Tuesday, November 17, 2009

In Case You Missed It

The Postal Service reported a loss of $3.8 billion for this past year. It appears their financial performance is on a par with their customer service.

Two crates of Scotch whiskey left frozen in Antarctic ice a hundred years ago by the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton have been found and will be retrieved by specialists from New Zealand.

Two men were granted a marriage license in Buenos Aires and are planning the first legal same-sex wedding in Latin America. They won the right to marry when a judge ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage violated Argentina’s Constitution.

Yesterday you needed to pay $1.50 to buy 1 Euro.

In Rome, 200 women answered a modeling agency’s call for tall, attractive party guests. Turns out there was no party. Instead of hors d’oeuvres the host, Libyan leader Muammar el-Quddafi, offered them copies of the Koran and urged them to convert to Islam. I don’t know if he had any takers.

86% of Chinese believe their country is headed in the right direction. In the U.S. 37% of us feel that way.

Paul Volcker says that a proposal to give banking regulators authority to block accounting standards is “a terrible idea.” An independent agency should do it. It will shock you to hear that the bankers association disagrees with him.

Isabella Rossellini is in town to talk about her new project, “Green Porno.” It’s an environmentally friendly series of short films and a book about the peculiar mating habits of bugs and sea creatures. Examples: Anchovies like orgies. Garden snails are sadomasochists. Earthworms are hermaphrodites. You want more? Buy the book.

That’s it for this morning.


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