Sunday, November 11, 2007

Odds and Ends, Sun 11 November 2007

1. "How to Win at Monopoly® - a Surefire Strategy"
"Monopoly is a game of luck, strategy, and people skills. No strategy
 will guarantee you a win; that's one of the reasons Monopoly is so
 interesting. In any given game, a newcomer can beat a lifetime
 champion. Still, there are a few strategic tips that came out of the
 computer simulations that will help you best play the odds."

  "St Albans is new Mayfair in Monopoly"
"Two historic market towns and a village have ambushed Britain's
 biggest cities by pushing them into lowly positions on a new version
 of the Monopoly board."

  "Monopoly swaps cash for cards"
"Property board game Monopoly is swapping its iconic bank notes for
 debit cards and replacing the dog and iron playing counters with a
 burger and a mobile phone in a bid to catch up with the times"

2. "Supermodel 'rejects dollar pay'"
"The world's richest model has reportedly reacted in her own way to
 the sliding value of the US dollar - by refusing to be paid in the

3. "The Subjectivity of Wine"
"What these experiments neatly demonstrate is that the taste of a wine,
 like the taste of everything, is not merely the sum of our inputs...
 In other words, we shouldn't be surprised that different people like
 different bottles of cheap wine."

4. "The Handbag: Finding the right one can be as complicated as keeping
    track of what's inside"
"The very idea of my needing a handbag is puzzling. How is it that men,
 of whom I am the equal in all other respects, seem to be well served
 by their back pockets or (if they're European) sleek little manpurses?
 Why can't I manage as well? All I have to carry is lipstick, eyeliner,
 pressed powder, reading glasses, sunglasses, small perfume spray,
 sunscreen, Kleenex, small brush, tic tacs, ..."

5. "German steeple takes Pisa's leaning tower title"
"Although its tilt angle is greater than Pisa's tower, it is less than
 half its height and has none of its ornate beauty."

  "Photo in the News: Leaning Church Topples Pisa's Record"
Which would you pay money to see up close?

6. "Eiffel Tower staircase up for sale"
"Part of the Eiffel Tower's stairway is to be sold at auction later this

7. "Jedi Academy in New York"