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‘Big Data’ The Most Confusing Tech Term

AUSTIN, Texas (UPI) — The Texas-based Global Language Monitor has named “big data” and “the cloud” as the most confusing tech words of the decade thus far. The Austin-based organization said “big data,” an unclear term for large amounts of data, and “the cloud,” which the Global Language Monitor called a “nebulous” term related to […]

1 In 5 Workers In On March Madness

CHICAGO (UPI) — March Madness started Tuesday and one in five U.S. workers admits the likelihood of posting picks in an office pool, a survey indicates. Twenty percent of workers in a CareerBuilder survey said they’ve participated in March Madness college basketball pools and while they may not be watching the clock, 17 percent said […]

Republican Speaks At Wrong Convention

MUSCATINE, Iowa (UPI) — An Iowa Republican running for Congress said he arrived early for an event and accidentally ended up addressing a group of Democrats. Dan Dolan of Muscatine said he and a staffer arrived early Saturday for the Republican convention at the Monroe County Courthouse in Albia, The Quad City Times reported Wednesday. […]

Pastor Objects To Toy Gun Easter Baskets

CHICAGO (UPI) — A Chicago pastor said he is expressing his “concern and outrage” at retailer Kmart’s decision to sell Easter baskets containing toy guns. The Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Catholic Church sent a letter dated March 9 to Kmart officials objecting to the store’s sales of Easter baskets containing plastic water guns […]

‘Corpse Plant’ Ready To Bloom At Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. (UPI) — A professor at Cornell University in New York state said the school’s “corpse plant” is expected to bloom and release its signature stench later this week. Karl Niklas, professor of plant biology at the Ithaca school, said the Amorphophallus titanum, commonly referred to as a “corpse plant” or a “corpse flower,” […]

Booth Bobbleheads Pulled In Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK, Pa. (UPI) — The Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center in Pennsylvania has pulled bobble-head dolls of John Wilkes Booth from its bookstore following complaints from visitors. The bobbleheads of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, which depict Booth holding a gun, went on sale at the museum’s bookstore about two weeks ago and […]

Vending Machine Sells Teens’ Art

DENVER (UPI) — A Colorado art gallery said a cigarette vending machine converted into an Art-O-Mat art dispenser is half-stocked by works from disabled teens. Damon McLeese, director of the Access Gallery, said the business obtained the Art-O-Mat, one of dozens in operations across the country, from a Kansas City, Mo., gallery that went out […]

Boy Spends Break Holding Bad Grades Sign

KENDALL, Fla. (UPI) — A Florida middle school student who brought home three failing grades said he is spending his spring break holding a sign on a street corner. Michael Bell Jr., a Kendall 7th grader, said his parents decided to have him hold the sign at a busy intersection after he brought home three […]

Private Island Home: $12 Million

MARATHON, Fla. (UPI) — A Florida realtor said he is seeking a “unique buyer” for a $12 million private island home in the Florida Keys described by its current owner as “rustic.” Marvin Arrieta with Century 21 Premier Elite Realty in Coral Gables said the Monroe County Property Appraiser put the property’s total market value […]

Kansas State Dog Bill Stalled

WICHITA, Kan. (UPI) — A Kansas legislative committee declined to hear a bill naming the cairn terrier as the official state dog, stopping its progress for the current session. The House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources declined to hear House Bill 251, which would have named the cairn terrier — the breed of […]


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