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April 15, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Video: The job from hell?

A company posted this ad then interviewed applicants online.

Wanted: Director of Operations

Position Type: Full-Time

Shift: Full-time, 24/7 on call

Requirements … Continue Reading →

April 10, 2014
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Amazon offers workers $5,000 to quit

In Amazon’s letter to its shareholders, CEO Jeff Bezos explains why the company pays employees to quit:

Once a year, we offer to pay our associates to quit. The first year the offer is made, it’s for $2,000. Then it goes up $1,000 a year until it reaches $5,000. The headline on the offer is “Please Don’t Take This Offer.” We hope they don’t take the offer; we want them to stay. Why do we make this offer? The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want. In the long-run, an employee staying somewhere they don’t want to be isn’t healthy for the employee or the company.

h/t Business Insider

April 10, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’

US Scholar Jesus WifeA piece of papyrus with the words “Jesus said to them, my wife” has been dated to the 6th to 9th centuries, Harvard Divinity School reports.

The small fragment — a mere 1 1/2 inches by 3 inches — caused a storm of criticism in 2012 when Karen L. King, a professor at the school, announced its existence in 2012. The origin and author of the papyrus remains a mystery. All we know is a collector, who owned the papyrus and wishes to remain anonymous, had asked for King’s help in finding out more about it. Continue Reading →

April 10, 2014
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Most affordable cities to retire? Pittsburgh in Top 10

Just in time for David Letterman’s retirement, his network has found the Top 10 places where he can enjoy his golden years.

A recent Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate survey on the retirement dreams of baby boomers finds that 39 percent are focused on a bucolic lifestyle while 26 would like to go urban.

To determine what places would offer a mix of city and country — as well as favorable tax rates and median home prices — CBS News crunched the numbers from the Tax Foundation, Census Bureau and Zillow.

The Top 10? Drum roll, please … Continue Reading →

April 9, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Inside a beer bottle, a Guinness World Record

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Last month, fishermen from Heikendorf in Schleswig Holstein, Germany, got really excited when amid the fish in their nets, they spotted an old beer bottle with a message. | AFP

Richard Platz, a 20-year-old German on a hike in 1913, rolled a postcard into a bottle and tossed it into the Baltic Sea. Inside, a polite message asking the finder to return it to a Berlin address.

Now, 101 years later, his wish has come true. Continue Reading →

April 9, 2014
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The military photographers of the year

The Military Photographer of the Year, a contest judged at the Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Md., recognizes MC3 Daniel Young in the news category.

In Armed Forces ArmsSgt. 1st Class Faamasino Galoia, assigned to Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines, carries a Filippino girl off a MC-130 Combat Talon II after being transported from Ormac to Manila as part of Operation Damayan relief efforts Nov. 21. Super Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 6,000 and displaced millions.

In the Hardware category, Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid took first place:

N/ACapt. Jason Curtis, Thunderbird 6, Opposing Solo pilot, re-joins with the Diamond formation to perform the Delta Bottom-Up Pass during a practice sortie over the range near Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Mar. 11, 2013.

To see more winning work, go here.

h/t Stars and Stripes

April 3, 2014
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Widower stunned by wife’s time capsule

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A 33-year-old Arizona woman has contacted her husband from beyond the grave.

On Sept 27, 1966, her husband’s 31st birthday, Betty Klug stashed a time capsule in the wall of her family’s North Phoenix home.

It remained hidden until recently when a contractor discovered it amid insulation as the house was being remodeled. “We’ve done hundreds of houses but never found anything like this,” John Murray tells NBC affiliate KPNX 12 News.

Inside the capsule, a photo and a letter.

Betty, a Republican, gives a snapshot of the 60s. Among her observations … Continue Reading →

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