Tuesday, June 3, 2008

This Crazy World #2

Gleanings from the latest issue of WORLD magazine (May 31/June 7, 2008):

Money for Nothing

Couch potato? NASA has a job for you. To study the effects of prolonged time in space, scientists at NASA are recruiting people to spend 90 straight days in bed, broken only by medical testing to see how the body reacts to inactivity. In return for 90 days of bed rest at NASA will pay participants $17,000.

Wow! How can I apply?

Left Behind

One might think Phillipe Quint would be more careful with his $4 million violin. The Grammy-nominated, Russian-born violinist left his 285-year-old Stradivarius in the back seat of a Newark, N.J. taxicab. One day later the driver, Mohamed Khalil, tracked Quint down to return the irreplaceable instrument. And to say thank you, Quint gave the driver a $100 reward and organized a half-hour concert for 200 cab drivers at Newark Liberty International Airport on May 8.

Only $100 for a $4 million violin?

Yellow Gold

Rising energy and food prices have created a new nice for blue-collar thieves. For years, companies like Griffin Industries, a Kentucky-based agricultural-waste recycler, have been collecting grease from restaurants and selling the cooking byproduct to makers of alternative fuels like biodiesel. As energy and food prices soar, demand for grease grows, too. As a tradeable commodity, its price has tripled in the past three years. And so petty thieves are now pilfering fast-food joins to steal fry grease. One man, David Richardson of Illinois, was caught by police allegedly filling up his tanker truck with used oil at a Burger King in Morgan Hill, Calif. A full tank of grease could be worth $7000 on the open market.
Okay, folks, start saving your cooking grease. Maybe you can sell it to help pay the rising cost of...well, pretty much everything!


Paul said...

Sorry father James, not so sure on the grease story.

Working for a restaurant for years the grease trap is solid matter. It cannot be siphoned off in liquid form. Actually the machine they use to pump it out can literally take off your arm if you get to close. That is how much pressure it takes to suck out the grease.

Restaurants do not just throw grease away. It is filtered and cleaned and constanty reused. Why else do you think fried chicken comes out so brown?

Clint said...


I know a guy personally, who goes to the various fast food joints and gets their old oil and turns it into bio diesel. I have never gone with him, so I don't know how he collects it, etc, but he does do it.

Molly Sabourin said...

Now that is some fascinating material! I can't decide, though, if all of that time lying still in a bed sounds dreamy or like a nightmare!

On a side note, I hope you do write down some of your own reflections on the Lynette Hoppe book as I would be very interested in reading them! It would be encouraging to me to hear your perspective.

Paul said...

Perhaps I am thinking grease traps versus what they are talking about, used oil. I just remember all the oil going into the grease trap out back and the other local merchants fussing at us for having it cleaned out with the horrendous smell it produced.