Thursday, September 2, 2010

Dinner Party Playbook....

I feast on news and information.  I drink it all in via NPR on the radio, NPR podcasts, nightly news, the local newspaper and 24/7 CNN mostly.  Since I have this strong addiction I thought you all might be able to benefit, I would like to present "The Dinner Party Playbook".  On Thursday I am going to give you anywhere from 5 to 10 quick snippets of interesting news; hopefully arming you each with good conversation for the proverbial
"dinner party" scenario.  


Here it is....


Your Dinner Party Playbook for Labor Day Weekend


Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894 after breaking up the Pulman Railroad strike.
  He felt like he had to throw organized labor a bone and gave them the first official three day weekend. 
 (thank you for the history lesson KLG & Hoda)


The Texas State fair, like the Iowa and every other state fair, celebrates all things fried.  The new thing this
 year - fried beer.  It is a patent pending process where beer is fried in small ravioli like pockets.  Does it
 make you want to try it this weekend?


Head and Shoulders has insured Steelers linebacker Troy Polamalu's hair for $1M with Lloyd's of London.
  Troy is a spokesman for a new Head and Shouldes campaign and apparently they fear the wrath of some
 angry dandruff suffer with a pair of scissors.


Know a soccer fan?  An in with them might be pointing out that Vuvuzelas were recently banned from
 European competitions after UEFA said that "the controversial plastic trumpets drowned out supporters and
 detracted from the emotion of the game".  If you watched any of the World Cup I think we are probably
 both breathing a collective sigh of relief.


In most areas of the country now, unmarried women between the ages of 22 and 30 without kids are making
 8 percent more than men in the same demographic.  "At this point in time, young women are 1.5 times more
 likely to earn college degrees than their male counterparts," says James Chung, president of Reach Advisors.
 "That's a huge difference. And it's starting to reflect in average income.It's still not certain whether these
 findings signal a significant change. The big question is whether — as this group of women ages, marries or
 has children — their wage advantage will disappear. (Thank you All Things Considered on NPR)



Other than that, the only other advice I have is don't eat that dip...you know it won't be as good as you think
 it will be.  Why is it yellow like that anyway?


If you have any additional gems for your fellow dinner party goers please share them!


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Take some time to drink in your family and relish in the last days of summer this weekend!

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