Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Squirrel's Nut Cache - 4/7/2010

The Nut Cache - a collection of recent things I found interesting, or amusing, or nutworthy.

As, I'm sure, did many of you, I grew up using a typewriter for school. There was nothing so frustrating as making mistakes in your computation of space needed for footnotes, or coming to the end of a page only to realize that you skipped a line and have to re-type the whole page. And don't even get me started on white out! I, for one, welcomed the word processor with open arms. But, it seems, what was once a bothersome but necessary part of school and office life is now a trendy "must have" for the hip set. Betcha they don't give up their MacBooks... (ht: La Shawn Barber)

Christmas is a long way off, yet, but it seems that the elf wars have already begun. The elf beer wars, to be specific. It seems that Troegs Brewing Co., makers of Mad Elf Ale are taking Bethlehem Brew Works to court. Troegs is asking the government to cancel Bethlehem's trademark registration of Rude Elf's Reserve because Troegs thinks the similarity in names will confuse the beer-buying public. Guess there's no Christmas spirit in the Christmas spirits business... Oh, why can't we all just have a beer and get along?

Here in Montana, guns are pretty much ubiquitous. Most pick-up trucks have gun racks in the back window. A high percentage of the population hunts. The state legislature debates the question of whether or not students should be allowed to have hunting rifles in their vehicles on school grounds. It's just a well-armed kinda place. Well, Steve Strand, owner of the Radio Shack in Hamilton thought he'd come up with a great promotion to boost his sales of satellite television service - a free gun with every new contract! Well, turns out Radio Shack doesn't like that idea. Well, Steve thinks that's just tough. He is still offering the free gun. You go, Steve!

From corporate bullies to union thug bullies... Union Grove, Wisconsin, businesses don't really like the tactics of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Seems they're threatening to boycott any business that refuses to display pro-union signs in the storefronts. The sign that the union "requested" the businesses to display had the union's logo and the caption "This Business Supports Worker's Rights". The two-page letter sent by AFSCME officials, after starting out, "It is unfortunate that you have chosen 'not' to support public workers rights in Wisconsin," ends with, "... we'd ask that you reconsider taking a sign and stance to support public employees in this community. Failure to do so will leave us no choice but do (sic) a public boycott of your business. And sorry, neutral means 'no' to those who... are union members." The union's tactics seem to be backfiring, as the businesses that were threatened with the boycott have reported receiving a lot of support from the community. If I lived in Union Grove, I know where I'd shop!

Quite some time ago, I remember hearing about a guy who was selling blue jeans that he took out and shot full of holes with a shotgun. Seems like he was kept pretty busy shooting blue jeans to keep up with the demand. Well, I wonder if gator-bit blue jeans will be the next hot fashion trend?

The school board wants to change the name. Parents don't want the name changed. And, really, why would anybody want to change the name of Witchcraft Heights Elementary School?

Don't bark at police dogs. The dogs don't like it. And, in Cincinnati, Ohio, it is against the law. Saying, "The dog started it," will not help you. Just FYI...

And the Nuttiness goes on and on...

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