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When a finger flies, someone gets fired

Published November 3, 2006


If you're going to salute the president, it should not be of the one-finger variety. President Bush was in Seattle to appear with a local candidate when their motorcade came upon a school bus returning from a field trip. The kids waved. The president rolled down the window and waved back. Then the bus driver waved, but just one finger. "That one's not a fan," the president said. The driver was fired. "The bus driver was not terminated for making an obscene gesture at the president. The bus driver was terminated for making an obscene gesture in view of the students," spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said. The union is trying to get the driver's job back.

Top students will need more pie

Lafayette High School in Brooklyn has a new grading system, but it wouldn't stand up in math class. According to the Daily News in New York, principal Jolanta Rohloff sent notes home with students to explain the new system. There was a pie chart explaining that grades would be based 25 percent on Regents exams, 10-20 on homework, 60-75 on exams and 10-20 on classwork. "By looking at it, you can tell automatically she can't add," said sophomore Na-Deardra Love, 14. We added, and Na-Deardra has a point. The system has kids being graded on 105-140 percent of their work. That doesn't sound right at all. So they pulled back the letters and sent out new ones that add up to 100 percent.

Top students will need time to dry

In case you were wondering, a clothing steamer can set off fire sprinklers. Here's how we know: A contestant in a scholarship pageant in Ashland, Ky., was getting her dress ready. It was a little wrinkly, so she hung it up on a sprinkler head and set at it with her steamer. Next thing you know, about 1,000 gallons of water - 2½ inches deep - spilled all over the arts center. Damage was estimated at $30,000. "It was pretty crazy," said Cindy Collins of the center. She said that when they clean up, they will add signs telling people not to hang stuff off the fire sprinklers.

Lunch bill bites out of robbery take

A man went into a noodle bar in Osaka, Japan. Upon finishing his steaming bowl of ramen and fried chicken, he took out a knife and demanded the waitress hand over all the money, which was 46,000 yen. (If your yen-to-dollar conversion calculator isn't handy, that's about $393.) As he started to leave, the waitress reminded him that he hadn't paid for his meal. So he peeled off 1,000 yen ... and waited for her to give him 100 yen in change (Wait, how did she have change if he stole the money?) But she did, and he left. The Japanese newspaper report did not say whether he left her a tip.


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