Good Morning, MTs. How is your Monday looking? I hope all of you in California haven’t been affected by the quake, and moreover that anyone with family in the Mexicali area have heard from your loved ones. Here are a few things that caught my eye:
A Chinese oil tanker has come aground on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, with the risk that up to 900 tons of oil could leak onto the precious, fragile ecosystem, according to this article:
The Chinese bulk carrier Shen Neng 1 is wedged on a section of reef and has leaked four tonnes of oil in marine park waters.
Maritime safety experts say it will be another day before they can assess the full extent of damage and work out how to move the ship from the reef.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will inspect the site tomorrow and the Federal Government has moved to establish a special panel which will assess the damage to the reef.
We visited the reef about 18 months ago and it truly is as miraculous as it is hyped to be. I hope that the combined efforts, containment technology and plain good luck work here.
The old adages goes that blondes have more fun, but according to this article, a study shows that blondes also earn more and marry richer husbands than women of other hair colors:
BLONDE-haired women may be traditionally labeled as fun-loving and less intelligent but a new study reveals they earn seven percent more on average than women with other hair colors.
They also marry wealthier men, who earn six percent more than the husbands of other women, the University of Queensland study revealed.
The study, which surveyed 13,000 women, found that the difference in pay remained the same even when factors such as height and education were removed.
Uh-huh. Oh, wait, I’ve seen this movie – Marilyn Monroe, How to Marry a Millionaire, right? Now, I’m sort of a blonde, but I’ve been getting darker as I get older – so does that mean that both DH and I are going to get poorer??? Does that also mean I can claim highlights as a business expense – you know – wealth management fees?
And finally, Victoria Posh Spice Beckham is apparently getting clucky again and to help improve her chances of conceiving baby number four, she’s eating carbs:
Victoria Beckham is on a waistline-expanding diet in a bid to get pregnant.
The former Spice Girl – who already has three sons, Brooklyn, 11, Romeo, seven, and five-year-old Cruz, with her soccer superstar husband David – wants to add a daughter to her family and has taken up a new eating plan loaded with carbohydrates to achieve her dream.
The 35-year-old star – who is known to predominantly eat fresh fruit and vegetables and steamed fish to maintain her slender figure – has been munching on pasta dishes, brown bread, rice and meals which include potatoes.
A source told The Sun newspaper: “It’s no secret Victoria and David want a little girl. She’s been told by docs her diet, though healthy, would not give her the best chance of conceiving, particularly in her 30s.
Without wanting to mock the very real condition of amenorrhea, Posh, darls, I’ll go on a sympathy diet with you – bagels, pasta and french fries all around.
So what’s going on with you today? As always, this is an open thread, so sound off!