Sunday, June 09, 2013

Things I learned lately 9 June

  • Steve Jobs was motivated to build the iPad as a result of a Microsoft engineer's constant bragging about how they (Microsoft) were going to make a tablet to eliminate all notebooks. Steve then asked Apple engineers to build a multi-touch tablet with no stylus or keyboard and then shrunk it down to become the iPhone. The iPad came soon after.
  • The CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch only wants attractive people wearing his clothes. Hope he's not wearing any of his own clothes.
  • Someone researched craigslist ads across the US looking for the places people experienced 'missed connections'. The vast majority happened in..... WalMart. There were exceptions: Utah (College campus); California (24 hour fitness) and Washington or Oregon (bus).
  • In 1980, a typical container ship was 250m long and held about 3000 containers. A new ship, the Triple E, is 400m long and holds 18,000 containers. To put all of those containers on trains, you'd need more than 30 x one mile-long trains with the containers stacked two high. Enough to hold 36,000 new vehicles or 863,000,000 cans of food.
  • When asked "How can we stop people like you?" of 'Popeye', druglord Pablo Escobar's security chief, he said, "People like me can't be stopped. It's a war. They lose men, and we lose men. They lose their scruples, and we never had any. In the end, (we'll) even blow up an aircraft because (we) believe the Colombian president is on board. I don't know what you have to do. Maybe sell cocaine in pharmacies. I've been in prison for 20 years, but you will never win this war when there is so much money to me made. Never."
  • The NYPD is considering a program that exchanges guns for Beyonce concert tickets. No, that doesn't mean you trade in tickets for a gun...
  • In Ohio, the Brimfield Police Department's officers will be looking for children under the age of 12 wearing a helmet while biking. If caught, that child will be stopped and issued a ticket good for a free ice cream cone at Franks Drive-In. The officers will have a quota for least one per shift.
  • Tiger Woods earns $65 million per year in endorsements. That is expected to rise significantly, as he will soon be signing a huge deal with Nike.

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