January 14, 2005

The number of Arabic linguists discharged from the military for violating its "don't ask, don't tell" policy is higher than previously reported. Between 1998 and 2004, the military discharged 20 Arabic and 6 Farsi speakers, according to Department of Defense data obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request. So to sum up: translators straight; priorities not straight.

According to new study of those with more than $10 million of assets, 29% say having a lot of money brings more problems than it solves. If having $10 million was really more trouble than it is worth, then hand it over now, and we'll both be much happier tomorrow. (via Wonkette)

In a related story, tonight's jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery drawing is $111 million. Your odds of winning the big prize is 1 in 135 million. Your odds of being killed this year: by poisoning is 1 in 98,000; by lightning is 1 in 6.5 million; by fireworks is 1 in 47.5 million. Good luck!

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At 1:07 AM, Blogger Mister said...

I assume that your stats on deaths by lightning is among Americans. Still, one in 6.5 million seems pretty low (or do I mean high?) I'm no mathmatician, but that sure sounds like getting killed by lightning is damned common occurance. That would mean that about 45 people are killed by lightning each year. But I thought most golfers knew to come in during the thunderstorms now.

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