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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 11-19-15: America Gets A Little Jittery

Several people were yanked off of a Southwest flight at Midway for fighting over seat assignments. The passengers were described as being of “Middle Eastern decent,” they were asking people to switch seats so they could all sit together, and they were taken off because they were making their fellow passengers “uncomfortable.”

Interesting Stat of the Day: $50 million.

Paul Ryan has shot down the idea of putting a religious test on refugees from Syria. Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush wanted to only allow Christian refugees into the country.

Also, proving that stupidity is bipartisan: A mayor in Virginia, who is a Democrat is suggesting that internment camps might be the way to go. Basically, he said if it was good enough for the Japanese in WWII, it should work for fighting ISIS.

KFC and Dunkin Donuts are both toying with the idea of offering delivery service. Delivery fees will run somewhere around $5-7.

In technology news, Lyft, the RC Cola of on-demand ride sharing apps, predicts it will hit $1 billion in gross annual revenue based on its October performance.

Plus, a teacher in Poland decided it was a good idea to put a question on a physics test about pushing Syrian refugees off of a raft.

Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 5-5-15: Reasons For Optimism

A new study says that it doesn’t pay to be optimistic. They two groups of people try to complete tasks, one that self identified as optimistic and the other that self identified as grumpy gus’s. They found their was no correlation between how optimistic they were and how well they did on the tests.

The deadly bird flu is all over the place in Iowa. It’s led to the extermination of as many as 21 million chickens and turkeys around the country.

New data shows that sleep walking may be an inherited trait. According a new study, children were three times more likely to walk in their sleep if they had one parent who was, and seven times more likely to sleep walk if both parents had a history of it.

Melissa Rivers says that her mom Joan had 348 plastic surgeries during her life.

May the 4th closed with a rumor that the second Star Wars Anthology film will tell the story of Boba Fett.

Plus, Mark Herman the now former news director for KOLD-TV in Tucson, Arizona decided to submit his resignation on a cake. He actually had the letter printed out on a cake and delivered to his employer.

Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

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