Tinseltown's A-list has happily been doing commercials overseas for years, pitching everything from cars to coffee and getting millions for a few days' work. But most of these big names never expected their ads to be seen by people on this side of the pond. Thanks to the Internet, the once-secret spots are popping up everywhere, including one of Michael J. Fox hooked on fishing gear in Japan. We want to know what he's so embarrassed about. He does fish, doesn't he?
It may be time to cut back on fast-food fish sandwiches. Overfishing is causing cod stocks in the North Sea to diminish drastically. In fact, supplies are so low that the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea advised closing the sea to most fishing indefinitely, putting a strain on commercial fishermen. Other cod supplies, except those in Iceland and the Barents Sea, are also low.
On a pertinent military front, boaters should be aware that some of the temporary rules put in place in the wake of September 11 may become permanent. While boating in areas near a naval base, know this: If you pass within 100 yards of a Navy ship or stop within 500 yards of one, you could be fined $250,000 or even face six years in prison.