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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

In the News: November 10, 2010

It's been a while...

Here's what's been happening since the last ItN:

Women Prefer Men With Yellow, Red Faces
Score one for the Asians and Native Americans.

"Men, take note: A healthy glow is more attractive to women than a strong, masculine face, a new study says.

Women in a recent experiment preferred men with yellower and redder skin tones, both of which can signal good health, a crucial factor in choosing a mate, scientists say.

For instance, people of any race who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables tend to have yellower hues, and people who are physically fit have more oxygenated—and thus, redder—blood and skin.

By contrast, pallid skin with lesions is generally considered unattractive, perhaps because such traits betray a weak immune system, said study co-author Ian Penton-Voak, an experimental psychologist at the University of Bristol in the U.K.

Unexpectedly, the women in the study showed no preference for men with traditionally masculine features, such as a prominent jaw and high muscle mass, the researchers say."
(NatGeo via Neatorama)

Google Gives All Employees Surprise $1,000 Cash Bonus And 10% Raise
Time to get a new job...
"Google has given all of its employees $1,000 cash "holiday bonuses" and 2011 salary increases of at least 10%, a loyal reader tells us.

The 10% company-wide raise will take effect on January 1, 2011.

In addition, Google will also give each employee an additional raise equivalent to 1X the employee's target bonus for the year. And employees will be eligible for additional "merit increases" based on their individual performance.

In another nice gesture, Google will pay the taxes on the $1,000 holiday cash bonuses, thus allowing employees to keep the whole thing.

(You can sniff that $1,000 isn't much, but it's a lot more than nothing, and spread across 20,000 employees, it's costing the company $20 million. A 10+% raise on a total cost base of $20 billion, meanwhile, will probably cost the company $1 billion a year, assuming a third of those costs are compensation. Judging from an internal memo, the new salary costs will be somewhat offset by reduced bonuses and stock option grants.)"
(Business Insider)

Lightning bolt kills Wild At Heart giraffe
I don't really know what show this was. I just thought it was tragic (and a little funny?)
There's really no place for a giraffe to hide in a thunderstorm...

"A giraffe that appeared on the ITV drama Wild At Heart has died after being struck by a bolt of lightning."

"The thunderstorm, which killed Hamley, took place on Monday on the Glen Afric reserve in South Africa."


This is just weird...

Man in disguise boards international flight

"Canadian authorities are investigating an "unbelievable" incident in which a passenger boarded an Air Canada flight disguised as an elderly man, according to a confidential alert obtained by CNN.

The incident occurred on October 29 on Air Canada flight AC018 to Vancouver originating in Hong Kong. An intelligence alert from the Canada Border Services Agency describes the incident as an "unbelievable case of concealment."

"Information was received from Air Canada Corporate Security regarding a possible imposter on a flight originating from Hong Kong," the alert says. "The passenger in question was observed at the beginning of the flight to be an elderly Caucasian male who appeared to have young looking hands. During the flight the subject attended the washroom and emerged an Asian looking male that appeared to be in his early 20s."

Also really weird:
Clown's unicycle and balloons stolen in Swansea

"A clown is appealing for the return of his unicycle which has been stolen by thieves in Swansea.

Children's entertainer Uncle Sam lost the 6ft (2m) tall chrome giraffe unicycle plus 1,000 balloons for making balloon animals during a break-in."

Teen beaten at party died from lacerated heart, coroner says

"Bobby Maurice Tillman, the Georgia teen stomped to death outside a home where a party was being held, died from a lacerated heart, Douglas County Coroner Randy Daniel told CNN Tuesday.

He said the 18-year-old likely suffered a break in a rib bone, which in turn punctured his heart. If the young man had not been stomped, he probably would not have been injured in that way and would have survived the beating, Daniel added."

"Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller has said the attack happened after some girls got into a fight, and one of them hit a boy. That boy, according to Miller, said he wasn't going to "hit a girl," but the next guy who came by was going to get "beat down."

Tillman walked by."
Idiots... I wonder how well their tough-acting ways will work for them in prison.

Good for the White House!
$4 trillion in deficit cuts proposed

"The report from Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson recommends spending cuts beginning in 2012, as well as tax reform and other ways to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade.

Three quarters of the $4 trillion would be achieved through spending cuts -- including defense -- and the rest from more tax revenue."

"Outside of defense, the report recommends eliminating 250,000 contractors, saving $18.4 billion, and freezing federal pay for three years, saving $15.1 billion."

""This is not the way to do it," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat from Illinois."
[I suppose more spending would help Schakowsy?]

Bad for the White House...
Report: White House altered drilling ban report

"An inspector general says the White House edited a report about the administration's moratorium on offshore oil drilling to make it appear that scientists and experts supported the idea of a six-month ban on new drilling.

The Interior Department's inspector general says the changes resulted "in the implication that the moratorium recommendation had been peer reviewed." But it hadn't been."

Decided that I'm never riding these new superjets...

Qantas CEO: Oil leaks in 3 engines of its A380s

"Tests have uncovered oil leaks in three Rolls-Royce engines on Qantas' grounded Airbus A380s, the airline's CEO said Monday, as engineers tried to zero in on the cause of an engine failure on board one of its planes last week.

Australia's national carrier grounded its six double-decker A380s, the world's newest and largest airliner, after an engine burst minutes into a flight from Singapore to Sydney last week, scattering debris over Indonesia's Batam island. The plane made a safe emergency landing in Singapore."

"On Monday, CEO Alan Joyce said engineers have discovered oil leaks in the turbine area of three engines on three different A380s.

"That shouldn't be occurring," he told reporters in Sydney."
[Shouldn't be happening? Really...]
(Product Design & Development)

Electrical fire caused Dreamliner to lose power, Boeing says

"An electrical fire on board a Boeing Dreamliner caused the plane to lose primary electrical power during a test flight Tuesday, the company said.

The crew relied upon backup systems to land the aircraft.

"The pilots executed a safe landing and at all times had positive control of the airplane and all of the information necessary to perform that safe landing," Boeing spokeswoman Lori Gunter said Wednesday.

[Comma Brett Favre's penis.]

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