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When Sex Doesn't Sell


Advertisers have always believed that sex is the best way to sell. But one ad campaign in London may have taken the scandal in scandalous a bit too far.

A British advertising watchdog is going after a saucy ad campaign for smoked sausages that asks listeners to reveal "where you like to stick yours." The ads for Mattesons Sausages received twenty one complaints from listeners who said they were offensive because of their sexual suggestions and shouldn’t be aired when children may be listening.

One commerical asks listeners to "think about all the things you can stick this tasty and extraordinarily large sausage in." It goes on to say "pizza, pasta or stir fry. You have ideas give me a call and tell me where you like to stick it."  read more »

Trading Insults for Business

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Many businesses are using gimmicks to keep customers coming in during this deep recession. Now one Spanish bar is trading self esteem for business.

The bar is Casa Pocho, located in the beach resort town of Cullera on the eastern coast of Spain. And apparently its opening promotion is working like a charm. Co-owner Bernard Mariusz says he gives away free alcohol and snacks, but only to certain people.

He and his partner Michal Lotocki give away the goodies to people who can insult them the best. The two figured that people are so stressed with the economy they need somewhere to go and let out a little steam to release their financial frustrations. So whoever can come in and hurl the most original insults their way receives a free glass of beer and a plate of finger foods.  read more »

Airport Overnighters

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Airports are not known for their top notch sleeping arrangements. But if your travel plans are going to land you on the floor of your local terminal you should be aware of the accomodations.

Whether you're looking to save some cash or your plane is flight impaired, the travel website sleeping in airports has compiled a list of the best and worst airports to sleep in should it be necessary. Dirty floors, overcrowded bathrooms and biting insects topped the list of complaints of the six thousand travelers who took part in the poll. And featuring all of these problems is Charles de Gualle Airport of Paris, France which came in as the worst airport for a slumber party. This was followed closely by Sheremetyevo in Moscow which one passenger described as "hell on earth."  read more »

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Jail House Rock

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Most guests of your local prison are itching for a way to get out of jail. But what about charging people to get into jail?

Prison officials all over the country are struggling with overcrowding and extra costs. So in order to raise some needed funds a creative prison in Hillsboro, Missouri will be evolving into a bed and breakfast.

The Jefferson county sheriff’s department in eastern Missouri came up with the idea as a way to pay for the mattresses needed for the new jail addition. City officials are offering the public a chance to stay overnight in the new prison wing on July 31st.  read more »

Watching the Moon Walk from Teheran

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Our country is proudly celebrating the 40th anniversary of the day Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. It was an incredible moment for all Americans, and for me, a very poignant one.

Forty years ago today I was serving my country as a Captain in the United States Air Force, based in Teheran, Iran. I was attached to the same U-S Embassy that was later taken over by Islamic fundamentalists. My assignment was with the USAF Postal and Courier Service, responsible for all routine and classified material transiting the Middle East and Africa.  read more »

Resume Blooper


Landing a job is hard enough, landing a job with a resume that belongs on a blooper reel is even harder.

A telephone survey on 100 Candian senior executives published earlier this week showed more than twenty percent of executives said a single typo could cost the potential employee the job and twenty eight percent of those surveyed said two mistakes would kill any chance that person had for ever working at that company. But don't get too dejected, nineteen percent said they would still consider someone with four or more typos on their resume.  read more »

Parisian Charm for Cash

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While famous for its culture and architecture, Paris isn’t known for having the world’s friendliest citizens. But that may soon be changing, thanks to the worldwide recession.

Parisians have a well-deserved reputation for rudeness to foreigners. Have you ever walked into a Paris shop knowing the clerk speaks English, but insists on speaking French? Or have you noticed that while traveling by train in other countries, stops are announced in the local language and in English, except on French trains, where only French is spoken.  read more »

Economic Assassinations

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A few weeks ago I wrote about French employees who were kidnapping their bosses to keep their jobs. Now it’s getting a lot more deadly, in Spain.

Last week Spanish police in the capitol city of Madrid arrested a man suspected of hiring a contract killer to murder his boss, in an attempt to keep his job. The man was the head of audiovisual services at the Barcelona International Convention Center.

After hearing his boss was going to lay him off due to a restructuring, he began to plan the execution. The Spanish newspaper El Paisa reported that the man contacted a group of Colombian criminals through his sister, and the group carried out the February ninth shooting.  read more »

Strategies for the Job Hunt

Unemployment is pushing ten percent. But don't let that discourage you from getting a good job.

The Governments latest unemployment numbers are certainly sobering. Four hundred thousand more jobs were lost in June alone. But Tom Musbach, Senior Editor at Yahoo Hot Jobs says it was encouraging that job losses are slowing when he compared the second quarter numbers to the first. But Musbach says that might not be enough to stop the march to a double digit unemployment rate.  read more »

French Tourists Stink


I know. You think I’m talking about their reputation for not taking baths as often as Americans, who cruelly call a French bath just spraying with perfume.

Au contraire! I’m talking about their talking, only in French. According to a new survey of 4,500 hotel owners across the world, commissioned by the internet travel site Expedia and reported by Reuters, French tourists are rated the worst in the world.

The polling firm, TNS Infratest, said “It's mainly the fact that they speak little or no English when they're abroad, and they don't speak much of the local language," Expedia Marketing Director Timothee de Roux told radio station France Info.  read more »