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                                                                        Quick Hits Archive 2022

                                                                        Quick Hits Archive 2021        

                                                                        Quick Hits Archive 2020

Jan 25, 2023

  • Dictators exaggerate their countries’s growth rates by about 35% a year.  The research is based on night-time light activity gathered from satellites.

  • Estimates for the total cost of that San Francisco reparations package we recently detailed are around $100b.

  • An NFL bettor wagered $1.4mm to win $11,200 when the Chargers were up 27-0 on the Jaguars. 

  • An employee of a video game maker was fired for tweeting that she was looking forward to the next Harry Potter game.

  • Half of food delivery customers make less than $49k per year.

  • Hamburgers are the second most delivered food after pizza (14% vs 16%).

Jan 18, 2023

  • 60% of US propane production is exported.

  • Natural gas prices in California recently have been 5x the national price ($20 per mm/BTU vs $4).

  • JP Morgan is suing a company it acquired for fraud.  The company, Frank, purported to have 4.5mm customers in its database.  Email records show that it had 400k emails, and it manufactured another 4mm fake email addresses.

  • USC, UCSF, UTSA, and Johns Hopkins are all being investigated for racial discrimination at their medical schools.  Violations of civil rights laws include offering stipends and scholarships only to non-whites and excluding whites from certain classes.

  • The report that stoked the not-dead-yet proposal to ban gas stoves was funded by an environmental group that has the goal to reduce “greenhouse-gas” emissions by 50% in seven years.  The report claimed gas stoves give children asthma.

  • The Inflation Reduction Act subsidizes the purchase of electric stoves.

  • 6,542 guns were confiscated at TSA checkpoints in 2022.  Almost 90% of them were loaded.  No word on Barry Switzer.

  • The National Hockey League has changed its Pathway to Hockey summit in Florida by removing the minority-only qualifications.

  • The city of San Francisco’s African American Reparations Advisory Committee is proposing to pay black residents $5mm (each).  Recipients must meet two of eight criteria including having been incarcerated by the “failed War on Drugs.”

Jan 11, 2023

  • China and Afghanistan (Taliban govt) are close to signing an oil exploration deal.

  • A Wells Fargo executive has been fired for urinating on a passenger on a flight to India.

  • Gerard Finneran still holds the crown for the most outlandish plane behavior.

  • The parent of a disgruntled men’s World Cup soccer player for the US decided to dig up dirt on the coach that benched the player.  The mom, who was friends with the coach 31 years ago, said she saw the coach kick his girlfriend in the leg.  That coach and girlfriend have been married for 25 years.

  • ChatGPT is looking to raise money at a $29b valuation.

  • The US government is considering banning gas stoves (this already appears to be fading).

  • The city of Seattle is suing some social media companies for intentionally harming children.

  • The president of Mexico, AMLO, took 28 minutes to answer a single question at a press conference alongside Biden and Trudeau.

Jan 5, 2023

  • “it’s a Wonderful Life” is a Christmas television staple because the producers let the copyright lapse so it entered the public domain (it could be shown on continuous loops for free).

  • The 2022 Armed Forces Bowl was the coldest bowl game ever with a wind chill of -7.

  • The 1967 Icebowl between the Packers and the Cowboys had a windchill of -36.

  • There is a crypto-themed restaurant in Manhattan.

  • The average NFL viewership on Christmas day was 22.9mm.  The average for the NBA games was 4.3mm.

Quick Hits Archive 2022

Quick Hits Archive 2021

Quick Hits Archive 2020

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