#1.) Moroccan pottery classes. The U.S. has spent $27 MILLION on a project to train people in Morocco to design and sell pottery at home and abroad. The classes suffered from language barriers with American teachers and flopped.
#2.) Robot squirrels. A part of a $325,000 grant was spent on a study that built a robotic squirrel to see how snakes would react to it.
#3.) Making pennies. In 2012, the cost to produce one penny was . . .
10 Things A Movie Theater Employee Won’t Tell You from rd.com
1. Why does it smell so good? The popcorn has chemicals in it to make its aroma fill the theater.
2. “Extreme Digital” is actually lower quality than IMAX digital. We use it because it’s easier to maintain.
3. For the first month or two of screening, money from ticket sales goes to movie studios. Theaters rely on concession stands to make money. That’s why concessions are overpriced. Popcorn costs almost nothing to make.
I KNOW there are tons of charities around and tons of walks for different causes. I wanted to let you know about one I'm involved in every year. The Walk to End Alzheimer's is special to me because towards the end of her life, my grandmother suffered from dementia type symptoms. Though never officially diagnosed (because we were more focussed on her kidney problems which eventually ended her life) we knew something was wrong. Alzheimer's is a huge killer in the U.S.
A 16-year-old cheerleader from Texas has broken the handspring world record with 35 back flips in a row. During a half-time performance for her high school's football game, the girl performed the stunt with two Guinness Book of World Records officials in the crowd. To meet her goal, sheback flipped her way from one 15-yard line on the field to the other. Watch the video.