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Wednesday, November 30, 2021

mm, mm, good
If you too have Cambodian tapioca sticks and other culinary odds-and-ends gathering dust in your pantry, slide on over to Google and discover what wild concoctions the search engine can yield when you feed it disparate ingredients.

And if that doesn’t work out, you can always swipe a recipe from Google executive chef Charlie Ayers.

(Via InsideGoogle)

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/30/2005 09:29:15 PM
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You’re beautiful. You’re outgoing. You can bring it on with the best of them. And you’re exactly what pharmaceutical companies are looking for.

But many cheerleaders, and their proponents, say they bring attributes besides good looks to the job - so much so that their success has led to a recruiting pipeline that fuels the country’s pharmaceutical sales force. T. Lynn Williamson, Ms. Napier’s cheering adviser at Kentucky, says he regularly gets calls from recruiters looking for talent, mainly from pharmaceutical companies. “They watch to see who’s graduating,” he said.

“They don’t ask what the major is,” Mr. Williamson said. Proven cheerleading skills suffice. “Exaggerated motions, exaggerated smiles, exaggerated enthusiasm - they learn those things, and they can get people to do what they want.”

Approximately two dozen Kentucky cheerleaders, mostly women but a few men, have become drug reps in recent years.

So much for hitting the books.

While there are no statistics on how many drug representatives are former or current cheerleaders, demand for them led to the formation of an employment firm, Spirited Sales Leaders, in Memphis. It maintains a database of thousands of potential candidates.

“The cheerleaders now are the top people in universities; these are really capable and high-profile people,” said Gregory C. Webb, who is also a principal in a company that runs cheerleading camps and employs former cheerleaders. He started Spirited Sales Leaders about 18 months ago because so many cheerleaders were going into drug sales. He said he knew several hundred former cheerleaders who had become drug representatives.

So much for putting much faith in your doctor’s advice, as well. Between some drug rep shaking her pom-poms in the quack’s face, and the easy sway ill-informed patients have when requesting brand-name drugs, I can’t imagine why I’d ever take a prescription at face value. I’ve long been convinced that the average physician is practically clueless when it comes to the pills he’s (and even she’s) pushing.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/30/2005 08:37:25 PM
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you're firewater
Not content with having his name branded onto mere bottled water, Donald Trump is teaming up with Drinks Americas to produce “Trump: The World’s Finest Super Premium Vodka”, due to hit store shelves in May.

The secret to this vodka’s super-premiumness? It’s triple-filtered — through his hair. Badda-bing!

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/30/2005 09:37:21 AM
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