Apple Fires Maps Manager: According to reports, Apple has fired Richard Williamson, the manager of its highly criticized Maps application. Apple said they would have fired him sooner, but they couldn’t locate him.
Smoking Risk: New research shows that cigarette smokers have a 68% higher risk of impotence. And now we know why people smoke after sex.
Baby Parrot in German Zoo Rejected by Parents: Zookeepers at the Bergzoo Zoo in Germany are caring for a baby parrot around the clock after its parents rejected him at birth. Zookeepers say they are doing their best to care for the bird, but its difficult because the parrot speaks very little German.
Skin Cells Become Brain Cells: Researchers in California say they've discovered a method of converting human skin cells into brain cells, offering new hope for regenerative medicine. So for everyone watching those skin flicks, just try to remember that one day those could be brain cells.
La Jolla Cove’s Natural Beauty Includes Foul Smell: World famous La Jolla Cove, where art galleries and coffee shops meet a stretch of unspoiled cliffs and Pacific Ocean, is trying to deal with a growing problem of the strong smell of bird feces emanating off the rocks. Local businesses say if something isn’t done soon, tourists could may they’re in New Jersey.
Chief of Air Traffic Organization Resigns: Hank Krakowski, chief operating officer of the Air Traffic Organization has resigned following numerous reports of air traffic controllers sleeping on the job. When asked what he’ll do now, Krakowski said he has no immediate plans other than to sleep in.
Early Sicilians Avoided Seafood: New research finds that despite a seaside home overlooking the Mediterranean, the very first human settlers in Sicily over 10,000 years ago weren't seafood eaters. Makes sense. I imagine it would have been next to impossible to find a decent seafood restaurant back in those days.
No Takers for Univ of Colorado’s Gun Dorms: Earlier this year, the University of Colorado's announced the creation of a separate dorm for students with concealed-carry gun permit, but so far, exactly zero CU students have elected to move in. Kind of hard to believe everyone wouldn’t jump at the chance to live in a building full of armed college students.
Pringles Offers New Holiday Potato Chips: For the holidays this year, the makers of Pringles are coming out with a white chocolate and peppermint flavored potato chip. The company promises the chips will be a big plus for Americans struggling to keep their weight up.
Snow on Earth: Scientists say that any given time, snow covers approximately one quarter of the surface of the earth. The other three-fourths is covered with Starbucks cafes.