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Fours Shortage at NYC Pumps

With regular gas in New York City at a near-record $4.40 a gallon, station managers are rummaging through their storage closets in search of extra 4s to display on their pumps. Many are coming up short.

From the New York Times. For reference, $4.40 per gallon is about £0.58 per litre; according to petrolprices.com, the average price of a litre of unleaded petrol in Manchester, UK is currently £1.19.

Interestingly, the size and appearance of the digits used to display the price of gasoline in NYC is regulated by law.

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July 15, 2008 at 10:29 am

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US Criminal Justice Caseflow Diagram

Indispensable reference material to use while watching US procedural TV shows, courtesy of—what else—Wikipedia.

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July 6, 2008 at 11:13 pm

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I'm Spartacus!

This weekend word emerged of a new fad on college campuses, as students, both male and female, adopt Obama’s middle name of Hussein—the target for much xenophobic whispering—as their own. Think “I am Spartacus”.

From Jonathan Freedland’s Guardian article on Barack Obama’s political realignment since securing the Democratic nomination.

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July 6, 2008 at 11:06 pm

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Hole in One Insurance

While looking for travel insurance I came across a company whose policy and legal information booklet states that, if golf cover is included, they will pay a benefit of £100 if you score a hole in one. Seriously! Is this a standard thing?

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June 18, 2008 at 6:22 pm

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JK Rowling to Harvard Graduands, On Failure, Imagination & Torture

JK Rowling gave the 2008 Commencement Address to Harvard graduands and spoke eloquently on the themes of failure, imagination and torture:

Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts, that is indeed something on which to pride yourself, but poverty itself is romanticised only by fools.

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June 10, 2008 at 8:49 pm

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