Lunchtime Garden Thread

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Harvested the first peppers and cukes this week. The grape tomatoes are starting to ripen and the corn’s ears seem to be developing. The sunflowers have yet to bloom but the tallest one is about 8 1/2 feet. It’s difficult to see what’s in the front row of the garden because the garden next to ours hasn’t been weeded since June. Damn neighbors.

German tourist rescued teens during Norwegian island massacre


A German tourist is being hailed as a hero for rescuing at least 20 people from a gunman’s rampage on Utoya island in Norway, according to media reports.

Marcel Gleffe, 32, was with his family Friday at a campground across the water from the island when he heard gunshots, Der Spiegel reported. He and his family looked out from the shore, thinking it might be fireworks, but instead they saw a plume of smoke and a girl swimming frantically in the water and screaming.

Gleffe got into the boat he had rented and set off, Der Spiegel said. He was the first person to reach the island where Anders Behring Breivik gunned down dozens of youngsters at a summer camp.

CVS Believes Their Super-Long Receipts are Exciting to Customers

If “exciting” means “super fucking annoying” then they’re right!

The CVS ExtraCare program lets customers get Extra Bucks rewards, but instead of putting those rewards on your ExtraCare card, they are printed at the bottom of CVS’ infamously long checkout receipts. A year ago, the company’s chief marketing officer told L.A. Times reporter David Lazarus that this would soon change and Extra Bucks would be placed directly on your card. But now CVS is saying just the opposite — that it deliberately wants those Bucks on the receipt because it’s a real thrill to the consumer.

“When you give rewards, you want people to feel excited,” the head of marketing for parent company CVS Caremark tells Lazarus. “You want them to know that they’ve earned the reward.” She says that giving people a paper receipt long enough to wrap a fat mummy, “makes people ‘feel the reward.’ “