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It Just Gives Me That Warm and Fuzzy Feeling Inside

RadioShack shows their human side.

Radio- Shack Corp. notified about 400 workers by e-mail that they were being dismissed immediately as part of planned job cuts.

Employees at the Fort Worth headquarters got messages Tuesday morning saying: "The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your position is one that has been eliminated."

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"It was important to notify people as quickly as possible," she said. "They had 30 minutes to collect their thoughts, make phone calls and say goodbye to employees before they went to meet with senior leaders."

Employees met with supervisors and human resources personnel before leaving. At coffee bar areas on each floor, the company provided boxes and plastic bags for employees to pack their personal belongings.

No fuss, no muss. Just a nice, cold, impersonal email to each employee letting them know they've been made redundant and they have 30 minutes to gather their belongings. I think it was especially nice of RadioShack to provide boxes and plastic bags to the sacked employees to facilitate their getting the hell out of the building before security comes to escort them out.

Well, at least the economy is improving.


By min | August 31, 2006, 3:00 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (5)| Link



And I Thought My Parents Couldn't Let Go

Several of Beijing's top universities have asked new students to leave their parents at home to prevent them from sleeping rough on campus, a Chinese newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Thousands of protective Chinese parents flood Chinese universities at the start of every school year, booking out on-campus dormitories and nearby hotels, to ensure their children settle comfortably.

Many too poor or simply unable to find a bed resort to sleeping rough on campus -- prompting universities to take "emergency measures" the Beijing News said.

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My mom wouldn't "sleep rough" so she just told me to come home every weekend.


By min | August 24, 2006, 2:31 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link



Funeral Misdeeds

Striptease send-offs at funerals may become a thing of the past in east China after five people were arrested for organizing the intimate farewells, state media reported on Wednesday.

Police swooped last week after two groups of strippers gave "obscene performances" at a farmer's funeral in Donghai County, Jiangsu province, Xinhua news agency said.
The disrobing served a higher purpose, the report noted.

"Striptease used to be a common practice at funerals in Donghai's rural areas to allure viewers," it said. "Local villagers believe that the more people who attend the funeral, the more the dead person is honored."

Wealthy families often employed two troupes of performers to attract a crowd. Two hundred showed up at last week's funeral.

Five strippers were detained and local officials "issued notices concerning funeral management," Xinhua said.

Now village officials must submit plans for funerals within 12 hours after a villager dies. And residents can report "funeral misdeeds" on a hotline, the report said.

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Another example of Chinese practicality. Lots of people showing up to mourn you is supposed to be a sign of how well you'll be missed. And what's the best way to insure a high attendance? Nekkid people. Clearly. You don't even have to know who died.


By min | August 24, 2006, 2:02 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



That's No Ordinary Raccoon!

A fierce group of raccoons has killed 10 cats, attacked a small dog and bitten at least one pet owner who had to get rabies shots, residents of Olympia say.

Some have taken to carrying pepper spray to ward off the masked marauders and the woman who was bitten now carries an iron pipe when she goes outside at night.

"It's a new breed," said Tamara Keeton, who with Kari Hall started a raccoon watch after an emotional neighborhood meeting drew 40 people. "They're urban raccoons, and they're not afraid."

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By min | August 22, 2006, 2:26 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



How Can This Cat Be This Shape?



By min | August 18, 2006, 3:44 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link



Adam's not going to like this

But in the tradition of our previous Hello, Superman picture, i have to print this.

I stole this picture from Dave's Long Box, who also has a picture of a weird pig, and who does funny reviews of comics where Everybody Dies, including Infinity Gauntlet and Hulk: Future Imperfect, so go read him so i don't feel bad about stealing his images.

Also, i've once again noticed that we don't have a "Star Wars" category. WTF???


By fnord12 | August 8, 2006, 5:00 PM | Star Wars & Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link



So, What Do You Think of That?

Google is issuing warnings to Web surfers when they are about to click on a Web site that could be hiding malware able to infect their computer.

Google has launched this initiative as part of its partnership in StopBadware.org, a malware clearinghouse established by Harvard Law's Berkman Center for Internet & Society together with Oxford University's Oxford Internet Institute. Besides Google, it is supported by a number of major tech companies including Lenovo and Sun Microsystems.

When a Google user clicks on a particular site identified as harmful by the organization, a warning pops up that links to a general page on StopBadware's Web site. Currently, these links go to a general page, according to a statement on the organization's Web site. "But as we finish researching sites, we'll replace the general page with one of our individual Web site reports," StopBadware says.

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On the one hand, i suppose i appreciate not getting secret "malware" on my computer. On the other hand, it seems like the warning would be pretty intrusive. Also, i can't see that Microsoft would really allow a company to work against them, preventing them from putting spyware on your comp.


By min | August 8, 2006, 11:23 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



Monkey Monkey

Typer195 sent this along to me. And as loyal readers of Super Mega Monkey, i thought you would appreciate it.

In an effort to keep monkeys out of the New Delhi subways, authorities have called in one of the few animals known to scare the creatures - a fierce-looking primate called the langur, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported Wednesday.

The decision to hire a langurwallah - a man who trains and controls the langurs - came after a monkey got into a metro car June 9, the newspaper reported.

In that incident, a monkey boarded a train at the underground Chawri Bazaar station and reportedly scared passengers by scowling at them for three stops. It then disembarked at Civil Lines station.

A langur

A monkey

I think the monkey can take him.


By min | August 2, 2006, 3:45 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link



Doctors Maiming Beggars

Three Indian doctors caught on camera apparently agreeing to amputate the healthy limbs of beggars are to be questioned by the Indian Medical Council, an official said Tuesday.
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CNN-IBN said it was trying to expose the activities of a country-wide network of "beggar mafia dons" who exploit the destitute, forcing beggars working in their patch to hand over their alms, and maiming them to maximize revenue.

A beggar in New Delhi told the channel he had been tricked into going for a medical check-up on the promise of a job. He came round after an injection to find one of his legs missing.

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By min | August 2, 2006, 3:00 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



Now we have a real reason to attack.

Iranian leader bans usage of foreign words:

TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered government and cultural bodies to use modified Persian words to replace foreign words that have crept into the language, such as "pizzas"" which will now be known as "elastic loaves," state media reported Saturday.


By fnord12 | August 1, 2006, 1:30 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link



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