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January 13, 2008

LOTD for January 13

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 9:27 pm

Astronomers have discovered a solar system with a group of planets similar to in our solar system, so close that is visible from Earth:
http://www1.nasa.gov/vision/universe/newworlds/exoplanet-20071106.html

Adult and high school smoking rates had been declining each year…from 1997 until 2004, when they have stayed the same or even increased slightly:
http://groups.google.com/group/trulistserv/browse_thread/thread/fd856290e402f34d

Interesting that men get served 20 seconds faster than women in coffee shops according to this study:
http://www.slate.com/id/2177697/fr/flyout

Rancho Cordova, CA residents were pulled over during the Holidays by police…when they were *following* the law, with the cops giving them $5 Starbucks gift cards:
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5htAuRX-Y-ie1ld3CDzSeEX8XwH0AD8TJD4JO0

Interesting that there is a company in California that rents pets to executives and other professionals who want to rent pets instead of own them:
http://www.doggienews.com/2007/12/flexpetz-rent-dog.htm

Pretty funny that a video on YouTube caught when a Venezuelan government official was questioned about how he was denouncing capitalism while wearing Gucci shoes and a Louis Vuitton tie. The government official just stammered when the journalist interrupted him to ask the question:
http://uk.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUKN1326790820071214

Dutch teenager stole $5000 worth of virtual furniture from a virtual hotel in an online game…he put that virtual furniture into his virtual hotel, but the cops got him:
http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/so-real/teen-steals-over-5k-in-virtual-furniture-gets-busted-by-very-real-cops-322639.php

Manhattan restaurant added a $25,000 dessert as a publicity stunt…but was shut down shortly afterwards after failing their second health inspection due to mice, flies, and cockroaches:
http://wcbstv.com/local/serendipity.health.inspection.2.568515.html

A failing school in Nottingham made itself into something like Hogwarts from the Harry Potter books and go from the bottom 25% of British schools to the TOP 25% of British schools:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/nottinghamshire/7094593.stm

I know kids who have been diagnosed with ADHD…thankfully, this study found that half of the kids diagnosed with ADHD will grow out of it:
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-adhd13nov13,1,3276832.story

Woman Christmas shopping drops an envelope with $770 in cash…the widowed unemployed nurse who found it turned it in and it got back to the woman (who is on disability) who found it:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/12/01/on_the_nice_list/

5-year-old chimp beat college students in a computer game that tested short-term memory:
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/12/03/chimp.memory.ap/index.html

Colorado couple sue the police because more than 3 dozen of their pot plants were dead when the police returned them:
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_7624445

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