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July 18, 2009

LOTD for July 18

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 6:04 pm

The NY Times bought the Boston Globe for $1.1 billion in 1993…and now might have to *pay* someone $40 million to take it from them! The Taylor family sold the Boston Globe to the NY Times for $1.1 billion and now the NY Times could pay them millions to take it back?
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/15/business/media/15carr.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

2-year-old boy (he recently turned 3) drove his battery-powered toy truck into a river and somehow survived an 8-mile trip down the river. Amazingly, he was unharmed and the toy truck still works!
http://www.independent.ie/world-news/americas/boy-3-on-toy-truck-survives-eightmile-river-trip-1824519.html

Serbian woman was hit by lightning…and it cured her heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) problem! She will live much longer now because she was hit by lightning!
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_3396226.html

A small town (3,800 residents) in Canada is being relocated a mile away so that a mining company can get at the gold deposits under its streets and houses. More than 6 million ounces of gold lie underneath the town, so the mining company is moving the buildings a mile away and has promised to build them a state-of-the-air school and community center, golf course, and the mining will create hundreds of jobs:
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/tradingdesk/archive/2009/06/17/osisko-making-good-progress-at-malartic.aspx

Survey of Canadian executives found that 20% of the executives felt that a single typo would cost a potential employee a job!
http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE56D4XA20090715

Ohio scientist developed a car that is powered by pee:
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/07/pee-powered-cars/

Nearly a third of people in Mississippi are obese, the first time any state passed the 30% mark. No state had its obesity rate drop and 31 states had it rise last year. In 1991, only 4 states had obesity rates above 15% and none were above 20%…and now only 1 state (Colorado at 18.9%) is below 20%:
http://edition.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/diet.fitness/08/27/obesity.study/index.html

The recession has resulted in a 40% or so drop in divorce filings in the US, as people cannot afford to get divorced:
http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=10739809&nav=9Tai

Woman in Tampa was using a hotel restroom when a gun fell out of a woman’s holster in the next stall and shot her in the thigh:
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/article1017113.ece

For Lori–Paula Abdul’s manager said that she will leave American Idol if the “rude” producers don’t give her a contract soon:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/americanidoltracker/2009/07/paula-abduls-manager-shell-leave-idol-if-producers-dont-step-up-new-deal.html

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