A congressman was seated in first class next to a little girl on an airplane. He turned to her and said, “Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.”

The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, “What would you want to talk about?”
“Oh, I don’t know,” said the congressman. “How about global warming, universal health care or stimulus packages?” as he smiled smugly.

“OK,” she said. “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?”

The legislator, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.”

To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss global warming, universal health care or the economy when you don’t know crap?”

Then she went back to reading her book.


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Snapple Fact # 682 The giant panda can eat up to 83 lbs of bamboo a day.

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Jaguar in the Shade

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Snapple Fact # 681 The , the largest cat in The Western Hemisphere, once lived all over the southern US.

Pa. groundhog ‘predicts’ 6 more weeks of winter – Yahoo! News

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Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair to “see” his shadow on Thursday, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter.

But, at this rate, that might not be so bad.

The groundhog made his “prediction” on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill in the town for which he’s named about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

via Pa. groundhog ‘predicts’ 6 more weeks of winter – Yahoo! News.

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Siberian tiger stare

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 More Siberian tigers live in zoos than in the wild.

Facebook Files IPO Prospectus | ZeroHedge

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The most eagerly awaited IPO of the decade has just filed its S-1 statement (link). Some real time observations:

Symbol: FB

Proposed maximum aggregate offering price: $5 Billion

845 million monthly active users (MAU)

483 million daily active users (DAU)

Users generated on average 2.7 billion Likes and Comments per day in Q4 2011. Er…”liking” is monetizable?

100 billion friendships

250 million photos uploaded per day

FB generated $3.7 billion in Revenue in 2011, up from $2 billion in 2010

FB generated $1 billion in net income in 2011, up from $606 billion in 2010, a 40% growth rate, compared to the 165% growth rate from 2009’s $229MM.

EBIT margin peaked at 52.3% in 2010 ($1MM in EBIT on $2 billion in revenue), has since declined to 47.3% or $1.756Bn on $3.711Bn in Revenue

$3.9 billion in cash and marketable securities

Effective January 1, 2013, Mr. Zuckerberg’s annual base salary will be reduced to $1.

Entities affiliated with Goldman Sachs own 65.9 million Class A shares or 56.3% of total, Zuckerberg owns 36.1% of Class A, and 57.1% of Class B (all pre offering)

Peaked model? – MAU additions peaked in 2010 when FB added 248MM to a total of 608MM; in 2011 it added 237MM to 845MM

via Facebook Files IPO Prospectus | ZeroHedge.

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Snapple Fact # 679 A tigers night vision is six times better than a humans.