Tuesday, September 8, 2009

In the news...

The "Great Red Spot" on Jupiter is actually a hurricane with winds at close to 400 miles per hour. The "spot" is nearly twice the size of planet Earth.

There is a camp for kids with Tourette's syndrome in Georgia that recently opened. It is called Camp Twitch and Shout.

Pranksters in Amsterdam have taken to tossing Smart Cars into the city's canals. The cars weigh about 1,600 pounds.

The British government issues a guideline to civil servants who use twitter. The 140 character messages were "outlined" in a 20 page document.

The average American eats 16 pounds of french fries, 23 pounds of pizza and 26 pounds of candy per year. fastcompany.com

When Lance Armstrong was winning all those Tour De France membership in USA Cycling grew 5.5% or more per year. In the three years he took off, it fell to 3.5-4% annually. - New York Times

With "snail mail" quickly becoming obsolete the blue mailboxes have been going away. There are only about 175,000 of them in the entire United States. - Washington Post

USA Today's "best sellers list" now includes data on sales for books to the Kindle reader. - Wall St. Journal

Need work? Even with the national unemployment rate at close to 10% more than 100,000 Nursing positions need to be filled. - BusinessWeek

Speaking of Nurses, a Connecticut woman was honored "Nurse of the Year" in 2008 was, in fact, not a nurse. The woman created an association, and staged a dinner in her honor - to bolster her resume to get a job.

A Kenyan man offered Hillary Clinton 20 cows and 40 goats in exchange for her daughter Chelsea's hand in marriage. Mrs. Clinton responded with "My daughter is her own person and I will convey this very kind offer."

70% of Americans believe women should take their husband's last name when they marry, while 29% feel its better for a woman to keep her name. - American Sociological Association

In Zimbabwe, inflation is 234 MILLION percent. There, it is cheaper, per sheet, to wipe your backside with the 1,000 dollar Zimbabwe note than with toilet paper. The notes are so bad for the plumbing as well that some public toilets have signs reading "No Zim Dollars"

H.W. Warner, one of the three "Warner Brothers" was stunned by the idea of "talking" movies saying "Who the hell wants to hear the actors talk?"

Many people were impressed with the telephone when it was invented. When then President Hayes met Alexander Graham Bell he asked "Who would ever want to use one?"

In May 1940, Gandhi said of Hitler "I do not consider Herr Hitler to be as bad as he is depicted...he seems to be gaining his victories without bloodshed."

Leonardo da Vincic could write with one hand, while drawing with the other. To one up him, James Garfield could write in Latin with one hand while writing Greek with the other.



At Tuesday, September 08, 2009 10:39:00 AM , Blogger Jennifer Leigh said...

I always find these really interesting Todd! Keep em up!

At Tuesday, September 08, 2009 6:57:00 PM , Blogger Jenny G said...

I wipe my ass with $100 bills...what's your point?

No one ever pronounces/says my last name right, so if I married a guy with an easy last name I would change mine in a second. If I married a guy with a weird last name I wouldn't go through the hassle.


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