Thursday, March 12, 2009

In the news, AND..Did you know?

A California man was told to stop cleaning up a section of highway near his home. Mario Mendez began to collect litter two months ago, but the state has yet to approve his "Adopt a Highway" permit.

British Billionaire Richard Branson offered to double the salary for hero pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, if he were to leave US Airways and take a job at Virgin. Branson said he'd make him the best paid pilot at Virgin Airlines and that he could be one of the astronauts as part of his intergalactic spaceship company.

With the demand down on Chinese toys, shoes and electronics as many as 26 million of China's estimated 130 million migrant workers are now unemployed. - Associated Press

A Colorado high school senior faced expulsion for having three rifles in the back of her car, even though she was a member of the Young Marines drill team. The girl, who had a 3.5 GPA uses the wooden rifles during drill practice. School policy prescribes "mandatory expulsion" for any student with even life like facsimiles of weapons.

After watching its endowment shrink last year by 22%, Harvard University wlllay off 25% of its money-management staff, or about 50 people. CNN

Only 22% of Americans trust financial firms, only 20% trust the government's handling of the financial system bailout. The Economist

40% of US workers have dated an office colleague, with 31% marrying one according to a harris poll.

One in Nine homes in the US is currently vacant, many are priced at $500,000 and more. USA Today

About 2/3 of the people who leave prison in the U.S. are rearrested within three years. The Atlantic

564 reporters covered Congress in 1985, it was 160 in 2008. LA Times.

A million seconds is about 11.5 days, a billion seconds is 32 years.

A woman in Indiana has been married 23 times has said she is currently looking for husband number 24.

A Colorado man who was run over while helping an elderly woman cross the road has been ticketed for jaywalking. The ticket, $22.00, but police say it was still dangerous for him to be in the road.

Girl Scout cookie sales are down 20% this year. In the past people would by six or more, are not settling on one. - USA Today

Teens with cell phones average 2272 text messages compared with 203 phone calls per month. - Washington Post

Did you know?
Tigers love water and are known as the best swimmers of the large cats. Tigers even have webbing between their toes. Tigers also love catnip.

The last movie that Walt Disney personally produced..."The Jungle Book".

So few profits from Ben+Jerrys Rainforest Crunch went in to saving the rainforest, the company had to remove the claim from their label in 1995.

There is a theory that the number 47 can be found in the universe more than any number, some examples"
There are 47 degrees of latitude between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn
Strom Thrumond served in the Senate for 47 years
The Declaration of Independence has 47 sentences
The AK-47 was designed in 1947

What is a "gralix"? - It is the string of typographical symbols used to indicate profanity. When a comic character shouts "$%Q!", that's a grawlix.



At Thursday, March 12, 2009 12:17:00 PM , Blogger Dim said...

The last time my endowment shrunk 22%, the pool water was a little on the cool side.


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