“You’re the Pope? Well, then I’m Napoleon!”
A Vatican receptionist thought a man calling in and claiming to be Pope Francis was pulling a prank. Pope Francis said, “I really am the pope,” to which the receptionist replied, “And I’m Napoleon.” The Pope had been trying to contact the superior general of the Pope’s old Jesuit order. He told the receptionist, “Do not worry, Andreas, just connect me with Father General, I would like to thank him for the charming letter.” A Vatican expert said, “You can’t really blame the poor man. No other pope would have picked up a telephone to make their own calls. An official usually calls a secretary who places the call. The receptionist is extremely distraught but I think the new pope has a good sense of humor and will laugh it off.” (Daily Mail)
Death Wish Coffee
Death Wish coffee may be the strongest coffee in the world. The company’s website describes the coffee as a “breakthrough,” adding, “Here at Death Wish Coffee we have found a coffee bean with close to 200% the amount of caffeine as your typical coffee shop coffee; we roast it to a medium-dark for a strong and robust flavor and then we grind it to the proper level for extreme potency. We roast to order and inspect before and after the roasting process to ensure correct moisture levels, bean density, and uniformity.”
See-Through Yoga Pants
The person behind you in yoga class might see more than they bargained for as you take the downward facing dog pose. Popular yoga-clothing retailer Lululemon has pulled its black luon bottoms from the shelves because they become see-through when worn. Lululemon says, “The ingredients, weight and longevity qualities of the women’s black luon bottoms remain the same but the coverage does not, resulting in a level of sheerness in some of our women’s black luon bottoms that fall short of our very high standards.” The company says it expects a shortage on the pants while it works with a supplier to replace the faulty fabric. (Business Insider)
How Busy Is The Internet?
A new study released by Intel finds that in just one internet-minute 204-million e-mails are sent, and 47-thousand apps are downloaded. In just one minute Amazon makes 83-thousand-dollars in sales, and 20-million photos are viewed. Additionally, the study finds that in 60 seconds, six-million Facebook pages are viewed, and the world watches 1.3-million YouTube videos. Intel says it’s working on developing new networking equipment in order to deal with the expected rise in traffic on networks, as it’s predicted that by the year 2015 there will be more networked devices than there are people in the world. (Daily Mail)
Smartwatch Wars: Samsung Readying to Take on Apple’s iWatch
Apple has yet to to confirm that it’s developing the iWatch, but Samsung is already working on its own smartwatch to take on Apple’s and is happy to talk about it. Lee Young Hee, the executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, told Bloomberg News Tuesday (March 19th), “We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long. We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.” Lee didn’t give any more details or talk about price, but did acknowledge Samsung is trying to beat Apple to be the first company to launch its smartwatch.
Do You Give Stores Your Zip Code When They Ask for It?
It’s become more and more common in recent years for shoppers to be asked for their zip code at the cash register when making a purchase with a credit card. But CNBC reports that a privacy advocate is advising people not to give the information. Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy for the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse watchdog group, says giving your zip code makes it much easier for retailers to get your address, phone number and specific demographics, which can mean more junk mail and more telemarketing calls for you, either from the retailer itself or from other people who want to sell you stuff if the store sells your profile to a data broker. Two states, California and Massachusetts, have now found that asking customers for their zip code violates their state privacy laws.
Feds Give Up Fight to Require Graphic Photo Warnings on Cigarette Packs
You won’t be seeing graphic photos on cigarette packs of things like diseased lungs, a sewed-up corpse and a man exhaling smoke through a tracheotomy hole in his throat, after the federal government decided to abandon the fight to force tobacco companies to use them for the warning labels. In a letter sent Friday (March 15th) to House Speaker John Boehner, Attorney General Eric Holder said the FDA will come up with new warning labels instead. The news came ahead of the deadline Monday for the government to ask the Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling in a case brought against the graphic labeling requirement by the tobacco industry that it violated free speech protections. The tobacco companies had argued that the proposed labels went beyond factual information into anti-smoking advocacy. More than 40 countries have introduced similar graphic labels in recent years.