What the Doctor Ordered

Perils of Happy Talk

Channel 2 couldn't resist airing a piece February 28 about shoppers in an Austrian department store who got a prize if they streaked through the place nude.

Giggles galore erupted at those crazy Austrians, as the reporter noted that contestants received about $354 if they won.

When the piece ended, anchor Linda Lorelle was furrowing her brow. "Three hundred fifty-four dollars? That's a pretty strange figure to give out as a prize," she said to her desk mates, or words to that effect.

True, $354 is an odd figure. Of course, it would probably have been stranger if the store in Vienna had given out its prize in American dollars, instead of the 5,000 Austrian schillings it did award.

E-mail the News Hostage at rich.connelly@ houstonpress.com.

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