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    Moving back to the OT for a moment, I just stopped in our office lunchroom and there was a bottle of dish detergent on the counter.

    It read, "Ultra Palmolive Original".

    Really, original? I would have guessed that there was a "just plain" Palmolive before there was an ultra one.
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    In my opinion, the whole thing came across as "look at this guy willing to stoop to a 24k/year job!" which rubs me the wrong way when that's about what I make. It's very possible that that's not what the tone of the article was meant to be, but it's how it came across to me.

    Part of that has to do with the fact that I consider it a fluff piece of news -- something that really shouldn't be "news" to begin with. Which, to me, always makes a story seem like it's trying to be "cute"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Moving back to the OT for a moment, I just stopped in our office lunchroom and there was a bottle of dish detergent on the counter.

    It read, "Ultra Palmolive Original".

    Really, original? I would have guessed that there was a "just plain" Palmolive before there was an ultra one.
    Isn't that sort of like products that say "Whatever Classic! (-NEW!)" :-P

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    It's sort of like "Original" Log Cabin Syrup. I'm guessing it didn't "originally" contain HFCS and gums to make it sort of thick, like it does now.

    Log Cabin used to come in tins shaped like a log cabin. I wish I had one of those now, I bet they're pretty collectible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Log Cabin used to come in tins shaped like a log cabin. I wish I had one of those now, I bet they're pretty collectible.
    Looks like about $80 on eBay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swampyankee View Post
    Minimum wage here is about $8.50/hour. You can't live on it without government assistance.
    I get government assistance and it doesn't come to anywhere near that. I get $674 a month, and the government expects me to live on it.
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    Okay, I have just come across the ultimate "read that again" product. Ernest Hemingway Highland Select Tea. Which, the package informs us, is "infused with the author's spirit and passion for life." Well, he drank spirits, and I guess you could say he had a passion for life until he killed himself.
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    Better his spirit and passion than his blood, sweat and tears, I guess, but I'd still pass on the tea.

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    Businessman Bikes 1600 Miles To Pitch Idea To Warren Buffett
    This guy may have an admirable goal, but I don't think he's coming across as someone who Buffet would actually talk to.

    "I road 1600 miles on a bike to share a philanthropic idea I have with Warren Buffett."
    Phillips says he will sit on a bench in front of Warren Buffett's office in Omaha.

    The determined business man says he will not draw attention to his cause by making a scene
    So; how is riding 1600 miles, sitting on a bench and attracting national media attention "not drawing attention"?

    Besides, why would he think he would be able to get a meeting with Buffet after he got there on such short notice?

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    Woman dies after McDonald's hazmat incident
    Nine people were taken to the hospital [...]
    Nine fire units from surrounding areas responded and nine ambulances were sent for each victim.
    It must have been very crowded with 81 ambulances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEOWatcher View Post
    It must have been very crowded with 81 ambulances.
    Ha!

    I passed a sports bar the other, and they were advertising the football games on their marquee. It said something like (I don't remember the exact number), "See every game on 24 TVs!"

    That's a lot of TVs.

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    Nine people were taken to the hospital [...]
    Nine fire units from surrounding areas responded and nine ambulances were sent for each victim.
    That sounds like some of the books I had as a child.

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    How many ambulances were going to St. Ives?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    How many ambulances were going to St. Ives?
    I'm guessing none. They were all heading to Pooler, GA.


    Actually, I was expecting a pun-laden, parody version of the St. Ives thing since the article posted.
    The first thing I expected to see a reference to "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and the line where the "...Ship's bell chimed, it rang twenty-nine times, for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald."
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    Quote Originally Posted by NEOWatcher View Post
    I don't know about anyone else, but I find the combination of the words Mc Donalds and Hazmat rather unsettling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF View Post
    That's a lot of TVs.
    Nah, just a lot of very tiny pictures on each screen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    I don't know about anyone else, but I find the combination of the words Mc Donalds and Hazmat rather unsettling.
    Agreed. It should have been McHazmat.

