Andrew J. Hewett

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1130)



UNLIKE IN THE USA
In December 2014, shoppers and pedestrians near a store in Hechi, China, were shocked when a septic tanker blew up, covering them from head-to-toe in chemicals and human waste. But, since both the store and sewage pick-up service denied responsibility, no compensation for sufferers was likely. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2890002/Browned-Shoppers-covered-poop-overfilled-septic-tanker-explodes-busy-Chinese-street.html)  
A BELATED WISH COME TRUE
An airline advertising staff convinced their management, in November 2014, to use a new slogan: "Want to go somewhere, but don't know where?" Sad thing is, this airline is Malaysia Airlines, whose Flight 370 still has not been found. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11264665/Malaysia-Airlines-asks-fliers-Want-to-go-somewhere-but-dont-know-where.html)
CHINA REINVENTING THE OLD USA
The world’s 400 richest in 2014 were worth a total $4.1 trillion (13 figures!). The biggest gainer was Jack Ma, age 50, a school teacher who co-found Alibaba Group, China’s largest e-commerce company, started in Ma’s apartment in 1999. In 2014, he received $25.1 billion. That’s because a public offering in September increased the company’s value by 56%. (The AP, 12-31-14)

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