CNN- October 16, 2013
Ever wanted your own dinosaur? A rare Diplodocus longus perhaps? Answers to the name “Misty?” Well, here’s your chance to add some prehistoric chic to your urban warehouse conversion. Forget feature wall, think feature fossil — and a 17-meter long one, at that. Late Jurassic (150 million years ago, or so), is the new mid-century vintage, you know.
Chipped and chopped from ancient rock,
Now shoveled on an auction block.
The call of commerce never ceases.
May Diplodocus “rest in pieces.”
The Economist (The world in 2014 edition)- November 2013
Airlines have found that some passengers are prepared to pay at a bit more to secure a nicer seat in the standard economy cabin… The adjacent middle and window seats, however, would each lose an inch reducing them to a width of 17 inches.
First, NEW FEES.
Now, NEW SQUEEZE.
NPR- November 24, 2013
Swiss voters rejected a measure on Sunday that would have capped executive pay to no more than 12 times that of the company’s lowest paid worker…The AFP reports that in the lead-up to the referendum, the business lobby launched a massive campaign against the measure, warning that the so-called 1:12 law would lower tax revenue and make Switzerland less competitive in the business world.
Here’s what this vote seems to say,
“We can’t play, if we can’t pay.”
Yahoo News- November 22, 2013
The wine storage room is at a site called Tel Kabri in northern Israel, where archaeologists are unearthing the remains of a sprawling palace dating back to about 1700 B.C. that was built and occupied by the Canaanites. The palace was destroyed around 1600 B.C. by a sudden cataclysm, possibly an earthquake. It may have been this earthquake that crushed the wine storage room, leaving toppled jars for archaeologists to uncover.
“Corky” “Musty” “Bitter” “Severe”
1600 BC was NOT a good year.
www.mirror.co.uk – November 20, 2013
It has been a puzzle for generations how the huge Welsh blocks, weighing up to four tons, had reached the ancient monument.Archeologists were certain the 11 bluestones came from Carn Meini one of the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, 150 miles from Stonehenge in Wiltshire.But geologists using X-rays have discovered the stones actually come from another hill – just over a mile away.
Before excavators start reneging;
“When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”