"Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor are seen in a blue Proton Saga... "When asked whether there is any tension with the sultan, Dr Mahathir said: “No, I don’t see anything because I went to see him and he drove me to the airport. I don’t want to comment on the sultans because if I say anything that is not good then it’s not nice because he is the sultan”"

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

"I believe that professional wrestling is clean and everything else in the world is fixed." - Frank Deford


World's oldest village shop closes down as latest credit crunch victim - "The local shop, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, is the oldest independent store of its kind in the world, and at the hub of village life since opening more than 150 years ago. The one shop society co-operative opened in 1856 and made it through two world wars and the great depression of the 30s – but the crisis of recent months has done for it."

Turning crack dealers into chief executives - ""They understand basic leadership and management principles, profitability. "They don't all understand risk management as well as they should because they all got busted when they came to prison, but when it comes to execution and marketing - they get it." Ms Rohr realised that influential convicted felons could be America's most overlooked talent pool... "You see, before you hurt somebody or you promote somebody in the gang you have to investigate everything from A to Z. You cannot leave a single stone unturned."... "Our goal is not to turn a good crack dealer into a better one", she says."

Oddies in subway (71 pics) - "A series of pictures with different interesting and bizarre peoples in the subway."

Healthy, Wealthy, and DEAD?: 5 Reasons Why Getting Up Early Might be Harmful - "Getting up early could be defying your body... Getting up early could affect the quality of your sleep... Getting up early can lead to sleep deprivation... Getting up early could decrease your productivity and creativity... Getting up early could be affecting time with family and loved ones... a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found no correlation between bed habits, income, educational attainment, or mortality rate. Takeaway: early to bed and early to rise is not connected to health, wealth, or wisdom."

We're all sinners but the gates to Hell are marked His and Hers - "Sex discrimination is destined to continue in the scorching fires of Hell, according to a study approved by the Vatican which suggests that men are most likely to commit lustful sins whereas women are beholden to pride... 30 per cent of Catholics no longer considered confession to a priest necessary, and 10 per cent even said that it “impeded their personal dialogue with God”."
One comment: May be I`m not fully understand English humor.. :)
There`s discrimination at all???
Different sins - different punishment
Or not?? :) :)

What is the Monkeysphere? - "What do monkeys have to do with war, oppression, crime, racism and even e-mail spam? You'll see that all of the random ass-headed cruelty of the world will suddenly make perfect sense once we go Inside the Monkeysphere... The Monkeysphere is the group of people who each of us, using our monkeyish brains, are able to conceptualize as people. If the monkey scientists are monkey right, it's physically impossible for this to be a number much larger than 150... Those who exist outside that core group of a few dozen people are not people to us. They're sort of one-dimensional bit characters."
Addendum: This is the Dunbar number

A giving recession? - "There are now around 1.6m non-profits in America, employing one in every 11 workers"

Thou Shalt Not Cut this Tree! - "A Buddhist monk is prohibited from cutting down a tree or having a tree cut down not only because it has life but because it could also be the abode of a deity."
So how do they build their temples? The most popular suggested answer was outsourcing. Smart, just like clerics and maces.

Judges Plead Guilty in Scheme to Jail Youths for Profit - "“In my entire career, I’ve never heard of anything remotely approaching this,” said Senior Judge Arthur E. Grim, who was appointed by the State Supreme Court this week to determine what should be done with the estimated 5,000 juveniles who have been sentenced by Judge Ciavarella since the scheme started in 2003. Many of them were first-time offenders and some remain in detention."

This is not just a jam sandwich... Oh, actually, it is - "It's hardly a dish that requires great culinary skill and hours of preparation in the kitchen. Yet it seems that some of us lead such busy lives that we are simply unable to knock up a quick strawberry jam sandwich. If that applies to you, then relax. Because Marks & Spencer is going to do it for you - and charge you 75p for the privilege... 'For those who haven't eaten one for years, one bite takes you straight back to your childhood.'"

Visualizing Your Personal Space Around the World - "Like French artist Guy Limone, Platt is interested in bringing numbers to life through image. Using data from the CIA Factbook, Platt divided each country's land area by its population. The results are displayed in the image above."

McDonald's and Starbucks: 43% Yin, 35% Yang - "A Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trends survey on where Americans would like to live included the following question: "Just for fun: Would you prefer to live in a place with more McDonald's or more Starbucks?"... In this smackdown between Big Macs and caffe lattes, Americans manage to typecast themselves by just about every demographic and ideological characteristic under the sun."
Stereotypes persist and endure because they are often true.
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