Friday Blurbs…. April 16th, 2010

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They have Ruined Mecca – Scores of Carlsberg workers walked off their jobs in protest Thursday after the Danish brewer tightened laid-back rules on workplace drinking and removed beer coolers from work sites, ed a company spokesman said.  The warehouse and production workers in Denmark are rebelling against the company’s new alcohol policy, click which allows them to drink beer only during lunch hours in the canteen. Previously, stuff they could help themselves to beer throughout the day, from coolers placed around the work sites.

Hot Job Candidate for Myth Busters – Frank Clewer, of the western Victorian city of Warrnambool, was wearing a synthetic nylon jacket and a woollen shirt when he went for a job interview. As he walked into the building, the carpet ignited from the 40,000 volts of static electricity that had built up.”It sounded almost like a firecracker or something like that,” he said. “Within about five minutes, the carpet started to erupt,” he told Australian radio. Perplexed firemen evacuated the building and cut its electricity supply, thinking the burns could have been caused by a power surge. “There were several scorch marks in the carpet, and we could hear a cracking noise – a bit like a whip – both inside and outside the building,” said fire official Henry Barton. Mr Clewer said that after leaving the building, he scorched a piece of plastic in his car. His clothes were measured by firemen as carrying an electrical charge of 40,000 volts, the Reuters news agency quoted Mr Barton as saying.

Get a Library Card! A Quote from The Economist –  A lot of the people who read a bestselling novel, for example, do not read much other fiction. By contrast, the audience for an obscure novel is largely composed of people who read a lot. That means the least popular books are judged by people who have the highest standards, while the most popular are judged by people who literally do not know any better. An American who read just one book this year was disproportionately likely to have read ‘The Lost Symbol’, by Dan Brown. He almost certainly liked it. — The Economist

Speaking of LibrariesAccording to the BBC, notice it took the Brit to clue us in on this….The Library of Congress is going to archive every single public tweet ever made, that is more than a few billion as currently there are more than 55 million twits being sent every day! Wow! And Tiger Woods thought his girl friends kept a lot of twits!  Twitter says since they started in 2006, billions of tweets have been created and 55m are sent every day.

They own a GOOGLE of ServersThe folks at GIZMONDO put together this nice little chart to show us all how many servers Google owns, compared to everyone else… WOW!!!

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