Extract of cockroach is a delicacy among some Chinese, believed able to miraculously reduce inflammation, defy aging and cure tuberculosis, cancer and cirrhosis. Yunnan province is a Silicon Valley-type business center, where pulverized roaches can sell for the equivalent of about $89 a pound, and five pharmaceutical companies have contracts with ranches that have formed the Sichuan Treasure Cockroach Farming Cooperative. In August, a start-up farm in Jiangsu province was vandalized, allowing at least a million cockroaches being prepared for market to flee to adjacent neighborhoods.
There is always a way to make a buck…
When entrepreneur Michelle Esquenazi was asked why her all-female crew of licensed bounty hunters (Empire Bail Bonds of New York) is so successful at tricking bail-jumpers into the open, she offered a five-letter vulgar euphemism for a female body part. "It's timeless," she continued. "Of course he's going to open his door for a nice piece of (deleted). ... The thing about defendants is no matter who they are (of whatever color), they're all dumb. Every single last one of them is stupid."
Lucy Sun, a Columbia University economics major, began seeking work as a $30-an-hour "book therapist," to help readers find the "right" book to read or give as a gift, with attention to clients' "specific situations."
In Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood in September, the stylish Eat restaurant began reserving certain nights' meals to be experienced in total silence. On opening night, a Wall Street Journal reporter noted one throat-clearing and a muffled sneeze, but barely any other human sound. Some diners were won over; another said it felt like "being 50 and married."
Going bankrupt can bankrupt you….
Detroit, which filed for bankruptcy protection in July (in the face of debts estimated to be at least $18 billion), will nonetheless be on the hook for bankruptcy legal fees that could total $60 million under current contracts, plus various expenses, such as the $250,000 to Christie's auction house to price and sell some assets. Never fear though, the city has hired a “fee examiner” –of course, he charges $600 an hour.
“There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by readin’. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”
― Will Rogers
― Will Rogers
Live Long and Prosper...