Archive for February, 2013

Poll: 12% of employees have sex at work

Co-workers are more attractive in some industries, such as fashion modelling (pictured here) and maybe plumbing. (AP Photo)

Co-workers are more attractive in some industries, such as fashion modelling (pictured here) and maybe plumbing. (AP Photo)

Work is supposed to be about bringing home the bacon, not making it. But 12 percent of U.S. employees did not get that memo, according to Glassdoor, an online” jobs and career community” that occasionally likes to steam up the windows.

About 1,000 anonymous cubicle dwellers were polled. Here’s some of the findings:

  • Twelve percent admit to “making love” in the workplace. There’s no telling how many would have admitted to “making lust.”
  • Twenty-two percent say that while they have not “made love” in the workplace, they have thought about doing it, probably after watching a Spanish soap opera.
  • Forty-percent believe their co-workers have “made love” in the workplace. These are likely the same people that think you took the last cup of coffee.
  • Eighteen percent admit they are attracted to at least one of their co-workers, which tells me people aren’t drinking …

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Atlanta 16th most miserable city

A recent infusion of zombies, seen here on Mitchell Street, may have catapulted Atlanta to No. 16 on Forbes' misery index. (AMC)

A recent infusion of zombies, seen here on Mitchell Street, may have catapulted Atlanta to No. 16 on Forbes' misery index. (AMC)

Misery loves company, and Atlantans have plenty of it in the recent “Most Miserable Cities” list put together by Forbes.

Atlanta, which didn’t crack the Top 20 in 2012, appears at No. 16 in the 2013 list. I apologize for not putting more numbers in the preceding sentence.

Why is Atlanta so miserable?  High foreclosure rates, home values that are down 42% since 2007, and nasty traffic, which you probably know more about than Forbes.

Despite the rainy weather, I don’t feel more miserable than last year, but there’s an explanation for that.

The magazine has tweaked its formula, dropping two criteria — the success of sports teams and political corruption — while adding net migration, the number of people that flee the city. The other familiar barometers of displeasure — unemployment, commute times, violent crimes, home prices, foreclosures, taxes and …

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Gallup: Georgia 7th most religious state

TenCommandmentsGeorgia is the least religious state in the Deep South, according to the latest heresy from Gallup, and only the seventh most religious in The Union.

The good news? America, despite the best efforts of ice cream-creating non-creationists in Vermont, is still “a religious nation — with about seven in 10 Americans classified as very or moderately religious.”

In the recently-released survey, Mississippi maintains its death-grip as “most religious” state.

Mississippi, which has two football teams in the SEC, including one that stole (not very religious of them!) a football recruit from UGA, has a populace that is allegedly 58% “very religious,” according to the survey.

Georgia, which allows its citizens to fritter away money on the lottery, is ensconced among relatively puritanical neighbors, except for Florida, which is mostly full of Yankees, according to my cousin.

The language of Heaven will definitely have a Southern twang as eight of the top 10 religious states — …

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U2’s Bono a long shot to be next pope

The odds on Bono, who is not Catholic, becoming pope are currently 1000/1, presumably because they cannot go higher. (AJC photo)

The odds on Bono, who is not Catholic, becoming pope are currently 1000/1, presumably because software limitations will not allow a bigger number. (AJC photo)

The wages of sin is death, the Bible tells us, but that’s not stopping gamblers from trying to make serious shekels by picking the next pope.

ABC News reports betting on the next pontiff may be the biggest non-sports gamble in Internet history for one online bookie, Ireland-based Paddy Power. In 2005, before Pope Benedict XVI was selected, Paddy Power took in more than $1 million euros from papal prognosticators. This year, they expect a lot more.

Currently, Paddy Power bettors are betting the next pope will be Italian.

At Paddy Power, Archbishop Angelo Scola, from Italy, is a 7-2 bet, meaning a bettor would get $7 for placing a successful $2 bet.

Other contenders are literally all over the map.

An early favorite, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, from Canada, has fallen to 4/1.

Another early favorite, Cardinal Francis Arinze, from …

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Teen ‘tired of walking’ steals school bus

Flintstone's finest. (Catoosa County Jail)Walking, a physical act similar to exercise, is dreadfully boring, which only partially explains the runaway success of MARTA.

It may also explain why a Georgia teen just released from jail would steal a school bus to get home.

In Fort Oglethorpe, a tiny town up near Tennessee, the very bedrock of society was rocked when a Flintstone, Ga., teen absconded with a Catoosa County school bus.

Fort Oglethorpe Detective James Leamon told CatoosaNews.com that Jonathan Cole Collins, 18, took bus No. 77 from the parking lot of Battlefield Primary School Feb. 1 and drove it eight miles to Chattanooga Valley Elementary School in neighboring Walker County.

“[Collins] stated that he had walked into Fort Oglethorpe from the Catoosa County Detention Center (a trip of about 6½ miles), and was getting tired. He saw the open bus door, the keys inside, and decided that he wasn’t going to walk anymore,” said Leamon.

Video from a school bus camera quickly identified Collins, who was arrested Feb. …

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Funds raised for Atlanta security guard who ‘tased’ woman

Darrien Long wears a video camera, taser and gun while working at Metro Mall in downtown Atlanta. (Image from Reddit)

Darrien Long wears a video camera, taser and gun while working at Metro Mall in downtown Atlanta. (Image from Reddit)

A property manager, whose video of his “tasing” a woman in downtown Atlanta sent a jolt through the internet, may soon receive thousands of dollars from an online fundraising effort.

The fund for Darrien Long, a “kick [bleep] mall cop,” was up to $23,000 Tuesday morning on Crowdtilt.com.

Long told WSB-TV he believes his Taser and chest-mounted video camera are the best tools he has to maintain order at Metro Mall, a collection of small businesses just south of Underground Atlanta on Peachtree Street. He tells WSB he works to “clean up the neighborhood” so more businesses will move into the area.

The money being raised since Saturday will allegedly go directly to Long so he can buy “better and more gear.”

Residents of the area told WSB’s Amy Napier Viteri the rowdy behavior seen on the video is typical, and thinks it’s a shame it happens so close to the state …

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