Sunday, January 15, 2012

Week in Review with Alexa Rankin - 1/14/12

Hello again, it's me Alexa, and I have a bunch of news stories which stood out while I was trawling the interwebs this week. There were certainly many headlines, but I always like to look beyond the headlines and find the stranger pieces of news.
Police arrest man with funny name
A man from Madison, Wisconsin, was arrested this week for having weapons and drugs about his person. Normally this would not catch my eye and certainly would not make the front page of MSN, except for the man's legal name. Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop (formerly Jeffrey Drew Wilschke - no wonder he changed it) violated probation and was hunted down by the Dane County Police S.C.A.T. team, led by officer Cab Calloway. According to reports, tracking down Beezow was relatively simple considering he bears a striking resemblance to Pirates of the Caribbean actor, Johnny Depp.
Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop and Johnny Deppity-Depp-Depp
Panda poo used to make most expensive tea
An Yanshi, an ex-calligraphy teacher, bought 11 tons of panda crap and used it to fertilize his tea plants in South West China. The tea, once it is harvested in the Spring, is expected to bring $35,000 for an 18 ounce packet, making it the most expensive tea in the world. By my calculations, the Ty-Poo brand would cost $127 per cup. Compare that to $10 for an equivalent size of Lipton's Tea.
Ty-poo Tea, from the Shi-Tey region of China
$127 for a cup of turd tea
Supermarkets are expecting pandamonium when it hits the fan shelves in Spring.


Best Buy something before they declare bankruptcy
The forecast for Best Buy, the largest electronics retail store in the US is not looking good. Since Best Buy's largest competitor, Circuit City, closed it's last store in March 2009, you would think that the road ahead would be clear and easy. Well somehow, with a combination of piss-poor customer service and uncompetitive pricing they too are going out of business.
Yeah, uhh, this one is good. It's got a remote and stuff. Do you need an extended warranty on this, just $16 extra for 3 years.
"Whad'ya mean you don't know jack about TV's?"
How many of you are guilty of going to Best Buy to look at a product, and then going home and ordering it online?
Best Buy, take note! Stop alienating your customers with poor service from associates whose product knowledge is as extensive as the informational price card next to the item.

Thanks for stopping by to catch my weekly review. I would love to read your comments below, so let me know what you think. I am Alexa Rankin and this is the Week in Review.

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