1. 15% – I’m not talking about an amount you can save on car insurance. I am talking about an ingenious add on to shipping and handling. I wanted to place and order for a book yesterday for Warhammer. The book itself was expensive, but the company adds on 15% for S&H. They do offer free shipping and handling if you spend enough money. For weeks I was debating just ordering the book or adding on some more items which I wanted, but did not need at the moment.
Well, I did save 15% by spending so much more.
2. Lottery – I used to think that the lottery system was a tax on the stupid. Why would you spend any money on a lottery ticket when you have better odds of being struck by lightning and eaten by a shark in the same day? Of course, I have better odds of being eaten by a shark than most of my friends, but that’s not the point. Even buying two tickets does not significantly improve your odds of winning. However, recently I realized that by purchasing those tickets, you do get something. You get hope. And to steal a line from one of my favorite movies, “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things.” And with how badly I want to get out of the hell I call work, maybe paying a dollar or two a week for that hope is not a bad thing.
3. Satanic Monument – A group of individuals are building a satanic monument for the Oklahoma statehouse. Now, while I can see this as being offensive to some, I find it highly entertaining. The Oklahoma statehouse already has erected a statue of the Ten Commandments. I firmly believe that there should be a separation of church and state, so that statue should never have been built. However, if they are going to have a statue representing the Ten Commandments and place it on public display, they have to allow this statue (which does actually look really cool). Now, speaking as an atheist, I would prefer something more useful to these religious statues. Maybe the government could have spent the money on a bench so I could sit my lazy ass down. At least then the taxpayer dollars could have been put to something useful.
And, it must be said; private donations funded the satanic statue. And I know people are going to be offended, but the Ten Commandment statue can be considered just as offensive.