Friday, November 2, 2012


- I'm hearing rumors that power may be restored to the island of Manhattan today.  Here's hoping that the four million still without power get good news shortly.

- It wasn't exactly an estate sale but thank goodness a home in Mount Washington, CA, was searched before a recent scheduled demolition as the result was the discovery of a treasure trove of maps--tens of thousands which are considered priceless.  Real estate agent Matthew Greenberg discovered the maps upon the death of the home's occupant, John Feathers.  Neighbors had no clue that Feathers had this collection, which includes a rare "paved road" map of the U.S. from 1918, and a 1592 map of Europe.  The maps are being donated to the Los Angeles Central Library and will turn that facility into one of the biggest map archives in the country.

- A study by CareerBuilder indicates that 69% of full-time workers regularly search for new jobs.

- Sign of the apocalypse:  Inmates in West Palm Beach, FL are suing for access to dental floss.  The prisoners claim "pain and suffering" for have been denied access to the dental hygiene product given concerns about using the floss as a weapon or rope.  Sheriff Ric Bradshaw had this to say, "I don't care if they file 400 suits, they're not getting it--this isn't the Ritz Carlton."

- Sarah Palin is trying to remake herself into a fitness guru, and has written a book and plans to issue a DVD.  Friends are worried about the former Vice Presidential candidate--she works out so obsessively that she has dropped 93 pounds.

- Who knew?  U.S. cities are facing a smartphone crime wave.  In San Francisco, authorities claim that half of all crimes are phone-related and in New York, it's 40%.

- And, finally, in the "you can't make this 'stuff' up" category, a thief in Syracuse, NY returned to the bank he had just robbed, complaining that he wasn't given the entire $20,000 he had demanded.  The robber was promptly arrested.

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