December 26th, 2002

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Mork from Ork

Factoid: (www.intellegentx.com)
Did you know during the making of Mork and Mindy, Robin Williams departed from the scripts and ad libbed so many times and so well, that the producers stopped trying to make him stick to the script and deliberately left gaps in the later scripts leaving only "Mork can go off here" in those places so Robin could improvise?
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In the news...

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - Nobody likes getting pulled over by the police for speeding. Most people will do just about anything to get themselves out of a hefty fine and a mark on their driving record. This holiday season, authorities in Tennessee are giving speeding motorists the chance to sing their way out of trouble. The town judge continues to follow a three-year tradition on the last court date before Christmas by letting speed violators off the hook if they pipe-out various Christmas carols. Those who sang and donated five canned goods to the Harvest Food Share had their tickets dismissed with no points put on their driving record.
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Dumb Decisions

The 25 Dumbest Business Decisions of All Time

http://www.uoponline.com/mbajungle1.asp

My favorites...

16 - Fox Gives Up Star Wars Licensing
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10 - People Express Flies Too High
There have been larger airline industry fiascoes, but the fate of Newark, New Jersey–based People Express remains the saddest, since the concept was so promising. “They invented the low-fare carrier in 1981—you could go to small northeastern cities for 19 bucks a pop—and there was real fear in the boardrooms of the large airlines,” says Steven Morrison, a professor of economics at Northeastern University who specializes in the economics of air travel. Service was no-frills and generic. So was the company philosophy. People Express chairman and Harvard Business School alum Donald C. Burr used a horizontal management style, making every employee a stockholder and manager. And for a while, business soared. But not content with being the burliest midget on the block, Collapse )

06 - New Coke Fizzles
The New Coke debacle can be viewed as the triumph of brilliant executives who did their homework and took an intelligent risk . . . or as an example of how corporate idiocy can stigmatize a great brand. By the early ‘80s, Coca-Cola’s market share had dwindled to 23 percent (it was 60 percent at midcentury), because of both soft-drink segmentation and the insurgent Pepsi’s masterful Pepsi Challenge campaign. CEO Roberto Goizueta and anxious president Don Keough gave the go-ahead to tweak the cola’s top-secret formula. After exhaustive research and testing, New Coke was unveiled in April 1985—with disastrous results. What went wrong? Collapse )
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Creative test answers

In the email in which I received these, they claim they came from SATs... I find this highly unlikely since the SAT is multiple choice. However, it's still pretty freakin' humorous.

Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.
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