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Shit Jobs

By David Rutter

My first ever job in 1967 was loading cases of orange-flavored, drink-generating powder Tang onto truck pallets at a General Mills facility.

It was a sweaty job for minimum wage. The minimum wage in 1967 was $1.40 an hour. Various calculators assert this is $11.08 in 2021 dollars. But that judgement is an optical - and fiscal - illusion, wrought by economists who would not work for minimum pay, no matter what century it is.

That pay scale was exactly then what it seems like now. Roman galley oar rowers got more for sea duty. They were fed nutritious slop.

Zag of the Pleistocene Era would not work for $1.40 an hour, even if you tossed in free brontosaurus filets as a bonus. That's about 2.5 pennies per minute. Even Cro-Magnons won't work for that.

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Posted on May 5, 2021
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Taxicab Journals

Cab #1555

I kept desperately pushing on that sound icon on the TV screen and nothing.
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Posted on January 6, 2016
Open Letter

Open Letter

Dear Asses Of Chicago Commuters:
This crowding reduction plan isn't working at all for your human.
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Posted on January 29, 2013
Life At Work

I Am A Retail Warrior: Throw The Dog A Birthday Bone!

By Jane Harper
At that point, I was kind of hoping the dog was back at home chewing up her hand-sewn Italian leather shoes.
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Posted on October 19, 2015

White Castle's New Uniforms Include Durags

By White Castle
To commemorate 100th year.

Posted on April 16, 2021

When We Were Vaccine Guinea Pigs

By David Rutter
I have no recollection that my younger brother was vaccinated in that first experiment. Perhaps Mom and Dad designated him as a back-up son in the bullpen just in case the vaccine gave me the disease.

Posted on April 13, 2021

We Have Questions

Another Beachwood Special Report
Keywords: Gilligan's Island, Aretha, Mr. Roarke, Tarzan.

Posted on April 3, 2021

Turtle Wax® Celebrates 75th Anniversary With Introduction Of Scholarship Program To Train The Next Generation Of Detailers

By Turtle Wax
Plus: A commemorative birthday kit!

Posted on March 11, 2021

Beachwood Offered International Business Award!

By Awards MGBS
The sashe is for keeps.

Posted on February 27, 2021

Public Health Alert! Whole Foods Meatballs

By The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service
With marinara.

Posted on February 27, 2021

Vashon Jordan Jr.'s Joyful Revolution

By The Chicago History Museum
17,000 photos at 37 events.

Posted on February 24, 2021

SUE In Denver

By The Denver Museum Of Nature And Science
The most complete, best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered goes west for winter.

Posted on February 6, 2021

Recall! Ready-To-Eat Dip And Salad Products From Schiller Park's Food Evolution

By The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service
Including taco dip, pasta salad and potato salad.

Posted on February 5, 2021

Public Health Alert! Contaminated Beef First Found At Art's In Sandwich, Illinois

By The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service
The problem was discovered when Greater Omaha Packing Co. Inc. determined that they inadvertently distributed product associated with a sample that was positive for E. coli O157:H7.

Posted on February 5, 2021

MUSIC - Fixing Sexist Playlists.
TV - BMW Is The Answer.
POLITICS - The Fed Is Making The Rich Richer.
SPORTS - Bears Turn The Beat Around.

BOOKS - What Alien Life Might Look Like.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - White Castle's New Durags.


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