On this day:

1992 10,000,000 cellular telephone sold

1991 A day before he dies, Freddie Mercury, 45, confirms he has AIDS

1984 Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie passes (472 yards), including game ending 48 yard touchdown (Hail Mary Pass) to end game and beat Miami 47-45

1979 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks

1964 Vatican abolished Latin as official language of Roman Catholic liturgy

1963 John F. Kennedy's body, lay in repose in East Room of White House

1936 First issue of Life, picture magazine created by Henry R Luce

1921 President Harding signs Willis Campell Act (anti-beer bill) forbidding doctors prescribing beer or liquor for medicinal purposes

Think about it....

“Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?"

A.A. Milne


Did you know????

Top 3 countries by number of mobile phones in use

1.China- 833.3mm (67.6% of population)

2. India-670.6mm (62.5% of population)

3. U.S.- 285.6mm (91.0% of population)




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Answer the question: What do you call someone who lives in Utah?

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Does anyone else remember the ad jingle "Reach out and touch someone"?

In 1981 the American communications cell phonecorporation AT&T came up with the slogan 'Reach out and touch someone'. The idea was simply to get customers to make more use of the telephone, but the phrase evoked echoes of an incident that had occurred in England 103 years earlier.

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), inventor of the telephone and effectively the founder of AT&T, came from a Scottish family obsessed with speech and hearing. His mother and his wife were deaf and it may have been this familiarity with the problems of the deaf which led Bell into his royal faux pas of 1878. Bell had been invited to demonstrate the telephone to Queen Victoria at her residence. At some critical point of the demonstration, the Queen turned away from her telephone. Bell, used to attracting the attention of the deaf, leaned over and touched her arm, becoming the first commoner in years to lay hands on royalty without permission. source

Well, nowadays with the proliferation of cell phones people are reachable 24/7 and their ability to get information and complete tasks are mind boggling. The "touch someone" aspect of the ad campaign above may be more relevant to their car touching your car since people get a bit engrossed while driving and talking/texting.

"On a planet with around 6.8 billion people, we're likely to see 5 billion cell phone subscriptions this year. Reaching 4.6 billion at the end of 2009, the number of cell phone subscriptions across the globe will hit 5 billion sometime in 2010, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)."CNET:

While you may be aware of what the rules are in your area for driving and use of cell phone, this site is a good starting point for knowing the rules when you are traveling. http://www.cellular-news.com/car_bans/


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