Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Don't kiss that frog

The best dancer ever from Amarillo is gone. Tula Ellice Finklea died this week in Los Angeles. You probably knew her as Cyd Charisse, a tall drink of water who danced in the movies. She was thought to be 86.

In America, we eat as many bananas as apples and oranges combined. Still not impressed? Although there are thousands of banana varieties, we eat only one kind of banana: the Cavendish. They ship best.

You want to be careful next time you are thinking about kissing a frog. Especially if you are in Cameroon. Local frogs in the region have claws. Just back away, slowly. There will other frogs.

GM has more than four times as many dealerships as its nearest competitor, Toyota. Yet Toyota is only three percentage points behind in sales.

In 1934, fifty years before Al Gore invented the World Wide Web, a now-forgotten Belgian sketched out plans for a global network of computers, or “electronic telescopes.” Paul Otlet was that lost pioneer. He leaned heavy on the best technology of the times – the 3x5 index cards.

Respect. A full page ad on the back page of today’s NeY Times reads simply:

Tim Russert

We celebrate your life and honor your life’s work.

We will miss you.

The ad was paid for by his competitors at CBS News.

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