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Day December 27, 2006

Explanation of the climax scene in “Trading Places”


WiseBread makes me feel much better that I never really understood the ending of Trading Places by linking to a Wikipedia entry which goes into detail about that damn orange crop report.

With the authentic orange crop report indicating a good harvest of fresh oranges, frozen concentrated orange juice (FCOJ) would be less important to food producers and so would be likely to drop in price once traders heard the news. However, by way of a fraudulent report, the Duke brothers are led to believe that the orange harvest would be less successful, necessitating greater demand for stockpiled FCOJ in orange products in the coming year, thereby driving the price up. By capitalizing on this knowledge (and the Duke brothers’ missteps), the protagonists are able to profit by manipulating the futures market as follows:

Russian Wooden Highscraper

From English Russia:

This one is really strange. It is a wooden multi-stored building. It looks like a real skyscraper in Arkhangelsk city. All the houses in the town are mainly two- three- stored and here it stands – a twelve stored wooden tower, more than 120 ft high (38 metres).

There is not elevator and you can reach the top of the building climbing by a carved wooden stairs.

The building can be seen from all the town. The city authorities claim that the building spoils the town view and demand to reduce it by… 10 stores. But he refuses. He really likes his creation and most of the local people think that it looks nice.

WiiRoomba

Update:

More info about this from Engadget:

People have come up with numerous ways to control their Roombas — USB, Bluetooth, MacBook tilt sensors, and even a MIDI keyboard — and now that the Wiimote has been hacked to operate several non-Wii devices — computers, home automation systems, and even an RC truck — it’s no surprise that some clever modder would make these two great tastes taste great together. And sure enough, a gentleman named Chris Hughes has just completed a script that merges Tod Kurt’s Roomba control software with the recently released DarwinRemote, resulting in a little slavebot that scoots around using just a flick of your wrist.

Gerald Ford 1913-2006


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