Olympic Gold Medals Contain About the Same Amount of Gold as Your Wedding Ring . . . and Are Actually 93% Silver:
The gold medals they'll be giving away in London weigh a little over 14 ounces . . . but only contain about a FIFTH of an ounce of gold. That's a little over 1%. They're actually mostly SILVER . . . about 93%. The remaining 6% is copper.
The last time the Olympics gave away solid gold medals was in 1912. But now, the only requirement is that the gold medal has at least 6 grams of gold.
If you add up the value of the medal's ingredients on the precious-metals market, a gold medal would be worth about $650.
Silver medals are 93% silver and 7% copper, which would bring about $335. The bronze is pretty much all copper . . . which means it's worth less than five bucks.
Seven Out of Eight People Stalk Their Exes on Facebook:
A study by Western University found that seven out of eight people have stalked their ex on Facebook after a breakup. That's 88% of us. Here are some of the ways people do it:
48% of people remained friends with their ex on Facebook, which obviously makes it a lot easier to 'stalk' someone.
70% used a mutual friend's profile . . . or LOGGED ON as that friend . . . just to see what was new with their ex.
74% checked out the profile of someone their ex was dating . . . or that they THOUGHT their ex MIGHT be dating.
And just in case their ex was stalking THEM, 31% of us have posted photos that we thought would make our ex jealous . . . and 52% of people HAVE gotten jealous over a photo on their ex's profile.
And finally, 33% of people have posted song lyrics or a quote that referred to their ex as their Facebook status.
A New Study Found That Flirting Helps Women During Business Negotiations . . . But Being Friendly Hurts Them:
Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley studied what happens when men and women negotiate against each other in business deals.
They found that if women are going to be warm and friendly, they need to be prepared to go ALL OUT and COMMIT to it.
Women who were merely friendly and expressed interest in other people and concern for them . . . ended up doing WORSE in negotiations. The researchers said it reinforced stereotypes that they were weak, and the men played hardball.
But women who went BEYOND friendly and FLIRTED with the guy they were negotiating against got the BETTER end of the negotiations.
The researchers said flirting helped make the women more confident.
It Turns Out People on the Terrorist No-Fly List Can Take Flying Lessons:
In 2010, Homeland Security found out about a flight school in Boston that was allowing illegal immigrants to take flying lessons.
That worried some people . . . and this week, Congress has been holding hearings to find out how that could have happened. But on Wednesday, they found out something that probably worried them even MORE.
It turns out, there's a pretty big loophole in the no-fly list. There's nothing that stops AMERICANS from taking flying lessons . . . even if they're on the no-fly list.
Foreigners who come here to go to flight school get screened against the list . . . but American citizens don't get the same level of screening by the schools.
They wouldn't be allowed to get a pilot's LICENSE, but there's nothing that stops them from getting flight training.
There are about 550 Americans on the no-fly list . . . and a TSA representative said he didn't know if any of them had gotten flight lessons.
A Woman Called 911 to Complain About Her Bad Mugshot Photo . . . and Got Arrested Again:
45-year-old Tonya Ann Fowler of Winder, Georgia was arrested recently.
Her mugshot ended up on the cover of "Bad and Busted" which is one of those local papers that specialize in publishing mugshots of people who've recently been arrested.
Tonya wasn't happy with the way she looked in the photo . . . so on Sunday, she called 911 to COMPLAIN about it. The dispatcher told her that she shouldn't use 911 unless there was an emergency.
Later that day, Tonya called 911 AGAIN, because the owners of the house where she'd been staying kicked her out . . . and she needed someplace to store her sleeping bags.
Police arrested her for disorderly conduct and misusing 911 . . . and gave her the chance to take a NEW mugshot.
A Pro Boxer Got a Bloody Nose During a Fight . . . Which the FBI Connected to a 2009 Bank Robbery:
32-year-old pro boxer Martin Tucker had lost six fights in a row before winning his last one on April 28th in Toledo.
But he still ended up losing that night. He got a bloody nose during the fight . . . and his corner used cotton swabs to clean it up and stop the bleeding between rounds. Then they threw everything out after the fight.
But FBI agents were waiting. The FBI suspected Martin of helping rob a bank in 2009. He wore a mask and left DNA inside of it.
Since Martin and his trainers THREW OUT the cotton swabs, the FBI didn't even need a search warrant . . . they just needed to fish them out of the trash.
The DNA results are back, and, sure enough, it links Martin to the bank robbery.
A Drunk Guy Hit His Head While Getting Arrested in Wisconsin . . . and The Cops Tended His Wound With a Feminine Napkin?
On Sunday night, 33-year-old Eli Cousineau got hammered in Racine, Wisconsin.
We don't know exactly what happened, but Eli caused a disturbance in his apartment that was loud enough for someone to call the Racine County Sheriff's Department.
Two deputies showed up to arrest him, and while they were putting the handcuffs on, Eli tripped . . . hit his head on a metal door frame . . . and opened up a nasty little gash on his forehead, right above his left eye.
So one of the cops came to Eli's rescue and stopped the bleeding . . . with a, quote, "FEMININE NAPKIN." The thing is, one of the cops WAS a woman, but she's not the one who used the maxi pad on Eli. It's not clear where the male deputy got it.
Paramedics eventually showed up . . . Eli was taken to a local hospital . . . he got five stitches in his forehead . . . and was charged with disorderly conduct.
Police in Oregon Busted a Guy for Breaking Into People's Homes, Watching Porn . . . and Leaving Towels and Lube Behind?
On Wednesday, Police in Eugene, Oregon finally busted a serial criminal with a VERY specific pattern of breaking into homes.
From last fall to this spring, people in Eugene reported multiple break-ins where they'd come home, and find their computer on displaying porn. But nothing was stolen.
In March, a woman came home to find the same scene yet again . . . only this time, the guy had left behind his LUBRICANT, some TOWELS, and his cell phone. And the guy was still THERE, hanging out in her backyard.
He was actually caught in the act AGAIN in April, when a guy came home and found someone in his bedroom. And, yep . . . computer on, displaying porn, towels nearby.
It turned out to be 21-year-old Antone Forrest Deedward Owens. He's been booked on four counts of first degree burglary, one count of menacing, and one count of coercion.