Thursday, February 11, 2010

Impressive figure

I heard a news story read by Kim Carrigan this morning about Boston’s effort to trim overtime. She said that Boston’s officials claim a reduction of 200% in overtime during 2009.

200%

That’s impressive.

I think the other news story about the U.S. falling behind in math and science must be true.

Copyright 2010 Randy Hunt

5 comments:

  1. How about this one. I hear a Natural Gas supplier in this area run an ad on the radio that states near the end of the piece, "....the less eneregy you use, the less energy you pay for." Quote, unquote. Is that concept taught at the same school teaching 200% reductions?

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  2. Anonymous, that reminds me of a radio ad that goes something like: "For every 5 mph slower you drive, you save 10 cents a gallon on gas."

    I didn't know how driving fast or slow affects the price of a gallon of gas, so I drove very slow to get gas the other day and guess what? It was the same price for me as for the guy who raced down to the station.

    Go figure...

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  3. Most likely 20% with an added zero as the error. But don't you think, Carrigan included, that someone along the way would have asked themselves, "Dude, like........that don't make sense man!"

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  4. According to the Globe article about Boston's overtime reduction, it was, in fact, a 20% reduction. Your point that someone should have picked up on this is a good one, but we're dealing with TV here.

    Thinking that I might have mis-heard it, I backed up the VCR and watched the clip several more times. It proves how true the joke was in "The Legend of Ron Burgundy" about how news anchors will read anything put in front of them.

    A friend pointed out to me that, in England, they're called news readers, not anchormen or anchorwomen.

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  5. A new name for meteorologists, "weather readers".

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