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It's wonderful the types of information you can pick up, and the places they are putting it as well.
About ten years ago I was shopping in Safeway. At the check-out, I was putting my groceries into a plastic bag, when I noticed a piece of advice I have held on to ever since. At the bottom of the bag, they had printed "Keep away from children, danger of suffocation".
Now, call me old-fashioned, but suffocation is not something that I want, so, for the last ten years I have taken that bag's advice, and kept away from children, and I am pleased to say the advice works. I haven't suffocated.

Has anyone else got any useful tips like this?

post #2 of 8
From the South West Trains newsletter:

South West Trains is delighted to announce some exciting improvements to the timetable this winter...

...Further improvements on the rest of the network include:

The London Waterloo-Portsmouth via Guildford off-peak service has been revised to improve reliability meaning there will be no need for a special autumn leaf fall timetable on the Portsmouth line.
Interpretation: there used to be 4 trains an hour, now there are only three. This improves reliability, but not as much as cancelling the service completely.
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I suppose some degree of commerce would grind to a halt if telephone solicitors weren't able to call people at home during dinner hour. But that doesn't make it any more pleasant.

Now Steve Rubenstein, a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, has proposed "Three Little Words" based on his brief experience in a telemarketing operation that would stop the nuisance for all time.

The three little words are "Hold On, Please." Saying this while putting down your phone and walking off instead of hanging up immediately would make each telemarketing call so time-consuming that boiler rooms would grind to a halt.

When you eventually hear the phone company's beep-beep-beep tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task. This might be one of those articles you'll want to e-mail to your friends. Three little words that eliminate telephone soliciting.


When you get ads in your phone or utility bill, include them with the payment let the companies throw them away. When you get those pre-approved letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and junk like that, most of them come with postage paid return envelopes, right?

Well, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little envelopes. Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send the pizza coupon to Citibank.

If you didn't get anything else that day then just send them their application back! If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't on anything you send them. You can send it back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! Eventually, the banks and credit card companies will begin getting their junk back in the mail.

Let's let them know what it's like to get junk mail, and the best of it is that they're paying for it. Twice.

Let's help keep our postal service busy since they say e-mail is cutting into their business, and that's why they need to increase postage again.

Send this to a friend or two or three...or fifty. This is such an unbelievably simple idea.
post #4 of 8
I always ask the telemarketers if I can call them back and then ask them what time they eat dinner.
post #5 of 8
That reminds me, Fox--

What's the difference between Michael Jackson and a shopping bag?

One is made of plastic and dangerous to children and the other one holds groceries.

(all groan now)
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During the World Series last night Ford had a commercial where their Explorer SUV drove on clouds. While it was doing such they flashed 'Dramatization' on the screen. Damn, I wanted a car that drove on clouds.
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What do Michael Jackson and K-Mart have in common?

Both have boy's pants half off.

[ October 25, 2002, 07:57 PM: Message edited by: BadRat ]
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Speaking of Plastic Puss, I read in the newspaper that he now has another child. He has Prince Michael, age 5, his sister Paris, age 4, and now has a 6 month old boy named --are you ready?-- Prince Michael II.

I guess he ran out of boy's names. :
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