Missing Links: Ashton Kutcher in Space, Vibrating Tattoos, Fried Pizza

We've scoured the Web to find the best intel you might have missed this week. In this edition: Ashton Kutcher is going to space, Nokia files a patent for vibrating "tattoo" alerts, and New York City gets its first fried-pizza joint.

Ashton's Space Odyssey
It was announced this week on Richard Branson's blog—which is apparently a real thing—that actor and recent Details cover star Ashton Kutcher is the 500th "future astronaut" to sign up for Virgin Galactic's commercial space flights. It's weird, because when you think of a Two and a Half Men star in outer space, you probably think of Charlie Sheen. Those interested in signing up for their own suborbital space flight should send a check for $200K and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to one of Virgin's "accredited space agents." Or something like that. [Us Weekly]

Good Vibrations
You know how you're always wishing that your phone would interrupt your life a little more? Because the constant buzzing and ringing and flashing fail to satisfactorily alert you to a new celebrity tweet, or—heaven forbid!—an incoming e-mail about a sale at Bloomingdale's? Well, Nokia intends to remedy this ongoing crisis with a new technology that the BBC has dubbed "vibrating tattoo alerts." To quote: "[The patent filing] describes tattooing, stamping or spraying 'ferromagnetic' material onto a user's skin and then pairing it with a mobile device . . . It suggests a magnetic marking could be attached to either a user's arm, abdominal area, finger or fingernail." Hooray! One day, instead of just your bag or pocket vibrating, your whole arm or abdominal region will vibrate instead. Bring on the mass e-mails. [BBC News]

Pizza, Now Fried
Move over, Tim Tebow! New York got something much more exciting than a new quarterback this week. Namely, its first fried-only pizzeria. La Montanara by Forcella is slated to open on the Lower East Side on March 28, and the sample menu features much of what you'd expect from a gourmet pizza joint, with the added disclaimer that all pizzas are lightly fried in sunflower oil and finished in the oven. Lightly fried? Sounds healthy to us! But then again, so do the Nutella-smothered pizza strips from the dessert menu, so maybe we're not the best barometer. [Eater]

—Justine Goodman, associate web editor at Details

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