Tuesday, October 28, 2008

In the News...

The 700 Billion that is/was proposed to bail out Wall Street is about 175 billion more than school districts, states, and the federal government spent last year on all forms of public education. -Associated Press

John and Cindy McCain own 13 cars. The Obamas have one. The McCains do have a Jeep that is older than Barack though. - Newsweek.

The glasses that Sarah Palin wear will set you back $375.00, if you can find them. - Wall St Journal

With a new worth of 57 Billion dollars, Bill Gates remains the richest man in America, despite losing this for a few months earlier this year to Warren Buffett. Eighty Nine (89) U.S. Billionaires were too "poor" to make the Forbes 400 Richest Americans list. Forbes

A woman in Chicago bought a house is Saginaw Michigan on ebay for $1.75.

The number of illegal immigrants entering the country has declined from an average of 800,000 to about 500,000, due to the sluggish economy amongst other things. The Washington Post

70 million people watched the vice presidential debates, the most in history. Chicago Sun Times

Almost 29 million Americans participated in food stamps in July, the highest since November of 2005, when it went to a high after hurricanes Rita and Katrina. - Washington Post.

A Pennsylvania mother has won the right to carry a gun to her 5 year olds soccer games.

36% of Atlanta police academy graduates have criminal records.

A radio station in St.Louis began to play all Christmas music in October.

The number of women voters has exceeded that of men in every presidential election since 1964. This year, women may cast about 9 million more votes than men. Marketwatch.com

In a recent survey of 25,000 high school students found that 90% of them copied test answers. - The New York Times

With the financial system crashing Home Depot reports that sales of safes have seen double digit sales growth in the last few weeks. Honeywell, a large maker of home safes, reports sales are up 50%. The Boston Globe.

Bands whose songs are featured in Guitar Hero III can expect a 300% sales increase in their on line music sales. Aerosmith has made more in licensing income from Guitar Hero than for sales of any of their albums. The Economist.

The national debt hit the $10.2 trillion mark, a number so big that hte National Debt Clock near New Yorks Time Square had to eliminate the dollar sign to make room fro an extra digit. The debt is approaching the size of the entire U.S. economy. Slate.com

In the 34 states that will allow early voting this year, close to 30% of the votes will be cast before November 4th.

Joe Biden has done over 100 press interviews since he was tapped to be the Vice President in August. Sara Palin, has done less than 10. CNN.com

Teenagers now send an average of 1,742 text messages a month..more than 50 per day. 42% polled said they could "text blindfolded". New York Times



At Tuesday, October 28, 2008 9:18:00 AM , Blogger Travis Erwin said...

Quite the interesting collection of news tidbits. Very interesting stuff.

At Tuesday, October 28, 2008 5:57:00 PM , Blogger Jenny G said...

That soccer mom with the gun was near us. Yay, Pennsylvania!


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