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A Pastor Walks Into a Bar ... to Listen

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-01-28 10:29.

(AP) CARLISLE, Pa. - Barflies, forget having to talk your troubles over with a bartender.

A pastor plans to put teams of chaplains in local bars in this central Pennsylvania town so they can lend a sympathetic ear to patrons who may need one.

The chaplains won’t preach against drinking or evangelize when the program starts at Market Cross Pub, organizer Chuck Kish said.

Who Has the Optimism? The Have-Nots

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2008-01-26 09:20.
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The future looks bleak in much of the developed world. It looks bright in the developing world.

Two opinion surveys released in connection with the World Economic Forum here showed optimism among corporate chief executives and the public in many emerging markets. But there are doubts in many of the world’s leading economies.

In the United States, just 27 percent of the people questioned in the Gallup International Voice of the People survey said they expected the next generation to be more prosperous than the current one, while 43 percent expected less prosperity.

Woman to Take 55,000 Pennies to the Bank

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-01-25 10:01.
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SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Vicki Armstrong has been saving her pennies for almost 19 years and she was making plans this week to cash them in at a bank - all 55,000 of them.

She knows the $550 won't make her rich, but says the symbolism reinforced frugal spending habits. "It helped me be a little bit more conservative in my lifestyle," said Armstrong, who is planning to retire at the end of the year from Christus Schumpert Highland Hospital, where she works as a maternity technician.

So You Want To Be A Mystery Shopper?

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-01-24 11:51.
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These guys are actively hiring mystery shoppers (must be a US resident over 18). Perhaps 'hiring' is the wrong word, because you don't get paid anything. However, you are given a $500 card and you get to KEEP things that you buy on assignments. I am not sure if this is strictly online mystery shopping assignments that you do from your PC or if there are some offline assignments as well, but either way, it sounds good.

"Pet" girl kicked off bus for wearing leash

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-01-24 11:07.

LONDON (Reuters) - A British bus company has apologized to a girl who is led around on a leash by her boyfriend and describes herself as a human pet after one of its drivers threw her off a bus.

Tasha Maltby, 19, told British newspapers she was the "pet" of her 25-year-old fiance Dani Graves.

Pictures showed her dressed in black Gothic-style clothing with silver buckles on a silver chain -- which the driver of a bus from the firm Arriva took exception to.

What a jolt! Roommates get $100,000 electric bill

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2008-01-23 11:52.
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TAMPA - A Tampa man and his roommate almost had to pay their $100,000 electric bill.

Richard Grieshop and Lynda Williams live in a one-bedroom mobile home. Both use wheelchairs and live on fixed incomes.

Grieshop says their power was turned off during the holidays. With help from friends and social services, they got it turned back on about two weeks ago.

Top 10 Best Conspiracy Theory Type Documentaries

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-01-22 11:28.
1. The Vanished City of the Pharaoh

Awesome BBC Documentary about the Vanished City of the Pharaoh

2. Angels Still Don't Play This HAARP

More Crazscience - Sweden To Study Belching Cows

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-01-22 09:34.
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(AP) A Swedish university has received 3.8 million kronor $590,000) in research funds to measure the greenhouse gases released when cows belch.

About 20 cows will participate in the project run by the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, about 40 miles north of Stockholm, officials said Monday.

Cattle release methane, a greenhouse gas believed to contribute to global warming, when they digest their food. Researchers believe the level of methane released depends on the type of food the eat.

Richard Knerr, The Entrepreneur Who Gave You Hoola Hoop, Frisbee, Hacky Sack And Silly String Dies

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-01-21 10:30.

Richard Knerr, co-founder of the company that introduced America to the Hula Hoop, the Frisbee and other iconic toys, died on Monday, January 14th. The 82-year-old entrepreneur passed away at Methodist Hospital after suffering a stroke earlier in the day at his home in Arcadia, Calif. 

Much like Apple, Disney, and Hewlett-Packard, Wham-O started in a garage. As a student at the University of Southern California in 1948, Knerr launched a falcon training business with his childhood friend, Arthur "Spud" Melin.

Is Mutual Fund Industry Just One Huge Scam?

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2008-01-20 13:39.

When stock markets climb, the fees associated with equity ownership are easy to shrug off. But with the stock market ailing in 2008 — the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index is down 9.75 percent as of Friday — mutual fund investors are right to wonder and worry about the costs they are paying to own their shares.


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