NASCAR Tombstone… Denied!
Shannon Carr’s late husband, Jason Carr, loved watching NASCAR and the Indianapolis Colts from his favorite couch. So when Jason died two years ago in a car accident, his wife decided a fitting tribute would be a $9,600 couch-shaped tombstone engraved with color logos of the Colts and NASCAR. A lovely, touching gesture, right? Maybe, but certainly not according to those in charge of the Catholic cemetery where Jason is now buried. When Carr showed the Reverend Jonathan Meyer, a priest at St. Joseph Catholic Church in North Vernon, Indiana, the tombstone’s plans, he rejected them, saying they were too secular for the church’s 100-year-old graveyard. Carr went ahead and made the tombstone anyway, noting that the church had never set regulations on what was and wasn’t allowed in the cemetery. In fact, the regulations weren’t finalized until a year after she first attempted to install the headstone. She is now suing the church to have the tombstone installed. The church’s attorney, John Mercer, said the lawsuit falls outside of the court’s domain, since the First Amendment prohibits courts from influencing the church’s business.
MS Man’s Unique Obituary
A woman who wrote a quirky obituary about her father who passed away in Mississippi said she is pleased at the attention it’s receiving on the Internet. The obituary, placed in the Sun Herald, starts, “Harry Weathersby Stamps, ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler, died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.” It continues, “He despised phonies, his 1969 Volvo [which he also loved], know-it-all Yankees, Southerners who used the words ‘veranda’ and ‘porte cochere’ to put on airs, eating grape leaves, Law and Order [all franchises], cats, and Martha Stewart. In reverse order. He particularly hated Daylight Saving Time, which he referred to as ‘The Devil’s Time.’ It is not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. This can only be viewed as his final protest.” The daughter, Amanda Lewis, said, “Probably the best compliment I’ve gotten is that at least six people asked if he wrote it.” The obituary ends with a request for people write to their local Congressman to ask to repeal Daylight Savings time in honor of Harry. (MSNBC)
New Survey Finds Most Annoying Facebook Friends
A survey from SweatBand.com finds out what really grinds Facebook users’ gears. The survey covered nearly two-thousand people, and found that 53-percent said they were most irked by friends on the social network who boast about their diet and exercise regime, and 45-percent said those who shared every meal were most annoying. Additionally, 42-percent said cryptic status writers made them grit their teeth, with 37-percent saying that game-inviters were most annoying, and 36-percent saying proud parents were most irritating. SweatBand.com’s Maz Darvish said, “Whilst social media has given us a great way to keep in touch, it’s also given us another way to bombard people with things they just don’t care about.” (Daily Mail)
We’re Drinking More Water These Days
A new report from Beverage Digest finds that for the first time in nearly three decades Americans are drinking more water than soda. Old research shows that in 1998, due to huge advertising campaigns, Americans were drinking an average of 54-gallons of soda per person a year, and just 42-gallons of water. The new research finds that Americans are now drinking an average of 58-gallons of water a year, and only 44-gallons of soda per year. (Food Beast)
NYC to Bar Employers From Discriminating Against Unemployed Job-Seekers
New York City lawmakers yesterday (March 13th) passed legislation over a veto by Mayor Mike Bloomberg that makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against unemployed job-seekers in hiring. The law will take effect in three months, making New York the fourth place in the country to pass similar legislation, after New Jersey, Oregon and Washington, D.C., during the past few years of high unemployment and layoffs. New York will be the only place, however, that will let applicants sue employers for damages over claims they were turned down for a job because they were unemployed. Businesses and Bloomberg say lawmakers shouldn’t try to dictate how hiring choices are made, and contend that the measure will lead to baseless lawsuits from disgruntled applicants who weren’t discriminated against. Experts say that hiring managers sometimes don’t want to hire people who are unemployed because they think the applicants might have lost their jobs because of their own problems, that their skills might be rusty, or that they’ll take the job out of desperation and then leave if something better comes up.
Lance Armstrong Believes People Will Forgive Him Like Bill Clinton
Lance Armstrong may be disgraced now, after being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and finally admitting in a January Oprah Winfrey interview after more than a decade of vehement denials that he doped throughout his cycling career. But he apparently thinks he can make a comeback in people’s eyes, seeing former President Bill Clinton’s rebound from his Monica Lewinsky scandal as a model. Armstrong said in a Texas Monthly interview, “Ultimately, people forgive and forget and remember the good stuff you did. Is it hard to do? Yeah. But Clinton did it — he loves to work, he loves people, he loves to hustle. He’s a hero a mine. He’s a tough guy, he’s smart, surrounded himself with good people. And 10 years later, he’s president of the world. It can be done.”