I just found this awesome Wall Street Journal front page from 1999 covering the first time the Dow broke 10,000. It’s full of unintentionally hilarious crap that gives keen insight into how we got into this economic catastrophe in the first place. Full-size inside.
Oh, for the innocent times of Dillinger, back when ATM overdraft fees and phone teller charges weren’t even a glimmer in the greedy eyes of bank management, and Johnny Depp roamed the countryside with a Tommy Gun and a dream. Nowadays it’s the banks that are pulling heists on unwitting customers.
Sources around the country say that the divorce rate is down nationwide, though it’s usually higher during economic recessions. One theory as to why: the economy is bad, but people are marrying later and cohabiting more frequently than past generations.
I was impressed when I heard that someone managed to visit every Starbucks store in Manhattan in one day. There were 171 at the time. Then I learned about Winter, who takes Starbucks-visiting to a whole new level, aiming to visit every Starbucks in the world (9,000 to date.) Not in a single day, or even in a single year, but still an ambitious goal that attracts some media attention.
Why pay $79 per year to read the Wall Street Journal when you can read it for free? Murdoch’s crown jewel attracts readers by lowering the pay wall for visitors from Google News, Drudge, or Digg. Salon posted step-by-step instructions to help readers exploit this selective generosity.
UPDATE: Those lovable folks at the Wall Street Journal Health Blog called Listerine for official comment on our “24 Hour Protection” post, confirming that the “24 Hour Protection” sticker is there simply to remind you to use mouthwash twice as often as you’re accustomed. Hilarious and awesome. [WSJ Health Blog]
In a recent experiment the Wall Street Journal conducted, only 1 in 5 of the rebate checks arrived without difficulty. They couldn’t find followup contact info, missed dates, and misplaced forms.
The WSJ has been redesigned and is being offered free at newsstands today. The on-line edition, normally subscription based, is also free. Free, free, free. —MEGHANN MARCO
Have you ever received spam on your cellphone? The Wall Street Journal is looking to round out an article on the phenomenon.
The FAA has reprimanded JetBlue for conducting “highly unusual” experiments on pilot fatigue, on real flights, with live passengers.
This is from a full-page ad in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, pointed to us by the inimitable Copyranter. The headline above it reads, “If San Francisco had the same size quake as in 1906, it could cost $400 billion to rebuild.“
Poor Larissa. She’s long been the lefty light of our life, the fire of our loins. La-ri-ssa: tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to sizzle, at three, on the teeth. La! Ri! Sa! So we were heartbroken when we discovered that scarcely a week after her site, Raw Story, was plagiarized by the AP, mainstream media has done it again!
Bust out the absinthe, we got in the New York Times this weekend.
Automated payments may be handy but cancelling them can be like eradicating a persistent tapeworm, some consumers find.