Plano, Texas: The snack company Frito-Lay amazed and impressed people in the spring of 2009 when it switched the packaging of its famous SunChips from a type of plastic bag to an Earth-friendly, plant-derived, biodegradable one.
The company received accolades from environmental groups and Earth-friendly fatties across the country for taking such a huge step towards becoming a green corporation.
Finally, a female musician we can be proud of.
Katy Perry, America’s new model for demure self-respect, has released her sophomore effort, “Teenage Dream.” In it, we find the sounds and messages that we, as a nation, have been longing for since the turn of the century.
Washington, DC: After polling more than 127 million people, the newly formed National Polling Agency has determined that the state of Ohio is, by far, the worst of the 50 states in terms of livability. With more than 87 million votes, Ohio easily took first place in the poll, which was conducted in every state (including the often overlooked state of Alaska) over the course of a year.
Germany: Santa Claus–that jolly, round guy in red, loved by children around the world–will not be visiting Germany this December. German Catholics, led by Bonifatiuswerk, a German Catholic aid organization, are on a campaign to declare the country a “Santa-Free Zone.”
Well, today I turned 46 years old, and compared to my 5th birthday, this is probably one of the most grim ones I have lived through yet.
The girls at the office here arranged for me to have the pizza of my choosing (Canadian bacon and sauerkraut) and a cake with my name misspelled at 11:30, after which I headed out to the alley to have a cigarette.
After months and months of declarations and commercials proclaiming that ostracized megalomaniacal petrol company BP would “make this right”, executives have determined with a certainty that such a task is impossible and therefore they will never be able to “make this right”. Instead, executives are changing their catch phrase to: “BP loves you!”
On June 18, 1919, during the signing of the treaty of Versailles, Germany agreed to pay reparations as compensation for bringing war to the nations of Europe and causing the deaths of 10 million soldiers. After nearly 92 years of hemming and hawing, the Germans have finally, albeit grudingly, paid the full amount of 132 billion Marks. In 2010 terms, this amount is supposedly assessed at 382 billion (US) dollars. But some economists aren’t so sure.