August 11, 2006

LinkNews Digest [08/11/2006]

New Slang: "Swiss Retirement Home"

ZURICH, Switzerland - An 85-year-old woman was found in the vault of a Swiss bank when she set off motion detectors hours after the bank was already closed, according to a statement released Wednesday.Employees at the Zuercher Kantonalbank apparently forgot about the woman.

The director of the bank's safe allowed the woman into the vault on Monday before closing it punctually at 4:30 p.m. local time with the woman still deep in study of her documents, ZKB said.

She remained so still that she initially failed to activate either the motion detector or the attached camera, the bank said in confirming a report that appeared in the Zurich-based daily "Tages-Anzeiger."

She was freed from the room four hours after the vault was closed. The bank gave the woman a bouquet of flowers for suffering from the ordeal and said it would decide on further nonfinancial compensation.(LINK )

Kid eBay's 2% of all Future Earning for College Money

Hi there, my name is Ron Steen. I am selling 2% of my future earnings for a chance to go to college. I am offering up 2% of every dollar I make for the rest of my working life for a starting bid of $100,000. I am starting Cal State University of Fullerton on August 21st, 2006 and I want to pay for college and its expenses by myself. In exchange for money to go to college I will send you 2% of whatever my income is annually in the form of a check once a year. This also means if I win the lottery you will get 2%, any income is your income (but I don‘t play the lottery so don‘t count on that one) The papers will be drawn up by my lawyer and you are more than welcome to look them over.

Q: What are your SAT scores? what was you high school class standing and what was your GPA?
A: I got a 1550 on my SAT’s, and I’m not sure about my class standing but I did however finish with over a 3.5.(LINK )

U.S. Trails Europe For Evolution Beliefs

People in the United States are much less likely to accept Darwin's idea that humans evolved from apes than adults in other Western nations, a number of surveys show.

A new study of those surveys suggests that the main reason for this lies in a unique confluence of religion, politics, and the public understanding of biological science in the United States.

Researchers compared the results of past surveys of attitudes toward evolution taken in the U.S. since 1985 and similar surveys in Japan and 32 European countries.

In the U.S., only 14 percent of adults thought that evolution was "definitely true," while about a third firmly rejected the idea.

In European countries, including Denmark, Sweden, and France, more than 80 percent of adults surveyed said they accepted the concept of evolution. (LINK )

Attention American Theme Restaurant Investors!

The Rising Sun Anger Release Bar in Nanjing, China lets customers smash glasses and even hit specially trained workers reports China Daily.

The owner, Wu Gong, says he was inspired to open the bar by his experiences as a migrant worker. The bar employs 20 men who have been given protective gear and physical training to prepare them for the job.

Clients can ask the men to dress as the character they wish to attack. Customer Chen Liang said: "The idea of beating someone decorated as your boss seems attractive."

But another man, Liu Yuanyuan, said violence was not the answer. "If people really feel angry, they should adjust their lifestyles or seek psychological treatment." (LINK )

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