Great Neck

What do humans and giraffes have in common?

Two Shooting Stars

The sequence 1531, 1607, 1682, 1758, 1835, 1910, 1986, 2062 represents the years in which Halley’s Comet appears (or in the case of 2062, will appear).
The life of Mark Twain, the pen name of Samuel Clemens, is intertwined with the comet in a unique way. Mark Twain was born (1835) and died (1910) during Halley’s comet years. What is even more remarkable is that Clemens predicted the year of his death. In 1909, he said:
“I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.”
True to his prediction, he died of a heart attack one day after Halley’s Comet appeared at its brightest in 1910.

Alan Greenspan

“I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”

A Heavenly Number Sequence

What is the significance of the following numerical sequence: 1531, 1607, 1682, 1758, 1835, 1910, 1986, 2062?

Scabby, not Tabby

The giant inflatable rat that shows up at union protests is named “Scabby.” Attributed to language dating as far back as Elizabethan England, the term ‘scab’ has been typically used as a derogatory nickname for a strikebreaker, originally referring to a diseased person or someone with a sickening appearance.

Larry Ellison

“The privacy you’re concerned about is largely an illusion. All you have to give up is your illusions, not any of your privacy.”

They Just Wanted to Teach the World to Sing

On April 23, 1985, a day  many in the advertising industry believe will live in marketing infamy, after 99 years, Coca-Cola introduced re-formulated “new Coke,” into the US marketplace.  At that point in its history, Coca-Cola had been steadily losing market share to diet drinks and ‘un-cola’ beverages and hoped the new formulation would rekindle interest in its flagship beverage product.  The return of the original formula Coca-Cola on July 11, 1985, ended 79 days of severe, sometimes hostile, consumer backlash to the change in formula and ABC News interrupted General Hospital to break the story that Coca-Cola Classic was back!