Here are some interesting and amusing developments from the past week that aren’t exactly news but might make you smile.
The stock market might be a precarious place to invest these days, but one stock is having no problem finding buyers. “The Green Bay Packers, the only publicly-owned franchise in U.S. sports, are seeking $62.5 million dollars when they launch their fifth stock sale next week,” Bloomberg reports. “The Packers have about 112,000 shareholders owning 4.75 million shares.” The last time the team sold stock? In 1997 – and they went fast, even though they pay no dividend.
Would you pay to see a nearly 6-foot-long sperm whale penis that weighs about 120 pounds? You can at the Icelandic Phallological Museum, which draws about 12,000 visitors a year, according to USA Today. “On the other end of the scale, a hamster penis is so tiny it requires a magnifying glass to spot.”
There’s a bright spot in the economy, and it’s in Utah, according to a new Forbes survey. “Utah highlights include energy costs 31 percent below the national average and employment growth that has averaged 0.6 percent the past five years,” MSNBC reports. “Compare that to the U.S. as a whole where job growth has averaged negative 0.6 percent since 2005.”
If you ever doubted that competition is good for consumers, check this out: “Right now, $118 will buy you a round trip ticket on the 45-minute US Airways jaunt from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia,” CNN reports. “Starting on Jan. 8, the price of that same ticket will skyrocket to $698.” Why? Because Southwest is dropping the route, leaving only US Airways as the only nonstop carrier. That’s their new price.
To keep kids healthy, San Francisco banned McDonald’s from selling Happy Meals, which offer a free toy with its fast food. “McDonald’s answer? It will charge 10 cents for the toy,” MSNBC reports. “The proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House, the company’s charity for children with cancer.” The clown wins.