TUESDAY, March 22, 2011

In a Newsweek Magazine American History quiz, 80% of the respondents did not know that Woodrow Wilson was president during WWI.  Closest near-misses:  13% said Flip Wilson, 5% guessed Wilson Pickett and 3% said "Mary Wilson who later went on the Supreme Court."

Ever-expanding Costco now offers its members “pre-need” caskets.  Their complete “Chapel-to Dirt” package includes a hearse with a full tank of Costco cut-rate gas, six check-out clerk pall-bearers, and a graveside casket-lowering by a stock boy with a fork lift.

Archeologists digging on LA’s Channel Islands recently uncovered fish hooks used 12,000 years ago. They are believed to have inspired the motto:  “Give a man a fish and he'll eat -- teach him how to fish and he'll open a Red Lobster.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Taking its cue from Best Buy who provides sales associates a free Apple I-Pad, Delta Airlines will issue its pilots I-Pads with apps to log-in pre-takeoff cocktail orders, an “available flight attendant” message board, and a GPS locator to find overshot runways.  

The Vatican has expressed relief at the decision by the Italian court that crucifixes in public schools do not discriminate against non-Christians.  In fact, a majority of Italians favor crucifixes hanging anywhere as long as Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is the one nailed to it.
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