On this day…in 1900

On this day in 1900, the first car to be produced under the “Mercedes” name is delivered to its buyer: Emil Jellinek, the Austrian car racer, auto dealer to the rich and famous, and bon vivant. Jellinek had commissioned the Mercedes car from the German company Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft. It was faster, lighter, and sleeker than any … [Read the full story]

Vladimir Putin will ban all smoking in Russia

Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, wants to kick smokers’ butts by introducing the harshest cigarette laws ever conceived by a government. The clean living, fitness freak loathes people smoking around him and wants everyone in his country to snub out their filthy habit. Under plans to rid Russia of tobacco once and for all, anyone born … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1618

Sir Walter Raleigh was an English explorer, soldier and writer who was imprisoned in the Tower of London and eventually put to death after being accused of treason by James I. Before serving in the Huguenot army in France he studied at Oxford, and became a favorite of Queen Elizabeth after serving in her army … [Read the full story]

A message for Julia Gillard

Please find below our suggestion for fixing Australia ‘s economy. Instead of giving billions of dollars to banks that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan. You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan…there are about 10 million people over 50 in the work force. Pay them $1 … [Read the full story]

Tobacco giant fights Australia over packaging

Tobacco giant Philip Morris launches legal action against the Australian government over the country’s plans to strip company logos from cigarette packages and replace them with grisly images of cancerous mouths, sickly children and bulging, blinded eyes. The government believes the new rules will make the packages less attractive to smokers and turn Australia into … [Read the full story]

Camel pay out to cancer sufferer

The maker of Camel cigarettes has paid out more than $250,000 in damages to an elderly man who developed cancer from smoking. Leroy Kirkland had sought damages of more than $10billion from R.J. Reynolds, which is the largest award ever sought by an individual, but he settled for $260,000. The 71-year-old, of Tampa, argued in … [Read the full story]