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During the 2012 Olympics, NBC refused to broadcast a tribute to victims of terror!

Apparently, NBC thinks Americans don’t care about terrorism.

The opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics was an incredible event to behold.

Directed by Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later), the ceremony captured the hearts and minds of 900 million people, keeping them fully engaged throughout its four-hour run time.

However, American viewers didn’t see the same ceremony as everybody else.

NBC, the corporation responsible for broadcasting the Olympics in America, chose not to show their viewers a tribute to victims of terrorist attacks. This tribute, which paid respect to the victims of a London bombing, was replaced with an interview between Ryan Seacrest and Michael Phelps.

According to NBC, the tribute was removed because it wasn’t “tailored to the U.S. audience”.

For perspective, imagine if an Olympic tribute to the victims of 9-11 or the Oklahoma City bombing was removed in Britain on the same line of reasoning.

Following the decision, #NBCfail became a top trend on Twitter. Tribute choreographer Akram Khan expressed his disappointment with NBC’s actions, accusing the corporation of being too commercial.


Talk about benefits: Clif Bar employees get paid to exercise for 2.5 hours every week!

Most people know Clif Bar & Company for their namesake product, the ever-popular CLIF Bar.

However, it seems this company is also a fantastic place to work.

In addition to standard benefits, Clif Bar & Co. offers a number of company-specific perks.

For example, while many corporations have an on-site gym, Clif also has a rock climbing wall, dual-purpose yoga/dance rooms, and massage rooms.

In keeping with with their outdoor-driven, health-conscious image, Clif gives employees two-and-a-half hours of paid exercise every week, complete with personal training. Employees are allowed to bring their dogs to the office and have access to counseling and life coaching.

But the benefits don’t stop there. In 2010, Clif Bar & Co. adopted an employee stock ownership program. This means that, collectively, 20 percent of Clif is owned by its workers.

Clif Bar & Co. was named one of Outside magazine’s Best Places to Work for five years in a row.

The company is owned by Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford. It is currently run by CEO Kevin Cleary.


The inventor of the snapshot camera committed suicide. His note said "my work is done, why wait."

His name was George Eastman. He was the inventor of the first Kodak snapshot camera. You might recognize the name he gave to it: the Kodak camera. In addition to being one of the first brand names invented from nonsense syllables, it also sparked a photographic revolution that is still strong today.

He was able to simplify the photography process and create a product that everyone was able to use. He also pioneered a system in which employees of the company got dividends, essentially making them part-owners of the company. Sadly, when he was 77, he had spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal. The pain for him was pretty big.

He decided to commit suicide by shooting himself in the heart. He left a short and simple note: "To my friends: My work is done. Why wait?"


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The Uno (card game) World Championship is regarded as one of the fiercest card game competitions.

The popular Uno card game was invented near Cincinnati in 1971. It is played with a specially printed deck and is in the Crazy Eights family of card games. A game is won by accumulating 500 points through several hands. When a player is down to only one card, s/he yells “Uno!” to warn other players. Some Uno decks have special cards or themes. In all there are more than 135 different themed Uno decks.

The Uno World Championship is held annually in Moscow, Russia. Over 71 countries compete in the championship and it is regarded as one of the fiercest card game competitions. Players are known for displays of extreme endurance and concentration needed for long games. In 2011 the finals took over 5 hours to finish.


The Hard Rock Cafe chain is owned by the Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida

When you think of Native American businesses, you might not know what to think.

It may come as a surprise, then, that the Seminole Tribe of Florida owns Hard Rock (as in the caf restaurants).

Hard Rock was originally founded in 1971 by Americans Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton in London. In 1979, the cafe began covering its walls with rock and roll memorabilia, a tradition which expanded to others in the chain and has come to be expected by many.

The Hard Rock business was sold to the Seminole Tribe in 2006 for $965 million. Included in the deal were 124 Hard Rock Cafes, four Hard Rock Hotels, two Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hotels, two Hard Rock Live! concert venues, and stakes in three unbranded hotels.

The Tribe isn't going in a completely different directions than other Native American tribes. They introduced "Vegas-style" table gambling in addition to the Class II slots already in operation at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in 2008.



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