So the final tally for the Cash for Clunkers program said this.
690,114 new cars sold. Almost $3,000,000,000 in rebates. 3 Billion. Hmmm...
Nowhere's a statistic I found interesting. There's a comparison chart in the LA Times business section (which strangely enough, is not included in the online article). It's a comparison between the overall market share of the major car companies in the cash for clunkers program and the share of cars sold in the program.
Of the 10 car manufacturers included in the chart, 3 had a smaller share of the rebate program than of their overall market share. Basically they sold a smaller percentage of the 690,114 cars than the percentage they do of total cars sold outside the program.
Who were the 3 companies?
GM, Ford and Chrysler.
Says a lot about the 3 companies and the American car industry.
It's self described as "10x10™ ('ten by ten') is an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time. The result is an often moving, sometimes shocking, occasionally frivolous, but always fitting snapshot of our world. Every hour, 10x10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to encapsulate that moment in time. Over the course of days, months, and years, 10x10 leaves a trail of these hourly statements which, stitched together side by side, form a continuous patchwork tapestry of human life."
I think it's pretty clever, a really neat way to see what the world is looking at. I hate to admit that I don't use it very often but that doesn't make it any less cool.
The images are taken from Reuters World News, BBC World News, and New York Times International News. Good combination but it would've been neat if they'd taken more information from Non English speaking nations. Would be a lot more difficult but a little more interesting. Anyways, I think it's really cool so check it out.
I'm a sucker, I admit it. Now the blessing is that I don't often have people take advantage of me. Let me explain. This is what it really boils down to...
A pretty girl could sell me anything. All she has to do is be friendly and Wham! Done, sale made. It's absolutely true. There's actually several places I go because of some pretty girl or another. Sad huh? You know what may be worse? How little attention I get at most stores. It's actually kind of sad.
I know I'm a bit more needy than most, but that's because I graduated from Hotel School. It's not like I'm asking for the world, but a "Hi, if there's anything I can help you with please let me know." is really all I'm asking for. You'd be amazed how often they don't even ask me that.
So really that's me justifying why I keep going back to the same old store run by the same old friendly girl, who just happens to be pretty. You gotta reward that good ones right? And really it's just coincidence that they're mostly pretty girls...
No pictures, no links. C'mon I'm not a total pervert advocating the ogling of women. I do have a mental list though...