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Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – April 23th 2012

What hotel guests want…, 101 year old woman driving…, ‘Mann’ Registers 14,962 Domain Names…, Read the URL…, School kills creativity…, Japanese teen says soccer ball washed up…, Some prep schools in NYC are banning students…, the biggest comedian on the planet…, London’s lickable elevator…, To Realistically Recreate The Scrooge McDuck ‘Gold Coin Swim’…

1. What hotel guests want …

2. 101 year old woman, driving an 81 year old car

3. ‘Mann’ Registers 14,962 Domain Names In 24 Hours 

The next time you find yourself pounding your keyboard in frustration because the domain name you want is already taken, direct your ire toward Mike Mann. Mann is one of the longest members of the clubby world of domain speculators, and he’s buying up names in force these days. And not all on the aftermarket, as some others do. But new names. Dot-com names that aren’t registered — even though 100 million-plus already are — that he then turns around and sells for a few hundred bucks, sometimes far more.

4. Read the URL, I was confused too.

5. School kills creativity. – Ken Robinson

6. Japanese teen says soccer ball washed up on Alaska island is his that he lost in 3/11 tsunami

A soccer ball that apparently floated across the Pacific Ocean after being swept away from northeastern Japan in the March 2011 quake-tsunami disaster has been found on the coast of Middleton Island off Alaska, according to U.S. authorities.

7. Some prep schools in NYC are banning students from announcing their college acceptances on Facebook or wear college apparel in school to protect others’ feelings

In an attempt to ease the blow of a student’s first big rejection, New York prep schools are instituting dress codes and Facebook guidelines barring excited seniors from broadcasting their acceptance to top-tier colleges because it would hurt their classmates’ feelings.

8. “Ever since the biggest comedian on the planet, Louis CK, released his latest stand up comedy DVD online for $5, a new trend has emerged that industry professionals are calling ‘alarming,’ ‘vaguely communist’ and ‘anti American.’”

Ever since the biggest comedian on the planet, Louis CK, released his latest stand up comedy DVD online for $5, a new trend has emerged that industry professionals are calling “alarming,” “vaguely communist” and “anti American.” Since Louis CK’s wildly successful experiment, comedians can’t wait to produce and sell their own comedy specials, with superstars Jim Gaffigan   and Aziz Ansari following suit, while Joe Rogan and Joey Diaz are set to do the same.

9. London’s lickable elevator

Baked goods producer McVitie’s is set to find out with the “world’s first lickable lift,” which sandwiched its way into the creative communications firm Engine on April 12. Inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory‘s iconic glass elevator, this contraption covered in wallpaper flavored with 1,325 McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes nearly puts Roald Dahl’s imagination to shame.

10. How Much Money You Need To Realistically Recreate The Scrooge McDuck ‘Gold Coin Swim’?

After executing smart mortgage derivatives and diversifying high yield stocks, cash should start flowing freely, leaving the smart investor with even more questions, like “how do I protect my municipal bonds?” and, “should I invest in a C-Share or blend fund?” and, “how much money do I need to create giant floes of gold in a private vault and dive into it like Scrooge McDuck?”

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