Friday, September 22, 2006

Demented? or clever?

People who drink get a higher salary? WTF?

A recent study found that drinkers take home more money than those who avoid libations altogether.

Female drinkers earn 14 percent more than nondrinkers, while male drinkers make 10 percent more than abstainers, according to a study from the Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank.

Additionally, social male drinkers -- those who visit a bar at least once a month -- bring home another 7 percent in pay on top of the 10 percent premium.

"Social drinking builds social capital," said Edward Stringham, an economist at the foundation. "Social drinkers are out networking, building relationships and adding contacts to their BlackBerries that result in bigger paychecks."

However, women don't benefit from social drinking, according to the study. Women who frequent bars at least once a month showed no difference in earnings than women who didn't.

The study was based on an article published in the Journal Labor Research earlier this year. Article here.

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Britney Spears had her "tummy tucked"?

Britney Spears reportedly had a tummy tuck after the birth of her second child, Sutton Pierce Federline.
An abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck" is a cosmetic surgery procedure to reshape and firm the abdomen. It involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle of the abdominal wall.

I’m not sure if this attempt to improve her looks will help, she’s already lost her sanity. She’s effectively been deemed as “Mrs. Crazy-ugly-woman-who- used-to-be-a- pop-star-but-she- married-a-pathetic-loser- and-is-totally-white-tr@&$”.

Photoworthy: time lapsed skateboarder dude

Top 10 Safest Cities in the United States

New York remained the safest of the 10 largest cities in the United States in 2005, with about one crime reported for every 37 people, according to FBI statistics.

The large city with the highest crime rate was Dallas, with about one crime reported for every 12 people. Los Angeles ranked eighth, with about one crime for every 26 people.

The annual report "shows that our innovative efforts to reduce crime and increase New Yorkers' quality of life are working," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement Monday after the agency released the figures.

The number of reported crimes in New York fell 4.3 per cent last year, while the number countrywide in the United States dropped 1.2 per cent. Police statistics show crime in New York has continued to fall this year, down 5.04 per cent by Sept. 10 compared with the same period in 2005.

The national figures showed that violent crime rose 2.3 per cent last year, the first increase since 2001. But in New York City, violent crimes - which include rape, murder, robbery and aggravated assault - fell 1.9 per cent.

Safest Cities in the U.S.
1. New York: one crime per 37.38 residents.
2. San Jose, Calif.: one crime per 34.46 residents.
3. Los Angeles: one crime per 25.97 residents.
4. San Diego: one crime per 24.09 residents.
5. Chicago: one crime per 21.9 residents.
6. Philadelphia: one crime per 17.96 residents.
7. Houston: one crime per 14.17 residents.
8. San Antonio: one crime per 14.12 residents.
9. Phoenix: one crime per 14.10 residents.
10. Dallas: one crime per 11.79 residents

Church message is brutally blunt

British people would give up sex to grow old?

A large number of British people would be prepared to give up sex if it meant they would live to be 100, according to a survey on Friday.

The Mori research found that 40 percent would pass on the passion for longevity, although far more women (48 percent) were willing to make the sacrifice than men (31 percent).

However nearly all (94 percent) would not give up their friends or family in order to reach their century while a half thought scientists should keep trying to prolong people's lifespans. Article here.

Fast Van

Man kisses woman's feet at Wal-Mart?

Police are investigating a "bizarre" incident in which a man claiming he was performing a religious ritual kissed a woman's feet Monday afternoon at a Wal-Mart.

Perry police Capt. Heath Dykes gave the following account of the encounter: About 5 p.m. in Wal-Mart, an 80-year-old female shopper stumbled upon a man sitting in the floor of an aisle stocked with curtains.

The woman apologized for stepping on the man's fingers. The man told her he was participating in a religious ritual and asked for her help. The woman, now alarmed, complied with the man's instructions to stand on his hands and then spit. The man began to lick the woman's feet.

Jesse James, a loss prevention officer for Wal-mart, walked up on the strange scene and recognized the man from a photo from the Americus Wal-Mart, warning about a similar incident there.

James confronted the unidentified man, who repeated that he was performing a religious ritual and then fled. The woman was not harmed but "was really embarrassed," the officer said. Article here.

They’re totally lying, but I admit it’s clever

McDonald's in China is considered luxury food?

McDonald's beef is luxurious. Beef is healthy. And, yes, beef is sexy.

These are the new messages McDonald's Corp. is sending Chinese consumers as it tries to seduce them into eating more hamburgers. One racy billboard ad features a close-up of a women's lips; on another ad on the door of restaurants, a woman runs her hand over a man's flexed biceps. "Flirt with your senses," signs say.
The campaign -- supporting the introduction in China of the Quarter Pounder -- is part of a shift in strategy for McDonald's. The company recently started focusing less on selling menu items created especially to appeal to local Chinese markets and more on pushing traditional American hamburgers.

When McDonald's introduced the Quarter Pounder here earlier this month, it nixed an Asian-style triangle-shaped wrapper filled with beef or chicken and rice and decided against rolling out a "rice burger" in China. Still, the Chinese Quarter Pounder isn't identical to its U.S. counterpart: It has cucumbers instead of pickles and tomatoes and a spicy sauce appealing to the Chinese palate -- all the result of tests of more than 16 variations on consumers.

Beef, grown domestically, costs more than other meats in China, and consumers here consider it a luxury good. McDonald's is playing on its upscale image, as well as on traditional Chinese views that eating beef boosts energy and heightens sex appeal. The word "beef" in Chinese has connotations of manliness, strength and skill.

The burger chain's TV commercials are even racier than the print ads. In one spot, a man and a woman eat Quarter Pounders, and close-up shots of the woman's neck and mouth are interspersed with images of fireworks and spraying water. The actors suck their fingers. The voice-over says: "You can feel it. Thicker. You can taste it. Juicier." Article here.