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Brandeis University's Community Newspaper — Waltham, Mass.

Strange but true

Published: April 1, 2007
Section: News

McDonald's disgruntled over definition of “McJob”:

According to the Oxford English dictionary, the definition of “McJob” is “an unstimulating, low-paid job with few prospects, esp. one created by the expansion of the service sector.” McDonald's claims that the definition is entirely inaccurate, disgracing the name of a company that provides wonderful service to millions of people. McDonald's has stated that it is starting a major campaign to have the definition changed. Dictionary editors intend to stand their ground.

Marijuana not kosher for passover! Green Leaf celebrates:

Rabbis have recently deemed marijuana unkosher for Passover, the Jewish holiday celebrating freedom from slavery in Egypt. Their basis was under the argument that marijuana is in the same class as beans, peas, lentils and hemp seeds, which are already considered not kosher for passover. The Green Leaf party, which has attempted to legalize marijuana for years, claims that if rabbis are specifically classifying marijuana as unkosher for passover, then by deduction it must be acceptable during the rest of the year.

Woman dies during flight, gets put in first class:

After an elderly woman died on a flight from Delhi to London, flight attendants moved the woman's body from Economy Class to First Class, startling the passenger one seat over. When he saw the attendant placing the body in the seat, he informed the attendant that the woman did not look well. (no, really?) “I didn't have a clue what was going on. The stewards just plonked the body down without saying a thing,” the man was quoted as saying. Further exacerbating the incident, every time the plane hit turbulence, the body would slide out of the seat and onto the floor, until finally the attendants wedged it in a bunch of pillows.

According to British Airways, about 10 of their passengers die each year during flight, and course of action is decided on a case by case basis. Generally, the flight continues as scheduled.