Archive for the ‘Current Events’ Category

“Ride-hailing services in the rich world currently cost around $2.50 per mile, compared with about $1.20 per mile to own and operate a private car (see chart). But the driver accounts for about 60% of the cost of ride-hailing. UBS, an investment bank, reckons that automation, competition and electrification (which makes cars more expensive to buy but much cheaper to run) will cut the cost of ride-hailing by 70%, to about $0.70 per mile. So a typical Western household driving 10,000 miles a year could ditch its car, use robotaxis and save $5,000 a year.”

March 13, 2018

“He uses words such as floccinaucinihilipilification in parliamentary debates”

February 3, 2018 noun 1. Rare. the estimation of something as valueless (encountered mainlyas an example of one of the longest words in the English language).

December 29, 2017

Just discovered this blog today, a means for following barf-inducing outbreaks of disease throughout the world.

Some recent stories:

A Mancini New Year Festivity – – Posted on December 29, 2017 by Robert Mancini

Multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections (STEC O157:H7) in 13 states

Minnesota food plant worker gets jail time for contaminating chicken

“[A] new study…found that chickens would have absolutely no qualms about caging and eating humans…[The] findings support similar studies surveying animals such as cows, pigs, and fish, with only horses indicating that it was sufficient if humans were merely enslaved.”

December 21, 2017

Read about the study here.

“[In 2017] toilets near the Temple of Heaven, one of Beijing’s biggest tourist draws, were fitted with facial-recognition systems designed to prevent thieves from [taking] its loo roll (the technology prevents toilet-paper dispensers from serving each visitor more than once).”

December 11, 2017