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The smart egg that shows you when it’s boiled to perfection

Posted on August 2nd, 2006 at 12:12 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ



The experts at the British Egg Information Service have been inundated with queries — so much so that they have decided to eliminate the guesswork once and for all.

Their solution? A self-timing egg imbued with the powers of heat-sensitive invisible ink that turns black the minute that it is ready. All you need to do is decide whether you prefer your eggs soft, medium or hard-boiled, and buy accordingly.

A spokeswoman for Lion Quality Eggs, the service’s quality assurance scheme, said: “We had a lot of inquiries. We said OK, this is a big issue — people can’t even boil an egg.?

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  1. Be thankful it’s not a annoying ad that shows up after boiling!

    (“Boiling hot? Get an Acme airco!”)
    (“Think this is hot? Call our hot babes at 1-900-HOT-BABE.”)

  2. Come on John, this calls for an “if you’re in marketing, kill yourself” post!

  3. It does, doens’t it. Amazing find, Maarten.

Lick it

Posted on August 2nd, 2006 at 11:24 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture



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Tax Cheats Called Out of Control

Posted on August 2nd, 2006 at 10:18 by John Sinteur in category: News, What were they thinking?


So many superrich Americans evade taxes using offshore accounts that law enforcement cannot control the growing misconduct, according to a Senate report that provides the most detailed look ever at high-level tax schemes.


Cheating now equals about 7 cents out of each dollar paid by honest taxpayers, as much as $70 billion a year, the report estimated.

“The universe of offshore tax cheating has become so large that no one, not even the United States government, could go after all of it,? said Senator Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat whose staff ran the investigation.

Senator Norm Coleman, the Minnesota Republican who is chairman of the subcommittee, adopted the minority report on Sunday as the product of the full committee.

The report details how the Quellos Group, a tax shelter boutique based in Seattle, “concocted a tax shelter? using $9.6 billion “worth of fake securities transactions that were used to generate billions of dollars of fake capital losses.?

Senator Levin said that when investigators asked for trading records they were first told the trades were private, over-the-counter transactions. He said investigators asked for trading tickets or other evidence of who owned the $9.6 billion worth of stock and were told the stocks were never owned by the parties involved.

“They just wrote down numbers on paper and claimed losses,? he said. “It was just like fantasy baseball, except the taxes not paid were for real.?

Can you guess what the Bush administration will to do stop these rich thieves? Yep!


Today, the New York Times reports that the Bush Administration will lay off nearly half of the auditors at the IRS who are tasked with auditing the wealthiest Americans, whose overall Federal taxes have decreased under the Bush Administration policies.

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  1. Have to step in for Mr. Bush here: when—I suppose soon—the rich pay no taxes at all anymore, auditors are of course also not needed anymore.

    Can’t you see how Mr. Bush is the first ever president that is on course for total tax-fraud elimination for the rich? When he’s done, I suppose, bringing the minimum wage down to zero is the next logical step to eliminate fraud by the poor too.

  2. The minimum wage is about to be brought down to zero.

    In a favor to the National Restaurant Association, the Republican minimum wage bill goes after states that have decided to protect tipped employees’ wages. It preempts state minimum wage laws with respect to tipped employees (like waiters) where a state has not allowed an employer to use a “tip credit” against an employee’s wages. This means that, in those states (namely, AK, CA, MN, NV, OR, WA, and MT) where state law has required employers to pay the full state minimum wage to wait staff, regardless of their tips, those employers may now only pay wait staff the federal tip credit wage of $2.13 per hour (the rest to be made up by tips, i.e., the tip credit). So waiters in Washington go from $7.63 per hour (the full state minimum wage) to $2.13 per hour (the federal tip credit rate), a $5.50 wage cut under the Republican “minimum wage” bill.

    But guess what, folks… Here’s the much bigger rub.

    Federal law doesn’t cover all employees. It only covers those employees at businesses that have annual gross receipts of at least $500,000. State minimum wage laws — in all of the above described states — are intended to capture all employees (with a few specific exceptions) at establishments above AND below the $500,000 gross-receipt threshold. So the beauty salon or the downtown pizza parlor that brings in $400,000 per year is covered by the state minimum wage laws but not the federal minimum wage laws.

    But what does the Republican bill do? It says, if you’re a state that does not allow the tip credit, your minimum wage law is UNENFORCEABLE with respect to tipped employees. So the only minimum wage law that is enforceable for tipped employees in such a state would be the federal law. The problem for thousands of tipped workers in these states is that their employer is not covered by federal law, only state law. They work at businesses with gross receipts of less than $500,000 per year.

    So their employer has no minimum wage requirements once you preempt and render unenforceable the state law. These workers can then be paid 10 cents an hour. Or they can be paid no wage at all. They can be told that they are only working for tips. So a waiter at Jim Bob’s BBQ Shack in rural Washington goes from $7.63 per hour in wages to $0 per hour in wages, only bringing home tips. If he works 8 hours one day and only makes $12 in tips, then that’s all he gets to take home.

  3. I once mistipped a waitress 72%, and I’ve never seen such a happy person. In fact, she kissed me on the mouth, which was awkward, because my wife was there too.

    See: I wanted to tip 18%, but used NLG 1 = USD 2 instead of USD 1 = NLG 2 to calculate how much it actually was, and then things got out of hand by a factor 4: “That’s a USD 100 dinner bill, so, that, eh, NLG 200, so I, would tip about NLG 36, eh, so, then, eh, that’s USD 72, yup, that’s it.”, and then I left USD 170 on the table.

    Have to say though that it was good-looking waitress, a spectacular kiss, and I suppose she needed the money much more than I did.

  4. I once tiped a hooker only 50%, and she did even more than kiss me… 🙂

  5. Yeah, OK, but was the missus present at the occasion?

Children arrested, DNA tested, interrogated and locked up… for playing in a tree

Posted on August 2nd, 2006 at 7:43 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


To the 12-year-old friends planning to build themselves a den, the cherry tree seemed an inviting source of material.

But the afternoon adventure turned into a frightening ordeal for Sam Cannon, Amy Higgins and Katy Smith after they climbed into the 20ft tree – then found themselves hauled into a police station and locked in cells for up to two hours.

Their shoes were removed and mugshots, DNA samples and mouth swabs were taken.

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