Lululemon Making It Difficult To Return Sheer Yoga Pants
Last week the yoga clothing retailer Lululemon recalled its black Luon yoga pants, saying the pants have an unacceptable “level of sheerness.” Now the company is reportedly asking customers to prove they have a pair of the faulty pants by putting them on in the store and bending over. One customer in Toronto wrote on Lululemon’s Facebook page, saying “The sales associate perused by butt in the dim lighting of the changing room and deemed them ‘not sheer.’ I felt degraded that this is how the recall is being handled.” Lululemon has released a statement saying the “bend over” test is not a standard company procedure, but Lululemon’s CEO, Christine Day, told Bloomberg.com: “The truth of the matter is the only way you can actually test for the issue is to put the pants on and bend over.” (Daily Mail)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt On Jeopardy
A video is making the rounds on the web showing a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt appearing on Jeopardy in 1997. In the clip, Joseph gets really excited for knowing the answer to a clue about The Catcher In The Rye.
New Medical Device May Alert You To Health Issues Via Text
A group of Swiss scientists have developed a tiny implant that is able to monitor your blood and send a message to your smartphone if it detects a problem. The scientists explain that it is able to transmit information to a smartphone via Bluetooth technology, and is even able to warn you if you’re about to have a heart attack. The device can also track other body data that is useful in monitoring health. The implant is powered via a battery patch that sits on the user’s skin. Experts point out this implant has yet to receive FDA approval, and has a few obvious flaws, such as not taking into account that cellphones do not always have service. (Fox News)
Mother Leaves Baby in Car While She Shops… But, Hey, She Left A Note…
A photo being circulated around the Internet shows a baby locked inside a car at a New Zealand supermarket parking lot with a note that asks passers-by to call the mother if there is an issue. A witness told reporters, “[The note] was written from the baby’s perspective and it said, ‘My mum’s in doing the shopping, call her if I need anything’, and it had the cell phone number.” The witness said two other people who saw the note called the mother and waited until she came back. A spokeswoman for the national police said they will not pursue charges since none of the witnesses filed a formal complaint. The spokeswoman said, “We don’t know who the people are, we don’t know the phone number, we don’t know where to start. We would launch an investigation if we could but at this stage no one’s come forward.” Even if people came forward, a local police rep said the mother will likely not be charged. Senior Sergeant Justin Rakena explained, “[Incidences like this] need to be taken on their merits and often it’s a mom that’s run into a shop, for example, and is only away for five minutes. Absolutely [it should be reported to police], but it doesn’t mean to say we’d prosecute. I would suggest the majority of people in that situation aren’t prosecuted.”
Lawmaker Wants to Ban Driving While Wearing Google’s High-Tech Glasses
Google Glass, the high-tech augmented-reality eyeglasses from Google aren’t expected to hit the market until later this year, but they are already making some people uncomfortable. In the wake of a Seattle bar owner banning them from his establishment earlier this month out of concern that the wearer could secretly take video or pictures of patrons, a West Virginia lawmaker now wants to outlaw driving while wearing the glasses, which perform many of the functions of a smartphone. Republican Rep. Gary G. Howell told CNET he has nothing against the technology itself, saying, “I actually like the idea of the product and I believe it is the future, but last legislature we worked long and hard on a no-texting-and-driving law.”
Government Spent Nearly $3.7 Million on Ex-Presidents Last Year
The federal government spent nearly $3.7 million on former presidents in 2012, according to a new analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, for their pension, office staff, travel, office space, and postage. However, the cost of Secret Service protection for them, their spouses and children is part of a separate budget and isn’t made public. George W. Bush cost taxpayers the most last year, at just over $1.3 million, followed by Bill Clinton in second at just under $1 million, George H.W. Bush at nearly $850,000, and Jimmy Carter last at around $500,000. Under the Former Presidents Act, the one-time chief executives get an annual pension equal to a Cabinet secretary’s salary, which was about $200,000 last year, plus $96,000 a year for office staff. It dates back to 1958, when Congress created it in response to Harry Truman’s post-White House financial problems, with the aim of maintaining the dignity of the presidency and helping with the costs associated with being a former president, such as responding to correspondence and scheduling requests. But some are now questioning whether former presidents of today, who are able to get big money for things like books and speaking engagements, should be getting such high-dollar benefits from taxpayers.