Thursday, September 30, 2004

Interesting Valuations + September Postings Reprised

A. Interesting Valuations

1. "Your body may be worth more than $45 million"
"It may be illegal, immoral and certainly ill-advised, but selling every usable
 part of your body could fetch upward of $45 million, according to a survey in
 the August issue of Wired magazine"

2. "Cost of happiness is £2.7 million"
"Money may be able to buy happiness but it costs nearly £2.7 million, claim

3. "Gold rings cheaper, swans-a-swimming more expensive"
"The price of 'True Love' has risen this Christmas, according to United States
 economists who have analysed the cost of five gold rings, four calling birds,
 three french hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree"

4. "For $12 trillion, Britain can be all yours"
"Want to buy a largish island off France? Slightly used, with annex. Rains a
 bit. Trains often late. Nice gardens. Food dubious, but lots of places to

B. September Postings Reprised

[Animal Rescue]
* "Pekinese saves shepherd from bear"
"A Romanian shepherd who was attacked by a bear in the mountains was saved by
 his pet Pekinese dog"
* "Dog saves heart attack owner"
"A man who suffered a heart attack while alone in his house, was saved when his
 dog got him the phone so he could call for help"

[Confused Animals]
* "Lobster found guarding a watch"
"Lobsters have long been known as solitary and territorial crustaceans -- but
 timely and fashion conscious?"

[Bizarre School Punishment]
* "Pupils made to eat cow dung in class"
"Education authorities in southern India have suspended a teacher for forcing
 his students to eat cow dung"
* "Teacher sends boy home with feces in bag"
"A teacher is on paid administrative leave after sending a first-grader home
 with feces in his backpack because the boy soiled the classroom floor"