Rep. Clown

A clown who won election to Brazil’s congress must prove he can read and write before he takes office, as Brazil’s Constitution requires congress members to be literate.

As anyone who follows politics is well aware, the U.S. Constitution does not contain a literacy requirement for elected officials, and we’ve sent no shortage of clowns to Congress over the years.

Smart shoppers? Consumers can save money by timing their holiday purchases based on the kinds of items they’re planning to give.

So keep that in mind when you’re dashing about the malls on Christmas Eve, having waited until the last minute yet again.

Steady drip: An oil leak likely caused that engine fire that forced a Qantas Airways Airbus A380 to make an emergency landing last week, the airline said Thursday.

Having once owned a 1982 Mitsubishi pickup with a similar problem, The Buzz recommends Qantas slide flattened cardboard boxes under the A380’s engines when it’s parked for the night.

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff