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QUOTES OF THE WEEK
Before we report things "There was two white
knuckles and a little head,
like this, checking
would be god popping over the steering
Three things you can talk about this week:
1. The fate of the Michigan Promise Scholarship
2. Ladies Specials trains in India -
3. The anniversary of Wall Street's collapse
And three things you can't:
-ROBERT GIBBS, White House press
secretary, chiding CNN last Friday for
reporting that the Coast Guard had tried to
stop a boat on the Potomac River and that
shots were fired not far from Obama. The
Coast Guard was doing a training exercise
- ROBERT KUECH, an officer at the Coatesville
Police Department in Pennsylvania, describing a
6-year-old girl who was seen driving an SUV down a
busy street. Her mother, who was also in the car, had
smoked pot and then decided to let the girl drive
"I think it would be the third world war."
- MAKHENKESI STOFILE, sports minister for South Africa, expressing how he and his country will
feel if 18-year-old star female runner Caster Semenya is disqualified from athletics. A recent gender
test reportedly shows she is a hermaphrodite, with internal testes but no womb or ovaries
1. Glenn Beck Day
2. South Carolina politicians
3. Bud Light "Fan Cans"
BY THE NUMBERS
The nation's poverty rate last year, the highest in 12 years
The nation's poverty rate in 2007
Number of people who lived below the poverty line last year. The
poverty line is $22,025 for a family of four
Source: Census Bureau
A "Mad Men" recap
Viewer beware:If you're a diehard
fan of the celebrated television show
"Mad Men," this video might offend.
Titled "Mad Men in 60 Seconds,"
this video flippantly and irreverently
mocks the show and its themes of
racial, class and gender conflict in just
over a minute. This parody is astute,
funny and, if you've seen the show,
right on target.
The video starts with the protago-
nist Don Draper strutting down the
halls of his New York advertising
agency, while a colleague says, "Morn-
ing, Don. How's the most genius ad
man in 1960s Manhattan doing?"
"Great," Don suavely replies, "except
for that history-changing event that
happened today." Pete offers a bit of
A few scenes later, an ad man and
a female receptionist are talking inti-
mately in a hallway. The man says that
he really enjoys the "aesthetics of this
era." To which she responds, "I don't
care much for black people." Then
they start making out in the hallway.
Without a doubt, the best scene
comes at the end, when a weary Drap-
er and his client are found in a dark
room, rubbing up against each other.
She moans, "scotch, cigarettes, skin-
ny ties" and "racism."
All the while, they're both smoking
cigarettes and Draper is drinking a
glass of scotch.
- BRIAN TENGEL
See this and other
YouTube videos of the week at
Dan Brown debate - Whether you love him or
hate him, it'll be hard to ignore the release yester-
day of Dan Brown's new book, "The Lost Symbol."
Brown provoked a firestorm with his previous
bestsellers, with literary snobs as well as many
Christians deriding him as a quack. It's time to
defuse the tension. Gather all your friends from the
two opposing camps and have a civil debate. Some
red winemight help keep things in check.
Throwing this party? Let us know. TheStatement@umich.edu
THEME PARTY SUGGESTION
STUDY OF THE WEEK
Multitaskers are more easily distracted than others
People who multitask most frequently are more easily distracted
and less capable of disregarding irrelevant information than those who
don't multitask as often, according to a study published in Proceed-
ings of the National Academy of Sciences by researchers at Stanford
In the study, the researchers examined 262 college undergradu-
ates, categorizing them into groups of high and low multitaskers.
To determine the level of multitasking, students were given a list of
different forms of media, including print, television, and computer-
based, and for each one they indicated what other forms they used at
the same time. The researchers then tested the students for memory,
ability to change from one task to another and ability to concentrate
on a single task.
The study found that the high multitaskers had lower scores on
these assessments than those who multitasked less often.
- BRIAN TENGEL