The aroma of a freshly baked pizza is arguably as universally recognizable as that of a newly mowed lawn or a fresh cup of coffee.
But a Lithuanian restaurant chain now wants the intellectual property rights for the scent in the small Baltic nation, saying it is closely associated with its pizza pies.
"Opinion polls show that many consumers in Lithuania identify the pleasure of eating pizza with our trademark," said Mindaugas Gumauskas, marketing director of the Cilija company. "This makes us believe that the scent of freshly baked pizza is a subject to our copyright."
It was just a penny, but to Consumers Energy it was enough to cut off power in a local home. Jacqueline Williams, 41, of Flint had an electricity bill of $1,662.08 and paid all of it, except for one cent. That wasn't enough for the power company, which blacked her out for seven hours Wednesday.
The CMS Energy Corp. subsidiary told Williams the power would not be turned on until the penny was received.
"I went down there, paid my penny and got a receipt," Williams told The Flint Journal.
It's good to be president, not the least because it inspires rock stars and others to buy you presents like $1,800 suits, $900 poker sets, $350 chain saws and $5,500 bikes.
President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday released the financial disclosure forms they are required by law to file every year. They offer a broad portrait of both men's not-insignificant wealth, showing Bush to possess a relatively safe portfolio, with much of his money locked up in real estate and rock-solid investments in government Treasury notes, while Cheney has a more diverse spread of assets.