Money Clips: A collection of interesting news that may or may not be about money.
Thousands still in the dark. Multitudes of people on the East Coast are still flailing around with candles and flashlights after Hurricane Irene, and patience is wearing thin. But mostly I love this line from the story, regarding a councilman who argued with an electricity repair worker about which neighborhoods were getting power first. He “admits confronting Bentley about the city’s priorities, but denies using profanity or threatening to kill the city worker.” Super. Glad we’re clear on that. From CBS News.
Underwear. Lots of underwear. So the folks in Fairfield, Ohio woke up Wednesday morning to find 1,600 pairs of women’s underwear strewn all over town, in trees and on fences. No one has claimed responsibility. “It really is kind of strange,” says the county sheriff. From ABC News.
If you’re going to use a surrogate… don’t work for Cubist Pharmaceuticals, which is denying paid maternity leave to a woman who used a surrogate to give birth to twins when a disability kept her from doing so herself. Cubist says she’s entitled to five days of paid leave and could put her newborn twins in daycare after that. Sure. No problem. From ABC News.
Quickest way to board a plane? Hint: It’s not the way that any of the airlines do it. Oh, and despite the evidence, none of the airlines have any plans to implement it. Of course. From CNN.
Woman buys $180 block of wood instead of an iPad. There is so much I like about this story. For instance, this woman met two men in a McDonald’s parking lot to buy an iPad. Sure, that sounds legit. These men (one of whom had a gold tooth) supposedly bought a bunch of iPads in bulk and wanted just $300 apiece—but they’d take this woman’s $180 in a pinch. Lo and behold (the shock!) when she opened her box to find a piece of wood with an iPad icon on it, framed in black tape. Oh, and one of the guys might be driving a white Impala. With no rims. From the Consumerist.
Arizona GOP raffles a handgun. The Republican Party of Pima County will be raffling a “new Glock 23 .40 cal handgun for just 10 bucks,” according to a recent newsletter. “That’s right, for just 10 dollars this gun could be yours.” So. Yeah. From NYMag’s Daily Intel.
Unload those last-minute specials you bought at the last minute. Talk about a market spawning a market. Now buyers of last-minute deals (think Groupon, LivingSocial) can unload them on yet another marketplace if they don’t think they can use them in time. From USA Today.
That’s it for today, folks. Enjoy the holiday weekend and try not to buy any black market electronics in McDonald’s parking lots.
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