Lest you focus only on the more serious stories in the financial press, here's a brief recap of some of the latest, strangest financial news:
- Dancer and comedian Judson Laipply, one of the stars created by YouTube -- recently purchased by Google
(NASDAQ:GOOG)-- is branching out into corporate boardrooms. According to Reuters, "His six-minute video, 'Evolution of Dance,' catalogues the squirm-worthy moves made so enthusiastically by so many over five decades of partying and it has become the most viewed of all time on www.youtube.com, seen more than 33.5 million times." He's now helping companies address topics such as conflict management, workplace relationships, and team building, and he's been booked by the likes of Verizon and Hilton.
- Personal-care product makers might want to start being more clear in their directions and warnings, since some people seem to be having trouble understanding them. In Norway, some people have begun applying hemorrhoid cream around their eyes, mistakenly believing it will reduce puffiness. A Schering Norge AS spokesperson explained, "This is a pharmaceutical and not a cosmetic . [to be] used on hemorrhoids and around the opening of the large intestine."
- Perhaps it's weird that this item didn't happen sooner: In Florida, a handful of Domino's Pizza
(NYSE:DPZ)delivery drivers have formed a union. A competing pizza purveyor was paying $0.25 more per hour to its workers, and Domino's management wouldn't match it. This may be the beginning of a trend -- if workers at businesses such as McDonald's or Burger King unionized, it could have serious repercussions on the companies' bottom lines.
- If our noble leaders in Washington are wondering how to generate extra revenues to offset our mounting national expenses, they might want to look to Malaysia. The country is beginning to fine those who use the Malay language incorrectly, including mixing it with English. The move is meant to strengthen the nation's identity, but critics argue that squelching English could hurt the country's global competitiveness.
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