Statistics And Other Lies

Sex Too Hard to Sell These Days

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2008-03-15 11:52.

(AP) HAMBURG, Germany - The oldest bordello in Hamburg’s red-light district is shutting down for lack of business, according to newspaper reports published Friday.

The family-run Hotel Luxor, established in 1948, is being sold to an investor and will close down for good next month, madam Waltraud Mehrer said, according to the Hamburg Morgenpost and Bild newspapers.

Vegas Man Paints Car Like Police Cruiser... And It's Not Illegal!

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-03-13 11:10.

Jessie Vigil's black-and-white car sports a red-and-blue emergency bar across the top and the word "police" painted on the doors. Vigil, however, isn't a cop. Law enforcement agencies say what he's done with his car isn't illegal as long as he doesn't act like a police officer.

Are Smart People Drawn To The Arts Or Does Arts Training Make People Smarter?

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-03-11 12:36.

Learning, Arts, and the Brain, a study three years in the making, is the result of research by cognitive neuroscientists from seven leading universities across the United States. In the Dana Consortium study, researchers grappled with a fundamental question: Are smart people drawn to the arts or does arts training make people smarter?

Compulsive Gambler Files $20M Suit Against Casinos

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-03-10 11:17.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) ? She was an ambitious lawyer and TV commentator who starting going to Atlantic City casinos to relax, and soon was getting high-roller treatment that included limousines whisking her to the resort.

Arelia Margarita Taveras says she was even allowed to bring her dog, Sasha, to the blackjack tables, sitting in her purse.

Oops! Bank Mistakenly Starts Foreclosure Process On Wrong House.

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-03-10 10:47.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- A Kissimmee homeowner was in England when he learned a Florida bank had mistakenly started foreclosure proceedings on his house.

As it turns out, Denroy Bell didn't even have a mortgage with the bank, Citi-Residential. The bank admitted that it's dealing with so many foreclosures in Central Florida that it made a mistake.

Bell's neighbor called him when she saw the locks being changed and the pool empty.

"It was like the army came up and took over the house," Esther Goshop, a neighbor, said.

An Iranian court orders a man to give his wife 124,000 roses

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-03-04 11:57.

An Iranian court has ordered a man to give his wife the 124,000 roses that he promised in her dowry, after she filed a complaint to claim it, reports say.

The woman said she was claiming the dowry because her "very stingy husband" would not even pay for a cup of coffee, according to the E'temad newspaper.

The court has seized the man's flat until he produces all of the roses.

Under Iranian law, a woman can claim her dowry, or mahr, at any time during a marriage or when getting divorced.

13 Stupid Ideas That Made Millions of Dollars

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2008-03-02 09:36.

Want to make it big as an entrepreneur? Check out these recent odd and quirky business ideas. P.S. These ideas could not have been too “dumb” as they have all made millions of dollars for the entrepreneurs who started them.

For your pooch:

Counterfeiters Learn How To Make Fake Ferrari's

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-02-29 13:33.

ROME (Reuters) - Italians are used to buying bogus Gucci bags or Rolex watches to look stylish but police found a new height of craftsmanship and cunning when they broke up a ring selling fake Ferrari cars for a fraction of the real price.

Blind Irishman sees with the aid of son's tooth in his eye

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-02-29 10:05.

DUBLIN (AFP) - An Irishman blinded by an explosion two years ago has had his sight restored after doctors inserted his son's tooth in his eye, he said on Wednesday.

Bob McNichol, 57, from County Mayo in the west of the country, lost his sight in a freak accident when red-hot liquid aluminium exploded at a re-cycling business in November 2005.

"I thought that I was going to be blind for the rest of my life," McNichol told RTE state radio.

Why Do Universities Charge You Over $100K During Your Course Of Studies, Yet Make You Go Through Application Process?

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-02-28 10:46.

"Dad, they want me to write an essay on 'What would be the title of my autobiography and why," Henry announced on the previous day.

"What a goofy idea…" his father replied helpfully, "Seventeen year olds don't write autobiographies because they don't have anything to say. They haven't done anything yet. Maybe it should be something like 'Blank Slate' or 'Empty Vessel' or something like that."

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