Sunday, March 11, 2012

Rainy Sunday afternoon

- Talk about a lesson in listening to your mother!  Ryan Kitching, a teen in Penicuik, Scotland, was ordered by his Mom to clean up his room after nagging him for several weeks about the mess.  Discovered in the mess was a winning lottery ticket worth $83,000.  Kitching promises to use the winnings to take his mother on a trip.  Oh, and he promises to keep his room clean too.

- Which workers are the happiest?  A recent survey of 43,000 workers found that government employees are the happiest.  The least happiest work in agriculture, mining, for Internet firms, and in media.

- In the category of "you just can't get away with anything, anymore" are the following.  In France, a man took Google to court for posting on its Street View service a picture of him urinating in his yard.  The man says that he has become the laughingstock of  his village, even though his mug was blurred out in the video.  In Germany, video footage surfaced recently showing Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble secretly doing a sodoku puzzle on his iPad during the debate on the 130-billion-euro bailout of Greece.

- The Western, which hasn't been seen on a major network in years, is returning to CBS.  Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis will star in an untitled Western pilot.

- Saudi Arabia is refusing to send a women's team to the Olympic Games this summer in London.  In 2009, the government shut down 153 women's gyms as officials in this conservative Islamic nation consider women who exercise in public "shameless."

- Watch out for this name--AnnaSophia Robb.  Robb, 18, was in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and has landed the plum assignment of playing Carrie Bradshaw in the 1980s-set CW prequel, The Carrie Diaries.

- And, finally, did you know that 40% of current Fortune 500 companies were founded by an immigrant or a child of an immigrant?

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