Introducing . . . The Naked News

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Q: A lot of people make fun of President Bush for struggling with reading off the TelePrompTer. Can you relate to him in that regard?

A: It's tougher to do than you'd think, so I can sympathize. My problem isn't pronouncing the words, which he sometimes has a problem with. For me, it's tone level and making it conversational.

Q: Do you think it would be easier for the president to read in the nude? Do you have any advice for him?

A: He should speak more slowly and work on pronouncing every letter.

Q: What was the audition like?

A: The first audition I was in shorts. They just wanted me to read. There were dozens of guys going for the job. I didn't think I had a chance.

Q: So what was your first broadcast like?

A: I was standing. I thought I was going to be uncomfortable. But it was easy to make the transition from clothes to no clothes. I'm an open-minded and liberal person — not a nudist, just a guy who is very comfortable with himself. Being nude is just something in the background.

Q: Most people who are in front of the camera wear makeup. Do you? And, if so, where?

A: I wear no makeup at all … no place.

Q: Where do you expect to be in 10 years? What's your next job in journalism after the Naked News?

A: I'm not sure. This could be a steppingstone. We will have to wait and see.

The Weird News Roundup

Sex Class

You charge people to show them a thing or two about good sex. Some call it prostitution. Tom and Suzi Wahl of Missouri call it education. The couple say they were busted while demonstrating sexual techniques at a seminar. They are now facing misdemeanor prostitution charges. "I'm not qualified in physical therapy or psychology," Tom Wahl said in court, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "but I do feel qualified in conducting sexual seminars."

Hitting the Road in the HempCar

The good news is that Kellie and Grayson Sigler have built a hemp-powered car that runs completely free of gasoline. They expect to take the HempCar — a modified Mercedes station wagon — across the United States and Canada this summer. The bad news is that hemp oil costs $50 a gallon. They expect to go through 400 gallons of hemp on their 10,000-mile journey — you do the math.