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Scottish Cruise Ship Company Buys Loch Ness Monster Insurance
A Scottish cruise company has insured its tourist boats against potential damage from the Loch Ness Monster. According to reports Jacobite Cruises signed a 1.5 million dollar policy with an insurance company on the 80th anniversary of the first reported Loch Ness Monster sighting. The cruise company’s owner, Freda Newton, said, “How silly would we look if it [happened] and we weren’t covered for it?” (msnNOW)
Money Makes You Happier
New research links money to happiness. The research comes from Brookings Institute and finds that in the world’s 25 most-populous countries, as households get richer, people report feeling more satisfied. Researchers say this new study disproves older research, which claimed there was a “satiation point” for wealth, and that people didn’t feel any better once they made more than 75-thousand dollars per year. The new research finds the more one has the better they feel, and that applies no matter how rich or poor the country, or how rich or poor the people are within the country. (The Atlantic)
Is Avoiding Cleavage at Work Always the Right Thing for Women To Do?
“Dress for success” advice for women usually says that they should avoid cleavage in the workplace. But a post on the blog Already Pretty suggests that might not be fair for all women depending on their body type, stating, “Some people will have visible cleavage even in a garment with a relatively modest neckline. I can understand why someone with ample cleavage might choose to conceal it. But it feels unfair to automatically label their style as provocative or unprofessional if they don’t.” The post continues, “I support office dress codes in concept; however, I’m not comfortable with the notion that the application should vary based on people’s body size and shape. If I can wear v-neck sweater to work, I think my well-endowed colleague should be able to as well.” Addressing the distraction factor for co-workers, the writer says, “People — often women — are held responsible for other people’s reactions to their bodies, particularly if those reactions are sexual. I have a hard time with that. . . . Will that little line peeping through create a brief sexy diversion for a co-worker? It might. But if said co-worker is professional, I think it’s reasonable to expect them to ignore that distraction and continue with the job at hand.”
Where Did the ‘Love’ Go in Pop Song Titles?
It’s a fairly safe bet to say that love has inspired more pop songs over the years than most any other topic, a contention backed up by the fact that “love” is the most frequent word — excluding articles like “the,” “you” and “I” — in the tens of thousands of song titles in the Whitburn Project database of Billboard Chart hits. But “love” seems to have faltered in the past 15 years, with The Week citing information recently found by linguists at Idibon, a company that gets useful information from language data, that the amorous word is appearing a lot less often in pop song titles these days. They found that the percentage of hits with the word “love” in the title in recent years is only 30 percent what it was in 1980. In fact, the percentage of songs with “love” in the title has since 1998 been at the lowest level in decades, going back until at least the late 1940s. Interestingly enough, while “love” has been fading, “hate” has been surging. There are only 30 songs with “hate” in their title in the entire database, and 11 of them have been in this time period. The Week reports on another interesting and possibly related stat that artists may have picked up on — love songs stay on the charts for an average of 9.4 weeks, while non-love songs remain longer, an average of 11.4 weeks.