30 January 2008

News and Trends You May Have Missed

My children are fifth generation Californians, but even I have to admit that I find this state surprising at times. LA now has marijuana vending machines. Why is this surprising? It's obvious that a product like this should have been introduced in the Bay Area - San Francisco or Santa Cruz.

A mayor in a small town in Arkansas suddenly resigned, revealing that he was really an Indiana preacher who had abandoned his family in 1980 because satanists had abducted him and brainwashed him to erase memories of a murder he knew about. Thanks to truth serum, his memory and old identity have now returned.

8 year old twins in Ohio invented a special pair of boxer shorts that make it nearly impossible for the wearer to be given an wedgie. Their (apparent) response to bullying got them to the finals of the state inventors' competition this year.

The ratio of Latinos in Iowa to the number of full-time farmers is 7 to 4.

There are nearly 10,000 distinct and separate religions in the world - with two or three new ones created every day.

Soft drinks are now the leading source of calories in the average American diet, accounting for almost 1 in every 10 calories consumed. (In the early 1990s, white bread was the leading source.)

Women outvoted men 54 to 46 in the 2004 election. Women outnumber men in college by about 57 to 43 percent. The estimated ratio of straight women to men is 53 to 47.

1/4 of the U.S. population that has lived only under presidents named Bush and Clinton.

10 percent of Americans say they are willing to have an Internet-access device implanted in their brains.


cce said...

Is it possible that My Better Half has already allowed cranium high speed access? That would explain a lot.

I didn't know children still bullied in old fashioned ways...a good old wedgie, that makes my heart glad. It's nice to know that while some prefer ruthless stalking on MySpace pages, others continue to haunt the unfortunate with traditional tools of ridicule. There's something quaint and reassuring about that.

Ron Davison said...

if YBH contintually wins arguments and trivial pursuit games, it might be worth making him wear a lead helmut for a time, just to test the theory. If he suddenly goes mum, you'll know he's a prototype of the new generation.