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Sunday, October 08, 2006

News Update

I apologize for my blogging shortage the past few days. Things have been a bit crazy. But, rather than give my normal long winded blog, I'll give you a few news items from the past few days.

I think this is my favorite.
If you want a job at the Philadelphia Park Casino, you'd better bring your dancing shoes.

Job applicants said they're being asked to dance to “YMCA” or a Bon Jovi song — with blow-up guitar — during interviews at the Bucks County Visitors and Conference Bureau in Bensalem

This wasn't just for people applying to be dancers or general entertainers. Accountants had to perform as well. Now, the Evil HR philosophy is that companies are allowed to do stupid things if they want. So, more power to the Philadelphia Park Casino. I hope it works for them. (Well, not really. I oppose gambling, so I hope they, specifically, fail miserably. But I support their right to have stupid interviews.)

Did you know that professional football players have a low life expectancy? I was shocked when I read this, but Evil Marketing Man's response was, well, duh.
It is not a widely disseminated, downloaded or discussed fact that the average life expectancy for all pro football players including all positions and backgrounds is 55 years. Several insurance carriers say it is 51 years.

It just goes to show that with the right compensation package, you can get people to lop off up to 20 years off their lives.

And finally, have you always wanted a cat, but can't have one because you are allergic? Well, your wait almost is over.
At the start of next year, the first kittens — which the company calls “lifestyle pets” — will go home to eager owners who have been carefully screened and have been on a waiting list for more than two years.

Since it announced the project in October 2004, the company, Allerca, of San Diego, says it has received inquiries from people in 85 countries seeking to buy a cat bred so that its glands do not produce the protein responsible for most human cat allergies.

Which also just goes to show, there's a market for everything.

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