The US federal budget with 8 zeros removed and applied to a household budget:
* Annual family income: $21,700
* Money the family spent: $38,200
* New debt on the credit card: $16,500
* Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
* Total budget cuts so far: $38.50
Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe, a clump of active galactic cores, a large quasar group (LQG), that stretches 4 billion light-years from end to end. It is held together by a superlarge black hole.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, 67 House Republicans voted against a relief package to provide aid for storm victims whose houses were flooded, wind-whipped or burned to the ground.
I can't claim to be up to date with the situation, but this strikes me as 'disgusting'. Of course money is tight and the national deficit must play a part with regard to how much aid is possible, but some things must take priority, surely?
But before they voted against the aid package, they voted against extending tax breaks for working Americans and voted to spend more money for lawyers to defend discrimination against gay people by lobbying for the Defense of Marriage Act.
Snake hunters are arriving in droves in Florida to take part in the “Python Challenge” (nothing to do with the computer language). For a $25 fee, serpent searchers can win a $1500 reward for catching the biggest number of the enormous Burmese pythons who are swarming the Florida Everglades and threaden the native wild life there.
@LastMitch, that is quite debatable actually... many say Harvard, Stanford, Yale, MIT, Colombia, etc. These schools are best at developing their own things...
For example, Harvard creates leaders, Stanford creates companies, Yale is best in law, MIT is best in computers (it maybe math), Colombia produces the best Wallstreet people... so yeah, it is debatable if you just say, "MIT is the most prestigious"... but if you say MIT is best in this, i guess that won't be as debatable.