Statistics And Other Lies

Oklahoma City Made It To The 'Hell On Earth' List

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-05-05 08:34.

What does Oklahoma City have in common with the likes of Chernobyl and Baghdad?

Why Do Cats Hang Around Us?

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2008-05-03 10:42.

Your hunch is correct. Your cat decided to live with you, not the other way around. The sad truth is, it may not be a final decision.

But don’t take this feline diffidence personally. It runs in the family. And it goes back a long way — about 12,000 years, actually.

Those are among the inescapable conclusions of a genetic study of the origins of the domestic cat, being published today in the journal Science.

Man Stuck In Machinery Uses Big Toe To Call 911

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2008-05-03 10:30.

Even with his arms stuck in a piece of machinery, one northwest Florida man was able to call 911 using his big toe. Police said the unidentified man was at the DRS Technologies building early Thursday morning when he became trapped in a press-like machine that resembles an elevator. The employee was alone.

He shook his cell phone off his belt, kicked off one shoe and used his toe to dial 911. Rescuers used a thick metal bar to pry the machinery off his arms.

He was airlifted to a Pensacola hospital where his condition was not immediately known.

As They Get Poorer, More And More Americans Sell Their Belongings On Craigslist And Flea Markets

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2008-05-03 10:09.

The for-sale listings on the online hub Craigslist come with plaintive notices, like the one from the teenager in Georgia who said her mother lost her job and pleaded, "Please buy anything you can to help out."

Or the seller in Milwaukee who wrote in one post of needing to pay bills — and put a diamond engagement ring up for bids to do it.

Struggling with mounting debt and rising prices, faced with the toughest economic times since the early 1990s, Americans are selling prized possessions online and at flea markets at alarming rates.

Demographics Of Jobless Claims

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-05-02 08:32.

Yahoo Finance is reporting Jobless claims surge.

Mexican bus drivers say they deserve tips

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-05-01 09:14.

So what if they rage through traffic, cause at least one accident a day and barely stop for passengers. Drivers of Mexico City's rickety old "pesero" buses say they deserve tips for their harrowing rides.

Since the city approved a fare hike only for newer buses, the union representing pesero drivers says passengers will be asked to pay tips of at least 50 Mexican cents ($0.05) on top of their normal fares to cover gasoline, maintenance and driver training.

I killed that! Wisconsin man starts Web site devoted to roadkill.

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2008-04-30 19:04.

PRESCOTT, Wis. -- Richard Sanders hadn't given much thought to roadkill until a buddy came across a very large bear on the roadside near Hudson. The animal was bigger than any trophy bear the friends had bagged over the years, and they thought it deserved a better fate than rotting by the road.

"It is not their fault they were hit by a car or truck," Sanders said. "They shouldn't go unnoticed."

Britain, which has long prided itself on a reputation for good manners, is becoming increasingly rude, according to a new poll.

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-04-29 11:18.

Highly-paid footballers and celebrities are setting a bad example, according to the survey, put out today.

It listed spitting and swearing as the most offensive forms of behaviour.

Almost nine out of 10 people - 86.2 per cent - think Britons have become ruder than a decade ago, the poll for the ITV1 Tonight television program found.

'Free Tibet' flags made in China

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-04-29 08:33.

Police in southern China have discovered a factory manufacturing Free Tibet flags, media reports say.

The factory in Guangdong had been completing overseas orders for the flag of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

Workers said they thought they were just making colourful flags and did not realise their meaning.

But then some of them saw TV images of protesters holding the emblem and they alerted the authorities, according to Hong Kong's Ming Pao newspaper.

Tibet independence

Recession Changes What Americans Buy And How They Eat

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2008-04-27 18:18.

Stung by rising gasoline and food prices, Americans are finding creative ways to cut costs on routine items like groceries and clothing, forcing retailers, restaurants and manufacturers to decode the tastes of a suddenly thrifty public.

Spending data and interviews around the country show that middle- and working-class consumers are starting to switch from name brands to cheaper alternatives, to eat in instead of dining out and to fly at unusual hours to shave dollars off airfares.

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