Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 25, 2013
June 25, 2013
Well, this is sure to be shocking news: A new study says most Americans are unhappy at work.
A recent Gallup study found that 52 percent of American employees felt like they were "not engaged" at their job and were just going through the motions without any sort of energy or passion. Another 18 percent said they were "actively disengaged," which means that, in addition to not caring about their job, they are also acting "out their unhappiness by undermining what their engaged coworkers accomplish."
Only 30 percent of workers surveyed said they were regularly engaged or inspired by their jobs.
And worker morale is something that cannot be bought, despite the best efforts of certain tech companies: the study found that expensive in-office perks for workers, like catered meals and ping pong tables, had little to no effect on employee's satisfaction with their jobs.
Editor's note: Of course, you could always quit your job. (Maiman)
Every American Airlines cockpit is now equipped with an iPad. According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW), the electronic flight bag replaces more than 35 pounds of paper-based reference materials pilots carry in their kitbags. Removing the extra weights will save a minimum of 400-thousand gallons of fuel and $12-million dollars annually, based on current fuel prices.
American says its pilots will also save time because they'll no longer have to spend hours updating their paper manuals. It takes just minutes to update software on the iPad. (Page)
Some folks play chess or shuffleboard in their golden years, but SYLVESTER STALLONE is adding to his collection of body art. Photographers for the UK's Daily Mail spotted the action star hitting up the MD tattoo parlor in Los Angeles for a private appointment last Sunday. The 66-year-old fitness freak uses the ink to cover up his scars from years of injuries on the set and has a photo of his wife, JENNIFER FLAVIN, and three roses representing their daughters to camouflage the 60 stitches he racked up while making "Rocky 2." (Lee)
A naked dude crashed DOLCE & GABBANA's show in Milan, Italy over the weekend. The completely man-scaped streaker --wearing nothing but bright red loafers, white socks and a smile-- crashed the finale of the designers' 2014 spring menswear collection. He was quickly hustled off the catwalk. No word on who the guy was or the reason for his extremely very public display of his private parts. But NY Magazine says the rumor is the nude dude was German.
Editor's notes: Schuuuultz! Was ist los? (Say: "Vas iss lowss?" Translation: "What's wrong with you?")
--He was protesting clothes.
--Now that's just wrong! Everyone knows you don't pair loafers with white socks. (Bartha)
Who's Yer Daddy --er, Mommy:
A 52-year-old woman in Paris disguised herself as her 19-year-old daughter to help the daugter pass a test.
Daughter LAETITIA was scheduled to take college entry exams, but didn't think she could pass. So, mom CAROLINE dressed up in "elaborate" makeup, hip-hugger jeans, and Converse shoes. But, when she showed up for the test, a professor spotted the scam right away. School officials called police and dear old mom was charged with fraud. Laetitia is banned from re-taking the exam for five years. (Still)
TOBY KEITH's "Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert" sold out a little over an hour after tickets went on sale. The virtual box office opened Friday morning, and all seats were just $25-dollars each. If you were lucky enough to score a ticket, you'll get to see Toby, GARTH BROOKS, TRISHA YEARWOOD, WILLIE NELSON, SAMMY HAGAR, RONNIE DUNN, MEL TILLIS and JOHN ANDERSON. More performers will be named soon. The big event happens July 6th at the University of Oklahoma's Memorial Stadium. All proceeds will go to The United Way of Central Oklahoma's "May Tornadoes Relief Fund." (Marino)
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