PC Police, An Expensive Stock Tip, Vuvuzelas And A Good Question
June 25, 2010 by Chip Wood
*The PC police strike again. David Morales, a Rhode Island second-grader, wanted to honor American troops at a special class event. So he took a camouflage baseball cap, put an emblem of the American flag on the front and then glued several plastic soldiers from his collection around the cap. Sounds creative and patriotic, right? Not according to school officials in Providence, R.I., who declared that, because the tiny plastic figures were holding rifles, the cap violated the school’s zero-tolerance policy banning weapons. Off it came until David could take it home. Gee, do you think that’s why they’re called the armed forces?
*Could a stock tip be worth that much? For the past 11 years Warren Buffett has allowed the Glide Foundation, one of his wife’s favorite charities, to auction off a luncheon date. And every year, the cost of that lunch has gone up. This time, the winner will pay $2.6 million to take seven guests to lunch with the Bard of Omaha. I know the steaks at Smith and Wollensky in New York City are good. But $260,000 each?
*Yes, there’s an app for that. I haven’t been watching much of the World Cup this year. First, soccer is not one of my favorite spectator sports (unless a grandchild is playing). But second, the noise from all those plastic vuvuzelas is enough to drive me crazy. If you can’t afford to buy one, turns out you can get a free app for your iPhone. The folks behind Vuvuzela 2010 say more than a million people have downloaded the app so far. Hope none share an office or car pool with you.
*Question of the week. I saw this on a bumper sticker a few days ago: “If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy?” (Think about it for a minute.)