Thursday, June 26, 2008

$50,000,000 is the smallest I got

1 Zimbabwe Dollar = 0.0001075 US Dollar
1 US Dollar (U.S.D) = 9,300.00 Zimbabwe Dollars


At times nature can be cruel, but there is also a raw beauty, and even a certain justice manifested within that cruelty. The alligator, one of the oldest and ultimate predators, normally considered the "apex predator", can still fall victim to implemented 'team work' strategy, made possible due to the tight knit social structure and "survival of the pack mentality" bred into the canines.
See the remarkable photograph below courtesy of Nature Magazine. Note that the Alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the gator preventing it from breathing, while another dog has a hold on the tail to keep it from thrashing. The third dog attacks the soft underbelly of the gator.
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In the News

Painting Dropped Off at Goodwill Auctioned for $40G
EASTON, Md. — A painting dropped off at an Easton Goodwill store turned out to be a work by a French Impressionist. And now, thanks to the sharp eye of a store employee, the charitable organization is $40,000 richer.
The painting of a Parisian street scene left at the store in March along with the daily donations of pots, pans, old clock radio and other items turned out to be a work by Edouard-Leon Cortes. The painting was sold for $40,600 at a Sotheby's auction a few weeks ago.
If the owner of the painting wants the money, he or she may be out of luck. Goodwill says it doesn't keep track of donors. Donations, meanwhile, are gifts that are considered legal
NYC cops grab man in PJ’s chasing burglar
A burglar nearly got away clean after he yelled for help, causing two police officers to tackle the super of the building instead.
Police sources told the New York Post the Manhattan Community College officers grabbed Bobby Gardocki as Gardocki was chasing the suspect, who was screaming that a "crazy guy" was trying to kill him.
"The guy was yelling at no one in particular, 'Stop this crazy guy. He's trying to kill me!'" said Gardocki, who admitted he did look a little strange since he was chasing the guy in his pajamas.
A building tenant happened upon the scene and quickly convinced the officer they had the wrong man. The suspect, Michael Estrada of Queens, was picked up a short distance away and charged with stealing $3,000 in jewelry from an apartment.
Computer error prices gas at $1.40 at Ohio station
A computer error caused a Cincinnati area service station to sell gas for $1.40 instead of $4.10, leading to a major traffic jam. Vehicles clogged the area around a Marathon station in suburban Sycamore Township while the bargain was available for roughly three hours on Tuesday, until Hamilton County sheriff's deputies persuaded the station to shut down.
Tiffany Smith waited in line for two hours to take advantage of the deal. She says these days, her family has to decide between buying food or buying gas, and the fuel price glitch would allow her to do both.
The store clerk didn't know how to fix the problem and was having trouble reaching his store manager.
Bank robbery suspect tracked down by log sheet of a cab
Police say a suspect in a bank robbery on Long Island tried to get away by hailing a cab. Police say a man walked into a Washington Mutual Bank on Merrick Road in Copiague about 10:02 a.m. Tuesday and passed a note to a teller announcing a robbery and demanding cash.
The teller complied, handing over some money along with a dye pack.
Police said the pack exploded as the man fled, causing him to drop the cash - but not before his clothes were stained red.
A witness told responding officers of a man fitting the robber's description getting into a cab. Police tracked the passenger to his home where officers arrested him after noticing red dye on his clothes.