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Les Berman Weekly 8-17 Foreign Cars, Super Techie, Olinguito, Dolphins, Corruption … and so much more

I’m sure that, unless you’re totally from another world, you have noticed the huge numbers of foreign cars that are on the roads in the US and Canada. Some of those foreign cars are now made in here, but I’m guessing that most are still made offshore. So, being the advanced thinker that I am, I wonder if they each have a secret device built in, much the way our cell phones do.


I think cell phones can be tracked anywhere, at least on TV cop shows they can, so it is logical that cars some how cooperate with someone. Here’s the scenario with one country’s cars. Let’s say that the two Koreas somehow set aside their differences and become one. I know – it won’t ever happen but this is my story, not yours.


A bad guy, a super techie, discovers that all Korean made cars that have been shipped to Canada and the US have a stop chip, buried deep in the inner workings of the car. The stop chip is the one that disables the car slowly. The people who designed the chip were kind people – it only will work when the car is going less than 30 mph. Supertechie decides to create  a little havoc, having sold his knowledge to the highest bidder, of course. He enables that chip, and every Korean made car in North America stops running. Of course, chaos ensues, and no one can figure out why only those cars are disabled.


Of course, this is conjecture (another big word) but can you imagine this happening. Is this enough reason to buy American – of course not ! But isn’t it fun to think how this could create traffic jams on the scale of Carmageddon forecasts. One could make a movie or TV show out of this scenario. Oh yeah, that’s already been done. Oh well…


Meanwhile, in the deepest darkest jungles of South America, a new mammal species has been found – again. They call it an olinguito, about 14 inches long with a tail about the same length. It belongs to that group of animals that includes dogs, cats and bears. Actually, this is not the first time it has been found. There was one at the National Zoo in Washington and then it was shipped to at least five other zoos to get it to mate, unknowingly, with another species called olingos. Didn’t work – and it eventually died in the mid ’70’s. The North Carolina museum is selling olinguito stuffed animals for $15 to benefit habitat preservation. Good old American opportunism at work !!


Meanwhile, in the depths of the ocean, there are dolphins that we all think are so cute. They can be trained, they’ve been shown to work together to hunt for food, and they are definitely fun to watch as they swim alongside boats of all kinds. They’ve even been known to protect people from sharks. Recently, dolphins escaped from 20 years of captivity. According to the Washington Post, other dolphins, which had been released when the others were captured, recognized the calls from their old tank buddies, and reunited with them almost immediately. So now, we can safely say that someone has the memory of a dolphin rather than having the memory of an elephant. This is worthy of note only if you have a really good memory ! Huh.. about what??


And the five most corrupt institutions according to a survey in 107 countries done by the Berlin based Transparency International are as follows: Police (no surprise); Judges (really??); Public Officials and Civil Servants (I think Washington is right in there with the best of them); Political Parties (I’m shocked); and of course, the citizenry (because they are afraid of reprisals if they report anything). I’m guessing that nothing in this report would have surprised you – well, unless you’re a totally naive ‘do-gooder’ .

And remember to call me with your questions… any questions at 818.305.4695

Have a better week !


Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

The  moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

Due to earth’s  gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

Mickey Mouse is known as “Topolino” in Italy. (Remember Topo Gigio on the Ed Sullivan Show).

Soldiers do not  march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a  vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down. (I just print them – I don’t verify them).

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August 31, 2013 - Posted by | business, general interest, humor, stuff | , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Interesting about the soldiers on bridges. A new bridge was built across the Thames in London to comemorate the Queen’s Jubilee (or something like that) and was called the Jubilee Bridge (or something like that). On the first day that it was open, people started walking on it – and it started to vibrate badly and was immediately declared unsafe. The architect said there was nothing wrong with the bridge itself, the problem was all these people not knowing how to walk on it. Hence it was nicknamed the Wiggly-woggly Bridge. A couple of years later, and a small fortune in money, it was retrofitted with springs on the underside of the bridge and now it is stable. Love, Wendy

    Comment by Readings | September 2, 2013 | Reply

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