NEW YORK (AP) -- A quarter of Americans are playing Internet
games during their work breaks, according to a new Netpulse study,
commissioned by pogo.com, an online game service provider. Some
employers encourage their staff to play games to relieve stress;
others resent office computers being used for diversion.
In all, about 42 percent of employees surf the Web during their
breaks: 16 percent are planning upcoming vacations, 16 percent are
checking their money and investments, 6 percent are looking for a
new place to live, 3 percent are looking for a new romance and 2
percent download pornography.
BOSTON (NYT) -- Here are some fun facts about the two Disney
Cruise Line ships, the Magic and the Wonder, which are structurally
* The Eiffel Tower is 986 feet high. The ships are each 964 feet
* If the Magic and Wonder were land vehicles, each would need an
eight-lane highway (median included) to handle their width.
* It takes 20,000 gallons of paint to cover either ship. That's
enough to paint 2,000 average American homes.
* Each ship can make a half-million gallons of fresh water every
day while cruising.
* The 1,367 miles of cable on either ship are enough to run an
extension cord between Austin and Detroit. (But why would you want
* Some 8,260 cups of coffee are served on board daily. Each ship
can carry a maximum of 2,400 passengers.
* The anchor weighs 28,200 pounds -- roughly the weight of three
* On a three-day cruise, each ship will use 6,525 pool towels.
NEW YORK (NYT) -- "Wichita, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Shreveport,
Little Rock, Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta and up the eastern
corridor to Washington, Philadelphia, New York City and into
southern New England and Boston."
Dennis Smith may sound like a dispatcher in a big Amtrak station,
but he's actually the meteorologist who does the morning travel
reports on the Weather Channel, which is broadcast in 30 countries
around the world and in the United States is carried on 6,500 cable
systems. He was describing the remarkably wide area of the country
that was hammered by severe winter weather in the last week. If you
were one of the tens of thousands of business travelers whose
schedules spun off the road during the snow and ice storms that
snarled the air travel system and bogged down airports from Dallas
to New York and beyond, you may have turned on a hotel television in
the morning and encountered Dennis Smith's three-minute travel
Most times, other people's weather is of only casual interest.
But when you're traveling on business, weather that is occurring
elsewhere suddenly shoots right up there with concepts like time and
distance as basic components of the itinerary. In December, aware of
the growing importance of the business-travel niche, the Weather
Channel bolstered its travel-weather reporting, hiring a business
travel consultant and broadcasting Smith's three-minute reports --
which include extra national airlines and airport information during
bad weather -- four times each morning. Just in time, it would seem.
"It wasn't just a two-hour or four-hour thing; it was almost two
full days of snow and sleet and freezing rain last week," said
Smith, who works at the channel's headquarters in Atlanta, where
staff members unable to get home on icy roads were scrounging for
hotel rooms made scarce by the demands of the Super Bowl last
Business travelers "seem to want their weather information
farther out, like five, six and seven days out," said Smith, who
started as a local television weatherman in Oklahoma before joining
the Weather Channel when it began operations in 1982. But since
weather is of vital interest to them, business travelers tend to
understand that as a science, meteorology becomes more wobbly the
farther it is projected into the future. …