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Beyond the Bubble: April 22, 2011

By Hana Skoblow
STAFF WRITER

Weird Al Yankovic released his latest parody on his YouTube account on Wed., Apr. 20. His latest single, sung to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” is entitled “Perform This Way” and makes fun of her insistence on “originality” and outrageous dramatics. Lyrics include: “I’m so completely original / My new look is all the rage / I’ll wrap my small intestines ‘round my neck / And set fire to myself on stage.” The single will be on Al’s next album and all proceeds from the song and music video will be sent to the Human Rights Campaign.

Wildfires continue to sweep through Texas, injuring hundreds and claiming the lives of two firefighters. Although typically Texas’s dry season ends in March, this year the amount of rainfall has been far below average and even the hope of rain brings fears of storms with lightening that could start more fires. This year alone, the Texas Forest Service has fought 800 fires in 252 of the state’s 254 counties.

Even though she was born on Apr. 22, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrated her 85th birthday on the 21st (perhaps to avoid being overshadowed by the royal wedding.) She commemorated the occasion by handing out bags of money to 190 retirees, 85 men and 85 women, to represent her years.

Real Madrid beat Barcelona 1-0 and won the Copa del Rey, an annual soccer tournament for Spanish teams. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the single goal against FC Barcelona, who has won the Copa del Rey 25 times, more than any other team. After the match, the team rode on the top level of a double-decker bus through thousands of cheering fans to celebrate their victory. Defender Sergio Ramos dropped the trophy under the front tire of the bus before the driver could stop, resulting in a mangled cup. Reports say that Real Madrid has already been given a new trophy.

Sources: Nerve.com, CNN, Times, BBC


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