The Daily Wrap: September 27th

Hello Friday, you’re looking wonderful, as usual.  And here’s the latest news buzzing around the internet.

No Discounts at Goodwill

A 19 year old employee at a Goodwill in Florida thought he was doing some good deeds when he gave out discounts to people in need.  He would slash as much as 50% from prices for people that came in wearing all they owned or only had a few dollars in change to make purchases. 

It’s a nice idea and all to want to help people in need, and Goodwill certainly is a charity, but the problem is that employees can’t just give out discounts all willy nilly.  Goodwill fired the kid and called deputies who then arrested him and charged him with grand theft.  While a grand theft charge may be extreme (guess he gave out a lot of discounts), he says he didn’t know that giving out discounts was wrong and certainly not illegal.  How does someone reach adulthood and get employed and not know you can’t give out discounts at your leisure?

Some locals believe he shouldn’t even have been fired, the store just should have explained what he was doing was wrong.  So what do you think?  Fired?  Arrested?  Or just a talking to?


Say, Is That A Squirrel?

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You’ve probably heard of hunters being mistaken for deer and getting shot before, it happens every so often.  Heck, sometimes a hunter’s dog will even shoot them by mistake.  But now a man in Wisconsin has been shot after his friend mistook him for a squirrel while on a hunting trip.

Hunting is undoubtedly mankind’s oldest profession/hobby, it predates everything you can think of simply because it’s how we had to survive as a species for the longest time.  You would think then, with our entire evolutionary history leading up to this point, we would have mastered it well enough to not mistake a 6 foot tall, 180lb human for a foot long, 10lb squirrel, but such is not the case.

When authorities arrived they found the victim on a stump with two dead squirrels, at least somewhat confirming the story from the shooter.  An autopsy is still pending, but ridiculousness is likely the cause of death.


No Spaghetti for Gays

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The CEO of Barilla pasta has made statements saying that he wouldn’t use a gay couple in an ad for his product (which is fine, you never see gay people eating Skittles in commercials, either) and that if gay people don’t like it they can go eat someone else’s pasta and on and on digging a hole about family values and gay adoption and so on until it was pretty obvious he’d made a really big PR mistake.  Naturally this prompted calls for a boycott from gay rights groups and a response from Barilla in which the CEO attempted to clarify his remarks by saying he respects gay people, he just wants his brand to reflect the importance of a woman in the family, which may just mean they’re cool with lesbians, it’s hard to say.


Is There Life on Mars?  Nope, Water

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The Curiosity Rover finally paid off!  Or, well, it found water on Mars, and that’s pretty cool.  There are no hot tubs or babbling brooks just yet but it turns out that Martian soil is pretty soggy stuff.  How soggy?  Turns out a cubic foot of soil contains about two pints of liquid – the water molecules are bound to the soil, but theoretically you could heat it up, produce steam, and extract yourself a nice glass of Mars water to drink.

This is no guarantee that there was ever life on Mars or we’re any closer to finding evidence, but it does bode well for future explorers.  If we can extract water, it’ll be a lot easier to visit.  Possibly plant a cactus or two as well.


The Time of the TomTato is now!

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Straight out of the Simpsons (well, almost, they had Tomacco) is the TomTato plant, a single plant that grows tomatoes above ground and potatoes below.  Available for  £14.99 in the UK, the plants are hand reared, not genetic freaks of nature (tomatoes and potatoes are both from the Nightshade family, so it’s kind of like cousins having babies) and apparently produce up to 500 very sweet cherry tomatoes as well as white potatoes.  Raise a tiny cow in the same pot and you got yourself a stew.