FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF WISHFUL THINKING….The desolate little town of Soap Lake, Washington, is in trouble:

“The city’s broke, practically,” said Soap Lake Mayor Ken Lee. “We have no industry, no tax base. We need to do something.”

“Something” turns out to be a plan to build a giant lava lamp to attract tourists. All they need is someone to finance it.

I could make the usual kind of snarky comment, but instead I want to offer Soap Lake some genuinely constructive criticism: you’re thinking too small. A 60 foot lava lamp just doesn’t cut it in this MTV age, so if you really want to attract people, you’re going to need to make it at least 500 feet tall. Get cracking.