BP gas prices, like their reputation, reach an all-time low

After the devastating oil spill in the Gulf, BP has been looking for ways to improve their tarnished image and reputation. And, in a small town in south east Ohio, they may have found the perfect solution.

This picture was taken last weekend in a small town outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. It has not been photoshopped or doctored in anyway (because I don’t have the skills for that…) It must mean either BP is struggling financially a lot more than we think they are, since they’re willing to almost give away their gas. Or, that they’re wanting their customers to return to them, even if it takes almost giving away gas to rebuild loyalty.

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Woman attempts to curb addiction to paper towels

Marnie Gearhart in an attempt to keep her apartment clean and orderly, has developed a severe addiction to paper towels. Gearhart, a young woman from Idaho, admits that though she knew she had a problem, she never realized the extent of it until she went outside the United States.

She says, “Here at home, I feel like we’re told to wipe everything up and throw it out when we’re done. That makes it easy to constantly reach for the paper towels. Rather than using a washcloth to wipe up some marinara sauce, why not simply put the dirty spoon on a paper towel? It always made sense to me.”

Until she decided to cross the border into Vancouver, BC. There, while visiting family friends, she realized the extent of her problem. “I kept reaching for paper towels at unnecessary times. The family would just look at me and use an alternative source for cleaning, assuring me there was no need to use such wasteful products in excess,” she admits.

Slowly, she began to transition away from using paper products at every turn. Rather than putting her toast on a paper towel in the morning and having a seperate paper towel to wipe her hands with, she put the toast on what the Vancouver family referred to as a “plate.” Unlike the plates Gearhart had been used to, this one was not made of paper. It was actually a hard, round substance that could be washed and reused for any other foods. There was no need to have the same food only on a particular plate. For Gearhart, this discovery was fascinating and life-changing.

“I’ll admit it,” she admits. “At first, I started hyperventilating and squealing at the thought of a ‘spoon’, a metallic device that is also washable and reusable when not made of plastic, touching the surface of the kitchen without the aid of a paper towel. Once I realized that the kitchen surface, though, was as clean as the spoon, I could handle the thought. And once I discovered it was just as easy to wipe down the counter space with a washcloth after it had gotten some food on it as it was to prevent the food from touching the counter by using sheets of paper towels, I was hooked.”

Upon her return from Vancouver, Gearhart says the transition back into a more paper-towel-friendly culture has been difficult, but she intends to continue to stay strong. She claims, “I stare down the rolls and make them dare me to use them. Sometimes, they win and I have to use one or two. More often, though, I win and they just sit there. Unused and untouched. Like a nerdy pity date at the prom.”

California lawmakers looking to patent fire

As the massive fires in California continue to rage, California lawmakers have decided to turn a negative into a positive. They’re looking to put a patent on fire itself, because the state has become so well-known for them.

If they can push this litigation through the court systems, California can legally sue anyone who uses or controls fire in any way. Assuming they win the court cases, California could really reap the benefits of millions of dollars worth of fees from fire-users all over the nation, helping their state get out of some massive financial trouble.

If the patent is passed in the United States, they could begin to push for international claim over all fire. If accepted, California could sue any and every entity that uses a fire without their express consent and a minimal fee paid. Ideally, the money that would be won from fire patent cases could be used to allocate additional funds towards the fire fighting forces that have been working tirelessly for months.

In a roundabout way, they’d be fighting fire with fire.