Monday, June 23, 2008

Monday Funnies

Haven't done a news post in a while:

Man Auctions Self -
"When Ian Usher's partner of 12 years left him broken-hearted, he decided the best way to move forward was to auction off his whole life...From Sunday, June 22 for one week, the Australian's life is up for sale on eBay with the package including his $405,000 three-bedroom house in Perth, a trial for his job at a rug store, his car, motorbike, clothes and even friends"

Chinese South Africans Are Black -
"A high court in South Africa ruled on Wednesday that Chinese-South Africans will be reclassified as “black,” a term that includes black Africans, Indians and others who were subject to discrimination under apartheid. As a result of this ruling, ethnically Chinese citizens will be able to benefit from government affirmative action policies aimed at undoing the effects of apartheid.

"In 2006, the Chinese Association of South Africa sued the government, claiming that its members were being discriminated against because they were being treated as whites and thus failed to qualify for business contracts and job promotions reserved for victims of apartheid. The association successfully argued that, since Chinese-South Africans had been treated unequally under apartheid, they should be reclassified in order to redress wrongs of the past."

Sarcasm Is An Evolutionary Survival Skill -
"Neurophysiologists at the University of California have recently discovered that sarcasm plays an important part in human social interaction. Subsequently, people who don’t get sarcasm may have some damage in their parahippocampal gyrus, located in the right brain, which means that they are unable to respond in socially appropriate ways. Hmm, perhaps this explains why some Americans don’t get sarcasm? Any Americans who were offended by the previous statement may need to question their evolutionary survival skills." (link)

Mouse In A Bottle -
"A manager at German-owned discount chain Lidl was sentenced by a Greek court Thursday to 10 months in prison after a customer found a mouse in his beer bottle..."

Today Is Take Your Dog To Work Day -
"According to the Take Your Dog to Work Day website, the celebration has been around since 1999. Its primary sponsor appears to be Pet Sitters International, the "world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, representing nearly 8,000 independent professional pet-sitting businesses in the United States, Canada and abroad." (link)

See you in the funny pages...

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