep people alive or not," Meyer explained. "We have become rulers of the decision on life and death in a new way." The full exhibit by artist Marco Evaristti includes the blenders on a table, a nude picture with blackened eyes and a bazooka missile surrounded by tubes of lipstick.


2) SANTIAGO: (still living in the 70's)

A judge in Chile agreed on Monday to look into a lawsuit against the builders of a glass house inside which a young woman undressed and showered one block from the presidential palace as part of an art project.

Santiago-based Judge Jorge Colvin agreed to investigate a lawsuit presented by lawyer Rene Trincado, who alleges that the project breaks a vaguely worded part of the Constitution that prohibits immoral and bad conduct. As part of the government-funded project, which debuted on Tuesday, actress and university student Daniella Tobar, 21, slept, used the bathroom, ate, brushed her teeth, read and talked on the phone inside the simple, one-room transparent house in an attempt to accustom Chileans to seeing these daily actions, one of its architects, Arturo Torres, told reporters earlier.

The building is in the heart of downtown Santiago next to a bank and church and built in an empty, weed-filled lot across the street from the stock exchange. The house, built especially for the project, is surrounded by a wall, but passersby can easily peer over it.'