Posts Tagged ‘Dead’

Wikipedia scoops NBC and major media, updater gets fired

June 23, 2008

When Tim Russert collapsed ten days ago, his colleagues at NBC held off reporting the news for almost two hours so his family wouldn’t hear about it from the media. They also asked other TV networks to hold off reporting it, which they apparently agreed to do. A decade ago, when TV and radio had a lock on real-time news dissemination, this cozy arrangement might have stopped the news from spreading. In this day and age, of course, it didn’t.

More here.

An illustration of the challenges of using Wikipedia.

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Designer of Pringles can buried in…well…a Pringles can

June 3, 2008

Dr Fredric J. Baur, who was 89, had told his family to ensure his final resting place was the inside of one of his most famous creations.

They honoured his request by having his ashes buried in a Pringles tube – and a more conventional urn for the overflow – at Arlington Memorial Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr Baur, who was a retired chemist and food storage technician at Pringles owners Procter and Gamble, patented the design for the saddle-shaped crisp’s vertical container in 1970.

His daughter Linda told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the packaging was his “proudest accomplishment.”

He also invented several other products, including a freeze-dried ice cream, which didn’t enjoy as much success.

His son Lawrence Baur told the Enquirer: “Basically, what you did, you added milk to it, put it in the freezer and you had ice cream. That was another one he was proud of but just never went anywhere.”

Original flavor…err..article.