99 years of cherry blossoms: In 1912 Japan gifted America these Washington cherry trees as a symbol of friendship. Oops ... How about Pearl Harbor in 1941 and Hiroshima in 1945? Oh, well ... Apparently time does heal all wounds.
'Toto, I've got a feeling Kansas is not in it anymore.'
Kansas lost to tiny VCU, after being knocked off last year by little UNI. The other Final Four teams are Connecticut, Kentucky and giant-killer Butler, again.
ESPN had 5.9 million entries in its bracket contest. How many picked all four correctly? TWO.
$10 Bet on VCU at 5,000 to 1
The sportsbook at the Las Vegas Hilton is sweating out the Final Four a little more than its Sin City counterparts.
That's because a person put in a $10 bet at the sportsbook earlier this season on Virginia Commonwealth to win the national championship -- at 5,000 to 1.
Should the Rams win two more games and cut down the nets in Houston, this particular fan will cash in a ticket worth $50,000.
[Thanks Judy Wood]
The Old Philosopher Says ...
"My great-great uncle Bill counseled his grandson that if he wanted to live a long life, to sprinkle a pinch of gun-powder on his oatmeal every morning.
The grandson did this religiously every day up to the age of 103 when he finally died. He left behind 14 children, 30 grandchildren 45 great-grandchildren, 25 great-great grandchildren, and a 15-foot hole where the local crematorium used to be."
[Thanks Steve Corbin]
Bummers, Boys ... Minskirts are out this fall.
Martin Ramin for The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Anne Cardenas
Clockwise, from top: Loden Green Suede Chukka Boot, $578, paulstuart.com; Red Ear Kerouac Suede Boat Shoes, $405, paulsmith.co.uk; Quoddy Suede Chukka Boots, $275, jcrew.com; Chuckman in Indigo Linen Canvas, $280, the-genericman.com; Twill Bayside Moccasin, $100, seavees.com
Get your order in now for a pair of these 2012 Porsche 918 Spyders at only $845,000 each. This chick magnet has 500 HP, top speed 199 mph, 0-62 in 3.2 seconds.
~ Mark Steyn
'It wouldn't be Friday without the Follies.'