Girls Gone Wild models
Lionel Cironneau  /  AP
"Girls Gone Wild" models pose in front of the Cannes Festival Palace last year in Cannes, France. Now the video series' creator thinks raunch and lunch go well together.
By Brian Tracey Associate editor

Watch out Hooters: The creator of the video series "Girls Gone Wild" has cooked up what he thinks is another hot idea: A chain of restaurants based on the raunchy party-girl brand.

According to the Los Angeles Business Journal, soft-core sleaze peddler Joe Francis plans to open two "Girls Gone Wild" theme restaurants this summer in the highly predictable spring-break capitals of Cabo San Lucas and Cancun in Mexico.

"This is going to be about fun, lifestyle, youth, sun. It's about everything 'Girls Gone Wild,"' Francis said. "It's going to be sexy without being sexual."

But here's the real shocker — there will be no stripping, topless waitresses or filming in the restaurants, Francis said.

He said the "Girls Gone Wild" restaurants will appeal to women who want to feel sexy, exciting and edgy. Guys will turn out because "guys are always there, panting."

Who knows, the men may also salivate over the food.

But we highly doubt that will be the case.

Not-so-bad ideas

  • Speaking of cheesy, the Internet has served up some truly weird Web sites, and here's one for truly obsessed dairy devotees: Cheddarvision. Sponsored by British food firm, Web surfers can watch a chunk of cheese ripen for a entire year.

While one would think this cheese-making process makes watching grass grow seem like an extreme sport, Cheddarvision nonetheless has attracted more that 430,000 hits since it was launched last December, according the U.K. newspaper The Guardian. The cheddar also has its own MySpace page, with 436 friends.

And this week, cheese-heads across globe were probably thrilled to watch as a sample was taken from the chunk to see if it is maturing as planned.

Grate, just grate.

  • Do roller coasters bore you? Well, a new theme park ride is giving thrill-seekers the ability to imitate desperate Mexicans trying to illegally cross the border to the U.S.

Visitors to the Parque EcoAlberto in the Mexican state of Hildalgo are put in the position of workers struggling to escape across the boundary between the two countries.

They must hike through dense brush, run down steep hills, swim across rivers, and slip under barbed-wire fences, according to the Ananova Web portal.

Also, they must stay out of the "crossfire" of watchful border guards during the four-hour nighttime ordeal.

Each visitor pays about $20 for the privilege at the theme park, which is actually about 700 miles from the U.S. border. More than 3,000 people have tried out the "ride" already.

Some groups have criticized the theme park for profiting the plight of those trying to escape to the U.S.

But Alfonso Martinez, who plays a people-smuggler in the game, was quoted as saying the mock-escapes "let people get a glimpse of the suffering that migrants endure."

We just hope CNN's Lou Dobbs doesn't get wind of this.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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