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Bootsy on Bengals: They're Grrrooovy!

At the beginning of the season, not many football fans would have predicted that the Cincinnati Bengals would have the second-best record in the NFL. At least one fan knew the Bengals could get in a groove. Funky bassist Bootsy Collins laid down ...

At the beginning of the season, not many football fans would have predicted that the Cincinnati Bengals would have the second-best record in the NFL. At least one fan knew the Bengals could get in a groove. Funky bassist Bootsy Collins laid down the tracks to "Fear Da Tiger" last month and on Friday shot a video for the track. The clip, which airs during the Bengals' next home game Nov. 20, features Duane Clemons, Ben Wilkerson and Stacy Andrews, rapping. The 54-year-old Collins wears an orange leather jacket and hat with a tiger's pattern as well as quarterback Carson Palmer's jersey. "The Bengals are doing their part," Collins said. "I'm just trying to do mine."

Source: Associated Press

Chocolate poison

CHICAGO - Smells wafting from a chocolate factory might make mouths water, but federal regulators say they also could violate the Clean Air Act. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cited the Blommer Chocolate Co. last week for alleged clean-air violations after someone complained about smells and emissions from the cocoa bean processing plant. Inspectors saw excessive dust coming from machinery, the EPA said last week in a statement. The chocolate company, founded in 1939, has worked with EPA officials since last year to reduce emissions from its processing operations, said Chief Operating Officer Peter Blommer.

Source: Associated Press

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Burn the British for the gumshoe

Have you ever wanted to speak in the seemingly foreign diction of private eyes, but couldn't muster the clever quips? Here are a few tips on ordering an eye-opener with diner slang courtesy of Schott's Original Miscellany:

- Adam 'n' Eve - two poached eggs

- Wreck 'em - scramble the eggs

- Life preserver - doughnut

- Shingles with a shimmy - toast and jam

- On a raft - toast

- Clean up the kitchen - hash

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- Burn the British - toasted muffin

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