News and Notes – 12/19/2007

Money well spent? Scotland recently spent £125,000 (U.S. $250,000) revamping its national slogan. The brand new slogan unveiled at Glasgow Airport last month? “Welcome to Scotland.” The new phrase replaces the previous slogan: “Best Small Country in the World.”

Turn right; save gas. Last year U.P.S. cut 28.5 million miles off its delivery routes, saved three million gallons of gas and reduced CO2 emissions by 31,000 metric tons. Their secret? A “package flow” software program that reduced the number of left-hand turns made by U.P.S. drivers.

Creative ketchup. Toddler Freddie Linsky fooled the art world into buying his tomato ketchup paintings. “To the untrained eye, they appear to be simple daubs that could have been created by a two year old. Which is precisely what they are. But that didn’t stop the supposed experts falling over themselves to acclaim them.” Two-year-old Freddie has recently progressed from ketchup to oils on canvas.

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