Friday, November 6, 2015

News for Week Ending Friday, Nov 6, 2015

1.        A scientist in Cambridge, Massachusetts has not showered in 12 years, but instead sprays himself with a mixture of bacteria that supposedly keeps him fresh and clean.  ***  In addition to saving time, he also saves money because of less soap usage, lower water bills and no second dates.

2.        NASA has just announced it is hiring astronauts for flights to the International Space Station and Mars.  ***  However, in the interest of full disclosure, officials did point out that George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are no longer in the program.

3.        A missing Denver teenager was found after sleepwalking 9 miles.  ***  Authorities were able to track her cell phone signal while she was texting.

4.        The web site Business Insider lists 13 things an employee should never say on the first day of a new job.  ***  In fact, the best thing to do is just skip the first day and start work the day after.

5.        Bernie Sanders’ first TV campaign ad tells about his childhood in a Brooklyn tenement.   ***  His parents had considered moving to Manhattan, but back when he was a kid the Indians still owned it.

6.        On this date in history: 1955 - In "Back to the Future,"  Marty McFly arrives at this date after traveling back in time 30 years.  ***  Most of us are thrilled when we just get to set our clocks back one hour.

7.        On this date in history: 1879 - To combat stealing by bartenders in his Dayton, Ohio saloon, James Ritty patents the first cash register.  ***  He also copyrights the word “Ka-ching.”

8.        On this date in history: 1914 – In New York City, Vogue magazine holds "Fashion Fete," the first fashion show with models.  ***  It’s also the first known employment opportunity specifically for anorexic women.

9.        On this date in history: 1783 - John Austin, a highwayman, is the last person to be publicly hanged at London's Tyburn gallows.  ***  People just got fed up with the high ticket prices and two drink minimum.

10.     On this date in history: 1978 – The debut of Arnold Shapiro's TV documentary, "Scared Straight," a controversial deterrent to juvenile delinquency narrated by Peter Falk.  ***  Audiences are annoyed by Mr. Falk’s repeated use of the phrase, “Oh, just one more thing, sir…”

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