This Day In History – March 24

1958

Elvis Presley reported to local draft board in Memphis, TN.  

Fun Fact: While Elvis served in the Army, the United States lost an estimated $500,000 in lost taxes each year that he was in the service! 

1989

The Exxon Valdez, a supertanker loaded with 1,264,155 barrels of North Slope crude oil, ran aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

The 11.2 million gallons of oil spilled into the sea damaged up to fifteen hundred miles of shoreline. 300,000 birds were killed, 2,650 sea otters in Prince William Sound were killed. The spill was damaging to the south central Alaska’s fisheries, including the desecration of the local Herring population. (The Herring is a staple to 40 different native species, including the bald eagles, brown bears, seals, humpback whales and tufted puffins). Beyond animals, the local population suffered economic, social and psychological consequences that exist to this day. Some people don’t think the area will ever recover from this. 

and then lastly…

1976

Happy Birthday to Peyton Manning! 

I wonder where he’s going to celebrate?

Omaha?!

-Tyler Jackson

This Guy REALLY Loves His Job…

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A 100-year-old man in Wyoming still works six days a week at a car dealership. He sold his first vehicle in 1949 when gas was 17 cents.

The man said work is part of what keeps him healthy, compared to sitting around and watching TV.

He has no plans to retire.

Read more here!

Mom Forces Daughter to Get Ears Pierced

Video shows a pushy Chicago mom at an ear piercing shop, putting the little girl in a choke-hold.

The piercer, whose name is Pretty Ricky, posted the video with this description, “This lil girl nearly lost her dammm mind when I was trying to Pierce her ears…”On the video, the girl pleads with the piercer to stop as her mom is heard saying, “You stay just like that.  You put your hand up there and I’m going to punch you…”Her mom then says, “He is a professional,” and promises she can file a lawsuit if the piercer hurts the girl. The girl says, “But, it’s going to hurt,” and her mom responds, “Me beating your ass with my fist will hurt worse. I thought so, lets get this over with.”The piercer does the job as the girl sobs and her mother keeps her in the chokehold, and her mom says, “Now she feels stupid as hell. That didn’t hurt at all, right?…”Some are saying the mother went too far.

This Day In History – March 23

1985

Billy Joel married supermodel Christie Brinkley in private ceremonies held in New York City

They got divorced Aug 25, 1994

1990

Exxon Valdez Captain Joseph Hazelwood was ordered to help clean up Prince William Sound and pay $50,000 in restitution for the 1989 oil spill.

It was almost a year-to-the-day after it happened

1994

Wayne Gretzky broke Gordie Howe‘s National Hockey League career record with his 802nd goal!

and then lastly…

1998

The movie Titanic won 11 Oscars at the Academy Awards.

GREAT movie! 

-Tyler Jackson

Things Every Man Should Know

A new survey asked men to name the main things every guy should know.  The top five are:  Your wedding anniversary . . . basic home repairs . . . how to change a light bulb . . . how to tie a tie . . . and how to read a map.

1.  His wedding anniversary.

 

2.  Basic home repairs.

 

3.  How to change a light bulb.

 

4.  How to tie a tie.

 

5.  How to read a map.

 

6.  His significant other’s favorite drink.

 

7.  How to iron a shirt.

 

8.  How to change a tire.

 

9.  How to shave.

 

10.  The right amount of aftershave or cologne to wear.

Check out the full 50 here!

Most Miserable Jobs in America

Online jobs website CareerBliss recently analyzed more than 25,000 independent company reviews posted on CareerBliss.com to determine the happiest and unhappiest jobs for 2015.

These are America’s unhappiest jobs for 2015.

 

10. Customer service specialist

A customer service specialist is responsible for explaining the company’s policies, providing information about products and services, and frequently, handling customer complaints. Whether the job is done in person, over the phone, or via the Internet, it’s not easy talking to unhappy customers for hours on end. This job was ranked No. 4 on CareerBliss’s unhappiest jobs list last year.

 

9. Truck driver

Between the long hours and taxing physical demands, truck drivers have one of the toughest jobs out there. Studies suggest that rates of drug use are particularly high among commercial truck drivers, who sometimes take stimulants or other drugs to get through long shifts on the road.

 

8. Technical support agent

Like customer service workers, tech support agents frequently work with dissatisfied customers. Many tech support positions are exclusively online or via phone at a call center. And if the employer is like Comcast, customer service and tech support workers can be expected to meet sales quotas as well, or fear losing their jobs.

 

7. Legal assistant

Legal assistants perform a wide variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research for court cases, and drafting documents. They hold a great deal of responsibility and typically work overtime to meet deadlines.

 

6. Research analyst

Research analysts cover a variety of sectors, but market research analysts are responsible for studying market conditions, measuring potential sales of a product or service, and preparing reports on their findings. In other words, they help companies determine what products people want, who will buy them, and what price they will pay.

 

5. Clerk

Clerks work in a variety of settings, but in almost every case a clerk is a relatively low-paying, low-skilled position. A retail clerk, for instance, might stock merchandise, arrange advertising displays, clean shelves, and even work as a cashier. Office clerks perform basic bookkeeping, filing, data entry, answering phones, and overall organizational duties.

 

4. Dispatcher

Both emergency and non-emergency dispatchers have a median annual pay below $40,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but they often work late shifts and long hours under a lot of stress. Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers have enormous responsibility on their shoulders, feeling pressure to stay clam throughout the most alarming situations.

 

3. Salesperson

While they can be fairly well-paid, sales positions, whether in retail or other sectors, are among the most susceptible to burnout or fatigue. Salespeople are called upon to stay upbeat in the face of uninterested or rude potential customers, and they feel the constant pressure of quotas and commissions. Two different sales positions made it on last year’s list of unhappy jobs as well.

 

2. Merchandiser

Merchandisers are normally responsible for deciding which products will be featured in stores and how they will be displayed. Some typical daily duties include analyzing sales information, negotiating prices with suppliers, helping with promotions and advertising campaigns, and producing sales projections. A merchandiser’s work can range from high-level strategizing to simply organizing the shelves at a department store.

 

1. Security guard

Security guard was the least happy job on CareerBliss’s 2014 list as well. Security guards patrol company property and are sometimes responsible for dealing with dangerous people and complex situations. This is another job where late shifts are common, and security guards are also burdened with boredom during long bouts of downtime. Rarely is there room for advancement in this position, and the median annual wage is only $24,070.

 

Read more here.

Jason Aldean is a Married Man!

Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr pulled off an “under-the-radar” wedding Saturday evening in Mexico.  There had been rumors they were going to elope, but that didn’t happen.  They invited friends and family, including Jason’s two daughters, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, and “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Roberston.

 

Read more here!

 

 

 

This Day In History – March 20

1965

President Lyndon B. Johnson orders 4,000 troops to protect the Selma civil rights marchers.

1985

Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod!  

Libby won $50,000 for top prize as she completed the 1,135 mile course from Anchorage to Nome in 18 days, twenty minutes and seventeen seconds!

1987

The Food and Drug Administration approved AZT

The drug was proven to slow the progress of AIDS

and then lastly…

1996

Erik and Lyle Menendez were found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of their parents.

Sickening.

-Tyler Jackson

What Does Kansas Google the Most?

A new map has been created using Google Autocomplete to reveal the most searched for good or service in each state capital.

It was created by typing ‘How much does * cost in (city, state)?’ into Google for each state or state capital, and then discovering the most commonly searched-for good or service.

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Read more here?