After surveying 374 waitresses, professor Michael Lynn, who teaches marketing and tourism at Cornell University, concluded that customers left larger tips to those with certain physical characteristics such as being slender, being blond or having big breasts.
Lynn told the Cornell Daily Sun in May that his study was important in helping potential waitresses gauge their “prospects in the industry.”
It’s the honor
of the thing, really
The Yaohnanen tribe on the South Pacific island of Tanna believe their true ancestral god is Britain’s Prince Philip — based on photographs of him with the queen during a 1974 visit to Tanna’s mother nation of Vanuatu.
And they believed he promised he would return for good on his 89th birthday last June 10.
Although the prince has kept in touch, he failed to show up for the grand celebration, but fortunately, Scottish university student Marc Rayner was on the island, working as a volunteer teacher, and stepped in for the prince, which meant that he and not the duke of Edinburgh got to wear the “formal” ceremonial genetalia sheath appropriate for such special events.
Just like mum
used to make
News of the Weird has been among those taunting the Scottish over the years for their culinary devotion to haggis — sheep’s stomach, boiled, with liver, heart or lung, accompanied by oatmeal, suet, onions and various “spices” — but the Edinburgh chocolatier Nadia Ellingham recently answered with “haggis chocolates,” which are, thankfully, meat-free but contain the familiar haggis spices.
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