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If It Ain’t Broke…

A staggering 95 per cent of electronic goods which are taken back to the shop are not actually broken, according to consulting and outsourcing firm Accenture.

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The conjecture is that the buyer discovered that they really didn’t want it or that it didn’t do what they thought it would. I have another theory. How many VCR’s were blinking 12:00 throughout their life simply because no one could figure out how to set the clock? That problem was poor engineering on the interface and extremely poorly written manuals. Anything more complicated than a toaster is going to baffle a lot of people and I bet that is the main reason for the returns of perfectly OK merchandise.

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June 3, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on If It Ain’t Broke…

Pringles inventor canned, so to speak.

Once you pop…

The US designer who invented the Pringles tube was so proud of his achievement he’s been buried in one. Fredric J Baur asked for some of his ashes to be put in a tube and interred in a grave in his home city of Cincinnati.

Baur, who died at 89, created the tube and the curved system for stacking the potato snacks inside it in 1966.

Baur’s children honoured his request to bury him in one of the cans by placing part of his cremated remains in a Pringles container in his grave.

June 3, 2008 Posted by | People | | Comments Off on Pringles inventor canned, so to speak.

Crazy Horse Memorial. Still chipping away. PS: That face is 87 feet tall.

The Associated Press:


Sixty years after the first blast signaled work had begun on the world’s largest mountain carving, the project is far from finished.

The carved face of Crazy Horse has been completed and a welcome center and museum are open, but the carving of the Lakota warrior’s body, his horse, and a planned university and medical training center for American Indian students are still years away.

Ruth Ziolkowski, widow of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski, who started the memorial on June 3, 1948, won’t predict when it will be done.

June 3, 2008 Posted by | Art? | | Comments Off on Crazy Horse Memorial. Still chipping away. PS: That face is 87 feet tall.