An Oregon man spent Memorial Day in jail after calling 911 to complain that a McDonald’s worker was rude and didn’t give him an orange juice he ordered. ***MARLAR: Not to worry, they serve a nutritious, well-balanced breakfast in county lock-up.
Adam Lambert says he rolled his eyes when he heard about AT&T supposedly influencing the “American Idol” vote. Lambert tells NBC’s “Today” show “People are looking for something to be dramatic about.” AT&T acknowledged some of its employees brought phones to parties for Kris Allen supporters and taught people how to send multiple text messages. Allen says he had nothing to do with it, he just “got up there and sang.” He says neither he nor Lambert are upset about it, and Lambert says, “Just accept that this is the way the vote went.” ***MARLAR: Question – what’s the point of sending the same text message to the same person ten times at once? It that in case you reeeeally love your girlfriend? “ILVU”, “ILVU”, “ILVU”, “ILVU”, “ILVU”, “ILVU”, “ILVU”, “ILVU”, “ILVU”, “ILVU”!
Cool and collected, Kavya Shivashankar wrote out every word on her palm and always ended with a smile. The 13-year-old Kansas girl saved the biggest smile for last, when she rattled off the letters to “Laodicean,” (which means lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics), to become the nation’s spelling champion. The budding neurosurgeon from Olathe, Kan., outlasted 11 finalists Thursday night to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee, taking home more than $40,000 in cash and prizes and, of course, the huge champion’s trophy. ***MARLAR: Even more shocking… someone from Olathe, Kansas might actually do something with their life. (It’s my hometown.)
According to the calculations of Business Week Magazine, the best place to raise your kids is in Alabama. Huntsville is at the top of the list followed by Dothan and Hoover. The city is best known as the home of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, where scientists designed space rockets in the 1950s and visitors now come for interactive exhibits, rides, and movies. The 104-acre Huntsville Botanical Garden has a new Children’s Garden and Nature Center, which claims to have the nation’s largest seasonal butterfly house. ***MARLAR: It’s great to raise kids because everybody in the state is family.
If your stock portfolio isn’t performing as well as you’d like, maybe you could hand it over to these fifth-graders. Four students at Tullar Elementary School in Neenah won the recent Wisconsin Stock Market Game, turning $100,000 of hypothetical money into more than $203,000 in 10 weeks. The winning team of Annie Czech, Bailey Morton, Jen Sagehorn and Sam Weiler invested exclusively in 15 financial stocks, of which 13 proved profitable. “It felt amazing,” Bailey said. “It felt like I was getting a quick sugar rush.” “I was really excited,” Annie said. “I wanted to scream.” ***MARLAR: As did clients of Bernie Madoff.
In Essen, Germany there’s a steel mill where bosses require their workers to sign a sworn statement every morning vowing they’ve had eight hours sleep the night before. If any worker seen out past midnight lies about getting 8 hours of shut eye, they are fired immediately. ***MARLAR: Which ironically would give you plenty of time for sleep.
If you’re really lonely and would like to have a cell phone, Softbank Mobile of Japan has the solution: the PhoneBraver, a new mobile phone that turns into a robot buddy who’ll chat with you. The phone has little attachable arms and legs, and a face can appear on its video screen, so you can pretend it’s a little person. It has enough artificial intelligence to hold simple conversations with you, replying via text message. It can even learn your habits and talk to you about them. For instance, if you call one number a lot, it might say, “You’re calling her often these days, aren’t you?” ***MARLAR: If you actually had a girl you could call often, you wouldn’t NEED a robot buddy.