What Boeing and New Zealand have in common

Jon Bauer, Herald staff

Coffee, tea or kiwi: Uncertainty over Boeing’s schedule for its long-delayed 787 program has resulted in one of its major customers, United, pushing back its planned Dreamliner-based service to New Zealand until 2012.

Boeing shouldn’t be too concerned however, considering New Zealanders’ affection for the kiwi and other flightless birds.

Mocha, extra cheese: Kraft Foods and Starbucks are headed to court over the terms of a distribution deal that involves Kraft selling Starbucks’ packaged coffee in stores.

The disagreement appears to be over marketing tactics and not shoppers’ inability to tell the difference between packages of Starbucks’ Via instant coffee and the pouches of fluorescent orange cheese powder in boxes of Kraft mac and cheese.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1970, cartoonist Rube Goldberg, known for his fanciful drawings of complicated contraptions, died at the age of 87 in New York .

At his memorial service a 21-gun salute (A), spooked a moose (B), pulling a string (C) that opened a trapdoor (D) that dropped a wealthy socialite (E) into a tank of water (F), soaking sponges on a scale (G), which raised a box of tissues (H) for a party of mourners (I).