Friday, August 24, 2012

Signs of the times

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. ~ Abraham Lincoln
• Passengers on a recent Air France flight, forced to make an emergency layover in Damascus, were asked to check their wallets for gas money. The plane was low on fuel, and French sanctions against Syria made it a sticky situation. Ultimately, the airline made the necessary arrangements, and the passengers could breathe easy. [Source: New York Times].

• Applied mathematician Max Little is testing a simple, cheap tool that is able to detect Parkinson's Disease with 99% accuracy by analyzing a person's voice in a 30-second phone call.

• According to a Time survey, one in four people check their smartphone every 30 minutes. One in five check it every 10 minutes. One third of people become anxious if they don't have their phone for even short periods of time. 75% of those aged 25 to 29 sleep with their phones.

• Rats have been discovered in Calgary and Medicine Hat, shocking residents of Alberta who have long prided themselves on maintaining a rat-free province. A stampede of bull snakes will be unleashed on the unwanted critters, and no piece of garbage will be left unturned until ratlessness is restored.

• Canadian border guards have discharged their handguns three times since July, 2007. --- twice in loading/unloading accidents  and once to put an injured moose out of its misery. [Source: Toronto Star]
Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

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