Love this Turnaround Strategy
"Our feasibility study shows that if 1,000 workers donate their sperm for several months, we can get enough funds to pay part of the plant's debts."
— Ion Cotescu, a Romanian trade-union leader, on his plan to keep the car factory that he represents afloat. The figures were based on a Romanian sperm bank's offer of $50 per visit. The average monthly wage in Romania is around $150. — Reuters
Love that's Built to Last
A Taiwanese couple that has been married for 85 years is the new Guinness Book of World Records champ for the longest marriage. Each over 100 years old, the two have a total of 110 children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. — Associated Press
Stop if you Love Six-Sigma Quality
"Dutch researchers report that at a blood alcohol level of .04% — reached by drinking two glasses of wine in less than an hour — the brain's 'oops' response stops working properly and people no longer realize they have made a mistake." — Reuters
- Love Those Names!
The FAA has denied a request from Sioux City, Iowa to change its airport code: SUX. An appeal is planned.
Attorneys for former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman are seeking a legal order for Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer Bill Wyman to stop writing under his own name. Adding insult to injury, Bill Wyman is not the bassist's real name — he was born William George Perks.
Biggs, California rejected a proposal to change its name to Got Milk? — the popular slogan of the California Milk Processor Board. The town would have received a Got Milk? museum and money for the school system.
- Love is the (second) Most Powerful Drug
- Percentage of the time that Viagra use results in sex
- 1 Minute
- Average duration of erection with 100 mg of Viagra and 20 minutes of sex videos, among men with erectile dysfunction
- 3.6 Seconds
- Average duration of erection with placebo and 20 minutes of sex videos, among men with erectile dysfunction
- Percentage of men who suffer at least one side effect while using Viagra
- Percentage of men who stop using Viagra because of its side effects
Source: Pfizer Inc./The Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2002
$3,300,000,000 = Annual sales for Victoria's Secret
$10,000,000 = Price of Victoria's Secret's most expensive lingerie set
$7,000,000 = Production costs for last year's televised Victoria's Secret fashion show.
A version of this article appeared in the February 2003 issue of Fast Company magazine.