John Taylor: June 23, 2014
If you read way too much, like I do, you find both nuggets of wisdom and pure nuttiness in the day’s news. Here are some gleanings from the three daily newspapers I get delivered in print each day, five paid online news subscriptions and free scratchings from the Web.
California lawmakers introduced 2,766 bills in the Assembly and 1,447 in the Senate on topics such as sugary soft drinks, plastic bags and used kitchen grease. (Question: Do we need a full-time legislature? Really?)
An 84-year-old North Carolina resident is the last person receiving a Civil War pension. Irene Triplett gets a monthly check of $73.13 from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her father, ironically, served in both the Confederate and Union armies. He was 83 and her mother was 34 when she was born. She lives in a skilled nursing home where she watches TV, drinks Coke and chews tobacco. (Thanks to the Wall Street Journal , which also noted the US is still paying pensions to 16 widows and children of veterans of the 1898 Spanish-American War.)
Tech firms are hiring children as young as four to test out computer applications – payment is usually in free gadgets, but one 11-year-old charges as much as $400 to have devices tested by groups of kids he gathers through his own company. (Anyone remember the original Legos, Lincoln Logs or kids just sorting plastic containers by sizes and shapes? The Journal headline: “Product Testing Will Begin Right After Nap Time.”)
And, under the category, “if you need to know the price, you can’t afford it” – Toto Ltd. and Lixil Corp. are the makers of a sanitary device that’s wildly popular In Japanese homes. It’s a toilet with a lid that pops up automatically and with a seat that heats up. It has a built-in bidet and can sync with your Bluetooth and pump music through speakers built into the bowl. (Let the bad puns begin!)