PETA At It Again
PETA just doesn’t stop. Now, it’s a 14 year old kid from Louisiana. Logan Ward needs $8,000 to pay for a student ambassador trip with the People to People organization. He was given the opportunity to be part of a 19-day educational tour through Great Britain, Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales where he’ll stay with local families. His family did not have the money, so Logan came up with the idea of raffling off a cow that had been givent to them by a family friend. The winner of the raffle will have the choice of receiving the cow alive, or in the form of 400-600 pounds of steaks and other cuts. The family is also throwing in a small freezer to the winner to hold the cuts. PETA is harassing this poor kid. They did, however, offer to have their “Lettuce Girls” do a fundraiser in lieu of the raffle.
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.”
Issues With Certain Henna Tattoos
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to beware of something called black henna. They say some temporary tattoo shops actually use black henna, which contains a chemical used in hair dye that can cause dramatic skin reactions. The FDA says it has received consumer reports of long-lasting skin reactions cause by black henna, including redness, blisters, loss of pigmentation, and in some cases permanent scarring. They warn the skin issues can occur right after the tattoo is applied or up to three weeks later. Experts say that black henna is not to be confused with regular henna, which comes from a plant and has been used for centuries to dye skin, hair, or fingernails without harmful effects. (NBC News)
Google Pressures Swedish Language Council Over Word ‘Ogooglebar’
You’d think Google would have enough to do rather than be concerned with the actions of the Swedish Language Council, but the tech giant pressured the organization, which is the semi-official authority on Swedish language use, over the word “ogooglebar.” Apparently, the Language Council puts out a kind of light-hearted list every year of new Swedish words, and the one for 2012 included “ogooglebar,” which translates to “ungoogleable,” and was defined as “something unable to be found on a search engine.” The problem was that Google wanted the definition changed to refer specifically to a Google search, but instead of doing so, the council just removed the word from the list yesterday (March 26th). However, Language Council director Ann Cederberg said this doesn’t mean the word is gone from Swedish, saying, “Who has authority over language? We do, the language users. . . . If we want ‘ogooglebar’ in the language we will use the word, and it is our use that will determine the meaning — not the pressure of a multinational company.”
Some Criticizing Nike’s New Tiger Woods ‘Winning’ Ad
Nike is taking heat from some for a congratulatory message it posted on Facebook and Twitter after Tiger Woods reclaimed the ranking of world’s top golfer on Monday (March 25th) for the first time since 2010 that read, “Winning takes care of everything.” Some people are complaining that Nike, one of Woods’ top sponsors, is tastelessly alluding to Woods infidelity and divorce. But Nike is defending the ad as simply an acknowledgment of Woods finally returning to form after years of struggle. A company spokesman said, “When asked about his goals, such as getting back to Number One, [Woods] has said consistently winning is the way to get there. The statement references that sentiment and is a salute to his athletic performance.” The quote actually comes from Woods himself, who said it last year in response to a question about whether he was intimidated by Rory McIlroy’s emergence as a top golfer.