Continental's Vegetable-Fuel Flight A Success

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It's safe to come out from the bunker now -- the vegetable-fuel jet has landed safely at Intercontinental.

A passenger-less Continental 737, half-fueled with regular stuff and half-fueled with fuel made from biofuel, took off from IAH a little after noon and spent almost two hours flying over the Gulf.

No problems were reported; in fact the biofuel -- derived from algae -- was a little more efficient than the regular jet fuel, Continental officials said.

Here's what Jay Leno will say about it tonight:

"Algae? Why don't they just use that piece of lettuce they stick under your sandwich? Am I right? It's not like anyone eats that thing!"

"Everything went perfectly normal with the flight. It was delayed on the tarmac for two hours before it took off!"

"I'm not saying Continental knows more about this than me, but I know the in-flight movie I would've shown would not have been Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!"

"I don't know about you, but if I'm depending on some vegetable-type stuff to keep my plane in the air, I'm going with beans, you know what I mean -- at least then you know you'll be dealing with gas!!"

"Algae? I tell ya, what they should do is figure out a way to use all that hot air in Washington to power planes!! Am I right?"

-- Richard Connelly

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