Tag: Bangladesh

Weekly News Roundup: The Great Bangladeshi Newspaper Fail

By Allison Bond | September 4, 2009 11:25 am

Yee-haw! It’s the blog roundup. • Bangladeshi newspapers get punked, bigtime (and for once, it wasn’t even deliberate).

Worst excuse ever for underage sex? Or best?

• Do science raps ever get old? The answer: no. Maybe this one about the swine flu will, er, go viral.

• Sure, some people are more vertically challenged than others, but height actually varies very little among humans, compared to other species… and scientists still aren’t sure why.

• Is global warming forestalling an ice age?

• A hair-brained idea? Gel does wonders for your coif, and now it may be able to fix your brain, too.

• Do you sue Yahoo? This woman tried to but was unsuccessful; she didn’t like the links that a search of her own name brought up.

• Bottoms up! An unsuspecting man found a decaying frog inside his can of soda. No word yet on whether the animal croaked before or after it somehow slipped into the beverage…or what stage of drinking the soda the dude was in when he discovered the critter.

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Suits Revolting: Bangladesh PM Bans Suits, Ties to Conserve Energy

By Allison Bond | September 3, 2009 1:36 pm

suitThe dress code in Bangladesh just got a lot more casual, thanks to an effort to cut the nation’s energy usage. According to the prime minister’s orders, men can no longer wear ties, jackets, or suits to work. The new rule is part of a plan to combat the power shortage the country is facing. And during the year’s hottest months (March through November), men need only wear pants and shirts, which can even be untucked(!).

Bangladesh has taken other measures to decrease energy usage, according to BBC:

Officials and ministers have also been told not to turn their air-conditioners below 24C [or 75 degrees Fahrenheit]. In June, the government introduced daylight saving, and the clocks moved forward by one hour, in another attempt to cut energy consumption.

It has said it will also soon spend $6bn (£3.6bn) on new power plants, operated by private companies. The current state-owned plants have not been able to keep up with Bangladesh’s large population and its economy, which has been growing at about 6% annually for the past five years.

Seems like this idea could be, well, suitable for other heat-drenched places such as the southern United States. After all, it’s actually pretty ridiculous to bundle up for work, then use valuable energy to keep the buildings we work in comfortably frigid.

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