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The Best Of Business Dumb-o-Rama

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2008-04-16 11:02.
We’ve all made mistakes … but probably not big mistakes like making snot beer, saying no to The Beatles, or turning down the patent for the telephone. In fact, here are some of the biggest business blunders in history:

Turning Down The Beatles


Police Charge Reality-Show Director With False Imprisonment

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-04-15 10:01.
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Police in Central Florida said they've arrested a man who allegedly held young women against their will in a house to shoot a reality show called "Pauper to Princess."

Police say four women forced their way out of the Apopka house on Saturday. The show's director is charged with false imprisonment. He was released on $3,000 bail.Executive producer Jim Johnson denies the allegations. He says the women had been allowed to leave the house on recent weekends.

Olympics Drive Demand For Bodyguards In China

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-04-14 18:57.

CHENGDU, CHINA -- On the outskirts of this western city, in a field of bright yellow flowers, Wang Xi stood on a wrestling mat and eyed her opponent, a brawny man with short-cropped hair fresh from the army. After a quick bow, she lunged at his legs, flipped him over and, within seconds, pinned him to the ground.

World's Biggest BBQ

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-04-14 10:14.


MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - More than a thousand barbecue fanatics in Uruguay grilled up 12 metric tonnes (26,400 lbs) of beef on Sunday, setting a new Guinness world record while promoting the country's succulent top export.

Army personnel set up a grill nearly 1 mile long and firefighters lit six tonnes of charcoal to kick off the gargantuan cookout.

46 per cent of couples disagree about online porn

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-04-14 08:29.

Research undertaken at Oxford University suggests that an increasing number of people are spying on their partners online.

One in five couples admitted to reading a partner's emails or text messages, and 13 per cent examined their partner's internet browsing history. More than 2,400 individuals were questioned in the research.

Six per cent of the couples had met online, of which over a third had met at an internet dating site and 19 per cent in a chat room.

What job descriptions really mean

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2008-04-13 11:38.

“Competitive Salary”
We remain competitive by paying you less than our competition.

“Join our fast-paced company”
We have no time to train you.

“Casual work atmosphere”
We don’t pay enough to expect that you will dress up; a couple of the real daring guys wear earrings.

“Some overtime required”
Some every night and some every weekend.

“Duties will vary”
Anyone in the office can boss you around.

Postal officials defend $13,500 steak dinner

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2008-04-12 09:48.
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WASHINGTON - When the U.S. Postal Service rang up a $13,500 tab at an Orlando steakhouse, it spared no expense during a five-hour meal that government investigators are calling "abusive" in its extravagance.

The order -- charged to government credit cards -- included more than $3,000 for drinks, more than $500 for shrimp cocktails and almost $900 for mini crab cakes, according to the Government Accountability Office, the investigate arm of Congress.

And then there's the steak.

Booyah: Dissecting Jim Cramer’s new contract…

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-04-10 18:55.
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Ever since (TSCM) issued this press release yesterday announcing that it had inked a new contract with Jim Cramer, there’s been no shortage of stories about the deal — most of which note the read more...

Small firm airs Wal-Mart's unguarded video moments

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-04-10 10:04.
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Wal-Mart's internal meetings are on display in three decades worth of videos made by a Kansas production company scrambling to stay in business after Wal-Mart stopped using the firm.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. dropped longtime contractor Flagler Productions in 2006. In response to losing its biggest customer, the small company has opened its archive, for a fee, to researchers who include plaintiffs' lawyers and union critics seeking clips of unguarded moments at the world's largest retailer.


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