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Interim Hewlett Packard CEO Robert Wayman earned $3,000,000 for running the company from February 8 to April 1, 2005. That is $57,692 per day. - Business Week, 4/7/05

After his party won a huge victory in parliamentary elections last week, an ebullient President Robert Mugabe joked that he might stay in office another 20 years. “Until I am old.” Mugabe is now 81. - The Week Magazine, 4/15/05

When Carly Fiorina was ousted as Hewlett-Packard’s chief executive officer, the number of women heading Fortune 500 companies dropped by 12.5 percent in one day. - The Week Magazine, 4/8/05

A lactating woman in Myanmar has volunteered to breastfeed a pair of endangered Bengal tiger cubs recently born at a Yangon zoo and separated from their aggressive mother. - Myanmar Times, 4/4/05

A 10-year-old Perth, Australia boy had three limbs surgically reattached after they were severed during a game of backyard basketball. Both of his hands and his left foot were cut off when a brick wall supporting a basketball backboard gave way as he executed a slam dunk at a friend's birthday party. In what is believed to be a world first, Perth surgeons simultaneously reattached all three severed limbs, which had been transported to Perth's Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in an esky packed with ice. - Sydney Morning Herald, 3/30/05

A woman in India got married to a clay pot. The pot contained a photograph of the woman’s fiancée, who was late for the wedding due to heavy snow. - The Week Magazine, 4/1/05

A British graffiti artist who goes by the name "Banksy" smuggled in his own picture of a soup can and hung it on a wall, where it stayed for more than three days earlier this month before anybody noticed. - CNN.com, 3/24/05

A Scottish man, Craig Crosbie, who works in a factory by day, managed to type out a 160-word message in 48 seconds: "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serra-salmus and Pygo-centrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human." This set a new record for speed in text messaging on a phone. - NPR, 3/23/05

At least 12 Iraqi barbers have been executed by Islamic militant gangs in recent times. The barbers have been targeted because they provide Western-style haircuts. - Seattle Times, 2/23/05

Elizabeth Sulston, a 27 year old musician, can see color when she hears sounds. She says, "the sound of a truck looks green." She can also taste different flavors of music depending on the chord playing, scientists say. - CBC Health and Science News, 3/2/05

Malawi's president Bingu wa Mutharika has moved out of his 300-bedroom mansion, claiming it is haunted by ghosts. - South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 3/15/05

Malawi's president Bingu wa Mutharika ordered the arrest of reporters who revealed that he was afraid of ghosts. - Independent Online - South Africa, 3/15/05

One of 16 survivors of a 1972 Andes plane crash made famous by a book and movie ("Alive") has gotten his wallet and jacket back 32 years after leaving them in the mountain snows. Eduardo Strauch, who survived 72 days in high mountain snows by resorting to cannibalism, received the aged wallet, driver's license and other personal items a week after they were found in the Andes by a mountain climber. - Associated Press, 2/24/05

Aurora, Colorado police have reviewed a weekend incident in which a man accused of stealing salad from a Chuck E. Cheese salad bar was hit with a stun gun twice by officers. This was in full view of all patrons, mostly children. - NBC-4 TV, Los Angeles CA, 3/2/05

A deliveryman who vanished after taking Chinese food to a Bronx apartment complex was found alive Tuesday after apparently spending four days trapped in an elevator that had become stuck between floors. - CBSNews.com, 4/5/05

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman told a group of fourth graders that if he was marooned on a desert island the one thing he would want to have with him is a bottle of gin. - Las Vegas Sun, 3/2/05

A man given six months to live by his doctors has been told by an Italian court to come back in 14 months to hear the outcome of his demand for insurance damages. - Reuters, 3/8/05

A Nigerian woman was caught entering the UK with 104 kg of snails in her baggage. - BBC, 3/9/05

Frederic J. Baur was the designer of the Pringles potato chip can. He died recently, and his cremated remains were buried in one of those cans. - CNN.com, 6/2/08

76% of American commuters drive to work alone. - The Week Magazine, 6/6/08

The last week in May 2008 was the first week in over ten years that a "Harry Potter" book has not appeared on the New York Times best-seller list. - NPR, 5/2/08
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