Every Wednesday, News 4 This Morning takes a look at the lighter stories from our show that viewers and readers are talking about on our webchannel and related social media.
Last week, News 4 told you about a story involving a re-designed Barbie doll. This custom-made spin on the classic toy was based on the average measurements of a 19 year old American female. The story received several comments on News 4’s main Facebook page. Pamela Brackin said that, “Barbie has always been a "doll". I don't think they should change anything. If they want a more realistic doll then someone should come up with one and leave Barbie alone.” Rick Townley added, “If they are going to change Barbie then it's high time they did something about Raggedy Ann too.”
July 9th, 1981 marked a milestone in arcade gaming with the Japanese launch of Donkey Kong, the now-classic Nintendo arcade game featuring storytelling, platforming gameplay, and characters that are still popular to this day. That game received two arcade sequels as well. Donkey Kong Jr. was launched the next year. Uniquely, in this one, you play as Donkey Kong’s son, Junior, trying to rescue your father from Mario! The gameplay in Donkey Kong Jr was also somewhat different, involving falling obstacles and wines. Donkey Kong 3, released, released in 1983, is considered the lesser sequel in the arcade trilogy. Players take on the roll of Stanley the Bugman who tries to stop Donkey Kong from destroying his flowers.
Earlier this month, it was discovered that a sign in the Jacksonville area in Florida had the name of the state misspelled—not once, but twice! It was taken down to be replaced, at a cost to taxpayers of nearly four million dollars! On our webchannel, a user by the name of Jasper cut those responsible some slack, saying that the sign, “Has all the right letters, just the last 3 are in the wrong place. I think it's o-okay gives people some pause, say ain't that spelled wrong?” On our Facebook page, Gary Carr says the worst misspelling on a sign that he has seen is “Schoole Crossing.”
Just in time for the Independence Day holiday, the Statue of Liberty in New York City re-opened. This comes after being closed for several months after damage from Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy. On our Facebook page, Sheri Baxter says she has visited the iconic landmark and commented, “It is amazing, everyone should experience Lady Liberty.”
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