    Or was that a failed McSauce for McDipping McNuggets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tog View Post
    The first thing I expected to see a reference to "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and the line where the "...Ship's bell chimed, it rang twenty-nine times, for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald."
    Never noticed that. I guess I have different set of rules between prose and poetry.

    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    I don't know about anyone else, but I find the combination of the words Mc Donalds and Hazmat rather unsettling.
    Yes; but I think it was just the result of a simple McStake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF View Post
    Ha!

    I passed a sports bar the other, and they were advertising the football games on their marquee. It said something like (I don't remember the exact number), "See every game on 24 TVs!"

    That's a lot of TVs.
    Let's see, with 32 teams the NFL could stage 16 games simultaneously at 1 pm EST on Sunday -- but there'll be three or four 4 p.m. games, one for Sunday night, another for Monday night, and now and then a "bye" week and/or a Thursday or Saturday game in there -- so I'd guess there are never more than nine or ten games going on at once.

    Now, with college games and a good cable or satellite system, you could have dozens of choices.


    81 ambulances? Hah! Bill Cosby used to do those comedy bits with "three thousands kids" and "eight million cop cars" and make you believe it.

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    One for the unfortunate headlines file:

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    Oops!

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    Something tells me that was intentional.
    Possibly it's related to the "CNN and headlines" thread or "Descriptive headlines.. not" thread.

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    An unfortunate omission of text in this story:
    Austinites rally for 'real food'
    The group says it is strongly against processed foods and the impact they have on America's health. The Grocery Manufacturers Association estimates 80 percent of American packaged food contains genetically engineered ingredients and the government should require labels identifying these foods.
    And the article ends with:
    The European Union, Japan and dozens of countries around the world already require genetically engineered foods.
    So Pfft on them, if other countries are doing away with real food.

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    Kids attempt apple-eating record
    The official numbers have not been released, but event organizers believe between 6,000 and 8,000 kids joined in the collective snacking.
    This number is more than the 14,000 students who attempted to break the record last year.
    First, don't insult me in making it sound like I don't know when one number is bigger than the other. Second, don't do it when you don't know it yourself.

    students from six schools ate a Michigan apple at the same time on Wednesday
    Just one apple? Now that would be something to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEOWatcher View Post
    Kids attempt apple-eating record

    First, don't insult me in making it sound like I don't know when one number is bigger than the other. Second, don't do it when you don't know it yourself.


    Just one apple? Now that would be something to see.

    Big apple?
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    Tonight, we had croutons with our dinner salad.

    The bag read:

    "New York Brand Texas Toast Croutons"

    Checking the back of the bag, they are made in Ohio.

    And their website says "A Lancaster Colony Company"

    My brain hurts now, but I have to admit that they were tasty.
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    Well, there is a Lancaster Ohio, but those are Marzetti brand which is based just up the road in Grove City (though they list themselves as Columbus, it's Grove City.) I used to work across the street from their factory. Always smelled like Ranch dressing.

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    This typo probably wouldn't be as funny to me if it wasn't for the reputation of FEMA trailers.
    FEMA trailers pop up in Bastrop County
    It's a 408-square-foot Park model with two bedrooms and one bat, and Creed said it's just perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEOWatcher View Post
    This typo probably wouldn't be as funny to me if it wasn't for the reputation of FEMA trailers.
    FEMA trailers pop up in Bastrop County
    . . . yeah, are you sure it's a typo?

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    Here's a local one that's just another fun example of what happens when words have more than one meaning: Long-time Radio Host Honored for Fair Work.

    Apparently if you do something moderately for a long enough time, that's good enough for an award!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fazor View Post
    It's a 408-square-foot Park model with two bedrooms and one bat, and Creed said it's just perfect.
    . . . yeah, are you sure it's a typo?
    It has to be. The formaldehyde fumes would drive off or kill a bat.
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