Thursday, July 17, 2008

In the News 7/17 edition...

had a fair number of these ready to lets do it..

Only 6% of men wear ties every day to work.

A Tennessee man is suing his church for 2.5 million dollars, claiming someone should have been there to catch him when he collapsed in religious ecstasy.

The McMurdo research base in Antarctica recently stocked up for 2 months of darkness. In the shipment, 16,500 condoms.

A Massachusetts apartment building burnt down because of the fumes from 45 gallons of gas a couple had been saving.

To curb her boredom David Beckham bought his wive a vineyard for her 34th birthday.

The presidential contenders this year so far have spent $201 million on television commercials. In 2000 it was just 37 million. USA Today.

The day Tiger Woods won the masters (a Monday in an sudden death round) Wall St trading fell 71 million shares.

A six year old boy in Illinois was approved for a credit card with a $600 limit. He filled out the form correctly and listed his birth year as 2002 and income as $0.00.

Al Gore's energy consumption in his Tennessee home rose 10% in 2007. He consumes 50% more electiry every month than the average American does in a year.

One in four adults in New York City is infected with the genital herpes virus. This is 7 percentage points higher than the national average. - Associated Press.

A Chicago public school system gave a new car to a 12 year old girl as a reward for her perfect school attendance record.

Pele, the Brazilian soccer icon, was recently mugged in Sao Paulo. He shouted "I am Pele" to the group of young men, none were impressed and took his watch, chain and cell phone.

With the high gas prices Americans drove 1.4 billion fewer highway miles this past April than in April of 2007. -

Network TV news coverage of the war in Iraq has scaled back. The three big networks evening newscasts have devoted 181 minutes to Iraq, compared to 1,157 minutes for all of 2007. - New York Times

Gym memberships fell for the first time in a decade in 2007. - LA Times.

The IRS is trying to reach the 5 million folks who haven't filed their tax forms needed for them to qualify for the federal stimulus checks. Most are veterans or senior citizens who have not filed.

Frederic J. Baur, the deceased designer of the Pringles Potato Chip can, had his cremated remains buried in one of his inventions.

Lillian Cox of Florida just had her drivers license renewed for another 3 years...she is 101 years old.

A dutch man who pressed his bare ass to a restaurant window pressed just too hard, it broke and he had many wounds.

AAA is now reporting more road side calls for drivers who have run out of gas. With the high cost, fewer are actually filling all the way up. Associated Press

76% of American commuters drive alone to work - USA Today

Vinyl records and turntables have spiked in sales 500% every year for the last four years. The Boston Globe

Venice has banned the feeding of pigeons in St Mark's Square. There are an estimated 60,000 pigeons and they have been known to attack tourists with food, on top of making a mess. LA Times.

8 months left in President Bush's term has seen the quiet exit of administration officials leave for new jobs. 56% of the 1,100 jobs under Bush's direct control are vacant or filled by temps. Washington Post

Spam sales are up 9% in recent months. Associated Press

If you factor in live performance royalties, cd sales and other revenue sources, Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" could eventually generate $572 million dollars in revenue. Portfolio

Oprahs has seen her ratings fall and her magazine readership fall by 10% in three years. New York Times



At Thursday, July 17, 2008 11:42:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are always so funny!

I don't doubt that 'Stairway to Heaven' brings in millions . . . i would hazard a guess that 'Hotel California' does the same. These are two songs I don't care if I never hear again - enough already GAH!

At Thursday, July 17, 2008 11:46:00 AM , Blogger March to the Sea said...

trish - i hear you..i actually loathe the eagles..but today on Howard Stern he had Don Felder was such a good interview I rolled over to the west coast feed to catch it in full. Still..hotel cali..yeeeek.

At Friday, July 18, 2008 9:22:00 AM , Blogger psacake said...

I had to check out the Al Hore story..


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