According to this ABC News article, experts say trying to escape catastrophic weather in United States/U.S. is a little like trying to escape from, well, the weather. Short of building a new Biosphere, it is nearly impossible to completely avoid quakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, or heat waves...
Totally Absurd Inventions Web site explores the funnier side of our inventive spirit by featuring actual United States of America/U.S.A. patented products. Obtaining a patent is a costly and time consuming process. Inventors must have unstoppable faith in their vision in order to realize their dream of acquiring a patent.
The New York Times (no registration needed) suggests, to electronics makers, the ten commandments for good designs and make customer satisfaction. The brief list says:
This WCCO-TV article says a lot of people are reselling old computer programs (including activation codes) they have sitting around the house, but they might end up in legal battles.
Blue's News mentions a CNN story on eerie white pumpkins -- naturally white, not painted -- are finding their way into more and more homes this Halloween season. The albinos are called ghost pumpkins, snowballs, luminas or Caspers -- presumably a reference to the friendly ghost. And the ones about the size of a baseball? Baby Boos.
Yahoo! News shows a photograph of a group of people stealing stuff from the store.
Viral Videos & Ads posted many new television commercials/advertisements/spots today. Here three that were my favorites and funny:
StupidVideos posted new streaming videos (from television/T.V. and video cameras) this week. Here are the ones to check out:
CNET News.com and The New York Times (no registration required) report that even though the prices of printers have dropped up to 30 percent in the last few months thanks to a savage price war, buyers are going to pay at least 28 cents a print. This is if you believe the manufacturers' math. It could be closer to 50 cents a print if you trust the testing of product reviewers at Consumer Reports.
Yahoo! News briefly report the annoying quotes from sales clerks.
From a poll of shopping mall customers by a retail consulting firm: "Uh, that's not my department." Ever hear that in a store? Did visions of fiendish violence against the clerk flash through your mind? "Not my department" topped the list of Most Annoying Words from Salesperson's Mouth, cited by 29 percent. No. 2? The classic, "If it's not on the rack, we don't have it." That golden oldie was cited by 25 percent. "That's the policy," "I'm on a break," "Ask the person over there," "I'm new here," "You'll have to wait your turn" and "The computer is down" rounded out the list.
In Joe Sharkey's New York Times article, he rants about the free and high prices between parks and hotels. The pricier the hotel, the more likely you are to pay an extra fee to check e-mails from the room,