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AAA will ensure your night is fun and safe with a program available to members--and non-members!


You can call them “Good guy towing company” or your lifesaver, just make sure to call them when you've had a few too many on New Year's Eve.

The friendly neighborhood car service and towing company, AAA will gladly tow your car and give you a lift home completely for free—even if you aren't a paying member. There is never an excuse to drink and drive.

The statistics of drunk driving related deaths is staggering and terrifying. About a person is killed every half-hour and there are about 16,000 people killed in alcohol related crashes each year. In fact, about half of all traffic fatalities can thank alcohol as a cause.

Thanks to AAA's “Holiday Safe Ride Program” the amount of cheer-ending accidents can decline into oblivion. It isn't just New Year's as well, most major holidays are covered for both members and non-members in many (but not all) states.

Of course, the wait times can be long, so it's always smart to plan ahead and have a designated driver to ensure your night starts fun and ends safely.

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James Sinegal, former CEO of Costco, was criticized by Wall Street for putting employees before profits! His response is great.


James Sinegal is the co-founder of Costco and held the position of CEO from its inception in 1983 to his retirement in 2012. Sinegal wasn’t your every day CEO, though.

He subscribed to the idea that treating your employees well will, in turn, get them to treat/serve customers well.

Sinegal made sure that most of his employees received benefits, and gave them compensation and benefits much higher than the industry standards.

For example, over 90% of Costco employees qualify for employer-sponsored health insurance; the U.S. retail industry average is just under sixty percent. As a result, Costco has the lowest employee turnover rate in retail.

Not everyone loved his style of management, however. Wall Street analysts criticized his policies of putting employees before shareholders and profits. Sinegal didn’t let this faze him. “We want to build a company that will still be here 50 and 60 years from now," he said in an interview with the Houston Chronicle.

One of his more famous quotes is “you have to take the shit with the sugar."

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The Normandy beach landing scene in Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan cost $12 Million aloneand used over 1,500 extras!


War movies often don’t portray things the way they happened. That’s not the case with Saving Private Ryan, however.

The film has been received critical acclaim for its realistic portrayal of World War II combat.

In particular, the sequence depicting the Omaha landings was named the "best battle scene of all time" by Empire magazine and was ranked number one on TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest Movie Moments".

The scene wasn’t easy to make, though. The scene cost US$12 million and involved up to 1,500 extras, some of whom were members of the Irish Reserve Defence Forces, while others members of local reenactment groups such as the Second Battle Group who played German soldiers.

In addition, 20 to 30 actual amputees were used to portray American soldiers maimed during the landing.

Spielberg did not storyboard the sequence, as he wanted spontaneous reactions and for "the action to inspire me as to where to put the camera" It was all about authenticity for him.

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This poet was a bit of a troublemaker and brought a bear to school when they turned away his dog!


When Lord Byron's dog was turned down from entry with him when he attended Cambridge he decided to find the strangest loophole—he brought a bear. Talk about taking things too far!

The perturbed animal lover was so upset with Cambridge's ban from keeping dogs on the premises that Byron decided to get back in the most creative way.

The statutes never banned bringing pet bears to school and the school authorities had no legal way to stop him. Lucky for everyone involved, the bear was tame and “harmless.”

The bear didn't just end up some joke. When Byron graduated he went back to his ancestral home to live, Newstead Abbey, and the bear went with him!

It didn't stop with bears either. He had been known to keep a collection of unusual pets, including a tamed wolf.

A regular amusement for the poet and his friends included playing with the bear or teasing the wolf. Seems like there may have been a chip missing within the brains of these intellectuals!

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Some police stations in China use geese instead of guard dogs to keep watch at night. Geese are very territorial and have better vision than humans.


Which guard dog provides the best protection? Maybe a Rottweiler, or perhaps a Doberman. Bullmastiffs are another one that would come to mind.

But if you asked police in rural parts of China's Xinjiang Province, they would tell you that the best guard dog isn’t a dog at all!

The police in these areas are using geese instead.

Yep, geese.

Geese are known for being very territorial and some defend their territory pretty aggressively. They also have very sensitive hearing and much better eyesight than humans. On top of all of that, they are loud when someone invades their territory.

So have these guard “dogs” been tested? Yes! Recently a man tried to break into a police station that used geese to recover his confiscated motorbike. The geese went crazy and woke up the sleeping officers.

Whether they would be good at defending by themselves doesn’t seem to be known yet, though.

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