THOUGH THERE WAS THAT TIME THE PAPARAZZI CAUGHT HIM COMING OUT OF FLASHDANCERS WITH JASON GIAMBI

NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg says he'll veto the city council's bill to ban metal bats at high school baseball games in the Big Apple. “I don’t know whether aluminum bats are more dangerous or less dangerous,” Bloomberg admits, but lest you think the mayor came by his decision lightly, he assured citizens, “I have had friends who are professional baseball players call me and argue both ways, but I don’t think it’s the city’s business to regulate that.”

We know what you're thinking: Mike Bloomberg has friends who are professional baseball players?!

IT'S SEVEN DAYS INTO PESACH, AND WE KNOW THE FEELING, BROTHER PACHYDERM

450day4_elephantThe New York Sun, whose editors certainly know from unleavened bread, scored with this headline for the photo at left the other day: "Love of Matzo Gives Asia Cardboard Congestion." Here are the details, via AP:

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus clown Olex Kartukov, right, offers Asia the elephant some fresh melon to coax her into opening her mouth as two handlers look to remove an entire box of matzo that she shoved into her mouth during a special feeding at Madison Square Garden in New York.

LEST ANY PARENTS OUT THERE WERE THINKING OF BREATHING A SIGH OF RELIEF AFTER GETTING PAST THE FIRST FALL

Children who suffer a head injury are much more likely to have another one within six months, according to new research which also found that boys were more likely to become repeat stumblers than girls.

$500 MILLION? WOW, THAT'D SURE BUY A LOT OF SUNNY D. (WE'RE JUST SAYING...)

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, fresh from its half-billion dollar attack on teen smoking, is committing another $500 million to a comprehensive battle against child obesity. As with the campaign against teen smoking (which has declined 18% since 1995), Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the foundation’s president and chief executive, tells the Times, the new effort intends to capitalize on and enhance efforts by the food industry and school districts and governments to address the problem.

(For more from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, click here.)

"I MUST DEVOUR THIS CHILD BECAUSE ONLY THE BLOOD OF NEWBORNS CAN KEEP MY SKIN THIS MILKY WHITE!"

25style3Can we call "Oh, Baby!" the Times magazine's recent Style feature, um, "misconceived"? A model poses in a series of micro-mini-dresses with a single prop: An infant (we're guessing about 10 months old). Because. . . the dresses are small, and babies are also small? If that's the thinking, why not just pose the gal with a cellphone?

Visit the slide show of the package here. You'll be amazed at what you find, starting with the feature's subhead: "This spring, good things come in teeny-weeny packages. So if you've got it, milk it." Well, maybe, but in one photo  the baby is touching the model's breasts and based on her expression the last thing she's inclined to do with that kid is "milk it" . . .

ONE MORE TIME!

Newsweek offers another reminder that your kids need a second chicken pox shot (between ages 4 and 6) because the old single shot only offers about 85% protection, and outbreaks tend to start with (logically)  kids who aren't fully vaccinated. As we've lamented in this space before, health officials face the inertia of parents who - wrongly - feel that the second shot is an unnecessary burden because "no one gets chicken pox anymore."

TO ACQUIRE TOPPS, THE NEW OWNERS ARE TRADING TWO FLEERS AND A DONRUSS

Topps Co. Inc., maker of the iconic baseball cards that Fellow spends so much of his time sorting and resorting, has been purchased by an investment group headed by Michael Eisner, the former Disney chief. Eisner's first action was to order the factory to produce cards picturing all the members of Disney's new management team. Eisner then lined the cards up on his desk, told them all they were fired, and immediately sold the company.

AND NO, YOUR TWELVE-YEAR-OLD SON CANNOT "ZOOM AND EXPLORE" HERMIONE

MSNBC's "zoom-and-explore" feature lets you take a virtual tour of the halls of Hogwarts. Pretty cool stuff, we think, for any 10-year-old fanboys out there.

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