Friday, August 5, 2016

News for Week Ending Friday, Aug 5, 2016

1.   A 40 year old Nigerian man known only as “Mike” has been arrested and charged with perpetrating over $60 million worth of internet scams.  ***  He was released, however, when he promised to send authorities an undisclosed number of gold bars.  

2.   Scientists have found that Australia has been moving at a rate of 2.75 inches each year.  ***  In fact, they say that by the year 3000 the Outback will be out front.

3.   A man in Dallas, Georgia was arrested last weekend for having sex with a goat.  ***  Down in Georgia there’s a lot of concern about incest, so at least he had the decency to first make sure that he and the goat weren’t related.

4.   Workplace expert Lynn Taylor has identified a dozen words and phrases that make a person seem untrustworthy or less intelligent.   ***  Number one on the list:  “I’m running for president.”

5.   According to the top health official in Rio, recent data indicates the Zika virus should no longer be a concern for people coming to the Olympics.  ***  He said the latest numbers show that the muggers and kidnappers will probably get you first.

6.   On this date in history:  Aug 5, 1981 – President Regan fires 11,500 air traffic controllers.  ***  Of course, first he checked with Nancy to make sure she didn’t have any big trips planned.

7.   On this date in history:  Aug 4, 1693 – Dom Perignon invents champagne.  ***  Of course, he didn’t sell any until people had something to celebrate.

8.   On this date in history:  Aug 3, 1963 – The Beatles play their final performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.  ***  But they always remembered their roots, and even on the Ed Sullivan Show they insisted that the audience have a two drink minimum.

9.   On this date in history:  Aug 2, 1939 – The Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers.  ***  Apparently there was later legislation that went a step further and prohibited ALL activity by federal workers.    

10.  On this date in history:  Aug 1, 1774 – Joseph Priestly discovers oxygen.   ***  I wonder what people breathed before that? 

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