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So what had you done by age 17?

People of the Web

Not so long ago, teen Ashley Qualls lived in a one-bedroom apartment with her mom and sister. But with her computer and savvy business sense she made a better life for all of them.

Ashley Qualls doesn’t sound like a typical high school student. Maybe that’s because the 17-year-old is the CEO of a million-dollar business.

Ashley is the head of whateverlife.com, a website she started when she was just 14 — with eight dollars borrowed from her mother. Now, just three years later, the website grosses more than $1 million a year, providing Ashley and her working class family a sense of security they had never really known.

February 10, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on So what had you done by age 17?

Today’s worst job…maybe the worst job ever.

New Scientist

Workers at two pork-processing plants in the US have developed a mysterious nervous ailment after using compressed air to blast brain tissue from severed pig heads. The end product is a pink food paste that is canned and exported, but the process also generates an aerosol of brain matter that workers may inhale.

Since 2006, 12 workers at a Minnesota slaughterhouse have developed symptoms ranging from weakness, tingling and numbness to acute paralysis…

February 10, 2008 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on Today’s worst job…maybe the worst job ever.

How much is Nicole Kidman’s swimsuit worth? Nine cows.

The Local

nicole_kidman.jpg Nicole Kidman’s swimsuit fetched the equivalent of nine cows at auction in Eslöv on Saturday. The 16,200 kronor ($2,500) raised will be sent to poor families in India.

As reported on February 6th, a bathing suit forgotten at a Swedish pool by the Australian movie star was set to go under the hammer in order to raise funds for a Swedish charity.

The owner of the suit, Zlatko Nedanovski, had been hoping that the bathing suit would fetch enough to buy 5 cows at 1,800 kronor a head.

“What a fantastic and bewildering response for this auction,” exclaimed Bernt Dahlgren for charity Erikshjälpen in Eslöv. Dahlgren added that “It feels great that nine families, who barely own anything, would now each receive their own pregnant cow.”

February 10, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on How much is Nicole Kidman’s swimsuit worth? Nine cows.