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published July 2, 2001


Doh, just look it up

Cartoon dad Homer Simpson's favorite expression "Doh!" has become a legitimate part of the English language. The Oxford English Dictionary's online edition defines "doh" as "expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned or that one has just said or done something foolish." The word will also be added to the dictionary's next print edition.

Snap, crackle, shop

Kids at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., can now visit a place called Cereal Adventure. The attraction opened last month and includes areas such as Cocoa Puffs Chocolate Canyon, where kids can play video games, and Lucky Charms Magical Forest, shown here, where kids can make their way through a maze of giant shamrocks.

Keeping up with Britney

Britney Spears is branching out. She will serve as grand marshal for the Pepsi 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race this Saturday at the Daytona International Speedway. And her newly formed production company has signed 17-year-old country singer Kristy Lee. Britney will make a cameo appearance in Kristy's first video.

Fun rules at Gravity Games

The national Gravity Games Airwalk Amateur Challenge takes place Saturday and Sunday at Clearwater's Central Skatepark, 6140 Ulmerton Road. Athletes can register to compete in skateboarding and biking categories. The event will include non-stop competition, music, food, demonstrations and autograph sessions by members of the Airwalk team. Admission is free for spectators, but registration fees are required for competitors. For more information see the Times Weekend section on Thursday or log on to www.gravitygames.com.


Monkey signs and monkeyshines

The "Jennie" in the Disney Channel's original movie, The Jennie Project, is a chimpanzee learning sign language. She lives with a family whose 11-year-old son develops a close friendship with her. The movie premieres July 13 at 7 p.m.

- Information from Times wires was used in this report

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